Happy St. Georges Day

Saint George’s Day, England’s national day remembers England’s patron saint. While the day was a holiday to be compared to Christmas back in the 15th century, over time it waned in popularity and by the 19th century had been relegated to a sometime mentioned affair. There has been something of resurgence in recent years, with campaigns to make the day a national holiday (always sounds … Continue reading Happy St. Georges Day

First Impressionist Exhibition

On this day in 1874 the first exhibition by the art movement known as Impressionist took place.  The exhibition which was open from 15th April  to 15th May displayed 165 works from thirty artists at 35 Boulevard des Capucines, a former photography studio.  The exhibition was led by French artists Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Berthe Morisot calling themselves the Anonymous … Continue reading First Impressionist Exhibition

National Poetry Month

So apparently this month is National Poetry Month, in the US.  A celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets and introduced in 1996.  The intention was to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. The poster created to celebrate the event this year was  designed by Paula Scher, and celebrates typography So in celebration of one of my favourite US writers here is a poem from … Continue reading National Poetry Month

Happy Birthday Vincent

Born on this date (30 March) in 1853  Vincent Willem van Gogh.  Probably one of the most artists of all time, known both for his bold and colourful landscapes, still life and portraits created with energetic and expressive brush strokes as well as equally dramatic life, plagued by mental illness and ending in suicide at the age of 37. The Artists Network recently posted a great … Continue reading Happy Birthday Vincent

Give Peace a Chance / Linda Covit & Marie-Claude Séguin

John and Yoko’s Bed in for Peace

Following their marriage on March 20th, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, used the publicity they knew they would receive to promote world peace against the background of the Vietnam War. The Bed-In took place in two hotels- the first for a week in the Presidential Suite at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel for a week between March 25 and 31, and the second in Fairmont the … Continue reading John and Yoko’s Bed in for Peace

St Patrick’s Day

Lá Fhéile Pádraig! Saint Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17th, in recognition of the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Originally a day recognised by religious feasting from the 17th century in Ireland, the day is now celebrated around the world with parades, parties, and a whole lot of drinking…and green. Lots of green. BUT: Clichéd as it may be, the … Continue reading St Patrick’s Day