July Art shows and UBC-O Continuing Studies

July is a very active month for me. The last six months were really, really difficult. The universe said, “Surprise.” And I still am in a state of recovery from my separation from my husband. The sadness wells up when I least expect it and I keep expecting to come home and find him here. Sixteen years of having him with me daily and being my best friend is going to take a while to get over.

However, there is lots to keep me occupied. I have an art show coming up at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

Get ready for
Potters and Artisans 20th annual
For the Love of Art Almighty! Sale
It’s the Biggest and Best Quality Art and Crafts Sale in Kelowna.

Rotary Centre for the Arts
Sat. July 17 from 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday, July 18th from 10:00-4:00
Featuring Local Artisans and their Wares,
Pottery, Clay Art, Mixed Media Paintings, Digital Arts, Drawings,
Glass work, Slumping and Stained glass, Sculpture,
Jewellery, Silver and Gold Smiths, Fabric Art, Textile Arts,
Weaving, Photography, Print making, Wood work,
Quilting, and, other high quality Art and crafts.
Sponsored by Potters Addict Ceramic Art Centre and the Rotary Centre for the Arts.
Call Potters Addict 250-763-1875 for more information.

Also in July, I am teaching three classes for UBC-O Continuing Studies.

Blogging is a one day workshop

Limited spaces available.
Saturday July 31 9 am – 1 pm Total Cost: $67.20

Blogging

$60 + HST

What started out as a simple method for keeping an online

diary or journal has become arguably the hottest form

of communication and expression of the day. Blogs

are micro-websites that are typically maintained

and updated by an individual. While many still

function as personal diaries, a growing number

provide commentary or news on a particular

subject. This hands-on workshop helps you get

started on your own blog, whether it’s merely a

place to record your daily thoughts or a venue

to share your ideas or opinions on the world

today. Learn the basics: deciding what to

write about; setting up a blog, step-by-step;

using templates; uploading text, photos, video,

and audio; and using various blog tools.

Travel Writing is a full week of learning

Limited spaces available.
Monday – Friday July 26 – 30 9 am – 12 noon Total Cost: $252.00

$ 225 + HST

Take a trip with a veteran travel writer, and discover what it takes to have your story published. Good travel writing is more than just describing where you’ve been and what you’ve seen. This week-long journey will teach globetrotters what you should know before you go and how to translate what you’ve seen onto paper. The session will look at how to generate story ideas, help participants develop their writing skills, and teach aspiring travel writers how to get their work published by writing pitch letters to editors. Whether your travel story is about far-flung destinations or the multi-faceted beauty of the Okanagan, this is where it all begins.

Bon voyage!

Location: FIPKE Building

Room number: FIP138

I have been taking pictures of flowers from the garden and

snugging up close to really see the heart of the flowers.

blue rose with filters

blue rose with filters

canterbury bell has a seed forming

canterbury bell has a seed forming

chevrolet red rose

chevrolet red rose

Purple Clemantis with white star centre

Purple Clemantis with white star centre

clemantis paint image

clemantis paint image

clemantis with white star centre

clemantis with white star centre

beautiful lilies, the bud itself is wonderful

beautiful lilies, the bud itself is wonderful

Does Kelowna care? By election and arts community

Recently the CBC held a forum on support for the arts in Kelowna on the Day Break Show. It amazed me how optimistic the program sang in tone. We were told that 200,00 people were in the Rotary Centre in the past year. The issue of how the community supports the arts was totally by passed because there was no discussion of what “supports” means.

from photo up knox mountain

from photo up knox mountain

If by support, you mean they attended a musical event or play that had an ’80s rocker or a play that was popular in other cities in the 90’s, then yes. I guess that is support. But what of the local artists, musicians and performers. The real question is what is happening to make sure that we keep these people alive (as in fed), give them an audience (as in inspired) and build a fan base (as in future security). Is that happening? Most artists and musicians that I know are working on their art at a cost. It is financial with the need to find other sources of income to feed the fire. It is emotional in the attempts to garner a respectfully paying gig, or customers who will buy enough to keep them in paint.

the bridge is the answer to all problems

the bridge is the answer to all problems

Why were there 50 fewer artists in booths at Propera this year? The economy is down. But it has always been “down.” We rely so heavily on outsiders to support and appreciate our local talent that most artists end by feeling like creative buskers in a tourist town.

Further to the issue of passivity and apathy, is the up coming by-election. I am really curious as to what percent of individuals here will bother to go out and vote. The last major election it was under 20%. What are you guesses as the interest of Kelowna residents in their future?

The all candidates forum is on Wednesday, November 25th. How many care? How many will come to the forum? Which individuals will have the energy and commitment to the future of the city to go to a polling booth? We will have to watch and see.

where are the dolphins

where are the dolphins

Meanwhile, I am tired and happily in bed after the Potters and Artisans Show at the Rotary Centre which has just one more day. Hope to see you there Sunday and at local voting station November 28th. We deserve the kind of government we get.

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Samurai Plastic Tray Image is one I put up on Talentdatabase.com. It was really interesting combining mandela, photo of leather armour and using paint shop pro. filters for a water color, plastic effect. Weirdly synergistic.