August 15, 2022

75th Anniversary of India's Independence

August 15, 2022 marks 75 years of India's independence from British rule. Of course, this independence came at a high cost. As Martin Luther King said, "Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed." The division of the country took a very heavy toll on the people. More than 10 million people were displaced. There was racial tension and violence leading to innumerable deaths.

Lakshmi Gill and I wanted to do something special to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India's independence. We both live in Canada on opposite coasts. India is very dear to our hearts. Our Indian culture and heritage have shaped us into who we are. Our artistic and literary creations are impacted by this.

We have collaborated to create something quite unique. Lakshmi's poetry and my paintings are put together in a presentation which has been uploaded on YouTube. Lakshmi's poems can be heard in her own voice. Here's the link

January 3, 2024

Highlights of 2023

2023 was a year filled with creativity, art exhibitions, donations, and much more. The public art installation 'Sackville: A Visual Snapshot' was unveiled in February and a virtual tour can be done now from this website. Personal growth meant taking online courses and attending workshops.

April 18, 2023

Sackville Blog 5

How do I depict a group of settlers that lived here in the 17th and 18th century? Representing the Acadians proved to be quite challenging. I couldn’t find images that would tell the story of Acadians and depict their existence in the Tantramar area. There are some paintings by some artists, but not actual photographs.