Conversations with Pen & Brush

Father Douglas and Jocelyne Verret

Churchill Square

Conversations with Pen & Brush is a collaborative work between Edmonton poet Jocelyn Verret and Edmonton artist Father Douglas, bearing witness to a bi-lingual (French &; English) dialogue between two different forms of artistic expression: painting and the written word. Words and paintings enter into exchange, intersect like parabolas, and then move away from one another as eddying tides of movement, thoughts, images, colours, words, shapes and emotions.


Edmonton artist Father Douglas is a member of the Religious Order of Franciscan Missionary Brothers. He holds a Fine Arts Certificate from the University Of Alberta Faculty Of Extension in Edmonton and diplomas in Theatre Craft & Design from the Banff Centre. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Edmonton and area and is represented by the AGA Art Rental and Sales Gallery in Edmonton and the Art Gallery of St. Albert Rental & Sales in St. Albert. He enjoys working in various mediums and has two Public Art works in Edmonton: a 400sq. foot stained glass mural at the Belvidere LRT Station and a 40 foot long acrylic mural in Country Cookin’ Restaurant. His works can be found in a number of public collections, including the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Alberta Teacher’s Association and the U of A Hospital Collection, as well as numerous private collections. http//

Jocelyne Verret, a published French-Canadian writer (novel, play, educational books for French Immersion, poetry, and essays), was born in Québec City. She has woven a tight web between French and English expression throughout her life. CBC’s Ideas radio program has broadcast her poem Chinese Laundry, while La Société Radio-Canada aired her translation of A Midsummer Night’s Ice Dream, a video shot in Edmonton. She is the first Francophone president of Edmonton’s Stroll of Poets; she introduced readings in both official languages and with professional musicians. She has performed throughout the city, most recently at Stephansson House’s July 2016 poetry afternoon. A passionate communicator, Jocelyne has directed workshops from Red Deer to Yellowknife, done simultaneous translation in Whitehorse, conducted research for l’Office national du film du Canada, and been a radio and television

journalist at CBC-SRC in Edmonton. She holds a Master’s Degree in French Studies from the Université de Sherbrooke.