Art and Entertainment

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” -Vincent Van Gogh

September can feel like the most anticipated goodbye to a deliciously golden season. Summer is a season so anticipated here that we are grieving its departure before it’s fully over! Summer, sweet, sweet summertime. As we dawn our masks and crack open the books for another academic year, I remind you to reminisce, to soak up those September rays, and remember how life sometimes can feel perfectly in bloom. 

Spirited Summer

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The COVID Alert app has captured a bunch of attention in Canada for both good and bad reasons. There are plenty of reasons to believe that a good contact tracing app can help limit the spread of the COVID virus by alerting potentially infected persons to self isolate and get tested. 

The Great is a satirical, comedic American television series loosely based on the life of Catherine the Great, the longest reigning female ruler in the history of Russia. 

“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.

I went to KSA to pursue my dream of being a writer. As an afterthought I picked Mixed Media as my second studio. In one short year, KSA lost its funding and both the Mixed Media and Writing programs ended.

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.