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Ice Day!

26 Apr

Blizzards, snowfall, and storms aren’t uncommon for Aprils in Thunder Bay.  City closure due to weather is pretty uncommon as well, but an ice storm has given us a day off school and work today!

The girls and I started our day with peanut butter banana smoothies and yoga. We did lots of playing and painting, planted seeds to start our garden, and just after lunch we decided to go outside.  We smashed tons of ice off the car and other surfaces outside; a surprising inch or so thick in lots of places!

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When the wind got to be too much we came in to watch a show but the power went out!

I had an idea to keep us entertained, something I’ve wanted to do since the lightpainting workshop at Neechee: Experimenting with portable light in the studio.  Flashlights, sparklers, strobes, etc.

Now, it’s hard as heck to get the girls be still and follow my directions – they want to do their own posing and follow their ideas, but I let them run the show and still got fun results!

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Once in a while a school closure is such a treat – a surprise sleep in annnnnd a day with the kids.  Good attitudes all ’round at this house.

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Things of Port Arthur

19 Apr

A walk around Bay & Algoma neighbourhood this morning.

I chatted in the street with a woman who asked me what I was doing, and I said I was just out on a walk to take some pictures.  She said “there isn’t much that’s beautiful around here is there?” to which I said, you gotta look for the little things!

Personally I find a lot to be lovely about this neighbourhood.  Aside from the community feel while walking around, there is tons of visual appeal, right?  Signage, urban decay, treed streets, ART! Painting and prettying up courtesy of Die Active Art Collective, fun alleyways, beautiful window displays.

Some of my favourite shops are around here!  I gotta add a serious thanks to the City of Thunder Bay for installing the Pedestrian Crosswalk at Cornwall and Algoma making it waaaaaaaaay easier to cross the street. Thumbs up for walkability.

Click on images to view larger!

 

If you’re interested in seeing what people you’ll run into in Port Arthur, click on over to the blog I totally ripped this post’s title off from: People of Port Arthur (by the author of Eating Dirt – a great Tbay blog)

Spring Sundays

2 Apr

It’s very much a spring day today!  Warm sun, no bitterness in the wind, enough snow has melted that there are massive patches of dry grass, and the air smells a little more alive.

So, I’m relatively kid-free on Sundays, therefore I reserve it for shoots, editing, cleaning the house, spending time with family, and time for myself.

I had a shoot scheduled this morning, early enough that I had time to do whateverrrrrr I wanted for a bit afterwards, so I indulged in a walk at the marina.

Prince Arthur’s Landing is really one of my favourite locations in Thunder Bay.  It’s a place to bring the family, it’s a place to feel connected, a place to go alone, a place to people watch, to sit and think, to be active, and to see lots of dogs (I saw at least three this morning but photographed zero, sorry).

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Creating as a form of healing

2 Apr

A while back I wrote about using photography as a form of mindfulness and I’d like to add beading and jewelry-making onto my list of avenues for healing.

I first started making jewelry two years ago while I was in school for social service work. I just started out by beading wrap bracelets at night after the kids were in bed, but I soon found other outlets for creativity.  A good friend and I began dabbling in silver-smithing together and we’ve been of great influence to each other.  Mostly inspired by rocks and gems – pieces are earthy and comprised of mostly natural materials.  Everything is one of a kind, handmade.  From hand cut and stamped silver, to pieced-together chain, to rings soldered together from scratch.

The materials I gravitate to are leather, agate, jasper, shell, quartz, amethyst (local!!), turquoise, lapis lazuli, sterling silver, glass, other stone: rough and polished.

Even the process of picking out materials is therapeutic!  Going through the silver catalogue, tumbling my own stones (a month long process), sauntering through the bead store and picking out what catches my eye.  Sitting over my table, arranging it all together, forming a complete piece for someone else to love.

This has been such a venture so far, and it isn’t slowing down.  If I only had more hours in the day I could get to all the ideas I have!  If there’s one downside to creating, it’s time constraints.  But I enjoy that I can do this in the company of others.  I regularly work with a friend, and if I’m really in the mood to get crafty while the kiddies are around, I will get them to “help”, by picking out beads, or handing me tools, and they really love being part of the process.

I’ve been selling locally at craft fairs, but have been hoping to have things in stores, that is my next big step.

Urban Infill 11

27 Mar

One of my favourite events of the year, within my top 5, among the other incredible Definitely Superior events: Urban Infill: Art in the Core.

Revitalizing our downtown by capitalizing on assets of art and culture, and linking/reinforcing connections through accessible empty spaces and existing arts, commercial business/social spaces. With vision and innovative arts and business, we can fill up the empty spaces in our downtown, and help to connect and create that unique niche of an urban arts and entertainment district. ~Re-discover your north core Waterfront District through contemporary art!

Featuring works by 400 regional, national and international multi-disciplinary artists at 25 downtown locations, including DefSup, commercial spaces, art galleries, artist studios, and empty spaces transformed into new art/performance venues. One of the largest presentations of visual and media arts, unique to Thunder Bay.”

These photos are from the gala lastnight – I strongly encourage you all to check out the installed art this week!!! Visual art exhibitions continue: Sun. March 26-Tues. March 28, 12-6pm.

Stop in at Def Sup to get a map and start from there, 250 Park Avenue (Thunder Bay).

I always photograph this event and love it, this year I entered two pieces which made it even more meaningful to me.

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Diane Landry’s – Knight of Infinite Resignation

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First Tour getting started

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Wearable art featured in window displays throughout downtown

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My favourite “piece” – by Barbara Benwell

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Morning Light

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“All the Marks You Left in Me” a piece about emotional scars left behind from abuse

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Sprouts by Janna Zachary (only the cutest painting ever)

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Michel Dumont and his creation

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Couch Money Kareoke

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Best, sexiest voice in Thunder Bay: Robin Ranger

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Neechee Studio light painting

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Top: “The Engagement Photo”

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I am not a fan of this gesture, but this piece is a giant fuck you.  A healing piece. Fuck you Steven for everything you did to me, for every mark you left in me. For snuffing out my light, for crushing my spirit. Thank you for showing me what love is Not.

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A collaborative poem to go along with this, written by my friend Katie:

water under the bridge
like broken glass
fuck your apology flowers
you stupid ass

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Miss Temperance

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Sam explained a piece by one of his students Parvaneh Darabi: she had gone to restore to find frames, and found these photos lost within

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bts and snax!

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CILU Radio Fund Drive 2017

2 Mar

We’re coming to the end of Fund Drive for this amazing independent campus and community radio station – our only one in Thunder Bay – and it’s a station I love so it’s important that I spread the word!

Once a year tons of work is put into the drive in hopes to acquire your donations to ensure the station can continue running (12th year on the FM waves!)

With a wide array of music, programming, content, and voices it is welllllll worth pitching in.

To find out more information or to donate, go to www.luradio.ca/fund

The find drive kickoff this past Monday was held at New Day Records and Accessories where some great local live music was organized, as well there was as a “Dive and Donate” area of records to dig through with all proceeds going to CILU.  It was soooo good!  I missed some of the sets but was able to snap a few photos of Emily Kohne, Ryan MacDonald (The Honest Heart Collective), and Mary Walker.

Please support our independent radio! CILU 102.7 FM and keep up to date with events happening at New Day Records (a little in-house music while adding to your vinyl collection is actually pretty groovin) @newdaysound on instagram will keep you up to date with events and stock, as well as the FB page.

Protest the Hero – Crocks

4 Jan

You know when you reach the end of your 20s (or later), and you have young children, so you’re tired all the time and just don’t DO ANYTHING ANYMORE?

I freelance for the Walleye (Thunder Bay’s Arts and Culture magazine) so sometimes I get asked to do exciting things!  And you know what? It’s easier to ask for a babysitter when you’re actually busy for work rather than pleasure.

Last month I got to go shoot Protest the Hero at Crocks for the January issue, and it was AWESOME.  I used to listen to them 10ish years ago, so the 20 year old me was in all her glory.

I skipped through the pit, hugging my camera, and in seeing all the crap I was carrying, had some kind individuals help create a barrier around me protecting me from excessive elbows and flailing arms.