Canada 150 Mosaic Project Comes to Town

Canada’s 150th Birthday celebrations are taking place throughout the country this year. Communities from coast to coast are commemorating this milestone, called a “sesquicentennial”, by many unique and varied events in unique and varied locations. One event that captured my attention is the Canada 150 Mosaic Project. Painting tiles to form a mosaic sounded intriguing,…

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Hooked on Rug Hooking

Never one to remain idle for long, my friend Laura Harris embraced early retirement with gusto. Volunteering in our community took precedence, as did baking and hosting meals for friends and family. Then I learned that she’d taken up rug hooking. First of all, what exactly did she mean by rug hooking? My only experience…

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Decluttering Challenge: 40 Bags in 40 Days

Decluttering seems to be on everyone’s radar these days. One couple that I happen to know quite well — my daughter Laura and her husband Aaron — joined the “40 Bags in 40 Days” decluttering challenge they’d read about on social media. Of course I was curious to hear the details, now that the 40 days…

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Healing Power of Art: Interview with Ken Ballantyne

Back in the 1970’s, art wasn’t part of Ken Ballantyne’s life. An aspiring teacher, Ken was a student at the University of Victoria, B.C., cycling around town on a regular basis. While riding his bicycle to a movie one fateful day, he collided with a vehicle. Back in the 1970’s helmets for cyclists were uncommon….

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Behind the Scenes with Eric Vogt Photography

After admiring Eric Vogt’s “Top Ten Photos from 2016”  posted on Facebook (@EricVogtPhoto), I was inspired to get in touch with this Portland landscape and bird photographer. It helps that I’ve known Eric for a couple of decades, though our paths have not crossed too often over the last number of years. “Stunning” and “vivid” come…

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An Artist’s Perspective of Christmas Part 2 & Giveaway

This week’s post concludes the Christmas art cards series. The artist’s background story along with the first seven Christmas cards appeared in last week’s post. The commentary has been provided by the artist, Heinz Klassen, following the Biblical narrative timeline. (The dates refer to the year in which the cards were created). Finally, the last…

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An Artist’s Perspective of Christmas – & Giveaway

Among my cherished possessions is a set of fourteen art cards, depicting scenes from the biblical Christmas story. I love to display these cards, finding joy in the visual imagery, colours and fine details. Every Christmas since 2002, we have received a print of an original drawing by the same artist, Heinz Klassen. How are…

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A Quilt Story. It’s Complicated…

My sister-in-law, Lois, is a woman of many talents. I am especially amazed at the artistic quilts that she creates. She transforms fabric and thread into works of art using an elaborate range of colours along with intricate design work. Each piece is unique, a one-of-a-kind work of love and art. Here is her story….

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Mercy Tech Makes a Significant Impact

Six years ago, Rick Cogbill had no idea his life was about to make a significant shift. Yet in 2010, three separate events in close succession altered the path of his life. Significant Event Number One When Rick’s daughter made plans to visit her cousin, a nurse, in Africa, Rick decided to accompany her on her…

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