I was one of the Juror's to select "Sidewalk Flowers" written by JonArne Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith for the Governor General's Awards!

Talk about a priceless "Wordless Picture book". I was very honoured to have the opportunity look and read 126 amazing Picture books written and illustrators by Canadian talent. what a great to spend part of my summer. It was hard to decide to because it was generally excellent material and hence a lot of competition. We selected 20 of our top choices initially. Later we brought it down to 10, then 5 then finally down to the Finalist, when the other 2 juror's and myself met at the Canada Art Council in Ottawa, in late August. Somehow we all had roughly the same  view and the selection process wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. The Finalist was " Sidewalk Flowers" written by JonArne Lawson and Illustrated by Sydney Smith. What a treasure this book is. It's a wordless Picture book. It's mostly monochromatic and gradually becomes brighter in palette as the story progresses. The style of art is nostalgic/ retro, just poignant and beautiful. The  touching story flows perfectly from frame to frame. The style of illustration is loose but descriptive. I love the way the illustrator captures the mood of the story creating a sense of drama through scale and perspective. As for the story-there is a very touching message, perhaps open to interpretation for the viewer. Thumbs up for this book. Again, proud to be part of the judging process and to be a part of a country so full of talent! I am excited about attending the Award Ceremony at Rideau Hall, Ottawa- hosted by the Governor General of Canada himself on December 2nd 2015!FullSizeRender-1 FullSizeRender-2 FullSizeRender-3

Beyond Calligraphy Multi-faith Centre

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Click here for a link to Multi Faith Centre's facebook It was a honor to be part of this Multi Faith exhibition. 2 of my Islamic "Zoomorphic " pieces were selected for this show. the pieces were divided between 2 venues. There were pieces with both Arabic and Hebrew calligraphy. All the artists had a very individual take on the interpretation. It was really an interesting show that bought the 2 cultures together. The Forum was very interesting too.