It’s summer and a lot is happening!
First of all, the award-winning non-fiction author, Jenny Higgins, has released her children’s book about pre-confederation Newfoundland and Labrador women. I had a lot of fun creating digital collages that illustrate these action-packed women from the suffragette era. This project is published by Boulder Press and we’re promoting it at events through out this summer.
This summer I have my woodblock engravings at: the Two Whales Cafe, Port Rexton; Petty Harbour’s Watershed Cafe and Art Gallery; Ocean View Art Gallery, Main Street, Carbonear; and Running the Goat Books and Broadsides, Tors Cove.
Upcoming Events this Summer and Fall:
- Aviator’s Garden Party: Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bannerman Park, come by and hear the story of Alcock and Brown’s famous flight, from the perspective of my great-uncle Ralph. I’ll be sharing the stage with Sheilah Roberts and her flying mouse Errol, and my pop-up propaganda press.
- Running the Goat Books and Broadsides in Tors Cove is hosting my mom (Bernice Morgan) and myself for an informal chat about my mom’s book, “Seasons Before the War” and my various illustration jobs, including Jenny Higgins’ book “Agnes Ayres ABCs of Amazing Women.” Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m.
- Terra Nova National Park Storytelling & Art Workshop: In the week before Winterset I’ll be their children’s writer/storyteller/illustrator doing a residency in the park. In exchange for this residency, I’ll give two workshops:
- August 6, Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. at the park’s Activity Centre Storytelling (and my Pop-up Propaganda Press & a Cyanotype demo) The theme for Winterset this year is “Flight” and I’ll be telling Uncle Ralph’s story about Alcock and Brown’s famous flight.
- August 7, Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. Activity Centre–Family Art Workshop (we’ll make Cyanotypes and my pop-up propaganda press will be there)
- Bonavista Biannele 2019–GeoART Symposium: This will be a sneak peak of a project that Don McKay and I have been working on during this year thanks to the NL ArtsCouncil.
- Thursday, August 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. Biannele artist Meghan Price will be holding a workshop on stone kite-making at Union House Arts, Main Street, Port Union.
- Friday, August 23 at 3 p.m. we are going on a geology walk with local rock hound, Don Johnson.
- That evening at 7 p.m. there is an art talk at Union House Arts as part of the program Don McKay is going to give a reading, and he and I will be talking about our project: PreCambrian Braille and share a work in progress the proofs of four letterpress broadsides “Haootia Quadriformis: Mother of Muscle.”
- Bernice Morgan at Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series: Saturday, August 31, 8:00 p.m. My mom will be reading from her book “Seasons Before the War” preceded by a set from the Light Wind Ensemble, and followed by songwriters Bridget & Dahlia. This is a lovely event, and a lovely way to cap off a visit to Cape St. Mary’s amazing ecological reserve. The performances happens in the reserve’s Interpretation Centre from July through to September 7.
The Advocate Guardian’s 1st Text & Image Weekend: October 12 & 13, 2019. Start planning to come out to Port Union on the Thankgiving Day Weekend when Don McKay and I will launch our “PreCambrian Braille” letterpress broadsides. The weekend will include a talk/walk by Don on geopoetics, an intro to the Advocate Press and Typesetting 101 by me, time to create and write, and a reading and launch of our project in the evening. The workshops are limited to six poets and six artists, but the walk/talk, and the evening launch are free and open to the public. All events will start from the Coaker Foundation’s Factory, Main Street, Port Union. The workshop is $60 for two days. To reserve a space for the workshop please email me: morganjlee(at)hotmail(dot)com (We are pleased to say that this project is sponsored by ArtsNL.)