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A picture IS worth a 1,000 words! Check latest watercolour on

Accomplished Canadian scenery artist Robert Genn turned his attention to the concern the First Peoples’ must have for oil and gas development in the North when he painted Native Mothers Beside Construction. Look at the expression on the mother’s face as she holds her child tight on her lap. It is a look of concern and fear. You can see it on the Contemporary Art page of my site . It should be hanging in a Band Office or an environmental centre. It does speak a 1,000 words. The power of great art. To acquire it framed contact or Redkettle Art Gallery. Thank you.


Why collect ART? Let me count the reasons.

Why collect ART? I mean besides the fact that you work hard and deserve beauty in your life. Here are reasons to start collecting art. Here goes:
-Art enhances your quality of life.
-It is a good investment.
-There is only one.
-It is an expression of yourself. The Real you is shown in your taste.
-Art is personal. No one is wrong for liking a certain style and disliking another.
-It is great to come home to at the end of the day. It inspires.
-Art challenges us and engages us. It creates a dialogue within.
-It encourages us to question: What is this piece saying to me? Why does it affect me so?
-Art delights and tells us things. It tells us about ourself in the process.
-Art is forgiving. Like a good dog it loves you for you and only wants to please and calm you.
-It opens us to a community of like minded people who enjoy colour, line, and visual expression.
-When can I start? Now. Don’t worry about the search- Good art finds you.
-You are Home with good art around you. It is a great thing to wake to and say goodnight to.
In a cold changing world, you fit. Good art is a good friend. Enjoy the easy rapport and love.
Art is you. Beautiful and to be treasured.

Why collect Art? Let me count the reasons.


Does your home part say who you are? “Home is the place your belong to.”- Maritime saying

Question: If someone were to break into your home, think they would they like the people that live there by the art on the walls? Hope so. Your home art should represent the real you. It’s always been my belief that burglars would make a pot of coffee,  sit back and enjoy the art in my home and leave empty handed but enlightened.  Good art = Good people.  Nuff said.  Doctors probably have a word for it but lately my home art has become blow-up photos of my large french Canadian family growing up in northern Ontario. After years of living with great Canadian art on the walls, I’ve chosen to enjoy the beauty of family in ’50’s Canada. Lately my home art collection is personal. It’s snap shots of family life that ground me and let me know my roots.  A burglar would be walking into a Barnes photo album and that is fine. Like the family the pics celebrate, make coffee, and leave by the front door.  Have a great day everyone.  Mornin’ Janet.

Canadian landscape artist John Joy dies at 86. A great loss.

On January 14, 2012 Canadian artist John Joy passed away in North York. He was 86. Redkettle is proud to have a charming framed 8″x10″ oil of a river bank in winter for sale. Joy captures the brittle cold and the frozen grasses against the snow. Here is your chance to own an original John Joy. Contact for details. Redkettle Art would get the shipping but buyer pays the taxes and customs costs if any.  Check our contemporary art page to see this fine painting.  In closing, hope this finds you warm and well on this chilly winter day. John Joy’s art says it all.  Mornin’ Janet.

Fresh Art for the New Year and Some Old Friends, too!

I hope you’ve had a lovely holiday, complete with family and friends and lots of chance to relax and visit. My back do0r here on the West Hall’s Harbour Road is ajar and I’d like you to come in and discuss art with Mich and I for a while.  There’s always time in this spell between Christmas and New Year’s Day – and aren’t visits from old friends and new ones what the season is all about. Come in the coffee is on and the woodstove is pumping out heat!

We’ve been focussing on business plan, and disussing the direction Mich’s gallery will take. In the New Year, as ever, Mich will continue to collect art from Canada’s First Peoples as his main focus and secondarily classic Canadian art with a scattering of International pieces as they show up and appeal to him.

A newer goal is to concentrate on supporting the emerging, younger, less affluent collector – making it easier to acquire those first few pieces will be an important goal and we want to encourage you to discuss with Mich an installment or layaway plan – several monthly equal payments including shipping with delivery to take place as the final payment clears.

To the end of presenting you with affordable options Mich will always have an inventory of good pieces at excellent prices and from time to time we will concentrate on how to display fine art in your home.

A case in point are these two small prints, beautifully framed and modestly priced, by Henry Moore. Moore was known for his massive, very simple statues of bronze, meant to be viewed in an outdoors setting.

He was also a fine and very capable draftsman. We may not all have a beautifully landscaped sculpture garden for his huge brozes but we have room on our walls for these lovely small pieces and can afford the very reasonable price.


I promised you a glimpse of an old friend – and here it is – this lovely original painting is of Drag River by John Joy – the colours are lovely and the particular brilliant light of a northern winter day is captured with ease. This painting is waiting to go home to you for a very reasonable price. Contact for details.



And finally – three West Coast native pieces: the Floyd Joseph print shown in Mich’s living room was the starting piece of years of collecting – Wolf Dancing with the Moon – Mich was recently browsing around and was surprised to find this beautiful print offered for sale – of course he had to have it in his home again! But it is for sale, so act fast and it can become yours. Framed and ready for your wall.


I don’t think I have shown this James Leslie Salish ceremonial mask of a deer’s head before – last week I did show the Kwakiutl Raven mask and did a post on Leslie and on West Coast Haida ceremonial masks. Both pieces are for sale – contact for details.

Until next week – which is also next year – Mich and I wish you a very happy and prosperous 2012!

A Reminder: My art at auction closes this weekend

I thought I’d remind you to be sure to bid if you are planning to – I have three pieces up for bids: two striking originals, an Isaac Bignell and a Daniel Izzard at Westbridge Gallery in Vanvouver:

Check these lovely paintings out and make sure you are set up to bid! Auction is both live at the Vancouver gallery,  and online and closes on Sunday December 11.

For more details, check here:


Levis Fine Art Auction in Calgary is the second auction venue to be featuring one of my pieces this weekend –

Their offering is a numbered exhibition poster by Harold Town – limited edition 4/100 – this is an online only aucton – if you wish to bid you will need a valid paddle number- get more details here by checking this post;

See you Monday or Tuesday of next week for RedKettle’s regular post