Colour + Sound


COLOUR + SOUND is a multimedia series of events at the Templed Mind Studio Gallery in Fernwood (across from the Fernwood Inn) in celebration of the launch of a new book: For Kelly, With Love: Poems on the Abstracts of Carle Hessay. Selected Hessay abstract paintings will be on show, to be accompanied by live poetry readings Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9.

Kelly Parsons, poet and artist, “touched without breaking, brought a gentle grace to her life and her poetry” is how Linda Rogers so fittingly described her.

Fellow poets, in honor of Kelly, completed a project she was unable to because of declining health just before she passed away on Christmas Eve, 2008. This was to write short poems on the abstract paintings of BC artist Carle Hessay. A selection of these paintings will be on display at the Templed Mind Studio from March 5 until Easter week.

Although their lives were very different, both Kelly and Carle were multi-talented and had a compassionate regard for all life. Well-travelled and a survivor of many hardships, Carle nevertheless managed to study art in Paris and Dresden, became a gymnast, played the piano, and after fishing off the coast of Vancouver Island, set up a sign shop in Vancouver and later in Langley. On weekends he prospected in the Fraser Canyon, building up a store of images for his art and collecting minerals for pigments.

Come see Carle Hessay’s dynamic abstracts and hear Victoria’s own highly acclaimed poets, Karen Ballinger, Dorothy Field, Patrick Friesen, Corinna Gilliland, Eve Joseph, Barbara Colebook Peace, Judith Heron, Linda Rogers, Patricia Young, and Terence Young read their poems on the paintings on Wednesday evening, March 5, at 7 p.m. On Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m., Judith Heron and Barbara Colebrook Peace will read with Karen Ballinger and Gray Sutherland (also playing the mandolin). On Sunday March 9, at 2 p.m., these last two will be joined by Professor Kathryn Kerby-Fulton (University of Notre Dame), who will give a short talk on “Remembering Kelly Parsons: Medievalist, Buddhist, and Poet.” See also Facebook.com/TempledMind. Contact mhilmo@shaw.ca