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As a young boy my father told me the tale of Oisín in Tir na nÓg. In the story Oisín meets Niamh of the Golden Hair who professes she loves him and takes him away to Tir na nÓg, one of the Celtic otherworlds that was known as the land of the young.. After what seems to him to be three years Oisín decides to return to Ireland, but 300 years have passed there. Niamh gives him her white horse and warns him not to dismount, because if his feet touch the ground, those 300 years will catch up with him and he will become old and withered. Later, while trying to help some men who were building a road his girth breaks and he falls to the ground, becoming an old man just as Niamh had forewarned. This story was my first foray into the legends and mystery of the Emerald Isle. Ireland has always held a prominent place in my imagination to this day.
I have secured an exhibition at the iconic pub and restaurant Irene’s on Bank Street for the month of September. The Exhibition is titled ” Emerald ” and is a collection of sculpted images gathered on my last trip to Ireland,the island my father is at his final rest. These images are of the Emerald Isle in a way only I could see it. I will post images as the date to the show opening nears. There will be a ” Vernissage ” ( A fancy french word for Kitchen party!) held on the 4th of Sept from 7 pm till 9pm. Come one ,come all and perhaps we could turn it into a Braeside Kitchen Party like the old days! Below is the poster for the Exhibition. Are you in? Good! See you there!
Well it’s been a while since I posted so forgive my tardiness. Sometimes there is much to do and little to say. I have retired from Kellys Barbershop. Many thanks to Kelly for the space! I have changed out the images at the Kingsway Health Centre for different ones. I have an Exhibition at the Adobe tower at 343 Preston on a summer theme.I had two images selected by Jury for the Shenkman Centre Trinity Gallery for the “Selections” exhibition in September to October. Of 321 submissions, 106 artists they had to choose 60 images. So to have two make it was good. So “Silverfish ” and “The Wishing Tree” below will be hanging.
I’ve been contacted to do an Exhibition at the venerable Irene’s Pub on Bank street Ottawa. More on that as it firms up.
I’m also submitting to the city to be paid to display work around the city for 2014. I have had to rethink an artistic vision for they request a series of ten images within a theme. It was challenging to go back and re-tool some of the images. I decided on the theme “Mist Mystry and Lamentation. Wilderness and longing within the Canadian Soul.” I have tried to take images that evoke the relationship Canadians have with the wilderness and transformed them to an artistic rendition. We will see how it goes ……..
I’ll post all ten if it’s so desired.
No words can say as much as this photograph.
I also hung a photo at the Goulbourn Recreational Centre for their exhibit Metamorphisis called “Sea of Wheat” I captured this on PEI one summer a few years back. I saw this Cape Islander up in drydock in a farmers yard by a wheat field and passed it for a week every day until the sky was right. I asked the farmer if I could shoot the boat and he was more than glad to let me.
Here is the image below.
I have an exhibit at the Stittsville Public Library called ” Sugaring Down.” It is a collection of images from a Canadian Sugar Bush! Nothing more Iconic than Maple Syrup. I will post the photos in the Exhibit here. I also hung a photo in the Goulbourn Recreational Complex in Stittsville for their bimonthly themed gallery “Metamorphosis.”
Tonight the snow is falling and the wind is howling and the spring seems so far away! But yet the maple syrup run is not far off. Nothing to do but watch the snow drive at your window outside? Come join us at the sugar bush in the sun! The gang and I have made a few movies and have posted them to Youtube as the adventure begins! If the weather is getting you down remember the syrup is just around the corner!
All music supplied by the Shanty boys. Thats my old band!
Here is a photo I named eye of the world……