Inspired By

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.

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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 evanslesleyanne@gmail.com.

 

Kelowna Gospel Mission Poetry Panels

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.” 

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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!!!

News Bits

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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.

Creative collaborative

Fab Four Poets

Poets, from left to right; Emmy Chahal, Nygel Metcalfe, Lolu Oyedele, and Lesley-Anne Evans.

Make Love Poems ~ Live Poetry Show

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.

Full Definition of COLLABORATE (edits mine)

1. to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor
2. to cooperate with or willingly assist an enemy of one’s country and especially an occupying force
3. to cooperate with an agency or instrumentality with which one is [was] not immediately connected [before.]
col·lab·o·ra·tor \-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tər\ noun
col·lab·o·ra·tive·ly \-lē\ adverb
col·lab·o·ra·tive \-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tiv, -b(ə-)rə-\ adjective or noun
col·lab·o·ra·tion \-ˌla-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

Want more?

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.

The Poets ~ Vital Statistics

LESLEY-ANNE EVANS
Belfast, NI/Toronto, Ont.
Leo
Water mystic
Becoming
Want more Lesley-Anne?
https://laevans.ca/
http://popuppoetry.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lesley-Anne-Evans-Poet/126110616311?ref=br_tf
mygracenotes@gmail.com

EMMY CHAHAL
Burnaby, B.C.
Airies
Earth mama
Song-story
Want more Emmy?
emmy.chahal@gmail.com

LOLU OYEDELE
Johnnesburg, S.A.
Leo
Water bender
passion-filled
Want more Lolu?
Check out Theatre 26, UBCO

NYGEL METCALFE
Kelowna, B.C.
Leo
Air bender
Slamtastic
Want more Nygel?
nygelmetcalfepoetry.com
birdsofcray.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/nygelmetcalfepoetry…

Poetry and Paper

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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

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One date, two events…

Friday, June 20, 2014 ~CAAD.p65

DAYTIME 

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.

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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.

 

 

Flash Poetry ~ word collaborations

images-5Always hunting down new ways to grab people’s interest and collaborate creatively, Lesley-Anne Evans began experimenting with Flash Poetry on Facebook in January, 2014. Flash Poetry is Lesley-Anne’s name for a new way of spontaneous creative activity, like yarn bombing, or flash mobs! But with words.

With an open call out to her Facebook friends, Lesley-Anne invited them to post word bits for a set time period. Lesley-Anne harvested said words, allowed a theme to emerge, and dissected, molded, and wrote more words and phrases into a new poetic context within a fast turnaround time. The completed poems were posted back on Facebook with appropriate credit given.

Flash Poems now number at seven, with the eighth call in progress until midnight tonight. Drop by and like the Flash Poem Facebook Page HERE. Follow the flash. Read the poems. Participate in the Flash Poem #8 Event HERE. But only until midnight today! Flash! Bam! Pow!

Flash Poetry… ready, set, GO!

DSC_0087Collaboration is invigorating, and when it comes to writing poetry, words from other sources at once challenge and enrich the process. Lesley-Anne has been experimenting with the collaboration potential of social media on her  Pop-Up-Poetry Facebook Page. For the past couple of weeks, Lesley-Anne has posted Call Outs asking Facebook friends to post words or phrases as comments, but only for a short period of time before closing.

Lesley-Anne takes all their submitted words, allows them to percolate until a theme emerges, then braids her own words into a new creation of poetry. The outcomes have been phenomenal. Participants are excited about it. Lesley-Anne sees the synergy and awakening to a new way of fast collaborative creativity as a fun means to build artistic community and challenge her writing.

Lesley-Anne will be sharing some of her Flash Poems at Inspired Word Cafe, this Thursday at the Okanagan Regional Library Downtown Branch from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Here is the latest… Flash Poem #5.

On the Death of Venus

Venus de Milo, her cultivated beauty
on last legs, the fruit of her service cut short.
She receives the blade, reaches way out
on a limb and plucks a feather captured
by a snarl of wood. Creaking and cracking
her limbs give way to the pull of fate.
Even the silence echos the laws of gravity.

Now the question of how to love without fingers
to trace the lip line of the sky, without arms
to swoon heavy in red and gold pendants
over parallel lanes of mown grass. Passing fancy
of passer’s by, supplier to fruit stand
and packing house, we avert our eyes
to such sacrificial progress, we buy American.

My mornings start with the same walk I take
from back door to fence and out to the orchard
that rims the property. There I meet myself
on the return and never speak more than
the simplest of hellos. I leave that to the field.
Salubrious morning, slowly sun-soaked
and ready for feet and the hamstrings of early day.

I kneel now beside her severed stump, drag home
a branch reminder of borrowed views, back gate
access to her heady Spring vibrations of bees
buried in blossoms, her Summer canopy a green
dewdrop heaven, September gleaning. Astonished
by the light in her eye apples in the dead of January
hanging where hope once had dimmed.

I knew a woman once, a first responder
who knelt by a torso and promised
in a calm voice that everything will be OK.
I know nothing of those type of endings.

I am speaking of things untold, things
I do not fully understand. I know nothing
of what came before and what will be, her
reckless ways, her necessary sacrifice.

Word Contributors: John Dorig, Lesley-Anne Evans, Gioia Morris, Vicki Den Ouden, Kelly Pond, Robert Rife, Giovanni Vidotto.
Potter Poet: Lesley-Anne Evans, Poet