Artists Amy Modahl & Julia Prudhomme – It was the Apple Juice that Brought them Here

by Kristin Burns During these few short weeks between semesters, many Master of Fine Arts students at The University of British Columbia – Okanagan are still hard at work in their studios – it seems like a never-ending semester. I was able to catch up with two amazing classmates of mine – Julia Prudhomme and Amy Modahl – to discuss their May shows in the FINA gallery on campus. After a tour of Prudhomme’s aptly named show “tippy-toe tippy-toe... Read More

Photo Exhibition by José Larochelle at the Hub

Photographer offers his perspective of the world By Staff Writer – Vernon Morning Star A well travelled explorer is finding himself and his photographic journey in “The Hub” of Vernon. Photographer José Larochelle is inviting guests to venture through some of his experiences, via his images, when he holds a photography exhibition at The Hub Arts Collective for the month of March. Larochelle has lived in Vernon for three years with his... Read More

Okanagan Arts Awards – AND THE WINNERS ARE:

For those of you who missed the Okanagan Arts Awards Saturday night in Kelowna, you missed a fabulous evening. This was the first time I had attended the gala awards evening and I was thoroughly impressed! I practically didn’t even need to tune into the Oscars (I still did anyway), the production was that good. The evening was hosted by the poised pairing of Q103.1‘s Troy Scott and Cheryl Gillespie – who were both decked out to the... 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

Writings on the Wall – Rene Rodriguez – Nourishing Communities

All people are artists. Your medium may not be paint but we are creative creatures and when we do not have the space, time or materials to be creative we become destructive. Without creativity all things die; it is an aspect of life that a lot of the world tries  to tell us is not important but every time I come back to the canvas and paint I remember what I’m supposed to be doing. While it is always a great feeling when a piece of my art sells,... Read More

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