From Puppy to Working Guide Dog

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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.

Raising Stanley is a collaborative audio-visual documentation of the process of raising and working with 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.

Stanley is a Yellow Lab with Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind raised by Karen and her husband Iain. In December, 2016 he graduated from intensive training and now works with his new handler in Sudbury.
 is a six year old Black Lab and Kim’s fourth guide dog.

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.
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.
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L to R Karen Bailey, Karen, Kim, Tulia, diptych, Acrylic on canvas, each panel 40.6 x 30.4,
2015, Hello Goodbye, panel 1 of triptych, Acrylic on canvas, 40.6 x 20.3cm., 2016, 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