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Biker chick accidentally drops by

Rumbling down the one-way street in front of my studio was a collection of motorcycles finishing up a day of cruising. It was twilight and the slight curve where the street turns at the base of the hill is a natural spot for gravel and sand to gather.

One of the riders skidded and dropped the bike. It was low speed, but still that’s a lot of metal to connect with pavement.

We were watching the impromptu parade from inside and saw the whole thing happen in slow motion.

The 20 or so riders dismounted to survey injury and damage. As helmets were removed, it was becoming clear that they were all women, in a casual gang of weekend riders called the “Chrome Divas” who venture out on organized runs for charity.

A bent pedal and a sprained ankle was the early diagnosis. A slightly embarrassed rider, but otherwise everyone ok.

I got her a glass of water and a chair as she waited for a paramedic, and for the auto club to haul the bike to the shop.

The “gang” sped away to the bar for a beer and left the lone biker with us to keep her company until help arrived. In the gathering darkness, it was not apparent right away, but something about this woman was familiar: a turn of phrase, a figure of speech, her laugh?

After returning to the area after a time away, every chance encounter seemed to unlock a childhood memory. Was my memory playing tricks on me?

“Marie?” I asked out of practically nowhere. “Yes”

I was surprised. She was perplexed.

This was an old neighbour and childhood chum from kindergarten who I grew up with through high school. She actually came with me when I got my driver’s license at 16.

We laughed and chatted in the dark for about an hour until her brother arrived, discussing life in the little town down the road where we grew up and all the personalities that lived there.

It was a life moment, pure accident.

The incident inspired me to paint this scene, which I just had to call “Chrome Divas.”

To help with the cause, a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to the Chrome Divas charity fund.

Purchase painting here.

Chrome Diva
Chrome Diva was inspired by an accidental meeting with an old pal from kindergarten days who literally “dropped” by with her motorcycle.

L.A. Coaster show

“Irene” is a Bev Hogue original acrylic painting presented as a 4 in. x 4 in. special edition for Gallery 30 South’s Coaster Show that opens in Pasadena Oct. 4

The countdown is on for The Coaster Show at Gallery 30 South in Pasadena, California.

Very excited to have new pieces in the show. Iris and Irene can be previewed here.

Opening night is October 4.

“Iris” is a Bev Hogue original acrylic painting presented as a 4 in. x 4 in. special edition for Gallery 30 South’s Coaster Show that opens in Pasadena Oct. 4

RIP George Romero: Night of the Living Deb

After several months of treatment for an all-to-common malady these days, and for which I received tremendous medical guidance and support from the Juravinksi Centre, a knock came to my door.

It was esteemed radiologist and all-round great guy Stephen Sagar and his lovely partner Christina.

The good doctor was key to zapping the unwelcome intruders out of my system and also keeping my spirits up.

He was popping in to my studio to have a look at a particular painting that we had talked about — Night of the Living Deb.

The painting was part of an effort several years back to commemorate the masterpiece film Night of the Living Dead by cult director George Romero.

The image of my painting was as part of a collection of images for a book. I kept original of course, and never planned to part with it.

It was meant to be part of Dr. Sagar’s own collection.

Then, the painting had a new life.

As a lifelong fan of Romero and his movies,  Dr. Sagar made a point of meeting the director at a Canadian ComicCon event.

He had the painting with him, all nicely framed and ready for the possibility that Romero might agree to sign.

And he did — just months before he died.

A photo is of two heroes of mine. I cherish the moment and will endure in a very meaningful way.

Night of the Living Deb
Director George Romero, left, and Dr. Stephen Sagar with Night of the Living Deb painting by Bev Hogue





Shades of blue at Silver Spoons

Silver Spoons is an art-wine-food event in the Eastside of Toronto May 13 and 14.

Along with  gourmet food, wine and beer tastings, live music, there will be a pop-up art gallery.

I will have an exhibit of my latest paintings here, so if you are in the city to say hello and see some of my recent work.

It’s a great event, with proceeds going to support Second Harvest.

The weather in Toronto is expected to be chilly. What better way to chase the “what-ever-happened-to-summer”blues away then to have a few cups at Silver Spoons, District 28. (28 Logan)


Bev Hogue painting LAX featured at Silver Spoons, District 28 in Toronto
Bev Hogue painting LAX featured at Silver Spoons, District 28 in Toronto