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Archive for August 23rd, 2010

Terrill Welch (Creativepotager’s) ravishing impressionistic painting “The Sea”

Note:  This is the fourth entry in an ongoing series that honors creative bloggers who have really made a difference, raising the bar for quality and productivity on the cultural front.

by Sam Juliano

     Mayne Island.  Located between lower British Columbia and the much larger Vancouver Island, this rustic and temperate paradise is a veritable refuge for ardent nature lovers and those with a ceaseless creative hankering.  Though seasonal bubbles frustrate any attempts to confirm yearly population figures, at least 3,000 reside here in the summer months, and no less than 1,000 count themselves as permanent islanders.  Among this alfresco lot of those who receive their daily inspiration from the nature’s beauty and wonderments, are Terrill Welch and her husband David Colussi, who moved to this picturesque hamlet three years ago in May, and have since established a base from which to simultaneously study and appreciate the island’s wifelife species and geographical resplendence while using it as a springboard for a budding career as an artist.

      Holding a B.A. in sociology with a minor in women’s studies, Ms. Welch is currently working towards a Master’s in Gender Studies at the University of Northern BC.  Like many, who climbed the ladder from humble beginnings, Terrill piled green railroad ties in a portable sawmill, served many meals in restaurants, pumped gasoline, and worked as a teller in a small neighborhood store before assuming leadership positions in the social service field – specifically in the area of violence against women – and as a program developer.

     An ardent photographer, who loves to walk and observe the scenery around here, Terrill was spurred on to launch the entrancing Creativepotager blogsite this past December as a result of an unfortunate occurence in her life that required some serious reapplication.  In August of 2009 David Colussi suffered a stroke that required cognitive therapy exercises to assist him in his recovery and required a great deal of one-on-one attention.  As David’s health improved, assisted in large measure by disciplined walks with Terrill, an idea sprung to blunt the daily loneliness in their lovely strawbale timberframe home to “build community and conversation around creativity” while maintaining a flexibility that would not intrude upon David’s healing process.  The blog, which has achieved a remarkable popularity among fellow artists and nature-lovers, has in the space of nine short months attracted the regular and profound participation of a number of exceedingly intelligent and passionate contributors, some of whom proctor their own blogsites, specializing in science, nature and art.  Many, including the gifted Laurie Buchanan have commented on literally every single one of Terrill’s posts, which are bi-weekly for the summer, but far more frequent during the rest of the year.   By using her own art and photography as a springboard for discussion, Terrill concludes all her posts with a “sprout question” which is aimed at fueling the creative process by self-reflection, pride, self-awareness or discovery.  Some of Terrill’s most superlative responses have all centered around the sprout, which is usually an extension of the theme expressed in the actual post.  Ms. Welch’s life reads like an open book, and her personal anecdotes and descriptive diary-like passages lend the creative process a refreshing context that only experience can successfully inform.  She not only talks about her adventures, but she takes you into her habitat, and induces you to see, feel, hear and touch all the scenic wonders that are exclusive to her home and her lifestyle.  Alas, she gives you, the reader, all the tools to make your own explorations, and forge your own path. (more…)

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Patricia Charkson and Alexander Siddig in sleeper hit, 'Cairo Time.'

by Sam Juliano

While it’s likely that the summer heat still has some legs, the beginning of September will serve as a reminder that its days are numbered.  School starts, the baseball season is winding down, and here at Wonders in the Dark the horror poll will soon be launching.  It’s the time when the year’s prestige movie season commences, and when both the theatre and opera schedules take flight.  It’s a time when the spectre of autumn leaves begins to take hold.

Over at Movies Over Matter, Jason Marshall continues his intricate Top Ten listings (in reverse order of 10 to 1) of every year in cinema, and he’s presently nearing the #1 choice of 1934.  Meanwhile, John Greco is continuing his stellar coverage of Anthony Mann at Twenty Four Frames, and Judy Geater has resumed her incomparable William Wellmann series at Movie Classics with a hard-to-find pre-coder.

Back on home turf, Allan’s superlative Yoshida series has just concluded at least for now, and the site continues to offer up a wide diversity of reviews and features, including a terrific and exhaustive essay on Fat Girl by Jim Clark, a report on a Mozart concert and a comment section resurrection of Jamie Uhrer’s exquisite series on Rainer Maria Wilke.

On a personal note, my family’s all-too-short seashore vacation is now history, and one day brought torrential rains that kept us cabin-bound for a full day on Wednesday.  (Yeah, I watched some Yoshidas as a result – brought down for such a possibility – but it’s never fun, especially for the kids).  Between a few ongoing festivals, and a pair of new releases, the week’s movie viewing was still substantial, though again I am not sure how this pace can be maintained in the upcoming months.  I saw the following films:

A Film Unfinished  ****    (Friday night)    Film Forum

Cairo Time     **** 1/2           (Saturday night)   IFC Film Center

Dial M For Murder  **** 1/2  (Saturday night)  3D Festival at Film Forum

House of Wax   ****           (Sunday night)       3D Festival at Film Forum

Those Redheads from Seattle ** 1/2 (Mon. night)  3D Festival at Film Forum

A Hen in the Wind   *****        (Sunday morning)  Ozu Festival at IFC

I also saw three more Yoshidas:

A Promise        *****        (Tuesday)

Heroic Purgatory   **** 1/2   (Wednesday)

The Affair (Flames of Love)  ***** (Wednesday) (more…)

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