Wednesday, November 24, 2010

T'is The Season...For Stellar Dendrites! Review and Giveaway!

It's hard to believe that it's already the end of November!  This means the holidays are just around the corner! 

I was thinking of creative ways to send notes to our loved ones and I absolutely fell in love with some of Christine Williston's stellar dendrites.

Stellar what? That's exactly what my ESL student asked me.  Luckily for us, Ms. Williston was kind enough to be a guest speaker and discuss what stellar plates and stellar dendrites are,  how they are formed, how to capture them on camera (Ha! I *was* going to say "film"!), and she also fielded questions about her stellar dendrites.

They are so stunning! If you've ever really paid attention to how unique and beautiful a snowflake is, you'll appreciate these photos. Don't you remember being a kid and each year having that feeling of sheer awe at the first snowfall of the year? I remember trying to catch snowflakes on my tongue or trying to "save" them from melting.  Being a kid, it was hard to understand that a snowflake's beauty only lasts momentarily...and then it melts.

Ms. Williston captures stellar dendrites in different forms.  She's even captured stellar plates -  the core and beginnings of a stellar dendrite! She sells her photographs as well as her cards.


5X7 Prints on sale now!Chose from Best Sellers of Contact Sheet Album.
5X7 - ........................................
............... $10.00 

5X7 - Matted - ...........................................$15.00

5X7 framed and Matted to 8X10 - ...................$20.00
..................................................         set of 3 - $50.00
4X6 Gift Cards, pack of 6 - ..............................$20.00


To order, please contact the artist at

What's up for grabs?  This fabulous trio of stellar dendrites by Christine Williston is free to a good home.  The photographs are matted and framed. That's right. The artist was kind enough give these framed photos to one lucky reader.

How to win?
To enter, go to Facebook and "Like" Stellar Dendrites! (4 entries)
Go to "Contact Sheets" and  let me know which image you would like to have on a greeting card! Make sure you leave a separate comment here for each entry to let me know that you've entered.

Extra entries (Optional):
- Check out Christine Williston's other works of art at Masks and "like" her Facebook page. (2 entries)
- "Like" Random Thoughts and Musings from the Island REVIEWS on Facebook! (4 entries)
- Follow me on Twitter @chancesmommy and Tweet this contest. (2 entries)
- Follow this blog on Google Friend Connect. (1 entry)
- Grab my button (on the sidebar) and post it. Leave me a link to where I can find where you've posted it. (2 entries)

Good luck, everyone! Contest closes on Friday, December 10, 2010. Just in time to receive these beautiful photographs for the holidays!

Christine Williston Biography:
Originally from Montreal Q.C., Christine is a Set/Costume Designer for Theatre. She has a D.E.C.C in both Creative Arts, and Professional Theatre Design. Various credits include Shaw Festival and Banff Center for the Arts, and De-Ba-Jeh-Mu-Jig Theatre Group. Before leaving Montreal in 2000, she worked in French Theatre, Film, and Television. Various credits include Cirque Du Soleil, Student Bodies (FOX Network), and Théâtre Sans Fils. She began making masks while working in Theatre. Now a resident of Wikwemikong, she has had more time to focus on visual art and new Media, with notable exhibits through 4elements Living Arts and The Redlake Woodland Art Festival: Tribute to Norvel Morrisseau 2008.

 Learning from the native community about aboriginal art forms, she is exploring and incorporating these visual styles into her practices as a mask sculptor and digital 3D artist.
Since 2004, she has been collaborating on a series of new media projects Entitled “The Millennium Project”, with David Osawabine and Eddie King. Based on the teachings of the Petroglyphs found at Stony Lake Ontario, this project is an audio visual montage of how these teachings are manifest in the environment. Within this she incorporates 3D Animation, Composite Editing and Digital Photography. This has further lead to an interest in Macro Photography, generating a 50+ image series of Stellar Dendrites.



  1. I would like to win this! As for the one I'd choose for a card, I like them all!


  2. I like 038 Dec 1 2009 but it's so hard to just choose one that I'd like on a card. They're all so special.


  3. I like 038 Dec 1 2009 but it's so hard to just choose one that I'd like on a card. They're all so special.


  4. I like 038 Dec 1 2009 but it's so hard to just choose one that I'd like on a card. They're all so special.


  5. I like 038 Dec 1 2009 but it's so hard to just choose one that I'd like on a card. They're all so special.


  6. I like number 283 and 284. I went to the FB site and liked it. Also I am Canadian and a new follower on GFC. I also review and am in Mom Central Canada.


  7. WOW! I happen to be a HUGE fan of Ms.Williston's work ;) This is fantastic... each is a compelling story of does nature do it?! Cant just choose one :)

  8. Oh yea!...i absolutely loooove 084 Dec 17 2009. It looks like to flake froze on top of the Earth! :D
    399 looks like a pretty summer scene..ironic for obvious reasons

  9. me, me, me! my mother in law would love this. she likes snowflakes especially at christmas time. hope i win!

  10. This would be nice for my Mom for Christmas.

  11. I like Stellar Dentrites on Facebook.

  12. I like Stellar Dentrites on Facebook. 2

  13. I like Stellar Dentrites on Facebook #3.

  14. I like Stellar Dentrites on Facebook entry #4/

  15. I follow on Google Friend Connect.