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a bit of our view

a bit of our view

It is with a mixture of pride and sadness that we are announcing that after three great years of art, herbalism, community-building, collaborations, vernissages, workshops, special events and fun… we are moving on.

interviewed for Documentary

Tammy interviewed for documentary Fairly Foul

So very much happened in three years!  Special events in Fleurbain included artist presentations, poetry readings, and yoga and dance classes. Workshops in herbalism, crafting, felt-making, painting, cosmetic creation, and health were always well-received. We had a lot (a LOT) of fun putting on these productions and we wouldn’t have done anything differently.

Our dear friend Cindy and her husband Bob came to visit all the way from Michigan.

Our dear friend Cindi and her husband Bob came all the way from Michigan for a visit.

 

Posing with Darlene St. Georges during her beautiful vernissage.

In the beginning.

 

 

 

holiday views

holiday views

 

People were the most important part of our experience.  Thank-you to all who came to the events!!!  Popular vernissages were a chance to not only see some artworks and enjoy some treats, but provided an opportunity for attendees to meet new friends, and to connect with other artistic folks. This was one of the most valuable benefits of maintaining a physical space, so we hope to see all of you again in the near future around town! Do connect with Tammy on Facebook, and Natasha too.

the impermanence of plant pigments on snow contrast well with the bright lights of an electric cityThe impermanence of plant pigments on snow contrast well with the bright lights of an electric city.  From Nuit Blanche the year before we moved into the downtown space.
Abundance by Lorraine Miller Emmrys.

Abundance by Lorraine Miller Emmrys.

 

 

great visits

great visits

food, art, herbalism and fun at Fleurbain

food, art, herbalism and fun at Fleurbain

 

Natasha with a few of her own works-in-progress

Natasha with a few of her own works-in-progress

What are we doing now? Tammy is booking private consultations and making tea and natural products for all your herbalist-needs in her new space in downtown Montreal. Contact her for more details or if you want to be added to her mailing list.  Her email is tammy.schmidt.herbalist (at) gmail (dot) com. Natasha is happily selling her work online, and through ArtBomb. Please email her (NatashaHendersonArt(at) gmail (dot) com) if you would like to be added to her mailing list for upcoming exhibitions.

Thank you everyone for all you have done, for your support, and your friendship. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Natasha Henderson and Tammy Schmidt.

Tammy leading a large workshop for Femme Toxic on organic, herbal skincare

Tammy leading a large workshop for Femme Toxic on organic, herbal skincare

during the exhibition "Art and Architecture" we hosted artist talks

during the exhibition “Art and Architecture” we hosted artist talks

a student paints during a class

a student paints during a class with Natasha

Fleurbain Naturals is launched!

Fleurbain Naturals is launched!

Bye for now.  Hope to see you soon!

Bye for now. Hope to see you soon!

 

 

Small Enigma

Small Enigma – oil on panel by Natasha Henderson

UPDATE: Come by to see the show Sundays through August, 9:30-2pm

Curator and artist Natasha Henderson has this to say about the work in 40 Days et 40 Soirs:

In Trees - Oil on wood - Natasha Henderson

In Trees – Oil on wood – Natasha Henderson

“I paint robins, trees, the sky. Layers and glazes of oil create a sometimes foggy effect; and time is captured within the weeks it takes to create these works. Patterns emerge and help form sense out of the chaos. My creative process is represented within these works. Fluttering time and space together, the robins are really something more than birds… though I really do love birds for just being birds!”

Hope to see you!

Fleurbain is located at 460 St Catherine West, Montreal. Our unit # is 917. We are directly across the street from St James United Church. Showtimes Sundays 9:30-2, or by appointment.

 

fresh made, all organic skin serum

Teacosies made by instructor Natasha Henderson

Teacosies made by instructor Natasha Henderson

Due to many requests, we are offering a second chance to take the workshop just offered in January. February 9 and 16, join us for a second round of this fun workshop!

Keep your tea warm and cute. Make your very own teacosy using the wet-felting process, then decorate with goofy (or elegantly arty) additions.

All materials supplied, except for the teapot. We will be making a plastic resist for the felting process, and it will be based on your teapot’s dimensions. However, a form for a “general” teapot shape could be provided, or do bring your teapot for a custom-fitted one.

Cost for the course: $60. Class is for beginner or intermediate felt makers.

TWO PART COURSE

Day one: Sunday Feb 9th, 2-4pm: we will create the form and possibly some extra decorations for the finished project.

Day two: Sunday Feb 16th, 2-4pm: we will finish off the (now dry!) project, adding little felt additions or stitches or beading… and it’s now ready to take home.

(If you are only available the first day, join us to make the initial form then take home to decorate or finish at your leisure. Cost for single-day is $40.)

See instructor Natasha Henderson’s website for a few examples of her work.

To join in the fun, register by emailing Fleurbain(at)gmail(dot)com

student making felt

IMG_2138What to do? Fall is falling upon us, and we sit at home and make or eat pies. Or, at least we want to. However, before the leaves and then the snow flies, it would be good to get in a few dashes of culture, networking, and enrichingly fun times.

Two events to mark in your cultural calendar (one of which you could just remember, since it is tomorrow night…)

Saturday September 28, from 6pm-9pm we are hosting a vernissage to celebrate our participation in Culture Days / Journées de la culture. See our exhibition Vue par la fenêtre – Through The Window.

Eight Montreal artists have been asked to ponder what they see from our ninth-storey view of downtown Montreal. The results are beautiful, a little bit haunting, and brightly talented.

Visit with most of the artists, have a glass of wine, and see the (night-time) view for yourself! Artists participating are Elissa Baltzer, Jose Duclos, Anna Grigorian, HasmiG, Natasha Henderson, Donna McGee, Sarah Robinson, and Susan Shulman.

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Then join us Saturday October 5, from 7:30pm for readings by Montreal-based poets and writers. Kelly Drukker, Jeffrey Mackie, Nick Tan, Nicolas Papaxanthos, Meredith Darling, and Christine Miscione will grace our “stage” for Through The WIndow – Readings.

See the exhibition at the same time, see the night-time view from our window, and meet with new or old friends. Guaranteed good times, unless you really require a chair… Seating is limited, but we promise the floor will be spotless. Feel free to bring a cushion!

Any enquiries, please do not hesitate to email us at: fleurbain@gmail.com

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

Creativity Alights by Sarah Robinson

Creativity Alights by Sarah Robinson

energy

stocking up

big sky in the city

Parc Lafontaine, Montreal.

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Fleurbain Truffles

3/4 c old fashioned oats (pulverized in a food processor)

3/4 c macadamia and cashew nut-butter (or a nut-butter of your choice)

1/4 c cocoa

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla

3 tbsp amaretto

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 c chopped dried cherries

1/4 mini chocolate chips

Mix together and form into truffles.  Store in the fridge.

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Damiana Joy+Love Liqueur

I brought this to a winter party a few years ago.  People found this drink both intriguing and fun.  Damiana is quite aromatic due to volatile oils.  The flavour of damiana can be subdued or enhanced with other foods associated with joy and warmth; cardamom, almond, vanilla, cherry, cinnamon and chocolate.  In terms of medicinal properties, one of my favourite summaries is from Rosemary Gladstar.  In her Family Herbal she states, “…it is completely restorative; it restores exhausted nerves, exhausted dreams and exhausted spirit.”  Though there is a folk history of use as an aphrodisiac, herbalists generally qualify this herb as a mild anti-depressant, particularly useful in what David Winston calls a stagnant depression.  The volatile oils act as carminatives that aid in digestion.

1/2 c damiana tincture

1/2 c amaretto

1/4 c chocolate sauce (I made my own from unsweetened chocolate, water, maple syrup, sugar and vanilla)

rosewater and vanilla to taste

Pour together and store in the fridge.  Could it be any easier?  Enjoy a small shot when desired.

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Cheers!

These photos were taken during the LAB Series which runs on Thursdays between 3-6pm. Next week, February 21st, Tammy Schmidt will continue in a similar vein demonstrating herbs used to lighten our spirits in the dark of winter.  We hope you are able to join us!

Fleurbain is at 460 St Catherine West, Unit 917, Montreal.

Small Works Too

Small Works Too

I am feeling pretty lucky. The exhibition, Small Works Too, is well received. The dozens of works by ten talented and unique artists are going to be celebrated again, with a midissage, this Saturday.

Alright. A midissage is like a vernissage. The difference is that it is in the middle of the exhibition’s dates. Sometimes you will see a finissage. I had thought of having one of those. However, this time I figured that would probably not be a good idea, as the show ends right when half the city’s population is away from the city, or is home recovering from holiday overindulgence.

If you cannot make it to the party this Saturday (December 15th at 7pm) there are other chances to see the show. I would like to mention, however, that Sunday the 16th isn’t one of those chances. I won tickets to a piano concert!!! I play piano, and love live music, and… well… come to the midissage on the 15th! Or please pop by Fleurbain any Tuesday-Thursday in between 3-6pm. You can also see it online here.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Let it be festive, bright, and full of love, music, and art.

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

felt wool scarf

felt wool scarf

In time for winter, for holiday giving, and for the relaxation of craft… here is an opportunity to learn about feltmaking, while making a beautiful creation of your own that is a unique piece of usable fashion.

In this workshop, students will learn the technique of making felt fabric from loose wool roving. They will make their own beautiful scarf out of merino wool. Merino is insulating, long-lasting, and buttery-soft. The ultimate in fibre! All materials and instruction (and fun) is provided.

Instructor Natasha Henderson is a visual artist, painter, crafter of wool scarves and other wool objects. She loves making things by hand and teaching others how to do so, too. She has years of experience teaching workshops in painting, felt-making, and other crafts. Her work (including felt scarves) is shown and sold in galleries and shops across Canada.

Workshop is one evening: December 12, 7-9pm $50, with everything included!  There will be different colours of wool, so you have a choice to be as vibrant or subtle with your colours as you choose.

 
Located in Fleurbain at 460 St Catherine West, Suite #917, H3B 1A7, Montreal.
 
Registration by email or in person. Email for more info: Fleurbain@gmail.com
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Selective Retrospective until November 30

On now at Fleurbain until November 30 is a selection of works by painter Natasha Henderson.

You might know me (Natasha) from Fleurbain. Perhaps you know me from this blog, where I write about art, life, gardening, crafts, DIY, and more. Maybe you have taken a felt-making workshop with me, or joined in a drop-in-painting session in Fleurbain. What you might not know is that I have been a professionally exhibiting painter since 1998.

Changes. Oil on wood

I moved to Montreal from British Columbia in 2007. Since then, I have had a few studio spaces, from home-based ones, to massive industrial ones, to small corners in shared spaces. All the time, I have been painting. Now, I am opting to exhibit a few of my absolute favourite pieces that are still in my collection. Granted there are others that I would have loved to include, but you can pick out your faves from my website, if you would like.

Here is a spin around the exhibition. If you can make it in person, we are open Tuesdays to Thursdays, 3-6pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6pm. Hope to see you!

Fleurbain is located at 460 St Catherine West, unit 917 in downtown Montreal. Very close to Place des Arts and McGill metros. Open Tuesday-Thursday 3-6, and Saturday-Sunday 12-6.

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