My thoughts on the Chemainus production of “Harvey”

May 14, 2016
I’ve already written this for my Facebook friends, but here it is again for others….

First, my super big “Thank You” to Chemainus Theatre and to all the supportive folks who visited or shared their best wishes to me for my glass-exhibition-artist-reception last night. My glass will be on display for the duration of the play “Harvey” which runs till May 28. I saw the play last night and absolutely loved it!
And here is my “review.”

The Chemainus production of “Harvey” is truly wonderful. I have always been deeply moved by the story and in this interpretation, there is all around great acting and a really magical transition from a grey world to one that pops with colour. I was reminded of exotic birds – revealing their glorious plumage in a dance of life. What a great symbol to represent the tension between our inner lives and the constraints of reality. To me “Harvey” is a gentle and perfect exploration of the things that really matter.

http://chemainustheatrefestival.ca/our-shows/harvey/
http://chemainustheatrefestival.ca/review-harvey/

Deryk caught a photo of me at the reception evening and I’m posting some other photos as well. I hope that light shining through coloured glass does a bit of what “Harvey” does: adding brightness to the everyday world.


I Recommend Pleasant

May 4, 2016

In the play (and movie) “Harvey” the main character says something that I love:

‘Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, “In this world, Elwood, you must be” – she always called me Elwood – “In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.” Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.’

That is why I was delighted when I was offered the chance to have a showing of my glass-on-glass mosaics at the Chemainus Theatre during the month in which they are performing “Harvey.”  What a wonderful opportunity!  A vintage whimsical play and mosaics — as whimsical as I can make them — from recycled vintage glass. There are 23 of my glass pieces in the exhibit.

Here’s one that I titled “I Recommend Pleasant”. It’s 16” by 29”, has zinc edges (thank you Deryk) and is built on a piece of glass shelving that was in our bathroom closet until just a few days ago (we are in the middle of a reno.)  Blue dots burst out of a heart-embossed blue bottle. The world is surrounded with colours from the forest and sky and sun. There are flowers and shells – even a bee and a lizard.  Things you might notice if you have a chance to relax outdoors on a summer’s day, as Elwood often does….

I need to take a good backlit photo of this piece – as it would appear if you hung it in your window. For now, hopefully these will give you the idea.

 

Here’s more information about the show:

http://www.twoglassyladies.ca/?p=9556

http://chemainustheatrefestival.ca/plan-your-visit/gallery-gift-shop/current-exhibition

 

 

 


Exhibition in Chemainus

May 3, 2016

I’ve written a bit on the TwoGlassyLadies blog:

http://www.twoglassyladies.ca/?p=9556

Here’s a photo or two of “getting ready”

 


Solstice – sculpture at the Woodwynn Peace Garden

April 23, 2016

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“Solstice”
by Elizabeth Wellburn, Samuel Houston
and Deryk Houston

These are photos of “Solstice” – our sculpture that has recently been placed in a very special location at Woodwynn Farms in the Peace Garden. It is placed in best possible spot to capture the first morning light on the shortest day of the year – the Southeast corner of the Peace Garden. Light flows through it at various times of day during other days of the year as well.

The theme of “Solstice” is transitions (seasonal or otherwise) that happen to people and to the natural world. The sculpture is steel, plexiglass and recycled glass (most of it kiln formed) and I created the translucent design using a glass on glass mosaic technique.

Sometime near the beginning of the construction of the Peace Garden (about three years ago) I knew I wanted to create a piece of art for that location and I wanted it incorporate the cathedral-like quality of coloured glass. I had a strong desire to express my ideas about the winter solstice – the shortest day but also a time of transition to a time of more light. Finding the inner strength to move beyond dark times seems to me to be what Woodwynn is all about. And the solstice is an important marker of the cycles of seasons that are so much a part of farm (and human) life.

An Albert Camus quote from Return to Tipasa (1954) inspired me:

“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” (As translated in Lyrical and Critical Essays (1968), p. 169; also in The Unquiet Vision : Mirrors of Man in Existentialism (1969) by Nathan A. Scott, p. 116.)

I planned out colours to evoke the four seasons. The bottom left is winter – in icy blues with a few hints of berry red. Moving clockwise there is a panel with the pastels and fresh greens of spring. At the top the turquoise sky shines above colours that might be found in a poppy field or a watermelon patch. Amber and gold are next for autumn and then we complete the cycle with winter once again at the bottom right.

I worked with Samuel and Deryk to develop a structure to house the glass to have a sheltering quality as well as the feeling of a seasonal clock. I feel comfortable and at peace with the solid, rounded design. It serves as an archway over a natural stone bench that allows a visitor to sit and look down at the valley.

Previously this piece was installed in Nanaimo, near the Port Theatre and it stayed there for one year until it was time for us to donate it to Woodwynn. It is now in the spot that it was designed for and I am really happy to see it there!

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Deryk’s “LOVE” exhibition

February 13, 2016

elizamyderykLOVEThe show, which celebrates LOVE (and the Beatles) runs till the end of February (the month of love) – actually it runs till March 6!

The opening was fantastic and we had a lot of fun channeling the 60s.  For more information, go to Deryk’s website at

http://derykhouston.com

And check out his blog posts, which have information about each of the paintings.

 


Deryk is building a new structure

February 10, 2016

I’ve had some fun playing with the photos of the start of the meditation nest that Deryk is building at Woodwynn. This overlooks the Labyrinth in the Peace Garden and will be a place for quiet reflection.


Providence Farm visitors to Woodwynn Farms

January 26, 2016

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The weather didn’t stop visitors from Providence Farms this morning! It was wonderful to share ideas about farm spaces that can be made open to the public!


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