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.”

Photo cour­tesy of Clif­ford Ge­orge, White­way Spring Hare Com­mit­tee

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.

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