Book Launch and readings with Luanne Armstrong and Ellen Burt
Saturday February 23rd at 7:00pm
Join Kootenay writers Luanne Armstrong and Ellen Burt at Oxygen Art Centre to celebrate the launch of two books, A Bright and Steady Flame: The Story of an Enduring Friendship, by Luanne Armstrong, and What Forever Feels Like: A Memoir of Johnson’s Landing by Ellen Burt.
Ellen Burt has lived most of her life in the remote communities of Argenta and Johnsons Landing, at the North end of Kootenay Lake. She has written one previous book, When the Path is Not a Straight Line (Maa Press 2013). She currently lives in Nelson, B.C. where she writes memoir, poems, and performs spoken word. Acclaimed Kootenay poet Fred Wah writes about Ellen’s new book: “This back-to-the-land coming of age narrative…is a captivating account of the idealistic but earthbound aspirations of a smallholder; the farming, the firewood, the frozen pipes, and, above all, the community…a sweet story.”
Luanne Armstrong has written twenty-one books. She writes young adult books, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She has contributed to many anthologies and edited a Canadian non-fiction anthology called Slice Me Some Truth. Luanne presently lives on her hundred-year-old family farm on Kootenay Lake. She mentors many emerging writers all over the world and in the last three years, has edited eight books through to publication. Her new book, A Bright and Steady Flame: The Story of an Enduring Friendship, was published by Caitlin Press in October, 2018. She is deeply interested in researching the history of Kootenay Lake people and places.
Both of these memoirs offer deep insights into the nature of small communities and the history and development of such communities on Kootenay Lake. Ellen’s book offers colorful and nostalgic stories about Johnson’s Landing. Luanne’s book weaves together many stories set in the Kootenays over the seventies and eighties; while the core of her book is about the strength and endurance of women’s friendships.
Luanne taught writing classes for many years at Oxygen Art Centre, and over the years, mentored many writers from all over the Kootenays. Ellen is a very committed member of Spoken Word in Nelson. Both writers will be in attendance and look forward to seeing you there.
Oxygen Art Centre Hosts a Public Lecture and Masterclass with Art Writer Tracy Valcourt
Public Lecture: “Scene from Above: Aerial Views of Landscapes in Crisis”:
Friday March 8th at 7pm
Writing Workshop: Saturday March 9, 10am-5pm
Studio Visits: Sunday March 10, starting at 10am
Oxygen Art Centre invites you to join us in our second in a series of weekend-long Masterclasses in Critical Writing on Art led by art writer and scholar Tracy Valcourt. This is a unique opportunity for practicing artists, curators, and arts writers to hone their critical writing skills, whether writing about your own work or the work of other artists.
The workshop will run over the weekend of March 8-10, 2019. Valcourt will open the workshop with a public lecture on Friday, March 8 at 7 PM at Oxygen Art Centre. On Saturday, March 9th, Valcourt will hold a writing workshop from 10 am to noon followed by one-on-one consultations until 5pm. On Sunday March 10th, starting at 10am there will be opportunities for in-town studio visits with Valcourt. Enrolment is limited for both the workshop and studio visits so register early.
Tracy Valcourt lives and works in Montreal, where she is currently a Doctoral candidate and lecturer in art and writing at Concordia University. Valcourt also has a long-time connection to the Kootenays, where she studied writing and sculpture at Kootenay School of Art. Valcourt has written reviews and feature articles for Border Crossings Magazine since 2005 and is working on a chapter for a book, Artistic Approaches to Cultural Mapping, with Dr. Sebastian Caquard. As part of her visit to Nelson, Valcourt will give a talk on her Doctoral work which investigates perceptions of landscape from an aerial perspective in a time of climate crisis, titled “Scene from Above: Aerial Views of Landscapes in Crisis”.
This is the second in a series of professional development Masterclass workshops organized by Oxygen Art Centre. The first was with curator and art writer Melanie O’Brian in October 2018. Participants found great value in having a cultural thinker and critical writer from outside the Kootenay/Boundary region address the group. This series is sponsored by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance. The Lecture is free of cost and the course cost is $100.00 with an additional $50.00 for a studio visit. To register for the course: https://oxygenartcentre.org/classes/adult/
Register now for Oxygen’s Spring Break Camps – ACT & SING!
Oxygen is excited to be offering four fun-filled spring break camps for kids aged 8-18.
It’s time to SING in the first week of the break with two half day camps directed by the talented Erica Dee. Oxygen is thrilled to have Erica back to offer this fun-filled camp where kids will have the opportunity to sing, write and play the songs they love. “These camps will inspire young music lovers to express their own unique voice through singing and experimenting with rhythm and different musical instruments.” says Erica Dee. SING runs Monday to Friday March 18-22 mornings are for ages 8-11 years and afternoons are for 12-16 year olds.
The second week brings ACT and a Theatre Intensive with one of our inspiring and popular instructors Martina Avis. In the mornings kids ages 8-12 who love to ACT will learn dramatic skills while playing games, taking on characters and telling stories. Students will work towards a small performance on the last day of camp. In the afternoon acting is taken to another level in Martina’s Theatre Intensive for ages 13-18 where students will work on partnered scenes or monologues. They will use exercises and games to support characterization and performance skills, with the main goal being to rehearse strong scenes that will be performed on the final day of class.
Oxygen Art Centre is a not for profit, community arts organization and artist-run centre that provides arts education as a community service. Tuition is subsidized to keep it accessible to everyone. Oxygen Art Centre has a volunteer credit program that can be used towards reduced tuition costs. Students travelling in for camps from outside of the Nelson area are automatically eligible for 25% off camp tuition!
Oxygen Art Centre gratefully acknowledges support for its Arts Education Programming from the Province of British Columbia, Nelson and District Credit Union, British Columbia Arts Council and Business for the Arts sponsors; Hall Printing and Nelson Star.
WEEK 1 (March 18-22, 2019):
SING! with Erica Dee
March 18-22, 2019 (Monday – Friday)
9am – noon Ages 8-11 SING! – An exploration through songs, music & expression
1pm – 4pm Ages 12-16 SING! – An exploration through songs, music & expression
This Spring Camp will give participants the opportunity to sing, write and play with songs that they are inspired by, while gaining more knowledge on how to sing and express musically using the voice, rhythm and musical instruments.
OR CALL TO REGISTER: 250 352 6322 OR EMAIL: email@example.com
WEEK 2 (March 25-28, 2019)
THEATRE CAMPS with Martina Avis
March 25-28, 2019 (Monday – Thursday)
9am – noon Ages 8-12 – ACT! – Theatre Workshop acting, games, movement, and performance
Build performance skills, play games and learn dramatic techniques in this fun, fast-paced workshop. Students will work together and with the instructor to build a short play for performance on the final day of camp.
2pm – 5pm Ages 13-18 – Theatre Intensive
Students will work on partnered scenes or monologues. We will use exercises and games to support characterization and performance skills, with our main goal being to rehearse strong scenes that will be performed on final day of class. Actors will learn skills to support text analysis, movement, and staying present in the moment.
OR CALL TO REGISTER: 250 352 6322 OR EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that Oxygen Art Centre has a volunteer credit program that can be used towards reduced tuition costs? Students travelling in for camps from outside of the Nelson area are automatically eligible for 25% off camp tuition!
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