Art and Entertainment
Every year around earth day I take stock of the environmental impact of my art practice. I’ve always worked hard to minimize my footprint, and my studio is the place I spend the most time so it makes sense for me to create green processes wherever possible. I do use some petrochemicals because the oil-based letterpress inks need a little muscle to get clean and mineral spirits are the only thing up to the task, but at a liter per year that’s not a big impact.
I am a painter from the Crowsnest Pass, who has a love for Fernie through the connections I’ve made with dear friends and the creative community here. You should at least know this about me: my outdoor preference is paddling down the Elk River over downhill skiing any day because I cannot bear the chairlift for fear of heights. And no, skinning up the slopes does not make up for this problem.
The zodiac cycle begins with Aries, so April is essentially the first month of the astrological year. With this new year is a major undeniable theme felt both at the collective and individual levels: healing the inner child.
The worst form of inequality is to try and make unequal things equal.
Equality implies individuality.
All who have died are equal.
Don’t Look Up is meant to serve as an allegory for climate change but could just as easily be seen as a film about the mishandling of the recent COVID pandemic.
We had a power outage the other day. Not for very long. Only about ten minutes. Fortunately, I run my equipment off an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) so my computer didn’t go down and I didn’t lose my work. My optical network terminal (fibre) and wifi router are on their own UPS so we didn’t lose internet connectivity even with the power out.
I first started creating art from a very young age, although it wasn’t until I was fifteen that I started beading. I watched an elder bead while I was at an Indigenous youth conference, and I immediately fell in love with it and knew I had to try for myself.
As an artist I’ve attempted to make a career out of trying to make the world a more beautiful place. I understand that beauty is quite subjective, but my overarching goal is to treat the planet, and humanity, like I’m on a multi-decade hike—to leave the place better than I found it. It turns out that that is a more complicated task than I ever thought it would be.
March is both the end and the beginning of the zodiac cycle. As the Sun moves into Aries, we have the first day of Spring: 03/20, which represents this rebirth.
Angela Morgan is the embodiment of femininity. Fierce in her passion to create, nurturing to those around her, and giving to those who ask. She comes by her traits honestly. The daughter of farmers, the value of creating things with your hands, the payoff of hard work, and the optimism of having to believe it will work out is deeply seeded in her.
The most interesting discoveries often happen because the person at the helm is dogged enough to chase their dream regardless of the obstacles. Drew Swan of King Vulture Guitars has organized his life around this journey to build his unique diametric instruments, and to do that he has created a woodworking shop in a 26’ trailer.
When my friend and bandmate, Barbara Bassett and I discussed me coming into her grade 7 English class at Fernie Secondary School, I was overjoyed. I absolutely love teaching poetry, particularly to young adults.
In 1993, Groundhog Day was released. It was the heartwarming tale of a supremely arrogant Pittsburg weatherman who, after getting stuck in a time loop and enduring a small town’s annual Groundhog Day celebration over and over again, earns the love of a good woman and redeems himself. The film has become a cult classic, so it is no surprise that other filmmakers have taken its basic plot and built their own movies around the theme