Category Archives: CBC

Responding to tragedy

The Art Caravan hasn’t travelled to Manitoba this winter, but if it does, I will search out this site specific art installation by Jaime Black, a multi-disciplinary artist.

Jaime Black sculptures, CBC photo

Her snow sculptures on the Red River, at the heart of Winnipeg, remind us of the many murdered and missing indigenous women in Manitoba and Canada.  This impermanent installation follows her 2014 The REDress Project which also addresses the tragedy of murdered women.

Here is a brief report (and more images) from the CBC, wherein Ms Black explains her motivation for the project, and her hope to add to the artwork.

The caliber of her work reminds me of the noted Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, who also creates intelligent, beautiful responses to disturbing events and situations.




Giving thanks ….for the life of Sister Wendy Beckett

These 12 days of Christmas I’ve  been enjoying Sister Wendy on the Art of Christmas.  It was a bit of a shock this morning to read that she died this week, on December 26, 2018, at 88 years of age.

Sister Wendy on the Art of Christmas by Sister Wendy Beckett

Sister Wendy was a Carmelite nun, art critic and popular television host who ably shared her gifts with the world.  Click here and here for brief reports from the BBC and CBC.

Whether or not you are familiar with Sister Wendy, I highly recommend this Desert Island Discs podcast (available here.)    (If you don’t know Desert Island Discs, you’re in for another treat.  It’s a BBC production with a very appealing combination of music,  conversation and  interesting personalities….not such a bad way to spend some time during these days of Christmas.)