All Candidates Kelowna By-Election: Who Cares?

Because I was hearing nothing about the by-election arriving on November 28th, I was concerned about the heavy pall of apathy. The sound of silence was like that after a heavy snow fall.  Some of my neighbourhood association members suggested that we might garner more members to our small, hearty band if we made an event of it. Bingo. Two solutions with one meeting.

detail from Peace inspirational door stop

detail from Peace inspirational door stop

After notifying all of the neighbourhood associations in the city that they could make their presence known by asking a question of one of the fifteen candidates, I sent out an invitation to the candidates. Anyone who has ever organized an event knows that this part of the structuring is always needful of minding. Plant the seed, water the seed, replant the seed, water the seed… Well, you get it.

Now we have, I believe, all of the candidates confirmed. Six of the ten groups invited have prepared a question. But most happily of all, we have an event. It is an event that is in the media. Radio, internet, newspaper reporters are… well reporting. It looks as if there will be six media representatives in attendance, if not more.

10 door stop prosperity inspiration

10 inch door stop prosperity inspiration

Now comes the part where I take my husband away from his work as an electrician and ask him sweetly to spend the day setting up the sound. Thankfully, he is a skilled sound technition. KSAN has said they would do all the niceties, coffee and cookies. How wonderful when neighbourhood groups help one another out and contribute to building community strength.

I got my cards to city hall in a timely fashion, saw the plastic surgeon who is going to reattach my stomach muscle in December and cleaned the house. Once the forum is done, I will take cards and door stops around the various Christmas shops to see if I can get some sales over Christmas.

hand made each drawn into archival cards

hand made each drawn into archival cards

Judith Jurica of Gallery Vertigo has hung my art work at the Kalamalka campus of Okanagan College so some works are “out there.” http://www.galleryvertigo.com/ I now have to go into the Authentech home and move a few pieces around as well as rethinking the work I have up in the Bohemian Cafe on Bernard so they show better.

The opportunity to just lay down in bed and heal will mean that I can upload some ETSY items and read. Wind in the Willows always impressed me with the wonderful winter scenes. All of the animals in an underground cave, looking at the fire and reading.

So, the adventure begins. How many people in Kelowna will leave their houses to vote? How many people will be looking to buy locally made gifts? When will it snow? So many questions to see answered over time. It is why life is so interesting.

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.

Livessence, Potters and Painters Show, Penticton Art Gallery, Kalamalka Gallery

All of these shows mentioned above are coming up fast and furiously. I am going through pieces that I have stowed away for quite a while now to send to the Penticton. The show called “Under $300 is the Annual Christmas Exhibition and Sale. It will run from November 7th to December 24th. While the official opening ceremony is to be Friday November 13th, I will be elsewhere.

golden woman in leather frame

golden woman in leather frame

At the Rotary Centre for the Arts 421 Cawston Avenue in Kelowna  the Potters and Painters show runs November 13th, 14th and 15th.

Fire one of the series of Elements: Feng Shui

Fire one of the series of Elements: Feng Shui

I will be showing my newer pieces, some hand made doorstops and various hand made cards which are one of a kind.

Neon Weave with Gold metallic foil

Neon Weave with Gold metallic foil

Also, leaning against my way in my studio waiting to go out into the world are the pieces that I have created for the Livessence Show which will run the same weekend of November 13th to 15th at the Rotary Centre. As well, I have been asked to do a piece a show home in Homes for the Holidays tour. That hadn’t been finalized as yet, so it looks like some furious last minute work there.

From November 4th until December 16th I will have work hanging at the Kalamalka Gallery in Vernon.Vernon has a brand new art gallery.

Kalamalka Vertigo is located at the Kalamalka campus of Okanagan College and presents a selection of art works by Gallery Vertigo studio artists. Kalamalka Vertigo represents a new joint venture between Gallery Vertigo and Okanagan College. This is the newest incarnation of the ongoing partnership between the two institutions.

I am also loading up my etsy sight with hand made doorstops, cards, small hand painted magnets and some of the purses that I have collected over the years. CHERIEHANSON27.etsy.com

The pearlescent cloud of soft beauty surrounds resting woman

The pearlescent cloud of soft beauty surrounds resting woman

Because I like life in the slow lane, I am currently also putting together an all candidates forum at the Senior’s Centre #17 at the corner of Richter and Fuller. Inviting all of the published candidates and the various neighbourhood associations is done. Now to do a press release and ask my favorite sound guy for some help. “Oh, honey….”

This would be the year for people to buy something handmade, local and of real, long lasting value. The gift of beauty.

Check out the new issue of YLW magazine that has a feature article about Kelowna artists who show all over the world. Great pictures and informative.http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/ylwconnection/2009fall/#/0