Georgia O'Keefe in Hawaii
When I think of Georgia O'Keefe's art, I think of beautiful, pastel-coloured flowers, animal skulls and feathers. Few know that she created 20 paintings inspired by a stay in Hawaii. I came across these paintings as postcards at a souvenir shop in Hilo and thought I would share the story.
In 1939, O'Keefe was commissioned for a national ad campaign by the New York Ad Agency N.W. Ayer (Mad Men anyone?!) on behalf of their client, the Dole Pineapple Co. The 3-month trip was all-expenses paid in exchange for 2 canvases on anything that was inspired from her trip (but the expectation was that the paintings would be of pineapples, of course).
She started in Honolulu but the story goes that she became annoyed by Dole's staff giving direction and not allowing her to fully research and explore what Hawaii had to offer. Apparently, Dole gave her a cored and sliced pineapple to paint rather than allowing her to stay in the plantation workers' camp.
It wasn't until she traveled to Hana, Maui, where she got more of an authentic experience. Hosted by 12-year old Patricia Jennings, daughter of a Hana sugar plantation manager, O'Keefe had the opportunity to explore the "real" Hawaii. The two forged a special bond that would last a lifetime.
Left: Georgia's host, 12-year-old Patricia Jennings / Right: Georgia in Hawaii
(Courtesy of: San Francisco Chronicle)
The 20 paintings show little of pineapples but feature amazing images of waterfalls, coastline, valleys and tropical flowers. Ironically, O'Keefe submitted a painting of a papaya tree and a painting of a heliconia flower to Dole! They were disappointed, to say the least, expecting a typical view of a pineapple. She later submitted "Pineapple Bud" which appeared in the Dole ad in 1940.
The Dole Co. ad (Courtesy of: San Francisco Chronicle)
“If my painting is what I have to give back to the world for what the world gives to me, I may say that these paintings are what I have to give at present for what three months in Hawai‘i gave to me.”
Photo Source: Style Pacifica
Info Sources: San Francisco Chronicle | Hawaii Magazine | Style Pacifica
Home Sweet Home
After taking a ten-year hiatus from Winnipeg to Calgary, I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back! Don’t get me wrong – I do at times miss the mountains, a huge downtown and of course the cowboys, but ‘the Peg’ is truly home. I have really taken my time to get reacquainted with the city, and love all the change that has happened over the last decade. I never knew how much I would miss a 45-minute drive to the beach, Folklorama (I went six times this summer…slightly addicted), drinks on Corydon patios or the ever-popular Forks. The incredible weather has brought a smile to my face and a tan to my skin for the last six months. And yes, I am slightly terrified for my first full winter back, but I think the warmth of the people here and my love for The Jets (and yes, I still think there will be a season!) will keep me toasty.
And then there’s the fabulousness of Fusion. I remember finding this agency online and thinking to myself, ‘Wow…that place would be AMAZING!’ And lucky me managed to find a spot on the team. Any place where you can bring your pet to work, have incredible Fusion potlucks and drinks on Fridays with your team, screams fabulous. Not to mention the absolutely beautiful space inside and out…and oh yeah, the people! I’m surrounded by super smart, truly motivated, creative minds. Not to mention a Canadian Idol finalist and a Price Is Right car winner…who are these people?!?!
Whether it's checking out the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra play on the river at the Forks, listening to Annie at Rainbow Stage bellow out ‘Tomorrow’, or hearing the fans scream with excitement when the Winnipeg Jets hit the ice for warm-up, this city is full of energy and excitement. There has been so much positive change over the last decade, and I am so happy to be home.
A few of us had the opportunity to head to TEDxWinnipeg last night. It was a great evening, held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. If you aren't familiar with the TED movemement, you're missing out. TED is a not-for-profit built around sharing ideas through an ongoing series of talks. TED speakers are thoughtleaders from all over the world and from many walks of life. The talks are shared on the TED website. TEDx is an offshoot of TED that allows communities to stimulate discussion at a local level. Last night's focus, here in Winnipeg, was on The Next Big Thing. For those who weren’t able to attend, here's a brief recap of what we heard.
Jeff talked about deception in the digital age. Surprisingly, when online, people don’t lie that often. In fact, significantly less often than they do when they’re on the phone!
Key takeaway: Unlike a few centuries ago, when hardly anyone could write and illiteracy was the norm, we now live in a world where most of our communication is documented. So be careful what you say and where you say it.
Zahra talked about a new research technique she’s developing that can help detect early signs of Alzheimers. The test measures people’s ability to orient themselves in a virtual world without the use of landmarks. This means they are relying on their relative or egocentric orientation - what’s to the left, right, front or behind - to find their way. Turns out loss of egocentric orientation is one of the first signs of early onset Alzheimers, and loss of memory - what we typically associate with Alzheimers - is actually a late symptom.
Key takeaway: Alzheimers is a condition, not a disease AND you can work proactively to combat its onset. Zahra has helped design this website, which provides exercises you can do to promote healthy brain stimulation and growth.
Monique talked about the power of microbes to heal our earth - specifically to heal the damage we’ve done to it. Did you know there are naturally occurring microbes that clean up oil and other contaminants?
Key takeaway: Rather than trying to develop new ways to solve problems with the environment, we can learn how the earth would naturally tackle these challenges and replicate this process.
Polar bears and human rights. How are these two connected? They are two hugely important tourism features for our province: the polar bears of Churchill and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (not open yet).
Key takeaway: We need to be ambassadors for our province and share these unique attractions. Beyond that, we also need to protect the bears and our commitment to human rights to ensure they (the bears and the rights) are around for the generations after us.
Jarrett talked about the importance of being able to feed the world. Since the Green Revolution (post World War 2) we’ve found ways to produce substantially more food. But we’ve sacrificed quality for quantity. Our food is now about 30% less nutrient dense than it was in the early 1960’s. Scary, but not irreversible. New agriculture techniques are allowing farmers to produce nutrient-dense food comparable or greater than the baseline established in the 60’s.
Key takeaway: We need to stop thinking about producing kilograms of produce and focus on kilograms of nutrition.
Karyn shared the importance of listening. Which is different than providing feedback or worrying about saying something in response that will sound wise. Just listening. Even if you’ve heard it before. People need to be listened to.
Key takeaway: I don’t know, I wasn’t listening. Just kidding. Listening fosters relationships; relationships foster growth; growth fosters new perspectives; new perspectives foster endless possibilities.
Aarya talked about space and the impact its technologies and learning have had and will continue to have on the future. He’s talking revenue through global tele-communications, moon colonies, mining asteroids....
Key takeaway: It was kind of over my head. To be honest, I’m not sure we’ve proven to be good enough stewards on our current planet to start messing up another one. I’m sure that isn’t the key takeaway Aarya would like me to share, but like I said...it was over my head.
The surprisingly candid and humorous doctor shared amazing video footage supporting her belief that the brain is neuroplastic - meaning it can adapt to major damage or trauma by re-wiring or transferring duty to another area. This knowledge has radically impacted how she approaches therapy with her patients - changing from a focus on what they can’t do to what they can do. She highlighted several cases of adults and children with cerebral palsy where this approach resulted in significant improvements in mobility.
Key takeaway: Stop looking for problems, or what you expect to see and start looking for possibilities.
Of everything we heard last night, Karen Pape’s challenge to focus on possibilities versus problems will stay with me. In any facet of life - personal, professional, interpersonal...opening your mind to see opportunities instead of challenges allows you to achieve way more than you thought possible.
Thanks to the speakers and the orgainzing committee for a great night of discussion and learning.
We're Playing Hookie!
Here at Fusion we are huge lovers of heat, fun and food! As a result, we decided to take full advantage of this this lovely Friday afternoon and celebrate summer one last time with our staff. We will be closing down early today to catch some sun, play some games, eat some food and maybe even indulge in a drink or two.
We our having out last summer hurrah and we suggest you do too! Happy Friday everyone.
Lots of love at The Kuzina Cup!
The carts are returned, the scorecards are in and Julian from Visual Lizard took home all the prizes, the first annual Kuzina Cup has wrapped for 2012!
It seems like only yesterday the idea of creating a student award in Terry’s name was born. Fast forward one year and I can’t believe it’s over. It was a crazy adventure creating a brand new tournament; I can honestly say I had no idea what I was getting myself, and the committee, into!
Looking back though things couldn’t have gone better. From the initial brainstorm sessions with the committee, coming up with the name, logo and website (thank you Morris, Brooke, Florence and Visual Lizard), creating lists of prospective golfers and sponsors to finally acknowledging that I needed to bring in the professionals (thank you POP Sports & Entertainment), it was a lot of fun, and a lot of work to get us to September 7th.
The tournament itself was really well attended, the weather sort of cooperated, the dinner was just sentimental enough and everything ran smoothly. I had a blast seeing everyone at the Half Pints Hole! Uncle Newt made a great MC, son Curtis was auctioneer extraordinaire, student Christian was a pleasure, mom Debbie gave a great toast and sister Vanessa with her tear-jerking performance. From the feedback we’ve received, I’m hopeful that 2013 will be a much-anticipated event!
So many individuals and businesses helped create a successful tournament and I’m so very thankful for each and every one of them. We had dozens of fantastic prize donors, several generous personal donations and of course our amazing sponsors:
Gold – The Winnipeg Free Press
Silver – Fusion Communications, Sun Life Financial, Visual Lizard
Delicious Lunch – Diversity Catering
Delicious Wine – Payworks
Print – Prolific Group
Signage – Lightvisions
Hole – Assiniboine Credit Union, Brunswick Steel, CBRE, Dave Lowery & Associates, Eaton Financial Services, Grant Thorton, Half Pints Brewing Co., Mondetta Charity Foundation, POP Sports & Entertainment, PRA, The PR House: A division of The MediaBank, Tag No.5 Vodka, Terracon Development Ltd., Tripwire Media Group
I don’t have the final tally yet, but I can definitely say that as a result of all the support this tournament received we’ll be making a sizeable donation to The Terry Kuzina Memorial Student Award for Graphic Design. What a great way to start the endowment fund and ensure that Terry’s memory lives on and great graphic design continues to thrive!
Hope to see you next year – mark your calendars for September 5th, 2013!