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Bluenose Elimination Race

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Size: 22x 15 inches
Medium: Limited Edition of 275 Lithographs

In 1920, the American’s Cup Race between the defending American yacht Resolute and the British challenger Shamrock IV was deferred because of a 23 knot breeze. The news traveled quickly throughout New England and the Maritimes. Fishermen coming home from the Banks and sailors along the eastern seaboard openly argued that such a faint little breeze would scarcely “raise an eyebrow” among real sailors, especially those who sailed in Gloucester fishing vessels and in Nova Scotia schooners from the South Shore. The owners of The Halifax Herald and The Evening Mail, led by publisher William H. Dennis, issued formal challenge for an annual North American International Fisherman’s Race. Only experienced deep-sea fishing schooners and fishermen could compete. Each race would cover a 35 to 40 mile course which had to be completed in 9 hours. A $5000 purse was involved, with the winning schooner receiving a luxurious silver trophy. It would be “a race for real sailors”. With the ink barely dry on the championship challenge, the feisty New England schooner Esperanto arrived in Halifax, trounced the Lunenburg saltbanker Delawana, and sailed triumphantly back to Gloucester with the prize. Nova Scotians declared that a new schooner was needed, one that was large enough to carry a good-sized cargo and yet sturdy enough to be driven hard on the merciless Atlantic. She must be safe for her crew and sleek and fast enough to get the fish home to market quickly. And one more thing – she must also be able to effectively challenge any schooner in the Gloucester fleet and bring the trophy home. A young Halifax marine architect, William J. Roue, was chosen to design the ship. His design came to life in the shipyard of Smith and Rhuland in Lunenburg. On March 26 1921 the Bluenose was launched. This piece is titled “Bluenose Elimination Race, 1921”, and depicts the bluenose racing in Halifax Harbour. The two other vessels present are, the Canadia # 6 and the Alcala # 7. The number on the sails of the Bluenose is the # 2, this was the only time that this number was displayed on her sails. It was in this race that she had to prove herself capable to represent the country in The North American International Fisherman’s race. There was no contest. She won the race, and for the rest of her undefeated racing career her sails proudly displayed the # 1.

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She draws much inspiration from the ocean view just outside her studio on the rugged shores of Cape Breton. She translates the joy that she feels there into her fabulous glass creations.

Down To Earth Art Gallery - Glass ArtThese, one of a kind, pieces have a wonderful sense of colour and her graphic design background makes exploration and design of geometric shapes an even more dramatic look in her distinctive works.

Bonnie has been juried into numerous exhibits and has displayed in Butchard Gardens (Victoria, B.C.), the Skooke Fine Art Show and has been purchased and enjoyed by people around the world.

As a long- time instructor for creating fused glass she has truly enjoyed introducing new glass artists to this wonderful medium.

Glass fusing has been in existence since around 2000 BC and once cut and laid out, each piece is then typically fired at high temperatures that takes place over a 24 to 36-hour schedule to achieve their final individual unique appearance.

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