The journey from puppy to working guide dog for the blind told through paintings and stories.
Raising Stanley will be presented at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC), Ottawa, in Spring 2018.
In Raising Stanley, Karen Bailey, a visual artist, paints Stanley, a guide dog puppy, engaged in a multitude of activities that mirror his future working life. Kim Kilpatrick, a blind storyteller, performs stories of life with Tulia, a working guide dog. Together their presentation celebrates guide dogs, art, stories and disability awareness.
Stanley has a job! Stanley, a Yellow Lab with Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind was raised by Karen and her husband Iain. In December, 2016 he graduated from intensive training and now works with Donald, his new handler in Sudbury.
Tulia is a six year old Black Lab and Kim’s fourth guide dog.
Karen Bailey’s past series feature behind-the-scenes workers and the under-recognized. She traveled to Afghanistan in 2007 as an appointed military artist to document Canadian military medical personnel at the Role 3 Hospital in Kandahar. Her official portrait of the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General of Canada, was unveiled at Rideau Hall in September 2012. www.karenbailey.ca
Kim Kilpatrick is a storyteller, former Paralympian and disability rights activist who has handled four guide dogs. As a woman who was born blind, she brings a fresh and unique approach to the art of storytelling. Her one woman show “Flying in the Dark” was presented at the National Art Centre’s Fourth Stage in Ottawa, 2013. Kim hosts “Welcome to My World”, a weekly radio show on CKCU, which aims to change the conversation and preconceptions about disability.
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Karen Bailey, The Staircase, Acrylic on canvas, 101 x 50.6cm, 2015, Stanley Gets Busy, Acrylic on canvas, 40.6 x 40.6cm. 2016, Guide Dogs Dancing, Acrylic on canvas, 101 x 101cm, Stanley, Olympik and the Mayor of Ayers Cliff, Acrylic on canvas, 101 x 50.6cm, 2016, At The Theatre, Acrylic on canvas, 101 x 76cm.. 2015, The Injection, Acrylic on canvas, 101 x 50.6cm, 2015, Stanley and the Water Bowl, Acrylic on canvas, 40.6 x 40.6cm, 2016