Monthly Archives: May 2017

Make way!

It’s the 75th anniversary of the wonderful children’s book, Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey.

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

In honour of the anniversary of this classic story set in Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is exhibiting Make Way for Ducklings:  The Art of Robert McCloskey. Robert McCloskey was awarded two Caldecott Medals (honouring distinguished American books for children) and three Caldecott Honours during his career as an artist, illustrator and writer.  Click here for a brief NPR feature about Robert McCloskey and the ducks.

If you do get to Boston (and who doesn’t want to go?) make sure to see the charming Make Way for Ducklings sculpture by Nancy Schon in the Boston Public Gardens.

Make Way for Ducklings (detail) Nancy Schon, photo by T. Vatrt

Click here for more information about Nancy Schon.  (You’ll want to see her sporting her Red Sox sweatshirt!)

Make Way for Ducklings by Nancy Schon




Another loss….Beau Dick 1955-2017

In the last year, Canada has lost the authentic voices of too many of its artists.  Annie Pootoogook, Daphne Odjig, Tim Pitsiulak, and, most recently, Beau Dick, have died.

Beau Dick was an artist, activist, hereditary chief, and, by all accounts, a very engaging personality.  His dealer, LaTiesha Fazakas, of Fazakas Gallery said, “Beau made you believe in magic, destiny and the transcending value of art.”

Beau Dick (Times Colonist image)

Beau Dick’s work is currently part of Documenta 14 in Athens, Greece.  In 2010 his work was part of the Sydney Biennale.  The National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery , the McMichael Canadian Art Collection have all shown his work.  He was a significant Canadian artist.

Marsha Lederman has written a detailed, and enlightening obituary in the Globe and Mail.  You can read it here.  Check the CBC news report  for further images.

Mask, Beau Dick (Canadian Art image)