A lovely piece on history, time, change – and sense of place. What place means when it is rendered in the first person, and intimately connected to the sights and sounds in a landscape? We are each responsible for the reality we inhabit, in all ways.
Have a good weekend, everyone.
My father was born and raised in Montreal in the first half of the last century. He served in the RCAF (briefly) and the Royal Canadian Navy (less briefly) during World War II. In the ’60s he…
Gathered with family yesterday evening to celebrate the Season; many hours of good conversation, cooking together, and eating. Spent the entire time counting blessings, and losing count over and over.
It was a culmination of sorts: a time to put aside the busy-ness of the last many weeks for all of us, to stop for a bit and share some laughter, catch up with one another, and leave the frenzied part of this Season on the other side of the door.
So very welcome, that.
And today, I was blessed with a truly quiet and peaceful day.
Took a walk with my best friend and partner late in the afternoon, and brought our cameras along to see what we found …
SO quiet. Almost no traffic, even on the busy streets; almost no one (save us) out walking.
Fingers wound up fighting with the cold and working our camera controls after a short time, so found a place for coffee – and found it surprisingly busy, but even so, people seemed still – reading, journalling, talking with friends.
As we walked home and the last of the day’s light faded, I was able to catch a few shots that seemed to sum it all up rather well:
It is my sincere hope for everyone that you might all find some time to
today, or over the next little while, and have the opportunity to enjoy a little peace and silence in your day.
May all of us find the world we share a little bit kinder, a little bit gentler, a little more compassionate than it was this past year.
May we all be part of making it a better place to live (in however small a way) each day, and carry that spark with us, and let it infuse our actions with the best that humanity can offer to each other and to the planet.
I wanted to pass on a link to some great commentary and insights by Rhonda Kronyk, concerning the myriad changes & recent downtown development here in YEG … and what it means for local people and the agencies who serve them.
We are at a complicated juncture in this city’s short history – and we have choices to make on an ongoing basis about what kind of city we want, and want to live in. There’s some great food for thought here; let’s remember that this city is home to all of us – 365 days a year.
That means diversity is the rule, not the exception …
There’s so much going on in YEG in the summer months, it’s tough to keep up, let alone take part in as much as one would like. It’s something I love about this place – we take our investment in the brief summer seriously! Full-on, all-the-stops-out, all the things all the time!
So … a couple that I’ve got going on:
I’ll have a video work in the Member’s Show at Harcourt House – NEW TERRITORIES – opening on Thursday 18 June:
I’ll be throwing my studio doors open for a while in the evening. So come by and say hello if you have a chance! You’ll find me at the Harcourt House Gallery, or in my studio
… OR …
Across the hall at Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC!
I also have the pleasure of being part of the presentation of the Eldon & Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize for 2015, taking place at Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC on June 18th at 7:30. So, while you’re in the Harcourt House building, pop in to Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC’s office and gallery, and raise a glass to the fine artists who made the short list for the Foote Prize, and see the work in the galleries too.