On top of winter's predictable grab bag of snow, ice, slush and sleet, Montreal experienced a thunderstorm, blinding squalls, bright sunshine and a cold front during a three-hour period on the morning of January 20th that sent the mercury into a free fall for a week. While any sign of spring is still over the horizon, in the next few weeks we will introduce several new prints to our gallery that should serve as welcome signs of better weather to come.
Thunder Bay, ON
For most of us, January means getting back to a routine, but not around here. As soon as the Holiday Season is in the rearview mirror, serious preparation for Chinese New Year begins. In our kitchen, assembly lines appear crowded with dumplings, lotus cakes and other treats in various stages of manufacture. Ingredients from many sources come together just in time to enter the oven or wok and emerge as a sought-after delicacy. The process could be labelled as "lean production" if it were not for the copious amounts of food involved.
While I cannot pretend to match my better half's energy devoted to welcoming The Year of the Snake, I try to apply her purposefulness to Carey Management Philanthropy Photos. When J.F. Turcotte donated several of our $35 prints that went on to raise considerable amounts for various Montreal-area organizations, it helped validate the aim and effort behind the endeavour. Howard Golberg, Chair of Centaur Theatre's annual fundraising gala wrote: "I am always on the lookout for new and interesting items for the auction portion of our event. That is why I was excited when one of my clients offered a beautiful photograph of McTavish Street for the Gala. Thanks for helping a cause that is very dear to me. We hope that we will be able to make Philanthropy Photos part of future fundraisers."
On a separate yet equally noble front, the goal of the Art for Healing Foundation is to "bring the healing power of art to hospitals and wellness facilities, transforming public and patient areas into inspiring environments that encourage a sense of serenity and hope for patients, their families, and healthcare providers." A recent meeting with its two founders, Gary Blair and Earl Pinchuk, left me optimistic about significant opportunities to collaborate with this worthy organization in the future.
Near Val-David, QC
If you know of other undertakings of any size that could benefit from using our photographs, I look forward to hearing from you.