Updated: Dec 14, 2020

Emails, text messages, facetime, Zoom... what a time to be alive. We are completely connected, and yet feel depleted of human touch. So I created Poems By Mail, so you can hold my poems in your hand.

The thing is... I value touch.

I love touch.

I love writing poetry.

I love when my poetry touches its reader.

I love to write poetry that you can hold in your hand, touch, and know that another human– its author– held that same piece of paper, that piece of art.

So, my poems are now available to the public for $10 each (or just $5 for additional poems in the same envelope), by paper, envelope, and postal service.

It started when a couple friends told me through instagram chat that the words I was posting (which were, secretly, poems) resonated with them. I immediately started mailing them away, carefully wrapped and stamped with love. Cheesy, but, HEY, WHAT CAN I SAY, I'M A POET.

It's just that the earth's romance has been... depleted. I am doing my best to restock its shelves.

If you can't find the words, maybe mine will help? Browse my poetry gallery on my website, and share them, quote them, and if you feel so moved, order them to your home or to the home of a soulmate.

My poetry pairs well with moments savoured.

Happy reading, loves.

- Ang

Updated: Oct 4, 2020

I had a piece hanging on the wall at the ever-stylish Gneiss Climbing Gym on Banks Road for a couple years, and the painting was just sold. It's like the end of an era.

I had it listed as for sale, but then took it off my list because in a way, it felt like it belonged at Gneiss, it fit the space so well. Gneiss (pronounced "nice") (a type of rock), isn't just a gym to me, it's a community– the people who come there to climb (and sip fresh espresso, aka liquid courage, or "sending coffee",) have the chance to sit between climbs and converse, unlike a regular gym.

Climbing is all about problem solving; on boulders, the routes are literally called "problems". At a gym where people want to get fit with intention, want to challenge themselves mentally and physically, get creative, use their unique strengths, challenge themselves to strengthen their weaker spots, and put their heads together to figure out how to make it up a wall, I think people wind up solving more problems than planned.

The piece was sold to a climbing couple who have had their loving eye on it since it was first hung on the wall. They are the embodiment of what this painting means to me.

Gneiss Climbing is a loving hub of "if you want it, you gotta GET IT", which makes me question more and more– what is it that I reach out for on a day-to-day basis? What am I working toward, and subsequently, achieving? I've found that gratitude has been the most profoundly fulfilling base of any of what I've considered to be an "achievement" in my life as of late, and so, some words about this piece:

Thank you, Gratitude, for being the vehicle of abundance.

Through joy, and now-ness, giving, calm:

A collection of Thanks.

A hallway of artifacts, moments where time was forgotten.

Your face, watching fireworks, and mine, watching you.

The Gratitude Museum.

Puff up your chest to the mirror and say it with me loud: Thank you.

I am wonderful and I am ready for more, for all of it.

A new piece of mine now hangs in that same spot, which is a dream come true- for me to continue hanging art in a place that it is appreciated every single day. (I'm not crying, you are.)

Gneiss Climbing is a nice gym for nice people. I highly, HIGHLY encourage you to check it out and try your hand (and fingers) at rock climbing. The staff, and your fellow climbers of all levels, will be there to cheer you on.

And you can give them thanks.

- Ang

Updated: Oct 4, 2020

As part of the Culture Days program by The Rotary Centre for the Arts from October 1 - 25, six of my paintings will be on display in downtown Kelowna for free viewing at two locations:

Frock & Fellow

441 Bernard Ave.

Opus Art Supplies

1357 Ellis St.

Part of the Culture Days activities includes a scavenger hunt around town, in partnership with wonderful local businesses who support local artists. With that, the paintings will be on display in the windows of those two lovely shops, so if you'd like to see my work in person, now is your chance to grab a local coffee and head downtown to shop local, or some any-hour window shopping!

As you spy around, you may notice how Frock & Fellow dressed their mannequins next to my art– notice something wonderfully colourful?

The team at Opus Art Supplies (Artist/Manager, Megan Roberts, pictured with me above) has been a huge support in my work as an artist, and they have some sales on right now that shouldn't be missed- canvases are discounted, and they have a brand new selection of oil sticks (this is a big deal to me- I've been waiting in excitement for this item!) and oil pastels, a beautiful selection of each. You can expect to see my work incorporate these items ASAP.

Be sure to tag me in your photos if you find my work downtown so I can join in your autumn art appreciation fun:

instagram: @angianajones

facebook: AngieMarchinkowArt

Happy strolling!

- Ang