When I embarked on my journey as a photographer I promised myself to always keep an open mind. This journey has given me the opportunity to see many wonderful events and sights. The further I go on my journey I am finding it is the people that make this such a wonderful place. All the glass and steel and glitter of the city is dwarfed by the people within it. People that give of themselves on a daily basis for no other reason but to make a difference and provide hope and love to others in a less fortunate situation in life. I was invited to visit Karen Cowdery and her Love Project. It’s a program that uses art as a healing tool for at risk youths in a shelter in Sutton. Karen and Joanne Pugh will be here during the PanAm games and brought with them a wonderful collection of young artists and their works. It didn’t take long to see the love these artists put into their work. Frances, Shantelle, Cloe Tabitha, it was a pleasure meeting you all and seeing your work. Some of these pieces were the work of Frances Chard, a young Ojibway mom who not only could paint on anything, she can also really sing! Karen spoke of her attempts to get funding so she can continue this wonderful program. We all have love in us and this project is a wonderful way to create a channel for that love and in so doing allow a very effective opportunity to do some healing in a very human way. When I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Joanne Pugh my eyes watered when she spoke of her life. As well as her many academic and healing achievements Joanne is a day-to day front line worker at the shelter and her love for people, healing and helping is just awesome! I feel richer for the experience and wish Karen and Joanne much luck and success in their endeavors. The world needs more people like you and yes there is always room for many more young artists. Please check out Karen Cowdery’s loveproject.ca and Joanne Pugh’s essenceforabundance.com and if you have the chance please come check out this exhibit. The art is incredible I included this pic because it was done by a young man who’s official title for this event is the “Fire Keeper” The last three I included because the kid was incredible on the drum and in keeping with the dog days of summer, i met this one on the way out, relaxing and taking it all in. Even this bird wanted in on it.
As always, Enjoy Toronto!