Monday, 30 November 2009

Diver Magazine Christmas Article Part One - New Underwater Toys for Christmas

… And some will fit in your stocking!

New Scuba Products For The Holiday This Year - The First Day of Christmas

(Unedited story in 6-parts - Feature for December issue of Canada's Diver Magazine

By Stephen Weir

With only a few weeks left until Christmas, the expert buyers at Diver Magazine have once again come to the rescue of weary holiday shoppers with our well-informed gift suggestions. This time, the buyers have zeroed in over 20 last-minute gift suggestions that are all new (or improved) this year.

De Fog in De Stocking
. Nanofilm, a maker of lens care products, has launched Clarity Defog It anti-fog liquid ($5.50 Cdn) and towelettes ($8 Cdn). The new products provide safe, highly effective, long-lasting fog prevention for all lenses including scuba masks. It is sold at Wal-mart Optical.

Little makes Big Gift: MC-1 mini camera. JW Fishers has been designing and building underwater search equipment for over 35-years. The Massachusetts company recently launched a new underwater mini-camera. The new MC-1 can now tape in North American and European formats. The camera housing is compact, lightweight and good to a depth of 200 meter Its surface tether cord comes in lengths up to 333 meters. It shoots in Black & White and is designed for serious wreck and treasure hunting.

First Day Cover puts stamp on Christmas. In October there was an underwater launch held in the Monterey Aquarium for a new series of US postage stamps. Ten new stamps, based on a painting by John D. Dawson showcases 27 animals and fish from the kelp forest ecosystem. The new stamps will be of interest to philatelic divers. The Kelp Forest First Day Cover can be purchased ($6.90) from the US Post office at and at many full service Canada Post outlets.

Force the Fin into a stocking (it’s worth the effort).
Yes the shape of the Tan Delta Force Fin may turn heads but it is their performance underwater that turns gawkers into buyers. Built with special polyurethane, the fin is formulated to have the highest rebound or snap. The snap of the blade channels water through its split-V shape fast, to maximize propulsion. The toes-free pocket reduces cramping. $315 US.

TUSA UN-MASKS Santa with comfort. TUSA’s new M-28 low-volume mask is both comfortable and affordable. The mask’s unique 2-window design offers exceptional visibility and low-volume comfort. It has a comfy easy-to-adjust head strap (they call it a 3-D Strap) and a ”Round Edge skirt” that reduces pressure on the nose. Can be fitted with prescription lenses.

... excerpts right up until Christmas Eve, at

Thursday, 12 November 2009

The Mystical Gods of the North Carvings by Abraham Anghik Ruben


From Thor to Sedna – The Mystical Gods of the North
Carvings by Abraham Anghik Ruben
November 6th through December 5th.
Organized by the Kipling Gallery

For Inuit carver Abraham Anghik Ruben, the myths stories and legends of Thor, and Odin, are as much a part of the North, as the Goddess Sedna and the Creator-God Anguta. And so on November 5th when the Kipling Gallery opens the doors on a startling new exhibition of Ruben’s stone and bone carvings, images of gods and goddesses, giants, monsters and demons of the north will fill the gallery in Woodbridge.
Reuben’s work will be accompanied by a photo series, “Canadian Inuit, 1946”. National Film Board veteran Canadian photographer George Hunter took the photographs depicting the disappearing nomadic life of the Inuit.
“As an artist I have spent the last 30 years developing my craft and having as the focus of my work the arts and cultural traditions of my Inuit background,” said Abraham Anghik Ruben. “There was extensive contact between my Inuit ancestors who came to Baffin Island and Greenland at the time of the Viking-Norse settlements and expeditions into Canada’s arctic and sub-arctic regions. I have drawn my material (for this show) from both Inuit and Norse myths and legends, historical contact, and to a large part from my own imagination of what may have happened between these two arctic peoples.”
Abraham Anghik Ruben was born in 1951 near Paulatuk in Canada's western arctic. He was one of 15 children born to Billy and Bertha Ruben, who followed a traditional lifestyle revolving around hunting and trapping. In 1971 Abraham enrolled at the University of Alaska (Fairbanks) where he studied contemporary art forms at the Native Arts Centre.
Abraham's work is largely shamanistic in theme, with transformation as a focus. His imagery is mainly based on stories told by his grandparents and extended family. Abraham was named after his paternal grandfather, Ruben Anghik, and his maternal great-grandfather, Apakark, a shaman from Alaska near the Bering Sea.
Abraham's achievements are many. He has work in many important permanent collections over North America, and has had exhibitions in museums and galleries including: The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Museum of Civilization (Hull), The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Prince of Wales Museum (Yellowknife), The Royal Ontario Museum, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, The Bayard Gallery (New York) and Appleton Galleries (Vancouver).
The artist lives and works on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. He will be in Woodbridge to attend the show’s official launch on Thursday, November 19th from 5:30 to 10:00 pm. 88-year old George Hunter will also be at the opening.
Kipling Gallery proudly devotes itself to the promotion and sale of original fine art. The wide and varied inventory includes highly collectible historical Canadiana, important Inuit sculptures of first rank, and choice works from the studios of over 45 contemporary artists living locally and worldwide. The gallery, located at 7938 Kipling Avenue, in downtown Woodbridge is open Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cutlines: Left - Odin's Story_76.5x45.0x55.0cm_Brazilian Soapstone. Abraham Anghik Ruben. Right - Pork, Hattie and grandson Ikkat. 1946. George Hunter.

For further information, to organize and interview or to receive high-resolution photographs, contact:

Media contacts:
Stephen Weir 416-489-5868 / c. 416-801-3101 /
Linda Crane 905-257-6033 / c. 416-727-0112 /

Gallery Contact:

Rocco Pannese – owner
(905) 265-2192