Writings from the Wall – Elite After 6 – Cultivating a Live Music Audience

The Elite Restaurant has been kickin’ it at 340 Main St. Penticton since 1927. Brent Madsen and his mom Freda have held ground for the last ten years. A couple of years ago the creation of a Vinyl Night initiated Elite After 6 into an evening venue from Tues-Sat, 6pm-11pm. Since the spring of 2011, under the guidance of Buffy Marie MacIntosh, Elite After 6 has developed into an evening venue that utilizes the latest in social media and technology,... Read More

Writings from the Wall – Peach City Community Radio Society– Radio 101

I recently watched a TEDX video by Clay Shirky on institution vs. collaboration. In his talk he discusses how groups get things done and how new technologies such as ‘tagging’ used by websites such as Flicker are giving way to less structured group participation and therefore less costs associated with coordinating group efforts traditionally under an institution. Clay states, “When you build cooperation into the infrastructure, you can leave... Read More

Writings from the Wall – The Dream Cafe – Heart Stories

Eleven and some years ago the Gypsy Heart Dream Cafe sat across the street from its present location at 67 Front St Penticton. It was Christmas time, the snow fell and my belly held eight months of baby as I looked for gifts. At that time, the cafe was a clearing house for imports. As I looked around I found a piece of printed paper that read Sinta (Indonesian) or Sita (India): A Goddess of the Hindu faith. She represents Agriculture; Ceremony: Earth... Read More

Writings from the Wall – Tumbleweed Gallery – On the Move

I recently had an opportunity to spend three days with Prema Harris of Tumbleweed Gallery in Penticton – why I was there for three days is another story but what I experienced was a wall-fly’s dream of observation. As Prema navigated a day of framing with interruptions of visitors, phone calls, and further framing requests I watched miscellaneous pieces of mat, glass and photographs be a catalyst for a gathering place of minds that was created... Read More

Writings from the Wall. Penticton Art Gallery – First Fridays

While local and world events indicate that our government, in conjunction with corporations,  are moving further away from the minds of the people, individuals and communities and are persistently moving towards sustainability, diversity, and collaborations that create new systems and organizational structures that push against the fabric of that larger spread. As those threads are unraveled the existing fabric cannot hold the weight of its own construction.... Read More

WRITINGS FROM THE WALL – rhean murray –the power of the letter

We are words. It is what separates us from all other livings things on the planet. Without words we would not be what we are.  Much of what we are exists through the meaning and exchange of words. It is the heartbeat of communication and has the power to control and condemn or unleash and inspire. To take that idea a step further, if the meaning and use of words have power then so does the structure of a written language itself. The use of last names... Read More

Writings from the Wall – Reasha Wolfe – Public Space

What is all the fighting about? The fighting is about space. How there is not enough space or that some have too much space. How to organize space: the value of shared spaces versus private spaces. How we move in that space: settled, nomadic, or migratory. How the ownership over space defines the cost of that space. For many of us space is a hot commodity, meaning most of us can`t afford it. So as artists we use kitchens, bedrooms and dining room... Read More

Writings from the Wall – Endrene Shepherd – Coming Home

My transition back to Penticton after living in Vernon for two years has been an interesting one. It is not the same city that I left. Penticton can be a challenging place to live; overwhelmed with tourists, athletes and those in search of the best wine in the summer time to long over-cast winters where those who can leave, do reducing the population significantly. Tourism can have damaging effects on the core of communities; so much emphasis on one... Read More

writings from the wall – joan louis – international communities

People are by-passing traditional media forms to connect directly with people who share the same interests, passions and values, regardless of where they are from; isolated communities can communicate directly with other isolated communities. Yet the movement of people is still restricted by immigration policy and a passport and visa system that is so outdated that information and materials can now travel easier than people regardless of their cross-border... Read More

writings from the wall – taltal levi – the red fox story teller

Story telling is a way for cultures to share and pass on traditions to each other; it binds people through a common verbal history. Story telling is also a way for different cultures to experience each other. Visual storytelling, like illustration, can bridge gaps where either the lack of a shared language exists or where language fails to communicate. The delicate, precise and mystical work of Golo Art Project artist Taltal Levi does just that; her... Read More

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