Waiting for 2017

December … A time of waiting … Hoping … Hopping? No, Easter is time for hopping. December is a time for hope … For some of us … That next year will be better. It has b…

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Spring Garden 2016

Snow will soon cover our lawns, our driveways, our walkways and wherever else we may enjoy spending our time outdoors. Do not despair. It will not last forever.

Spring 2016 is coming. With it comes an opportunity to engage in art-fare.
Chaleur Bay Artists are again being invited to participate.

As in the Spring Garden of Artists Festival 2015 …

A whole five months of preparation time lies ahead

Bathurst is Bathurst

Bathurst auditions are now over.

Best of wishes to all the young people who will be competing in the Battle of the Arts Competition finals taking place in Fredericton in November. More information on this competition may be found on the website http://www.battleofthearts.ca
And the FB page

Apparently auditions were held in Bathurst on August 15. If there was any local media coverage I am sorry to say I missed it.
I guess there must have been coverage since MAX 104 is a sponsor.

I think an art activity that encourages youth to stand up for their rights is of benefit to all of us.

Although I am an independent artist living in the area of Bathurst, New Brunswick, I myself am well beyond the age of youth competitions. However I have an open-to-the-public studio space at 212 St. Andrew Street in downtown Bathurst where I go to work three days a week and other artists are welcome to drop by.

An accident and the resulting surgury has curtailed my studio work over much of the last two months but I’ve tried to remain open and I expect to be walking again by December 1st.

I am a real people person, very familiar with the Bathurst business community, having written many stories and articles for a local home-owned newspaper in the past. I am also interested in womens’ poverty and unemployment issues and this is what I try to bring into my artwork.

Current artwork by Margaret Sharon Olscamp

Some of MaggieQuinn recent ongoing artwork

Although an art competition would be a rather rare occurrence in Bathurst, the spirit of competition is quite alive here. Fair weather soccer and bike rallies, cold weather hockey, and the dozens of trophies that adorn local rec-rooms attest to the fact that Bathurst people have an active sense of competition.

The more I think about this culture of competition the more I wonder why some people are watchers, some are joiners and some are neither.

One type of competition I’d love to see would be job openings that offer decent wages and are not restricted to only those who are welfare or EI recipients. I’m sure this would excite local interest and bring in plenty of joiners.

I wonder too whether there is any way that non-violence fits into this picture of a competitive community. Would people get along better? Would people have more respect for their neighbour’s property?

Each article I read on this website is an encouraging reminder that there are still people who believe in peace and write about it and try to live peaceful lives without giving up on the rest of the human race.

Today I was reminded that if non-violence is something we learn then maybe we seniors could all be teachers and help our young people learn about non-violence as a way of life.

Some question I might ask young people:
What is non-violence?
Are we born as non-violent beings?
Is non-violence something we learn?
If so, where do we learn non-violence?
How do we learn to be non-violent

What are the effects of arts, entertainment, games, sports?
Do these encourage us to be non-violent?

What about competitions?
Does the urge to fame and fortune allow us to be non-violent?
What about the need to compete in the job-market?

If we are a member of some team, is it a non-violent team that we have chosen to join?

As individuals are we confident enough to stand up for the right to be non-violent?

Erasmus College

And what might that be?
Erasmus College otherwise called “Open Free Institute of Learning” or OFIL.
Don’t you think Erasmus College sounds better?

Here we have the Faculty of Arts
Fine Arts Department Well they are still celebrating. Meanwhile we have a very exciting happening that is …well happening you might say. Simply say you love seminars and join in. Arts and culture peace seminar. What else would you expect here?

You might have noticed the somewhat unusual wall mural over here.

And the portrait of our founder.
And another, perhaps more recognizable.
You may also have noticed that bronze sculpture out in the courtyard where you entered. Erasmus too. Yes, we do like to show appropriate esteem towards our Founder.

Down this corridor is the heart of our institute, the library. The library is where the brightest and best of our scholars like to hang out. The library is probably the most important part of any college. See that desk over there? Well that is not just any desk. That is what we call THE DESK. Whatever you don’t know and really need to know … That is where you go to find out.

Canadiana? Right over here

If what you need is a bit of quiet time, might I suggest one of our favourite little nooks here around the corner, The More Reading Room. The Portrait? Why that is Sir Thomas More He is the reason we call this the More Reading Room. Thomas More himself was quite a prolific writer, did you know?

And here is our language lab
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Oops sorry about that looks like it’s not open. Hmmm perhaps they’ve not returned from the festival yet. Hmmm well it has been a while, I agree.

Or maybe they are busy in one of those cultural spaces

You might say they follow the money trail

Then again maybe they are just out taking care of business as usual

Distribution pattern? Sorry, can’t help you there. Maybe check with the Economics Department. Hmmmm distributive Justice?
Pigovian? Never heard of it.

And the Data Shmata Lab, otherwise known as Computer Science.

The Legal Department is in here preparing for Persons Day celebrations. Yes, on October 19.
Well of course women are persons too.

Job Share II

Today’s Job find
Sunday October 4, 2015
But this is Sunday. This is my day of rest.
About those folks who stop by and offer to pray for you …
Yes we know … Prayers won’t help pay the heating power during even the kindest Canadian winter. But smiles will help take away the chill and at least they took the time to stop by.
By the way, there is no day of rest for the wicked.

Do you fancy a job as
Senior Visual Designer?
Product Designer?
Design Director?
Senior Graphic Designer (UI)?
Junior Art Director?
Creative Director?
Product Designer?

Job Sharin’

My idea of Job Share is as follows.

I see a great job that I’d love to have but I don’t have the qualifications or background or the hundred other attributes that employers usually demand.

October 1,  2015 and I just found what looks like a great fob for someone

Not me I tell you

Not for me

I am an artist

You will agree

Not exactly

My cup of tea

But for someone

A Bathurst job

Paying good wages

Is  such a dream

Eureka!

An artist job

Can this be true?

Only multi-media need apply

Mixed-media artist

Just will not do

 

My dream job is in Toronto. Like any good Canadian I love Montreal. But I love Toronto even more and would be so happy to live there.

So, why do I mention it? Because I was born to share I guess. My need to share comes out of years of experience. No, I am not speaking about actual paying-job experience. I’ve had little enough of that. I mean the sort of experience one gets from years of job-hunting, groveling before gatekeepers and volunteering help wherever and whenever I have seen a real need.

So …
If I were a salesman I might tell you that you’d better jump at this job since the offer is only open for one or two more days. Sigh, how many times have we heard that one?

So … My name is Sharon (I love how that sounds like sharin’) and here is the dream job I found today.

https://ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/job/2015/09/18/associate-research-and-policy

And why would I need a job, some might ask. Don’t I already have so much to do in my lovely studio at 212 St Andrew Street in Bathurst? Yes, but like most artists I am unable to make a living by my art. While I love what I do, winter is coming, NBPower rates will be going up and the studio will be getting cold. Already I must wear a warm sweater and leg warmers. Soon I will be wearing gloves to work as I did when I rented my studio at the Doucet-Hennessy House a few years back. This year I am presented with an additional challenge. A broken leg keeps me somewhat immobile and unable to move around enough to keep warm while I am working.