The Diptych Inside-Out

For the current call-for-entry exhibition I am conducting at the gallery I curate, I challenged artists with two constraints relative to artwork they could submit for the selection process: the format had to be a diptych and the subject matter had to be the self-portrait, one representing the artist ‘from the inside’ and the other […]

Selecting Artists

The Gallery Clay, stains 15” x 9” x 9” C. Ascher I am in the final stages of the process, a yearly event, of visiting artists’ studios following their submitting dossiers and exhibition proposals. I am looking for artists to feature in next years’ schedules of solo exhibitions at the gallery for which I am […]

The Picture is a Process

As I approach the end of another year, I consider the issues and solutions that have been the focus of my work as an artist who is also a gallery curator and an educator. In those roles, my greatest pleasures are either: –  to invite seasoned artists working in a variety of mediums or styles […]

For the Love of It

Look photo collage C. Ascher The white or silver haired, some limping or with uneven tread, some pushing walkers, wander in, focused at first on the ground. When they look up, they are surprised. They see art on the walls, and not the art they might expect to see in a galley. They pause, examine, […]


Defiant coloured pencil 44”x30” Claudine Ascher I have learned over many years of teaching art that it’s a fine line we walk as educators, whether we teach in ‘the system’ or in so-called ‘alternative’ venues. Too many times, when we think we’re imparting knowledge and nurturing self-confidence in aspiring artists we are only helping to […]

Molly’s Message

I am Molly. I was a rescue. I came to my new home at 5 years of age with a serious case of periodontal disease caused by the neglect of my former family. It has resulted in my developing chronic rhinitis, a condition that leaves me struggling constantly to breathe. I’m ten this month. For […]

Art at Home

L’Art Chez Soi – Art at HomeExhibition Fairview Pointe Claire April 8 to 28, 2017 Life as an artist has never been easy. It is particularly difficult at a time when the culture moves towards a purely profit-based retail mentality. This perforce promotes all that is competitive, mass-produced, obsessively innovative, ‘cheap’ and disposable. Not art, in […]

Art Education for Artists

 The Art LessonCay, high relief C. Ascher  University art education programs, at least the programs about which I am aware, seem to limit their training of teachers for elementary and secondary levels without requiring them to have proven artistic practices.  This means that teachers can qualify as art educators without being artists. They are trained to teach […]

To Sell or Not To Sell?

The RussianColoured pencil on paper 42″x36″C. Ascher How come when I don’t post anything for awhile on my Blog, there is suddenly a large number of ‘audience’ from Russia in my statistics listing who don’t actually seem to be reading my posts? Just wondering. Anyway. I have an exhibition coming to an end at a local museum. It’s been […]

Showing Emotion

Head Spaces: BonzaiClay, glazesClaudine Ascher  I had dolls as a child. Of course I played with them, mostly by taking them on imaginary journeys, introducing them to magical and monstrous creatures of all kinds and telling them all kinds of stories. I loved to play with them this way, but always there was a part of […]