Art and Entertainment
Fernie Community Choir
The choir came together when Anne Majic, a long-term Fernie resident who enjoys singing, approached David Pasivirta, a local music and band teacher, to see if he would be interested in leading a community choral group. Luckily for us, David was keen and the Fernie Community Choir was born.
The Cleansing Mind
As an actor, a soliloquy is that inescapable moment you have playing a character where their true feelings are exposed. It’s a vulnerable opportunity to let the audience into the internal world you create within the drama of the play. This month, I thought I’d dive deep into the world of drama and present a soliloquy for Fernie.
Predator was the first installment in the Predator franchise. It was directed by John McTiernan and was released in 1987, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of a paramilitary rescue team who encountered a deadly technologically advanced alien warrior in a Central American rainforest. The warrior, known as the “Yautja,” stalked the soldiers in order to take them as trophies. Initial reviews of the film were mixed, but it has since been considered a classic of the science fiction genre. Predator was followed by three sequels: Predator 2 (1990), Predators (2010), and The Predator (2018).
The Art of Change
There are times when artists’ roles in our community, and in our society, feels a bit insignificant. The curse of our sensitive personalities is that we tend to see things that need changing—coupled with the curse of the desire to want to improve, grow and share what we learn—means there is a constant tension in our lives between what is, and what we think could be. As I stand at the easel, I’m often thinking about why I’m painting. What good is another mountain scene when there is war in Ukraine? How can I make things that help shift ideas and perspectives? How can I make my art relevant to the climate crisis?
All Things Green
When thinking of “All Things Green” you’d be remiss to not include spinach. It’s easily one of my favourite vegetables.
I’ve done a few comparisons over the years in this column, but I don’t think I’ve ever looked at web browsers. When I wrote my first column for the Fernie Fix, Internet Explorer had 84% of the web browser market and Google Chrome wasn’t a thing yet.
It is an honour to be featured amongst the many talented Fernie artists who have graced this column.
April 2023 Astrology
April begins with the Sun in the sign of Aries and is moving in the sky with Chiron, Jupiter, Vesta and Mercury. The asteroid Chiron is both our wound and our gift of healing. When we heal ourself, we may guide another. Chiron has been travelling through Aries since 2018 and will continue until 2027 and it is a time when every person is doing deep healing work. The Sun travelling in the sky with Chiron definitely illuminates this wound for some, and for some of the more advanced, allows the healers to shine.
Dinner Party 101
Fernie might be a six-letter word for casual, because since I’ve moved here, I don’t think I’ve worn high-heels to a single function. Hey, I’m not complaining! But with that in mind, sometimes taking a little more forward approach to a dinner party can be a fun occasion.
Over the last 16 or so years, I’ve written a few columns about good password practices. Logging in to web services with an email address and password has become ubiquitous and good passwords are still key (please don’t reuse them) but I haven’t mentioned the email address side.
Harvey Weinstein was one of the most famous producers in Hollywood. His production company Miramax, churned out quality films though the 90s and early 2000s, including Clerks, Pulp Fiction, Emma, The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, Dogma, and Scream. He also helped to kickstart the careers of distinguished actors and directors such as Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith.
Neighbourhood Women / Femmes du Quartier
Many of us Canadians can speak a bit of French. If a person wanted, you could simply read the label of almost anything produced or imported in Canada to get a lesson. When I was younger and headed to school, a newly minted French Immersion program meant I would learn this romantic and seemingly available language. I value this experience and having the ability to write, read, and converse in this language is a privilege. My best pals learned alongside me in a neighbourhood of moms, leaning into a culture they knew little about but were keen to enrich their children with.
A Conversation with Louise Ferguson
The arts community in Fernie has so many talented, strong women working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure artists have spaces to teach, learn, and show. Louise Ferguson has been the Executive Director of the Fernie and District Arts Council (FDAC) for the past seven years. I deeply appreciate Louise’s involvement in the Arts Station. What follows is a small excerpt from a conversation I had with Louise in February.
My road to metalsmithing began in India in 2006. Surrounded by the gems and rich tradition of silversmithing, I took my first of what was to become many jewellery courses. In the chaos and beauty, I found my medium. Following India, I headed to the mountains of northern Mexico. I studied for two years under the maniacal eye of Master Silversmith, Billy King in San Miguel de Allende. After completing my studies in Mexico, I returned to Canada to continue my education at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC.