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Confessions from the Work Place

This week began with a lot of unknowing 


 and ended with a little bit of floating.

Learning to Float is a Life Saver

    Please come to our holiday reception at Gallery Arcturus 

80 Gerrard St E., (Gerrard at Church St)  2:30 - 5 pm,

Saturday December 9, 2017

   All of our five gallery spaces will be open with new work

and yummies will be served.

Six Steps of Learning to Float



We are working on the exhibit 'Learning to Float'.

This is not necessarily referring to swimming or flying

but more as a way of being.

To do the work I am asked to be honest about my own experience.

I realized at this time floating seems impossible

but what if I have something to support me.

This piece is my way of teaching myself how to float.


Cradling the Egg

Hello December

                                    Twenty-five days til Christmas!

Inside the Prism

One and Many




Today nothing is lining up the way it should.

Impossible, it seems, to hold onto anything. 

Thoughts fly by like balls of light, 

 too fast to catch 

And should is just an empty word.


Perhaps lines can be stretched 

and holding released 

 if only for a moment

to float.



Can We See the Wind?



C.S. Lewis writes:-

"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable spirit who reveals Himself 

in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."



Towards Horizon's Line

Row, row, row your boat

Gently on the stream.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

Life is but a dream.

Wrestling with Illusions of Grandeur

Sometimes I worry too much and think that I must be able to change the way things are.

I imagine that I am bigger and more important than I am.

This collage is a reminder of that illusion.

In and Out of Focus


We decided that what we want most today is to be able to focus on a single project and to see it proceed towards completion.

This photo is a perfect example of unfocused. It is also very beautiful and evocative because of its blurred edges and sense of movement. It is fun to see in many different ways, and to approach our projects from many different angles. That is creativity. 

Land Ahoy!


High strung and tangled

how to be in the ocean

on a ship    or   as a fish


wanting to  make it easier.

Wound up

in a tight ball 

wings humming

head  pointing

no feet for landing

no stopping 


up in the air.

Sharing the Job

When you hold the ladder

I can climb higher.


Standing in the middle of too many fragments

things begun but unfinished

what piece to pick up first 

where to direct attention

overwhelmed and wanting completion 

in some corner or other

standing in the middle...

still standing.

The First Glimpse of Winter

Inside the Story of Shmo

Today Sae sat in the library till the light grew dark

and worked on the illustrations for the story of Shmo.

This is Bonnie, my new best friend



I believe that animals bring us back to our senses. 




Somewhere Above the Tree Line


somewhere above the tree line

a lone cow

a ladder

and a place to wait

A Little Bit Tangled in the Branches


The darkness and light

seemingly in equal proportion 

and somewhere between 

carried by an unseen force

a line of colour. 


Looking to See What's Ahead

Returning with a Memory of Saguaro


Having made a brief trip to Tuscon for the weekend to visit with a friend 

and wondering how does the experience of a place and time faraway 

shape the here and now?

This is the answer today.


Prowling Towards Halloween


Today we are reassembling frames and stretching canvas over them making beautiful forms to paint on. The process requires attention, evenness of strength and exactness. Making them our selves feels very different from buying them ready made. There is a sense of satisfaction in the form itself.


We have not even considered the paintings which may appear on them.

A Story of What Was


 A story of what was 

incomplete but beautiful. 

A small finding and curiosity

makes us look further, 

collecting the fragments

and piecing them together 

into something

which resembles the whole. 



Music to Look At

You are invited...

f i N d i n g  f o r m


c L i m b i N g  L a d d E r s


Saturday October 21,

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Works by allen egan, jeremy gordaneer,

camie geary-martin,

sae kimura, eron boyd, deborah harris

Building a Painting

It is very different experience making installations with forms and then trying to paint or draw them.

I would say that the act of painting is one of seeing and it allows us to discover something new.

It is a way of engaging with the forms in the intimate and also limited, space of the canvas. 

Something of a conundrum. 

A Work In Progress


Today Vivian, Sae and deborah started painting using the installations            in the gallery as their subject. This is Vivian's beginning,

to be continued... 


On The Path Forward

Higher Up and Farther In

It's the Weekend... Let's Kick Up Our Heels

Finding Form and Climbing Ladders


What was once a railing has become a ladder.

A bridge between earth and sky.


Close Up and Far Away


We can easily make the close up, such as this screen disappear, just by focusing on what is distant. It is fun to experiment with all the different ways we can look at our surroundings and to notice the habitual ways we have of seeing. I have noticed that whenever I change my perspective new possibilities open up that I could not have imagined before. 


It Looks Like Someone Dropped the Bag

And it all unraveled after that...



                              This was the feeling today, 

                                                                               too many loose end




From All of Us to All of You...!

A Kiss


In the dream world the canary and the fish can meet

an unexpected moment of surprise and delight

when one swims away from the many

or sits outside of the cage.


Red Foot Pigeon Theatre

One Crust Eleven Birds Not Sharing


                 The stage is set...


  Enter the birds.


                                                                                                                                                                                    Exit the Birds.


The Crust is Gone.





New Beginnings

In the process of 'f i n d i n g   f o r m', the exhibit now in the Genesis Gallery on the main floor, we introduced 'the egg' as a form which perfectly contains potential. This form has become the central theme in the Collage Gallery which we began hanging today. This exhibit is entitled 'e g g x a g e r a t e d  p o t e n t i a l'

and these are two of the new pieces.




This baboon skull was found in Africa some forty years ago.

The circular form is an ostrich egg shell.

They are now part of the exhibit entitled  'f i n d i n g  f o r m'

and can be seen in the Genesis Gallery at Arcturus.



Seeing Through Reflections

                                  Hard to know which way is which.

Small and Perfect

Little/Little turns one today. Happy Birthday Little/Little.  xxoo

The Up North Gallery has moved into fall...

These painted sketches are done by Eric McConnachie of the lands and sky surrounding his home in Haliburton. 

The sculpture is by Susan Valyi wearing a mask by Sae Kimura.

The egg in the box is an introduction to the next Collage Gallery exhibition.

Holding Possibility


Ideas float towards us 

from outside in. 

They enter if there is space to be received.




On Loan

This collage was made at the collage workshop on Saturday past by Petrea Hansen. Unfortunately for her but fortunately for us it was too big for her to take it home on that day. Consequently, we have become the temporary custodians and are able to appreciate it while it waits to be picked up.

The Show Must Go On


 Today we are feeling a bit like the three stooges

a little slap-stick. a little sleepy,

                                                                                           but still in sync.


       Curly, Larry and Moe

In the House

A House to Carry



This house began as a collage (shown in our August 29 blog) Sae began building it as a three dimensional form on the same day that I was introduced to the painting (shown in detail below), by Allen Egan. His painting is further inspiring its evolution.


What is a cloud?

soft, undefined,

constantly moving and changing shape

blurry around the edges

what is it not?

it is not something determined or decided

it is not focused or sharp


Today we have found ourselves somewhere inside a cloud

bumping around and sometimes into the other.


Portrait of the Day

                                      This is Bear.

                                      He is visiting with us while his family is away.

                                      Sae met him for the first time today

                                      and was inspired to make his portrait.

Counting Clouds

We welcome a new artist into the fold,

Allen Egan is the artist of these two new acquisitions,

which seem already to be part of the conversation begun here in August.

Allen was showing his very inspired work at the Cabbagetown Festival this past weekend. We are hoping for further collaboration. 


You can visit his web site eganacci.wixsite.com/allen-egan-paintings

Looking to the Other Side


A conversation between forms

Finding Form

Inside and Out



Welcome to the Secret Gallery


                        September has arrived and we are open again for what always feels like the beginning of a new year. 

Welcome to a secret garden

Hail, Hail, the Gang's all Here!


Our friend Ariel came to visit today

and we created a gang

to add to our theatre. 

The best thing about being together

is working together

and the surprise of what is created.

Meeting at the watering hole

This is the House that I Built



I have built my house

out of pieces of my life

old and new.

The pieces fit together

sometimes in strange ways

leaning a little to the left

or to the  right.


Behind the walls and windows

lives a theatre of characters,

performing a dramatic balancing act.






And in the basement

a shadow lurks

or simply looks

at what is there. 





The planets move and we too

are somehow

in the shadow of each other.

With a pen in my hand and a story on my lap


It seems

that the forms have sunk into the floor,

a quiet resignation

but all effort is striving upwards.

The Shape of Colour

opposites collaborate

Granting us an audience

We are in love.  

Watching this being move and surface, swim close and look unblinkingly at us inspires a long slow outbreath.   I guess we just can't help but tune ourselves to its rhythm,

unhurried, steady and perfectly content in the world that s/he is immersed in.  


           These turtles live in the ponds found at the Brick Works Conservation Area.

              An easy eight minute drive from the gallery.

Creating Order out of Chaos

... a constant struggle.


It is easy to be overwhelmed by chaos

and to avoid engaging with it

but today we were reminded

that when we do attempt to return to order

that action often makes us aware of hidden resources

and inspiration that can lift us out of a stuck place.


Trying to be focused

and getting pulled up 

into a sharp straight point

the sensation on the top center of my head

making it possible to work.

Timing is Everything

On our Thursday hunt we met our friend Joachim on the street and asked him if he knew where we could find an old slide projector. He replied that he had one in his basement and would bring it to the gallery on Tuesday. He did. The metronome has also been added and wound up to keep an even, steady pulse. These are the latest installments to the theater, newly named 'Theater of Perpetual Motion and Continuous Surprise'.  


Projector donated by Joachim Oepkes.

Not Found Yet


Sometimes when you can't find what you need

you have to settle for cheese cake.



Off to look for who know's what!

Kissed by Light and Contentment

A day of gentle doing.

In the Sky

How is it possible for something to look so much the same and to be so different?

The one and the many.

The small and the huge.

A sole navigator and a theater of passengers.

All afloat.

How to stay cooler

How to stay cool

Under a Little Grumpy Cloud

This is something of a tall story, clouds can't really be grumpy and balls aren't usually as big as cows. 

But for the best part of the day I seemed to be under a little cloud and I was definitely grumpy.

Not now.

Now the cloud is the best new edition to the 'theatre'. 

Bad moods can sometimes be an inspiration.

Far From the Maddening Herd


The library space has become the home of a theatre experiment conducted by Sae Kimura and deborah harris.

It has been given the name:- 'The Theatre of the Unknown'

and will continue to evolve over the summer with it's debut in the fall.



The World Keeps Turning








Today Vivian was both a collage participant and the one recording the event.

These two collages are examples of the order which can emerge from creative chaos

and of the outer limits which we can travel to. 

Inside and Out


Today is a day for building things. Small things like bird legs and wings and a little bird body

and big things like a porch pillar, cutting lengths of wood with a table saw.

There is something the same about these projects,

the concentration and figuring how to bring about balance and strength in the form.

But such a different scale. One requires much moving and the other a certain stillness. 

Each project came to the same point of completion at the same time. Each one requires a finishing layer.

An interesting parallel story.

This was today.

Just There

This photograph inspires curiosity. What is it?

This question does not need an answer. It does not require a history or a story made up about its significance.

It is simply a form of a particular color and shape,  placed in a context and framed by the eye and camera's lens.

Not everything created needs to be explained. Surprise and mystery can quiet a busy mind.  

A Big Small Space

Places I Haven't Been Before

I take walks when I am working at the gallery. Each day I go a little further, making a bigger circle to explore.  

These are the places I discovered this week.   SK

Under the Influence

This is a story about the collaboration between a sculptor, a collage artist and two photographers.

We are each influenced by the other to create something unique.

Pete and Sae Conversing

A camera can give permission to go to places that I wouldn't usually go and to look at things differently.

These photographs were taken by Sae Kimura. The top one is of Pete Corr.


A pause to sense where we are

Where to now?


A pause to determine where do we go from here?

Moving Forward

Can you see the figure?

Feet planted, skirt full and blowing behind,

face upturned towards the balloon,

red with intent.

A rough terrain to walk in but expansive 

with distant horizons.

I feel that I want to be this figure.

One Man's Garbage is Another Man's Treasure


Today we opened up the studio space, 

moving things that we had once found to be found by others.

a sharing of the wealth.



Off to the Lake

An Inspiring Celebration


For the past year we have been exhibiting different bodies of work by Daniel Hanequand.

This Saturday we are holding a closing reception where we will make available for viewing all of the work from those exhibits.

It will be the last chance to see these works in this format. We welcome you to attend between 2 and 5:30 pm.




Through the Lens


For the last week we have been preparing the Collage Gallery for the next exhibition

'l o o k i n g  a t   p e t e' , reception to be held this Saturday 8th of July,  2:00 - 5:30pm.

Peter Corr (pietdesnapp) has photographed people throughout his life,  people who he recognizes as having an affinity for, people who can also see him. There is an agreement between him and his subject, a mutual regarding. 

In this exhibit we are introduced to Pete the photographer and to some of the characters he has met in his life as they appear through the lens of his camera, (as seen above).


Black Dog

Looking at life from both sides

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go



Happy Canada Day Weekend!!


It's fun to walk in the rain when you have a black rain coat

(even if it's not your own).




The sensation of looking out as if from inside a small box can feel cozy and protected or a little cramped and small.

It just depends on the circumstance.  


What is perfection?

TGFF Thank Goodness For Friends



 It is quite impossible not to be influenced and inspired by each other these are friends of Shmo.

Perhaps there are more friends coming.

Introducing Shmo

This is the newest member of our team created by Sae Kimura.

We all love him.