High hopes, got my summer door on...
The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador held their annual AGM in Corner Brook this year, and part of their agenda was to do a few studio tours en route to break up the meetings and to see how we were doing out here on the Best Coast. The house got cleaned, the laundry done, and even the flowers in the garden were standing at attention for the insepction!
Tulips... and more tulips! They are the best spring flower! Greenhouse framing getting started in the background...
It was great to meet the people on the board, and to have them get a better idea of where I work, and what I am trying to accomplish. Stronger ties are always important!
Last weekend, we had very windy weather but the sun was out (wow!!) so we decided to go for a short trip in boat to our favorite picnic beach. Shep got to really race along shore...
... it was a bit more sheltered in the coves, and look at the green that is spreading in the hills!! There goes Mr. Wooden-Box-Head, down the beach ...
...and here we are, loaded to the hilt, en route home. My brother got the perfectly great barrel as a gift (don't laugh, it was appreciated)-- excellent for burning things in and keeping fires contained!! (Also much better than having it bop around the beaches as the tides and winds rise and fall).
We had to take down our funny old spruce tree that was smack in the middle of the front yard-- it had been struggling since before we first moved here, and unfortunately, this winter did it in. Perhaps it was too mild and the bugs managed to get it. In anycase, it was completely brown, and when we took it down, bone dry. Just before we cut the final stump off, I thought maybe we should carve it... too bad we didn't leave more height, that would have been fun too... so Hiin got out his fine woodcarving tools and went at it.
I'm not sure yet whether I will fill the bowl with a bit of dirt and moss, or seal it with something and create a birdbath.
The starting point: box of salvaged glass bits and part of the original window frame from the church that burnt near Daniel's Harbour many years ago.
I stripped the paint, did a bit of sanding, and then worked out what to do with this window.
I used the photograph of a painting of what the church looked like to create a centre panel for this window, fusing the glass to create the image.
After using up almost all the salvaged glass cut to the shape of the frame, I was able to lead the image of the curch into the panel.
What a nice memory of the church MB grew up with! Even the side panel with the broken glass was salvaged by using a few of the shards-- mixing and matching-- in a leaded structure. Very enjoyable project!
Getting set up...
...first segment of river and salmon...
...Going Upstream (6' x 6')...
...Seasons of the River (6' x 6')
...section of Salmon River set-up (close to 23 feet of glass river on forged and hammered steel stands, 99 glass salmon swimming upstream)...
...detail of salmon...
... the Hunter soaring above the glass river.
See all of Salmon Run at the Craft Council Gallery, Devon House, St. John's until June 13th.
My Big Week in St. John's is now coming to an end; the Salmon Run exhibition at the Devon House Main Gallery was very well received by those who were in attendance, which of course has me feeling very good about the whole affair. I am very grateful for being given the opportunity to show my work in this public space, and hope that more people will be in to enjoy it before dismantling happens on June 14th. It certainly has been a great learning experience, from day one to today, and I am sure I still have many lessons to learn about the process long before I take the river apart. I am very grateful to Sharon LeRiche and her staff at the Craft Council Gallery for their help and support throughout the set-up, and certainly appreciate that they will continue to work hard at keeping the Run alive even when I am at home! Slowly I will begin my journey homeward, first having a get-together with Doug Clouston-- another glass person-- and then a short visit with Jason and Roz in Amherst Cove, then... Gillams and Hiin and Shep and the osprey and my garden!