Holding Out Hope

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For the past several months Lesley-Anne Evans has been curating the social media campaign Holding Out Hope.

Beginning with a commemorative poetry wall (see CBC article here) immediately prior to the demolition of Metro’s drop-in centre, Metro Community members are invited to share words that humanize and build understanding. Lesley-Anne and others listen, record and share.

Holding Out Hope invites Kelowna’s marginalized and vulnerable ‘others’ to be known, rather than passed by in fear, disinterest, or hurry. Stories are raw, surprising and authentic. Some of our storytellers are homeless, some live in shelters, halfway houses, and the suburbs. All share the poverty of living ‘outside’ an inner circle, a poverty of relationships. All share a hunger to be loved and to belong.

Holding Out Hope is a powerful and risky exchange. Each candid photo puts a face to a name. Each story becomes an opportunity to see the humanity we all share.

Where do we find the courage to let ourselves be challenged and transformed so that we might rise up as messengers or peace and unity? I pray and hope that this…may encourage more and more people to risk crossing the barriers that separate us, and to risk becoming friends with those we have rejected, so that they too might rise up in hope.

Jean Vanier, Tears of Silence, A Meditation

 

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Finding your tribe: the Okanagan Art Review

Thanks to some local visionaries with the energy to make it so, there is a new artistic hub in the Okanagan, the Okanagan Art Review. Founder and editor-in-chief Katie Brennan describes OAR as,

The Okanagan Art Review… connects all the isolated pockets of amazing art action and activity that you have to know so-and-so, or be part of such-and-such group to have access to or knowledge of. And does it all through the sharp eye and know how of other artists.

It is a place for celebration, contemplation and connection for artists and art lovers.

Lesley-Anne Evans has always known that being part of a bigger picture gives meaning and purpose to the day and work at hand. Being part of a tribe(s) with similar sensibility, attitude and creative focus these days can be both local and global. Lesley-Anne believes in artistic engagement in both.

Lesley-Anne is pleased to announce her freshly curated membership in the Okanagan Art Review, and her place in this local tribe of creatives with whom she will share her emerging photographic work, and the ripple effect of being part of a vibrant bigger picture.

You can access Lesley-Anne’s OAR page and image gallery HERE.Member_72dpi