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The COVID Creative Bubble

October 2020

Well hello there creative friends.  It has been a little while since bcreative within has reached out to our community.  Life has been full and a pause was needed.  And here we are…

I have had this feeling building up for the past few months that I needed to reach out and connect with the wider world.  Perhaps it is in response to feeling trapped in a covid bubble?  While myself and the world have been getting adjusted to the realities of a global pandemic this past Spring, there was a lot more time for self-reflection and searching for purpose in our lives.  Aside from the fear and realities the pandemic has ignited in us all, there was also time for establishing what a ‘new normal’ in our lives would look like.  A lot of the new normal for me was paring down to what was truly important.  Staying active, finding creative outlets, reading to escape and explore other worlds, finding ways to support local businesses and appreciating the beautiful environment around me.  That was the positive side of me.

Summer moved along as we found solace in escaping outside and sharing time and (distant) space with our friends and family.  I was, however, also beginning to notice my fuses were shorter than normal, I didn’t have as much of what I refer to as, “the cushion of kindness”.  I know that this has been a sentiment shared with many.  That well of goodness and hope that we often tap into has seemingly dried up a little (or a lot).

Now with Fall here and children back in school we have a sense of (somewhat)  normalcy and routine that I recognized  I was missing.  Apparently routines give me a sense of comfort and security.  Who knew?  I started to meditate in my barn and meet with friends and old colleagues I had not seen in awhile.  I had finally found a glimmer of inspiration and mental space to think about how I wanted to live my life with purpose.  This has brought me back to why I felt  bcreative within was so important to me in the first place.  

If there has ever been a time where I have needed to be reminded of this, it is now.  So I am going to put myself out there, burst my virtual bubble (which is much safer), and try to ignite some inspiration in our creative community.  

Starting in November, I will be posting and sharing a daily creative task on our website and social media feeds. I am a fan of month challenges and who really likes November anyways, it’s the longest dreary month out there (in my opinion).  So let’s bring some lightness into our lives and help me to reignite our creative community!

Sound Bowl Creative Art Experience

Immerse yourself in sound and creativity! Join us in the art gallery for a meditative sonic experience with our talented friend Lauren from Sonic Expressions, followed by a collaborative art session in the studio. Bring a yoga mat, blanket or similar to make yourself comfy and cozy for the singing crystal bowls, then see what you create together after relaxing and recharging! To keep it as immersive and impactful as possible, we will be limiting the seats for this unique opportunity, so save your spot today!

Tickets are available now on the Town of Grimsby website HERE

Collage Cards

Mindfulness Through Making at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery

This class takes the idea of a vision board and breaks it down to individual goals that you would like to focus on.  After identifying these ideas we will create cards using a variety of materials to illustrate your vision. These are fun and insightful cards that are portable and keep your goals more present in your life.

A $5 material fee will cover the art materials (to be paid in cash on the night of the class).

 

Register on the Town of Grimsby website HERE

Intuitive Painting

Mindfulness Through Making at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery

This class emphasizes listening to your inner voice and connecting this to your paintbrush and paper.  Through a series of relaxation techniques, you will be guided in a gentle way to find confidence in your self-expression.  This painting experience is a crowd favourite!

A $5 material fee will cover the art materials (to be paid in cash on the night of the class).  In addition, you are welcome to bring any brushes or paints you enjoy working with.

Register on the Town of Grimsby website HERE

Hand Stitching Astrology

Mindfulness Through Making at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery

This class will focus on what your astrology sign is and finding an image that represents your sign.  Once you have found your ‘astrological self’, we will be stitching the image onto a fabric frame. There will be a variety of embellishments to decorate your framed piece, and you are free to bring your own ‘bits and bobs’ you have collected along the way!  

A $5 material fee will cover the art materials (to be paid in cash on the night of the class).  You are welcome to bring your own embroidery thread or needles if you have a favourite!

 

Register on the Town of Grimsby website HERE

Yoga & Mandala Making

Mindfulness Through Making at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery

This class will begin with some simple yoga techniques incorporating breathing and movement into the body. Once we have established awareness in our bodies we will transition to art making by creating our own mandala.  Mandalas are great tools for focusing and meditating. Both exercises are helpful in calming the mind and body.

Please bring a yoga mat.  

A $5 material fee will cover the art materials (to be paid in cash on the night of the class)

Register on the Town of Grimsby website HERE or sign up for all 4 sessions and SAVE!