Tomorrow evening is the 1st Annual Canaport LNG Faces of Fusion Greater Saint John Youth Achievements Awards. It is deeply gratifying and encouraging to be first nominated for one of these awards by the community and to then be selected by the panel. I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces tomorrow.
This is release from Fusion:
FUSION is thrilled to announce the winners of the 1st Annual Canaport LNG Faces of FUSION Greater Saint John Youth Achievement Awards.
Our panel of judges was comprised of Kathryn McCarroll, Executive Director at the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, His Worship Mayor Mel Norton, Mark de Jonge, London 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Jane MacEachern, Chair of FUSION Saint John, Deborah Armstrong, member of the FUSION Saint John Community Advisory Board and President of Armstrong Human Resource Specialists, and Kate Shannon of Canaport LNG. Our judges were impressed by the number and quality of applications and nominations that were received. It is clear that there are a great number of young people in our region that are working to make the Saint John region a better place to live, work and play. We are impressed and inspired of the work performed by all of applicants and nominees. After reviewing the numerous applications and nominations received, our panel of judges have selected the following recipients:
- Business & Entrepreneurship: Kiera Fraser, Owner of Je Suis Prest
- Personal Achievement: Heather Atcheson, Saint Malachy’s Memorial High School
- Arts & Culture: Sarah Jones, Jones Gallery
- Sports & Recreation: Rebecca Atkinson, Cox & Palmer
- Community Building: Craig Estabrooks, Port Saint John
Congratulations to all our recipients!
The Canaport LNG Faces of FUSION Greater Saint John Youth Achievement Awards will be held on February 1st, 2013 beginning at 5:30 p.m. We hope you will join us in celebrating the success of our recipients and all that the greater Saint John region has to offer. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please see http://facesoffusion2013.eventbrite.ca/.
My thoughts on Pip:
Most days: Aw, he's sleeping; look at your fluffy head; isn't that cute; I love you too.
Once in a while: CURSE YOUR BLACK FUR AND GIANT REAR END, DOG.
Warning: today's piece is a bit of a departure from Germain Street intersections. I would like to introduce you to some of my Graffiti work - where I look at the shapes, lines and structures I see around the city and represent them in an abstract way. You'll recognize little bits of graffiti, cranes, scaffolding, tankers and wires.
For instance, this is a large piece I just finished:
Here is today's piece. The six by six inch canvas was a challenge! I have been mostly working large-scale with these concepts. Challenge is good...nerve wracking , but good.
I'm planning to spend some time with this concept (maybe a week or so), while I gather up some more street photos.
You know what I love about this corner? The assumed right-to-walk on the part of every Saint John pedestrian. No matter what vehicle is driving up the King Street hill, we step off the curb without even glancing to the left, confident that this cross-walk belongs to the pedestrians! Back off, Range Rover! I've seen Saint Johners fearlessly stare down Ontario-plated SUV's, glare at the ignorant driver who dares threaten to cross the pedestrian zone without pause, and continue to march across King Street - all without breaking step. You can tell an on-foot tourist immediately by how they approach this corner. Waiting patiently on the curb for traffic to stop? Pfft, out-of-towner! Watch how it's done, we say, as we stride past the waiting tourist, forcing cars in both directions to stop.
This clip has absolutely nothing to do with this painting or pedestrians. But Top Gear is always applicable. And Michael McIntyre mentions Range Rovers. 'Retreat to the loser lane!' Enjoy. Happy Day Twelve.
The Project 100 workspace, creeping inch by inch to take over my studio.
And yes, I have been drawing my plans for the canvases on the wall. "Like a crazy person," says Caleb. I'm refraining from psycho-analysis - let's chalk it up (PUN!) to me having misplaced my sketchbook.
Horsfield Street again today. I mentioned this before in the Harding Street post: I love the connector streets of Saint John. Horsfield is a gem.
Two more days on Germain Street! Then off to something else on Monday (Day 14).
My brother stopped in to offer his "opinion" on my Project 100 works created thus far. Caleb, who hasn't picked up a paintbrush since 2004, has been providing me with unsolicited and unabashed thoughts/opinions/pronouncements on my art for years. Always a help to me.
So yes, Caleb came by the studio, FOISTED his critique on me, and then left this on the studio typewriter when I wasn't looking:
PS - I should note that I offer unsolicited advice on his javelin throwing/life/career. All the time. So...yeah. I can dish it out too.
Day Nine is a gift for my good friend and past-neighbour, Gord Tufts. Gordie is the owner of Backstreet Records, 124 Germain Street. My old studio address was 122 Germain Street - I spent three years next door to Backstreet.
Gordie, thanks for keeping an eye on my studio and shoveling the front step, for all those street-concerts, in-store performances and scooter talks, for hiring the coolest staff (hi Babette and Corey) who were always good for a chat on a slow Saturday afternoon, and for your indefatigable support of my work and business (mis)adventures.