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. —
Congratulation to Ryan Lamoureaux
Ryan Lamoureux is our Youngest Uxbridge Arts Association member and has two pieces hanging in Blue Heron Studio in Uxbridge. He just won the 2013 Art Battle in Peterborough, where he is attending Trent University.
According to Ryan…
The 2013 Art Battle took place on November 21st at the Venue in Peterborough. There were two rounds of paint-battles (each round only 20min long). The top two voted by the crowd from each round moved onto the finals. The four finalists painted a second piece for the final round.
It was an amazing experience to be painting so fast in such a short period of time. The host announced the whole time and the crowd did a count down…so it was pretty intense.
Come the final round, it was crazy to look around at the other artists and realize that I was up against Art instructors and other people who had gone to school studying fine art! I was pretty excited, and now I get to go onto the upcoming provincial art battles and represent Peterborough there!
“My work is a reflection on the beauty of changes in nature. Music is a source of my artistic energy.”
Max’s work will be featured in the Blue Heron Studio for the month of November.
We are very pleased to welcome Annabelle Jane Murray as our October Artist of the Month. Annabelle has been active in the Uxbridge community for over 15 years. Her dual passions are the arts and the outdoors. The subjects of her paintings are inspired by nature’s own paintbrush. Draw Continue reading
Alyssa York’s bestselling, internationally published novels include Mercy, Effigy, (shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize) and, most recently,Fauna (shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award). She is also the author of the short fiction collection, Any Given Power, stories from which have won the Bronwen Wallace Award and the Journey Prize. Her essays and articles have appeared in such periodicals as The Guardian, The Globe and Mail,Quill & Quire, Eighteen Bridges and Canadian House and Home. Alyssa has been teaching creative writing and mentoring writers since 2007, working with the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, The Banff Centre’s Wired Writing Studio and Toronto’s Diaspora Dialogues. She has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto. For more on Alyssa’s work, visit www.alissayork.com.
Jacquie Hermans Bio
While undergoing extensive improv training, Jacquie’s life forever changed. To overcome that knotted sick feeling in her gut, the sleepless nights of being in her head, the annoying eye twitch or lip quiver that sometimes emerged and her related digestive issues, she created strategies to overcome her thought patterns, breaking through her fears of failure and judgment.
With an employment background in corporate training, extensive education in personality and communications, along with her passion and experience in improv and television, she is now running a successful business.
Jacquie ignites the laughs and transforms thousands, with her presentations, workshops and emceeing.
She shares her stratgies to help others to flip their thought patterns, build effective relationships, and light’n up from the inside out.
Hilarious stories, interactive demonstrations, and thought provoking content, guarantee a phenomenal experience. She inspires positive and lasting changes while igniting the laughs.
Jacquie is the creator host and producer for the award winning youth talk show RANT. Jacquie had four successful seasons with over 100 shows in the can. Jacquie’s television experience extends beyond RANT. She hosted or co-host shows such as ‘Plugged-In’ with ACI, ‘Perspectives’, and various live auctions and holiday specials. Jacquie is interviewed on several talk radio and television talk shows including Breakfast Television, Rogers Daytime, A-Morning, CHCH At Home, Insights, CKDO, Hamilton Radio and so fourth.
Improvising is a passion of Jacquie’s and you can see her perform live with the Triptych Lounge Comedy Improv Troupe in Newmarket, Ontario.
Jacquie Hermans testimonials
Jacquie Hermans… this lady was awesome! She was funny and easy going, and showed us it’s okay to be silly. She helped us get to know each other, and show off our silly side! Teen from A.A.L.E.P. Program
Every semester Jacquie provides an amazing workshop for my students. We keep bringing her back because of the significant impact she makes on the kids. Christy Leroix, A.A.L.E.P Program
“I have seen a change in my thought process. I am more positive and can laugh @ myself more. I can let the negative go and hold onto the good. I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants to laugh more, trust others and themselves more!”
“Any reminder to stay present and positive and open is welcome and needed! This course has that and more.”
“I have definitely gone from a place of needing complete preparation to get up in front of an audience to spontaneously jumping up unprepared.”
“Jacquie was helpful to me because it was like she took a hammer and broke through my shy shell. It was amazing. I wasn’t shy at all that day. I was very eager to hear what she had to say.”
Teen from A.A.L.E.P. program
Thank you so much for the fun and educational workshop you put on today for my Grade 8 class. The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have gained so many positive life skills that will help them for years to come. Instilling confidence, self-esteem, and encouraging our youth to face their fears are all important topics you have addressed in a fun, interactive way. Thanks again for the memorable session.
Colin Hooper – Goodwood Public School
Fly Freeman is an artist who has been making sculpture for more than twenty years. She started out as a stone carver and mason working on public art pieces in Europe. Fly moved to Canada over a decade ago. At this point her practice expanded from pure stone carving to working with a variety of media and making more studio pieces and installation work. Drawing has always had a place in her practice as a means to explore her three-dimensional work. As her work practice has expanded, the need to explore the possibilities of drawing has also grown.
Heather Everest has been an artist in various mediums since she could hold a crayon! She studied Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo and Computer Graphic Design at Sheridan College. Her ongoing studies in pottery and painting have included the Haliburton School of the Arts, Toronto’s Cedar Ridge Creative Centre and The Varley Art Gallery in Unionville. Her love of painting and working with clay led her to develop her own company Creative Spark which offers home ceramic painting parties. She also loves to paint particularly landscapes, currently in watercolour and acrylic.