Ten Voices 2017 – Edmonton

My work is a part of this group exhibition.

Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC, in partnership with the Friends of the Jubilee Auditoria Society
presents Ten Voices 2017 in the ​Kaasa Gallery at the ​Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (11455 ​- 87 Ave​nue NW​)​​

This Alberta- wide juried exhibition of artwork by 10 Alberta artists, creating photographic and digitally manipulated imagery, features classic and innovative artwork diverse in subject matter, style and technique.

The exhibition ​focuses on the different ways artists respond to the world around, and within, them. ​

Location: ​Kaasa Gallery, ​Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (11455 ​- 87 Ave​nue NW)​​

Reception: Thursday, October 19th from 7 to 9 pm.

The ​​Kaasa Gallery is open during preshow and intermission during Jubilee performances, or Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.


Art From the Unknown

Art From the Unknown is a group exhibition, which originated with former Edmonton-Strathcona MLA Raj Pannu and is continued by the Hon. Rachel Notley.

Friday October 27, 2017, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Opening Night Reception with Live Music
Saturday October 28, 2017, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM – General Gallery
Sunday October 29, 2017, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – General Gallery

This free event provides a no-cost gallery space to our community’s new and emerging artists. Over the 3 days of the exhibition, 700 visitors are expected to view 70+ artists at this free gallery.

I will display some of my new photographic works as well as some digital drawings.


All exits look the same Edmonton 2017

“… accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward.”
Harvey Mackay

My solo graduating show is now up at the Extension Gallery in Enterprise Square until October 18th.  I am grateful to those who took time out of their weekend September 30th to come to the opening reception and share their impressions with me. A few people asked what I would do next, now that I am finishing my certificate in visual arts. I plan to make more art! I have several different directions I am interested in exploring, and lots more learning to do. I can’t take typical art classes (chemicals, dust, etc.) but I will find a way to continue adding to my art education as I go. I also plan to become an expert art packer. All exits look the same will be at the Artpoint Gallery in Calgary in February 2018, and I plan to apply to other public or artist-run galleries.

All in all, I am excited for what lies ahead and I welcome my next leap forward.


Artist Statement:

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” Steve Jobs

Unexpected change and learning to live a different life is something many experience. In 2013 my body decided it wanted a divorce. Although I hoped we could work things out, for a time we were separated. This series is an abstracted visual narrative of my experiences in developing and living with chronic illness. Drawing was a way for me to reflect on the changes in my life over time, and helped me to come to a point of acceptance.

No longer able to draw with traditional materials due to severe sensitivities, I have embraced the digital medium. While the apps I use mimic traditional materials, there is an inherent digital footprint that I embrace, a stair-stepped line, a slight blur of the image. I do not try to obscure these elements, as without this new medium I would not be able to practice art at all. In addition to my own experiences I seek out blogs, books and film. Language and words play an important role in the development of my work.

My life now is both the same and very different. No matter what challenge we face, darkness and light can coexist. In accepting the darkness/fear/anxiety that comes with major change instead of pushing against it, I found I could create something new that is still me.*

All exists look the same – lyric excerpted from the Avett Brothers I and Love and You
*David Gandelman Acceptance https://insighttimer.com/groundedmind/guided-meditations/acceptance and
Sarah Blondin Accepting Change https://soundcloud.com/liveawakepodcast/podcast-accepting- change



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Fashion choices and work

Fashion choices for work for me involve old jeans or really old jeans? Mask or no mask?

The past few weeks I have been working on getting ready for my solo show that starts September 30th. The work this week involves framing the 30 some pieces that will be in the show. Being severely chemically sensitive, as well as having environmental sensitivities and allergies means it’s time to bust out the mask. I have a love/hate relationship with my mask – it allows me to do things that I otherwise could not do for a short period of time, but it also gifts me with a fantastic “mask face” (indents left behind by the mask which take forever to go away), and often a really good headache if I have to wear it for a prolonged period. Being a woman, it is also hard to find masks that fit my face (forget the hardware store variety). If you’re in the market, I suggest Lee Valley as they have two types of disposable sized masks and samples in store you can try on.

Earlier in the month while finishing up a piece, I made the decision to add a bit of charcoal. There is probably a way I could have done it digitally with photoshop, but it would have taken me an hour or so if I was lucky. I took some extra medication, got out the mask and went outside to do the 5 minute job of adding some additional shadow to the piece. I didn’t wear gloves, which I should have, and the attempt highlighted for me that I need to sit down and figure this type of task out digitally. 🙁 I do miss the tactile nature of working with art materials on paper. This work is about knowledge and I am still figuring out the title, so I shall leave you in suspense for the moment. Come check out my show and see it live, with enormous special effects! (kidding – more like “In a frame! On a wall!”)

The snapshots this week are an exciting array of my life as an artist. Now back to fashion. Glasses or no glasses? (Although really that’s becoming more of a necessity and less of a choice these days. 🙂 )


Ten Voices 2017 – Calgary

On August 31st I had the pleasure of attending the Calgary opening of Visual Arts Alberta/CARFAC’s Ten Voices 2017 show. There was an interesting mix of subject matter, style and methods in the show. Having multiple pieces from each artist also helped give a broader sense of the artists’ work.

Ten Voices 2017 will be up at the Southern Jubilee Auditorium until October 16th. The ​Alcove Gallery is open during preshow and intermission during Jubilee performances. Additional viewing hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 am until 4:30 pm​.

I am looking forward to when the show comes to Edmonton in October. The opening reception will be Thursday, October 19th, 7-9 pm.


Summer update: preparing for art shows or art world glamour

This summer, in between weeding my flower beds, folk festing, spending time with family and watching the eclipse, I prepared for two art shows. My solo graduating show, and Ten Voices 2017. Getting prints made, many edits to my artist statement, learning about framing, designing business cards and a postcard kept me busy. I learned lots of new things and found new resources to help me along the way. The Practical Art World posts content about all things art world, from how to label work for an exhibition, to art business information and more. It’s worth checking out.

I also spent time learning how to properly pack art to ship, for the Ten Voices 2017 show curated by Visual Arts Alberta/CARFAC. My spare room looked like a packing bomb had gone off for about a week. I learned box size is important, you use about twice as much bubble wrap and way more packing tape than you think you will, and a carton packing tape dispenser is your friend. In the end the pieces all arrived safely and intact to the Southern Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary. I had the pleasure of attending the opening reception in Calgary and I will post photos soon!


The hard way or you’ll get there eventually

I senselessly lament
because time + again
I forget how much weeding
is needed before
the harvest.

The path to where I am going is never straight, it is filled with bumps or detours, but I eventually get where I want to go. I imagine that other people have a straighter path, although it is more likely that theirs was just as winding in its own way. This week while preparing drawings for the VAA/CARFAC Ten Voices show that begins at the end of August, I had some setbacks with the framing. The D-rings, which are required for the exhibition, failed once I attached picture wire to them. As it turns out the frames I found after much searching (quality 24×36 frames are not as ubiquitous as I thought they would be) were not meant to be used with picture wire. After an evening spent worrying, and a trip to the craft store to speak to a framer today, I ended up buying new frames. Not an expense I wanted to incur, but I am glad I was able to find a frame that will work.  Rather than dwelling on this as a mistake, I am looking on it as a live and learn scenario.  I am also very glad the failure occurred before the show!

In the midst of my escalating anxiety yesterday, as I counted the days until I have to deliver my drawings for the exhibition, I stopped and took the time to listen to a meditation audio file. The last couple of months I have been trying meditation. I use it to help fall asleep, to calm my brain when I wake up (and immediately start listing lists and scenarios in my head), and to help when I am stuck in a worry spiral. The instructor was Sarah Blondin, who posts audio files on Insight Timer (the meditation app I use) as well as on her podcast. Her style is more story telling with some breathing focus at the end. When my mind is whirling I like the story and I find the topics to be relevant to my life.

The photograph Crash is how I envision my brain when I start getting anxious. As many possible negative scenarios as I can imagine in a moment crashing into each other with increasing intensity. But if I stop and ask why I am filled with anxiety and give a voice to it, the waves start to calm, and I start back on the winding path to where I want to go.



Image: ©Deann Stein Hasinoff Crash 2017


Anchor or sticking with me

It’s a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet and what is sand.

Madeleine L’Engle

When faced with challenges in life, be it health or otherwise, if you are lucky you have an anchor.  That person in your life who holds fast, keeps you grounded and steady in spite of the storm that whirls around you.

Living with chronic illness can be especially taxing. In the getting sick phase* you are just plain unwell. Every day, for months or even years. If it’s not an easily identifiable illness, searching for answers can seem like a maze with endless dead ends, and no hope of ever re-establishing some kind of normal. When you get through the phases of being sick and grief and acceptance to the living well phase*, your life probably won’t be like the one you had before. Some kind of modifications will have to occur. Through all of this you are dealing with losses. While some of them may seem small, when piled one on top of the other, they can be soul crushing. Those closest to you bear the brunt of the sadness, loneliness, anger, frustration and hopelessness you feel.

I am lucky. I have an anchor, someone who knows who I was and who I am, and is ok with the difference. Someone who believes, in spite of not having an official label, that this illness is real, because they live it with me. Who is there to support me when I need it and is happy for me when I do not. Someone who encourages me to create the new life I am building. Who is willing to walk this path with me, even though it’s not what we envisioned. You’re the rock under my feet, in what for a long time seemed like a sea of sand.


*phases described in You Don’t Look Sick! Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness, Second Edition, by Joy H. Selak and Steven S. Overman, MD, Demos Health, 2013

Image: ©Deann Stein Hasinoff Anchor 2017, Digital drawing


Memories or honouring a spirit

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.

Ellen DeGeneres

I recently watched Moana, and I found myself really missing my grandmother. In trying to find a quote that would express that, I found the one above by Ellen Degeneres. I think it would have made her laugh.

In other posts I talk about about skies and, being a prairie girl, how I am drawn to them. Give me a big sky and a field of grasses and I am happy. My grandmother was also drawn to skies and took lovely photos of sunrises and sunsets. She had a great laugh, was a great cook (I miss her cake with sauce and coffee cake, among many of the delicious things she made), and loved to play cards. From her I got my eyebrows and my lovely (early) grey hair. I remember walks on the dusty roads near her home, looking for old railway spikes and picking up rocks. She was always patient, kind and accepting, and we always felt loved when we were with her. I was lucky to have her in my life for a long time, although there is never enough time with those you love. I think of her often as I take photos these days, especially when sunset begins. In the film, Moana’s grandmother’s spirit is a stingray. I like to think my grandmother’s spirit is the sky in all its beautiful forms.

Quote: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/e/ellendegen131597.html


What’s Left Unsaid Harcourt House Members Show

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre is hosting its annual members show from June 15th to July 14. What’s Left Unsaid asked artists “to delve a little deeper into their process of artistic communication; to explore subject matter that may not initially feel comfortable or approachable, to try and articulate something that hasn’t yet been revealed but still lingers there, on the periphery”.

Many of the works are for sale. Members shows are a great way to add some original art to your collection, support local artists and artist centres.

I have three pieces in this show. Enjoy!