Friday, 30 December 2011

Patrick where for art thou - tale of theft and intrigue in the US Virgin Islands

Recent Fluff From Stephen Weir's Many December Facebook Postings


If he says Patrick a few times, you know he is hot ... and he is probably an illegal alien!

While doing some research into a recent fatality in the US Virgin Islands, I searched through a number of recent press releases issued by the USVI police information officer. Serious business, but, I still was amused to read about a stolen parrot, who likes to say Patrick over and over and over again.

According to the police, earlier today thieves on the island of St Croix stole two male African parrots, a power generator and a gate lock from a farm. 

The police say the value of the items was $4,200 and have asked locals to keep an ear out for any parrots saying Patrick. They are asked to call Crime Stoppers and say the word Patrick (over and over and over again).

Thursday, 29 December 2011

If a Tree Exhibition was staged in the forest would ....



The McMichael Tree Project             
  January 28 to April 22, 2012           
This winter and spring, the McMichael celebrates the artistic, cultural,and natural aspects of the tree with two breathtaking exhibitions, a variety of  programs, and special  installations.  As part of this project, the McMichael presents the exhibition, The Tree: Form  and Substance, which provides an exciting  opportunity for us to connect the gallery's  interior spaces with our  newly invigorated outdoor spaces and forested landscape, for the very first time. In conjunction with our own exhibition, the gallery also presents The Tree: From the Sublime to the Social, organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery; an exhibition that considers the tree as a subject in art from the early twentieth century to the present. The tree has been used as a symbol for all of nature and its  overwhelming beauty; it is a powerful signifier of  Canada's national identity as well as the individual's struggle  against the wilderness; and currently, it even serves as a reminder of our precarious ecological  position.   

About The McMichael Canadian Art Collection
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of more than 5,500 artworks, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, First Nations and Inuit artists. The gallery is located on Islington Avenue, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Kleinburg, and is open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/students and $30 for families. There is a $5 fee for parking. For more information about the gallery,

For further information or to receive High Res images, contact:

Stephen Weir, Publicist
Gallery: 905.893.1121 ext. 2529
Toronto Office: 416.489.5868
Cell: 416.801.3101