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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“Make Love Poems” Live Poetry Show

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An evening of unconventional celebration. Four local poets take the stage to share snapshots from their journeys, moments captured in the evolution of their insides.

Spend an evening immersing yourself in the vivid stories and poems of Emmy Chahal, Nygel Metcalfe, Lesley-Anne Evans, and Lolu John Oyedele, celebrating the month of love and loss at heART School. True stories, from every peak and canyon they have found themselves. Only one rule – they have to be LOVE poems.

Special wine and beer menu will be available, as well as a selection of lovely treats.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

heART School, 1546 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, B.C.

Tickets $15 each, couple price 2 for $20, or date night* price $80

*The Date Night price includes two tickets and a romantic care package carefully crafted by a local caterer, including specialty chocolates, gourmet nibbles, and wine pairings from local vineyards. Limited Availability, only through Eventbrite.

Tickets available now at Eventbrite, or at the door

“Every poet who is writing has love poems. No question – its our Achilles heel. We have them in spades. Truly, though, and more accurately, every person EVER has love poems – even if they haven’t written them down, there are bound to be love poems and little scrawled notes of hopes and dreams, stacked up inside of them, like old newspapers lining the hallways of a hoarders apartment, waiting to be read by someone who knows the incantation – the one who learns how to speak the language of their inner world.”

Feature Poet at OUR Coffeehouse

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Lesley-Anne Evans will perform her poetry and spoken word at OUR Coffeehouse as their Feature Poet on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
OUR Coffeehouse is a Kelowna Open Mic presented by Artists For Creative Alliance (ACA), and takes place the middle and last Wednesday of each month in Reid’s Hall at the historic Benvoulin Church. “Organic, Unplugged, and Rootsy,” OUR Coffeehouse is, “a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for our community to relax and enjoy some of our wonderful local talent in a listening environment.” LIKE OUR on Facebook, and mark your calendar for this upcoming event.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Doors open at 6:45
Open Mic starts at 7:00
Feature Performer(s) on stage at 8:45
Display/exhibit by Feature Artist/Artisan
Reid Hall – Benvoulin Church
2279 Benvoulin Road in Kelowna
$5.00 at the door

It’s cold outside. Come on in and cozy up to some inspired word.

DSC_0798On Thursday, December 4th, Lesley-Anne Evans helps wrap up the fall season of Inspired Word Cafe when she returns as their Featured Artist. Lesley-Anne will be sharing poetry, and a monologue from her foray with New Vintage Theatre.

Join Lesley-Anne and other word artists and musicians as they step up to the mic and share their passion and voice.

Inspired Word Cafe will be held at the Kelowna Heritage Museum, at Ellis and Queensway, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

RSVP to this event at the IWC group page on Facebook, HERE.

Be the light

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Lesley-Anne Evans will soon be leaving gifts of words and light around Kelowna, B.C.. In her ongoing practice of randomly installing illumination into long winter’s nights, Lesley-Anne creates handmade luminaires, and places them alongside tea lights and poems meant to be taken home and enjoyed at leisure. In 2013, installations were placed at Orchard Park Mall, H2O, in parks and neighbourhoods, in addition to a month long installation in the Mission Branch of the ORL.

You can follow these installations at Pop-Up-Poetry and like Pop-Up-Poetry on Facebook, HERE.

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

Lesley-Anne Evans featured @ ALTARWORK

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~ Jason Ramsey, Founder/Editor ALTARWORK

LINK to ALTARWORK Feature

Write Out Loud ~ from Page to Podium

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Local writers will share the podium next Thursday at the Okanagan Institute Express. Lesley-Anne Evans will talk about the elusive nature of living a writers life and will read some recent works.

» Thursday 9 October 2014, 5 pm
» Bohemian Café, 524 Bernard Ave, Kelowna
» $2 at the door. Refreshments are available.
» Space is limited. Reserve your seat HERE

At this signature event we will hear from poet Lesley-Anne Evans; novelist Linda Grant; medical memorialist Sterling Haynes; teacher and author Alix Hawley; and teacher, writer, comedian, filmmaker, artist and occasional clown Michael Smith. SEE SPEAKER DETAILS HERE.

When Alice Munro won the 2004 Giller Prize, her victory speech recalled rejections from the beginning of her career: there she was on TV 73 years old, utterly triumphant as a writer. kvetching about 40-year-old-slights. “I never read Canadian authors,” she recalled being told. “I never read fiction – I can’t get what it’s about.” These petty little tortures are true for every writer of every time and every place.

Writers of all genres, be it fiction, crime, comedy, life experience, poetry or history often toil in silence, craving the opportunity to share their work.

Recognizing the need to provide such opportunity, the Okanagan Institute invited five local literary personalities to provide a varied range of voices and creative works.

One date, two events…

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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.