Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring is here in plain view

This evening I walked my dogs wearing only a sweater over my clothes. This in early Aptil - mirabile dictu!.
A benign, mellow evening worthy of early June.
Later on tonight, I'll continue to imbibe the soft spring air,  sitting out on the deck behind my studio and listening to the dark, swollen Assiniboine River rush by. Last night I heard the small tinkling bells of the breaking ice as it jostled and pushed its way eastwards. Tonight the river waters are free of ice and flow swiftly and purposefully onwards.
I might be joined by some curious but cautious racoons. I have seen them luxuriously reclining on the lounge chair on my studio deck. And a couple of nights ago I spotted a couple in amorous foreplay.
Perhaps even the local red fox might prowl by, if I am quiet enough. He came into the yard about three weeks ago, presaged by his otherworldly cry - sounding like a lost soul, searching for its mate. Perhaps he was.

There was an ice jam on the river this past weekend, and it left fascinating piles of ice which remain on the bank. They remind me of Jolanta Sokalska's glass work.

I visited Jolanta and her husband Zbigniew in their studio this past week and found them working on a commissioned stained glass project which was a collaboration with students in a school in South Winnipeg and will grace the halls of that school.

Katherine Bruce has offered new work for out delectation. She will also be offering all day workshops in May. Go to her page in the In Plain View Winnipeg website to access her website information.

Kathleen Black sent along an invitation to (W)rites of Spring where a piece of hers is being auctioned. This info is as follows:

A fundraiser for the League of Cdn Poets
Day: April 9, Friday

Time: 7 pm -10 pm
Place: Cre8ery Gallery
Upstairs at 125 Adelaide (across from Cdn Footwear)
Free admission, Cash bar, Cupcakes by Finales
Win: Fine art Pate de Verre piece by Kathleen Black, glass artist. ($250.00)
Win: One League of Canadian Poets membership (Associate, or eqivalent, 1 year)

Wayne Arthur Gallery

186 Provencher Blvd
Grandma Jean Paints Animals and Other People
Paintings by Jean McCormack
Opening Saturday, April 3, 1 to 5
And continues to Wednesday, April 28
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 to 5 PM
Web site:
For more information call Bev 477-5249

And inside Jo'Anne Kelly's studio on the swollen riverbank, a number of paintings have recently been birthed. Here are a couple of them -

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