Art and Entertainment
“Michael, put down your pencil and pay attention!” was a phrase commonly directed at me in elementary school. Being an obedient kid I would lay my pencil down and, my mind untethered, would quickly drift off into another realm. Stopping doodling was like letting go of the string of a balloon—the balloon being my ability to focus on the moment.
I have been practicing photography for around twelve years, and I wanted to redirect my ‘visual culture’ to the context I am in, but it is not always easy to change focus.
This spring I was testing a distance art program for my day job in teen recreation. I found a set of watercolours I’d kept in a box since I went to Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson in 2002.
Let’s not forget that the things we make are tools to connect us to ourselves and to our community. When we start looking at the tool as an end point, we start losing the human part.
The Vogue Theatre Djonlich family, as featured in Kootenay Business Magazine, August 2018.
Ritchie’s most recent cinematic offering is The Gentlemen, which takes Ritchie back to his roots. It is a film about a mob war between two London gangsters, a marijuana dealer played by Matthew McConaughey and a heroin dealer played by Henry Golding.
Dave Richards loves to work with his hands to create things. He also really enjoy learning how something is done and challenging himself to see if he can do it. So, he experiments with different materials and techniques as a hobby.
Last year I bought my first real camera; a lightly-used digital SLR. For years I had heard terms like ‘exposure’ and the ever-mysterious ‘f-stop,’ but they remained abstract concepts—the secret language used by photographers to work their magic.
While most of us haven’t been travelling much lately, many of us have occasion to be out of our normal calling area and need to make calls. Normally, not a big deal, but what if you have to make a bunch of long-distance calls?
This May, as we watched people take to the streets around the world to protest racism and police brutality, our little mountain town may have felt… quiet. But the reality is, the energy and rage was mounting. An impressive number of businesses and residents took part in #blackouttuesday, stepping away from social media, augmenting the stories and voices of those who need to be heard, showing they want to be an ally and part of the solution.
When I first met Rachel Behan she was at ease, definitely shining, and moving through time and space on a wavelength that suited me perfectly. I came to learn (her accent, a melodic and effervescent Manchester dialect) that she worked as a nanny and simply adored living in Fernie.
The Full Moon and Lunar eclipse of July 4 also happens in conjunction to this energy, with Jupiter and Pluto sitting at the exact same degree in the sky. This is an intense time! I will refer to it as “The Big Five” as each person will feel this energy a little bit differently. This is the third eclipse this month and eclipse energy propels for about six months.
On June 19, 2020 Fernie's own Shred Kelly released its new album Like A Rising Sun in a unique and COVID-friendly way. Utilizing the Fernie Heritage Library's Book Bike and filling it with copies of their album, they cruised the streets of Fernie, played songs from the album, and gave out free copies to the public!
Artists are almost always operating under the pressure of a deadline. As a breed we are adaptable, resilient, motivated and above all creative, which means we often wear a number of hats to make ends meet.