The Window- photograph, Natasha Henderson

The Window- photograph, Natasha Henderson

Upcoming fun this autumn… We are very excited to announce that we will be part of the official programming for Culture Days / Journées de la culture, September 27-29, 2013.

Photography, painting, and mixed media artists are collaborating to reflect upon the unique 9th storey, Fleurbain view of downtown Montreal. The work in this group exhibition reflects the experience of looking out… as we look out, we look in.

List of artists to be announced mid-September… Stay tuned!
Hours for the exhibition during Culture Days:

Friday Sept 27 12-5pm
Saturday Sept 28 10-5pm, and a vernissage/celebration 6-9pm
Sunday Sept 29 12-6pm

While visiting during daytime hours, as a part of Culture Days, we are offering a chance for you to make your own piece of artwork that is inspired by our view.

The following Saturday (October 5) we will be hosting a poetry reading in collaboration with this exhibition. Stay tuned for that, too!

Fleurbain is located at 460 St Catherine West, unit 917.

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

***JOIN our Facebook Event for the vernissage!***

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puppie

wistful kitteh

At Fleurbain, we are excited to offer a two-evening workshop, in which participants will create a formed puppet out of wet felt.

The workshop takes place over two Tuesday eves in April. The puppet will be a simple “mitten” style, formed seamlessly over a form.

The first night students will learn the feltmaking basics, and create this formed puppet. The next week students will make round felt eyes, needle-felt decorations, and decorate/finish details on the puppet to take home. Choices can be made about “what” or “who” this puppet is… it can be a portrait, a fantasy creature, an alien… a favourite pet.

fancy kitteh

This class is excellent for those who have made a flat felt object (such as a scarf) before, but is also appropriate for those who have not yet made felt. Rest assured, you will be guided through all the stages to ensure your puppet will pup!

The workshop is taught by Natasha Henderson, a painter, fibre artist, arts educator, and Fleurbain’s gallery curator. Her work is exhibited across Canada, and she also offers custom workshops.

TIMES: Tuesday April 16 and Tuesday April 23, 7-8:30pm each night.

COST: $60, all inclusive

REGISTER by responding via email to fleurbain@gmail.com

Workshop is held in Fleurbain, located at 460 Ste-Catherine West, H3B 1A7, Montreal. Suite # 917.

student making felt

Herbes Dix - Open At Six

This Saturday March 2, join us for Herbes Dix/Ten Plants during Montreal’s Nuit Blanche. We are excited to have been selected to be a part of the official programming of Nuit Blanche. The exhibition features mixed media paintings on wood by Natasha Henderson. The paintings depict ten plants that help you survive and thrive through the winter, as selected by Herbalist Tammy Schmidt.

We will open early, at 6pm, to accomodate more people throughout the evening. We recommend coming early (before 8pm) in order to enter our free draw for a painting from the show. We will also offer special discount coupons to everyone who drops by, as well as entice you to play a fun and competitive game “Match The Latin!” So come by before 8pm if you can. See you!

Fleurbain is located at 460 St Catherine West, unit 917.

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.

In the gallery space Fleurbain through January and February is a changing selection of painting, feltworks, and craft by artist and curator Natasha Henderson.

large and small painting by Natasha Henderson

large and small painting by Natasha Henderson

Works will be available to view through the end of February, when an exciting new interactive project will be unveiled for Nuit Blanche in Montreal!

Natasha will host gallery hours Tuesday-Thursday 3pm-6pm, as well as other days by appointment.

making merino scarves

making merino scarves

Besides visiting to see the artworks in Fleurbain and chatting with our resident artist-curator, you can opt to participate in workshops in painting and feltmaking. On Wednesday January 30 join us from 7-9pm to make your own merino felt wool scarf. You will learn the process of wet-felt making, and create your own colourful and soft, beautiful scarf to take home at the end of the night. Register by email: Fleurbain@gmail.com Cost is only $50, everything included.

student relaxing over some tisane and painting

student relaxing over some tisane and painting

Another upcoming workshop (or, rather, a series of them) is Second Sunday. Drop in to paint the Second Sunday of each month. Our first session is February 10, from 1pm-3pm. $40 for everything, all materials, encouragement, and a nice cuppa tea. Brush up on your existing skills, problem-solve, relax, and get creative. All levels of experience are welcome. Email Fleurbain@gmail.com for more details or to reserve a spot (drop-ins are always welcome, but class size is limited to eight students.) Note in May, the class is bumped to the third Sunday, to accommodate Mother’s Day.

Hope to see you soon in Fleurbain.

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

Fleurbain is located at 460 St Catherine West, Unit 917. We have a stunning view of St James United Church, and the city of 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

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