The City of Red Deer is hosting "Our Daily Bread" Reception and Artist Talk with Erin Boake and Marnie Blair on Thursday July 22 at the Viewpoint Gallery. Their will be an Artist talk starting at 6:00pm with a reception to follow from 7:00pm till 9:00pm.
Our Daily Bread is a series of fifty photographs and fifty paintings that represent a year long journey between friends. The duo has been fuelled by a need to create and desire to connect, with tremendous support from a community of like-minded women.
What began as a privileged act of staying home with the kids and making bread, quickly turned into a practice of making affordable art and a reliable source of income, for best friends Marnie Blair and Erin Boake. Blair is a sessional faculty member at Red Deer College and Boake is the owner and operator of Artribute Art School, in Red Deer. The Red Deer artists raised more than $1,800 in an online auction of the first fourteen paintings for the Mustard Seed.
With neither of them working outside of the home, Blair spontaneously decided she was going to take on a challenge — bake a loaf of bread every day for fourteen days.
Blair started sending pictures of her home-baked bread to Boake. That’s when Boake decided she wanted to pursue her own challenge. What started off as a joke quickly turned into a collaborative project and the connection they needed. The photographs exchanged between the two have become something to look forward to daily. Measuring ingredients, kneading, proofing and baking with her six year old, Blair found solace in the kitchen with her child. She was among the many who found sanity in recipes for stillness by channeling anxious energy into the kitchen instead of the studio. Boake, the mother of a three year old and six year old, painted at night after the children were sleeping. A need to create and support from the community kept the duo busy making a series of fifty works. All paintings have been purchased by women who support the project. The work has become a series of pandemic time capsules and the project has strengthened their friendship despite being apart.
This Artist Exhibition runs from July 13th to September 14.