Artists Centre in Chaleur

A Community Arts Centre in Chaleur may be in the works.

Chaleur Region has been waiting a very long time.

This might have happened many years ago at the old Sacred Heart Convent in Bathurst. Plans were in the works until the Bulldozers came in and POOF the building became a memory and the property a parking lot for the beautiful new City Hall.

Years later we still have no Community Arts Centre in Bathurst, the largest community in the Chaleur Region.

Ahhh but things are beginning to happen, maybe. Facts can be fuzzy at times.

There has been some recent resurgence of interest in getting a community Arts Centre started in Bathurst.

AMDHHA has been working on this idea for at least 10 years so this is nothing new. What is new is that there seems to be yet another organization in the process of forming to bring this hope to fruition. This new agency may be looking at the Maison Doucet Hennessy House as a possible location for this centre. There also has been interest expressed that LaBarque in Green Point Pointe Verte might be a good location.

Several other local and provincial organizations and businesses also appear to be somehow involved in this move to build a community arts centre in Bathurst.

Personally I think it is wonderful that there is so much happening all of a sudden. The one concern I have is that local individual artists might be left out of this picture. For that reason I have begun to raise a series of artist meet ups.

My hope is that other independent artists like myself will be encouraged and permitted to also have a say in any plans to build a community arts centre.

The first meetup planned for May 11 is canceled
It will NOT be held …

We will NOT be meeting …

Since the house has been closed up most of the winter it might still be a bit cool inside so it would be good to dress warm.

We will NOT be meeting with … for artists who want to work in the house this summer, … and see what facilities are being offered.

Although the artist meet-ups will not be taking place at Doucet-Hennessy House I still support the idea that this house could play some part in the future of the artists of Chaleur.

The official name of this organization is AMDHHA Association Doucet Hennessy House Association by the way if you want to do a search. The house is an historic property and the organization has both a website and a Facebook site.

As for the next meet-up in a month’s time , well we had planned to fix a time and date on May 11. … But that one has been canceled.

Any suggestions anyone as to a venue for meet-ups?

I did approach the local Bathurst library with a request for meeting space but that was over a week ago and they have yet to get back to me.

Meanwhile I’ll be searching out other potential free art spaces in the region. If you have any suggestions please let me know Contact maggiequinn@rogers or call 783-7944

If you know of any artists who would like to join us, please invite them along to future meet-ups.

These will be informal get togethers. For anyone who can only spare a half hour that is fine. By just showing up to show support you are helping. If you you want to stay around for an hour or two to discuss future plans and share ideas that is wonderful. No fees, no committees no voting, no hierarchy, let’s try this.

Don’t Forget You’re Irish

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to help me launch this new Irish-Canadian exhibit.

Thank you to Melynda Jarratt who wrote the following press release:

« Don’t Forget You’re Irish » New exhibit at Doucet Hennessy House July 2018

(June 24, 2018) – A new exhibition by Bathurst artist Sharon Olscamp explores the role of memory in recapturing cultural identity through the experiences of an Irish-Canadian family in northern New Brunswick. The exhibit will be on display at the Doucet Hennessy House during the month of July and is free to the public.

Sharon Olscamp is the Artist-in-Residence this summer at the Doucet Hennessy House. She explains her inspiration came from childhood memories of her grandmother, Mrs. Beatrice Hennessy, saying « Don’t forget you’re Irish. »

« At the time I didn’t know what she meant and I didn’t really think of it much all these years until I was asked to create an exhibit as the first Artist-in-Residence of the Doucet Hennessy House, » says Olscamp.

« My art begins with the biological fact of being born into an Irish-Canadian family. A distant Irish past is long lost to most of us except in old stones and books. All I really have left are the words of my grand-mother. I realize now how important her stories were in shaping me and influencing my art. I sketch from old photos while trying to recall details about my particular Irish-Canadian family along a timeline that might offer very different memories for other members of the same family. » she says.

« Don’t Forget You’re Irish » will be open to the public from Tuesday, July 3 to Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Maison Doucet Hennessy House, 375 St. Peter Avenue, Bathurst, NB.

The artist will be on site, every Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-4 pm, by chance or by appointment.

Never Forget

I am the first artist-in-residence at the Doucet-Hennessy house in Bathurst, New Brunswick. My new exhibit opens to the public on Wednesday, July 3

By the way, I strongly identify as Irish. Yes, technically I am Canadian and one might suppose that today I would be celebrating Canada Day. However, for reasons I’ll not go into at present, I prefer to celebrate the Heritage passed down to by my ancestors, the Hennessys and O’Tooles among others.

The Don’t Forget You’re Irish art exhibit opens to the public July 3. Drop by Tuesday to Saturday for a cup of tea and a chat at the historic Doucet-Hennessy House in Bathurst, New Brunswick. If you play Celtic or Acadian music or any sort of traditional folk music, we hope to have informal music sessions on Saturdays from 2-4. Bring along your acoustic instrument and join us. Music workshops are in the planning for September.

This exhibit is open to the public from July 3 – 28 in Bathurst, New Brunswick. More about the exhibit in this press release: https://surmonbabillard.com/art-exhibit-dont-forget-youre-irish-doucet-hennessy-house/”>Irish Canadian family settled on Bay of Chaleur in Canada.

Thank You

I want to send a warm Thank You to all the wonderful friends and supporters who have been faithfully voting for me every day on Aviva. It is good to know how much support there is for artists in our community.

During the month of November I will be busy working on writing a novel. CLICK HERE if you are interested.

If you wish order my book at the special price of $20.00, please contact me through the contact link at http://www.chaleurbay.com.

Thank you for your support.

A Special thank you to Aimee who has been especially encouraging. In order to help me she has taken precious time out away from writing her second novel.

Thank you Bathurst and Sackville friends of past and present, Dolores, Lyn, Gail and Dianne for being the first to respond to my new personal artist page HERE.and here I am

So as I take on the challange of writing my first novel, thank you in advance for your continuing support.

Now what will this novel be, one might wonder … Will the author be writing one of those modern one foot in the grave semi-sorta-what used to be called gothic romance? Will it be a shot at singularity? Will she perhaps indulge in a bordeline bio because being a first-time novelist, even at her advanced age, she lacks the experience of writing about anything outside her closed little life? If it is to be that final genre, will she reveal the reason why finally, after all these years she decided to forgo slick professionalism and pimp herself on FB?
Who knows …

Health, Sport, Active Living VS the Arts

The Eureka Notion

Eureka

A woman senior is especially vulnerable.
100% of 0 is 0. That appears to be how the world has balanced her worth.

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A contest George? You think that life is a contest between Health, Sport, & Active Living on one side and Arts on the other? Really? You think the only active healthy people are hockey players ... Might depend on how much bench time they occupy ... ice-time? That too.
Let's face it George. We canna all be hockey stars. Nice job if ye can get it. Or as they say around here "GO MAN GO"

Or maybe ...

Go mamm go ... Are there any women on the TITAN TEAM?

TITAN GO"

Health, Sport, & Active Living
So ... You asked ... What does art have to do with Health, Sport, & Active Living?
Think George ... Think ...
Not sure huh? No George ... Martial Arts is not quite what we are all about. However, I did once design a poster for a local martial Arts Club. That was many years ago George. Sigh ... Just one more in a long list of volunteer efforts to support healthy activities in my community. Artists do that sort of thing, did you know, George?

There were other periods in my life when I visited people who were in hospitals and special schools. The idea was to share my art gifts with them, teach them to draw or share conversations that perhaps only an artist might be willing to share. One of these people had never gone to school, living his entire life in a bed or a wheelchair. I encouraged him to draw and read and think outside his small room in the institution where he lived. I pushed his wheelchair on walks outside the building when the weather was fine. The only other activity provided by the institution was the occasional game of Bingo, which is hardly more of a healthy sport than Art, do you think George?

Think of Arts as one more option George.

Seed Spreader

Won’t need that where we are going they say

As every wanna-be earthy, homegrown farmer will tell you …seeds won’t grow without a little help

So … We looking for help … Hardly a quiverin’ whisperin’ blade to be found (more on this later, maybe)

So we are are on our own … Left to our own devices so to speak … So how do we grow our home grown economic base … Hmmm yeah I thought that sounded good too.

What we did find was fertilizer … You know … The natural kind that springs forth … And no not always from contented cows … As we were saying … Well any do do is better than no do do at all.

Well aged do do From 2011:
http://itsnotharpersgovernment.blogspot.ca

Aged even more … Think about it … Where do Atlantic Canadian stores get all those carrotts and onions and corn and … well besides California …
That good old old very old genuine made in Quebec do do
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliance_Quebec

Did you see this pile? Hmmmm appears to be a mixture from 2012 … Some traces well matured … Sniff sniff … Hmmm yess 1989 I do believe.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equality_Party_(Quebec)

No no George … It’s too late … Lets forget all that old do do and just do art

The Garden Party? Well no it’s not off … But we do need help.

Help me put up the flags will ye George?
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch3HqIrM6OQ
Hire somebody! Heeheeeeehaaaaaahaaaaa … Hilarious George! Don’t you realize that’s not how things happen these days … Besides … While I do realize that some operators operate on what they call … Hmmmm … Is that deficit financing? … No George I have no idea how it works.

Kraft Dinner? George, why is it that every time I try to get something good going … Well it seems you want to stop and eat … And no George I have no Kraft Dinner … Here’s the best I can find …
http://www.noodls.com/view/EC86D431DD22B5276DE81FF31F802434609F7421?6366xxx1412591005

Pressure Cooker?
http://2012thebigpicture.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/beware-canada-false-flag-evidence-found-in-surrey-bc-bound-for-victoria/

What pressure cooker?
Besides … What self-respecting Yankee Doodle Dandy would consider cooking up a mess of Kraft Dinner using a Pressure Cooker. Only a crazy Canadian Magpie … George … You must stop this foolishness.