'Interconnected': 6 Degrees (or less) of Separation

Often I am reminded of the many unsuspected ways we are interconnected, at times when I least expect it--funerals, weddings, meeting guests at the Gallery. Often, in times of tragedy, the ties that draw us together are welcomed and necessary, and sadly with recent events in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, we are profoundly reminded of this across Canada, even the world. I am thankful for all those who are there when I need them, when I hardly realize we are even connected.

When I take time to observe ways of nature, I realize that "inter-connectedness" is nothing novel!

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'Interconnected'

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Spring is coming!

I know March is still a winter month, yet all the signs are around us that spring is around the corner...robins are here, finches are courting and our hamamelis is blooming!

 "Sugar Shack" taken outside Hawkesville, ON (archival, limited edition by ManChoi Chow)

"Sugar Shack" taken outside Hawkesville, ON (archival, limited edition by ManChoi Chow)

Live music is healing

Attended a jazz session in Feb at the Jazz Room (Huether Hotel, Waterloo) featuring Tim Moher and friends (octet). I underestimate the power of live music to soothe the soul and bring healing energy to the spirit. For more, go to my facebook page.

 Tim Moher live at the Jazz Room, Waterloo Feb 24, 2018

Tim Moher live at the Jazz Room, Waterloo Feb 24, 2018

IN THE MIDST OF WINTER

While most of Canada is in the midst of a deep freeze in Jan 2018, I turn to the memory of warmer days in 2017. I took this beauty (among several others) at the garden of Angela Granic in Waterloo. The smiling dahlia exudes sunshine and warmth, so I call it 'Sun Dahlia'.

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John B Miller & Friends Advent concerts 2017

Music has power to heal--I truly believe this. This past weekend, Bonnie and I were privileged to witness the power of sacred music performed by John B Miller & Friends at various churches in the KW area. A truly soulful and re-creating experience. Here are some photos I took at the concerts to give you a taste. For more dates in December go to John B Miller.

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can"

Working on a card appropriate for the season to be entered in a contest at a local gallery, I decided to do something a bit unusual and provocative, not going with the expected light-hearted, wintery landscape or a scene evoking good cheer for the sake of being jolly. My intuition went to a recent scene that caught my attention while driving around Waterloo County (nearby Wallenstein and St. Clements) some of my favourite places to capture inspiring landscapes. I decided to make it monochrome to give it extra punch. In my mind this captures the spirit of the season, as we transition from fall to winter and for many around the world, whether religious or not, we seek sign posts that instill in our hearts hope and perseverance to embolden our spirits against stories and realities of doom, brokenness and despair. The words of Martin Luther King Jr came to me as I created this image: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can."

 Only Love & Light Can

Only Love & Light Can

Autumnal beauty in Caledonia Ontario

What difference a year makes! I went looking for fall colours around Waterloo/Wellington counties in October and meandered through Caledonia. This scene caught my attention just driving into Orangeville on Hwy 10. Speaks to me about the cycle of life that Autumn denotes for me; huge contrast to the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows in the spectacular show of Fall colour around Hockley Valley one year ago. Mother Nature is full of surprises.

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Autumnal beauty

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KW Central Art Walk

Gorgeous weather setting the stage for magical tour of Kitchener Waterloo Central District neighbourhoods for 10th Year of KW Central Art Walk this weekend, Saturday, Oct 21 (10 to 5) and Sunday, Oct 22 (12 to 5). I will be sharing with 5 other creative local artists at Location G, 14 Braun St., Kitchener. Would love to see you there and chat!

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Solo Exhibition & Sale EXTENDED!

Thank you to all of you who stopped into Framing & Art Centre Kitchener for my Solo Exhibition & Sale and my deepest gratitude to all your supportive comments and support. A close friend and artist went straight to "The Other Side" on Opening Reception night Sept 14 and said to me, "I'm taking this home!" And so she did to Windsor the next day. Sept 16 was the inaugural Belmont Bestival across the street from the Solo Exhibition and many more stopped by my booth as well as Framing & Art. Thank you for your support that day! Sales have been steady and Kris and Annemarie have been so pleased they have extended the Exhibition & Sale until Thanksgiving (mid October). They loved the visual display of all the possible, novel and creative ways to frame your favourite art work. So it's not too late to stop by and see the show. Hope to catch you there.

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