Not a Hare out of place
Painting, poetry, prose and Pittman prominent at Whiteway event
Artwork from 25 exhibitors filled a good section of the Whiteway Community Centre Saturday, May 5. The remainder of the hall was used to seat those who came from all over to see the art exhibit and hear local people and well-known Newfoundlanders during the annual Whiteway Spring Hare.
The line-up of speakers, entertainers and artists, consisted of some of the best in this province.
— Clifford George
Spring Hare committee chairperson Lisa Day Brown explains.
“When you experience something, or someone that stirs you — that’s where creation comes from. It enables you to paint the painting, or take the photo or write the words. It’s emotional; it’s passionate. That’s what the Hare is about, giving you a space to share.”
The Whiteway Hare is held in the same spirit as the March Hare in Corner Brook, started in that town by writer Al Pittman, who passed away in 2001.
Writer, producer, director Ken Pittman was in Whiteway to read some of his brother’s works on Saturday and artist Gerry Squires brought along a bronze plaque he sculpted in honour of his friend.
Actor John Ryan gave a warm and spirited performance of Smoke Room on the Kyle. Sheina Lerman related an amusing story about her pet rabbit, and Spring Hare committee members Lisa Day Brown, Jane Prior and Cliff George entertained with poetry and prose.
Other committee members include Shirley George, Albert Legge, Wayne George and Renee Butler Harnum.
The committee says the Friday night dinner theatre was a tremendous success as well.
“The line- up of speakers, entertainers and artists, consisted of some of the best in this province,” Clifford George said. “Listening to poetry being read, whether it is written by locals or by the masters is always a pleasure.”
Morning in the Cove, a finely detailed dimensional needlework, took Jane Prior of Whiteway an estimated 500 to 600 hours to complete. In addition to designing and crafting the work, she gathers threads internationally — wool from France, silk from China and Japan, over dyed threads from America or South America, metal threads from UK, wire from BC. “I can’t explain why I do this,” she says. “But the needle has been a part of womankind’s history since prehistoric times. I often reflect on all these women of the past.”
Darrell Yetman, former member of the Whiteway Spring Hare committee, reads selections from In Caribou Land by Florence Miller at the Whiteway Spring Hare held May 4-5. About 200 people, overall, attended the Saturday afternoon event.
Francie Barrett sings The Water Witch, the story of a ship from Brigus that went down off Pouch Cove in 1875.