Could Paula Todd’s Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online, help us in Cornwall? I think so. By Mary Anne Pankhurst

Could Paula Todd’s Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online, help us in Cornwall?  I think so. By Mary Anne Pankhurst

CORNWALL Ontario – In 2005, after telling a friend that I was moving to Cornwall, her eyes bugged out: “What about all the pedophiles?” she asked. I was taken aback: “For silly sakes, you can’t paint a whole community with one brush.” Project Truth was in full swing when I got here. There were 34 […]

Cornwall N Area Facebook Group Defiles Poppy – Royal Canadian Legion Sees Red By Mary Anne Pankhurst

Cornwall N Area Facebook Group Defiles Poppy – Royal Canadian Legion Sees Red   By Mary Anne Pankhurst

CFN – While Canadians were taking pleasure in the radiance of June-blooming poppies, something unlovely was germinating within the contaminated soil of a Cornwall-area Facebook group that specializes in mockery and cyber bullying. But it is the group’s pre-Canada Day defilement of the poppy that has the Royal Canadian Legion seeing red. “It is a […]

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An Interview with B.C. Songwriter and Outlaw Rock and Roller, Chris Andres, of Cottonmouth Jones

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An Interview with B.C. Songwriter and Outlaw Rock and Roller, Chris Andres, of Cottonmouth Jones

Songwriter, guitar man and outlaw rock and roller Chris Andres, laughs a little when he tells me that after writing 500 songs over 30 years in the biz that: “Everybody has ‘one’ great song in them.  The rest is work.” But just below the surface of that wit, musicality and outlaw rocker “look,” is the […]

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An Interview with Internationally Renowned Canadian Landscape Painter, Gordon Harrison

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An Interview with Internationally Renowned Canadian Landscape Painter, Gordon Harrison

To me, Gordon Harrison’s works are like love songs to the Canadian landscape.   And I learn that art lovers – from Iceland to South Africa, Argentina and Australia – are listening. In fact one, Julie Jacobson – wife of the former U.S. ambassador to Canada – made headlines a few years ago when she bent […]

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An Interview with Abstract Painter Chelsea Jodoin

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An Interview with Abstract Painter Chelsea Jodoin

   Abstract painter, Chelsea Jodoin, says that before she pursued a BA in fine arts she was the quiet type; the main reason why her first solo exhibition – at Centre culturel de Cornwall – is titled Extroversions. Chelsea explains the transformation was due, in part, to discovering painting.  But enriched by educators who encouraged […]

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst On the Power of Nature Literacy through Art

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst On the Power of Nature Literacy through Art

  Cornwall Ontario – This news-story photo of a coyote, cozily curled up on the seat of a commuter train, is both compelling and concerning. On one hand, it hints at the remarkable intelligence and adaptability that has ensured the species’ survival over evolutionary time.  But it should also make us stop in our tracks […]

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An interview with Shannon Spooner on the Art of Shaping Puppy Behaviour

CFN – Sitting in what was once the principal’s office at a school in Martintown, Ontario – the one Shannon Spooner bought and transformed into a multi-service, pet-centered mecca for clients who come from as far away as upstate New York, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal – I learn that the hundreds of families who turn […]

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An Interview with Painter Lesley McVicar on the Art of Canine Portraiture

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst  An Interview with Painter Lesley McVicar on the Art of Canine Portraiture

From cave painters to Picasso, man’s best friend has always captured artists’ imaginations. There are many reasons why.  Among them, dogs – all descendants of Grey Wolves – have for tens of thousands of years given humans so much:  Protection, warmth, hunting and herding assistance, as well as comfort, companionship and affection.  And all these […]

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst an Interview with the Priest’s Mill Glassblowers, Amy, Paul & Eric on the Art of Discovery

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst an Interview with the Priest’s Mill Glassblowers, Amy, Paul & Eric on the Art of Discovery

Their story is captivating, complex and creatively inspiring. But it’s also a story about their soon-to-be-opened glassblowing studio so has an additional layer of excitement. Because as the artists have helped me understand: You can’t open a studio if you’re looking through rose-coloured glasses. To begin, operating costs run high. The glass-melting furnace alone must […]

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An interview with poet Doug Hill on the Art of Intrigue

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An interview with poet Doug Hill on the Art of Intrigue

CFN – December – with its somber march to winter solstice – seems the perfect month to probe a poet’s perspective. April could prove too cruel with its seductive and expanding light, sometimes gaudy-vividness and abundant post winter distractions. And I hope Doug Hill will forgive me for using a painting to help illustrate his […]

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An interview with Robert Martin (Flowers Cornwall) on the Art of Floral Design

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An interview with Robert Martin (Flowers Cornwall) on the Art of Floral Design

Cornwall Ontario – It’s subzero outside and the November sun has begun its mid-afternoon descent. Yet, as it arcs ever downward, wide bands of warmish yellow light are suddenly streaming through the windows of Flowers Cornwall, right about the time Robert Martin says: “Flowers have a language. They can and do speak to us.” Robert […]

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An interview with Dempster’s Frameworks Dawn Dempster

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An interview with Dempster’s Frameworks Dawn Dempster

You know the expression: Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze. While it may not wax as poetic as the alleged Van Gogh quote: “A picture without a frame is like a soul without a body,” when combined with Dawn Dempster’s insights, both may offer useful ways to frame the essence […]

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An interview with Virginia Lake on the Art of Healing & Artistic Expression

The Art of Everything By Mary Anne Pankhurst An interview with Virginia Lake on the Art of Healing & Artistic Expression

    Friday, Nov. 8, 9:20 a.m.:    I’m on my way to the Mystic Meadow B & B on Pilon Point Road to interview owner and artist Virginia Lake, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting before.   For starters, she’s one of our own Apples & Art champions and I personally enjoy owning […]