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  • Laurie Jones-Canta

So... This Is Christmas?

December 2020


“So this is Christmas” comes to mind when we hear that on December 8th... 40 years ago, John Lennon, as Master Steward for World Peace, of Beatles fame, was shot and killed.

Bricks, tree roots, overgrown plants, fallen leaves

It puts an exclamation mark on the last closing month of 2020 infamously to be known in history as the lost year of Covid.

There is beauty in isolation and darkness, like stars in a night sky, creativity may shine through. It has for ME!

I check on drying bark from Ten Mile Lake, BC, while churning out ornament keepsakes, gnomes, miniature fireplaces, stock for the Blackberry Gift Shop, gifts for friends and more.


“Did you get our Christmas card?!” If you’ve not got mail, my greeting comes “from our house to yours.”

Please check out artist Rose Kapp who was commissioned this year to draw our humble abode… and made up this year’s Christmas cards. After seeing her rendition of the heritage buildings of Place Des Arts and Port Moody Art Centre, I knew she could capture the character in our home. Her drawing makes our house ‘giggle’ with joy and the surrounding trees appear to hug! You can see more of Rose's work on Instagram @Rosekapp7071, or on her Facebook page.

On December 3rd a select few artists from Blackberry Artists’ Society were introduced on ZOOM, hosted by Janice Kotter of Port Moody Arts Centre. We did our first Meet & Greet, each of us introducing a few of our pieces photographed online. We will hopefully do more so that you might virtually tour the Gallery and Shop. The Centre has been open during social restrictions and isolation with strict protocols in place for our visitors to feel safe.

Monday carving sessions are ongoing and I have returned for three weeks with my group of’ ‘cronies with knives.' In the words of Thomas Merton, "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

May you find a warm, wonderful new kind of tradition in your celebration this year and a safe, healthy and productive New Year for 2021.


Photo courtesy: Seph Lawless


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