Sunday, July 31, 2016

I have a White Rose to Give

I have a White Rose to Give #11, #12, #13, #14, #15 #16

Inspired by a man who recited a poem for the wildfire victims of Fort McMurray One downtown Edmonton business leader received I have a White Rose to Give for her free help at promoting The 2016 Fire and rain art project while 3 unknown passerby's who stopped and enjoyed my art show also received a painting. MLA, Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Forestry Oneil Carlier received a painting for his encouragement and support during my February picket against his Alberta Government.

"I Have a White Rose to Tend I have a white rose to tend In July as in January; I give it to the true friend Who offers his frank hand to me. And for the cruel one whose blows Break the heart by which I live, Thistle nor thorn do I give: For him, too, I have a white rose." -José Julián Martí Pérez 

Downtown business owners of Orbits and Baba Finks Canteen on Jasper Ave and 100 A St. received the 6th painting I have white roses to Give for their generous help in promoting the arts and the 2016 Fire and Rain art project. The food truck The Crooked Fork that parks each noon hour by the Alberta Legislature grounds also helped me promote my art project with posters.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Third Verbal Ban by Alberta Legislature Visitors Services

July 22, 2016: During today's 67th outdoor art show I was verbally banned for the 3rd time this year. I was told by another Alberta Legislature official with Visitors Services that I could no longer distribute leaflets on the Alberta Legislature grounds. The leaflets play an important part in this 2016 Fire and Rain art project. Without them, this project cannot continue. Picketing the Alberta Government for freedom of expression using art will begin Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in place of the #FireAndRain art shows. I'm still going to paint freely and show my art in public and continue the Fire and Rain art project.

"Bureaucrats and the Government of Alberta have never made me and other Albertans feel welcomed on the Alberta Legislature grounds. Only some of the sheriffs who protect Albertans and those who publicly serve in office have made the great efforts at making me feel welcome and at home. I'll always appreciate that and respect these fine men and women who serve Albertans in uniform."  - Doug Brinkman   

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Fort McMurray News Stories in July

Provincial state of emergency due to Fort McMurray wildfire now ended! July 2, 2016 Alberta: For the first time since May 4th, Alberta isn’t under a provincial state of emergency. It was declared the day after a raging wildfire forced 90,000 people from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, completely emptying Fort McMurray. The declaration was put in place so the Province could spearhead efforts to get that massive wildfire under control. The provincial state of emergency ended as of midnight on Friday, with a local state of emergency taking its place. Residents have since returned to the area after the evacuation order was lifted a month ago. They returned to the community to find that 2,400 homes and buildings had been lost. It was 2013 the last time a state of emergency was declared province-wide. That was for the southern Alberta floods that devastated several communities including High River and Calgary. 630CHED

'They went through one of the most significant events that any firefighter could ever go through'! July 3, 2016: The man who led the battle against The Beast says many Fort McMurray firefighters are now wrestling a different set of demons. Fire Chief Darby Allen says the emotional toll is hitting home for the crews who worked non-stop for days to beat back the ferocious wildfire that breached the northeastern Alberta city two months ago. Counselling services have been offered from the beginning, but Allen said it's important that help is available for the long haul.

Wildlife returns as forest regenerates after Fort McMurray wildfire July 7, 2016 Fort McMurray: University of Alberta researchers are studying the first animals to return to the charred forest. Standing in a burned-out bog near Fort McMurray, University of Alberta researcher Hedwig Lankau is surrounded by small signs of life. The damp bog is one of her favourite places to explore, after a wildfire changes its ecosystem. "I find that after the fire it's different, but it's beautiful and it represents that new beginning," Lankau says.

Friday, July 1, 2016

July 1, Canada Day! Wildfire Surreal

Fort McMurray Wildfire Surreal 
Inspired from Jack Bush's painting titled Doors #10
July 1, 2016 Canada Day: Today visitors enjoyed Canada Day celebrations on the Alberta Legislature grounds put on by the staff and management of the Alberta Legislature. During my 54th. outdoor art show I met with many friendly Canadians and visitors from afar and shared stories about freedom of expression and the wildfires of Alberta. YouTube: Canada Day 54 Th. Outdoor Art Show

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