Hey 2016. It's been a long time coming - and it is not my idea alone. I have created a fund where money can be raised + used for innovative, non-invasive polar bear research. The Polar Bear Fund. I live in a province that is the home to one of the largest populations of denning mother polar bears. I BELIEVE WHOLEHEARTEDLY that this is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. I believe that when mothers, of any creature, are treated with respect and dignity - their children thrive. I also believe that polar bears are a mighty, mighty spirit that should be supported, honoured and cherished.
As I prepare the words to portray what I hope to see + my intentions for the Polar Bear Fund - I invite you to follow along with me. If you are interested to contribute - please do so. Click here to give (you will be redirected to the Polar Bear Fund page at The Winnipeg Foundation.)
If you still haven't found the perfect gift - come to SMITH at The Inn At The Forks on Thursday, December 17 and I'll create some custom #kbscript just for you! I'll be there from 5-10pm with beautiful originals, some polar bear goodies and a whole lotta ink to do custom pieces while you wait! I hope to see you!
If you are local to Winnipeg - mark these dates on your calendars! NOVEMBER 15 - I'll be at HipPooch on Corydon doing a super fun dog paw print #kbscript popup (call them to book a time slot!) and on NOVEMBER 21 I will be celebrating WINTER with a just-in-time-for-the-holidays, super-fun, don't-miss custom #kbscript popup at The Forks.
I'm officially moved out of my downtown gallery space. The experience will never be easy to describe. It was one of those life events that meets you in an unexpected place - somewhere between surprise and challenge. And you jump in with both feet because the alternative is to let an adventure pass you by. I learned a lot. I painted a 25 foot mural. I created a polar bear experience. I met new friends. I had daily dance parties. I took a bunch of risks and put my heart on the line. I stayed true until the very, very end. I shared my polar bears. I let a lot of old shit go and that is hard.
But, what happens in the process is you realize that the only person holding you back: is you.
Big thanks to the Women's Health Clinic for trusting me to bring light + life to their space. There's a quote I saw on the internet that says something to the effect that women aren't supportive of other women. I have experienced the opposite here. Thank you WHC. (This radical space is available for rent!)
Thank you to everyone who came out to see what I was up to. Thanks for the messages. Thanks for the love. Thanks for letting me make you art. Thank you for your kindness. Thanks for the adventure.