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Hello to my friends around the world!

I am so happy to have Karen’s okay to go ahead and share her newsletter.  Every month, I receive it and enjoy the poems, her thoughts and her awesome paintings as well as her news.  I always feel better after reading it.  So I invite you to enjoy it this month along with me.  You will also see that she has included a write up about me!  Near the bottom!  So please share this post on Linked in, Twitter or wherever else you wish to share it. 

I send to all of you – Love and Light,

Laara WilliamSen,

International professional painter,

Art educator, Vancouver Lower Mainland, B.C. CANADA

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The first month of a year always feels fresh. The cold atmosphere makes everything smell fresh; snow transforms the outer world. It is an open time, a time to wonder. Wondering can take us back to a place within, when curiosity was a constant presence.For nearly a month our garden has been visited by this sparrow hawk. It is beautiful, sleek and decisive. (There are many more feathers on the ground than in previous winters.)
“When Hawk swoops into your life be ready for a whole new level of awareness developing in your mind and spirit. Hawk bears observation skills and broad perspectives on His wings. You could not ask for a better companion…..
Hawk is often a messenger from Angels, Devas and the Divine. He signals a time in your life when you need to focus on what’s ahead and prepare for a leadership role. Your global vision is a potent helpmate in this. Just as the Hawk, you are ready to fly higher than ever before.” 
For more on how animals are harbingers of many things, visit here: https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/spirit-totem-power-animal-meanings/birds/hawk-symbolism-meaning/For a few days, I wondered how they knew when Hawk was about. The feeder would be full, and seed scattered on the ground; but the garden bare of birds. Later in the day, 14 morning doves would be feasting away, and more than 20 sparrows taking raucous turns at the stocked tube. Sometimes this dance of present/absent goes on all day.I wonder what the birds do when they get cold. I often wonder where birds sleep at night. I wonder what they dream about. What do birds see out of their eyes? Do they take in a lot more information than we do; and is time faster or slower in their experience of it?
I’ve often wondered what the clouds do at night; what might they wish for?
I’m less interested in wondering about things I can easily answer. What a mean, tight place that puts the imagination!What are you wondering about?

Below: Little Cloud Wants Something Else, 18k gold on patterned, prepared paper, image 12″ diameter, overall, 31″x23.25″, $1,800.

Please join me on Tuesday evening, February 6, from 5:30-7:30pm for this opening reception:

The Impact of Art: artists find refuge and regeneration through their art

Art Times Two        the gallery at Princeton Brain and Spine
731 Alexander Road, suite 200, Princeton, NJ 08540

Anne Elliott, Karen Fitzgerald, Shellie Jacobson, Charlene Lutz, Sarah Morejohn, Maria Pisano
curated by Madelaine Shellaby

The exhibition runs through August, 2018.

Here are new things I am working on: a suite of paintings with black backgrounds. On the left, Night Clouds, image 11″ diameter, oil on prepared paper, 19.5″x14.5″ overall. On the Right, Night Clouds, image 18″ diameter, oil on prepared paper, 31″x26″ overall. Left, $800.; right, $2,000.
Here is a feature about my work at Alpha and Omega Arts:


There’s a terrific exhibition at the Westchester Community College Fine Arts Gallery through March 10, 2018.

Séance, by Carla Rae Johnson.

She says this about her work:
“My sculpture is directly connected to ideas and often addresses issues of social, political, and cultural import.   As an artist, I find the most challenging forms and concepts at the intersection of the visual and the verbal.  Begun in 2000, “The Séance Series” suggests imagined meetings between unlikely pairs; creative individuals that never met during their lifetimes:   Emily Dickinson with Marcel Duchamp, Hildegard of Bingen with Herman Melville, Bessie Smith with Ludwig van Beethoven and Audre Lorde with Abraham Lincoln.

Each of the pairs in “ The Séance Series” plays a game. Lorde and Lincoln play “bridge.”   This bridge is not a card game, but a physical, symbolic span across an obstacle.   I think Audre Lorde would have confronted Lincoln on issues of race, power, and privilege, so it is Lincoln who must build the bridge.   Not a straightforward crossing, this is a difficult, jagged transition; composed of huge steps, twists, inclines, and internal tensions.   At the top of the center of the crossing is a “spirit-level” symbolic of the quest to equalize and create a more level ground.   Beneath the bridge sits the “house.” Emblematic of the existing social structure, “the master’s house,” is the obstacle that must be bridged with understanding and common ground, level ground, so that together Lorde and Lincoln can dismantle its walls and work toward a just future.

Above Right: Audre Lorde Meets Abraham Lincoln, from The Séance Series, 2nd view, wood & rope, 75″x96″x48″, 2007

Above Left: Hildegard von Bingen Meets Herman Melville, from The Séance Series, DETAIL, wood (maple), 54″x36″x71”, 2001

You can find gallery hours and directions here:

Elinore Schnurr is a co-traveler – a terrific artist who works in Long Island City. We have known each other many years. Currently, you can commission, or acquire one of Elinore’s excellent paintings at a 15% discount: simply contact her and use this code (18*1504) when you finalize your purchase.

Don’t procrastinate – this special offer is only available through this newsletter, and it will expire on March 31, 2018.


Above: LOOKING IN ON FLORENT II   oil on board  18” x 22”   2013 (framed) $ 2,200.00

Florent was an all night diner on Gansevoort Street in the Meat Packing District in Manhattan, close to where the Whitney Museum is now. The food was cheap, the ambience was artists. This view caught a glimpse of the interior from outside the window as I passed by on a busy Saturdayafternoon.
Below: THE UN AND CHRYSLER BUILDINGS AT SUNRISE  oil on linen  24″ x 29”   2017
$ 4,600  (strip-framed)
There is a short time, called “slack tide,” when the currents change direction and the river becomes still like glass. That is the only time we see reflections of the buildings on the river. At sunrise in summer, the light turns stone and glass into one of the natural wonders of our planet.

Do you wonder how you can find career development support?

Look below!

Artists! I am putting together a pilot course so that you can achieve local and international exhibitions, and recognition through The Professional Development Mentoring for Artists course.  I will be teaching the foundation of professional career development through written and live classes, with coaching in between classes based on my career of thirty years as an art educator and international professional painter.

I am excited about serving the larger online world of artists.  I want to help you achieve your successful art career.

So that I can refine my content and better understand what you may need, please book a free one hour online coaching call with me.


I’m looking forward to chatting with you about your work, and what your career dreams are!

This year we continue our Second Decade Campaign

Please join us: send a gift in any amount.



Hello to my Friends around the world!

I am so excited to tell you that the solo exhibition of my original artworks at the Pelican Rouge Cafe has expanded into A SILENT AUCTION

with 50% of all proceeds being donated to




Also Dr. Jane Wu the Director of ICU and Doctor at Peace Arch Hospital and painter is offering five of her own original colorful paintings.  Her paintings are open bidding with 75% of all proceeds to benefit Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation! 

The exhibition will run from November 1st to 30th.

On November 30th from 7 – 9pm there is a reception to meet me and there will be a representation of The Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation there as well to answer any questions.

So hop on down and place your silent bid today.   Here are just three of the artworks that are going for a very low minimum bid!

The Silent Auction is taking place at the Pelican Rouge Cafe, 15142 North Bluff Road, White Rock, B.C. !

We will also be celebrating the opening of http://artprintsforcharity.com which donates 50% of all proceeds to Better At Home Quesnel and Sali.  Read all about them on the charities page on the website!

Please Share this information with anyone you wish or on Twitter, Facebook, Linked in or anywhere else!

Thank you so much for all of your past acknowledgements and support,

Love and Light to All

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

South Surrey (Vancouver area) B.C. CANADA


THE ELEMENTS - Earth, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 MINIMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

THE ELEMENTS – Earth, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 MINIMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

THE ELEMENTS - Water and Air Original Acrylics Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 MINUMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 All rights reserved

THE ELEMENTS – Water and Air Original Acrylics Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 MINUMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 All rights reserved

THE ELEMENTS - Water, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 MINIMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 CAN Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

THE ELEMENTS – Water, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 MINIMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 CAN Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

Hello to my Dear Friends all around the world!

I hope all is well with you.  I have some more exciting news.  The artprintsforcharity.com website is now complete and there is unique solo exhibition featuring Art Prints for Charity to celebrate this website opening and to raise funds for BETTER AT HOMES QUESNEL.

There are 186 images to choose from and when you make your donation you receive an email with instructions about how to download your high quality print.  No packages or parcels will be sent.  50% of all Art Prints donations are given to charity!

BETTER AT HOMES QUESNEL has a $25,000 shortfall each year. Art Prints for Charity aims to help them with this!

BETTER AT HOMES QUESNEL has a $25,000 shortfall each year. Art Prints for Charity aims to help them with this!


Volunteer with a client at BETTER AT HOMES, Quesnel, B.C.

Volunteer with a client at BETTER AT HOMES, Quesnel, B.C.


Please visit both the website artprintsforcharity.com and if possible come to the solo exhibition at Pelican Rouge Cafe.  The solo exhibition of my artworks is on for the whole month of November and you can make a bid in the Silent Auction! Below are all the details!

A New Art Exhibition


From November 1st to 30th

50% of all proceeds


To Charity!

and Silent Auction of Original Artworks


Visit with


at the

Meet the Artist Party

And celebration of http:artprintsforcharity.com website

November 24th 7 – 9pm!


Come to


15142 North Bluff Road, White Rock, B.C.

Call Laara WilliamSen at 604 560 4269 for information.


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Love and Light to All


Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver area, B.C. CANADA

OH AND PS – I WANT TO HAVE UP TO FOUR CHARITIES ON artprintsforcharity.com so if you know of a worthy charity PLEASE LET ME KNOW!  laara63@gmail.com



5 ELEMENTS - Earth #4 Original acrylic 24 x 36 inches April 2013 (c) - Copyrighted All rights reserved - Copy - CopyHello my Dear Fiends around the world!

I am absolutely thrilled to share with you that I am the solo artist at the Carl Benz Cloud University online for the month of September, 2015!

Here is the website address: https://www.benz-academy.org/en/culture/exhibition/Laara.WilliamSen

They did an interview with me that I found totally engaging and I hope you will enjoy this too.  I also have 30 images up for you to view; some new and some old but all of my favorites.  My biography is there as well as my artist statement.

And many thanks to my good friend Immo Jalass who recommended me for this exhibition!  Thanks Immo!  None of this would have been possible without you!  Also I really appreciate the introduction that you wrote and I also hope that viewers may have a playful and possible spiritual experience while visiting!  You can view his amazing digital artworks here: http://galeriejalass.tripod.com/

Very Best Regards and many thanks to the Chancellor of The Carl Benz Cloud University, Mr. Manfred Schoenebeck for accepting my artworks for this solo exhibition and special thanks to Mr. Hans-Peter Bergner, the IT Consultant who did all of the exhibition online editing!

I am also delighted to mention that Sherri of Belle Fusion has accepted me along with seven others to be a part of an advertisement through Van City that will be going out to 4.3 million people this week!  Here is her tagline about me!

Laara WilliamSen  – Discover and Experience her dynamic paintings! Her paintings are held in private collections around the world and the permanent collections of PAUL GETTY III MUSEUM, Italy, BUIRO KULTURY, Poland and THE BOSTON ART LIBRARY, U.S.A.  https://www.benz-academy.org/en/culture/exhibition/Laara.WilliamSen

This advertisment is about an upcoming Allure + Prestige: Picasso & Rembrandt event in Vancouver on September 17th.  For more information about this event please go to facebook Belle Fusion Art Event Group.

Most of all thank you to you my dear friends for your ongoing support over the years!  This is what means the most to me.  I wish you all much success, happiness and peaceful times!


Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C. Canada


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She is having her very first solo exhibition in May, 2015!


HELLO BABY GIRL Original acrylic 8 x 10 inches by Doris Anderson, Vancouver area, B.C., Canada doristheartist.wordpress.com  (c) 2014 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved SOLD 2014 Collector in Florida, USA

HELLO BABY GIRL Original acrylic 8 x 10 inches by Doris Anderson, Vancouver area, B.C., Canada doristheartist.wordpress.com (c) 2014 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved SOLD 2014 Collector in Florida, USA











Hello, I hope to see you on May 24th!  Sincerely Doris



to attend




a solo exhibition of original acrylics






Canadian Abstract Painter




The Good Day Sunshine Café

2950 King George Blvd #100, South Surrey, BC Hours : Monday closed Tues – Friday  8-5 Saturday 9-5 Sunday10-4


May 2nd to May 31st, 2015



May 24th, 2015

1pm to 4pm


For further information about this solo exhibition call 778 241 6926 

and to view more of her artworks please visit http://doristheartist.wordpress.com




Thanks to all of my good friends around the world for having a look at Doris Anderson’s invitation!


I send you my very best wishes and I hope you are enjoying Spring.


If you liked this post please share it on Twitter, Linked in, Facebook or wherever else you like!


Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C. Canada


INTERNATIONAL Minature Exhibition  Dallas Texas

INTERNATIONAL Minature Exhibition
Dallas Texas

I am thrilled to have two paintings in this exhibition for sale.  If you are in the area, please visit!  Any questions, email me at laara63@gmail.com

Sincerely and Best Wishes to all of my wonderful friends,


Laara WilliamSen,

International professional painter,

Vancouver area, B.C. Canada



I am very happy to share the news of Sue Foerster and Lilian Ghazarian’s exhibition LOOKING THROUGH THE MIND’S CONSCIOUSNESS.  Please see the details below and visit the Aurora Public Library in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to see their art works before the closing on November 3rd, 2014!






GOOD DAY SUNSHINE CAFE #100-2950 King George Boulevard, Surrey BC V4P 0E5

I was so delighted to be a part of COMBAT CANVAS on the 23rd of September at the GOOD DAY SUNSHINE CAFE.  Here is the list of the artists who painted for 45 minutes to create a work of art for charity.

The participants of Combat Canvas on August 23 are as followed:
Morning Session 11am to noon
Carolyn Barone #1A
Nicole Carrie #2A
Joanne Chang #3A
Jude Hannah #4A
Annie Tsai #5A
Lynda Wylde #6A
Winner for morning session is Annie Tsai.
 photo 1
Afternoon Session 4pm to 5pm
Tammy Bailey #1B
Kathrine Churchill #2B
Marilyn Hurst #3B
Wendy Mould #4B
Vicki Oates #5B
Jess Rice #6B
Laara WilliamSen #7B
Winner for afternoon session is Marilyn Hurst.
Each artist completed his/her painting in 45 minutes.  The paintings were on display for a week in the cafe for silent auction with proceeds benefiting Semiahmoo Arts,







This was a real neighbour hood event with local musicians and a spirit of festivities was in the air.


Here is a photo of the owners of the Good Day Sunshine Cafe, Jessie and Chris.  Chris is the guy wearing the hat!  And Jessie is the beautiful lady with that great smile of hers.


Good Day Sunshine Cafe
– Happiness You Can Taste –

GDSCafe’s Recent Accolades:

Shaw TV – http://ow.ly/v1kX2
Vancouver Sun – http://ow.ly/v1kHk
Tourism Surrey – http://ow.ly/v1lfr
Vancouver Foodster – http://ow.ly/v1ln1
Brewing Hours:
Tuesdays – Fridays:  7 am to 5 pm
Saturdays:  9 am to 9 pm

Sundays:  10 am to 4 pm

Mondays:  Closed\\
I REALLY LOVE THE GOOD DAY SUNSHINE CAFE – the coffee, the gluten free cookies and most of all the wonderful owners; Chis and Jessie!
Drop by for a coffee and then cast a vote!  GOOD DAY SUNSHINE CAFE #100-2950 King George Boulevard, Surrey BC V4P 0E5

We Heart Local Awards 2014 Vote daily thru September 16!

GDSCafe is in the running with many other fine establishments in Vancouver and beyond, in the ‘We Heart Local Awards 2014.  Show us some love –
we would truly appreciate your votes! https://weheartlocalawards.ca/info/972/












I am so happy to share the news that my student and good friend, Doris Anderson, Canadian Abstract Painter of Surrey, B.C., is participating in the “Good Vibrations: Music and Dance in Visual Arts group exhibition” opening on March 8th. This is just one of the original acrylics that Doris Anderson will have on exhibit!

GOOD VIBRATIONS Original Acrylic 18 x 24 inches by Doris Anderson (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved NFS

GOOD VIBRATIONS Original Acrylic 18 x 24 inches by Doris Anderson (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved NFS

Here is the invitation with all the details!

img001The vibrant art work featured in the invitation is “Quartet” by Catherine Robertson, artist!  Thanks to Semiahmoo Arts Community for hosting this in White Rock, “Our City by the Sea.”

FREEDOM Original Acrylic NFS held in private collection in Canada (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

FREEDOM Original Acrylic NFS held in private collection in Canada (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

DORIS ANDERSON’S “joy de vive” is evident in each new art work. She works quickly and intuitively, choosing harmonious colours and contrasting tones. She makes various marks on the canvas including drawing back into the paint to reveal the undercoat. Each painting contains progressive layers which may impact the viewer with a sense of the splendour of musical rhythms or of a natural energetic vitality. This combination of accomplished artistic technique and mastery of dynamic content is the essence of Doris Anderson’s authentic art language. Her confident paintings are truly an emissary for dynamic visual journeys.

Her education includes private tutorial with Laara WilliamSen, International professional painter from 2012 to present, Concordia University, part time studies from 1969 to 1972 and full time Dedicated Art Classes at Dunton High School in Montreal from 1966 to 1969.  She has also spent time developing her knowledge of contemporary and modern art by visiting several Museums in the past years.

Doris Anderson at the Tate Modern in London, U.K. 2013

Doris Anderson at the Tate Modern in London, U.K. 2013


She has exhibited in three International Group Exhibitions;

“MEMORY” Richmond Art Gallery 2nd Biannual International Mail Art Exhibition from November 17, 2013 to January 6, 2014 at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, B.C., Canada,

“PEACE PROJECT 2013 Love, Peace and Understanding”, California, U.S.A. and on line at http://www.thewhole9.com/thepeaceproject-full.php?id=2744 and at the

“BIURO PRONCJI KULTURY,” Project Smiles, Gdansk, Poland in 2013.

Her artworks are in the gallery at The Whole 9 http://www.thewhole9.com/dorisanderson/#/0|1/ based in California, U.S.A. and in the gallery at My Art Channel, Burnaby, B.C., Canada http://dorisanderson.myartchannel.com/portfolio/prints/21839-selflessness In 2013 Doris Anderson’s art work was accepted into the PERMANENT COLLECTION of Biuro Proncji Kultury, Gdansk, Poland and she has private collectors of her paintings in Canada and Australia.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to view her art works in her studio please email doristhelovely@hotmail.com

Thank you for supporting Doris Anderson by reading this article and if you enjoyed it please share it on Twitter, Facebook, Linked in or wherever else you like!

Sending all of my friends lots of Love and Hugs,

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter,

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Meet the Artist Party – Portfolio works


Meet the Artist Party - Portfolio works by Laara WilliamSen

Sun Nov 17 2013 at 01:00 pm Add to calendar

Venue : Good Day Sunshine Cafe (No admission fee),

#100-2950 King George Blvd. (enter Save on Lot from 152nd St.,

Cafe is located behind Staples), Surrey, B.C., Canada


Meet the Artist Party - Portfolio works by Laara WilliamSen

BANFF MOUNTAINS Original, framed, 16 x 20 inches, Pastels by Laara WilliamSen (C) 2010 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

Price – $125.00 plus shipping or pick up at Good Day Sunshine Cafe after Nov. 2nd, 2013.

Come and join Laara WilliamSen, local Fraser Valley artist with an international reputation

on Sunday, November 17th between 1 and 4pm at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe!

She is offering her unframed portfolio drawings, watercolors and pastels at the

`Meet the Artist Party` for as little as $25.00 and up.

Or drop in throughout the month of November

to select your original artwork at stunningly low prices!

The full exhibition of her framed `Small Art Works`

(sized 9 x14 inches to 20 x 24 inches)

is opening on November 2nd and runs to November 30th

at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe, 100 – 2950 King George Blvd.,Surrey, B.C. CANADA

She is pricing her framed `Small Art Works` from $50.00 to $150.00.

Laara WilliamSen`s art works are held in collections in Canada, the U.S.A., Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Thailand, China and Australia and in Permanent Collections at the Paul Getty III Foundation, Siena Art Institute, Italy, the Boston Art Library and the Biuro Pronocji Kultury, Gdansk, Poland.

For more information email laara63(a)gmail.com or call 604 560 4269 (leave a message)

or call the Good Day Sunshine Cafe at 604 560 5518.

Hope to see you there!


Laara WilliamSen, International (and local Fraser Valley) professional painter

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