San Antonio Open Studios Tour

Each year thousands of art lovers roam the streets of the San Antonio area of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for the Open Studios Tour. The organizers also throw an opening reception for artists and the public two nights before the weekend tours and usually expect 200-300 visitors to attend, More than 600 turned up this year, draining the wine supply half way through the party.  Bob`s studio was turned into a pop-up gallery for the weekend event, using coat hangers, giant paper clips and binder twine for his hanging systems. Three times as many visitors came through Bob`s temporary gallery, resulting in some nice sales to new fans.

Working in San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is again home for the next few months.
Judy has crossed into the "dark side" of the clay arts as she moves from functional pottery to clay sculpture. She is now working with Adria Calaresu and Alberto at their BarroCo Clay Studio in the San Antonio district of the world-famous central highlands art city. Bob's studio is in the same district and has produced several new mixed media pieces since they arrived in San Miguel the first week of January. He is planning to work with a couple of local printmakers in re-energizing his mono print making. Bob has also been accepted into the annual San Antonio Open Studio tour in late February, a group of 59 artists working in the San Antonio district of San Miguel.      

 Judy begins work on her new clay pieces

Judy begins work on her new clay pieces

 Bob, left, works with Richard Webb of the Black Cat Printmaking Studio, San Miguel de Allende. Richard has a gorgeous screen printing studio. as well as a small performance stage for impromtu performances when his blues band buddies come by.

Bob, left, works with Richard Webb of the Black Cat Printmaking Studio, San Miguel de Allende. Richard has a gorgeous screen printing studio. as well as a small performance stage for impromtu performances when his blues band buddies come by.

Intro workshops and DIY presses .....

It's that time of year again when I do a workshop on introductory level printmaking at Acadia University. This year we've spread the sessions across three intensive weekends, as well as adding a section on DIY options for home-made presses. The students will be building a small 18"x18" hydraulic bottle jack press based on a simple design I use for my own studio. Great for woodblock and collagraph printing. After Judy and I return from Mexico in late March, we plan to offer more printmaking workshops up at the North Mountain studios..   

 These are examples of the 48"x48" rust prints that I make with my very large, home-made hydraulic press. These and other extra large rust prints will often hang in my studio for days, weeks or months, before a potential image jumps out at me. I then decide how I will treat the abstracted textures with mixed media.. Check out the "About" section which contains better photos and step-by-step explanations regarding my unique rust prints.   

These are examples of the 48"x48" rust prints that I make with my very large, home-made hydraulic press. These and other extra large rust prints will often hang in my studio for days, weeks or months, before a potential image jumps out at me. I then decide how I will treat the abstracted textures with mixed media.. Check out the "About" section which contains better photos and step-by-step explanations regarding my unique rust prints.

 

University selects work for permanent collection ....

The main corridor in Acadia University"s Beveridge Arts Centre has become a show place for Bob's poster-size woodblock print series, Packaging Culture. The six prints were recently purchased as part of the university's permanent art collection.

 One of the highlights from our 2016 winter in Mexico was a family visit to the hugely important Monarch Butterfly sanctuary in the mile-high elevations of Michoacan.. Pictured are Bob and daughter, Meg, with son-in-law Stephen down in front. Our guide and driver, Edwardo, was a joy to be with. Judy is behind the camera.

One of the highlights from our 2016 winter in Mexico was a family visit to the hugely important Monarch Butterfly sanctuary in the mile-high elevations of Michoacan.. Pictured are Bob and daughter, Meg, with son-in-law Stephen down in front. Our guide and driver, Edwardo, was a joy to be with. Judy is behind the camera.

 The above photo explains the budding winter love affair between the Hainstock family and Mexico's San Miguel de Allende. Everyone is taking advantage of the wide range of high quality studio mentorship available.In the arts-rich, colonial city.in central Mexico. Bob shows off his first MIG welding/metal sculpture piece that would later launch the Broken Dory series. His mentors were Alex and Lane Van Doren at their Van Doren metal sculpture studio in San Miguel.. In the 2017 winter, the plan is for more mentorship in the metal arts, clay arts, printmaking and painting.   

The above photo explains the budding winter love affair between the Hainstock family and Mexico's San Miguel de Allende. Everyone is taking advantage of the wide range of high quality studio mentorship available.In the arts-rich, colonial city.in central Mexico. Bob shows off his first MIG welding/metal sculpture piece that would later launch the Broken Dory series. His mentors were Alex and Lane Van Doren at their Van Doren metal sculpture studio in San Miguel.. In the 2017 winter, the plan is for more mentorship in the metal arts, clay arts, printmaking and painting.   

Last day of radiation therapy ....

 Not exactly a big fashion statement but no one seems to notice Bob's lack of color sense. The bell-ringing occasion signals the end of radiation treatments for Bob's prostate problems. Sharing the moment were Judy, Meg and Stephen.

Not exactly a big fashion statement but no one seems to notice Bob's lack of color sense. The bell-ringing occasion signals the end of radiation treatments for Bob's prostate problems. Sharing the moment were Judy, Meg and Stephen.

 Wall poster for Bob's solo exhibition at Peer Gallery in Lunenburg.

Wall poster for Bob's solo exhibition at Peer Gallery in Lunenburg.

 In 2016, the artist co-op gallery, Peer Gallery in Lunenburg, N.S., celebrated 15 years of excellence in the very tough gallery business. Bob is one of 13 artists in the juried membership of Nova Scotia artists.

In 2016, the artist co-op gallery, Peer Gallery in Lunenburg, N.S., celebrated 15 years of excellence in the very tough gallery business. Bob is one of 13 artists in the juried membership of Nova Scotia artists.

Exhibits, exhibits, exhibits .....

 Wall poster for a two-artist exhibition at Peer Gallery in Lunenburg.

Wall poster for a two-artist exhibition at Peer Gallery in Lunenburg.

 Wall poster for Bob's solo exhibition at Winnipeg's Wayne Arthur Gallery in Winnipeg's St. Boniface area.

Wall poster for Bob's solo exhibition at Winnipeg's Wayne Arthur Gallery in Winnipeg's St. Boniface area.

 Wall poster for Bob's solo exhibition at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville, NS

Wall poster for Bob's solo exhibition at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville, NS

 Small poster for Bob's exhibition at Art Sales & Rental Gallery at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Small poster for Bob's exhibition at Art Sales & Rental Gallery at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.