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.

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My name is Maggie and I am a Canadian artist.
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Until it gets so cold that I can no longer work in my Bathurst studio I hope to be there Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Visitors are always welcome.

Maggiequinn studio sign

Visitors welcome to drop by for a chat on most Tuesday’s, Fridays and Saturdays 10-3pm

It is Friday October 16. I was in my studio today and here is what my chorus line looks like so far

Life size paintings on wood panel

Three chorus ladies

SO … Tell me again

Tell me again
Will you please
I am but
A lazy artist
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Not worth $10,000 a year
Thank you
O Canada

Join the festivities?

The celebrations?

Get together with artists?

Celebrate culture days?

Celebrations cost money

Not much left …

$10,000 hardly pays the bills.

Fade into the background?

Where is my pride … Is that the question?

Fade out like a dignified senior is expected to do?

Not on your life, O Canada.

O Canada, you gave me this bed upon which I am expected to retire.

Now take a good look.

 

So O Canada you think artists are worth nothing?

So … To all those good capitalists who have been living off of the creativity of artists for my lifetime … What can I say?

I remember one woman, years ago in Bathurst … Some say she sailed away on a love boat … I have no idea. What I do know is that she stole my work. Yes I know those are harsh words but it is the truth. She stole my design which was a drawing of a cornucopia which was to have been used on a menu. I was paid only for the menu design. What she did was to take my drawing and build her whole marketing campaign around it. She even had the drawing copied onto a large sign made to hang outside her very successful high end gourmet dining room. I was never paid for this extended use of my drawing.

What can I say about the young man who was starting up a consulting business in Bathurst back in the 1970s.  He asked me to design a brochure. I worked many long hours and presented him with a professional camera-ready copy.  He disappeared and I was never paid.  Commercial art, some say is a cut-throat business.  I agree and I guess that is why I closed down my small business shortly thereafter.

Then there was the good Christian woman whose Bible I repaired. She too disappeared and I was never paid. And there were all those other fine folks who complained that I asked more than five or ten dollars to repair a book that might take hours of work. There was also the hand-tooled leather guitar strap that  was  never paid for.

Then there was the super smooth talking Bathurst salesman who had this brilliant idea for something or other involving a picture of a baby which he asked me to do. Well, yes I did it,  gave it to him … OK … One more mistake.  I never saw my drawing again. Need I say that I never saw a cent of money.

I suppose all this might be discounted by saying that I am not a competent business person.  I don’t pretend to be. I am an artist.

So why did I not get out and get a “Real Job” all those years ago?  I tried … For years and years.  My government was no help there either.

Now I am a senior … Yes boring, I agree … and my government feels that I should be able to live on under $800.00 a month.

 

You did what O Canada?

You supported your Artists?  That would be an outrageous lie.

“Arts in Canada
Status of the Artist in Canada
An Update on the 30th Anniversary of the UNESCO

Recommendation Concerning the Status of the Artist

Prepared with the generous support of
Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal

September 2010

Author: Garry Neil, Neil Craig Associates Quebec research: Guillaume Sirois
Canada responded to the UNESCO Recommendation by creating the Siren‐Gélinas Task Force on the Status of the Artist which reported in August 1986. The 37 recommendations urged action by all levels of government on taxation, copyright, collective bargaining rights, payment of professional rates by governments and their agencies, social benefits, health and safety provisions, education, training and freedom of expression.

In response to the Siren‐Gélinas Report4, the federal government appointed an Advisory Committee on the Status of the Artist, comprised of artists and officials from associations and

the federal Status of the Artist Act, which was proclaimed into law in June 1992.

Part 1 of the Act outlines important principles, including: “The Government of Canada hereby recognizes:

(a) the importance of the contribution of the artists to the cultural, social, economic and

political enrichment of Canada;

(b) the importance to Canadian society of conferring on artists a status that reflects their

primary role in developing and enhancing Canada’s artistic and cultural life, and in

sustaining Canada’s quality of life;

(c) the role of the artist, in particular to express the diverse nature of the Canadian way of

life and the individual and collective aspirations of Canadians;

(d) to propose measures, based on research and studies, to improve the professional

working conditions of artists….”

THIS IS SOME KIND OF A BAD JOKE?

Ahhhhhh yes is that what they mean by lip service? Say one thing for official records but do the exact opposite?

“Part 1 also enables the creation of the Canadian Council on the Status of the Artist as a vehicle to give voice to the concerns of the artistic community and to recommend appropriate action by the government. ”

“While a temporary Council was appointed in 1991, its appointment was never confirmed by the Governor‐in‐Council as required by the Act. It effectively ceased to function in 1996, roughly a year after the substantive provisions of the Act were implemented. As reported below, the Council was eliminated in 2010. ”

Source

http://ccarts.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/StatusoftheArtistReport1126101-Copy.pdf

Bathurst New Brunswick Canada

Health and Wealth appear to be popular topics of discussion these days.

So … Let’s talk about Health and Wealth in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada

“INCOME AND SOCIAL STATUS: If money can’t buy health, it certainly can contribute to our well-being because housing, diet, clothing and living conditions depend on our income and our place in society.”

Is Bathurst a Healthy Community?

WHAT DOES A HEALTHY COMMUNITY OR ORGANIZATION LOOK LIKE?
Source: http://www.macsnb.ca
It is a place where everybody works together to improve their quality of life. A Healthy Community/Organization has human resources (all its members from the youngest to the oldest, city employees, decision makers…), economic resources (industries, companies, businesses…) and physical resources (water, air, soil, roads, parks, buildings, industrial plants…) to be proud of and that are used to improve health, the quality of life and the collective well-being.

A Healthy Community/Organization is a place where:

• Individuals are in good health;

• People have drinking water, food, and good housing;

• Everybody feels safe;

• Citizens participate in making decisions that concern them;

• People have access to adequate health services;

• People use both public and private services;

• Young people want to stay

• There are numerous support groups that work together;

• Cultural activities are important and reinforce people’s sense of belonging;

• Economic activities are important and varied (RQVVS, 2004).

Does Bathurst look like that?

Visit the MACS-NB web-site http://www.macsnb.ca to discover more …

Mouvement Acadien des Communautés en Santé du Nouveau-Brunswick (MACS-NB)

220 Boulevard St-Pierre West, Room 215, Caraquet, New Brunswick E1W 1A5

Telephone: 506-727-5667 Fax: 506-727-0899 macsnb@nb.sympatico.ca

Thank you MACS-NB for this information:

The Determinants of Health

BIOLOGY AND GENETIC ENDOWMENT: This is how you acquire your mother’s nose or your father’s eyes. The genetic baggage from your parents can have as much impact on your state of health as your previous medical history.

GENDER: Men and women are prone to health problems or conditions that are specifically their own. And it goes even further- they have different ways of reacting to their problems, as well as treating and preventing them.

CULTURE: It is basically who we are, our identity, our language, our history, our beliefs and our values.

HEALTHY CHILD DEVELOPMENT: What is experienced during early childhood influences the development of the individual throughout his or her life. That is why a healthy environment and enriching learning experiences are so important.

SOCIAL SUPPORT NETWORKS: In good times as well as bad, to socialize or simply to prevent loneliness we turn to family, friends, colleagues or the community. These networks must be built as early as possible and maintained throughout our lifetime.

EDUCATION AND LITERACY: The higher our level of education, the better the chances are to have interesting employment, a good income and a better quality of life.

EMPLOYMENT AND WORKING CONDITIONS: Do you have a job? Are you unemployed? Do you work too hard or not enough? Are you stressed at work or are you appreciated? Working conditions affect your health whether they are good or bad.

8. SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTS: These are social conditions that promote wellness stability, acceptance of differences, inclusion, the sense of security, family and community solidarity.

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTS: Our health is affected by the quality of everything that surrounds us such as the air, water, global warming, housing, the workplace and even the road conditions and street lighting.

PERSONAL HEALTH PRACTICES AND COPING SKILLS: Making healthy choices (nourishing food, physical activity, mental health and fighting addictions) helps our ability to cope with the pace of every day life.

HEALTH SERVICES:Each one of us is responsible for promoting and maintaining our own health. However,we would all like to have quick access to quality services in our own language as close to home as possible.

INCOME AND SOCIAL STATUS: If money can’t buy health, it certainly can contribute to our well-being because housing, diet, clothing and living conditions depend on our income and our place in society.

The source of most of this information is:

PRACTICAL GUIDE to help implement the Healthy Communities Organizations approach; Nathalie Boivin, Ph.D., author; An initiative of the Mouvement Acadien des Communautés en Santé du Nouveau- Brunswick inc., in collaboration with the Réseau-action Communautaire de la Société Santé et Mieux-être en français du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Source URL http://www.macsnb.ca/publication/129/file/Building%20Healthy%20Comm.pdf

See for yourself
http://www.bathurst.ca/accommodations.php

Safety Net

Easy come
Easy go

Who said that?

Qui?

Are you sure it was Thomas Piketty?

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Art Space

MaggieQuinn on Peace Walk

MaggieQuinn on Peace Walk

Hand painted T-shirts for sale

212 St Andrew, Bathurst, NB

also for sale – strings and things

like picks, tuners, stands, guitar parts,

even a few guitars and cases,

drumsticks, drumskins, cymbals,

custom-made cables for instruments and mics.

Ever see a 2000 foot microphone cable?

Need one? Ask us for a price.

Open Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

212 St Andrew, Bathurst, NB