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

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.

Featured Artist at Inspired Word Cafe

1801399_481280095309294_856722908_o-1Wednesday May 14, 2014 from 5 – 7 pm, Lesley-Anne Evans is sharing her poetry and stories at the Inspired Word Cafe. The show is located in the Rotary Centre for the Arts atrium, and is by donation. A variety of musicians and word artists will contribute to this evening of creative expression.

Consider yourself invited.

Living Creatively.

DSC_0356Each life writes a story, each one of us, a poem.

Lesley-Anne Evans, Kelowna poet, street artist, blogger, passionate creative, wife and mother, knows the delight of creative expression. She seeks ways to inspire joy and community through written and spoken word. In her delicious pairings of poetry and visual images, Lesley-Anne will share her story of creative engagement. Lesley-Anne will encourage listeners to know themselves, discover deeper meaning, and begin to live as one made for passion and fullness.

Purple Vine Club: Business Creativity

Monday, January 27

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

heART School – #5 – 375 Bernard Ave

Tickets – $27.00  Members  &  $37.00 Non-Members

Don’t miss out. Register @ the Purple Vine Club website today.

2013 was a very good year

Thank you to videographer John Dorig for sharing his compilation video from the Inspired Word Cafe last December. And thank you to Rawle James for what he continues to do for creative community in Kelowna, B.C..

Enjoy the video:

The IWC 2014 season begins this weekend, and promises an array of new and familiar voices, stimulating locations, and a growing community of people who have found their voice in the written and spoken word. Lesley-Anne Evans will be returning to IWC as a Featured Artist at the Rotary Centre for the Arts on May 14th, and is invited to read at the Kelowna Art Gallery on April 24th.

IWC creative leader and facilitator Rawle Iam James, continues to lead creative writers to be courageous with words, and not only write, but share in public. (R)evolution through artistic expression, is IWC’s guiding statement.

Inspired Word

DSC_0032Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at 6 pm, Lesley-Anne Evans is reading her poetry at the Inspired Word Cafe at Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna. Lesley-Anne has collaborated at ICW in the past, and returns with excitement.

IWC organizer and poet Rawle Iam James orchestrates multiple Inspired Word Cafe events in Kelowna, including a regular schedule at the downtown Library and Willow Park Starbucks.

You can find IWC HERE on Facebook. Come on out and discover a renewed love for creative expression. You won’t be disappointed.

Lesley-Anne Evans, In Focus

Warning: Reading this In Focus may make you want to contemplate your life. Lesley-Anne Evans has a way with words that is both profound and challenging. That’s probably why she chose to work with words as part of her daily life. Lesley-Anne is a poet who does poetry installations, performances and interactive Pop-Up-Poetry. She takes the time to be quiet and listen, finding inspiration and then releasing the creativity in herself and others. Lesley-Anne is particularly passionate about young people, desiring to help them find their purpose and see how important and lovely they are. She will be performing her poetry at the Mission Branch of the library on Oct 17th at 6:45 PM. Today Lesley-Anne Evans is In Focus. LINK TO FULL ARTICLE.

Many thanks to Michele Rule, Communications Manager at Okanagan Regional Library, for recommending Lesley-Anne Evans for this feature article at Kelowna Now.

Oak Leaflets are here…

A personal note:

How exciting to gather the mail this morning and discover a package from Leaf Press. Inside, after carefully peeling back tape and wrappings, I found my Oak Leaflet, the 4th in a series of poems published by my Lantzville, Vancouver Island, poetry publisher. The charming little booklet with an oak leaf die cut into it’s rich green cover, contains my poem “Speak in Now.”

These small and mighty works of poetry are, as noted on the last page of my Oak Leaflet, “printed, hand folded and assembled and glued as the sky flared red outside the windows.” Suitably poetic process, I think.

Thank you Leaf Press and Ursula Vaira for believing in my work.

You may purchase my Oak Leaflet at upcoming events.

On down the road,

Lesley-Anne

Posters are up…

DSC_0046 Thanks to the marketing team of the Okanagan Regional Library, posters, radio spots, and newspaper ads are spreading word of an upcoming Poetry Reading at the Mission Branch, Kelowna.

Lesley-Anne Evans will read poems and share her experiences of getting poetry out into the community through Pop-Up-Poetry initiatives. Local creative, Dörte Meyer, will provide atmospheric instrumental backdrop to a fun evening of poetry readings, and interactive poetry with the audience.

Sign up on Facebook. Let us know you’ll be there.

Thursday, October 17th @ 6:45 pm

The ORL Mission Branch is located on Gordon Drive, in the Capital News Centre.

Interactive poem, coming soon.

Last night, a group of friendly folk gathered at the Pulp Fiction Coffee House in Kelowna, for an ARTSCO 60 Artists in 60 Spaces event, featuring poet Lesley-Anne Evans and the calming atmospheric instrumental and vocals of musician Dorte Meyer.

As the evening progressed, conversations and poems and songs were shared, and the audience were asked to bravely contribute their own words to a found poem interactive exercise. Enthusiasm was strong, and Lesley-Anne gathered up an outpouring of words from the willing audience. She then moved to a quiet space and melded the found words into a new poem which she shared as the final presentation piece of the evening.

The poem will be published here this week. Stay tuned.

Thank you to Max Sloan of Pulp Fiction for your hospitality, to ARTSCO for the honour of participating in your anniversary event, and to the welcoming and enthusiastic audience.

Poetry is taking life by the throat (Robert Frost). And so we did.