The journey from puppy to working guide dog for the blind told through paintings and stories. Like Stanley, this website and our project are works-in-progress.
L to R: Karen Bailey, The Staircase, Acrylic on canvas, 101 x 50.6cm, 2015, Stanley & Tulia, Acrylic and Gold Leaf (23k) on canvas, 121 x 121cm. 2015, Guide Dogs Dancing, Acrylic on canvas, 101 x 101cm., 2015, At The Theatre, Acrylic on canvas, 101 x 76cm.. 2015
Stanley is a male platinum blonde lab puppy in training to become a guide dog with the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Raising Stanley is a collaborative audio-visual documentation of the process of raising a guide dog for the blind. Karen, a visual artist, paints Stanley, a guide dog puppy, engaged in a multitude of activities that mirror his future working life.
Kim, a blind storyteller, performs stories of life with Tulia, a working guide dog. Together they present a creative collaboration in praise of guide dogs, art, stories, disability awareness and friendship.
Karen Bailey paints people. Her 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. Karen and her husband Iain are raising Stanley for the Canadian Guide dogs for the Blind. www.karenbailey.ca
Kim Kilpatrick is a storyteller, former para-olympian 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. Tulia, a female black lab, has worked with Kim for four years.
Press: Karen Bailey exhibited her guide dog paintings as part of a Nuit Blanche 2015 installation. Peter Simpson of the Ottawa Citizen mentioned her work in his review of the NB event.
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