GIPPER’S UNDERGROUND: ‘Gipp Forster always had a hearty welcome for everyone, and usually a story as well, and he hosted the place with warmth and humour,’ reminisces Brentwood Bay’s Denis Donnelly

Published April 21, 2013 by goyodelarosa

Re: “‘Santa’ founded Mustard Seed,” April 17.

Gipp Forster is widely applauded for his founding of the Mustard Seed, and rightly so, but before that there was another aspect of Gipp that bears remembering — his support of music in Victoria during the late 1960s.

Gipp ran Gipper’s Underground, a popular folk coffeehouse in the basement of the (then) Century Inn.

His wonderfully inviting and friendly nature soon attracted a large following and made it “the” place for folk music in the city.

I was a frequent guest and performer there, as were most of the folkies in town. At the height of the “folk boom” of the 1960s, Gipp’s was a place we could go and play the open stage, hear the latest songs, trade guitar licks, talk about music and hear the wonderful acts he brought in.

I remember several appearances by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, as well as Valdy and a very young Ann Mortifee, among many others. Gipp always had a hearty welcome for everyone, and usually a story as well, and he hosted the place with warmth and humour.

He ran it with generosity as well, as he had a “free list” of performers who didn’t have to pay, and I am sure that affected his revenue flow, but that was not the main thing for Gipp — it was about community. At the time, Gipper’s was the only place like it, and it helped to form some notable musical careers.

Denis Donnelly

Brentwood Bay


Published April 20, 2013 by goyodelarosa

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Agnes of Montepulciano

St. Agnes of Montepulciano, O.P.
Saint Agnes miraculously receiving the Blessed Sacrament from an angel
Born 28 January 1268
MontepulcianoPapal States
Died 20 April 1317
Montepulciano, Papal States
Honored in Roman Catholic Church
(Dominican Order)
Canonized 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII
Majorshrine Church of St. Agnes, Montepulicano, Siena, Italy
Feast 20 April
Attributes Lily and a lamb

Agnes of Montepulciano, O.P. (1268–1317), was a Dominican prioress in medieval Tuscany, who was known as a miracle worker during her lifetime. She is honored as a saint by the Catholic Church.




Agnes was born into the noble Segni family in Gracciano, a frazione of Montepulciano, then part of the Papal States. At the age of nine, she convinced her parents to allow her to enter a monastery of women in the city living a simple, contemplative life, known as the “Sisters of the Sack”, after the rough religious habit they wore. She received the permission of the pope to be accepted into this life at such a young age, normally against Church law.[1]

In 1281, the lord of the castle of Proceno, a fief of Orvieto, invited the nuns of Montepulciano to send some of their Sisters to Proceno to found a new monastery. Agnes was among the nuns sent to found this new community.

In 1288 Agnes, despite her youth at only 20 years of age, was noted for her devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and deep life of prayer, and was elected as the abbess of the community. There she gained a reputation for performing miracles: people suffering from mental and physical ailments seemed cured by her presence. She was reported to have “multiplied loaves”, creating many from a few on numerous occasions, recalling the Gospel miracle of the loaves and fishes. She herself, however, suffered severe bouts of illness which lasted long periods of time.[1]

In 1306 Agnes was recalled to head the monastery in Montepulciano. She presided over this monastery until her death. After her return, she proceeded to build a church to honor the Blessed Mother, as she felt she had been commanded to do in a mystical vision several years earlier. She also had a vision of St. Dominic Guzman, under the inspiration of which she led the nuns of her monastery to embrace the Rule of St. Augustine as members of the Dominican Order in that year. She was frequently called upon to bring peace to the warring families of the city.[1]

By 1316, Agnes’ health had declined so greatly that her doctor suggested taking the cure at the thermal springs in the neighboring town of Chianciano Terme. The nuns of the community prevailed upon her to take his recommendation. While many of the other bathers reported being cured of their illnesses, Agnes herself received no benefit from the springs. Her health failed to such a degree that she had to be carried back to the monastery on a stretcher.[1]


When Agnes died the following 20 April, the Dominican friars attempted to obtain balsam to embalm her body. It was found, however, to be producing a sweet odor, and her limbs remained supple.[1]

When her body was moved years after her death to the monastery church, it was found to be incorrupt.[2]

The Dominican friar Raymond of Capua, who later served as confessor to St. Catherine of Siena, wrote an account of Agnes some fifty years later. He described her body as still appearing as if she were alive. Catherine herself referred to her as “Our mother, the glorious Agnes”.[1]

Agnes was canonized by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726. Her feast day is celebrated within the Dominican Order on 20 April.

[edit]See also


  1. a b c d e f “Sant’ Agnese Segni di Montepulciano”Santi Beati.(Italian)
  2. ^ “St. Agnes of Montepuliciano”Catholic News Agency. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012.

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‘WHO IS GOYO DE LA ROSA’? “I enjoy art, don’t regret painting Earth Walk rainbow banners in 1993, but now I certainly resist ‘green’ Globalism, says Rockland artist-LA ROSA editor-historian Gregory Hartnell (‘Goyo de la Rosa’), seeking nomination as a FREE SPEECH INDEPENDENT NON-PARTISAN candidate, Victoria Beacon Hill… PLEASE email: … Read Gregory Hartnell + ‘Goyo de la Rosa’ + LA ROSA: + Tel. 250 382 97 67 + Write: G.P.M. H., 1357 Rockland, Vic V8S 1V7

Published April 20, 2013 by goyodelarosa



GOYO DE LA ROSA: Details of preliminary designs for EARTH WEEK-EARTH WALK overhead street banner, circa 1993


The unjust war-mongering Globalist Times Colonist published a full colour photo by Lyle Stafford of the Earth Walk banner which I naively painted in 1993 in Chinatown, not knowing any better.

The Earth Walk banners were painted by myself without assistance, upstairs on the roof of the corner building above the Quanlee’s grocery store, accessed from Andy Sinat’s famous topfloor studio, next to which I had sublet another studio for a couple of years…

Andy encouraged me to paint both banners out there on the roof, which worked great for ventilation and space.  I hope I didn’t bring him to much grief from his landlord for any reason, and appreciate his support to this day…

I can’t find a copy of Stafford’s colour photo online, but it was published on the back page D12 of the GO EXPLORE section of the Thursday, April 18, 2013 number of what some people call the ‘Crimes Communist.’

Shamefully, the TC pushes trash culture with all its might, and so they put a full colour first page photo of the Motley Crue band on the front of the section, coming to you soon at your publicly funded white elephant of an arena… this is certainly not culture of any quality that taxpayers should subsidize, but of course we do, and have been subsidizing the importation of this type of trash culture ever since the damn place was built.



‘Goyo de la Rosa’ is on the left, EARTH WALK banner behind joyous friends of LA ROSA


Anyway, I had fun painting two similar designs on different-sized banners provided to me by the peace group of the day, who had just changed the name of the event.

After the now infamous big eugenicist ‘green’ Globalist conference in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 (which produced United Nations’ Agenda 21 ‘sustainable development’), the Victoria peace group changed the name of the event to Earth Walk from Peace Walk, so they needed their old banners to be painted over, each using a different type of paint.

One banner was hung across Douglas Street near the Dairy Queen bend in the street, and the other is usually carried by Earth Walkers at the front of the parade, thus making a very colourful photo opportunity, as it has psychedelic rainbow colours, definitely influenced by my stay in old San Francisco.

I now see ‘green’ Globalism as a very dangerous eugenicist cult and so I resist it with every ounce of my Christian blood, and so, even though it was a pleasant experience at the time, I now regret the misleading message I am responsible for having painted, in my ignorance, on these ‘green’ Globalist propaganda pieces of historically significant art.

This seems odd for me to admit to my fellow ageing hippies, other interested anti-Globalists and pro-life readers now, but it is the stark and mysterious truth of the circular historical path of my pilgrimage to the Almighty at 60 years old.

Today, if God wills it and weather permitting, I’ll go down to Sainte Anne’s with the Earth Walkers, as an interested historian, as a free man seeking nomination signatures to stand as an independent  non partisan candidate in the upcoming provincial election, but certainly not in solidarity with the evil eugenicist New World Order of tyrannical ‘green’ Globalism… never, but certainly in resistance to it.



Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell (‘Goyo de la Rosa’)




TEL. 250 382 97 67



LIONEL-NOEL ROYER (1852 – 1926): Femme au tambourin: nostalgie bohemienne, publie par Kenza @ The Au Jasmin + Rockland Rosa Triplex

Published April 14, 2013 by goyodelarosa
Lionel-Noël Royer (1852–1926), Femme au tambourin
« Point de musique véritable qui ne nous fasse palper le temps. »
E.M Cioran

RESURRECTED JESUS THE GARDENER TO MARY MAGDALENE: ‘Don’t touch me’ + ‘NOLI ME TANGERE’: ALBRECHT DURER, 1511 woodcut; Lelio ORSI, 1575, oil + Adriaen VAN DER WERFF 1719 painting

Published March 31, 2013 by goyodelarosa

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Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q5580 s:en:Author:Albrecht Dürer
English: Small Passion: 31. Christ Appears to Mary Magdalene
Deutsch: Noli me tangere
Date 1511
Medium woodcut
Source/Photographer repro from art book

wiki commons


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Noli me tangere, meaning “don’t touch me”, is the Latin version of words spoken,

according to John 20:17, by Jesus (looking as gardener) to Mary Magdalene after his resurrection.

In art history, it also describes the scenes representing John 20:17.


LELIO ORSI (1511-1587)

1575 oil, Wadsworth Atheneum





Both paintings found at Wikimedia Commons

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Adriaen van der Werff (1659–1722) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q368053
Latina: Noli me tangere
Date 1719
Medium painting
Source/Photographer Unknown
(Reusing this file)
public domain

RESURREZIONE: Pietro PERUGINO, 1496 – 1500, Musee des Beaux-Arts de ROUEN + ‘NOLI ME TANGERE’ de BRAMANTINO, fresco circa 1490 + FRA BARTOLOMEO, 1472 – 1517

Published March 31, 2013 by goyodelarosa


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PIETRO PERUGINO (1448 – 1523)


Wikimedia Commons


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FRA BARTOLOMEO (1472 – 1517)



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MELANIE FURTADO PLAYS WITH CREATING: ‘EMOTIVE’ Portrait Sculpting Workshop on mood + gesture: April 13 + 14, Sat. 10 am – 5pm, Sun. 11am – 5pm. $145 (+ $25 materials fee)

Published March 18, 2013 by goyodelarosa

- Classes - 

Portrait Sculpting Workshop
on mood & gesture

April 13th & 14th
Sat 10 am – 5pm
Sun 11am – 5pm

$145 (+ $25 materials fee)

Come play with creating mood and gesture with clay in this weekend workshop!

We’ll start the day with some inspirational sculpture images, progress to a fun gestural drawing exercise, then dive right into our portrait study.

Working from the live model, we will focus on the underlying movement of the pose. We will learn about structural anatomy of the head, experiment with texture and keep the details loose! Creativity and expression encouraged!

All levels welcome. Share the Facebook event with your friends here.

Clay and a basic armature are included. We will be completing just the clay sculpt in this workshop. (Additional classes available for hollowing/finishing processes, or you can complete on your own.)

To Register- contact me at or 250-813-1607

Wed Night Sculpting Sessions

April 3rd- 24th  (4 weeks)
$120 (+materials if needed)
Wed nights 7-9:30pm 

Come sculpt with a creative group of fellow artists- you can work on a project of your choosing, or complete an exercise designed to improve your skill and knowledge in a particular topic. All experience levels welcome.

Some project options:
- Lifecasting (great reference!)
-Ear study exercise
-Eye study exercise
-Maquettes for larger work
-Portrait from photos
-Pets or animals!

To Register Contact me at or 250-813-1607
(Drop in’s may be available dependant on space- please inquire)

You can also read my blog post about January’s session here.

Come Like my artist page on Facebook for interesting sculpture links and photos of works in progress:



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