Showing posts from 2017

Michelle Alfano's 'The Unfinished Dollhouse' - Review by KJ Mullins

Michelle Alfano's 'The Unfinished Dollhouse' Brings Raw Emotion of Parenting a Transgender Child
By K.J. Mullins, Newz4U

Being a mother is not an easy job. In her new book 'The Unfinished Dollhouse' Michelle Alfano details her personal struggles with raising her transgender son Frankie with a rawness that doesn't gloss over her true emotions. What happens when a child's gender identity isn't the same as the gender they were born with. Is there a way to come to terms with what a parent has dreamt of when it will never come to be?
When Alfano's daughter was born weeks early her “Momma Bear” instincts came out. She protected her perfectly formed child throughout childhood, treasuring every moment. The little girl was perfect in Alfano's eyes and the author loved dressing her up in little dresses and styling her beautiful locks. The image may have been perfect but the reality was far from it. Inside the little girl were thoughts she didn't understa…

Denham Jolly’s Autobiography wins Toronto Book Award


Now exhibiting at PAMA in Brampton, Ontario

- Mishibinijima, The Last Artist Standing (And Still Painting Really Good Stuff)
Manitoulin Island artist James Simon Mishibinijima’s life path is about survival. His mother’s stories of her harrowing past in a residential school and his own survival as one of the last working artists from the first wave of Woodland First Nations’ Art movement
At a time when his contemporaries (i.e Carl Ray,Arthur Schilling, Carl Beam and Daphne Odjig) are falling off the mortal coil, 63 year old Mishibinijima continues to be a First Nations inspirational artistic force. His work is in constant demand from arts institutions, private galleries, museums, and currently can be seen at PAMA – Brampton, Ontario’s and Peel Region’s public gallery. A series of his paintings in the current Peel 150 exhibition is entitled “Indian Residential School Paintings”. They tell Mishibinijima’s mother’s stories as she gave them to him and as they revealed themselves in his dreams. Her stories are depicted as pictographs.