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Kirk Miles, (Hamlet Enterprises, Clown, Poet, Musician, Manager of Inside Out Theatre). Hamlet the Clown will be at Art in the Garden Show and Sale, Sept. 10, 2017, in Naested’s Garden, 1124 – 15th Street. N.W. Calgary. Hamlet the Clown has an all ages show at 11 am, with pass the hat admission, so plan to come early! Balloon sculptures will be available all day for a small donation!
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Art in the Garden, September 10, 2017 — Thirty local artists, authors and musicians will be exhibiting and selling their work on Sunday, September 10, from 10:00 to 4:00 – in the garden, on the large deck, and in the Naested Studio and garage, at 1124-15 Street N.W. Calgary. The artists and authors include: Alisha Alibhai (essential oil) Krista Anger (jewelry), Jessica Anger (hand-died silk scarfs) Alison Bakken (stained-glass), Barb Bell (painter & potter), Sandra Coats (tea-leaf reader), Beth Everest (poet & jewelry), Susanne Heaton (author & faeryologist), Stephanie Hrehirchuck (author, children’s books), Munira Jiwa & Susan Lenox (Qigong teachers), Beverly Kelly (painter), Sharon London (card-maker), Wendy McIvor (potter), Kirk Miles (clown, poet, musician) Joanne Morcom (poet), Irene Naested (artist, author), Lara Peters (potter), David Peyto (author), Connie Ptasinski (painter & ceramic), Roberta Ress (author, poet), Donna Russell (fabric artist), Catherine & Christie Simmons (authors & songwriter), Valerie Walker (author, children’s & Y.A.), and Tammy Watt (painter).
The musical groups include:
“The Fragments” will start to perform at 12:00, (www.thefragments.ca)
“My Son Ted” will start to perform at 2:00 (URL is www.tirnanogtheband.ca)
Sunnyside Art Supplies, your friendly neighbourhood art store. Run by artists for artists who are passionate about art supplies will be at this event selling their fine art supplies. www.sunnysideartsupplies.com
More about this event and more about the artists, authors and musicians will be posted over the next couple of weeks at: www.irenenaested.com
Art in the Garden Show and Sale. Happening again this year. Sunday, September 10, 2017, from 10:00 to 4:00, More information will be posted on www.irenenaested.com about local authors and authors, two musical groups, tea-leaf reader, etc. refreshments, free admission, Please mark your calendars. Have a great summer, :-)) Irene Naested
Alberta Skies through Paint, Print, Poetry & Prose, (2016),
editors Vivian Hansen & Irene Naested,
Published with the assistance of Alexandra Writers Society and Blitz Printing, Calgary, Alberta.
Print and Poem by Irene Naested
Closed for the Season
fallen snow fence
cold north wind
soft snow flakes
cover dull dirt green stalks
crisp from morning frost
Payne’s grey sky
closed for the season
The Single Onion presents readers from the Alberta Skies collection, which was created through a course at the Alexandra Writers Society. As well, we will have a reading by Ottawa poet Monty Reid.
WHEN: Thursday, April 20th, at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Shelf Life Books, 100 – 1302 4th St. SW (shelflifebooks.ca)
Alberta Skies is a collection created from a course offered through the Alexandra Writers Society, co-led by Vivian Hansen and Irene Naested. The following nine contributors will be present to share their poetry:
Krista Anger is finally calling herself an artist — one who works in words, wool, paint, and photographs to explore the world she finds around her, bringing moments of peace and joy to her work to share with others.
Vivian Hansen has published nonfiction, fiction and poetry. A Bitter Mood of Clouds (Frontenac House, 2013) and Leylines of My Flesh (Touchwood, 2002) are her first full-length poetry collections. Vivian teaches creative writing, and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. A Tincture of Sunlight is forthcoming from Frontenac House.
Natalie Matsui is a Calgary poet, dancer, and teacher who writes to ground herself in the whirlwind of identity that is her life. When she is not writing poetry, she can often be found simply staring at the Alberta sky.
Dr. Irene Naested, Professor Emerita, is a visual artist and author, whose published works focus primarily on the teaching of art. For twenty years, she worked for the CBE as an art teacher and department head, as well as being a curriculum leader of fine and performing arts. As well, Irene taught at Mount Royal University for twenty years, concluding her career as Chair of the Department of Education and a Full Professor.
Catherine Niven is the author of A Fine Daughter and several short stories. She is interested in cultivating creativity in its many forms. Mother of three children, caretaker of 600 spruce trees and two dogs, she is considering keeping two pounds of bees. Meanwhile, a second novel brews.
Carol Parchewsky’s writing has a strong connection with art. Her first novel was inspired by a painting by Atanas Chongarov. She enjoys writing fiction for adults and children. She is currently working on a middle-grade fantasy-adventure trilogy.
Lori D. Roadhouse is a seasoned Calgary writer and poet. Her work has been published in a variety of anthologies, magazines, newsletters, websites, and CDs. She has been a featured reader at poetry and spoken word events, and on radio programs.
Christie Simmons is a writer, songwriter, poet, sister, mother, recreational cyclist, and enthusiastic consumer of wine. She performs regularly with her musical group, My Son Ted. Through her business, Bespoke Chronicles, Christie writes and designs keep-sake books for individuals and families seeking to chronicle their life stories and adventures.
Mary Vlooswyk is a Dental Hygienist with a BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies, mother of five sons, and grandmother of three. She posted a poem daily for a year, and the result was ScribbleDartsFromtheHeart.com. She has had Haiku published in Haiku Canada Anthologies, and she is currently working on her first book of poetry.
***A special thanks to Christie Simmons for letting us use her monoprint & watercolour image “Un-dis-skies-d” for our poster this month.***
Single Onion usually happens the third Thursday of the month, ten times a year. Our event schedule can always be found at: www.singleonion.com.
I spent last week in Cabo San Lucas at an all inclusive. Lovely week, only to return to Calgary to -29 degrees and lots of snow. Needless to say I suffered from “Climate Change”.
Please go to the Alexandra Writers website to register for this course led by Irene Naested
Meditative Journaling by Irene Naested
MONDAYS – 7-9 PM – JANUARY 9, 2017 (8 WEEKS)
Start the new year, 2017, with inspiration for your words and images… Art and writing can be a meditative practice. Participants will explore various art materials/media and various methods that stimulate words through poetry and prose. Exercises will inspire words from the images and images from the words. Participants will gain a greater understanding and appreciation of art composition, handling of various art media, poetic/prose genre, and methods of stimulating the ‘blank’ paper/pages ‘syndrome’ including meditative techniques. Each will be given a large hard cover journal. Various art materials/ media will be introduced and used/ provided during the sessions.
Studio Party & Art in the Garden Show and Sale held on September 18, 2016 was a huge success with twenty-two artists and authors showing, discussing and selling their work. Approximately 300 people came to enjoy the fair-like atmosphere on the lovely, sunny day.
Local Authors and Artists @ Art in the Garden,
Twenty-one Calgary artists and authors will be exhibiting and selling their work on Sunday, September 18th, from 10:00 to 4:00. in the garden, on the large deck and in the Naested Studio and garage at 1124-15th Street N.W. Calgary. The artists and authors include: Kirk Anderson (painter), Alison Bakken (stained-glass), Barb Bell (painter & pottery), Sandra Coats (tea-leaf reader), Beth Everest (poet & jewelry), Vivian Hansen (poet), Susanne Heaton (author & faeryologist), Isabelle-Hunt-Johnson (watercolour painter), Joan Jack (fabric artist), Munira Jiwa ( author & Qigong master), Beverly Kelly (painter), Sharon London (card-maker), Wendy McIvor (pottery), Joanne Morcom (poet), Irene Naested (artist & author), Lara Peters (potter), David Peyto (author), Connie Ptasinski (painter & ceramist), Donna Russell (fabric artist), Valerie Walker (author of children and YA books), and Tammy Watt (painter). More about this event and more about the artists and authors will be posted over the next couple of weeks at: www.irenenaested.com.
David Peyto has authored three walking guidebooks and three parks guidebooks for Calgary. He has also authored two Canadian Rockies trivia books and edited four books of his grandfather’s Banff park warden journals.
Valerie Walker is a self-published author of “The Adventures of Hedley the Hedgehog” series as well as two juvenile time-travel novels, “Mystery in the Attic“, and “The Quest for Kananaskis”. Her latest book “Looks Can Kill” is an adult/Young adult adventure thriller set in Italy in the 1950’s. She is currently working on a prequel to the Hedley series.
Joanne Morcom is a writer and the author of three poetry collections and contributor to several poetry anthologies. Her most recent publication, titled Last Year’s Leaves, is a collection of seasonal haiku and humorous senryu.
Nell Smith, author, public speaker and workshop leader, has more than 25 years experience helping individuals of all ages explore and discover new careers and meaningful life paths. In her conversational book, Nell intertwines her own story with ideas, examples, and the practical tools you need to explore and discover possibilities for your own path at midlife and beyond.
Irene Naested, is a visual artist, published author and director of Art, Nature & Meditation. Irene will be selling two of her art teaching books as well as some of her paintings in her newly completed art studio above a double car garage, overlooking downtown Calgary. Irene gleans from nature the elements and principles of composition as a pathway in becoming grounded. She approaches her teaching as a form of meditative art making, as a means toward an understanding, and a method of communication to oneself and others. Currently, Irene has published some of her poetry and is working on combining words with images into her paintings. www.irenenaested.com
Connie Ptasinski, painter and ceramist, is fascinated with all things trees. She began with a focus on the splintered, hollow stumps at Emma Lake in Saskatchewan. Later she became involved with Raku clay work and became interested in the various textures in the bark of the trees. Today she is studying the graceful silhouettes and their strength. She likes to create both 2D and 3D works that she hopes will touch viewer’s heart, stimulate their spirit and share in the beauty of trees.
Sharon London, card maker, has always loved Japanese paper and spotting an origami kimono in a paper art shop started her hobby as a paper artist. Moving from Japanese inspired cards to mixed media has been a fun journey. Inspiration and knowledge come from working with and learning from other artists.
Joan Jack, fabric artist, designs and sews a variety of colourful handmade fabric placements, quilted table toppers and potholders to accent breakfast nooks or dining tables.
Donna Russell, fabric artist and china painter, will be selling her individually designed and sewn table runners with different seasons on each side along with Christmas tree skirts and personalized towels.
Wendy McIvor & Lara Peters, are ceramic artists and potters, a mother and daughter team. The wonder of their artwork is that each and every piece is unique. Although some may have similar shapes or designs, the many natural elements in the clay and the glazes and even how the weather affects each firing of their outdoor kiln mean that mother nature herself puts her fingerprint on each piece. All glazes used are non-toxic and all are microwave and dishwasher friendly.
Kirk Anderson, is an artist, home designer and illustrator in Calgary. In his world of design and presentation, he has ridden the wave of change toward all-digital media. He is fond of pointing out that, not so long ago, all designers had to know how to draw; or that in a modern architect’s office you will rarely even find a pencil. When he’s not in his studio, Kirk spends time in his quaint little carpentry shop, creating quirky projects from re-purposed materials. But, for several years now, “fine art” has become his renewed obsession.
Beverly Kelly, a painter who paints with vivid colors and textures gleaned from nature. She is often drawn to water, light, and shadow, movement and abstraction. She sets out to capture their essence in her paintings. www.bevkellyfineart.com
Tammy Watt, a painter, works predominately with acrylic paint and takes pleasure in the challenges of design fundamentals and colour relationships. Her work is displayed in private and public spaces in Canada and the United States.
Barb Bell, a painter and potter, is inspired by the flora and fauna in her Bearberry acreage. She creates her pottery, paintings & collages in her meditative two-story art studio overlooking the valley.
Alison Bakken, is stain glass artist. When she is not creating with glass she raises angora goats to make yarn and breeds Fiord horses from Norway.
Isabelle Hunt-Johnson, a painter, mainly works in watercolour. Isabelle draws stimulus for her paintings from her garden in the summer and the orchids she nourishes inside her southwest Calgary home during the winter.
Beth Everest, is a writer and jeweller artist based in Calgary. Her silver work has appeared in galleries such as The Red Door and The Rubaiyat, she has a new book of poems, Silent Sister: the mastectomy poems, due out in September (2016) from Frontenac House Press.
Sandra Coats, a tea leaf reader. A 4th generation gifted tea leaf reader Sandra will provide psychic readings based on the loose tea leaves left in your cup. $20 for 10 minutes… includes a reading, your tea beverage and tea cookies
Munira Jiwa, Qigong Master, Director of Core Energy Wellness and Spreader of Qi~Joy, will be at this Art in the Garden Event demonstrating the power of Qigong movement and meditation and make available for purchase books and DVD’s.
Susan Heaton, Susanne the Sunshine Faery will be selling her award-winning children’s book, The ABC Field Guide to Faeries which has inspiring reminders of respect for self, others and the environment. Susanne will also be offering faery readings as she is a certified faeryologist through Doreen Virtue. She looks forward to connecting with your inner child and the faery energy! www.motivatedbynature.com.
Vivian Hansen, is a poet and freelance writer. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and journals with work that has encountered women’s issues, the western landscape, work and immigration. She has received many awards and grants for her poetry. www.vivianhansen.ca
Course Instructors: Irene Naested & Vivian Hansen, Fall, 2016
Dates & Times: 8 Mondays – 7:00 to 9:00 –
Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, (no class 10th), 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7 & 14
Location: Naested Studio, 1124 – 15th Street N.W. Calgary, AB.
Cost: $575.00 for members of AWC. Non-members $635.00 includes membership
Registration for this course can be completed at the Alexandra Writing Centre website.
Course participants will explore the theme of Alberta Skies: through paint, print, prose & poetry. The course will culminate with a collective publication of participants’ art and writing, a book launch & talk, and a gallery exhibition of the work The gallery exhibition opening will be planned to coincide with Alexandra Writing Center grand relocation celebration in January (dates to be determined). These opportunities will give course participants a professional venue for exhibition and publication of their work. All art supplies (various media) will be supplied. All participants will be given one copy of the publication. More copies can be purchased at cost.
Irene Naested is a published author and artist. She has taught art at all grade levels and ages from K – 12 to post secondary (MRU, U. of C.) and other institutions locally, provincially & nationally. She has written two books on art teaching: Art in the Classroom (2010) and Exploring the Math and Art Connection (2012) & numerous journal articles and teaching resources. Irene has received local and national recogition and awards for her art teaching. email@example.com and http://www. irenenaested.com
Vivian Hansen is a poet and freelance writer. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and journals with work that has encountered women’s issues, the western landscape, work and immigration. These publications include: Never Call it Bird (1998), Leylines of my Flesh (2002), Angel Alley (2004), A Bitter Mood of Clouds (2013). For many years Vivian has taught poetry and creative writing at Alexandra Writing Center, University of Calgary and Mount Royal College. She has received many awards and grants for her poetry. firstname.lastname@example.org and http://www.vivianhansen.ca