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Katharine Harvey
Artist

Toronto
April 21, 2009

Katharine Harvey’s massive fifteen by twenty-one foot sculpture Chandelier, incorporating eight hundred square feet of recycled plastic containers, is on view from April 20 to 25 at the Allen Lambert Galleria (181 Bay Street) in Toronto. On Earth Day (April 22), between noon and 2 pm, she will be on site to answer questions from the public. Harvey’s exhibition history includes shows at Nicholas Metivier Gallery (Toronto), MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie), Rodman Hall (St. Catharines), Galerie Art Mûr (Montréal), the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery (Owen Sound), Durham Art Gallery, Cambridge Gallery, Le Centre d’Exposition in Baie-St-Paul (Québec), Painting Center (New York), and Stride Gallery (Calgary), as well as YYZ Artists Outlet, WARC and Mercer Union in Toronto. Having received a BFA from Queen's University and an MFA from the University of Victoria, she lives and works in Toronto. Her installation at Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche festival in Toronto won a People’s Choice Award in 2008.

1. The Plastiki

There’s a guy building a sailing yacht out of recycled plastic bottles in San Francisco (where else?). It’s called The Plastiki instead of the Kon-Tiki. He wants to sail across the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness about that big floating pile of trash out there. Sounds like fun, but the sceptics aren’t sure if the yacht will be seaworthy for such an extended voyage. There’s a great article about him in the New Yorker.

2. Dog Sledding

We got a crash course outside of Huntsville on a sled behind a team of seven unquenchable huskies. The driver, standing on the runners, has to hang on for dear life because if she falls off, the passenger careens down the trail with no way of steering or stopping. I had to keep pulling back because of a slow, lame tourist just ahead of us. Our (cute) dogs were not pleased and I got a lot of over-the-shoulder dirty looks. The most fun I’ve had in a long time. The owner said we should come back mid-week, sans touristas, and get a good run for our money.

3. Vendee Globe

Thirty boats started and only eleven finished three or four months later in this solo sailing race around the world that ended recently in France. Huge masts got snapped off by the wind. Boats cracked wide open. One guy capsized and was trapped under his hull for a couple days in the middle of the South Seas. One guy broke his femur on deck and lay there for days, trying to reach his supply of morphine. Two women finished the race - they were indomitable. Several boats, worth millions of dollars were lost in the southern ocean. It was wild out there. Short films, beamed in from the sailors, are online here.

4. Mapping

Actually, I think the theme of this Hit List might be mapping. Check out the satellite radio collared porcupine caribou herds in the western Arctic. On this website, you can see where they have migrated across the Yukon and Alaska each season for the past ten years. There is one caribou named “Kate”. How cute is that?

5. Caramelized Pecans

2 cups pecan halves, 1 tbsp butter, 2 tbsps white sugar, ½ tsp ground nutmeg, ½ tsp cayenne pepper, salt to taste. Place 2 cups of pecans in a colander. Pour boiling water over them to minimize the tannins in the skins. Place nuts and all other ingredients in a sauté pan. Cook over medium-high heat for about 7 to 12 minutes (or longer), stirring well, until the nuts are dark and glossy. Spread them out in a single layer on a piece of waxed paper. If you have cooked them properly, they should be sticking together slightly and you will need to separate them as they cool. If they are not dark and sticking together, you have not cooked them long enough or at a high enough temperature. When cooled, they should be very crunchy.

 

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