Last evening the “Inspired By” exhibition launched at the Summerland Arts Centre, a first for this initiative of the Summerland Community Arts Council in conjunction with the Ryga Arts Festival. The rooms of the Centre were abuzz as creatives and their friends celebrated each other and the creation of 70 new works.
“Inspired By” matched writers and visual artists who each received a piece of visual art or writing. Each then created a new piece of work inspired by what they were given. The outcomes were quite extraordinary, and reading the artists statements it was very clear that even over a long distance, and engaging with someone we have never met, we can influence one another’s creative process in surprising and beautiful ways.
Lesley-Anne Evans was invited to submit two poems, An Artists’ Invocation and Love Song for Morning. In return, she received the visual works Windfall, by Kathy Smith, and Blue Cottage, by Mary Fisher. Lesley-Anne looks forward to meeting the artists who inspired her new poems The Lifespan of Peaches and Original Wisdom, as she was unable to locate them last night in the busy and joyful gathering. She did have the pleasure of meeting the artists who received her poems.
Anna Wolleben’s mixed media piece, inspired by Lesley-Anne Evans’s poem “An Artists’ Invocation”
Congratulations to the event organizers, promoters, and especially all the talented creatives who inspired one another to create more beautiful things. The “Inspired By” exhibition continues until September 27, 2018. Visual art pieces are for sale. Poems and stories are free to view. Copies of Lesley-Anne’s poetry is available upon request through this website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
INSPIRATION: Windfall, by Kathy Smith
INSPIRATION: Love Poem for Morning, by Lesley-Anne Evans
INSPIRATION: Blue Cottage, by Mary Fisher
INSPIRATION: An Artist’s Invocation, by Lesley-Anne Evans
Kelowna’s Gospel Mission courtyard officially opened for use on September 14, 2016. It was a glorious day for a grand opening, celebrating creative community and this safe gathering space which will graciously welcome our city’s most vulnerable for years to come.
A special congratulations to poets Norm and Nobu, whose meaningful and honest words now grace the walls in brightly coloured steel panels. Lesley-Anne Evans was invited to commission and mentor the poets throughout the creative process from ideation to installation.
Leon Avenue has often been cluttered with the personal belongings of those served by the Gospel Mission – causing complaints about the eyesore. Randy Benson, Executive Director with the Gospel Mission, says there was no place for clients to wait for services outside except the sidewalk, but that has now changed.
“This is a welcoming space; we want people to feel like they’re appreciated,” Randy said. “We have staff here so we want people who are out here to be able to engage with our staff.”
Chris is one of the Gospel Mission’s clients who has been using the courtyard space. He says staff allow him to woodwork in the space, a favourite pastime of his.
“I am very lucky to be here. I like the environment and it keeps my mind off of things. It is a safe place and drug-free zone. I really enjoy it,” said Chris.
The KGM courtyard project was coordinated by the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects – Interior Chapter, with wide community involvement. Well done dreamers and creatives and politicians and donors and accounts people and hard labourers and craftsmen. Well done team, well done!!!
1. Cascadia Review is publishing four of Lesley-Anne’s poems in their Fall 2015 Issue. Stay tuned.
2. We have just learned that Lesley-Anne’s blog, Buddy Breathing, specifically her post “Of Bugs and Bones” will be featured in the May 4, 2015, SOUL TELEGRAM – a newsletter of the best spirituality writing on the web. For more information on SOUL TELEGRAM, check out www.soultelegram.com.
3. Geosi Gyasi interviewed Lesley-Anne about her writing and poetry for an upcoming article on his blog, Geosi Reads.
4. April 2015, another National Poetry Month well celebrated, included Lesley-Anne’s recent Pop-Up-Poetry forays in Kelowna, and a collaborative Flash Poem, called Re-Vitalize.
5. Rumours of Opera Kelowna’s collaboration with Kelowna Art Gallery in the creation of a dramatic visual arts installation and premier performance of a new opera work in Kelowna this October, are true. Lesley-Anne reports she has just completed the libretto/script, as work continues on the musical composition. More news to follow.
6. Interest continues to grow for Lesley-Anne’s innovative photographic arts products, available through Nuvango. Lesley-Anne’s recent additions include the patina of “Camo” on t-shirts, gel skins and canvases.
Poets, from left to right; Emmy Chahal, Nygel Metcalfe, Lolu Oyedele, and Lesley-Anne Evans.
Wednesday evening, four local Kelowna poets served up a live poetry show called “Make Love Poems” at heART School on Pandosy. Each poetic collaborator, collaborated collaboratively in a love poem collaborative. They wrote #hastag poems on social media leading up to their event, then pinned up #allwedoismakelovepoems Pop-Up-Poetry around Kelowna as an invitation and a gift to whomever found them. Their event included individual work and, your guessed it, collaborative works. The audience was invited to collaborate in an interactive poem, posted HERE. It was an extraordinarily creative and heart warming meeting of intellects, minds and souls. True collaboration.
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For those who are interested in more of the poets, following are vital stats that will allow you to connect (for future collaborations perhaps!)
And, if you are interested in adding your name to the growing list of those interested in an #allwedoismakelovepoems book, please do so by commenting on our event Facebook Page HERE.
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In heART School’s 2nd annual celebration of February as “Paper Month,” Lesley-Anne Evans joins with a collective of talented local artists showing their works on paper, for sale, at heART School, 1546 Pandosy St. in downtown Kelowna, B.C.
Lesley-Anne is offering her poetry, handwritten onto nostalgic postcards and quality papers, in blackout poems on vintage pages, and on romantic photo-ready framing mats. Poetry scrolls and tea lights are available from Lesley-Anne’s Illumination collection, and other new works melding poetry and paper. See the slide show below for more information.
Lesley-Anne joins Carrie Harper, Joleen Mackie, Nikki Balfour and other local artists with a wide array of original works celebrating the month of love and loss. Your Valentine will thank you for any piece of this lovingly crafted romantic art. You may never go Hallmark again!
You can share your own words about love in the “All We Make Is Love Poems” drop box! Lesley-Anne will collect your words and craft an “Interactive Poem” which she’ll read at the upcoming Make Love Poems ~ Live Poetry Show, February 25, at heART School. More information on Facebook. Tickets are available through Eventbrite or at the door.
Artists and paper go together.
Nostalgia and process is what this month is about. Surprise your sweetie with a handmade original work of art.
Do you remember buying little boxes of valentines when you were a child? Or folding craft paper in half to cut out hearts? What about spirograph? Bring your family into our creative space and make things for your true love for the whole month of February…make a wish and clip it on our wishing tree. ~ Carrie Harper
A long awaited family Christmas in Ontario, and Lesley-Anne tucked some poems into her suitcase at the last minute. According to local residents and reported by journalist Kim Zarzour in the local newspaper “The Liberal,” what happened next was cause for a mysterious stir in Lesley-Anne’s old neighbourhood in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
And now the mystery is solved. Pop-Up-Poetry is pinned across Canada, and making it’s way across the world. Thank you, Lesley-Anne.
You can read the full article by Kim Zarzour, HERE.
Friday, June 20, 2014 ~
Lesley-Anne Evans will be presenting her poetry with a collective of creatives including dancers, drummers, visual artists, musicians, and those promoting a healthy creative life at the Creative Aging Awareness Day, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna.
You will find Lesley-Anne and wordsmiths presenting at times TBA in the Paint/Draw Room at RCA. Installation(s) of Pop-Up-Poetry will be located along the Rotary Centre linear walkway and park.
The event is free of charge.
SOPA Fine Arts will feature poet Lesley-Anne Evans among four featured poets at a gallery event on June 20th. Featured readers, an open mic, and ‘cover poems’ will be part of this fun and wordy evening called Speak EASY.
Invited guests will be asked to BYOB and seating cushion along with their entry password for this prohibition style gathering of shared words in a beautiful space.
SOPA Gallery is located at 2934 Pandosy St, Kelowna, BC.
Tickets are by invitation only.