Another weekend in the Rockies

I knew that living in the Rockies gave me a strength that I couldn’t understand.  I just accept the wonder of this natural place and go about my work.  From morning sunrises over the mountains to the soapstone carving on my desk…rock is one constant in my life that – excuse the pun – grounds me.

So tonight’s exhibits at the Jasper Museum and the Jasper Artists Guild were a delightful way to end the week.  Both of these exhibits give the viewer a glimpse of the Rockies (or just rocks)…and offer a glimpse into the diversity of the place I call home.

Both of these exhibits are on for most of March.  The Artists Guild is located in the old Firehall near the Jasper Post Office and the Museum is located across the street from the pool.

Anna Carnell http://www.stonecraftmosaics.com

Edith VanderKloot http://www.spiritedtransformations.com

Wanda Whaley http://www.wandawhaley.com

Ray Syrja http://raysyrja.blogspot.com

Alan Butler website is under construction…you can find Alan and Ray on the Jasper Artists Guild site

Jasper Artists Guild http://www.jasperartistsguild.com

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Children of Autumn

Children of AutumnFor 2 hours on Saturday night over 200 people watched in delight as the children of Jasper performed the Children of Autumn.  Jasper singer and the play’s writer Grace Kohn along with musician and composer Greg Deagle ‘graced’ stage left while the troupe of children in costume and masks walked the audience through an enactment of mother and daughter rediscovering the innocence of youth.

A mother finds herself drawn by her daughter to experience feelings and situations that as an adult we have developed ways of avoiding.  The first feeling they experience – on a cautious journey into a dream created by a whimsical forest, forest creatures and masks – is that of folly.  A lively forest sprite frolics before the child and her mom to the childs delight – but as most adults the mother cannot accept such ‘folly’ and becomes more interested in getting home…and the enchantment continues until the masks are removed…

The masks the girl and her mom meet in the enchanted forest lead each person watching in their own interpretation…I must say, the performance of the distressed mom facing her masks led to more than one emotion in most viewers.  Grace has created this delightful tribute, to revisiting the innocence of childhood through dance and song, in efforts to raise money to purchase and supply free hypebaric oxygen sessions to children with disabilities in Jasper.

Not going to give it away – the play is completely scripted and composed.  It is hoped that other communities will wish to host the production in their town.  Check out the Children of Autumn website to support the cause or to bring this exciting program to your community!