Last summer I had the tremendous privilege to spend two weeks at the Kenderdine Campus at Emma Lake in the Boreal Forest Region of Saskatchewan. Emma Lake has a longstanding history for artists near and far. Week one was marked by my active participation in a photography workshop that completely immersed us students into the “sweet light” and Adobe Photoshop under the tutelage of John Perret. These experiences opened opportunities and showed the way to directions I never considered previously. I am sharing my latest images of the Aurora Borealis “show” from November 13th overlooking the lake and neighborhood I live in. These images would not have been captured if I hadn’t gained the knowledge and experience last summer…
My second week was spent with seven motivated, talented and very hard working fiber artists from BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. It was a week I will never forget as the work that was produced was full of innovation and passion! I might sound a little over the top but this is truly how I experienced my connection with the participants. Images and short reports can be found in posts on this blog from the second part of July 2012. Feel free to search the archives (found on the About Anna page).
Why am I blogging about Emma Lake this time of the year? The reason for the memory recall is a little overwhelming: Imagine my dismay to read a news release on Thursday afternoon (November 15th) informing the public about the immediate suspension of operations at Kenderdine Campus until 2016.
Yes, my workshop for 2013 was scheduled to take place August 11th – 17th. I had already activated my many avenues of promoting the dates for Art Quilt Camp at Emma Lake and interest was strong. I even forwarded new names and contact info to the director (who unfortunately was terminated on Thursday).
My disappointment is difficult to describe, however, life must go on and so will my plans to offer “Art Quit Camp 2013” – if not at Emma Lake, somewhere else! I am actively pursuing an alternative venue as I am typing this post. I have initiated contact already! I am waiting to share details with everyone until I have visited the venue in person – it looks amazing on the website. The dates might have to be shortened by one night… but with a smaller group it should not be a problem to cover the objectives of the workshop. I am committed to offering an art quilt camp (or maybe even a couple) during the summer of 2013.
Are YOU interested in taking a summer workshop? Please email me as soon as possible firstname.lastname@example.org. I will add your name to a growing list of interested students, and I will keep you informed of further developments. Thank you for letting me share another news item about budget cuts related to the arts… I moved to Saskatchewan in 2007 primarily for the supportive atmosphere surrounding the arts… after five years I feel I am reverting back to the environment I experienced previously in Alberta. And if I may say so – cutbacks in the arts are NOT progress!