Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Saga of Sandra

This year has been a year of stabilization and growing insights. I am no longer a committee member for the Consumer Initiative Fund, however I did learn as much as I could from that role. Currently, I continue to be a Director for Coast Foundation Society and attended their Courage to Come Back Awards gala last May. I am also still involved in planning for the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre, an acute mental health facility at Vancouver General Hospital.

I visited New York for the first time and was awed by original paintings by the Abstract Expressionists, Picasso, Klimt, Monet and many others. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were other highlights.

At the Guggenheim, I witnessed a demonstration and lock down.

During the summer, my husband completed stage 2 of installing a new roof with some assistance. We celebrated our 21st anniversary and my 50th birthday.

This fall, I've taken up mindfulness training. At first, I was skeptical but with an open mind, I look forward to the classes, developing awareness, and learning more about myself.

My art has changed over the past year. I have been working in both an expressionistic and illustrative style. My graphite drawings have become more precise and detailed. I started a new Facebook page where I post a piece of my art every day.

I'm looking forward to participating in the Eastside Culture Crawl through the Kettle Society, the ROAM Gallery Holiday Show at City Square Mall and a group show at Caffe Rustico Galleria in December.

Best wishes to you all,

I'd like to invite you to a few events this season, where my artwork will be displayed for sale.

ROAM Gallery "The 60 / 120 / 240 Art Show"
Nov 12 to Jan 5 at City Square Mall, 555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver 
Artwork by various artists will be exhibited at various locations around the mall. I have a couple of paintings in this Holiday Show.
Art Against Stigma, Eastside Culture Crawl
Opening reception: Thursday, Nov 19, 5 - 7 pm 
Show runs: Thursday and Friday, Nov 19 & 20, 5 - 10 pm
Saturday and Sunday, Nov 21 & 22, 11 - 6 pm
1784 East Hastings, Vancouver 
Caffe Rustico Galleria
Group show during most of December
3136 Main Street, Vancouver

Look for upcoming shows in 2016 on my Sandra Yuen Artist Facebook page.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A Time to Tell by Maria Savva

Another amazing tale by Maria Savva has now been released! Maria is a talented writer from the UK.

A family saga spanning fifty years and three generations. . . Cara fell for the tall, dark, handsome stranger, fifty years before. Now Frederick is about to return to her life. Can true love stand the test of time? When Cara's granddaughter, Penelope, flees her home to escape a violent husband, Cara's world is turned upside down. She returns to Huddlesea, the town she grew up in. Her estranged sister Gloria is less than happy to see her again. Can they rebuild their relationship after the tragic circumstances that tore them apart? Benjamin, Cara's eldest son, has been missing for sixteen years. She longs to see him again. Will their reunion be everything she had hoped for? In this romantic drama, history repeats itself for a family lost in secrets. After the lies, the Time has come to Tell.

It's available to purchase in paperback on Amazon.com, coming to Amazon UK soon and other online retailers. It's on Lulu in paperback. The Kindle version is on pre-sale at the moment: release date 14th October.

Here are the links:


Please check out her book trailer:

Friday, February 6, 2015


Please come out to the show and bring a friend! I will have some extra drawings on hand at the opening on Thursday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sharing at Christmas

So I'm gearing up for Christmas. I'm ready for good conversation, seeing friends and family, good eats and wrapping presents. For some, Christmas isn't a time to celebrate because of lack of money to buy food or gifts or they are going through a rough time. For patients and staff on the Older Adult ward at Willow Pavilion at Vancouver General Hospital, I hope I can spread some joy and happiness through donating this painting to their dining hall.

All the best to you and yours,

'Hibiscus' hung on December 15, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

What's that girl up to now?

In this busy month of November, I and others are preparing for art shows. Earlier in the fall, Jaz Pawa and I approached Alice Gu, gallery manager at Fragrant Wood Gallery, with a proposal for a fundraiser for mental health to raise awareness and benefit The Kettle Society, which offers housing, meals and supports for people with mental health issues. She agreed and we are excited to announce Nature in the City showing Nov 27 to Dec 10 at Fragrant Wood Gallery, at Broadway and Granville. Raymond Chow, Jaz Pawa, Yaho-hanan Fiwchuk, B Hemsworth, Mike Levin, and I are some of the artists to be featured in this group show. Please join us at the opening reception, Thursday Nov 27, 6-8 pm

Also, I am exhibiting at Art Against Stigma 2014, a Kettle show for the Eastside Culture Crawl, November 20 to 23.

Also, work on Design Development continues for the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre at Vancouver General Hospital. Together with the architect, developer, clinicians and in consultation with other mental health consumers and family members, we are now reviewing the themes, colours, millwork and flooring for the project.

Vancouver Coastal Health Community Engagement Advisory Network, CEAN is made up of volunteers who advise on policies and procedures and support innovation in the treatment of patients and clients and their families. I joined this network recently and will attend their Fall Forum.

I am continuing to liaise with the Highs and Lows Choir funded by the Consumer Initiative Fund. If you would like to donate toward the Highs and Lows Choir performances, please call Alaric at 604-714-3771 ext 2255

On another musical note, I was invited to a practice of Opera Pro Cantanti. We sang through Macbeth. This theatre group is a lively bunch. Their next performance of Nabucco is Sunday, November 16th.

At Four Seasons Hotel, I attended a surprise celebration for Lorne Segal who is honoured with the Order of BC. The question in our minds was, "Why didn't he already have this award?" Lorne has done a lot not only in business but aiding people who need a little more help.

Talk to you soon, Sandra

Friday, August 22, 2014

What's up with Sandra?

So what's up with Sandra?

I've been working on some new floral paintings which I hope to exhibit later this year. Also, I am part of a design committee for the new Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre scheduled to open in the spring of 2017. I also joined the Community Engagement Advisory Network (CEAN) to aid Vancouver Coastal Health through input as a member of the community. I am continuing as a volunteer Director of the Coast Foundation Society. And I'm participating in an art auction to raise funds for St. Paul's Hospital Mental Health Program in September.

Drawing and talking art with friends at the café has improved my technical skill. I watched a video about Stuart Slind, a Bowen Island artist and teacher. I paraphrase what he said as "If you want to be a big, successful artist, you must think like a big, successful artist. It takes effort and time. To make a masterpiece, one must treat each work with the care and attention that befits a masterpiece. It can't be just good enough. Having said that, sometimes you're in the studio and you're unsure because the piece doesn't seem to be going as planned. But it's at those times, when you are being most creative. And most importantly, enjoy the process, enjoy what you do."

As for writing, I collaborated on a novella with a New York writer about an internet relationship. So if you know of any novella writing contests, please let me know!

If you want to hear some corny puns and see my sketchbook, come by Caffe Rustico Galleria for a coffee!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Brilliant! 2014 Art Auction

You are cordially invited to an art auction opening on Thursday, September 4th, 7 pm at Volume Studio, 1209 Bute Street (near Davie), Vancouver. Admission is free. Beverages will be served by donation (to go to SPH). There's available meter parking on Davie.

The Brilliant! 2014 Art Auction will donate part of the proceeds to the St. Paul's Hospital Mental Health Program. Also, the pieces will be posted online through the St. Paul's Hospital (SPH) website and one may submit bids to Volume Studio via phone, email or in person. The online auction will also start in September and run for several weeks.

One of my paintings and a copy of my memoir were selected for this fundraiser. I receive no payment to participate in this auction, but wanted to support a good cause!

Please bring a friend. Hope to see you there!

P.S. The Brilliant! hair, fashion and make-up runway gala is later in September. For more info, please visit http://www.helpstpauls.com/2012/06/show-your-love-for-mental-health-and-be-brilliant/

Volume Studio's phone number is 604-559-5977 or you may email them at: info@volumestudio.org