Details of January's Vancouver Public Library Talk " Illuminate The Artist Within"

Wednesday January 18th, 2012 marked my first public presentation which was entitled "Illuminate the Artist Within" and held at downtown Vancouver public library. We had a head count attendance of 105 people with a full room. I want to give special thanks to Amber Ritchie for setting up the event, Drew Hutchinson for recording it, and my friend David who sold copies of The Little Inspiration Book and also Artist of British Columbia, Vol 3. Thank you all!

The presentation was well received and I have to say the audience was awesome and fully participated and honestly made my job fun and easy!

We discussed what creative dreams we have, what stop us from getting to those dreams, how we can over come those blocks, and lastly the benefits are to ourselves ( and often those around us) of being in creative process.

Funniest part? A young man at the end of the presentation came up, thanked me and asked me to sign his bare chest!!! ( I signed with a ball point but I wish I'd had a sharpie on me!!)

The next day I sat snuggled up on my sofa, opened up my lap top, and read several emails from presentation participants. I'm taking the liberty to post them but I have to admit I did not ask for their permission to re-print these emails but truthfully I was so excited by their comments that I just had to share them here with you...

“Thank you for taking the leap and doing that session - I am one person, and probably not the only person, who made a big leap myself because of it. I've taken that little step you recommend (and will take a little step more often) which was to choose the best paper for a watercolour drawing. And in so doing, stumbled across a little gem of a painting of my little cat that I had forgotten I'd done. It hadn't turned out as I wanted it to, last spring, and tonight I fell in love with it. “ - Kathryn

“I just want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed your talk tonight at the library. Well done - you were amazing!!! Fear plays such a prominent role in the lives of people and it is so important to address it. You have great energy and I know you are the teacher for me. As I mentioned in a previous e-mail, after having been to your recent Opus demo, I will be taking the beginner's weekend course with you.” - Adrien

“Thanks again for bringing such a wonderful program to our Library. It was a terrific turn-out, and the audience was very appreciative – one gentleman told me to keep an eye on Vancouver’s creative output, because you just lit some fires! I know I’m going to make use of your tips myself!” Amber Ritchie, Community Relations Librarian, Vancouver Public Library, Central Library

If you missed the talk, it is be posted on youtube here:

Deb Chaney: Illuminate the Artist Within Presentation Part 1 -

Deb Chaney: Illuminate the Artist Within Presentation Part 2 -

Deb Chaney: Illuminate the Artist Within Presentation Part 3 -

Deb Chaney: Illuminate the Artist Within Presentation Part 4 -

Upcoming Free Presentation "Illuminate the ARtist Within" with Deb Chaney at the Downtown Vancouver Public LIbarary

Illuminate the Artist Within

A free public presentation by Deb Chaney

Spend an hour with Deb Chaney and re-ignite your inner artist. Learn what stops us from making our dreams a reality, and how you can go beyond the blocks. Giving yourself permission to pursue your creative dream may be the best gift you ever give yourself. Find out why.

Date/Time: Wednesday January 18th 2012, 7:00 pm

Location: Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Central Vancouver Library, 350 West Georgia St.

Admission is free. Seating is limited.

Illuminate the Artist WIthin (TM) Retreat - this December

This December 9, 10 & 11th, 2011, join Deb Chaney and a small group of artists for a 3 day, two night ‘illuminated’ retreat experience in support your self and your inner artist. This is a retreat for YOU. Take time for yourself. Take time for your art.

This retreat is for artists looking to quietly work on their own personal creative project,
receive support on their inner creative process, and learn the secrets of an illuminated artist : how to stay inspired creatively despite any obstacle.

Participants will have 24hr studio access each day of the retreat, home cooked meals provided, the optional of morning yoga, the option of a local hike to a 40 ft. water fall, the invitation of a group evening campfire (weather permitting), quiet time by the fire to read a book or socialize,
an available hot tub, and the joy to breathe the fresh air and feel the calming sound of the creek running through the retreat property.

Materials List -- bring the supplies you need to work on your art work/creative project, your bathing suit & towel, everything you need to be comfortable for 2 nights, hiking boots, rain jacket, journal and pens.

DECEMBER 2011 - 3 DAYS - Roberts Creek, British Columbia

Illuminate the Artist Within(TM) Retreat.
Location: Rolling Earth Farm Retreat, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia
Dates & Times: Friday, Saturday & Sunday December 9, 10 & 11th, 2011.
Start 10 am Friday, end 4 pm Sunday.
Cost: 3 days, 2 nights, meals, all incl: $ 550 shared accommodation, $ 650 private room.
(Meals and Accommodation included)
Registration: Space is extremely limited. (604) 736-5111

Here's what students of Deb's recent workshops have to say:

" I loved the weekend, Deb's energy was wonderful. Having never picked up a paint rush, I was made to feel like an artist. What I learned was that art is a process, such as life. My art will now become part of my life process and my life part of my life art process. Bring it on! Thanks Deb!"
- Rosie Watson, RN, Vancouver, BC

"Deb is a great teacher who bring out the best in all of us. My experience was very rewarding and inspirational. The class allowed all levels of artist to experiment without being judged."
- Lauren Morris, Graphic Designer, Vancouver, BC

" Be ready to be wow'd...The information taught is fantastic. It is refreshing to see a successful artist teach techniques, secrets and more....while have fun doing it."
- Donna Stewart, Radiographic Tech, Sechelt, BC

To Register please Email or call (604) 736-5111.