Free for the reading is our finely crafted Canadian newsletter about art happenings and canoe events
that are national and internationally in
scope. It is a fun and interesting read. Bill Mason original impressionistic painting for sale. They are one of a kind paintings.
All Bill Mason's works are influenced by wilderness nature, water and land. If an
original is out of your price range
consider buying one of our Bill Mason prints that is offered in our on-line gift store. Becky Mason writes about her art
shows at the Cube gallery
that carries her work. She has a write up about her
canoe course and explains why her canoe lessons are a unique experience set against a Canadian
wilderness backdrop. She also notes Canadian and USA paddling and canoe symposium
you may want to consider attending, these symposiums offer canoe workshops with skilled instructors. If watching paddling skills
is more your speed
Becky does present canoe demonstrations to music. The paddling demonstrations are so beautiful to watch. You can see a canoe
demonstration of Becky Mason showing her
art of canoeing in the Classic Solo Canoeing DVD or download it can be purchased in our online store. Reid McLachlan is a
fine artist, an experienced expressionist oil artist with 20 years of painting to his name. His subjects ranges from people and
what they are think about their situations. Mostly Reid McLachlan
couples relationships and how they interact with each other, some are happy some are upset and some we don't know what they
think. You need to pause and study his paintings because at
first glance you see the first message then upon revisiting his canvases you see more and more in his paintings. Paul Mason
is hard at work at drawing and paintings his funny
cartoons. Becky has the new information about an environment cause she is currently working on.
All the Mason family loves the wood canvas canoe. Bill
continues to be talked about on many website, Some that have linked are
and many more which I'll be listing soon. We all like to go canoeing. If you want canoeing instruction Becky has just the canoe
lessons for you. If you live too
far away to attend her courses you can always pick up some of her and her Dad's paddling instructional dvds or video they are
both filmmakers that have won awards.
- 2014 Exploratory boreal canoe trip with Ray Mears -
- Win a free canoe trip in the Boreal forest! -
- Ninny-shinny fun -
Bill Mason Memorabilia for sale
This is the first of 5 “packs” of memorabilia we will be selling as my
mom downsizes and moves. Our family is honoured to have most of the Bill
Mason photographs, papers and equipment safely in the collections of
four of Canada's national museums who consider Bill's life's work a
national treasure. Of course we have set aside things for the Mason
family and for our future generations to cherish, but we are offering
the remainder of the memorabilia to those who would appreciate them.
Our sale is via
The story of the launching of Miss Paddles: While I was teaching at the
Gaspé symposium de plein air
last spring one of my students Michèle Van De Kaa surprised me with a very special carving she made. She gave me and my brother
a gift called "Meet me at the Sea". We were instructed by Michèle to launch her carving in our favourite waterway. I did that
in October of 2014 on Dumoine River and who knows how far Miss Paddles will travel. (I nick named her
Miss Paddles while I dragged her along with me on my travels
in the summer deciding where to launch her). Please look out for her this spring on the Dumoine because I pitched her into
Initiation Rapids and I watched her beautiful whitewater run and I think she has wonderful WW
skills! Wally Schaber was on our canoe trip and he doubted she'd
survive Grand Chute. I think she's built to last
so see you soon Miss Paddles.
I ask all paddlers to look out for Miss Paddles and when you find
her please post pictures and a story on
Symposium de plein air/Outdoor Symposium
facebook page and on my
Classic Solo Canoeing
Facebook page and if you don't use FB drop me an
email from my
My Dad the film called "Paddle to the Sea" that inspired Michèle.
It's for sale in my
Calendar of Cool Events
March 4, 2015 : Waterwalker Festival
This Wednesday in Ottawa! There are a wonderful selection of films this year about canoe trips and wilderness experiences on the water.
Live music in the foyer provided by Chelsea kids, bake table snacks
and silent auction items. All
proceeds will go to the local junior slalom team members who are
hosting the 2015 Waterwalker festival as a fundraiser, to aid in
their bid to represent Canada at the Junior World Championships this
April in Brazil.
March 21, 2015 : Circling the Midnight Sun.
We are bringing our friend James Raffan to Chelsea to talk about his latest book Circling
the Midnight Sun on his adventures circumnavigating the Arctic Circle. Ian Tamblyn will be
playing songs and telling northern stories and Geoff Green of
Students on Ice will also be there adding to the festivities.
Saturday March 21 Chelsea Untied Church 7 - 10 pm. Pre-buy Tickets
or by chance at the door
$15. Students, 18 or under.
Check back for tickets and details
March 21 -22, 2015 : Ottawa Outdoor Adventure Show
I'm doing paddling demonstrations and presentations at the
Adventure Stage. Lots going on and it's going to to fun.
Canoeing, kayaking and SUP
Road cycling & Mountain biking
Whitewater in rafts, canoes and kayaks
Camping and Expedition Trips
Hiking & trekking and more going on!
May 16 -22, 2015 : Gaspé Bay Symposium
Becky Mason will be teaching Paddle Canada Lake Canoe Skills courses on
the ocean! Last year there were the whales and seals swimming by her classes.
The price is great and you definitely want to attend. Such a fun group of people and
June 5 - 7, 2015 : Women on Water Paddling Festival
Becky Mason is teaching Paddle Canada Lake Canoe skills tandem canoeing
at Camp Tapawings, Parry Sound, Ontario again. Last year it sold out fast so you
to sign up soon if you want to attend in 2015.
Le Rouge et le Noir is a group show at Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau QC. that is inspired
by the romantic novel by Stendhal. Both Becky and Reid have done a piece based on the book.
Show is on now and runs until April 19, 2015. Le Rouge et le Noir
Great news! Recently the City of Ottawa purchased one of Reid's new drawings
for their permanent collection that they will be showcasing in an exhibition this fall.
Reid has been working hard on his new series of drawings for his big solo show. Remnants of Nostalgia
Show opening is Oct 15, 2015 at Galerie Montcalm
in Gatineau, Qc.
Becky has changed her medium from watercolour to acrylics. They do have a
different focus, more abstract and she's been enjoying the painting
with thick paint and varnishes. She's
been asked to contribute to the Le Party
Ottawa Art Gallery art show again and her work will be auctioned off May 21 at Le
Le Resto, 528 Route 105, Chelsea, QC J9B 1L2 has approx 25 of Becky's watercolours and her
new acrylics on permanent display and are for sale.
Becky's piece is on exhibit along with many others in the Le Rouge et le Noir Show in
Gatineau, Quebec which runs until April 19, 2015.
New listings of Bill Mason's original paintings for sale!
In the Media
boreal 2014 canoe trip with Ray Mears
in the Uk have wonderful article about my trip with Ray Mears in
Goh Iromoto is a talented filmmaker
and he was with us on the trip and he made a mesmerizing short film "We belong
to it" about Ray Mears in the boreal forest.
This has been one of the coldest Februarys on record here in Chelsea (average temp of -17 C).
So what do paddlers do in the winter? Well, we play on the
river just like we do the rest of the year! Check out the video highlights and lowlights from our Feb. 28 game of what we call "ninny-shinny".