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Congratulations to Alice Munro

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Click on the image for the story on Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature...

The Luminaries – 2014 Man-Booker Prize

luminaries “Sometimes – rarely – a novel arrives that is so good all you can do is shake your head in wonder. Brilliant in design, masterful in execution, and intensely pleasurable to inhabit, The Luminaries is a masterpiece, the work of a writer of apparently limitless range and talent.” —Peter Hobbs, author of In the Orchard, the Swallows

Lynn Coady wins Giller Prize

hell goingWinner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. With astonishing range and depth, Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady gives us eight unforgettable new stories, each one of them grabbing our attention from the first line and resonating long after the last. A young nun charged with talking an anorexic out of her religious fanaticism toys with the thin distance between practicality and blasphemy. A strange bond between a teacher and a schoolgirl takes on ever deeper, and stranger, shapes as the years progress. A bride-to-be with a penchant for nocturnal bondage can’t seem to stop bashing herself up in the light of day. Equally adept at capturing the foibles and obsessions of men and of women, compassionate in her humour yet never missing an opportunity to make her characters squirm, fascinated as much by faithlessness as by faith, Lynn Coady is quite possibly the writer who best captures what it is to be human at this particular moment in our history.
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Don Cavin One Day Workshop. Click here for more information...

May 1st Launch of the Foster Memorial Book. Click here for more information.

Terry Fallis Book Launch Event -- May 12th Click here for more information.

When you walk through the doors of Blue Heron Books you feel as if you’ve come home. The warmth and personal touch of Shelley Macbeth and her staff is exceeded only by the fabulous and extensive selection of books available. Young, old, and everyone in between will find the perfect book. Blue Heron Books is a true gem. — Kathy Kacer

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Terry Fallis Book Launch

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On Monday May 12th at 7:30pm, Terry Fallis will be at Wooden Sticks to launch his new novel, No Relation, well ahead of its official May 20th release date. Terry will be interviewed by actor/director and former Uxbridge resident, Anna MacKay-Smith.

This is the story of a young copywriter in New York City. He’s worked at the same agency for fifteen years, and with a recent promotion under his belt, life is good. Then, one morning this copywriter finds himself unceremoniously fired from his job, and after he catches his live-in girlfriend moving out of their apartment a couple hours later, he’s also single. Believe it or not, these aren’t the biggest problems in this copywriter’s life. There’s something bigger, something that has been haunting him his whole life, something that he’ll never be able to shake. Meet Earnest Hemmingway.

What’s in a name? Well, if you share your moniker with the likes of some of the most revered, infamous, and sometimes dreaded names in history, plenty. This is Earnest’s lifelong plight, but something more recent is on his plate: His father is pressuring him to come home and play an active role in running the family clothing business. And as a complex familial battle plays out, Earnest’s inherited name leads him in unexpected directions. Wry, clever, and utterly engaging, No Relation is Terry Fallis at the top of his form.

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WATERCOLOUR: A Medley of Watercolour

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 This 4 week intensive journey into the power of the medium of watercolours will invigorate and empower the artist, propelling them to new heights of creativity. Each week will be a 3 hour in-depth investigation into a different technique: Week One – Washes, accents and lines – the three key elements of watercolour. Week Two – Intensive, Reactive and Creative –small format with limited time to create multiple images – spontaneity breeds creativity! Week Three – Dry brush techniques – unique approach for unique results. Week Four – Screen Painting – Paint through fibreglass window screens for fascinating and mysterious results. 

4 Weeks – Wednesday, May 7th – May 28th, 12:30pm to 3:30pm $150

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Oil & Acrylic with Lynda Cunningham

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A meeting of two loves – your animals and your art. Learn how to portray horses, sheep or other pets using oil or acrylic. Lynda Cunningham will guide you through the process: from planning from photos, palette suggestions, and composition. Intermediate skill level suggested.

6 Weeks – Tuesday, April 29th to June 3rd, 1pm to 3pm $150

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INTRO TO ART

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Under the tutelage of a  diverse roster of local instructors enter into the fascinating world of creating art. Whether at the beginning of your journey, looking to refresh your skills, or expand your horizons, this is the class for you. Explore a new topic each week

Week 1 – Drawing Still Life, Seeing Shapes and Lines, Week 2 -Understanding how Value, Composition and Perspective are related, Week 3 – Drawing with Imagination inspired by Bert Dodson, Week 4 – Colour Basics, Week 5 – Introduction to Watercolour, Acrylic, Oil and What to buy, Week 6 – Painting a Still Life in Watercolour and/or Acrylic.

6 Weeks – Tuesday, April 29th – June 3rd, 1pm to 3pm    $150

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LIFE DRAWING

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To maintain a level of excellence a musician must practice, a dancer must dance and an athlete must train. Artists must work at their craft with a similar dedication if they are to maintain their own level of excellence, let alone get better. Life Drawing is calisthenics for the artists’ brain.

Draped/undraped models. All skill levels.

Drop In Sessions: Thursday, May 15th to June 19th 7pm to 9pm

 3 nights = $75, 6 nights = $126

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INTRODUCTION TO ACRYLIC

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Working from a master work of art, instructor Tania Caryi, offers the student the opportunity to create an individualistic painting in an uninhibited and supportive environment. Learn techniques in application, creating texture, exploring colour mixing and different ways of seeing. Learn, apply, create!

6 Weeks – MondayApril 28th to June 9th, 1pm to 3pm  $150

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One Day Workshops: Painting from Photos Master Class with Don Cavin

 

 

 

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Painting from Photos Master Class with Don Cavin

Andre Durain said “a painting made outdoors is a sacred event.” But there are obvious difficulties for some people in painting “en plein aire.” Using photographic references can help but they are only a tool; a first step in the creative process, not something to be simply copied. Join Don Cavin, as he leads a Master Class on how to impose one’s own knowledge, experience, intuition and “gut-feelings” on a photograph in order to render it useful in creating art.

Saturday June 7th, 9:30am – 4:30pm $95

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Six Weeks to Writing a Memoir or “Words are Worth 1000 Pictures”

writing picture 02 sml A picture is worth a thousand words but only when the picture relays a story. It is the story that we yearn for when we look at old photo albums with faces familiar. Yet these faces often register a blank on the memory bank. The stories of our ancestors are the stories we hunger for. Learn techniques for telling your stories in ways that capture the interest and imagination of your reader. Become skilled at listening deeply, telling truthfully, and writing well the stories of ourselves and others. 6 Weeks – Friday, May 16th – June 20th, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. $180

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PEN IN HAND, INK ON PAGE

writing picture 01 smlWriters know Pen in Hand, Ink on Page AND Bum in Seat. This class is designed to create time and space to devote to your writing. Each week

Sue Reynolds will focus on a particular aspect of the writing craft and offer writing prompts designed to jumpstart and support each writer in their pursuits of the written word, regardless of form (fiction, memoir, etc.)

6 Weeks – Monday, May 12th – June 23rd,  7pm to 9pm    $180

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December Book Club

reading between the wines Seasonal Book Club Party - Talk books, buy books, steal books December 11th at Blue Heron Books 7:30pm

January Book Club

munro My Best Stories by Alice Munro Venue: Veronica's Place Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

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Our April Artist

 

Anne León

  4. Detail of #3 Leon & Dortbudak, Fusion entry Jan 08 008 Potter, Painter, Photographer   At the age of 11, just before we left New Zealand in 1956, Anne had two lessons on the potter’s wheel. Little did the teacher know that she had introduced Anne to a love which has lasted a life time. While her husband was studying at Cornell University he discovered a student union clay studio in 1967. Anne took a short course there and ended up working there three days a week. As soon as they arrived in Toronto Anne set up with a treadle wheel and began teaching and exhibiting soon after. Anne has taught pottery, breathed pottery, looked at European, South American,American and Canadian museum’s collections of pottery, had articles published in England and Canada about potters in England and Ecuador, collected pottery, photographed pottery,  exhibited pottery and sold pottery.....   Along the way, after about ten intense years of focusing on my studio pottery, I also fell in love with painting, printmaking and photography and have also exhibited in all these media.

Upcoming in the Studio

  • March 8 – Vintage Art Anything, 1-5pm
  • March 22 – Fine Art Private Collections, 1-5pm
  • April 12 – Floral, Big Bold Artworks, 1-5pm
  • April 26 – 1-5pm & April 27– 11-4pm – BHAM Art Show & Sale – Pottery & Fine Art
  • May 3 – 10-5pm & May 4 – 11-4pm – Artists of Uxbridge Art Show and Sale

Ted Barris on TV

great escapePeter Mansbridge goes One on One with Ted Barris. Check out the interview here.
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