Don't mess with a soprano

Ready for an audition

Aug 3, 2021 / 6:00 am

“It’s all you have. Use it, enjoy it. Have fun. It is your only guarantee," said Damon Gregory. Damon is an actor and the owner and force...

Shout-out to a mentor

Jul 20, 2021 / 6:00 am

What are you thinking? You can’t do that, Sue. Don’t create questions that you don’t answer. Don’t write about what they’ve done,...

Behind the scenes

Jul 6, 2021 / 6:00 am

I love movies. Everyone has their favourite stars but we would be hard-pressed to name their agents. Yet, without them in the background, few actors would have...

Hemingway with a brush

Jun 15, 2021 / 6:00 am

I’m not succinct with words. I love fat, bulging words that run all over the page. I wallow in words; rich, descriptive words oozing with oodles of...

Art worth sitting on

Jun 1, 2021 / 6:00 am

We all have them. Some are soft and fit to our bumps and curves. Some are: Brittle, hard, immovable Old with cherished memories attached. Angular reminders...

Ravens inspire teacher-artist

May 18, 2021 / 6:00 am

Ravens are clever birds that can be harbingers of death or heralds for good omens. They can even mimic human speech. The Pacific Northwest Native American...

Mud pies and hot wax

May 4, 2021 / 6:00 am

I loved playing in the mud as a kid. I spent hours making mud pies, squishing mud between my toes and forming grotesque creatures was my kind of fun. Luckily...

The golden touch

Apr 27, 2021 / 6:00 am

Midas, the mythological Greek king who turned everything he touched into gold, has nothing on me. I have the best job in the world. Every week, I'm showered...

Feeding an addiction

Apr 20, 2021 / 6:00 am

I'm addicted. I can't live a day without feeling, rubbing or burying myself in it. My fix? Yarn. Some people hang out at bars. Me? A yarn store or even...

Art hiding in plain sight

Apr 13, 2021 / 6:00 am

Most artists strive to have their art hung in a gallery or bought by a patron. But there are artists with much bigger visions. They are muralists, artists who...

A voice speaking in colour

Apr 6, 2021 / 6:00 am

It took Lee Claremont 40 years; 40 years to solidify her voice on canvas. She worked for many years growing and experimenting, but when she started to speak...

The singer and the song

Mar 30, 2021 / 6:00 am

How long does it take to learn to sing? 40 hours, 10 minutes, and 30 seconds. If that sounds dubious, you are right. Some people are born gifted, some not as...

Locked into a dream

Mar 23, 2021 / 6:00 am

Wanda Lock used to paint in secret, up in her bedroom. Why? She didn’t want to be labelled because she didn’t fit the artistic stereotype....

Son inspired painter mom

Mar 16, 2021 / 6:00 am

Ben turned Joan into a painter. “He is the real reason I paint,” Joan McEwan said about her son. She loved all forms of art, her family and life,...

A collision of worlds

Mar 9, 2021 / 6:00 am

Some want it all. Sharilyn Kuehnel and Alana Neufeld do and aren’t afraid to go for it. Unabashed, they started their business, Heirloom Bohemia, in...

Portrait of a portraitist

Mar 2, 2021 / 6:00 am

Blank surfaces galvanized Rena Warren’s future. When she was a child, her parents knew that any blank surface would soon have pictures on it, especially...

Shandra has chutzpah

Feb 23, 2021 / 6:00 am

Chutzpah: Some have it, some don’t. Shandra Smith, an international surface designer, has it and isn’t afraid to use it. Her road to art was...

Zip, splat. ooze, buzz. Ah!

Feb 16, 2021 / 6:00 am

Cool Arts is a thriving program for adults with developmental disabilities. It started with Jordon Lige’s wish to participate in an art show for artists...

A world-class partnership

Feb 2, 2021 / 6:00 am

It was the fastest sell out in 27 years at Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA) for any of their courses. MISSA provides high calibre...

A real neat cat in a hat

Jan 26, 2021 / 6:00 am

Rio conjures up visions of vibrant colours, sultry movement, and joy. I hope you aren’t thinking Brazil because I’m thinking of Kelowna’s own...