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T. 'apples and branches' May 31 2016 Jane Tims




between apples, twigs and leaves

stems and branches

are glimpses

of sky


sapphire and cerulean

panes of leaded




molten in motions of wind

edges in




fragile as blades of bent grass

stiffened by frozen





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All my best,


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August 12, 2019 at 7:00 am

“Glorious Light”

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So far this winter I have read some terrific books. One of the best combines my interest in history with my love of stained glass.




“Glorious Light — The Stained Glass of Fredericton” by John Leroux (Gaspereau Press, 2011) is a splendid photographic record of the best kept secret of Fredericton’s architecture. The book explores both sacred and secular examples of glass artistry throughout the city.  With examples, it describes and provides background on specific windows, some I have seen and wondered about since I came to Fredericton almost 40 years ago.


On Thursday evening this week, as part of our “Authors Coffee House” (Holy Trinity Anglican Church), John Leroux will give a presentation and reading of “Glorious Light”. John is a noted local architect and restoration specialist, and an engaging speaker. If you are in the Fredericton area, this would be a great way to spend a Thursday evening. Perhaps I’ll see you there!





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January 24, 2017 at 8:38 pm

‘Outside-In No. 2’ – bringing the outside into our homes

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I have submitted another painting to Isaac’s Way Restaurant, for their 24th Art Auction and Sale.  This event will run from May 24, 2015 to September 20, 2015.  The proceeds from the auction go to sponsor kids-in-need for theatre lessons.


Looking for a theme for my recent work, I decided to do a series of still life paintings about the many elements of the out-of-doors we bring into our homes.  This includes items collected on walks, motifs on fabrics and metals, small statuary and so on.  My second painting in the series is ‘Outside-In No. 2’ – a still life of books, a jar of potpourri, a metal bird sculpture, pine cones and my fern curtains.

For the painting, I used Chromium Oxide Green, Burnt Umber, Titanium White, Phthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow and Quinacridone Magenta. I finished some surfaces in the painting with Golden Polymer Medium (Gloss) to give some items shine and a smooth texture.


Jane Tims 'Outside-In No 1' May 2015

Jane Tims ‘Outside-In No 2’ May 14, 2015 (24″ X 20″ acrylic, gallery edges)


The first painting in the series was ‘outside-in’, currently displayed in the 23rd Art Auction at Isaac’s Way. It features a moss terrarium and dragon sculpture.  There are still a few days remaining in the 23rd auction (until May 24, 2015) so if you are local, it is a great way to own some original art and contribute to a worthy cause!  The paintings in the auction can be seen at:


Jane Tims  'outside-in'  February 12, 2015

Jane Tims ‘outside-in’ February 12, 2015 (24″ X 20″, acrylic, gallery edges)


The canvas for my next painting stands ready on the easel.  Now, to look around the house for some out-of-doors items to include in the painting!


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May 18, 2015 at 7:10 am

green flame

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In the afternoon, on a sunny day, the light from the stained glass window in our stairwell finds a place on the wall of our living room. For a few moments, blues, reds and greens create a gorgeous splash of colour. Yesterday afternoon, the spotlight settled behind the curtained door to the library. And a green flame shimmered among the folds of fabric, a reminder of the greenery slumbering out in the yard, beneath the snow.
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December 10, 2014 at 7:15 am

writing a novel – another look at old churches

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As I write my novel, I am amazed at how many instances of abandoned churches I have encountered in my life.  I have come to think that I live at a time that will be remembered for a great turnover in our churches.  With the need for energy efficiency and financial stability, congregations are actively seeking the ideal ‘place’.

I understand why this should be so.  But I still love the idealized rural church of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Earlier this month, we took a drive to Saint Martins.  Near Garnett Settlement, we saw yet another re-purposed church.

old church near Garnett Settlement

This one was abandoned a few years ago, after there were only four parishioners to keep it going.  It was sold and has been turned into a country treasures gift store called the ‘Old Fangled Steeple’.

windows in old church near Garnett Settlement

The church still has almost all of its stained glass windows intact.



window - 'Jesus teaching by the sea'


For some beautiful images of abandoned churches, have a look at:

For a rather sad tour of the inside of some abandoned churches, see:


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December 21, 2012 at 7:29 am

sacred spaces

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Abandoned churches are a particularly poignant reminder of how ephemeral our human spaces can be.  In most cases, churches are abandoned for reasons of practicality – the maintenance costs are too high and refurbishing costs exceed starting over. 

I think about the people who originally planned and built the church.  They needed a place to meet and worship.  They probably had a hard time pulling together the resources.  There would have been a first Sunday service in the new church, perhaps a celebration afterwards with a meal and speeches.

It was probably a heart-wrenching decision to abandon the church.  So many baptisms, weddings and funerals.  So many personal experiences of being near to God.  So many forgotten moments of amusing bored children, nodding-off during sermons, singing off-key, and greeting friends and neighbours.

Some older churches are maintained because of their heritage value, and used occasionally for special services…

Some churches are sold and repurposed, into office space, or even homes…

Some churches are abandoned entirely, left as reminders of the landscape of the past…

Although it is vacant, this old church has someone to care for it, evidenced by the mowed lawn.




between ruby glass

and hard wood floor

a slide of light and three


extinguished candles

smoke lifts from smoulder

each mote a particle


of spectral light, mosaic

shard, image

reassembled in three



shepherd, hawthorn



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September 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm

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