Art and Entertainment

Svitlana Dovganych

My name is Svitlana Dovganych. I was born and grew up in Ukraine. As a child I liked to create things with my hands, which is why my parents encouraged me to enter the Art College which I did. There for the first time in my life, I was immersed in an artistic environment. I was so happy to meet famous artists who readily shared their experience with us students. While trying different media I realized that most of all I like to work with ceramic clay. I like the way you can easily shape it, creating anything you can imagine.

Posted by admin on Jan 18, 2023 in Art and Entertainment

The Griz Pork Shoulder aka Clairenitas

The Year of the Rabbit in Chinese astrology symbolizes patience and luck. The pork shoulder is patient while you sleep or ski powder (should you need to leave it unattended) and preparing it will bring you the good fortune of a versatile protein that can be used many different ways. Hopefully the pork shoulder will summon the good graces of the Griz with more powder days this winter! 

Posted by Claire Smallwood on Jan 12, 2023 in Art and Entertainment

Artistic Intelligence and Artificial Intellect

It’s become our habit to use the turning of the year as a time to reflect, to appraise the past trip around the sun, and attempt to implement changes we feel need to happen in our lives. I often find myself ready for a new outlook, and—even though we are typically heading into the coldest part of winter—something to look forward to in my life. 

Posted by Michael Hepher on Jan 10, 2023 in Art and Entertainment

Mexican Cellby

If you’re travelling to Mexico this winter (and I hope you are) and you want to use your phone there, it couldn’t be easier. You can order a SIM card from a Mexican carrier online, but it is much easier to do once you get there. 

Posted by Kevin McIsaac on Dec 14, 2022 in Art and Entertainment


Cyrano’s story has touched the hearts of many people and has been adapted to film many times. Among those to play Cyrano on the silver screen were José Ferrer (1950), Christopher Plummer (1962), Gérard Depardieu (1990) and Kevin Kline (2008). The most memorable modern version is 1987’s Roxanne. Written by and starring a 41-year-old Steve Martin the film also starred Daryl Hannah. The principal character is not a French Army cadet but is instead a small-town fireman named Charlie “C.D.” Bales.

Posted by Andrew Vallance on Dec 09, 2022 in Art and Entertainment

O Come Let Us Algorithm

I think we can all agree that there are some hard economic times ahead and being that most of us creatives choose lifestyle over stability, I suspect those struggles will affect artists disproportionately. It may be a hard winter for some of us, so it’s a good thing we are out of the box thinkers.  

Posted by Michael Hepher on Dec 08, 2022 in Art and Entertainment

Holiday Double Header

If you get invited to some holiday parties this year, here are two easy and delicious recipes to substitute for chips and dip. The pear tart is quite literally one of the easiest and most delicious desserts I’ve ever made. 

Posted by Claire Smallwood on Dec 08, 2022 in Art and Entertainment

Chloe Cottam

Growing up in the Crowsnest Pass, I was always interested in the arts, and particularly drawn to textiles. Both my grandmothers were prolific sewers, and during her visits to our home, my paternal grandmother taught me a lot about all aspects of sewing. When I was about 11 years old, a knitting class was offered at a local yarn shop, and I enrolled in classes where I cultivated a passion for this new hobby. 

Posted by admin on Dec 02, 2022 in Art and Entertainment

The Road Goes on Forever

This morning I am working on a print commission for a dear friend of mine. Andrew (a printer who makes really nice books) is publishing a book about his friend Gray (also a printer) and has asked me to create two hand-printed illustrations of Gray that will be bound in the centre of the book. It’s an honour to be asked to be part of this very printerly project, but it’s a weighty thing to capture a character like Gray in a way that is befitting his personality and also suits a fine publication. 

Posted by Michael Hepher on Nov 20, 2022 in Art and Entertainment


The moon is Earth’s only satellite. At about one-quarter the diameter of the Earth, it lacks any significant atmosphere, hydrosphere, or magnetic field, and has a surface gravity about one-sixth that of Earth’s. It orbits the Earth at an average distance of 384,400 km and its gravitational influence is the main driver of the Earth’s tides. During each synodic period of 29.5 days, the visible surface illuminated by the Sun varies, resulting in the lunar phases that form the basis for the months of the lunar calendar.

Posted by Andrew Vallance on Nov 20, 2022 in Art and Entertainment

WiFi 6

It’s November and after a long warm fall a cold winter will soon be upon us. With winter, there is invariably more time spent indoors. And these days indoors means using the internet. Whether you’re on NetFlix, MasterClass, Tik Tok, or the like, a fast internet makes your online experience better.

Posted by Kevin McIsaac on Nov 17, 2022 in Art and Entertainment

Growing Joy

As the fall burns up the living things and winter comes upon us, my mind wanders to those new mothers out there and the delicious anticipation of a baby. I am so fortunate to have two babies of my own and as they approach double digits, I am reminded of the slow moments of connection between the old and the new. The coming together of a family welcoming their newest member. The sleepless nights that bring on the delirious delicious love that babies bring.

Posted by Sadie Rosgen on Nov 15, 2022 in Art and Entertainment

Light Up the Arts

The Arts Station is excited to invite you to “Light up the Arts” starting on November 25 at 6pm. Wander downtown to discover magical lighted installations by local artists in a fun and interactive artwalk. Light up the Arts will launch at an annual collaborative community event, the Holiday Kick-off, in partnership with the Fernie Chamber of Commerce and the City of Fernie. 

Posted by admin on Nov 10, 2022 in Art and Entertainment

Friendship Burritos

Burritos are kind of a mythical creature in Fernie. Luchadora was a bright spot in the pandemic but then the burritos disappeared. We thought we might see them again on the Chilango menu, but alas, we are still burrito-less. Fernie is a burrito-challenged town, but I’m on a mission to empower our community to embrace the burrito. And not just any burrito, the Friendship Burrito. 

Posted by Claire Smallwood on Nov 04, 2022 in Art and Entertainment

November 2022 Astrology

November begins with the Sun, Mercury and Venus moving in tight conjunction through Scorpio opposite the north node conjunct retrograde Uranus in Taurus. Surprises may occur this month. Trust the process as there are forces beyond us that align with our paths. Mars entered its retrograde October 30 and is travelling through Gemini until January 12, 2023.

Posted by Ashley Kristina on Nov 04, 2022 in Art and Entertainment