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Congratulations to Alice Munro

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

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.
Blue Heron books pic The unpretentious atmosphere of Blue Heron Books with its comfy chairs, wood shelving and creaky floors lends itself to a long slow, browsing session, but under that sleepy atmosphere vibrates a strong pulse. The store has a quaint, old-fashioned look with an up tempo vibe, because there is always something happening. The store is a hub for the community and a bastion of calm chaos where everyone is welcome, even the local dogs that drop by with their owners for a treat from the tin kept under the front counter. 62 Brock St. W., Uxbridge, Ontario. 905-852-4282

CBA LIBRIS BOOKSELLER OF THE YEAR - 2012 and 2014 Click here for more information...

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.

As a one-time publicist and a forever fan of books and reading, I can’t speak highly enough about Blue Heron Books and the community it rallies around visiting authors who, truly, are treated like celebrities. It’s no exaggeration to say that as someone who has attended her fair share of readings, Blue Heron’s are among the most magical and engaging. — Julie (BookMadam) Wilson

Art Class

2014 Fall Course: INSPIRATION STATION

INSPIRATION STATION – An artistic adventure for kids ages 6 to 12
Saturday, September 20th to November 15th, 9:30am to 10:30am
Sign up for 6 of the 8 classes $100

 

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2014 Fall Courses – THE ARTIST’S WAY – Twelve Weeks to Reclaim Your Inner Artist

 

the-artists-wayA life-changing twelve-week program led by instructor Sue Reynolds. The Artist’s Way has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. It is a powerfully provocative work challenging artists of all sorts, but particularly writers, to identify what stops them from moving forward with their artistic dreams and goals and to help them set those goals into motion.

Week One: Recovering a Sense of Safety as an Artist – Discovering what Stops You from Creating

Week Two: Recovering a Sense of Artistic Identity

Week Three: Recovering the Power of Creativity – Dealing with the Inner Critic

Week Four: Artistic Integrity – Making the Commitment

Week Five: A Sense of Open Possibility – Dreaming as an Artist

Week Six: Abundance – Setting your Financial Goals as an Artist

Week Seven: Dealing with Perfectionism

Week Eight: Marshalling your Resources

Week Nine: Recovering a Sense of Enthusiasm and Blasting Through Blocks

Week Ten: Competition, Work, and Finding Balance

Week Eleven: Recovering a Sense of Autonomy – Movement and Defining Success

Week Twelve: Escape Velocity and Finding Your Wings

Each student will be required to have a copy of the basic “The Artist’s Way” book for the class.  Books can be ordered from Blue Heron to be picked up on the first night.

First 6 Weeks – Sunday, September 21st – November 2nd, 7pm to 9:30pm    $180

Last 6 Weeks – Sunday, November 16th – December 21st, 7pm to 9:30pm    $180

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2014 Fall Course: DRAWING using Pen & Ink

Pen_InkDRAWING using Pen & Ink

This class teaches the process of pen and ink drawing.  Perspective, pen line patterns, producing light and shadow, wash and watercolour techniques will be explored under the watchful eye of instructor Ron Peter.

6 Weeks – Monday, September 22nd to November 4th, 1pm to 3pm $150

 

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2014 Fall Course: LIFE DRAWING

Life Drawing

By L. Rahusaar

LIFE DRAWING
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, September 18th to December 4th, 7pm to 9pm
3 nights = $75, 6 nights = $126, 8 nights = $144, 12 nights = $180

 

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2014 Fall Course: ACRYLIC PAINTING: Taking it to the next level

Rosanne - AcrylicACRYLIC PAINTING: Taking it to the next level

Painting from a series of exciting still life subjects, Rosanne Middleton will teach you how to see more… line, shape and shadow. Explore and expand on painting to the light, making colour work for you and adding texture for excitement. Start the fun journey of developing your style and following your instincts while you learn to love painting.

6 Weeks – Tuesday, October 28th to December 2nd, 7pm to 9pm, $150

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2014 Fall Course: WATERCOLOUR

David GreavesWATERCOLOUR with David Greaves

Learn the tricks of the trade in the art of watercolour from David Greaves and make your paintings come alive. Students will learn how to do value sketches and will be introduced to wet in wet techniques for skies, backgrounds, and more. For beginner to advanced students.

6 Weeks – Thursday, Oct.2nd to Nov.6th, 1pm to 3pm $150

 

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2014 Fall Course: WATERCOLOUR – A Medley of Watercolour

Medley of WatercolourWATERCOLOUR: A Medley of Watercolour with Marc Gagnon

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 Marc Gagnon will instruct 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, Sept. 10th – Oct. 1st, 12:30pm to 3:30pm $150

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2014 Fall Workshop – SOUL COLLAGE

 

Soul CollageSoul Collage is an easy, fun tool for exploration and expression of the Self.   Under the instruction of Sue Reynolds, each participant creates their own deck of collaged cards; images that honour the journey of the individual and promote personal growth and self-acceptance.

Participants are invited to step deeper into each card through journaling, visualization and other activities.

Sunday, October 19th, 10am to 4:30pm   $95 (all materials will be supplied)

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2014 Fall Workshop – THE WONDER OF WATERCOLOUR

 

A wonderful day of watercolour for both beginner and advanced students. Instructor David Greaves will teach value sketches and introduce students to wet in wet techniques for skies and backgrounds, and more.

Sunday, November 9th, 10am to 4pm $75

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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 May Artist

 

Marc Gagnon

  Temperature Rising Marc L. Gagnon is a full time artist who employs both the watercolour and acrylic mediums. He has been painting for over thirty years and holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Architecture. An long time elected member of The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Marc's paintings have been Mr. Gagnon’s paintings have been exhibited in several juried exhibitions, including the 2004 - 6th International Water Colour Biennial in Mexico. He has been honoured with many awards for his work and has served as a juror various other exhibitions, including the 21st annual Toronto Watercolour Society Juried Spring Show. He is a sought after instructor and demonstrator of watercolour and acrylic painting working out of various venues in Southern Ontario including Loyalist College in Belleville and St. Lawrence College in Brockville

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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