When Maple Ridge resident Kristin Krimmel received an email last August asking if she would consider being an artist in residence at the International School of Graphic Design in Venice, Italy, she had to turn it down.
She was fully booked with exhibitions and other commitments.
It wasn't until January when one of her projects was deferred to 2014 that she realized her calendar had opened up with enough time to go.
She contacted the school and discovered there were openings available during both April and May.
Since then, dates have been confirmed and Krimmel will be leaving next week for a four-week residency.
Krimmel has lived in Maple Ridge for six years and is a former teacher at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
"My goal is to show in museums and fine art galleries like the Simon Fraser University or the University of B.C. I'm aiming for that kind of level... I retain a lot of my work so that I have a large series . They need to have that in order to put up a show," said Krimmel about her hundreds of paintings.
During her residency, Krimmel will have an apartment close to Saint Mark's Square in the school's residence.
At the school, she will have a studio space and access to all the courses and to the teaching staff.
"It's right in the heart of Venice, close to all the well-known landmarks. So much of interest will be within walking distance.
I'm planning on doing lots of drawings for future work and I have a graphics project in a technique that I want to explore," said Krimmel.
"I feel very privileged with this opportunity. There will be other visiting artists and professors from other countries and I'm sure there will be lively discussions and sharing of ideas and technical information," she added.
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