Throughout the summer and autumn, Sarah Beth Goncarova was here in Nova Scotia bending branches, wiring lights and recording sounds. In August and September we were privileged to have her experiential sculpture, What Gifts the Rain May Bring, installed in the secondfloor gallery at Main & Station. She also created installations in the gardens at West Bay and at The Pond House. Check out the videos, words, and images below for a taste of her wonderful creations.
Sarah Beth Goncarova is also a poet…
What Gifts the Rain May Bring
for Judith and Harvey
What you call Invasive Species
I see for what they are—
scourged by hurricane winds,
dried up and tired and
picked at and picked over
Oh-so-ready to rest their broken bones
into the damp
In these I see
a haven in the trees
for fireflies lost and forgotten
from the wind who
will always have her way
A nest to nourish lost dreams–
the ones most meaningful and yet
most likely to be sneered at
and declared Invasive
and sprayed with Round-Up
and chopped up don’t worry
it’s better this way
I see a place where you can do handstands and cartwheels
and build castles in the mud
and forts in the trees
and play Uno in your undies
in a tree house by flashlight
and talk like gangsters
and chew on carrots like cigars
and drink root beer floats without mom knowing
and blow bubbles through straws
with your nose
We all need a place to play–
a nest for fireflies lost and forgotten
where you can do anything
or do nothing
and just watch what gifts the rain may bring –
even when, especially when
we are all grown up.
Venus of Parrsboro. A living sculpture of alder wood and moss, commissioned by The Pond House Pottery Center, Nova Scotia.
“Her movements large and lush, flush with green, she bends and twists in roaring dance and silent prayer to sights unseen.”
To see and read more of Sarah Beth’s work, visit her website http://goncarova.com/
WHEN: Friday July 25, 2014 at 10AM
WHERE: Partridge Island with a Meet at 9:30am at Main & Station, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro, NS. Please note that the location is subject to change depending on the condition of the forests following the damage caused by Arthur.
WHO: The walk will be led by Vic Orr.
COST: 10$ / person
Vic has a lifelong interest in the natural world and studied science and received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Toronto.Vic led nature interpretive tours for Haliburton Inn for ten years and has travelled to various world destinations to explore and photograph wildlife and their habitats. He is a past president of the Kawartha Field Naturalists, and served on the board of Ontario Nature for two years. He was the winner of the 2006 Environmental Hero of the Year Award for the City of Kawartha Lakes and the 2010 W.W.H. Gunn Conservation Award from Ontario Nature.
Join him for a walk on the Partridge Island trail, a moderate effort but the first part of the trail is quite steep as we climb up the island.
Wear hiking footwear and bring water. If you like to walk with a stick, bring it.
The number of participants is limited so drop by Main & Station as soon as possible to reserve your spot or contact judith at email@example.com or 514-979-3978.
Note that it is about a 5km drive to Partridge Island from Main Street. Please consider carpooling. If you need a lift or can offer one, please let judith know when you register.
For further information about the walk, call Vic at 254-3880 or send him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org