Brian Usher

Pub­lisher & CEO

Arabella - - CLUB ART - Www.ara­bel­lade­sign.com

Well fi­nally – yes fi­nally! - we are experiencing signs that win­ter is de­part­ing and spring and sum­mer are about to ar­rive – al­beit with seem­ingly great re­luc­tance. De­spite per­sis­tent at­tempts of rain and sleet to dampen our en­thu­si­asm for a much needed sense of re­newal and hope, the ad­vance guard of pur­ple cro­cus with yel­low and white tulips and daf­fodils are now in ev­i­dence ev­ery­where. And most en­cour­ag­ing are the ap­ple blos­soms start­ing to push their way for­ward. The colour on the Niagara Park­way makes even mun­dane shop­ping trips seem a worth­while sen­sory adventure. At the end of the gar­den, the trees and bushes are start­ing to trans­form from their seem­ingly end­less and des­o­late shades of grey and brown into a pro­fu­sion of many shades of vi­brant green. I’m par­tic­u­larly fond of that yel­low-green that first peeks out and speaks of life awak­en­ing. The grass is start­ing to emerge, leav­ing the ob­vi­ous bare spots cre­ated by dog- dig­ging ac­tiv­i­ties over the win­ter, and Sam, one of our two golden re­triev­ers, is still look­ing long­ingly for the snow that he so much de­lights in rolling in. Win­ter is def­i­nitely his favourite time of year but the rest of us are en­cour­ag­ing him to move on to warmer ac­tiv­i­ties. While some tree blos­soms are start­ing to emerge, we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to the awak­en­ing of the mag­no­lia tree in our front yard. It’s all part of the pic­ture of chang­ing sea­sons and of course it must be spring with sum­mer close by be­cause con­struc­tion crews are start­ing to take up their roles as cham­pi­ons of in­fra-struc­ture re­newal and re­birth. Per­haps it’s signs of eco­nomic growth, or is there an elec­tion brew­ing some­time soon? Never mind, it’s time to let the cyn­i­cism that breeds in win­ter de­part for a while. It’s time to en­joy this Spring-sum­mer is­sue of ARA­BELLA. Given our late pro­duc­tion of the 2013 Win­ter is­sue, and the added chal­lenges and tim­ing of or­ga­niz­ing the launch of our Love of Flow­ers book, we de­cided that a com­bined spring and sum­mer is­sue was much needed to give artists and gal­leries a chance to re­group while we re-es­tab­lish our­selves in our new home in St. An­drews by-the-sea in New Brunswick. So ‘Why St. An­drews?’ some might well ask. With the strong devel­op­ment of the in­ter­net glob­ally and in­ter­net ser­vices that now fa­cil­i­tate high speed data trans­mis­sion, we are now able to re­lo­cate our busi­ness pro­cesses to any num­ber of ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tions. St. An­drews seemed like the right lo­ca­tion, given the at­trac­tive, small mar­itime town en­vi­ron­ment, its fo­cus on tourism, arts and cul­ture, and the great his­tor­i­cal res­i­dence we are now able to take on as our own. As a vir­tual busi­ness, we are now net­worked right across Canada and the US and are con­tin­u­ing to build a team of con­trib­u­tors from many parts of the coun­try. On the other hand, Deb says my fas­ci­na­tion lies pri­mar­ily in the ac­cess to lob­ster rolls as a steady diet for lunch, which is only part of the truth…re­ally. For me, it’s pri­mar­ily about the peo­ple who have cho­sen to make this their home and the cen­tre of their lives. If you haven’t been to St. An­drews, I in­vite you to plan a visit. The ren­o­va­tion and re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the long-es­tab­lished Al­go­nquin ho­tel un­der the Mar­riott ‘ Au­to­graph’ ban­ner is an ex­cit­ing devel­op­ment that pro­vides great ac­com­mo­da­tions and new culi­nary op­por­tu­ni­ties. If B&BS are more your style, there are nu­mer­ous

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