Thursday, August 22, 2019

Last weeks for Articulation's "Connected Heritage" show at the New Iceland Museum, Gimli.


       LAST WEEKS TO SEE ARTICULATION'S SHOW IN GIMLI THIS SUMMER!

Our summer days in Manitoba are treasured. We look forward to that hint of lime in frozen slews in the spring that herald warmer weather and our getting out into the great outdoors. Eventually, the snowbanks recede and the hardiest of perennials make their way to the light. The robins follow and then every natural process miraculously accelerates. It truly seems like we wait forever and before we know it summer is here, then almost gone.

Manitoba's Inland Ocean in the Interlake, Lake Winnipeg at Ponemah.
Already at the lake, the days are getting shorter and the shadows a little longer. Soon we might even be able to get up for the sunrise without an alarm. Temperatures are increasing their span and mornings are notably cooler. Nothing any Canadian can't handle but definitely, that hint of a changing season is in the air.

These lovelies have already turned their faces from the sun, could they be articulating a new definition for sunscreen?
 

My travels in the Interlake this summer have included many visits to Gimli and though, not exclusively on a Friday for Sugar me Cookie Bakery's lemon meringue pie, it is a definite temptation.
Stopping in on a regular basis to The New Iceland Heritage Museum to check in on our show, I have been stopped with compliments from patrons who have seen the show and described not only their personal reactions but also awe for the diverse textile processes represented and the skillful application of ideas to textiles. Visitors have come from as far away as Mendicino California and often visitors are arriving in groups exclusively to see Articulation's newest work.

The show comes down after the long weekend so if you are in the area we hope you make it out to the museum, just down from Tergusson's in Gimli.
Articulation Textile Group is very grateful for the opportunity to feature their work in "Connected Heritage" this summer.

 Gimli is a thriving centre particularly through the summer and host to several annual festivals. The Icelandic festival, "Islendingadagurinn", shared its Viking Village just down from the museum and I found myself fascinated by the historical connection the community had to textiles, particularly linen and the use of natural dyes. It somehow feels appropriate that we have Articulation members engaged in similar activities while our group work hangs in Manitoba's Icelandic community.



Textile addictions: colour, textiles, dye

Lesley Turner on Vancouver Island has been busy spending hot island days in her garden dyeing wool with acid dyes. Beginning with cool colours and moving through a warm series and if that was not enough she added more days at work adding high and low values to her range as well as lower intensity colours. I think we can all attest to the receptivity of natural fibres to colour and Lesley's passion for dyeing.



Colour as therapy

Lesley is not alone in this passion. Donna Clement has been joined in Calgary by Saskatchewan's Leann Clifford and together they have been industriously dyeing up a storm in Donna's outdoor kitchen.


Hard at work hard at play

The pots were enlisted for some natural dyeing in Donna's backyard, cooking inside and out. Day 1 she explains on her Instagram post, was spent mordanting the fabric in alum and tannin. Day 2 began the dyeing process with Osage, Cutch, Fustic, and Marigold (the yellows) later moving to Madder, for the reds, then Logwood, purple. Leann (Regina) and Donna (Calgary) between them dyed over 100 pieces and excitedly used up long stored supplies in a one time burst of energy.

Makeshift dryers, Calgary

Our Western members are definitely winning the production race this summer. Wendy Klotz and Donna were both involved in a residency at The Alberta University of the Arts (ACAD) and will soon be sharing some of their work in "Placemaking", in celebration of the end of Contextual's summer program.




Lesley too has been multitasking and besides family visits, travel and nana knitting participated in a Jane Dunnewold workshop. I am sure Lesley's future blogs will include a reference to time spent in the company of an artist voted  San Antonio's Artist of the Year in 2019.


Lesley's experiments, with Jane Dunnewold.

Our summers as stated above are a fleeting couple of pages on our annual calendars but we all certainly make the most of them and look forward to their return.
I am always reluctant to let go of cottage time to return to the rhythms of routine but that hint of a chill in the morning air does seem to inspire my creative juices to flow in anticipation of the studio time I am craving and the discipline my art practice in Winnipeg's Historic Exchange District will soon provide.


The wisdom of the crone workshop facilitated by art therapist, Joan Stanford, Gimli Manitoba.

In these last couple of weeks, I will savour time spent with creative souls in mini workshops and gatherings right here in the Interlake prior to September long weekend's WAVE Artists Studio Tour.  I am open as studio #6 on the WAVE. Feel free to stop in to see me on your way to Gimli to take in the last days of Articulation's show, "Connected Heritage", on at the New Iceland Museum in Gimli till September 2nd.

Happy last days of summer!
May you make the most of it.

Amanda Onchulenko, on behalf of Articulation Textile Group.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

SUMMER SHOW! Articulation Textile Group at the New Iceland Museum, Gimli Manitoba



Gimli's New Iceland Heritage Museum hosts Articulation Textile Group's, "Connected Heritage", in the summer of 2019.


The physical work of making is complete and we now get to see the group's combined efforts assembled in a public space.

Summer is well and truly upon us and as all Manitobans will tell you, their favoured season is a fleeting couple of pages on the calander that takes us outside as much as possible. Getting away from our routines in celebration of the season is a communal goal and with a summer stacked with all the fun of festivals and events across the province and in cottage country, there is no shortage of things to do and see. I promised my blog post would appear in July and if I hurry I can make that deadline. I do however apologize for being both distracted and healed by the joy of  Manitoba's summer. July's sunshine has taken my soul hostage and given me the rest I most needed after a very hectic previous six months. I thank you for your patience :)

Summer scenery off highway 9 to Gimli

Beyond Gimli's beautiful harbour and the saturated surrounding fields of yellow canola, sunflowers and purple flax we can all be forgiven for thinking we are indeed driving along an inland ocean. The region was once  designated a reserve for Icelandic settlers and it has definitely evolved into a unique and diverse summertime destination with something for everyone.

Sunflower fields are ripening along highway 8 as I type.


Stores like Steina's, Heaven Scent, Johnsons, and of course our Iconic Tergussons are my favourites. Foodies take note! Lemon Meringue pie, imperial cookies and Vinaterta are available at the Sugar me cookie Bakery on centre street and battered pickerel at Kris's, opposite the hotel, are my personal recommendations no matter the season.  Gimli also boasts the Fabriculous Quilt store, nestled in the Lakeview Hotel where  Harrison Ford became our neighbour one winter.  Make sure to check these venues out after you visit the museum to take in our show.

The water off Gimli Beach hoists a giant movie screen for free screenings of popular family films during the Gimli Film Festival. The same spot looks quite a bit different in January. dotted with ice fishing shacks. No fish flies or sandy toes!


The New Iceland Museum in Gimli, which is hosting Articulation's show, "Connected Heritage" for the summer of 2019 has been designated a Manitoba signature museum by the province of Manitoba. It hosts more than 15000 visitors annually and many of them arrive from local and international destinations during annual events such as the Gimli Film Festival, and the annual Icelandic Festival during the august long weekend.


 A resident viking at the New Iceland Heritage Museum

Articulation Textile Group has the privilege of exhibiting the body of work we created in response to a study session held in Manitoba's Interlake during the summer of 2016. We explored the unique Icelandic Heritage of the region where each one of us found inspiration for work we later produced independently in our home provinces.

This was the beginning of our hanging adventure:  the Forest Gump prelude to our puzzling days of coordinating diversity into a coherent story of our combined journey through inspiration, process and technique.


 "Connected Heritage was hung during the last week of June by Ingrid and I with the help of summer students who did an amazing job taking direction and learning new skills maneuvering art work to showcase our textile creations. We were especially grateful for Jordan's willingness to take charge of the ladder and learn the art of lighting. These works in textiles celebrate not only the region and the people and events that inspired us but also the diverse talents and skills of this exceptional group of fibre artists.


 
It is always best to be generous in the estimation of how long it will take to develop and agree on a plan. The  implementation of said plan accounts for its own set of variables but rest assured the show will go up.


Lesley Turner's "Origins", is the largest work in the show at 71" x 77". Hand and machine stitched onto wool  the piece draws visitors into the main area of the gallery space. Lesley describes her rationale...

"Genetic research has confirmed what the sagas told us hundreds of years ago. The founding Icelandic population was made up of mainly blue eyed Norsemen and green eyed Celtic women. For any genetically distinct population their collective DNA and their material culture make up their visual identity which is taken with them, wherever in the world they choose to go."

"Origins" (detail) by Lesley Turner, Vancouver Island.



The group of quilts I have called "The Larettur Series", Icelandic for horizontal, are reflective of a community in a new land who look forward to new beginnings while not losing sight of the connection to their origins. The quilts of this series have bilingual names in the Canadian tradition of duality.


"Reflection :Spegilmynd", (...serious thought or consideration) by Amanda Onchulenko, Winnipeg.


Leann Clifford of Saskatchewan took a different view of the Icelandic origins in Manitoba by focusing broadly on the historical time period where Iron was the metal of the day. Leann used the rust dye method  to create vessel parts in representation of the joining together of the people in a new locale. Leann states unison, strength and beauty are her focus.  "The Helm of Awe", representing protection, is the inspiration for "Fractured Stability" seen below. Leann says by cutting the image apart she wanted to suggest there is a displaced sense of protection in our world today.


"Fractured Stability" by Leann Clifford, Saskatchewan.

Donna Clement of Calgary produced a body of work that focuses on drawing and writing with procion dyes on fabric. The Icelandic communitie's focus on education, poetry and literacy was clearly an influence. Donna's work also features Lake Winnipeg lucky rocks.

"Lucky you, lucky me" (detail), by Dona Clement, Calgary.

Scattered along the shores of Lake Winnipeg are unique stones with natural holes, known locally as lucky rocks or Odin Stones. These are believed to be imbued with special healing properties and to provide protection. If you find one, hold onto it.  I, personally, am an expert lucky rock hunter and have some secret places that are unfailingly abundant producers, particularly after a storm. I might be coerced into sharing my local knowledge with exhibition visitors. Tell me of your experience and I might share a bit of mine.

"Oral History" by Wendy Klotz, Calgary.


Wendy Klotz is our resident felting expert and her work can be counted on to have a sculptural element. Made of wool and silk organza, "Oral History" was wet felted then the stories were machine and hand stitched onto sheer silk organza. Wendy states..."When refugees of all sorts leave their home, often all they have to bring to their new land are the clothes on their back. They do however retain their oral traditions which they hold in their hearts to tell future generations so they will always be reminded of where they are from. These lips, with the stories spilling out of them remind us of the rich traditions of which Canada is fortunate to be a guardian".



"Arrival" , (Detail), by Ingrid Lincoln, Winnipeg.


Each member of our group submitted a body of work reflective of the studio practices that inspire and motivate. Ingrid Lincoln used batik, a wax resist method of dying fabric. The detail above illustrates the use of hand stitching that can often be found in Ingrid's textile pieces. Ingrid writes of her piece... "The end of the journey brings new challenges", as an immigrant herself displaced during the second world war with her family of origin, her piece muses, "What is the future? How do we move forward?
These are fitting questions for this particular textile piece. The same questions are equally appropriate for our group at large after a year of multiple exhibits and inordinate amounts of time spent in production. There will come, after this show, a time of reflection and evaluation that will allow a new set of goals to develop, to encourage and inspire our imaginations. and creative processes. 

Th Village of Dunottar on the shores of Lake Winnipeg and an example of our iconic, seasonal, stick dock piers. at sunrise.

In the meantime, should you find yourself in Manitoba's Interlake looking for some inspiration and some fine textile pieces to take in, we hope you will find your way to The New Iceland Museum" in Gimli Manitoba to see our show, "Connected Heritage". Feedback so far has been encouraging from those who have sought me out to tell me of their experience and their pleasure at experiencing such diverse body of work in both concept and technique.

I am yet to post my articulation pieces on my freshly launched website www.mandart.ca  but hope to get back up on that steep learning curve I have set myself upon, very soon. Feel free to check out the rest of my studio practice in your spare time between now and our next chat where I will feature more works from the show.

Until then, take good care and enjoy your travels throughout this beautiful country in my favourite (though fleeting ), season.

all best, 
Amanda Onchulenko 
( on behalf of Articulation Textile Group.)


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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

New Iceland Museum to host Articulation Textile Group, Summer 2019.



Life and art continue to merge in the hectic schedule for Articulation Textile Group as they prepare work for their third group show together in the past eight months. For some of us it is the fourth or fifth exhibition we have been a part of in that short span of time. I will share a little about independent events in a future post as for right now lets just focus on the most pressing issue at hand. I don't know about you but I am getting pretty dizzy juggling life and art, and yes, I am guilty of dropping those balls on occasion too despite my best laid plans. For the skimmers amongst us, we hope you will join us during the duration of the show,

                                                  July 1st through September 2nd, 2019

                                                        "CONNECTED HERITAGE",
                                                                            by
                                                           Articulation Textile Group
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                                                   The New Iceland Heritage Museum
                                                      108-94-1st Avenue, Gimli, MB

                                                       Just down from the Gimli Glider
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This past weekend Ingrid and I, both cottagers at Ponemah on Lake Winnipeg and the Manitoba representatives for Articulation, took the short drive in to Gimli and the New Iceland Heritage Museum, to review our current plans for the gallery space. Counting out linear wall space and connecting the list of items we are aware of in transit against gallery footage within the space allotted to us was the first order of business. We do have a grand plan but we all know what can happen with that. We will wait to see what pans out when all the work arrives and it can be assembled in one communal destination. Some of us, and I won't mention any names, but its probably a local and Ingrid was organized months ago, are still stitching up a storm readying work for photography. I know my pieces will be in the space on the day we hang the show so all will be well and I like every other member of our team will celebrate the culmination of our communal creative efforts.


Yesterday I spent the day working on the write ups for my work to share with the group.  While visiting google docs, reluctantly, it was exciting to read about what is coming in. I am really looking forward to seeing who has finished what pieces and how they resolved a particular structural or technical issue that presented itself along the way. Unwrapping shipped artwork is a cross between christmas morning and being a kid in a candy store, both of which inspire joy and often great respect for the talented women we share space with in this group.


This band of pelican brothers, bellies pinked in the light of a spring sunrise, supervise  Lake Winnipeg's foreshores.

Making art is all about problem solving. Some of the hurdles we are faced with cause us to discover new and wondrous things while others inspire an about turn resulting in an abandoned idea that may or may not surface again after future consideration. I personally abandoned one body of work for this project with a focus on language. Time and circumstance can also be another reason a piece is abandoned despite its visual potential to be a star within a group exhibit.

Lesley Turner's, proposed knitted piece for "Connected Heritage"

The Icelandic community has a particular affinity for the written word, language development, poetry and legendary tales. Being an immigrant myself, I am well aware the words of those new to a land can be lost or misunderstood. My first project intended to look at the concept of translation, specifically, the reinterpretation of the famed Icelandic sweater into a quilted piece. The idea of transferring knowledge in one realm to be reinterpreted in another was an interesting prospect initially but in reality the construction stage felt too far removed from my current studio practice and so it has been parcelled away for another day. Who knows, I might unearth those beginnings during a studio clean up in the future and be inspired to reinterpret those concepts in another format at another time. Such is the business of creation.

"Bit of a winter poet", Lake Winnipeg from Hecla Island, Acrylic on panel, Amanda O

Donna Clement in her piece "Vinarterta", focused on language and an Icelandic cultural food item, specific to the Interlake region. Writing and drawing with procion dyes, Donna celebrated this delicious, local treat. "Vinarterta" is made from alternating layers of spice infused plum jam and almond or cardamon flavoured shortbread. While little is known of this cake in Iceland today, the immigrant community in North America holds tightly to this culinary time capsule and cultural touchstone of their home country." ( Donna Clement) I am lucky to have a friend with Icelandic heritage who gifts me with cake annually at Christmas. My family is definitely grateful for that Icelandic connection.


"Vinarterta" by Donna Clement


Look for "Vinarterta" at the entry to our gallery space and buy yourself some from the museum giftshop courtesy of a local bakery on your way home.


Somewhere to level our gaze, Lake Winnipeg

Gimli is a thriving summer destination in Manitoba's Interlake region. Locals love their municipality year round. At just over an hour beyond Winnipeg's perimeter, Gimli is an easy commute and a scenic drive from the action of international culture that is Manitoba's capital. At home on the foreshores of Lake Winnipeg, this thriving, creative community retains the Icelandic flavour of New Iceland, Vestur Islendingar, the region that became home to a flood of Icelandic immigrants after 1875 when almost one-fifth of the population left Iceland. Granted Reserve status the Icelandic settlement self-governed until 1887 when they were incorporated into Manitoba and all Icelandic descendants became Canadian citizens.

Lake Winnipeg Lucky Rocks, sometimes known as Odin stones

 Articulation textile group members visited the region in 2016 to gather stories, information, visual imagery and inspiration. This research mission evolved into individual responses to the region that each artist has interpreted using textiles as the primary medium. Each of us is unique in our process, our interpretation and preferred methods of creation which makes the coming together of a body of work undertaken within these parameters all the more interesting.


Personally, textiles take me back to community, to the idea of women supporting each other in the human facets of their lives. A place where the rhythm of stitch adds a meditative quality, a doing that promotes being. The quilt is a symbol of comfort that is both utilitarian and aesthetic. It shields and protects, it warms us with its presence and intent. The quilt, often made in the community, is where I focused my creative efforts for the body of work I call the "Larettur Series" (Icelandic for horizontal) These quilts are reflective of a community in a new land who look forward to new beginnings while not losing sight of the connection to their origins.

Stephan G Stephansson, (1853-1927), in the first four lines of his poem, "Remembrance", translated into English,  in "The Anthology of Icelandic Poetry", aptly defines the immigrant sentiment.

                                                "Though you have trodden in travel,
                                                   All the wide tracts of the earth,
                                                Beware yet the dreams of your bosom,
                                                   Back to the land of your birth,..."


Lake Winnipeg stick dock pier at Ponemah

My contribution, the "Larettur" work, focuses on the commonality of the horizon, where the expanse of water and sky converge. The horizon, like a punctuation mark, defines the boundary between what once was and what now is, for wherever one stands, near or far, one can always rest their gaze on that horizon and be home.

Production of this group was not without issue. My original plan for three large pieces morphed into a series of six, four of them taking on a narrow horizontal shape and bound as quilts. Tapping into the Icelandic spirit for adventure and expansion I opted to not confine the largest pieces within a quilt binding but instead to mount them on canvas and allow the image to be free. The rotary cutter came into play, possibly too often, as I wrestled with composition and intent. The work, as it sometimes does, took on a life of its own and that is one of the inspiring aspects of an artistic practice. We may as artists think we are in control but sometimes, often, a body of work evolves into something we don't anticipate and teaches us new lessons along the way.

I learned patience and a new respect for the quilter who feels an almost completed quilt should not be slashed by a rotary cutter, not once, and definitely not multiple times. That is probably also why I am still scrambling to put down the needle and thread and have the pieces photographed at the last minute before their inclusion in the show.
Evaluating our process at the conclusion of a single artwork or at the completion of a series is another step an artist takes before work is included in an exhibition. As our current deadline looms and plans come to fruition, we need to take some time to encapsulate our thoughts, our process and the end result of our journey through ideas, inspiration and media. What to name our pieces becomes another decision to make that can be an important connection to our work, our audience, and our group focus or theme.

My thoughts returned to that concept of translation and the realization my computer does not speak Icelandic with its keyboard omission of characters unique to the Icelandic language. Naming my pieces with bilingual titles felt like an appropriate Canadian thing to do. Being of neither Icelandic or Canadian descent I do appreciate the immigrant affinity for duality and the need for a second voice in support of the first.
Lesley Turner at work

I love words and spent some time googling definitions to help me in my quest to appropriately name my works with titles that spoke to both parts of an Icelandic immigrants heart. Along those travels, I came across Merriam Webster's definition of Articulation, which she defines as the act of giving utterance or expression. I think you will be as surprised by the diversity of expression found in Articulation's Show, "Connected Heritage", as I am. We hope if you are in the region you will come out to see our work in person, that you might join us to share your stories of the Interlake or to discuss the ideas of connection, community, and creativity, either in person or in our guestbook.


 See you in July for the next blog post!
                                                                                      Amanda Onchulenko

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Articulation Textile Group is an Industrious Bunch.




         Articulation members are an industrious bunch.

Our forest exhibit was barely packed up and Lesley's houseguests out the door when she headed off to lead the hanging of the VISDA show at the Cedar Hill Gallery in Victoria.
 Cedar Hill Gallery, Victoria.
The process of hanging a show is no simple task. It takes time and energy and usually benefits from the helpful hands of volunteers and a generous estimate of time to get from the prepping stage above to a mounted show of works successfully on display.

"Dialogue #1" By Lesley Turner

VISDA is a branch of the Surface Design Association to which 4/6 of our group are affiliated. This exhibition titled, "CONNECTIONS" runs from April 17th to May 5th, 2019. Lesley's piece above reflects her affinity for historical handwork and her collaborative efforts with the environment. "Dialogue #1" will also be shown in Winnipeg during the Dualities exhibition before heading west to its new owner in Edmonton.

VISDA'S Opening Reception was held at the Gallery on April 17th, 2019

As a by-product of our "Forest and Sea and the Place Between" exhibition in the Portals Gallery in Duncan, BC, Articulation members were invited to contribute work to the Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show. Both Wendy Klotz and Lesley Turner managed to submit works that were selected to be a part of the Arts Council's upcoming show to be held April 30th- May 11th, 2019.



 "Battle Fatigue/s" by Lesley Turner came from the catalogue of our "War" work to participate in the Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show at Portals Gallery.  The deconstructed military uniform reflects the laid bare state of personnel affected by PTSD and the repetitive triggers those suffering from PTSD find constantly in familiar environments.





Wendy Klotz submitted "Safely Gathered In" shown above. This piece is based on the harvest hymn where the farmer has persevered another year despite rain, flood, and pestilence. Wendy's focus was on the pattern and the contrast between the concentric circles of the hay bales and the horizontal lines of the field, 12" x 24". I am told it shimmered beautifully behind the cellist on opening night.


We are very proud to announce that Lesley Turner won an Award of Excellence for her work in the Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show, that also included "Soldier's Heart", shown seated with " Battle Fatigue/s" above. Congratulations Lesley!

Other member news includes Wendy Klotz and Donna Clement, both Calgary residence, being accepted to do a three-month stint with the Contextual group's self-directed summer residency program from May 25th through to August 11th. That is 11 weeks of concentrated fun to be spent in the  Fibre Department at Alberta's University of the Arts. The textile department is well stocked, I am told, with lovely long print tables, a dye room and dark room, and personal locker space for residents. This year Wendy understands they will also have access to weaving looms.



Donna Clement is also looking forward to her residency but in the meantime can be found with a suitcase and camera in hand. I love seeing travel pics. The above door knockers she unearthed during her recent travels in Malta. I will look forward to seeing what great things they each discover during their summer spent experimenting.


Lesley meanwhile, has again been building boxes, this one above sadly too big for Canada Post to handle. Contained within is her work for a show with Articulation's Ingrid Lincoln and a complimentary pair of West Coast and Prairie artists, Louise Lamb and Laura Feeleus for a show called "Dualities". This show opens next week at the Cre8tery Gallery in Winnipeg and runs from May 9-21, 2019. It includes a variety of works in paint, print, photography, and textiles.
                              
 I too have been juggling life and a studio practice. Last month I mounted a solo show at the newly reopened Adelaide McDermot Gallery conveniently situated just two floors below my studio. I always love connecting with people through art and that weekend was no different. It was a lovely way to welcome spring into a Manitoban climate that still appears a little reluctant to change.


I have been hard at work on many projects, among them, my water-themed projects (above) for Articulation's summer show at the Icelandic Heritage Museum in Gimli, Manitoba. I thought I was close to finishing three large quilts, each approximately 4 feet square but a couple of events involving a rotary cutter and experimental plans have challenged my considered process. The evolution of an artwork can sometimes be a journey through frustration and disappointment but we are hopeful to resolve it in the end with possible life lessons learned along the way. (i.e. don't cut up a perfectly good art quilt!) I will keep you posted as to how it turns out but for now, I think I will put them on the back burner and spend a block of time completing the painting commissions I have as a result of my show.


Like many Articulation members, I find myself spending a lot of time adding works in progress to bags to take along with me just in case I get a minute to work on some hand stitching. And like many other creatives, I am lobbying for extended daylight hours as 24 is just not enough time for most of us with so many balls in play at any given time.


Last weekend, for example, was spent not stitching, but at the University of Manitoba celebrating a successful Honours thesis completed in Psych and a year-end exhibition for the Architecture faculty. The above sisters now fully grown were the subject of our inspiration on those occasions and I was very happy to put aside my creative hat for the proud mother version.
Our Saskatchewan member, Lean Clifford knows first hand the time commitment of family, especially with newly minted twin grandbabies. I think we are all looking forward to hearing of her progress through familial and creative activities.

For all of us, a days work is never limited to purely production time. Last night instead of sewing in a cosy corner I was a guest of the Headingly Public Library sharing a presentation on my first book "Wisdom at the Crossroads". A lovely group of people attended and I am very grateful for all of the support I have been shown since the publication arrived in my hands in October of 2018.  Should you be interested my book is available online for those not able to shop in Winnipeg. Find "Wisdom at the Crossroads" by Amanda Onchulenko at McNally Robinson Booksellers. Please see the link below.

Homework...
Finally, this weekend I will be at the Creative Manitoba offices during The Exchange District's First Friday event along with other WAVE Artists to launch the 2019 Brochure. The  "WAVE INTERLAKE ARTIST'S STUDIO TOUR" is the longest running studio tour in Manitoba. Now in its 15th year, the tour takes place two weekends each year in June and September. There will be a group of artists from the tour coming into the city to help kick off the brochure launch and to encourage those not familiar with the creative treasures of the Interlake to take a short, inspirational road trip this summer. During the WAVE, I will be encouraging visitors to my summer venue in June to also take in Articulation's exhibition, "Connected Heritage", while visiting Gimli in Manitoba's Interlake. 

If you are in the neighbourhood for any of the above-mentioned Articulation events we hope you will stop in to say hi and get a first-hand look at what inspires us and how this inspiration evolves through our industrious hands.


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