Comments: 86
  • #86

    Carole Aida (Sunday, 27 June 2021 10:53)

    Wow! I just saw the work submitted for Series 8 and there is such an amazing variety of responses! I struggled with this package. Somehow I couldn't see past the original images to create something new. My offering is quite predictable and not very imaginative. I'll see if I can come up with something else, otherwise I shall have to wait and see what I can do when Series 9 arrives. Thanks to everyone at Gallery Arcturus for continuing with this workshop!- Carole

  • #85

    Ed (Wednesday, 02 June 2021 13:52)

    Getting more reports of mail successfully delivered, including one in the US of A. Good to hear.

  • #84

    Jill (Wednesday, 02 June 2021 06:17)

    #8 arrived yesterday. Yay!
    But these colours, though? How did they possibly get that pigment back then? Genius!
    Thank you to the mail Gods, xo Jill

  • #83

    Carole Aida (Monday, 31 May 2021 20:07)

    Hello! I received my envelope of Series #8 in today’s mail. I love the selection of paintings we received. Can’t wait to see what everyone creates!

  • #82

    Ed (Thursday, 27 May 2021 10:28)

    The latest printed images for workshop #8 have been posted. Perhaps those living in areas with energetic postal workers will even see their envelope today.

    I'll send out an email too.

  • #81

    Donna Little (Thursday, 13 May 2021 18:57)

    Thank you for this shared venture . I found it fascinating to see the creative ways people chose to use the fragments and design ideas of the originals.

  • #80

    Tonie Norman (Thursday, 06 May 2021 11:14)

    The new and interesting creations that have emerged in workshop #7 open new horizons. Each time I look at them I see something missed earlier. Thank you for this opportunity to connect with each other.

  • #79

    Deborah (Wednesday, 05 May 2021 10:01)

    I absolutely second that emotion. Wow!!!

    I feel so lucky and privileged to see the work as it comes in and to have the pleasure of putting it up on the site.

  • #78

    Jill Lawrence (Wednesday, 05 May 2021 06:40)

    Oh my goodness, i am over-the-moon with these creations for workshop #7. Wow wow wow!
    xo j

  • #77

    Paul Foster (Monday, 03 May 2021 21:22)

    So many amazing collages. It's fun to see the pieces and how they create new works of art. They help me to see with new eyes.

    Thanks also to Arcturus Gallery for providing the opportunity for us to create art in a safe and socially distanced manner.

  • #76

    Keith Wdowczyk (Sunday, 02 May 2021 11:31)

    Upon viewing the images I felt limited by the lack of objects and shapes I normally identify with. In the moment where I decide to move past the resistance, the energy seemed to decide itself what would be created. When looking at the end result it seems I've worked into a new space. The buildings enabled me to work with space this time around as the focal point, which is unfamiliar to me. It seems the perception of being limited, once ignored, can move me into something new.

  • #75

    Shelly (Friday, 30 April 2021 14:48)

    Hi All, well, I have lost all semblance of day/date since Spring arrived and seem to have also lost a reasonable sense of time passing. I have just opened the recent set today but I think the envelope arrived a few days ago. In general, I do work fairly slowly in the collage creation process.

    I think the image combinations you select are tremendous and the colour combinations are wonderful. I so appreciate this creative forum. Thank you!!

  • #74

    Ed (Friday, 30 April 2021 13:15)

    Carole's comment led me to go into the current set and look closely. I haven't worked with these images and yet I am enjoying the chance to enter into their detail and colour -- I think this experience is possible due to the repetition. Also, it seems participants focused on what was offered, bringing in less new material than for previous series.

  • #73

    Carole Aida (Friday, 30 April 2021 09:56)

    The collages from this series are great! It seems that a few of us had similar ideas on how to use the materials but each work is unique and special. It’s such a treat to see how everyone responds to the selected images! Thank you to everyone at the Gallery. I’m already looking forward to series #8.

  • #72

    Maria (Saturday, 24 April 2021 22:04)

    Hi Deborah,

    Thanks for all the work you're doing on the Collage Exchange--it is much appreciated! I got the 7th mailing on Fri. & started to think about the collage & began cutting while watching a concert today.

    I think that the least stressful way to do the mailings would be to do them on a regular published schedule--exactly every 6 weeks.

    Note to everyone: don't buy Crayola glue sticks--they are not good--dry much too fast! I saw online that 3M 5 min. glue stiicks are good--they do not dry for 5 min., so pieces can be repositioned several times.

  • #71

    wendy weaver (Friday, 23 April 2021 14:38)

    Thanks for #7, and for 1-6! It is such an interesting project each time, and considerable work for everyone back at Arcturus. In this strange period when future planning is next to impossible, deadlines can be helpful for motivation. However, please run this ongoing workshop so that it is manageable for the Arcturus team. Only then will it continue for some more months, and perhaps years. Thanks for asking.

  • #70

    deborah (Friday, 23 April 2021 10:05)

    Thank you to all for your responses. It may seem that it was an unnecessary concern on our part but just as the host can fret about whether the meal was good for the guest
    we do get somewhat stressed about the images we choose and the timing of when we send them (I say 'we' but it is more accurately 'me'). I am happy that you seem to be
    still enjoying the exchange.

  • #69

    Sara (Friday, 23 April 2021 07:39)

    How exciting!
    Serie #7 arrived,
    images in my desk,
    images possibilities
    floating in my imagination
    what will it be?

  • #68

    Jill Lawrence (Thursday, 22 April 2021 16:59)

    So happy to receive #7 in the mail today. Thank you again for staying with the online workshop format. It is deeply meaningful to remain connected to you all this way.
    Inserting into the conversation; I like the idea and freedom of no specific timing or spacing of receiving the images. I love to linger in the anticipation of their arrival - the longer the better. The energy of the images dictates the speed at which I can complete them but always excited to send them back promptly when done. xoxo j

  • #67

    Time frame (response to #56) (Thursday, 22 April 2021)

    Nope, not too soon for me at all! I look forward to receiving the packages, and even if sometimes it takes me longer to figure out what I want to do with them, I like having time to sit with them. Thank you!

  • #66

    Victoria (Thursday, 22 April 2021 14:53)

    I got my # 7 today. I like the idea of every 4-6 weeks. I usually have mine done in a day or 2 after receiving them but think spacing them out makes them feel more special somehow.

  • #65

    Louie Vargas (Thursday, 22 April 2021 13:29)

    4 to 5 weeks schedule works for me too. Thanks.

  • #64

    Paul Foster (Thursday, 22 April 2021 13:26)

    I'm okay with a 4 to 5 week schedule. I'm one of the tardy ones. My process is to work hard at procrastination first. Than once I'm tired of the hard work of procrastination, I can start to think about starting. However, I do appreciate all the work that goes into the planning and mailing out of the Workshop Series.

  • #63

    Kathryn Cramer (Thursday, 22 April 2021 13:26)

    I’m just coming back in after a long recovery from a broken elbow. I don’t have a specific opinion on the timing of mailings.

    I will be in the US for a while starting in a week or so. So I will need to have images emailed since it would take a while to get them by international mail. I will email my new contact info.

  • #62

    Tonie Norman (Thursday, 22 April 2021 13:14)

    A month to five weeks feels good for me. I like to spend time with the images but at the same time a deadline is good to work towards.

  • #61

    Tonie Norman (Thursday, 22 April 2021 13:05)

    I received Series Seven yesterday. Thanks to everyone.

  • #60

    Susan Eckenwalder (Thursday, 22 April 2021 13:02)

    I’m happy with a month too.
    Helps to work toward a deadline.

  • #59

    deborah (Wednesday, 21 April 2021 13:31)

    Just to add to the previous comment.
    At the beginning we decided to send out the next set of images when it seemed that there was no more work coming in, based on what we had sent out. Recently, especially with this last set, the incoming have been slower and farther apart so it has been more difficult to determine if there will be more coming in.
    This is the reason for my question to participants.

  • #58

    deborah (Wednesday, 21 April 2021 13:22)

    Thanks Carole for your feedback and considered suggestions. I probably cannot stick to such a formal time frame, being someone who often does not know what day of the month it is, but a rough 4-5 week spacing could be achieved.

    Would still like to hear from others is this is good for them as well.


  • #57

    Carole Aida (Wednesday, 21 April 2021 12:50)

    Hi! I just received my envelope of Series #7 materials today (April 21).

    Perhaps a 4/5 week schedule would work for most people. The packages could be sent a few days before the beginning of the month and people could plan to have collages done by or before the end of the month.

    By keeping it to a rough "monthly" schedule participants could plan and have a sense of the timelines. Everyone will know that they can expect new material at the beginning of each month and that they should try to complete and upload before the end of the month. This may require more work/expense on the part of the Gallery but it's just a suggestion.

    Thank you so much to everyone involved both at the Gallery and the other participants!

    PS- For those eager to do more, there are so many other challenges and prompts on IG to keep you busy while waiting for the next package of material!

  • #56

    deborah harris (Tuesday, 20 April 2021 11:58)

    We just sent out Series #7 images on Friday (the 16th) I just want to ask participants
    to let me know if this seems too soon. We are receiving works over such an expanded time frame, some work comes in within a week of sending out and some are still being received three or four weeks later. Obviously, the first contributors are impatient to get the next installment while those whose process takes longer do not want to feel rushed. We are trying to accommodate everyone to the best of our abilities so feedback would make this easier.

  • #55

    Jay Hodgson (Monday, 19 April 2021 13:44)

    Looking through series #6 and just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying this process — it's fascinating to see how everyone interprets the same work differently! Too bad we can't hang them all together in a space somewhere!

  • #54

    Paul Foster (Sunday, 18 April 2021 18:49)

    Some very creative and beautiful collages. I love the images and they help me to see with new eyes. Thanks to everyone involved in planning and collaging.

  • #53

    Tonie Norman (Sunday, 11 April 2021 19:43)

    In Colourblind I like the way the images, bookended between the windswept barren land, take on something otherworldly and new. The eerie music felt perfect.

  • #52

    Carole Aida (Wednesday, 07 April 2021 16:18)

    I love the video. I felt I was on a magical journey experiencing the collages in B&W. I'm going to see how my "Windswept" air balloon collage converts to B&W. The original is so colourful that I'm not sure if it will be successful.....but I'm curious! ( I'm still trying to create something using the other images.)

  • #51

    Susan Eckenwalder (Wednesday, 07 April 2021 15:17)

    Thought the collages very effective in black and white, my two favourite “colours”.

  • #50

    ed d. (Monday, 29 March 2021 18:10)

    a brand new collection, collected together by eron and deborah:
    music by Luke Gilliam, a long-time friend of the gallery and a collagist too

  • #49

    Carole Aida (Thursday, 25 March 2021 15:29)

    Hi! I just received my package today (Thursday March 25).

    I was surprised to see they are B&W but am up for the challenge. I have noted deborah's message and will be adding my own elements to the mix!


  • #48

    Rena Sava (Wednesday, 24 March 2021 16:25)

    Mail arrived today, thanks, working on it.

  • #47

    Sara MacHin (Wednesday, 24 March 2021 11:15)

    Serie #6
    Surprised by the
    Black, Grey and White
    What else can I
    Discover ?
    What else will be

  • #46

    Mary Lou Payzant (Tuesday, 23 March 2021 13:47)

    March 23
    My package just arrived, and quite a challenge it is! But I will follow Deborah's tip and look for colour pieces to incorporate. Can't wait to get started!

  • #45

    Mary Lou Payzant (Saturday, 20 March 2021 22:50)

    Greetings from Halifax - I am so enjoying seeing all the great collages as they come in almost daily, it’s a lovely greeting to the day even though I rarely know what day it is in these curious times. So far I’ve only achieved one collage from the two envelopes I’ve received but I loved making it and look forward to doing more. Thank you so much!

  • #44

    Carol Roundtree (Saturday, 06 March 2021 22:56)

    My recent piece using the Kandinsky image included ‘drawing to music’ ie the sketchy lines are actually my drawing to the music of jazz artist Oscar Peterson- a technique I learned from Kaz Ogino. I call it ‘Kandinsky plays Oscar’.

  • #43

    Tonie Norman (Thursday, 04 March 2021 08:55)

    For this series #5 it was very interesting to read Vivian's breakthrough using the little scraps. I too had spent time working that way and did not see a path forward. Vivian's descriptions and observations of her process helped me to better understand some of the airy hard to grasp feelings I experienced when working with the scraps. And sparked excitement for my next efforts.

  • #42

    Paul Foster (Tuesday, 02 March 2021 21:08)

    I enjoyed seeing all the different creative solutions to Series #5. Some really amazing pieces. I love the whimsy in some and the sheer "I would never of thought of that" response many evoke in me. I'm enjoying the collage exchange. Thanks to all the collagists who participated.

  • #41

    Vivian (Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:29)

    In the final collage I did, I tried to use up as many as I could of the tiny leftover pieces. This collage took me the longest. The pieces were so small that it was difficult to create any specific design or image out of them, so I put them together in a totally random way. In the beginning, I kept asking myself what was the point because since there was nothing left of the image or the feeling of the 3 paintings in these little shards, I might as well have used any old scraps. But as I started working on them, separating them into a "blue" collage and a black and white one (with some reds and yellows), and especially during the really hard process of trying to glue them down, I realized that the somehow the imagery and the "feeling" of the original paintings were still there, especially Benton's. The paintings still lived in each little shard.

    This piece is now my favourite.

  • #40

    Ed (Wednesday, 17 February 2021 17:04)

    Fifth Workshop envelopes are starting to arrive - thank you, Canada Post. I have one report each for the east and west ends of the [old] City of Toronto...

  • #39

    Tonie (Sunday, 07 February 2021 09:34)

    Incredible to see how the four given pictures have emerged into such variety. It felt energizing and connecting to recognize the very familiar in different shapes and structures.
    Thank you for all the work you have done bringing us all together in the Collage Exchange Gallery.

  • #38

    Paul Foster (Friday, 05 February 2021 19:47)

    Amazing work. Very creative solutions. I marvel at the different ways to solve the task at hand of how to use the different works of art in new way. Great work.

  • #37

    deborah harris (Thursday, 04 February 2021 10:27)

    It is really overwhelming to see the extraordinary work that is coming in. We always fret so much choosing the images to send out so to receive such a creative outpouring
    is more that just affirming that something good is happening here.
    I want to let you know that the previous workshop images are still available to view in the SCREENING ROOM. Eron has put them up with music and transitions and in that way we can archive each workshop.