Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas sale at MUSEartspace

Hi there. Here's what's up at MUSE.

Christmas Sale:

A new batch of TEXTING MITTS have arrived but at only $18 they're going quickly!

Also new are YOGA MATS. These high quality mats are on special for the week at $20!

Stocking stuffers include 5 different flavours of handmade lip balm from the Green Cowgirl.
My fave = Raspberry Cream! Only $3.50!

Stuffed animals, hats, bags, jewellery, mirrors and island christmas tree ornaments made from sea glass, wood, shells -- so lovely!

Handmade hammocks would make for a fantastic gift. These hammocks will last forever and can be installed inside or outside. They are super comfy - like being cradled. And they look cool. You can pick your own colour and have a hammock custom made for a loved one. Come on in and give our floor model a swing -- it's soooooooo nice!


Give the gift of art for Christmas. It lasts forever and never needs to be upgraded!!

The best part is that you don't have to deal with the Walmart crowds at MUSE. It's the most laid back place ever to shop!

Come on in and take a look. It's a great experience all around!


Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas at MUSE -- prezzies for the whole family!!!

Hi everyone -- here are a ton of ideas from the Bloomin's Arts Cooperative for Christmas prezzies. Every piece was made with love and most are even made from recycled material. It's called upcycling. And it's amazing!!!!

Hand woven hammocks. Pick your own colour. You have to try this hammock. It's like being cradled -- great for snuggling and can be easily installed inside or outside. There is only 1 hanging point so all you need is a sturdy beam. Or you can buy stand.

Lots of paintings of various sizes and styles.

Hats, pillows, bags, fairy skirts and toys made with recycled material.

All one of a kind.

Floral arrangements.

Owls, foxes, sheep, pigs. Big and little.
All made of recycled material. These are
really heirlooms in the making. Something your
child will pass down to their own children.

jewellery -- gorgeous!

Island mirrors -- excellent for the cottage!

Flying pigs -- need I say more?

Sea glass ornaments -- excellent gifts for people off island.
Mementos of the beaches back home!

Edgy art -- the white Moon woman has already been claimed - sorry. :)

Texting gloves .... these are amazing!!!

Fairy skirts -- adorable!!!

Earrings ...

Necklaces .....

..... and lots more (pix to come tomorrow)!!!!

So come out to MUSE at 211 Euston St to pick up your holiday gifts. No giant lines. No craziness. Just browse and take in the awesomeness of the space!

Open MON, WED, THUR, FRI 10am to 5:30pm, SAT 11am to 5:30pm

CLOSED TUES AND SUNDAY except for special events.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

MUSE for little kids

MUSE is great for the whole family!

PRE-SCHOOL DROP IN - 10 -11 am Mon to Fri - $5per child $8 for 2. $45 get you 10 visits.

The pre-school drop in gives parents and kids time to hang out in a laid back space and create together. We do a little yoga, make a little music and do something something fun in art studio (paint, craft, cut, paste!)


I work with parents to make the best birthday party for the best cost. Kids love MUSE and they get a party that's just for them. One of a kind. Prices range from $10 to $15 per kid depending on the activities they want to do.

I am very open to programming weekly art sessions for kids from 4 to 7. If you have a group of kids that can get together for a one time event or a weekly course just get in touch with me and I'll create a program just for you!


Monday, November 15, 2010

That's right ... MUSEartspace rocks!
Kids love to play and create in MUSE.

With a full stock of art supplies, video equipment,
costumes, musical instruments and a big space, kids
are free to let their imaginations run wild.

KIDS CREATE! arts program currently runs every Saturday from 10 to 11:30 and is $15 per child. For 8 to 11 years.

MUSE will create specialty programs (one off or series) for groups. Contact Renee for more info

MUSE is also running a Christmas Camp during the holiday. Full day programming $30/child.

AND MUSE hosts BIRTHDAY PARTIES and SPECIAL EVENTS. I like to work with people to make their events exactly what they want with in their budget. Come talk to me about making your kid's party the best day ever!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Adult and Kid programing open to drop ins tomorrow (SAT)

Hi there -- I'm opening Saturday programs to drop-ins.

Kids 8 to 11 are invited to drop in for a Yoga/Art course from 10 to 11:30 am. If you were wondering if your kid would like this course come out and try it!!! Boys and girls are already booked into this class. We do power yoga from 10 to 10:30 (yes boys love this -- it's very athletic!). And then for 10:30 to 11:30 we do an art project. We are experimenting with all kinds of media. So far we've made dragon puppets, animated, and started a wood sculpture. Tomorrow we'll be working with video and continuing our sculptures -- drop ins will be able to catch up on this quickly.

$15 per kid.


Adults 16+ are invited to drop in for art session from 1 to 3 pm. If you were wondering if you would like this course come out and try it!!! Men and women are already booked into this class and so far we've experimented with drawing and vision boarding. Tomorrow we'll be working with collage and mixed media -- drop ins will be able to catch up on this quickly.

$20/adult -- includes all materials (and coffee/tea :))

Monday, November 8, 2010

artiste et innovatrice

I know this could be considered a bit of a vain post but I don't care. We all need to celebrate our successes and I'm no different. This photo is from La Voie de l'emploi - October/November issue. The success that I'm celebrating here is that I have a history of being terrified of speaking in front of people. This summer I was thrown into the to spotlight having pulled a basket together for Regis and Kelly. I tell ya I nearly bolted when Pat Martel said we were on in 10 seconds. But I literally said a prayer - "dear God, Universe, whoever/whatever you are, please let me say what I need to say for the good of myself and everyone involved." I focused on moving energy through my heart instead of words from my head and guess what. I did great! This photo is from the Cultural Forum where we were asked to speak to the role of culture in our economy. I immediately said yes when I was asked to be on this panel - despite my fears. I didn't give my head a chance to talk. And when I got there - 10 secs before it was my turn the fear crept in and once again I said my prayer. I'm telling you I am not a religious woman but this tiny little reminder that I'm here to do some good in this world and that there is help out there was enough to calm me down and let me speak from the heart. It was a good feeling.

So this paper called me an "artiste et innovatrice" and that was just lovely. I'll wear that title with pride. :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Okay - so the last 4 months have certainly been a whirlwind for me. With opening MUSE, changing my living situation, putting on the Witches Ball, meeting all of you amazing people and trying to be the best mother I can be, I've seen myself let go of some of the activities and rituals that got me here in the first place. Now feeling tired, achy and ,yeah, a bit cranky, I'm finding that I'm in desperate need of re-establishing a daily routine that will invigorate me and bring me back to the place that I was when I opened MUSE.

So to do this I've decided to open MUSE early in the mornings Wed, Thurs, and Fri - 8:00am to 9am - to do a morning ritual that will include some yoga, meditation and visualization. There may be days that I throw in an art project like a small "intention collage'. Entry will be by donation. I won't be doing instruction - this will be more about sharing the experience and building a practice, giving people and myself a structure to work with that will helps us get into a routine. The front door will be open from 8:00 to 8:15 but will be locked after that. Late comers can come in quietly through the back entrance. I'm looking so forward to this. I hope you take me up on this offer cause it's easier to do this with a support system.

I have mats and will supply the visualizations and art supplies. You just need to bring your butts into the studio before work! If you don't know yoga - you can follow me or you can stretch or just increase your meditation time. MUSE is an amazing place to settle and allow the energy to pour into you. You'll leave the place ready for your day!!

Call me if you have questions -- Renee Laprise - 388-2044

Monday, October 25, 2010

First House Concert was AMAZING!

FOREST CITY LOVERS, STEVE BROWN AND STORY were in MUSEartspace last night to perform. It was intimate and all about the music. Really wonderful!

More pix and video can be found at JUNNNKTANK.COM

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

“Evolve Your Creative Potential”

MUSEartspace presents:
“Evolve Your Creative Potential”

Michelle is excited to unveil her powerful new program
that will enable clients to manage and direct their most
precious resource, their CREATIVE ENERGY. With
18 years of professional development and personal
coaching, Michelle has led seminars, workshops, tele-
trained, and impacted the lives of over 1,000 clients.

Michelle will give you a peek into the “Evolve Your Creative Potential” program by introducing the steps to creating a daily life practice that:

· Consistently aligns you with your creative intelligence
· Helps you to identify and outsmart the ego
· Allows you to live an uncompromised life
· Empowers your overall development
· Turbocharges your creativity and powers up your life

and FREE!!!! Learn how to make a vision board with Renee Laprise.
THURS., NOV. 4th
7:00 TO 8:30pm
$10 at the door

Monday, October 18, 2010

MUSE schedule change

Hi everybody

MUSE will be open the last 2 weeks of October despite my earlier plans. I will be in and out due to the Witches Ball prep but will be running pre-school drop in from 10 to 11am monday to friday along with my other scheduled programming.

I do have Tomoyo Suzuki in the space right now. Lovely little drawings - snapshots of her time here. The big gallery is being left empty to accommodate some programming and because there is a Lovely Witches Club show at the Guild.

I'm looking for artists to fill the big gallery for mid Nov till the New Year. So submit a proposal and we'll tawk!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Michael Pendergast - "Not To Be Told ... Strange and Eerie Tales of the Island"

Michael Pendergast presents:
"Not To Be Told ... Strange and Eerie Tales of the Island"

Come share in an evening of storytelling for adults with the Island own Michael Pendergast. These strange and eerie tales are mostly true stories that Michael has some connection to whether through family or places he's lived and he's letting you into these well kept (and not so well kept) secrets for just one evening!

Michael will be telling stories from 7 to 8pm and then the audience will have a chance to share their own Island tales from 8 to 9pm.

$10 at the door

MUSEartspace 211 Euston St. Charlottetown - 566-3312

Monday, September 20, 2010



Now that I've finally found my creative voice I'm here to help you do the same!

We all feel the need to express ourselves at least now and then. Getting those thoughts, words, images, feelings out of our heads and in to the world is so healthy. It relieves stress, inspires joy, and can change how we see ourselves. But many of us stuff our voices down for fear of being criticized or not being able to say what we want to say exactly the way we want to say it.

Creative expression isn't about being DaVinci or GaGa. It's about the finding the best way to say what you want to say -- then DOING IT!

I will work closely with you to assess the best route we should take to unleashing your creative self. Some people just need routine and structure, others need to be challenged and still others need to clear emotional or mental blocks that stop their creative flow. We'll use techniques and exercises that are fun and inspirational.

To facilitate your journey even further all my clients will have FREE access to the MUSE studio space so you can start or expand on projects in an enriching and safe environment. I am in MUSE during the week and will be available for guidance during your time in the studio at no extra cost. Access will be limited to certain hours and days but I will assess this on a client by client basis.

Coaching with me starts at $60/session (1 to 2 hours) or 8 weekly sessions for $400.

My coaching sessions can be tailored for teens as well as self expression during these years is one of the most important things a teen can do to keep themselves on track.

I can be reached at or 388-2044.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cool Give Away

There is a give away contest at this link.  Sign up and 
if you win give me the piece -- hehe

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"Let's Get Messy" Birthday Parties at MUSE

"Let's Get Messy Birthday Parties" are now being hosted at MUSE!!!!!!

These 90 min parties include face painting and an art project starting at $12/per child - minimum party is $95. Dress to get messy!!!

The party activities can be accommodated for any age from toddler to teen so send me your ideas and I'll work with you to make this the best party your kids ever had!!!


These courses are about getting your hands dirty and trying new things to jump start your creative soul. I have the first 4 weeks planned but I want to work with the interests of the class to build the last 4 weeks. Also I will offer FREE studio time for you to come in to work on your projects if you want to expand on your project through the week.

The CREATE! series for ADULTS, TEENS, TWEENS and KIDS is about relaxing into art and having fun. So it's actually great for all skill levels.

I'm a very practiced artist and this is something that I wish I had had access to. I'm looking forward to them myself!!! :)

Registration is now open for the 8 week Tween, Teen and Adults courses so book your spot now while there is space. Bring a friend and get 10% of your fee. REGISTRATION FORMS ARE AT

KIDS CREATE! for 5 to 7 is still being debated on - drop in or course? Drop me a line and tell me what you think?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

MUSE Creates! registration forms are available for download

Pre-registration is now open for my courses for Tweens, Teens and Adults.
Registration forms can be downloaded at (top of the page).
There has been enormous interest already and space is limited. It's "first registration
in gets it!" so make sure you register early.

Also the preschool drop off seems to be working well. It's 10 to 11 daily. $5 per drop in.
COME GET MESSY WITH YOUR KIDS. I have a kid I know what it's like to not want to make a mess in your own house. That's what the MUSE workshop is for! So come on out and give it a try! Tea and coffee available for the adults!

Still trying to figure out the 5 to 8 year group. Do you all want Saturday morning drop in or would you prefer a set time for Saturdays? I'm open to suggestions.


See you soon!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Anna Karpinski Opening

Kay - I know this is horrible but I just HAD to take pix of what the
show looks like tonight and all I had was my MacBook photobooth for a camera.
Anyhoo - here it is. It's really stunning!!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Change in programming

Hi there. Because of the changes in the Digital Media Workshops I need to reschedule the programming at MUSE. I apologize for this. MUSE is meant to be flexible and be able to evolve. However, to those who eventually sign up for courses the dates will be honoured so you don't have to worry about that.

All programming that was to start October 2 is now starting October 9 and will end on Dec 4.
Also KIDS CREATE (5 to 8) drop is being replaced by an 8 week course. Please see below.

KIDS CREATE - an 8 week course for kids 5 to 7 that will introduce them to various kinds of media including film, animation, painting, drawing, collage, print, etc.
Adult accompaniment a must adults are welcome to hang out in the lounge and read or use our computers/wireless internet.

Oct 9 to Dec 4 (Oct 30 will be skipped)
9:00am to 10am
Fee $80.00
Pre-registration required as there are only 8 spaces in this course.

email Renee at

Tweens Create (8 to 11yrs) - Saturdays, Oct 9 to Dec 4 (8weeks) - 11:00 to 12:30 - $125
Teens Create (12 to 15yrs) - Tues Eves, Sept 29th to Nov 16 (8 weeks) - 6:30pm to 8pm - $125
Adults Create (16+) - Saturdays, Oct 9 to Dec 4 (8weeks) - 1 to 3pm - $150



Monday, September 6, 2010

PRESCHOOL DAILY DROP IN CORRECTION (Island Family Magazine listing)

So sorry about this but the program for preschoolers runs from 10 to 11 weekdays.
NOT 9 to 10am like list in Island Family Magazine. It was an error on my part.
Hope to see you there!


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Who is this Renee chick?

I've lived in PEI for about 5 years now and I've come to realize that few people know who I am. I guess I've always flown under the radar. But my life has changed drastically over the last couple years so I've decided spread my wings and follow my passion for creative expression. I understand that to do this successfully, people need to know who I am. So here goes!

I'm originally from Southern Ontario. I went to UofT and got a BFA in Art and Art History, specializing in painting. Then I went to OCAD for New Media. I am, by trade, an editor for animation and have been for 12 years. I've worked in many studios in Toronto and Ottawa and 5 years ago my then husband, Brian Sharp, and I moved our family here for jobs at Trapeze Animation. Trapeze has since shut down but Brian and I are still business partners in our own production company, Mugisha Enterprises Inc. . We develop and produce story based digital media including an animated pilot for Teletoon called Angora Napkin, created by Island Graphic Novelist, Troy Little. We also are in development with a children's media property called the Amazing Travelling Friendship Fair which we have received significant funding for a demo website ( and for which I and Island writer, Patti Larsen, have written a picture book called "Humphrey the Helper" . Brian and I are both very active in the film, television and digital media community on PEI as members of the Island Film Factory.

The most incredible thing that has happened to me and the thing that really showed me that I can manifest whatever I want if I want it bad enough was meeting and working with one of my heroes, Peter Gabriel. Though it didn't result in a final product the experience was life changing and opened the world up to me. Nothing seemed out of reach.

Anyway back to PEI! After 4 years, my cushy job with Trapeze ended and I found myself on my own and jobless for the first time in 20 years. I had the desire to stay in PEI but no possibilities for a job in my field. And though we'd had some success at Mugisha, it had never been our main source of income. This was when that nagging voice in my head and heart started to scream louder and louder that I needed to do something in the arts.

Since my last year of high school I wanted to have a shared space where artists could work and show. When I finished University I realized there was an enormous gap between artists and the general public. I felt very alienated because I wanted people to see my art but I didn't fit into the art scene at all. It became my mission to bring art to the general public to bridge that gap somehow. I truly believe that all people need to be exposed to art to become comfortable with it and understand that it's important not only to value it in our society but to explore and value their own forms of self expression. I also believe that artists themselves need to be exposed to the general public because the art world really has become so insulated and self absorbed. When artists only make work that only other artists and people in the art industry can understand then art has really lost its power. Both sides feel alienated - artists feel misunderstood and dismissed by the general public while the general public feels intimidated and even sometimes mocked by a language they don't understand.

Over the years I've tried to bring art to the people in many ways. I co-coordinated a gallery in Toronto called Access Art Now that was located in the Toronto Eaton Centre. It was as public as you can get. We had some highly conceptual shows there and were able to present art to people who would never have stepped into a gallery on purpose. It was a very interesting experiment and I came to understand that it was going to take a lot of work and a lot of teaching to achieve my goal. From there I ran several student galleries and put on many group shows in public spaces. In fact my first year in PEI, Brian, Tara Costello, Patrick Ledwell and I put on the APE (artistic presence is essential) show in the ATC atrium. It featured over 30 artists, artisans and various creatives including a fantastic spread by the Culinary. The idea was to show that creativity is the core of a healthy community.

From there I started a group called the Lovely Witches Club with my friend Patti Larsen. We are a creativity club and currently have over 186 members world wide. The idea was to invite people to explore and express themselves creatively in an online forum. It's been extremely inspiring and many people who would never consider themselves artists have gone on to try many forms of self expression. LWC is about process over product, where self expression is viewed as vital for personal growth and healthy living. LWC also hosts socials and workshops but our main function is the Witches Ball, a SINsational extravaganza of performance and art, held annually around Halloween. We strive to present creative expression in a social forum to expose as many people as we can to art.

Click to see the Witches Ball.

That brings me to today and to MUSEartspace, the love of my life.

I wanted to create a space that would give emerging artists a proper gallery to show in, and at the same time give the general public a space in which to explore and express their most creative selves. It's a space in which to learn and be inspired, for all ages. I encourage and facilitate creative expression through all kinds of activities and courses for children, teens and adults.

I've never been one to toot my own horn but I think it's important that people should know why they should try the programming at MUSE - either for their children or themselves.

1. I'm a mother to beautiful 9 year old Ruby Sharp and I know what is missing in our schools and what I would like her to learn. I want to offer programming that gives our kids tools to express themselves, give their fears, their ideas, their experiences a voice so that they can move through them and grow up to be healthy expressive adults.
2. I've taught and created lesson plans for childrens arts classes before and this summer I taught side by side with a phenomenal teacher. He helped me to develop curriculum and gave me even more insight in what it takes to facilitate creative expression for various age groups.
3. I've spent the last 4 years learning and developing tools for personal energy management and holistic living. I had a very rough childhood and carried that into my adult life but I've healed so much and want so much to share the tools that got me to where I am today.
4. I believe that self expression is a way toward healing emotionally and physically and that teaching children and adults how to express themselves without regard to the product of that expression is a way to facilitate health in individuals.
5. I believe that facilitating creative expression in general and at the grassroots level will bring back society's regard for the arts and in turn make our community healthier.
6. I know that MUSEartspace (and other such places) can help turn around an ailing neighbourhood just by its very presence. I've seen it happen first hand in just the short time MUSE has been open.
7. I understand the need to express and the fear of doing it because you don't think it's good enough. I spent so long pushing down my feelings and ideas but I found my way out. And now I want to help others do the same.
8. I also understand the fear that comes with being a practicing artist. Laying your soul out for people to see. And needing a safe place to start your journey. I want to support emerging artists in their careers. And I want to support those more established artists who are trying something new. It never gets easy.

So that's me -- I've done a lot and learned a lot and now it's time for me to share that with the world. I hope that this introduction has cleared up some questions you may have had about me. The thing is -- I absolutely LOVE MUSEartspace!! It's an amazing place to work in and to create in. But it needs community support. So spread the word to everyone you know about the workshops and functions that happen at MUSE everyday - in fact try taking one yourself.

I have an after school creative enrichment program ready to go for 5 lucky students ages 8 to 11. There are 8 week courses for all ages from Tween, Teen, and Adult. There are drop in hours for pre-schoolers and kids. There's open studio time and evening events like singer/songwriter circles, socials, life drawing, etc! And please feel free to suggest ideas for courses or functions to me - I'm always open to what people are interested in. MUSE can also be rented for workshops and meetings. And all you artists -- I take work on consignment so bring in your stuff and let me sell it for you!

This place is for you.

It was always meant to evolve to suit the needs of those it was intended for - the community. I know I've been much more creative and expressive since being there. And everyone that walks through the doors says the same.

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about me. I'm excited to see what the future holds for MUSEartspace. Hope to see you all very soon!!!

happy expressing

Monday, August 23, 2010

hours this week

Hi there - I'm still deep in the moving process
BUT I will open MUSE this week from 2 till 4, Monday to Thursday.
Regular hours will resume Monday Aug 30th.

Don't forget about our life drawing session Wednesday evening from 7 till 9.

see you then!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

MUSE after school creative enrichment program


This after school program will focus on exploring creative
expression in its many forms. Kid’s will create in video,
animation, painting, drawing, photography, storytelling,
music, movement, and whatever else we can think of!
Homework and music (piano/voice) practise will be done
during our time together, as well as, lots of play and
outdoor time. The program runs from 2:30 to 5:30 and
children must be dropped off at MUSEartspace. One healthy
snack will be provided. Spaces are limited so pre-registration
for the first mnoth is required. Fee is $175.00 per month.
NOTE: PD DAYS - kids registered in the monthly
program will receive a discount of $9.00 toward the
$30.00 PD DAY fee during the month in which they are

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

PEI Digital Media Workshops new registration forms

The first DM Workshop is the Director/Actor that happens starting next Friday. This is a free intensive professional development workshop for all people interested in directing or acting professionally or has a keen interest in either. This event will be catered.

Registration forms are available

Email Brian Sharp for any questions.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Becka Viau's exhibition "Make Belief"

Becka Viau's exhibition "Make Belief" opened to an enormous crowd! What a terrific night.
Becka's pieces were admired and acquired. There are only a few left for purchase but most pieces that were sold will be on display until Sept 9th so come on in and experience this lovely loveliness.

pastel/pencil/ink/paint, 2009
approx 30"x41"
$300 (incl. pst)

pastel/pencil/ink/paint, 2010

pastel/pencil/ink/paint, 2009
$50 (incl. pst)

sheep's wool (includes the glass), 2010
Stanley stands approx 3 inches tall
$40 (incl. pst)

pastel/pencil/ink/paint, 2010

sheep's wool (includes glass and shelf), 2010
Holly stands approx 1 inch tall
$30 (incl. pst)

"Holly" detail

pastel/pencil/ink/paint, 2010

sheep's wool (includes the glass), 2010
Drew stands approx 2 inches tall

sheep's wool (includes the glass), 2010
Bunny stands approx 2 inches tall

sheep's wool (includes glass and shelf), 2010
$20 (incl. pst)

sheep's wool, 2010
$10/each (incl. pst)