Saturday, November 26, 2011

One Precious Day

It seems as if most of the world's artists, at one time or another, have passed through my studio. They come in all shapes and sizes, old and young, rich and poor, from all manner of crafts and disciplines. Some are what we like to call "successful," others are not so. In listening to these folks, I'm always looking for some essential kernel of the creative being, a kernel that might be useful knowledge for others.

Sometimes I see what I call "The Gratitude Factor." It's an attitude ripe with observation, enthusiasm and appreciation--a daily configuring of life that includes a sense of wonder.

These folks don't miss the moving clouds, the sunsets and sunrises, the tiny flowers of the field. Their days are studded with the bright stars of surprise. While it might be easy to call them "blessed," I've figured their attitudes are mainly of their own making. They've taught themselves how to better love the world.

"Carpe Diem," said the Latin poet Horace. "Seize the day." We who walk on this particular planet are dealt one 24-hour day at a time. It is an arbitrary span, like the opening and closing of a flower, a time-lapse bloom of its own. Creative people understand this temporary blossoming and learn to take advantage of it. Every precious day is yet another opportunity to serve--to carry further wonder to the world.
From Robert Genn - Twice Weekly

December Events at Swoon!

Swoon is pleased to present 2 shows for December! Please join us on Saturday, December 3rd from 2 - 5pm for some Christmas Cheer and the Opening Reception of:

Christmas Presence 2: our second annual group pottery show! We are excited that this year there will some new participants in what we hope will continue building as a showcase for the talented potters in Nova Scotia.  Geared towards holiday giving, new work will be added throughout the month, giving shoppers an opportunity to find great locally made craft even after craft fairs wind down. 

Also featured in December:

Work by J. Mitchel Inglis: we are excited about the latest artist to join Swoon.  Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Mitchel's work is inspired by architecture and our coastal heritage.  We will be featuring several of his orignal pieces in graphite and acrylic, as well as his limited edition prints.

We also have many unique handmade ornaments as well as jewelry and other small items for holiday gift giving and decorating!

Happy Holidays from Swoon!  And a big thank-you to all our artists, suppliers and clients who have helped make our first full year in business a great success! 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Christmas Tree Ornament Sale/Party

(ONE OF A KIND ORNAMENTS BY EVGENIA MAKOGON - Inspiration for this years event. Made and sold at Swoon last December.)

Join us Sat. Nov. 19th for Swoon's first annual ONE OF A KIND CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT PARTY/SALE!

Swoon artists have been asked to create unique tree ornaments for this fun event. These will be sold on a first come, first serve basis so arrive early for the best selection. This event will last all day!

Swoon - where you will find the best variety of locally made Fine Art and Craft for you holiday gift giving needs!

See you swoon!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Swoon Welcomes Artist Blythe Church

Swoon is thrilled to welcome Soft Sculpture artist Blythe Church to the Swoon Family. Blythe is well known in Halifax for creating amazingly detailed replicas of everyday and vintage objects in felt which are then hand embroidered. To see more of Blythe's work visit our website at or visit us on Facebook!