"I'm going international, Baby!"

This month, local painter Helen Utsal, will be at exhibitions in the U.S. and in China!

Comox Valley Arts is exceedingly proud of our members... and when they gain recognition, acclaim and visibility beyond our region it's incredibly exciting!

Please join us in congratulating Helen on these wonderful opportunities!

I'm super excited to be off to Art San Diego next week.

It has been wonderful to paint outside (plien air) for much of the new work. I love to trail walk or run and come across gorgeous views and stands of trees. I revisit with my plien air kit, and savor the smells, sounds and changing light.  When working this way, I feel like the forest gets into the painting and leaves a trace of itself there. I'm not talking about the fir needles I pick off it either, haha. When you are in the forest or any natural spot where you are alone and quiet, the forest sounds rise after awhile, creatures go back to their business, thinking you have moved on.  It's that feeling as well as the view that I try to infuse into the painting. I fancy that it slowly diffuses into the space where it is hung and leaves the viewer with a real sense of the forest's magic.

Please share with friends you might have in these vicinities!

San Diego, CA

October 18-21, 2018

Wyland Centre, Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar CA
Booth 512

Held at the Wyland Centre in Del Mar, this contemporary Art Fair runs October 18-21, with a gala opening night on Thursday, October 18.
Art San Diego showcases an international slate of artists and galleries. Join us for a four-day fine art experience, featuring music, entertainment, and other special programming and events. I will be at Booth 512 with new paintings. If you are able to make it to the show, please email me for discounted tickets!


Hangzhou, China

China Qianjiang International Art Exhibition
'Belt and Road' November 1-9, 2018

Hangzhou Qianjiang International Art Museum

Celebrating the Silk Road and its influence of opening China to the world and the world to China. This exhibition at the Hangzhou Qianjiang International Museum is the 3rd in the 'Belt and Road' contemporary Art Exhibitions and features artists from 10 countries. In the spirit of cultural exchange,  40 artists from countries and regions in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, and North America, have been selected to participate. The theme of the exhibition will be peace, freedom, humanities, and environmental protection.


Helen was also part of this year's ACA - Art Comes Alive, in ADC Gallery in Cincinatti, OH
ACA’s award show October 5th, is followed with a month-and-a-half-long exhibition at ADC’s gallery from Monday, October 8th through Friday, November 30th. The public is welcome to attend for free on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ADC is located at 310 Culvert Street, 5th Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202.