the art pal project

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the art pal project

With the support of ArtStarts' Creative Spark program, I've put together a variation on Pen Pals for a group of grade three students. Two groups actually, one here in Golden and the other in New York. My aunt, Annie Coan, is an inspired art teacher in the Bronx, and she was game for sending letters and artwork back and forth between the two classes. On this end, grade three teacher Linda Poon was fully on board. And so, the Art Pal Project was born. 

It's been great to pop in to Ms. Poon's class here in town a few times, and the experience was made even richer by fitting in a quick trip to NYC in February. I met all the Bronx kids, together we recorded video messages for their pals, and then [not surprisingly] I made a portrait of each one. To say the BC kids were thrilled to get these photos of their new friends might be an understatement. 

Maybe this experience will fade into the blur of childhood memories for these kids. But I like to imagine that a few might just stay in touch over the years, that maybe these are the seedlings of lifelong friendships. 

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suzanne | head shots | calgary

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suzanne | head shots | calgary

I met Suzanne on a pretty special day a couple years back, a stormy winter afternoon when her son Ryan married his love, Liz, atop Kicking Horse. We got together for some portraits this spring, and I loved the confidence that she exuded, a woman quite comfortable with who she is. May we all find such comfort.

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michelle | personal brand photos | calgary

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michelle | personal brand photos | calgary

Michelle is on a mission, taking her personal journey to health and applying her experience and compassion to make life better for her coaching clients. It was amazing to hear her story of resilience and I'm excited to see where her budding business takes her. No doubt, there will be lives changed along the way.

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bebb | family photos | calgary

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bebb | family photos | calgary

I really enjoy watching a family grow, either in numbers or in height. That's part of why it's always fun to venture east to Calgary to photograph the Bebbs. The littlest ones are getting not-so-little, and they're super busy being ridiculously cute. 

Catherine is going to print up these three black + white edits of the kiddos to hang on a wall and see everyday. That makes me smile, and hopefully it will make them all smile often as well.

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