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Mark Raynes Roberts
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Crystal Artist - Designer - Photographer
Crystal Artist - Designer - Photographer

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“WAR Flowers conveys the fears and frailties of the human spirit, while revealing how beauty transcended
evil to reveal our shared humanity. This exhibition I believe has a richness and a vitality that draws people in.”

Mark Raynes Roberts

Thank you to Kevin Gallagher, CTV correspondant at CTV National News for the sensitive portrayal of the WAR FLOWERS story, and the wonderful interview with curator Viveka Melki. The Canadian World War 1 exhibition currently on display at the Canadian War Museum, will travel to Campbell House Museum, Toronto, (Jan 23 - March 25, 2018, before heading to the Visitor Education Center, Canadian National Memorial, Vimy, (France) April 9 - Sept 9, 2018, before returning to Château Ramezay Museum, Montreal , Oct 4, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

WAR Flowers is inspired by the pressed flowers picked by Lt Col. George S. Cantlie, from the fields of war-torn Europe during the First Word War and sent to his baby daughter in Montreal. These century-old flowers reveal the emotions of the human spirit through the landscape of war by combining crystal art, olfactory, historical artifacts and an original music soundtrack.
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Thinking about Canadian publisher and editor, Ellen Seligman, today, who sadly passed away only last week. Ellen was a very bright light in Can Lit's storied history, working with McClelland & Stewart since the late 60's. A friend and supporter to many author's both in Canada and abroad, Ellen's kindness, support, determination and humour helped me make the ILLUMINATION project come alive last year. This is my way of celebrating her life though the beauty of crystal and the words of the authors.
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ILLUMINATION - Portraits of Canadian Literature + Authors
Mark Raynes Roberts celebration of Canada's treasury of authors and poets viewed through the prism of optical crystal and the photographic lens.
ANTHEM - Leonard Cohen
"Ring the bells that still can ring
There is no perfect offering
There is a crack a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in."

www.raynesillumination.com
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ILLUMINATION - Portraits of Canadian Literature
Mark Raynes Roberts - Crystal Art Exhibition
Gardiner Museum, Oct 26 -Nov 11, 2015

ANTHEM - Leonard Cohen
Ring the bells that still can ring
For your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
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