Do What Moves You

Love Yourself. Then Forget It. Then Love The World. – Mary Oliver, Devotions

The Canada Geese are doing it – I laughed out loud as the adults and growing goslings walked single file across the wide expanse of beach towards the ocean that recently hosted three transient Orca whales, launching themselves into the salt water as if on holiday. I wonder what the tourists and the kids, their school year having just ended, think about sharing this summer ritual with not just one or two geese but a whole flotilla!

Summer is so fleeting up here in the North (now known as Raptor country!) that it behooves us to do what moves us, to make sure we don’t miss a thing underneath the lingering light. But it seems, this wondrous season makes sure we don’t – on any given day filled with errands, visiting loved ones or a dear friend, the exotic fragrance of the Catalpa trees will tickle the nose or the creamy petals of the peonies catch one’s eye.

As I’ve mentioned before, a plethora of events, exhibits, and festivals spring up at this warmer time of year, enticing us to be more present in our world. When our local newspapers hit the stands each week, I read through each carefully, cutting out every announcement that makes my heart sing.

One exhibit that called to me is currently on at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art downtown. This hidden jewel came to my attention during an open house last year to celebrate the gallery’s tenth anniversary, as I wandered through the two floors among the wood carvings and sparkling jewels, I knew I would be back to once again enjoy the sense of sacredness amid the curated quiet. This summer’s exhibit (Womxn and Waterways – water honours us) is a haunting collection of photographs taken by or created by a group of Indigenous women artists celebrating the precious element, water. Some of the women portrayed can be seen crouched on dark rocks immersed in a pristine river, scuffed workman’s boots in stark contrast to the bejewelled necks and wrists while others embraced by waters elsewhere raise a gleaming copper bowl to the sky. There are traditional language words threaded throughout the two floors with powerful black and white images, as well as a painted and beaded canvas with silky black thread pooling down to the floor like a wild horse’s tail but actually represents a potential oil spill from the many tankers entering our coastal waters, it hangs in mute protest, a reminder to stand watch and protect the waters that honour us. There is also a small memorial to the artist, Audrey Siegl, who passed away this year – upon a small stand, two crossed cedar fronds in front of faded photographs mark a dynamic presence now lost to the world, her striking visage rendered in black and white just to the left, warrior eyes challenging us to continue the fight.

Summer has left us for the moment, riding on the jet stream to warm our eastern provinces and it’s under cloudy skies that I find myself attending lectures and the opening of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s latest offering, the magnificent bronzes of Giacometti (Alberto Giacometti – A Line Through Time). Despite the change in the weather, I’ll continue to do what moves me, show up, and love the world.

The words, theatre of the sky, coined by my neighbour Huguette are in play during the West Coast’s stunning sunsets!

A fiery sunset captured outside our windows above the West End here in Vancouver, B.C.

And not to be outdone, daylight’s first act – a stunning shot of the sky above beautiful Third Beach (Vancouver, B.C.)



About anotetohuguette

I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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36 Responses to Do What Moves You

  1. ellie894 says:

    This is a beautifully written reminder to live and love all thatโ€™s within oneโ€™s reach. I enjoyed it very much. Do take care, suzanne ๐Ÿ’•

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  2. calmkate says:

    Another soothing contented post, lovely pics!
    I couldn’t bear such brief summers, even now in winter we have warm sunny days between the down pours and chilly nights ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Quirky Girl says:

    Ooh, yes! Beautiful skies are always such a treat! It’s impossible to observe the beauty of the sky above without experiencing feelings of unadulterated fascination and awe. Such loveliness in a sometimes less than lovely world.

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  4. markmkane says:

    Such beautiful pictures Kimberlee! Loved how you talked about the animals in nature and then transition into the art exhibit you saw at the downtown gallery. You described the art in a subtle way where I could actually picture it in front of me. Your way of writing really helps to paint a picture in the reader’s mind and the pictures you include really makes me want to be there in the moment you experience those things.

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  5. Shirley Ross says:

    Love the blog, brings back memories, Bill Reid coming from Victoria, conjures up memories of home. There is something about Indigenous art in all its forms, that breathe life. Enjoyed the bronzes also of the wonderful work of Alberto Giacometti, and his pencil on paper. We are so blessed to be surrounded by soul stirring motifs, whether on paper, wood or bronze or our place in geography.
    Love Mom

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    • We’re so lucky to have large-scale carvings of Bill Reid’s to look at (Vancouver Airport, Vancouver Aquarium and at the Museum of Anthropology) outside of the downtown gallery named in his honour. We do live in a magical place…the West Coast is unique to the world and I woke up this morning with memories of our road trips to Sooke and Sayward on Vancouver Island! Thank you (always!), Mom for stopping by and adding your lovely layers to this blog.


  6. Samuel says:

    Wise words, Kimberlee โค

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  7. Jolene says:

    Such lovely words to accompany the onset of summer. Weโ€™ll be in Vancouver in a weekโ€™s time – canโ€™t wait! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  8. ugetse says:

    Each note from you are always a special venture. Your words are so visual, they make me feel there, everywhere with you. Great sunsets right from your couch. Wow, that is luxury โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜

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  9. Jina Bazzar says:

    I loved your descriptions of the art – I could see it in my mind. Great post and great message to carry on.

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  10. michnavs says:

    “Despite the change in the weather, Iโ€™ll continue to do what moves me, show up, and love the world”…i will forever remember you Kim for saying this. It gives me a sense of awe as hope that, yes, our world needs to be loved despite and inspite of all the tragedies..

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  11. I love how present you are, Kim, and how to take advantage of all your beautiful city has to offer. The exhibit of indigenous art, honoring our precious water, sounds wonderful. Enjoy the rest of the short NW summer. I’ll be back again soon. โค

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  12. Miriam says:

    Such lovely words and beautiful skies. Thank you for sharing your world Kimberlee. You write so beautifully and evoke such peace. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’•

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  13. It sounds as though you’ve found perfect ways of making the most of your short summer Kimberlee, and you describe it beautifully as always.

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