February 2018

March and all it’s wonders is finally here!

I wonder if it will be sunny, I wonder if it will be warm, I wonder why I didn’t book myself a trip down south???

For those of us who stayed put and wonder what there is to do in our area,

MARCH 1 & 2 – 7:00 PM

MARCH 3 & 4 – 2:00 PM matinée

Mississippi Mudds Jr. presents Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

Carleton Place Town Hall

Don’t miss the second weekend of the “The Little Mermaid Jr.” being put on by

the Mississippi Mudds Junior. This show is sure to delight audiences of all ages!

Tickets are $10.00 and are available at the Chamber of Commerce, 170 Bridge Street

and at the door.

For more information please check out: http://www.mississippimudds.ca/index.php/upcoming-shows/upcoming-shows

On NOW till MARCH 16

Jan Gilbert’s acrylic paintings on display.

Ottawa Valley Family Health Team Clinic, 95 Spring St., Almonte

Monday to Friday: 8:30am – noon; 1 – 4pm

New Florals and Landscapes from Jan’s studio


Vernissage – Through Our Eyes

MERA Schoolhouse, 974 Concession Road, 9A Dalhousie,

McDonalds Corners, ON. K0G 1M0

1 – 4 pm

Highland artists Greta Mcdonald, Deb Shea and Molly Forsythe join together to reflect

the world as they see it.

This exhibit is running at the Dean Hall in MERA during the month of March.

Greta Mcdonald is known for her paintings which depict birds and animals

in colourful surroundings injected with elements of fantasy and bright patterns.

Deb Shea paints from a place of serenity in landscapes from around Lanark Highlands

and other environments while reflecting her emotional connection to the piece executed.

Molly Forsythe carves her Highlands’ musicians and birds into clay, creating ceramic relief wall pieces.


Lanark LiPS – Competitive Slam

Coutts Roastery and Café, 57 Gore Street, Perth

7 – 9 pm

Entry fee is $5.00 and performers are free.

APRIL 7 & 8

16TH Pakenham Maple Run

Pakenham and surrounding area

10 – 5 pm

The 16th Maple Run Tour is a “sweet” reason to Wander up to Pakenham. Experience inspiring art, craft, food and heritage locations. Indulge your taste buds in locally produced fudge, solar roasted coffee and craft beer.

Tour website gives a detailed description of all 29 participants, 9 tour venues, food stops, demonstrations, special events and a map with locations taking you through Pakenham

and surrounding area. www.mapleruntour.com.


JazzNhouse – Marc van Vugt and Ineke Vandoorn

Almonte – More information on the location to come

8 pm

Dutch Grammy winners, jazz singer/pianist Ineke Vandoorn and guitarist Marc van Vugt, return to Canada this spring for their 2018 Canadian Tour and Masterclass. This exciting

duo from the Netherlands has put Almonte on their itinerary –

their only Ottawa area performance!

For more information on the duo, please visit our website.

Tickets are $25 and are only available online at http://jazzn.ca/program.html#20180407.

As always, please reserve as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Note: You can reserve seating for this concert alone, OR for the next four concerts

(Four Forward Concert Option).

MAY 5 – MAY 6

Annual Arts Carleton Place Fine Art Show

Carleton Place Canoe Club, Carleton Place

Details to follow soon.

MAY 5 – MAY 6

Cheerfully Made Spring Market!

Almonte Agricultural Hall, Almonte

Details to follow soon.

MAY 11 – MAY 19

GUYS and DOLLS” presented by the Mississippi Mudds

Carleton Place Town Hall

Details to follow soon.

Need some more great ideas for March? Don’t forget to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a pint of green beer or, of course, my favourite beer any day of the year, Guinness! Did you know that there is a “proper way” to pour this yummy draught? Check it out at www.guinness.com.

If you ask me, there are never enough birthdays to celebrate. So, why not celebrate the birthdays

of some famous artists? The March list includes; Vivaldi (March 4), Michelangelo (March 6), Elizabeth Barrett Browning (March 6), Vincent van Gogh (March 30) and Franz Joseph Haydn (March 31)

just to name a few.

Last, but not least, World Poetry Day is celebrated on March 21. Why not write a poem?

Here’s one that I remember from high school. I think it was written in my yearbook.

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Most poems rhyme,

But this one doesn’t.

Author: Unknown


Hey, what do you know? Here’s another poem:

We need you and your friends too!

To become a volunteer, simply listen to our cheer:

John, Doris Steve and Grace, to Suzanne a call you place,

So write that email, be real keen, become a member of our team.

Goooooo Volunteer!” (So, I’m a painter, not a poet but humph, not bad!)

Contact Suzanne Deschênes at smdeschenes1951@gmail.com 

Great reminders or a lesson on how to make amazing color by Nicolas Wilton:

www.nicholaswilton.com (scroll down – also check out some of his other blogs)

6 Historical poses you should know:


And, well here’s something just for fun:


Well, that’s all I have for now. I look forward to receiving any contributions, questions or comments regarding our newsletters.

Or, should you no longer wish to receive this e-newsletter (I can’t figure out why you wouldn’t as there is such talent to discover/support in our area), please contact me at: carolyne.buchanan.art@gmail.com

And, if you have a minute and want to help us out, let me know why.

Have a Mad March (in a good way) Everyone!


*Photo in header taken by George Satzinger – Pixabay