Winter News 2012 It's mid-winter, the time of year when cabin fever has set in (for those of us who are house-bound, or not vacationing in the sunny

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Winter News 2012

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Happysoakingsunwinter

Happy, our Great Pyrenees, soaking up some February sun.

It's mid-winter, the time of year when cabin fever has set in (for those of us who are house-bound, or not vacationing in the sunny south). It's also the time of year when the sun has some warmth, and the air at times holds the scent of spring. We've been having a few of those lovely and warm, sun-filled, promise-of-spring days lately, the kind of days which have me longing to be outdoors soaking up the sun.

Winter, for me, is normally a time of hibernation, a time of recharging body, mind, and spirit, (and catching up on paperwork). Well this winter certainly wasn't like that, leaving me feeling a bit off kilter! Time in my studio and office was difficult to come by, making each moment I was able to be there even more rewarding than usual. I am looking forward to things returning to a more even keel as the days lengthen.

Here are a few projects I've worked on this winter:

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Section of "Canadian Sentinels" rain barrel art by Spirits of the Heart. Birch tree by Julie A. Brown. Other artists: Iris Shields and Anne-Denise Mejaki. Created for Harder 4 Carter fundraiser.

Rain Barrel Project

There is nothing like spending some quality creative time with two talented artists to keep cabin fever at bay!
Iris Shields and Anne-Denise Mejacki, my Spirits of the Heart cohorts, and I donated our time and skills to paint a rain barrel as part of the Harder 4 Carter fundraising efforts.

"Canadian Sentinels" will be auctioned off (along with other items) at The Event with all proceeds going to the Carter Antilla Memorial Skate Park in New Liskeard. Auction items are on display at CIBC Wood Gundy on Whitewood Avenue in New Liskeard.

See more photos or place a bid online

Jewellery Course is a Go!

I am very excited to be teaching my first jewellery course!

This 6 week introduction to making jewellery will cover basic wire working skills. You will learn how to make simple rings, earrings and findings and more! Specialized tools are supplied, you only need bring a hammer, safety goggles (if you don't wear eyeglasses) and a notebook. Enrollment is limited to 8, so you can be sure of getting lots of individual help.

Date: Tuesday, February 28 to Tuesday April 3
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Place: Northern College, Haileybury Campus

Contact Northern College for more details: nltraining@northern.on.ca or 705-672-3378 ext. 8828, or contact me if you have any questions about the content of the course.

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"Tree Frog 3: Hanging In" Giclee Reproduction by Julie A. Brown

Subscriber Special

This issue's special, only for you, my valued subscribers, is 20% off any of my art reproductions. Just leave the message "cabin fever" when checking out, and I will issue you a refund within 24 hours. (Note: a few people have had trouble leaving a message when checking out, so if that happens to you, just shoot me a quick email stating that you purchased, and what you ordered, and I will be sure to get your refund to you)

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"Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." Albert Einstein

Well, I'm off to soak up the sun for a short while, hoping to extract some simplicity and harmony from those spirit-lifting rays.

Julie

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Wabi Brook Studio
Sustainably Produced Art and Jewellery
wabibrookstudio.com julie@wabibrookstudio.com 705 622-0809

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