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Schomberg Village Street Gallery 2011

September 17-18, 10:00am – 5:00pm.  An Arts Society King event.

Come to our 3rd annual juried open-air Fine Art Show & Sale along Schomberg’s historic Main Street! (I’m Co-Chair along with fellow artist Tom Wray).

King Township has one of the highest per capita populations of artists in Ontario, and Schomberg is where they gather! Come and meet them.

This show celebrates local AND regional artists across media including oil, acrylic, glass, photography, jewellery and intaglio. Styles range from traditional to contemporary to abstract.

Schomberg’s eclectic Main Street has proven itself an ideal outdoor setting to explore and buy great, original art for any setting. Main boasts one of King Township’s best restaurants and several eateries, pubs, gourmet coffee shop and decorator stores.

Schomberg Village Street Gallery 2011 AdMany other local events are happening in town – see Schomberg.ca for more – but be careful – you might just “Fall In Love With Schomberg!”

Have a look at this year’s artists at SVSG.ca.

It’s worth the drive to Highways 9 and 27 – only 45 minutes north of downtown Toronto on this early Fall weekend! VISA and MasterCard accepted.

See you there!

Apparent Movement

Link to Apprent Movement - the finished work by Greg Locke at Gotham Glassworks

See “The Making Of” Apparent Movement  here.

 

 

 

 

(2009)

A mesmerizing glass sculpture! Grenadine red and clear glass with black streams project dramatic ebb and flow.

Multiple firings produced layered texture effects that display subtle variety up close and add overall drama to the work.  Each piece uniquely flows into the next, forming a closed loop.

Apparent Movement was commissioned by York Region Arts Council, chaired by Wendy Fairbairn, and displayed to media and presented on December 17th at the newly renovated Lebovic Centre at “19 on the Park” in Stouffville, Ontario.

The six-piece fused glass commissioned work was designed to be as “one” for only a short time.  Six key individuals received each piece by Wendy, a gesture to recognize and thank them for their contribution and dedication to a great and exciting cause, including: Continue reading Apparent Movement

Apparent Movement – The Making Of


See the completed work here.

(2009)

This six-piece fused glass sculpture is a commissioned work, designed to be as “one” for only a short time:  six individuals are recipients of each piece, a gesture to recognize and thank them for their contribution to a great and exciting cause.

Each piece required 3 separate kiln firings to incorporate the various texture and curvature effects.  The particular Grenadine glass Greg used possesses lots of subtle character, not to mention a rich romantic colour.  Each piece is approximately 19 inches wide, 12 inches high and  5 inches deep. Arranged end-to-end the sculpture is over 9 feet long.

The flow of energy and passion flows from one piece to another:  the six unique pieces are arranged into a continuous visual loop.  The flow of energy and passion is generated by several techniques: the waves of red and clear transparent glass; the kiln carved striped impressions on the rear and front (look carefully – there are two techniques); the whispy Grenadine stringers; and the three-dimensional wave form of each piece and their ascending and declining top edges.

The following two Slideshows and one Videoshow below demonstrate some of Greg’s basic steps in the construction of one of the six pieces that make up Apparent Movement.

Greg’s Comment on this The Making Of:

If this all looks simple then I’ve done a good job. What makes art, in my belief, is its ability to convey a sense of “magic”, not only in the finished work’s affect on your senses, but in the process of its creation. What makes you listen and watch the complex hand movements of a master harpist (my Sister is one), magician or guitarist (my Brother), practicing the best of their work? It seems magical and so it should.

Some artists fear exposure of their technique. I do not; I know that for you to attempt what I describe in these images and video you will appreciate the true complexity and discipline involved. I hope you try! Like many lucky others, you may just discover the wonderful world of glass I find myself immersed in.

Learning the making of an artwork can stimulate one’s appreciation for it and for this exciting and stimulating medium in general- that is my goal here – enjoy!

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THE MAKING OF … VIDEOSHOW:

King Township is a Winner!

by Greg Locke

“It’s my honour to inform you that King won the National Award, Steve”

At 11:20 a.m. this last Saturday October 3rd, these were all the words necessary for Steve Pellegrini, Chair of  the King Blooms Committee, to tell the world what had just been announced at the Communities in Bloom national conference in Vaughan, Ontario, “Sent from a screen that is 2″x3″, or in other words, my blackberry.”

Pellegrini, former 2-term King Township Councillor and previous Mayoralty candidate, was estatic with the outcome, as were the members of the King Blooms Committee including Lynda Rogers, Blair Day, Barb Niemeyer, Carol Ann Trabert and Janet Orr.

Greg’s River Flows Through It (2001) was selected as the 2009 branding piece of King Blooms, King Township’s committee of the national Communities in Bloom organization.

Below is an excerpt of the official Communities in Bloom award description:

2009 National Edition

Township of King, ON

Winner of the 10,001 to 20,000 Population Category

5 Blooms

Special Mention: Conservation of Farmland and Old Growth Forests

The Township of King has won in the 10,001 to 20,000 population category of the 2009 National Edition of Communities in Bloom, receiving a 5 Bloom rating and a special mention ­for the Conservation of Farmland and Old Growth Forests.

Between Toronto and Barrie, The Township of King has been described as the ‘Lungs of Toronto’: nearly 70 percent of the land is on the Oak Ridges Moraine, a protected area, while the rest is protected by Greenbelt. Agriculture is the way of life for many in the township, and the Moraine has a unique concentration of environmental, geological and hydrological features that make its ecosystem vital to south-central Ontario.

Communities in Bloom is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of green spaces in urban settings.

Within the actual context of climate changes and environmental concerns, communities involved in the Communities in Bloom program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society.

For more information:

Township of King: Steve Pellegrini  905-874-2328  905-841-9312 steve.pellegrini@brampton.ca

Communities in Bloom: 514-694-8871 : www.communitiesinbloom.ca

Congratulations to everyone in King Township and the King Blooms Committee for a job well done!

Greg with River Flows Through It and King Blooms Banner 2009

For more on the history of this year’s King Blooms banner, click here.

See River Flows Through It here. See the full banner image below.

Schomberg Village Street Gallery 2009

(September 26 + 27, 2009)

WHAT A WEEKEND!

300 history, art and heritage buffs visiting Greg and Tracy’s renovated heritage-barn-come-glass-studio alone!

Countless more art buffs viewing and buying Greg’s fused and stained glass works – right from a gallery in front of their house!

The first annual Schomberg Village Street Gallery was a HIT!

We have lots of members of our community to thank for its success – not to mention the weatherand the local musicians who added to our enjoyment of SVSG, including pianist Rick Mauti of Schomberg and Hugh Barnett of Arcadia Music.

We got a nice break here as it POURED rain on Monday.

Greg and his good friend and neighbour Tom Wray; and well known community volunteers Judy Craig, Charles Cooper, Susanne Prince and Marianne Broome lead a committee supported by Arts Society King to put on this first annual juried fine art street gallery and sale along the Main Street of historic Schomberg, north-west of Toronto.

21 artists from varied media including acrylic, watercolour, photography, ceramic, and glass pitched their tents and works for 2 days – and the results, especially in these hard economic times, are positively surprising.

Greg and his wife Tracy had a few things to prepare for and manage over the weekend:

– Help manage the last-minute details for the event with the committee and volunteer staff;
– Prepare rear gardens and Gotham Glassworks studio ready for their participation in Doors Open King as a heritage location;
– Make more fused glass works for sale at the show! A batch of platters came out of the kiln that Saturday morning – just in time;
– Construct a driveway “gallery” within a 20′ x 10′ tent includug tables, display stands, easels and accessories;
– Manage the gallery-booth, the studio and gardens during the show AND Doors Open on the Saturday.

Greg looks forward to planning next year’s “SVSG II” for next Fall with the SVSG committee. They will consider how to expand and fine-tune the event based on feedback from the participating artists, merchants, current and potential sponsors, the ASK Board, and most importantly – art lovers like YOU.

Please feel free to Contact Greg with any thoughts on making the show better for next year!

The photo series below is of Greg’s booth at SVSG. It represents but a mere sampling of the many exhibitors at the show. You can also catch some local news coverage of the event via the links below the slideshow.

Lead-Up Publicity to Schomberg Village Street Gallery


For more on the lead-up to the Schomberg Village Street Gallery, click here.

See you next at ASK’s Studio Tour in April 2010!

ART SALE and DOORS OPEN KING THIS WEEKEND!

 

Coverage of Schomberg Village Street Gallery and Doors Open King at Gotham Glassworks' Studio by Greg Locke
For coverage of the Schomberg Village Street Gallery, click here.

 

Schomberg Village Street Gallery

It’s almost here!  Saturday and Sunday (10:00 – 5:00) mark this first annual open-air juried fine art show & sale, brought to you by Arts Society King.

SVSG takes place along and by historic Schomberg Main Street with local and surrounding area fine artists and their works.  Admission is free.

GREG IS IN THIS EVENT. The front of Greg and his wife Tracy’s house will be turned into a gallery – many of his available works are for sale at his home at Dr. Kay Drive and Main Street.

Greg has been busy making some attractively priced items just for this event – great for Christmas presents or a nice Fall treat for yourself!

Check the event website for a full listing of artists, sample images of their works and biographies, plus directions and a map to Schomberg.  Greg’s advice is, park at the IGA Plaza at Hwy. 27 and Doctor Kay Drive and walk 5 minutes to Main Street.
Doors Open Ontario

Doors Open, King Township

And if that wasn’t enough, Saturday also marks Doors Open, King Township.

Gotham Glassworks barn studio and surrounding gardens will be on the tour this year

See the expert heritage restoration of an 80 year-old horse barn into a modern art glass studio on the inside, while maintaining its rustic exterior, surrounded by several dramatic perrennial gardens maintained by Greg and his wife Tracy.

You can check out the studio, the Schomberg Village Street Gallery artists and works, plus tour other King Township participating Doors Open locations, all in the same day.