Blue collars and coffee beans

Yes it is a jumbled title – but reflective of life as of late. Between my professional project, The Groundhog Day Meet Up at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (more about that tomorrow) and keeping up with the amazing opportunities that friends are creating within our arts community, I am running low on words and energy! Here are a couple that I hope will steer you in the right direction during February.

Self Portrait by Jennifer Gough

Local artist  Jennifer Gough has opened a month long show at Kava Bean Commons “From the inside, Out”. I’m certainly an unabashed fan of her and her work  and recently helped celebrate her birthday at her Kitchener studio, which is evocative of a really cool martini lounge hung with great art. Anyone is welcome to visit the studio, just book with her in advance  – don’t forget your check book though, it is hard to walk out without something in hand. Of her current show Jennifer says:

” Most of my work is inspired by life experience and human emotion.  Taking those feelings and expressing them through art, I examine and depict a range of attributes and emotions that I think we all experience and strive to achieve.  The result I believe is a collection of pieces that people can relate to in their own lives and experiences.”

I always love to tell people that I’ve met almost everyone I know in Kitchener on Twitter, and Jennifer (@MindsEyeStudio) is no exception. Her social media involvement is a great example of local artists using Twitter, Facebook and blogs to really build themselves as a brand. “From the inside, Out, will culminate with a Gala Dinner on March 5th. Connect with Jennifer on Twitter or via her website for more information. BTW, Jennifer is also responsible for the great windows at THEMUSEUM  and she covers the Searching for Tom opening here.

So that covers the title “coffee beans,” how about the “blue collars”? Another highly anticipated show.

Late Nights and Blue Collar Mornings

Late Nights and Blue Collar Mornings Invite

I met David, aka Kosta, at one of Hilary Abel’s Cinq a Septs (@angrycelery). Local social media icon and super connector Lisa McDonald introduced us and I spend an enjoyable night talking to him about his work. His passion and energy really is contagious and I very much look forward to his show on Saturday, February 19 from 6:30pm – 11:30pm at 51 Borden Ave South in Kitchener. You can RSVP on his Facebook event page here. It think that David’s invite on the event page really says it all. He is a seriously cool guy.

“hey everyone,
i dont know about yourselves but in the depth of the winter i dont like to be outside for extended periods of time. so if you share the same, or perhaps you like art, or perhaps you hate art but like having a chill drink with friends you havent seen in a while, or perhaps you just like having a drink? either way this is an invitation to come check out what ive been working on in my top secret laboratory. i miss you all very much and hope to see you in the very near future. much love.
your boy kosta”

Yup so beans and collars with a dose of social media love thrown in. Sounds like a post to me.



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