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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


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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...

Series of Fortunate (literary) Events 2014 Passport Click here for more information...

Tea with Philippa Gregory on September 21stClick here for more information.

Ann-Marie Macdonald Event --Nov. 8thh Click here for more information.

Blue Heron Books is a wonderful book store. Hardwood floors, comfy chairs and the best book selection you could ask for. Shelley and her wonderful staff know every book in the place, and can help you find exactly what you’re looking for–even if you don’t know what it is yet. Blue Heron is one of my favourite places to visit. — Erin Thomas

Art Class

Painting from Photos – 2 Day 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. Visit Don’s website to see why this truly is a ‘master class.’ This is Don’s last class for 2015.

Saturday March 28th & Sunday March 29th, 10am to 4pm  $195

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Soul Collage with Sue Reynolds


Soul 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.

Friday, March 27th, 10am to 4:00pm   $95 (all materials will be supplied)


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Students will explore how to create dynamic semi-abstract interpretations of the rural landscape exhibiting bold shapes and values defined by subtle colour shifts and various sized mosaic like brush strokes. The mosaic approach will focus the students attention on creating their paintings in a simple and direct manner. Unity and colour dominance will be achieved via a limited colour palette.

Saturday, March 4th, 10am to 4pm $95


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This course is designed to help landscape painter’s move towards a less traditional way of depicting the landscape. The students will focus on understanding and defining their position along the spectrum of abstraction. They will define abstraction from within themselves and make it a personal journey. Approaches and tools of abstraction such as elimination, simplification, exaggeration, colour reversal, texturing and others will be discussed. Traditional landscape elements such as water, trees, colours, land formations, man made features, angles and others will be investigated to discover and emphasize their potential for abstraction. Painting demonstrations combined with one on one mentoring sessions will be followed by a group discussion addressing common successes and struggles.

Sunday, February 22nd, 10am to 4pm $95


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In this introductory class, discover the fun & flexible qualities of painting with acrylics.  Learn about colour, value & composition by experimenting with simple exercises.  You will complete at least one painting.  Great for the beginner or those in need of a refresher.

4 Weeks – Wednesday, February 4th to Feb. 25th, 10am to 12:30pm $150


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This class teaches the process of pen and ink drawing.  Instructor Ron Peter will explore a number of concepts and techniques which will include: perspective, basic drawing, composition, pen line patterns, producing light and shadow, wash and watercolour techniques and tricks. Upon completion of this class you will have produced a piece to be proud of.

6 Weeks – Monday, February 23rd to April 13th, 1pm to 3pm  $150

(no classes March 16th and April 6th)

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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: LIFE DRAWING

Life Drawing

By L. Rahusaar

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

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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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October Book Club

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Book Club Favourite…

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Books and Authors Night

Sept 25th This just in... Amanda Lindhout, author of A House in the Sky will be joining Miriam Toews, author of A Complicated Kindness, Kim Thuy, author of Ru and Elyse Friedman, author of The Answer to Everything on September 25th for Books and Authors Night in the Uxbridge Music Hall. Tickets on Sale now.
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Upcoming Events…

November 17th, Blue Heron Studio in conjunction with the Passionate Cook-- Chef Jamie Kennedyi, SOLD OUT   November 17th, 7pm Wooden Sticks Golf Club --  An evening with Meg Tilly, Meg Wolitzer and Lev Grossman - $25 (includes a glass of wine and nibblies)   November 22 Santa Claus Parade (note the date change!), In store story time and treats.   December 6th, In Store Book Signing with Destiny's Gate author Lee Bice Matheson1pm   December 7th, In Store Book Signing with The Stain author Charlene Jones1pm

Ted Barris on TV

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