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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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.

 

 

“Setting the streets on fire”

Pop up poem 1“Knowing Lesley-Anne is out there, setting the streets on fire with her well-crafted words, just makes me… happy…”

On her The Good (New) Life blog, Deborah Lampitt-McConnachie describes her personal experience with finding Pop-Up-Poetry on her way home from work:

Scene: finishing work and heading to the parking lot past the Bean Scene Coffee Shop on Dickson Ave. Out of the corner of my eye I catch sight of a piece of paper fluttering in the breeze.  Closer examination shows said piece of paper clipped onto the waving decorative grasses planted alongside the sidewalk. Even closer examination reveals… a poem. A good poem.

You can read the full article HERE on The Good (New) Life, wherein Deborah enquires, “Can someone in Kelowna, BC find the ultra-urban life they’ve been accustomed to, 7415 kilometers from London, UK?” It appears Deborah Lampitt-McConnachie thinks they can! Deborah is living proof!

Deborah describes her enviable life story this way,

Deborah was a fashion and lifestyle journalist in London, UK, for over 15 years.

Her career highlight is a toss up between interviewing Cate Blanchett backstage after the Nicole Farhi show in London, or Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel haute couture presentation in Paris. Meeting Debbie Harry was pretty cool too.

Deborah recently relocated to Kelowna, BC, with her husband, whoodle and cat, where she is a fashion and advertising consultant for Icon magazine. She LOVES the Okanagan, and thinks you should too.

It appears that Pop-Up-Poetry is contributing to ultra-urban life experiences of some very hip and talented people here in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (more about PUP HERE)

Welcome, Deborah Lampitt-McConnachie, welcome.

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.

Sneak preview…

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been selected as one of 60 regional artists for the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO) 60 Artists in 60 Spaces, in celebration of ARTSCO’s 60th Anniversary.

An exciting infusion of art, including visual, performance and literary, in spaces throughout the Okanagan Valley, August through September, 2013

You will find me at Pulp Fiction Coffee House & Robbie Rare Books, September 28, 2013.

More info to come.