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  • Writer's pictureKerri King

Make Art Not War

Last summer, I had the opportunity to spend a few days with Flora Bowley in Portland, Oregon.

Flora is a painter, pioneer, and author of top-selling art books, Brave Intuitive Painting, and Creative Revolution.

Flora believes that creativity has the power to awaken, empower, heal and transform; and after spending a few days participating in her Creative Re-Boot workshop, I wholeheartedly agree.

Flora’s workshop took me from a place of being nervous about even picking up a paintbrush to feeling confident and free and inspired to create more.

Since the workshop, I have turned my garage into a make-shift studio, and have been experimenting with graffiti with my kids, as well as lots of intuitive painting with whomever wishes to come play with me.

Jordan and Dallas exploring graffiti
Jordan and Dallas exploring graffiti

As the CEO of a public art gallery in Whitby, I am blessed to be surrounded by an incredibly vibrant community of artist and art lovers.

When I arrived at the gallery three and a half years ago, I encouraged our team to take advantage of the incredible art classes and workshops that we host at the gallery.

A few weeks ago, a few staff and SG volunteers participated in a special print-making workshop led by exhibiting artist Christian Chapman.

Everyone created really cool pieces. I was surprised and delighted when friends even requested prints of my creation.

This Thursday, we are doing a pop-up t-shirt making session in the SG underground studios to coincide with the SG WAVE SUMMER MUSIC SERIES evening.

For $20 you can make your own t-shirt. Hit me up at if you would like to join us. You can bring your own t-shirt or we have some on-hand  here at the Gallery for $10.

Last, I’d like to share this Milton Glaser essay, which was recently posted by @jacquiesevers.

I love this excerpt:

Thought changes our life and our behaviour. I also believe that drawing works in the same way.

I am a great advocate of drawing, not in order to become an illustrator, but because I believe drawing changes the brain in the same way as the search to create the right note changes the brain of a violinist. Drawing makes you attentive.

It makes you pay attention to what you are looking at, which is not easy.”

Here is a link to the full essay:

If you would like to explore art-making,  check out what we have happening at Station Gallery.

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Aug 29, 2019

You inspire not only women but everyone you meet!! Selflessly.

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