Dang! I wanted to document each and every monthly angel, with its creator, Alvise Doglioni Majer. This time I forgot.
We had lots of creativity to talk about, though, and the minute I saw her, I was smitten by July! Thank you, Alvise. She has now officially joined the other ladies in the Journey Around the Sun series. The summer critter to be represented is the honey bee. Alvise has two hives on his property now and will expand to four next year. I particularly enjoy the face, halo and wings on this angel. She has a bit of a summer tan.
I’m enjoying a bowl of beef barley soup on this rainy chill of an afternoon. I’m glad I got out to the pond this morning…so sad, however, to find that pesticides were being sprayed in an area where young geese were feeding and the other birds were still busily harvesting worms surfaced after yesterday’s rain. I just don’t understand why we are not more invested in caring for delicate ecosystems. Why would the pristine turf of a sports field take priority? The city of Calgary website explains that the presence of broadleaf weeds is a tripping and safely hazard. But…I digress. I’m praying for the conversion of the human heart, in so many ways.
I drove out to Folk Tree Lodge this afternoon after my pond exploration with Max. After a couple of days of rain, the world was brilliant green and blue. It was the absolutely most perfect day for a drive west toward the mountains.
White puffs of seed playfully made their way to the ground…magic!
May has as her vegetation, the pussy willow and as her featured animal, mother and baby moose; June, the dandelion and the bear waking after winter’s rest. I treasure these angels so much and I enjoy my monthly ride out to see Alvise. It was nice to compare travel stories about the Lake Superior route and eastern Canada experiences. It makes me hungry for a big road trip!
I was thinking about these angels and today’s news about Tragically Hip’s musician Gord Downie. Driving home, CBC radio played Courage…and I thought how appropriate that I should be collecting this beautiful series of angels.
I drove out to see Alvise (pronounced Al vee zay) at his wood working studio on location at the Folk Tree Lodge.
I gave him a call, as we arrived and in a minute or so, he appeared at the studio door, on bike with an angel raised up and suspended in one of his hands. It was a bit of a surreal image.
April’s angel features a nesting goose. I’ve been watching the same at Frank’s Flats. The nesting has begun! Our little angel’s skin tone is just slightly darker and the symbolism for the month is April showers. Such a beautiful day for Max and me! As we pulled out to come back home, there were, indeed, very light sprinkles. I think, given our dry winter, it would be a welcome thing to experience some rain showers. Another gorgeous weekend!
Max and I did our big hike-about and then decided for a drive out to see Alvise and to pick up the second angel. I am big on walking, with no purpose but to walk. The same goes for driving…nothing is more wonderful than getting out onto the roads to explore and to see how the seasons are changing. Arriving at the studio, it was so lovely to breath in that wonderful air that comes with being in close proximity to the mountains. Dripping with the scent of evergreen and melting snow, the morning has left me ready to curl up for a nap.
This month’s blue-eyed angel is embellished with the Equinox. The March equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north. This happens on March 19, 20 or 21 every year. The animal represented on this angel is the rabbit (in our neighbourhood, these guys are just losing their winter coats) and the alder lichen, one of the rabbits’ favourites. I felt the angel was calling out for a hug and so I embraced her! Beautiful!
Welcome home, little lady!
On the drive back to the city, I really enjoyed a CBC interview with musician, Hayden. In his career in music, he has experienced and thought about all of the same things as I have as a visual artist, but for slightly different reasons. It was a very affirming experience to hear this interview.
I was excited to be invited out to an open house gathering, just outside of Bragg Creek. Thank you, Randy and Jane, Alex and Colton, Emma and Sophie! Your home spilled over with that community love that sings! What a magical place. These types of gatherings are what make the spirit of the season. As if that wasn’t enough, then I received the gift of this wood sculpture of a salmon! WHAT?? The next day, I decided to roam through the website created by the artist, Alvise Doglioni Majer.
The New Year was just slipping upon us and I decided that I wanted to commission Alvise to participate in a year-long project with me and to design an angel for each month. This would mean a monthly visit to his studio and wood shop located at the end of the drive way at Folk Tree Lodge (a beautiful get away) that my readers really should check out if you want a respite from the city. No longer owned/managed by Alvise, the lodge is teaming with sculpture, furniture and crafted objects made with love, by Alvise. Please adventure through his website to catch a glimpse of some of his projects! You might also want to preview his Blurb publication to get a more in depth look at his work.
Yesterday, my daughter and I enjoyed a drive out to the Folk Tree Lodge. I liked having time away from home and responsibilities. It doesn’t matter how old you get, you need time away to ‘just be’. For me, the child of a military father, road trips are always the best. I’m not one to be found on a bowling lane, if you get my drift.
We had a tour of the lodges upon arrival and then stepped into a place of magic and creative energy. And…I met February…the first of the angels. I love the smell of a wood shop and have treasured two different visits to Al Gerritsen’s wood shop. I like the lined up clamps and bins of nails. I like the schematics and plans and abandoned projects. It’s all so beautiful. Thank you, Alvise for our first visit.
Next, Alvise writes, I will be able to share a cup of tea with his wife as she harvests natural elements from their neighbourhood…Achillea, Horse tail , rose buds, wild mint…yummers! Looking forward to that!
This series of angels (and he has created several series) designed and created by Alvise is titled, the Journey Around the Sun. I love the concept and this is yet another rich and beautiful life-experience!
When we left, Cayley and I shared coffee, carrot cake and cinnamon buns at ‘The Spoon’ in Bragg Creek. Thanks, Emma! A beautiful afternoon.