2021 - The Now!What if...
In 2017 we were enjoying our Cabo condo in the sun. My good friend and realtor for many years called to say the Vancouver market had reached another peak and it was time to sell. Our 1800 square ft. condo overlooking Vancouver was sold in 10 days for a silly price. We had a closing in June, but now what? We returned to Vancouver in April with the intention of downsizing on Vancouver island. We had an established realtor in Nanoose Bay 20 minutes north of Nanaimo who showed us 3 homes in Fairwinds Resort, the third was on the first hole of the Fairwinds Golf Course. We bought it on the spot for 1/2 the silly price of our Vancouver home. Downsizing was hard with 4600 square ft. to fill. We became islanders overnight. As you can see from the photos, my new studio opens into the back yard, facing the 9th hole of Fairwinds Golf.
The downside was leaving friends and family of many years. My son Kelly lives in Vancouver and was close by. My daughter Kristi, grandkids Josiah, Issac and Isabell, along with Josiah’s wife Andrea, their son, (my great grandson) Jack, all live in Boise and Nampa Idaho. My wife Bonnie’s family live in the Toronto area. With Covid and the lack of cross border travel, we are living the new reality of FaceTime and Zoom. Last year I had a one man show at TOSH (The Old School House) in Qualicum, a retirement community 20 minutes up island. I sold one piece for $4500.00 that now resides in Calgary.
This year for the month of June, I have another one man exhibit in Parksville at the MAC (McMillan Art Center) , a non profit organization. If Covid restrictions are still in place traffic may be limited and masks will be mandatory. I intend to be a little different with this show. In conjunction with the MAC management and volunteers I will be donating 100% of all sales to the center to bolster revenues lost during the pandemic. I look forward to patrons going home with an original Alm painting while at the same time supporting the art center with this fund raiser.
I hope to see you there!