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Gimli Yacht Club 50th Anniversary

I wrote this in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Gimli Yacht Club, July 1, 2017

(tune: This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land)


This Club is your boat, this Club is my boat

From speedy cruisers to anything that will float

From the harbour mouth

To this great lake’s waters.

This Club was made for you and me.

In ’67 we hosted Pan Am

So we got buildings and some nice land

Then lots of dinghies came to sail here

This Club was made for you and me.

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They made improvements to Gimli harbour

That kept out weather and made us safer

That meant big changes as we brought keels in

This Club was made for you and me.

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We have some Opti’s to teach our youth in

And offer schools where skills are honed in

We’re good at teaching this lifelong hobby

This Club was made for you and me.

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With pirate hats we do our racin’

We like to cruise north, up to the basin

To Hec and Back, and to George Island

This Club was made for you and me.

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On Wednesday nights now out on the water

Jibs are up and the odd spinnaker

‘Cause skippers like to see who’s faster

This Club was made for you and me.

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It takes great people to work together

To have a place like this to gather

We’ve made it this long, we can be happy

This Club was made for you and me.

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So raise our glasses to all the sailors

Who know the only rope is on a bailer

Who read the wind and keep their sails up

This Club was made for you and me.

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Now to the future, we must stay brave and

Show our kids how to meet the next wave

And keep our boats out on the water

This Club was made for you and me.

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10 Ways to Enjoy an Artist’s Studio Tour

Art studio tour signs brighten my day.

For an artist to let you into their private space is a treasure and an honour.

Wave Tour

 

If you have never ‘done’ a Studio Tour or wanted to do one but not known ‘how to’, here is my listicle:

  1. Get the brochure ahead of time and circle your ‘must see’ stops. Include at least one artist who is totally out of your comfort zone. Most tourist bureaus have copies of upcoming events brochures and each artist should also have copies. Or go to the website and print it out. Or use a mobile site as your map.
    The Wave brochure
  2. Take a friend!
  3. Plan a route but don’t feel you have to stick to it. Plan at least 10-15 minutes minimum at each stop. Of course some stops will surprise you and you will feel you’d like to stay for hours!
  4. Take snacks in the car. Some studios treat their guests with light refreshments but not all artists do this, nor should you expect it. View this as a bonus. There may not be a restaurant nearby.
  5. Wear easily-removable footwear. You may be asked to take off your shoes as you trek through someone’s home.
  6. Make sure to meet the artist in person. Ask the artist one question about their work.
  7. Ask before taking photos and posting anything on Instagram. Ask each artist for their hash tag.
  8. Plan to purchase one piece of art at least at one studio. Yes! Everyone can afford a greeting card or bookmark! Whether it be an expensive original work or a greeting card it is amazing what you will find and these artists really want your support. Take cash and your cheque book. Many studios are not set up to exchange credit cards or debit. Some are, but don’t count on it.
  9. As a fun exercise, choose your favourite piece at each studio and explain why to your travelling companions. Sort of like a treasure hunt at each stop.
  10. Notice the surroundings. Sometimes the outside of the studio and yard are just as fascinating.

Stretch out of your comfort zone. Let me know how it goes.

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Machine-stitched Rag Basket Class – August 2015

A very enthusiastic group gathered on August 29th at Runs With Scissors Studio in Winnipeg Beach to learn how to make rag rope baskets.

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The first project is to learn the method by sewing a coaster.

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not bad, for first attempts.

Then comes the basket and learning how to ‘throw a pot’ on your sewing machine.

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With lots of hard work and laughs everyone actually finished their vessel realizing that rope baskets are not quite as easy as you think they are.

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Portable Labyrinth

Santa Rosa

This is a Santa Rosa Labyrinth.  It is a seven circuit modified Medieval labyrinth, modelled after the 12th Century one laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral. This one was designed in 1997 by Lea Goode-Harris. Labyrinths are used today as a meditational tool; walking to calm the spirit and seek guidance.Screen Shot 2013-04-01 at 1.26.32 PM

“The heart-space on the fourth path of the Santa Rosa Labyrinth is unique to this seven-circuit design. Approached from all four directions, this space has been the inspiration and focus for many labyrinth walks, poetry, and photos.” L. Goode-Harris.

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Santa Rosa Labyrinth Heart Space copyright Lea Goode-Harris

I painted this in 1999 for a turn-of-the-century Millennium eve ceremony.

Particulars:

  • 20 foot diameter
  • Santa Rosa design, seven circuit modified Medieval labyrinth, modelled after the 12th Century Chartres Cathedral
  • Weight – approx 25-30 lbs.
  • plasticized white canvas with eggplant coloured lines
  • walk in sock feet without shoes or barefoot
  • may be used outdoors (if returned clean)

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This labyrinth is for hire locally (South Western Ontario, Canada). Email to inquire about borrowing it for your next function, party or ceremony.

Ramp Up Your Etsy Shop – Advanced Workshop

Jan 21st, 2013, Ramp Up Your Etsy Shop – Advanced Workshop for Etsy Shop Owners

Monday, 1-4PM Location: Petrolia ON
With well over 800,000 shops and 20 million members, Etsy is the largest e-commerce site focused solely on handmade arts and crafts, vintage items and supplies. Have you tried Etsy with little success? You realize it has great potential but you don’t know how to unlock it? How do you get found in that mass of stuff?

At this workshop you will:

  • acquire the knowledge to gain better exposure and success.
  • gain confidence in the daily running of your online shop.
  • learn about some of the more advanced Etsy functions.
  • get a personalized shop critique.

This could be the most important $40 / 3 hour investment you make this year as an artist / handcrafter. Ev will do shop critiques for everyone ahead of time. As well as giving you some personalized attention and the opportunity to ask lots of questions, the workshop will also cover:

  1. listing and getting found: good titles, descriptions, tagging, search engine optimization (SEO)
  2. photography: the importance of doing it well and easy to use tips
  3. shipping: the ins and outs of PayPal and Canada Post