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Calendars, Cards, and Prints of local places and people
Hello Suzanne. Thank you for the lovely calendar! You did an amazing job balancing everything. I like the quality of the paper as well!
Wanda Doyle, fine artist
In any case, Suzanne, thanks again for another super, super calendar !!
This looks fantastic and I really like the fading in and out of the images this time around. I really like my “month” as a feel for the whole calendar. Another artist asked me about my experience with you last year and I couldn’t say enough good things about the way you have treated us artists/donors for your cause
–Christine Camilleri, Artist in the Western Canada Region Soroptimist Art Calendar
We were attending a 70th birthday party at a client/friend’s home last night. I was talking to a couple of ladies on one side of the room when I looked over at the birthday girl and saw her sitting on the sofa, proudly showing her 2018 Kootenay Art Calendar to some other folks. When she was done, I borrowed it to show to the people with whom I was speaking. They were all super impressed and thought it would make a lovely gift . . . Hope it results in some new business for your excellent product!
- Tim Affolter, Assante Financial Management
Thank you SO much for returning home to grab the calendars and risking being late for your dentist appointment! I truly appreciate having the calendars but even more than that, I appreciate your kindness in delivering them to me. You’re the best!!! Thank you!!!
- Noralee Kirton
WOW! I LOVE IT!! [2018 Victoria & Circle Tour Art Calendar]
Love the combination of natural and cultural elements in your selected images.
Love the double red Adirondack chairs (Fisgard sketch) seen across the country in many park settings, immediately ties in on a national level.
Love the peekaboo Mt Rainier from Willows Beach
Love the fierce storm energy at Ogden point
Love the varied colour and energy in the collection.
Love the concept of a day long circle tour which your calendar is built on – you just handed me the itinerary for a visitors and the no brainer parting gift – memento – your calendar!
Love the MacAulay point image on the front page and also LOVE the graphic of the rugged profile of the South Island in the upper corner of the front page, its clear to see where geological lineaments trend on this
You have created another masterpiece Suzanne!
Bee-yootiful calendar! Full of local information, lovely pictures which are not just urban tourist views! And recipes and info on local events. Thank you!!
- J.B., Victoria
I’ve had many great comments [on the Victoria & Circle Tour Art Calendar] . . . and a side story, my 92 year old neighbour, who is a phenomenal cook, made a batch of Metchosin squares from the recipe on the calendar the next day and guess who had to do the taste test, again and again!
I LOVE gettting the Circle Tour Art Calendar. We go to the restaurant that is in each month, and make a point of taking day trips to many of the places in the calendar. And the recipes are fabulous.
“Baby’s First Year” was the most special baby gift I got, out of everything. It is so unique, and just perfect for keeping track. Thank you!
Your painting arrived just before I came to stay. It is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much, I can’t wait to show it to everyone! The colours show well and I thought it was beautiful how you posted it. I cannot believe the difference it makes seeing it in person rather than on a greeting card! It is a true treasure. Again, thank you very much.
- Isobel O’Connell
Just had breakfast this morning with some friends and their friends from Edmonton.
Well, I had given one of your calendars to the good Dr., who hasn’t quite entirely retired to Victoria. He remarked at breakfast how much he enjoyed the calendar. I think it kinda keeps him connected to Victoria and their next adventures until he can get back. He thanked me again for such a lovely gift.
Your calendars are very much like Victoria, there are so many cool little things hiding right in front of you. You just have to bother to look.
Wes Bull, Wes-Co Solutions
Here is the latest from my friend, on the Sea to Sky Growth Chart:
Got the package… THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! OMG so amazing! Same artist as the calendar, correct? Helena just, just comes up to the lowest rung at 2ft 7 🙂
You are so kind! I really really appreciate it. We used to use pencil on the wall but this is much more elegant and so very evocative of home. When she is grown she can take it with her and always remember that she was born and bred an Island girl (we know how fabulous that is, right!?)
From Heather Leary at Mark My Words Communication
All the clients I sent your calendar to have thanked me and demanded another one. In fact, I sent one to a client who had referred a bunch of people to me over the past couple of years. One was his brother, who asked me why he didn’t get one … I said, send me a half dozen clients and you will “qualify” for a calendar too!
Ron Clarke, JBS Business Services, Trail
Your calendars were a hit in England, I sent 3 there, and also in California, I sent one there.
I purchased a few calendars from you to take home to Argentina with me, and my family and friends all loved them. They enjoyed the stories and information attached to the lovely artwork and it gave them a better idea of the paradise we live in.
Your calendars are lovely – I’ve had the Kootenay Rockies one and the Okanagan one! Love the art and the great recipes too.
Wow! What an amazing calendar!
Our friends just gave us one of your Baby’s First Year on the West Coast calendars for our newborn Griffin who is three weeks old. The artwork is just incredible. This will be a wonderful keepsake for our son, who we hope will grow to be proud to live on the Best Coast!
Thanks for your time, and wonderful artwork.
I have Suzanne’s beautiful growth chart to thank for completely disrupting our Christmas celebrations. I gifted a chart to my father, who absolutely adores anything to do with Vancouver Island. This was the perfect gift for him with his growing brood of grandchildren. Immediately, present-opening time was paused, and the perfect place to hang the chart was hotly debated. Then of course, everyone wanted to take a turn being measured and having their sticker placed on the chart. And I don’t just mean the kids! Thank you Suzanne for derailing Christmas in a completely wonderful way!
– Laura Stewart, Physio Care At Home
I meant to tell you, thanks! I love the new calendars. We are busy trying to figure out who all to give them too. Merry Christmas J
Denné Ahlefeld, CPA, CGA, Creston
I was lucky enough to be gifted a calendar made by you, by one of my colleagues. I first noticed your calendar in one of the Investment Advisor’s office and was mesmerized at first glance.
Might I just say that your calendars are tremendous and so well done. Very pleasing on the eyes; and the information and detail on all the pages – from the recipes to the average temperatures, down to the write ups of each location features ….just so phenomenally well done. And the quality and texture of the paper…a big hit!!!
I have already recommended other fellow colleagues use your calendars for future gifts to their clients as they are of superb quality and very very well done.
Thank you for sharing your craft with the community!
– Marina Isidoro, Victoria
When I opened mine [Kootenay Rockies Art Calendar] up and took a look through, I thought it was the best purchase I’ve made in a very long time. Determined to give a couple as gifts now!
Nicole Spring, Edmonton
I work an extra shift on the surgery unit just to pay for giving the Kootenay Rockies Calendars to everyone in my family. That’s how special they are to me.
– Leslie Leishman
My clients love them. They all look forward to their calendar. They love that it supports the arts and I know they stay up on their wall for a year. Several clients tell me they save the previous years calender. Great advertising for me.
Carol Cohen, Fernie Real Estate
We received your 2015 calendar as a gift last Christmas from our investment fellow, and have just loved it and enjoyed it all year. I was so taken with it that I decided it would be a great one for my sister and her hubby who come most years for a Christmas visit. Using your website I have ordered 2 calendars. So thank you. I was born here in Victoria and so was my husband and your lovely calendar had information that I had no idea about some of the places you put in it. Thank you again.
– Loralee & Stewart Hagar
We don’t think the client would mind if I passed this compliment along to you:
Dear Paul, Lisa and Peter, Thank you, thank you, thank you for the beautiful calendar that arrived yesterday. I read through the whole year 2016, and so enjoyed reading the different comments about each beautiful painting here in Victoria and on Vancouver Island. I shall look forward to turning the pages each month.
My sincere thanks for your continued assistance and work on my accounts.
Wishing all of you a very Happy, Holiday Season, and the very, very best for a healthy, joyous New Year with many wonderful surprises.
Your cards are just so beautiful, they always make me cry . . . oh! Murchie’s and Munro’s! I remember going to Murchie’s for hot chocolate when I was 4 years old . . . oh dear, you’ve done it again [tears] . . .
Kathryn Beckett, Beckett’s Fudge
The Baby’s First Year is really easy to fill out, it’s not labour intensive, and somehow it got really full, we love it. She’s 13 months old now.
Some feedback for you on the calendars … people love them. And as you know, so much so that my staff went together and did their own group order from you!
Ron Clark, JBS Business Services
People are dazzled by these calendars. We are giving them to our top tier referring physicians so they will have our phone and fax #s handy at all times. A common reaction is “ Wow is that for us? “ Most people just ask if they can have one more…..but I am very stingy with them J.
Don Swainson, Vital Health Pharmacy
I sent one of Suzanne’s cards to a client and got this email in response:
“Incredibly incredibly thoughtful of you Diana…..wow, very nice card, Stuff like that is not done enough anymore so I feel touched you would go out of your way to send one to me. Coffee… .soon please…..i am sure we will figure out how to do business.”
Sendng a card is such a great way to great customer relationships. Thanks Suzanne!
– Diana Zinck, The Stage Coach
Thank you…. I wrote to my relatives saying I had ordered the calendars and they all wrote back saying they could hardly wait!
Here is the testimonial from my friend Vivan – She LOVES the Baby Calendar!
“Got it! OMG it is AMAZING !!!!
I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!
No one has given me anything like it- and I needed a month by month freehand book as the baby book I have does not have this- and I love our westcoast home SO much-and this has such beautiful words and pictures about it- so this is PERFECT :)”
– Heather Leary, Mark My Words Communication
“I had to come by and tell you how much everyone loved your calendars when we went to Ontario last month! They were wonderful hostess gifts. Especially loved the inclusion of all the recipes. Thank you!”
– Barbra Trahan, Victoria
What I liked the most about your calendar is that the suggestions are tiny and can be ignored. Parents start out with the best intentions of filling out every slot on the calendar faithfully. Unfortunately we also find we need to eat and sleep. I always found it a sad thing when the baby book is filled out for the first couple of weeks and then is filled with blank spaces. Your layout allowed us to write what was important to us rather than forcing us to fill in blanks which may be meaningless to us. It also gave us the space to put in a lot of personal comments and observations which he can read when he is older.
I could make this into a book but enough for now except for the biggest and most unexpected use for the calendar…we kept it hanging on the wall and now we can see what he looked like, what he was doing and how we were feeling at this same time last year.
– Brian Clark
I bought your 2015 Victoria & Circle Tour Art Calendar last year. I bought a house here in February and moved in June – so thank you for the inspiration of all these wonderful places to get to know.
– Jane Baker
I loved using the Baby Calendar because it made me think of things to write that I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. We put pictures in every month, and a friend of mine used the little pictures you get to fill some of the date spaces.
– Ellian Bell, mom
Received the calendars this AM and just wanted to let you know these are the most stunning works of art yet…very impressive…thanks for sending them so quickly.
Grizzly Books & Serendipity Shop, Revelstoke BC
I gave your Victoria & Circle Tour Calendar to my kids living in Cobble Hill and Shawnigan Lake, and they were absolutely thrilled with it! They spent so much time going through each month saying, “I know where that is! Oh, look, there’s . . . ” It was their favourite of all the Christmas presents. I’m going to give more this year.
Emily Nelson, EN Office Services
I can’t believe the feedback I’m getting on the Calendar, and from such a variety of people. One client is 85 and keeps it flat on his desk so he can pick it up and touch it every day. Another gave it to his 29-year-old son who loves to cook, so it works for all ages. They have all been so grateful and tell me they love it!
When I delivered the Calendar to one of my top clients they were totally overwhelmed. It opened a wonderful dialogue as we talked about the places and recipes, and flipped to the back to see all the events and websites. They saw how fantastic the product is but it wasn’t about that, or how great I was, it was just the feeling they had that I was giving them a very personal gift. It was a wonderful way to connect.
Hi Suzanne – I will be ordering more cards later this month as I am almost out. Many of my clients appreciate the local scenery and the beauty in your creativity.
Christina Gilbert, Investors Group
my clients are LOVING their calanders!
Mary Ann Jenkins, Division Director, Investors Group
I won one of your calendars in the raffle yesterday. I sat and looked and it this morning and reveled in the beautiful renditions of local scenery.
Thank you so much!
Maggie Megenbir, Calm Cool & Uncluttered
I’ve been using Suzanne’s art cards for all my thank you correspondence. Without fail, the recipient comments on the high quality and beautiful images. And often they know the location personally, adding to their appreciation. I also just started sending out the calendars and have similar responses. Many clients use an electronic calendar but comment that they will be hanging up Suzanne’s calendar because the images are so beautiful. Thank you Suzanne for your amazing talent!
Financial Advisor, Raymond James Ltd
My wife and I received the “Baby’s First Year” calendar produced by Blue Heron Art and we have been using it consistently for the last 6 months. When my wife received it as a gift (from my mother) at her baby shower, three other Moms broke into tears, as they felt it was such an amazing gift and they were so sad they did not do something like that for their kids. It has honestly been the BEST gift we received from the entire shower (and we got some pretty amazing stuff)… we look forward to recording all the new memories and milestones at every stage.
I am a Canadian writer and moved to Vancouver Island only a short time ago. I was searching for new places to explore and fun things to do. I met Suzanne Heron, from Blue Heron Art Enterprises, at a local event in Victoria. I purchased two of her beautifully crafted Calendars- one for the remainder of this year and the other for 2015. What I soon discovered when looking through them was an abundance of fabulous information. From local weather, moon phases and spectacular artwork, depicting everything from things to do and delicious recipes, the pages are your gateway to adventures! As a result of my purchases, I have attended several festivals and markets, all free and brimming with culture and history. I highly suggest anyone wanting to give a special gift or treat a newcomer to the area, one of Suzanne Heron’s series of Calendars. I anticipate many cherished memories ahead will be a direct result of this artist’s wonderful suggestions!
~ Talia (T.L.) Alton “Under the Sitka Tree”
It’s the most awesome calendar I’ve ever had!
– Laura Sheridan
A friend gave me one of your calendars and it gives me pleasure every single day.
– Lynne Bezuidenhout
I absolutely need more Baby Calendars . . . People love your calendar and it is a joy to sell it!
Mary Lucas, Hip Baby
My mom bought me the “Baby’s First Year” calender and I absolutely love it!!! . . . I’m wondering if you could do a custom order for Baby’s 2nd year. I document everything on this calender and love going back through it and reminiscing – Michelle
I wanted to congratulate you on the beautiful calendar you’ve put together over the past few years. I have people asking me when the next one is coming out. Every September I show my work at Lake Country’s Art Walk in the Okanagan with 300 other artists, the biggest art show in the B.C. interior with an average of over 7000 people, and the calendars sell out the first day. I find that the art + recipes is a great combination, people are buying a average of 3 and sending them to family @ friends across Canada, Europe @ U.S.A. as gifts. You’ve put a lot of thought and work into them and it shows , keep up the good work.
Michael Jell, Vernon artist
Suzanne designed a beautiful card for us with a picture of Finlayson Arm and “We appreciate your business” on the front. Every customer gets one, and 75% say thank you back to us for the card! Email thank you cards are discarded immediately, but a hand written card is remembered. Suzanne did a great job on it.
Thank you so much for making the personal call to me, and sending the sample.
I have had great feedback on the calendars. Honestly, I don’t recall clients calling to say thank you for their Christmas gift in past years. I had about 5 calls and then those that I ran into or talked to after Christmas – all raved about them, they loved the Calendars. They really liked the art work, some were so enthralled it took them a while to notice the recipes. Suffice to say they were a huge hit and I will definitely order more next year.
Century 21 Executives Realty, Vernon BC
I live here in Victoria, my mom is in Vancouver & my sister in Montreal. We’re cooking across the country, each month the recipe from the calendar. This month we did Stone Street Café’s quiche and it was delicious – and so easy!
When I gave your picture of their home to my client, she was beyond thrilled by it! It was such the perfect gift for her and her family.
Randi Masters, Newport Realty
We had a great response to the Okanagan Art Calendar. I had customers call and rave about them. Just more of the same from everyone.
Everybody loves the Okanagan Art Calendars! They especially like the fact that you are highlighting local artists and have included recipes. It’s a perfect match for my clients!
Donna Gibson, CGA, CPA
Just wanted to let you know we have a very positive response from our clients who we gave the calendars to, everyone LOVES them! We will certainly do this again next year!
– Greg Mussenden & Faye Rolston
I thought I would share the lovely note I received from a client today.
I’ve been so busy, and only just opened the Christmas card and calendar you dropped off to me last week. I love the card, but I have to tell you the calendar is stunningly beautiful, and a very appropriate gift for your clients. You can rest assured I won’t be sharing the calendar with anyone else! Thank-you for the very thoughtful, and much appreciated gift! The card I will share, and I may even let a few of the council members actually touch the calendar, but I’m claiming it for myself.
Thanks again for this amazing calendar. Not only will I enjoy it through the next year, but it is just one of those items that I can’t imagine ever parting with.
Thank you for making me look so good!
My colleagues love receiving your calendars as much as I love giving them!
– Beverly Booth, The Magical Marketing Booth
I also forgot to mention what a great reception your calendars have received across the water! Both Rita and I wish we had brought more. They are perfect gifts for these types of [country-to-country] exchanges.
My aunt absolutely loves her calendar and says she wants to go to every single restaurant!
– Christina Rippon, Victoria
I received one of your calendars as a gift from Pauline Penner, and I just wanted to say that I love it! I love seeing it on my wall and getting lost in the artwork.
Just wanted to send you a thank you for the calendars we sent to clients last December. The response has been excellent- much more so than the traditional “Real Estate” calendars I’ve been sending out for 20 years. In fact, I don’t think I ever received glowing reviews of a calendar in the past where this time I received many! Here is a quote from a good past client who emailed immediately upon receipt of the calendar:
I have chosen to support local business woman Suzanne Heron of Blue Heron Art Enterprises. I use her cards to communicate with my clients and I chose her calendars as my holiday gifts this past year. Both are received with amazement at her talents. Many of my clients have called to express both their gratitude with the gift and to enquire where the calendars can be purchased locally. Suzanne is a dedicated business woman and her products and services reflect her commitment to customer service. Her portrayal of our community, its many attributes and her support of local business reflect her community roots. I am honoured to be associated with her and to give her products to my clients. Kudos Suzanne on a job well done – you are a shining example for us all.
I’ve never had such a response to a gift sent to clients. My phone was off the hook – at least 30% of the people I sent a calendar to phoned or emailed me to say thank you, and how beautiful it is.
I want to tell you about the wonderful response we had to the calendars given as gifts. The feedback from clients was overwhelmingly great. One woman said she hoped my other clients appreciated just how amazing the calendar is. She said it’s really a work of art.
I met Suzanne as a guest at a BNI meeting and I was thoroughly impressed with her work and her presentation skills. I love to support local artists and I found Suzanne’s art very calming so it was just natural for me to purchase her work. Whenever I send one of her cards to my clients or acquaintances, they can be reminded of the beautiful city of Victoria where we live. I had requested some cards and Suzanne’s turnaround time was fabulous (she actually met me an hour later as I was under a time issue !). She is here to please her clients and she has that “personal” touch.
My clients love to get Suzanne’s art cards that celebrate their own neighbourhood. One client took a photo of the card I sent her and re-posted it on Facebook and Twitter!
Suzanne creates wonderful artwork in many formats. I chose her calendar that contains not only great pictures but historical facts and recipes….a delight to hang anywhere.
We have a summer home here so I always bring something, a piece of Victoria, to have with me every day. I fell in love the your calendar; they are so personal, I love the quality of the paper. I definitely plan on getting one every year.
With the new stock on hand, I was able to deliver 10 to the new owners of a gift an souvenir shop in Radium just now. The owner, who not only grew up in the valley, has been in the ‘gift & souvenir biz’ for years and also produces postcards and ‘ordinary’ calendars for his industry. He was SO excited when he saw the calendar. He’s talking about my supplying him with a hundred calendars in the coming weeks. Wow and wow! He even proposed the idea of featuring me out front on the September long weekend with my artwork, prints, cards, etc. and autographing calendars. Pinch me. It’s too exciting for words.
As I started going through the cards to choose just the right one, I actually gasped when I saw the picture at Cordova Bay with the swing…we walk there every week and it’s a very special place where we have had some very deep conversations . . . So just a note of thanks to you for bringing a smile to my face as I went through all the images and have very happy memories in almost all of the locations 🙂
Thank you for your interest in our café. We appreciate your work and dedication to the arts and to the community connection. We think this calendar is a great way to stay in touch with the arts, your local farmer and small business. This calendar is something we all appreciate. Thank you!
– Laurie & Matt, The Frog Peak Café, Crescent Valley
Side Street Studio in Oak Bay Village is proud to sell Suzanne’s very creative art. Our customers really enjoy seeing the places that they love bought to life in such an imaginative way – from greetings cards to prints to calendars Suzanne’s work is a great asset to our studio.
In an increasingly impersonal world so used to ‘screen culture’, I find that my clients really appreciate the personal touch and recognition of an attractive hand-written card. In my practice it’s important to maintain relationships and let clients know they are appreciated, and I can’t think of a better way to do this than with Suzanne’s beautiful artwork that clients can relate to, connect with, and enjoy. The response we’ve had so far is great- especially for thank-you’s and birthdays- it reminds people that we are here, that we care, and has really meant the world to a lot of people- who often say they leave their cards around in plain view long after they receive them. Thanks Suzanne!
The calendars have been so well received! Locals have been buying them to send to relatives abroad and tourists have been buying them to take back home. So they are scattering far and wide! Many people have said how much they like the inclusion of the recipes. Also the paper quality really sets them apart from the others. In general, they are a beautiful artisan style calendar that appeals to locals and tourists alike, which is very rare! Well Done!! With regards to the cards, I’m completely sold out of all the greeted ones now and as usual the blank Mount Baker image was the first to sell out in both stores. I know I’m missing or very low on a number of images so I’ll call you!
At long last a Victoria calendar to be proud to send globally .. congrats.. well done . . . good on yer seeing outside the box .. . Good luck with 2013.. keep up the good work
Hi there, I first saw your work when we bought the Salish calendar in December, then went back and bought several more because they are so beautiful. I also showed it to quite a few co-workers who were as impressed, with any luck, they got one too.
Just today, I saw greeting cards in Sidney that were your work, then after dinner I was reading the Senior Living magazine, and quite enjoyed the article on re-inventing. It wasn’t until nearly the end of the piece that I put it all together.
So I am writing to let you know that I am a fan of your work, and hope that you keep producing wonderful things for us to enjoy.
Dear Suzanne, I have been adding to my husbands collection on his birthday for 5 years now. The addition this year of his Giclée print “Victoria Harbour Ferry”, 7 x 10, is the smallest one there next to much bigger and very fab water colour pieces, one special photo and one interesting collage. Your giclée print is the smallest and most spectacular piece on the wall and has made the collection ‘come alive’. I have hung it in the center of the collection as I know it will continue to be the focal point.
Got your calendar and yes its beautiful and would love to be apart of it! What a beautiful thing you are doing! Thanks for asking me to be apart of it!
Christina Grono, The Art We Are, Kamloops
Just wanted to let you know that I received the calendar! It’s gorgeous!!!
I have staff wanting to know if they can buy them – Thanks!
– Jacqueline Leduc, The Black Forest Restaurant, Invermere
Hi Suzanne, I got the calendar yesterday, it looks great! good job on the design work.
The calendar arrived yesterday and Wow! – it’s beautiful. You’ve done a great job!
WOWEE! it looks fabulous, Suzanne
I love the way you put it all together and the paper is an excellent choice
It is a very unique and beautiful calendar
I can’t wait to get a batch to sell in the gallery
I would like to congratulate you on creating the Kootenay Art Calender! It’s beautifully done and was obviously a LOT of work! I love the way it turned out. I can’t wait to try out some of those recipes.
Suzanne – just picked up mail and CALENDAR!!! LOVE IT! Well done, you did a great job. It is so unique with notes and facts and recipes, and all the artwork look terrific. I am very proud to be a part of it . . . Thank you very much for the opportunity to be part of this great project.
Wondered if you could create another masterpiece of a home . . . A lovely family has owned the home since ’76. An emotional time for them. I think they’d really appreciate something that showcases the home.
Postcards of 453 O. Street look AWESOME!! I will need 50 postcards for 1313 R. Rd. Thanks
Hi Suzanne, Guess what I need?! I am down to 1 Calendar . . . People have been quite impressed and are constantly complimenting what a wonderful job you have done.
Suzanne! Your cards are selling really well! I need more.