Caetani studio artist David Goodliffe shows one of his 'sillies'

Caetani studio artist David Goodliffe shows one of his 'sillies'

Caetani Cultural Centre hosts last Art Market of the season

Indulge in some food, friendship, fun, and, of course, art when the final Caetani Art Market of the season happens Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Indulge in some food, friendship, fun, and, of course, art when the final Caetani Art Market of the season happens Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Taking place at the Caetani Cultural Centre,  Crush Bistro is returning to the courtyard with scrumptious Toonie tapas and gourmet soups, among other tasty nibbles.

“The market was so much fun to do in August, with so many interested and interesting people, that we jumped at the chance to come back,” said Antje Schirwinsky, who runs Crush Bistro with business partner Christine Beham.

Caetani’s artist-in-residence James Postill has been so inspired by the Caetani courtyard’s waterfall and pond that he has painted some of the flora that lies within.

“I submitted a copy of a Monet’s water lilies for Gallery Vertigo’s Almost Famous fundraiser, and then couldn’t resist doing a few of my own when I saw the pond teeming with blooming lilies,” he said. “They are still flowering and make a peaceful subject matter to paint.”

At the Caetani centre since April, Postill has also been busy painting a fresco on the Straw Bale Studio, while researching the art of painting the mural-like art form. He will present a talk about frescos, with demonstrations and examples of his work, at the market at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Collaborative works of art produced by Postill’s summer camp students will also be on exhibition, along with other artworks by Caetani artists. The student’s paintings are acrylic and mixed media on canvas and will be on sale through a silent auction at the market.

Funds raised will go towards the Kids After School Art Club at the Caetani centre.

The Caetani artist’s exhibition will include works by David Goodliffe, who works out of the Sveva Studio.

Goodliffe devotes much of his spare time to working with clay and volunteering at the Vernon Community Arts Centre, however, he uses his Caetani studio to concentrate on oil painting, using pure colours to create hard-edged paintings with vibrant and dynamic results.

“I work in silence when I paint, but when I make sillies with clay, I can’t help but laugh while I work,” said Goodliffe who will be demonstrating how to make “sillies” at the market.

Visitors who spend $30 or more at the market can visit Goodliffe in his studio for a free rune reading.

Goodliffe makes his own runes from clay, washing them and laying them out to dry during the full moon for maximum effect.

“These runes are of the ancient northern European tradition where a person can ask or think of a pertinent personal question while picking a rune out of the bag, and the answer to your question can be found on the back of the rune,” he said.

Also back by popular demand is Kiki the Eco Elf, who is also an early childhood educator and entertains children with stories, songs and rhymes while teaching them about the importance of protecting their environment.

She will be face painting and performing at the picnic spot above the courtyard throughout the day.

Meanwhile, parents and other visitors can relax and browse around the market and art studios to the sound of Daniel Stark playing sarode. Artworks by photographer Christine Kashuba, pottery on the deck by Laurel Fredin, oil paintings by Terry Greenhough, and stalls offering jewelry, sculpture, glasswork, oil and mixed media will also come together to form the market.

For more info, visit caetaniculturalcentre.org.