November 17th, 2014 | No Comments »

Menopause is one of those things you don’t hear much about (or think about) until you’re over forty or have friends in their late forties and early fifties. If you’re a man, I’m sure you hear nothing about it at all.

Last year a few of my friends were going through menopause and suddenly I found myself hearing the horror stories “the change” can bring to a woman’s body. I’m familiar with the idea of hot flashes, but until that point I’d never heard much about the mood swings, or the feeling of losing your mind and memory loss. My friends made is sound like bad PMS but one hundred times worse. Fun times with our bodies are ahead of us ladies…


To bring a bit of humour to this situation Susan DeGarmo created a light-hearted, interactive pop-up book on getting older and going through the change. Many Paws is a reproduction of the original altered book she created after having a hot flash while teaching a class on altering books.



The book has three dimensional elements, pop-up pieces, doors to open, and bits to pull. It’s colourful and fun, but best of all it’s a book that embraces the aging of women and laughs with us rather than making us feel ridiculous about our struggles.



I was sent a review copy of the book, which is an usual situation for me. Accepting it was a no-brainer because it’s a great addition to my library of books on altered books and paper art. I think it will also be a wonderful item to share with my female friends as we age. I know it’s something I want to enjoy rather than dread.



Visit Susan DeGarmo’s website to learn more about her. You can also purchase your own copy of the book online here or through Amazon.

November 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

My final exhibition of 2014 is a group show all about paper.

Gam Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition and holiday pop-up shop of paper works, works on paper, prints, cards, journals, artist books and more.


Featured artists include: Ghazel Abbassalian, Matias Armendaris, Rachael Ashe, Sean Alward, Colin Cej, Romulo Cesar, Sarah Clement, Aya Ikeda-Berry, Keith Ikeda-Barry, Sean Karemaker, Mel King, Julia K. Kreutz, Rye Lundy, Caitlin McDonagh, Jessie McNeil, Craig Pettman, Tristesse Seeliger, Mira Song, Damla Tamer, Daniel Tatterton, Ola Volo, Michelle Weinstein and Priscilla Yu as well as many featured artists and designers in our boutique.

The show runs from November 21st through December 20th, with the official opening on Friday November 28th, 7pm to 12am.

Join the Facebook event page to see sneak peeks of work by all the artists »

Paper Presents
Gam Gallery
110 East Hastings (at Columbia)

November 11th, 2014 | No Comments »

The usual series of lovely scenes from Bowen Island. It rained heavily but when the weather cleared we had blue skies, bright sun, and colder weather. It feels like winter now.

On the ferry to Bowen Island

Near the beaver dam

Elephant tree

Blue skies above the forest

Anna's Hummingbird

The Anna’s Hummingbird was a frequent visitor to the three feeders Anne has positioned around the windows of the house. I feel lucky to have gotten a few good photos with my iPhone while he was feeding. Most of the time these birds are too speedy to photograph with a camera phone.