As artists, we are free to express ourselves in most countries in the world. Never take for granted, this ability to do so. It is integral to the well-being of our society. The next time you take up a brush, an instrument, a pen… be reminded of how you can cross over and step boldly into the fray.
I'm feeling so much gratitude to have been accepted this March for Bo's Master Class at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. I can't wait to spend time with the other artists and this great painter in his home town for a concentrated experience, and intelligent dialogue.
Enchant your inner artist in a sensuous slow feast with painter Janice Tanton, singer songwriter Julia Lynx and Chef George Bayne. Explore the role of art and music in your life with a special focus on healing and rejuvenation. A two-time Canada Council award recipient, Janice’s works are represented locally at Canada House Gallery in Banff. Julia will share some of her songs unplugged.
Abu Dhabi Art Hub was the first artist community to be established in the United Arab Emirates, by Ahmed Al Yafei. In addition to operating artist in residency programs for foreign artists, through Friends of Art Hub and Adopt-an-Artist sponsorships, emerging Emerati artists are eligible to participate in residency programs overseas. It's a global win-win exchange opportunity for artists.
2014, I hope will be my "Year of Gentle Making". I have a few things planned, but not set in stone to reflect artfully upon my experience. With a few more prayers, rest and recovery I hope soon to be back in the studio in a meaningful way. My wish is for everyone to take some time for themselves, to be in good health and have as much time with your family and friends as you possibly can.
Almost a year after discovering I have breast cancer, I am so very pleased to announce I was welcomed with open arms by what I consider to be the most dynamic gallery representing Canadian artists anywhere in the nation. Today, I joined some brilliant artists and incredible staff at Canada House Gallery.
I've been thinking about my individual natural capital - my time on this planet, how I use it and what I do with it. The answer for me is in truly living each moment without fear of the past or present, with my loved ones by my side.
Here are a few suggestions to the province and Alberta Health Services to avoid this in the future: Put adequate back-up plans in place to ensure no cancer patient's treatment is delayed. Zero tolerance. Empower hospital administration to adequately address emergency circumstances with patients in a timely and organized manner. "I can't tell you the secret that I know." does not help or instill confidence in the system. Deliver leadership and crisis training to address these concerns. Improve communications regarding health care in emergency situations. If chemical transport isn't possible due to hazardous material restrictions, a plan for how patients can get added to treatment rosters in Calgary or the nearest delivery site to their location.
One year ago today, I left Canmore for Haida Gwaii and a life-changing artist's residency at Gwaii Haanas National Park. In a month's time, I learned more than I could absorb, met new family and friends, saw, touched, smelled and heard things that were literally Super-Natural and was inspired and welcomed with open arms by the Haida Nation and the islanders.