May 30th, 2013 | Comments Off on More Scenes from Bowen Island

A few photos from a lovely long weekend on Bowen a week and a half ago. It was a good time for bird watching, as you can see from some of the photos.

North Shore mountains from Howe Sound

There were two Anna’s Hummingbirds constantly visiting the feeder. The view of them was excellent since it’s located just outside the window beside the kitchen table. They are amazing little birds.

Male Anna's Hummingbird

Male Anna's Hummngbird

Male Anna's Hummingbird

The Canada Geese had taken over the Lagoon with their horde of goslings. There were at least thirty of them in one group, watched over by multiple parents. Gosling daycare I suppose.

Goslings and parents


Bowen Island a place where there are lovely things to see, rain or shine.

Rain drops on the water

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May 28th, 2013 | 4 Comments »

Ironclad Art is a competition put on by the City of Vancouver challenging people to come up with new manhole cover designs. As of the deadline in mid-April they received over one thousand submissions, all of which you can view online. Last week I was pleased to learn my work was selected as one of the top twenty-five finalists. Woot!

I chose to create one of my intricate paper cut designs (pictured here), and I would dearly love to see this immortalized in metal. Even if it isn’t chosen as the finalist, it’s still pretty cool to make the shortlist.

Ironclad Art. Rachael Ashe design

As part of the competition there is a People’s Choice award. Please help me out and vote for my design. Winners of Ironclad Art will be announced this Saturday June 1st. I can hardly wait.

May 27th, 2013 | Comments Off on Hot Talks: Sometimes It Ain’t Pretty by Kim Werker

The speaker series I am curating at Hot Art Wet City gallery kicked off last Tuesday evening with a talk by Kim Werker. It was a terrific talk centered around the value of failure and imperfection which led to an interesting discussion afterwards.

Lucky for those who missed it, Chris filmed the whole thing and you can watch it here:

Kim Werker speaking at Hot Art Wet City (May 21, 2013) from bentzen on Vimeo.

The series, now titled Hot Talks, continues on June 25th with Bruce Alcock. More details about it, and to grab tickets, on the Hot Art Wet City web site.