Saturday, August 2, 2014

Yes, Paddles Can Be Considered Art

There is a lot going on at this art festival each year, and plenty of space to stroll around in. The house you see in the background is the back side of Vietnam House, which I showed to you during Doors Open. Artists are all on hand, cheerfully talking about their work.


  1. Paddle thy canoe, Bro

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

  2. We enjoy going to shows like this!

  3. It's probably a lot of work to hand carve a paddle! If not "art", then at the very least it's fine craftsmanship.

  4. Summer has always such nice outdoor festivities. I like it.

  5. Actually, I used to hang my wooden canoe paddles as art when they weren't being used.

  6. Paddles/snowshoes....typical Canadian decor!
    Jane x

  7. Not sure if I've ever seen paddles at a market here William :)

  8. Paddles are new for me as art but after all, why not? Lovely to have art in the park!

  9. Love these pictures! I feel like I am there!

  10. @Cloudia: Canadians, of course, as has been said, know how to make love in a canoe.

    @Linda: so do I.

    @Tamera: I've seen it done in other places, adding art onto a paddle.

    @Stuart: that appears to be a consensus!

    @Bieb: thank you!

    @Revrunner: they're a nice touch to have on display.

    @Jane and Chris: quite so!

    @Grace: it must be a northern thing.

    @Luis: thank you.

    @Ciel: it is!

    @Hilary: it's a pleasure to show this to you.

  11. I like the idea of paddles becoming a work of art.

  12. I do remember the Vietnam house. Our art festival will occur in October. It's usually a lot of fun if for no other reason than to people-watch.

    Paddles can, like most everything, be a work of art. Sometimes, when I was a teacher, I wished I had some paddles I could artfully apply to the behinds of recalcitrant students. Nah...I'm just kidding. Or am I?

  13. I love art festivals like this!

  14. Paddles, huh? Okay. They're more artistic that some of the so-called art I've seen!

  15. Great venue for the artists to exhibit their work! Including paddles!

  16. We have so many wonderful artisans. I think the woodworkers are my fave, though. Especially the guys who make stuff with chainsaws! I have a wooden bear like this. So much fun!

  17. Great tour William, what a wonderful display of artists.

  18. Definitely! I've seen some beautiful ones.

  19. @Tex: you can be spending more time in a place like this than you realize!

    @VP: indeed, along with ways to display paddles!

    @Marleen: I've seen paddles painted with animals in the area near where my parents lived for a number of years. I'd love to get my hands on one or two.

    @Lowell: People watching at these things is a great reason to go.

    @Sharon: they're good photo fodder, among other things.

    @Norma: yes, some of which fetches huge prices!

    @Cheryl: it certainly is a good venue.

    @Jackie: so do I. When I saw the shots from you and RedPat of the art show at City Hall in Toronto, I thought of this.

    @Jennifer: who'd have thought chainsaws would be a good thing for art?

    @Denise: thank you!

    @RedPat: I have once seen an old saw repurposed as a canvas for a painting. That was odd!

  20. Paddles are also carved with Pacific Northwest First Nations art, to very nice effect.