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.

 

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SEE:kelowna

DSC_0292In April, 2016, Kelowna Museums Society approached Metro Community and invited them into a collaboration. Lesley-Anne Evans, Metro Creative Curator, and Linda Digby, KMS Executive Director, began to envision how to creatively offer opportunities for story telling in the voices of the Kelowna street community.

Amber Krogel (Metro) joined the collaboration late spring 2017, and brought an exciting new element to bear, that is, the distribution of disposable cameras to project participants. Together with written narratives, these day-in-the-life photographs answer a deeper question, that is, what is important and beautiful to those with real lived experience of homelessness in Kelowna.

Amanda Snyder (Curatorial Manager, KMS) Lesley-Anne, and Amber melded artistic, educational, and relational approaches for the purpose of impacting the public perception of homelessness. Supported by key relationships within the Metro team and other social agencies, each project participant was gently encouraged to complete the task of offering their beauty and truth to the world.

SEE:kelowna is the outcome of the slow work of building trust, listening, coming alongside and facilitating for each individual storyteller. SEE:kelowna has developed into a compelling multi-media artistic expression of photographs, stories, and myth confronting elements that welcome museum visitors into each surprising and insightful story, to:

 “this is what I want you to SEE”

“SEE:me”

SEE:kelowna opened at the Okanagan Heritage Museum on August 29, 2017, and is part of the KMS permanent collection. The creative installation includes an interpretive cart and contents, artistic creations, statistics and facts, a favourite photo of each participant offered as a postcard, visitor feedback in response to thought provoking questions, and an accompanying website. The installation continues to morph and change as community members become engaged with the work.

SEE:kelowna participants Rob and Diane offered music, poetry, and personal insights at the opening, a moving experience for those attending.

 

 

http://seekelowna.com

http://www.metrocommunity.ca

https://www.kelownamuseums.ca/museums/the-okanagan-heritage-museum/

The Red Couch

Red Couch and Liz RanneyRED COUCH is a pop-up visual arts gallery celebrating the art of Metro Community artists and friends. Red Couch doesn’t take a commission, instead they support, honour and share Metro Community artists works in hopes they will find a way into the lives and hearts of others.

Lesley-Anne led the ideation and creation of Red Couch, and is excited to be opening the bright little street front space to the public. 

Lesley-Anne Evans, Librettist on opening night

For me, Metro Community is a convergence point of spirit and art, made up of people who are hungry to belong, to be heard, and loved, and at the same time are risk takers open to creative expression and the rawness of sharing that process with others. I’ve seen transformation take place, for example, within our writing circles, where the hard truths of personal experience are spoken of and held with such grace and tenderness. The marginalized and vulnerable are capable of deep love and trust, which is a beautiful mystery.
So I believe Red Couch is going to be a surprising place where image dei and the creative spirit of Metro Community is celebrated, and I expect those who come to see the art might just sense something otherworldly is taking place here.
Lesley-Anne Evans, Metro’s Art Curator, and poet/community artist

Red Couch window

If you pass by Red Couch on St. Paul Street in Kelowna, you will see a number of brilliant, vibrant portraits newly installed in the space. They were created by the talented artist Liz Ranney, and will be on display through August 15th. Liz designed the Red Couch logo, and along with her husband, artist Dylan Ranney, consulted with Lesley-Anne during gallery planning and implementation. Liz and Dylan are Metro Community family.

You might like to know why a red couch?

The retro, up-cycled couch in the Red Couch was found in the corner of a thrift shop. Like the overlooked, burnt out, vulnerable, and disenfranchised people often welcomed into Metro Community, the red couch is slightly tattered, and is an imperfectly beautiful centrepiece. The red couch has become a symbol of home and radical welcome, the heart of Metro Community and the art gallery.

“Paint The Town Red” is a mini-launch for the gallery which will take place at Red Couch on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 5-7 pm. Wear something red for a photo op with the red couch. Red Couch is at 1262 St Paul Street, Kelowna.

Follow Red Couch on Facebook www.facebook.com/artbymetro/

Enquire about showing your work at Red Couch: lesleyanne@metrocommunity.ca

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!!!

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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