The 10th Anniversary Oxygen Art Centre fundraiser Cabaret!

The 10th Anniversary Oxygen Art Centre fundraiser Cabaret!

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Aliens with Benefits: A Cabaret for the (Pre existing) Human Condition

Thursday and Friday, June 22 and 23

The Capitol Theatre

8 PM

Tickets $20 in advance / $25 Door (http://capitoltheatre.bc.ca/)

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The Oxygen Art Centre welcomes back Nicola Harwood to create one of her classic Oxygen Art Centre Cabaret extravaganzas featuring none other then the inimitable Ilse and a cast of unforgettable characters from Cabarets past including: Brahm Taylor as the long suffering Eurotrash Ilse sidekick Klaus, Bessie Wapp as the upside down Alien, Jonnine Mahonen as the Beaver, Krista Lynch as Tatiana, Sydney Black and Lisel Forst as Skidney and Sleazle, and featuring acts by Lucas Myers, Thomas Loh, Hiromoto Ida, Geoffrey Ferguson, Tyler James, Bryce Harrison, Graham Jarvis-Lingard, Julie Johnson Murray, Craig Korth, Eva Myers McKimm and Laurie Jarvis and the ever eclectic musical stylings of the Oxygen Orkestar.

Come and celebrate 10 years of this amazing artist run centre with some of Nelson’s finest talent.

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Creston Christmas Art and Craft Market

Creston Community Arts Council logo

Creston Christmas Art and Craft Market

Creston Christmas Art & Craft Market application forms are now on the Arts Council website!  www.crestonvalleyartscouncil.ca   see under forms.

Get started today – Apply for your spot at the Christmas Art & Craft Market.

This show is a very popular event and a great opportunity for Arts Council Members:

  • Creston Community Complex
  • Saturday November 18, 2017, 9-4pm

Find Out More

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Export Navigator Information Session – Trail

Export Navigator

Information Session

Learn more about an exciting new pilot program that supports Kootenay Boundary businesses!

In partnership with CFDC, Trail and District Chamber of Commerce and KAST the LCIC is hosting an Export Navigator Information Session, 12:00pm-1:00pm on June 26, 2017 in the Community Futures Boardroom, 825, Spokane Street, Trail.

Facilitated by Export Advisor Michael Hoher, this free session, will give you an overview of The Export Navigator business assistance program designed to assist businesses in developing and implementing export strategies for their products or services and find new markets and revenue opportunities beyond BC. This pilot program will provide businesses with access to a personalized, step-by-step approach to exporting and help connect businesses to the appropriate programs, services, and contacts at every stage of the export process.

On average 15% of Canadian small and medium sized enterprises (SME) sell their products and services outside their home province however only 4% of British Columbia’s do so, and shockingly only 2% of Kootenays and Boundary businesses do so. Michael will help you grow, expand and improve your business’ global visibility.

Why may this be of interest to businesses:

• diversify revenue source and customer base to become more resilient to single market downturns or market protectionism,

• sell to markets desiring or in need of our region’s products and services,

• become a more profitable, stronger, valuable business, and

• take advantage of favourable trade agreements between Canada and other nations.

 How is it done:

An experienced and dedicated adviser assists the client in:

• business export readiness identification,

• new market opportunity exploration,

• focused strategy development,

• establishing the right connection to the right person in the right place at the right time, and

• much more.

 Michael will also be engaging in 45 min one on one business exploration sessions on June 26, 2017, to book an appointment, please e-mail jvantonder@lcic.ca

If you are interested in attending this session or have any clients or business associates that you think might benefit from this workshop, feel free to forward this information to them.

To register for this “brown bag session” or for a one on one session on June 26, 2017,

e-mail jvantonder@lcic.ca.

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The power of art in Nelson, B.C.

The power of art in Nelson, B.C.

Arts and culture are tourist attractants, and they also attract and retain permanent residents

Joy Barrett, cultural development officer for Nelson, B.C., and executive director of Castlegar Sculpturewalk, stands within “Sculpture Walk” by Spring Shine, Christopher Petersen and Hans Winter (2016).

Joy Barrett, cultural development officer for Nelson, B.C., and executive director of Castlegar Sculpturewalk, stands within “Sculpture Walk” by Spring Shine, Christopher Petersen and Hans Winter (2016). — Gregory Mackenzie photo

A community with a vibrant arts and culture scene seems more dynamic and appealing than one without that feature, right? But what do art and culture translate to in economic terms? Well, it turns out that this “soft” asset packs a significant economic punch.

In 2003, Nelson, B.C.‘s Cultural Development Committee, a volunteer board that reports to city council, commissioned a report to determine the financial benefit of art in the community. The report’s findings prompted the City of Nelson to create the position of Cultural Development Officer, and Joy Barrett has held that position for the past seven years.

“Cultural development is all about quality of life,” said Barrett. “People don’t necessarily recognize what an economic generator arts and culture are in a community, but they really are. Not only do they attract a huge amount of tourism, they also attract and retain residents.”

The 2003 report revealed some astonishing statistics:

• The arts and heritage economy in Nelson and area was estimated at about $7 million.

• The directly measurable net economic impact of the arts and heritage was about $15 million. This supported the creation of some 581 full-time equivalent jobs in Nelson and area.

• The total net economic impact of arts and heritage was $75 million dollars. This resulted mostly from the spending of tourists attracted to Nelson by the area’s unique mix of arts and heritage, including the considerable heritage appeal of its historic buildings. This net economic impact translated into a human impact of more than 2,900 full-time equivalent jobs.

Nathan Smith, a Nelson, B.C., artist, created this sculpture called “Seed.” — David R. Gluns Photography

• The gross economic impact of arts and heritage (which includes spending not directly attributable to the existence of an arts economy) was estimated to be more than $198 million.

• The principal beneficiaries of the arts economy were all residents of Nelson – particularly those in the hospitality industry – who gain from tourism spending.

• If art and heritage did not exist at all in Nelson and area, there would have been more than 10 jobs lost overall for every job directly connected to the arts that was lost.

As remarkable as those facts and figures are, they are almost 15 years old. According to Barrett, the economic impact of the cultural sector in Nelson has increased significantly as that sector has grown in size, influence and quality.

Barrett has also been the executive director of the Castlegar Sculpturewalk for the past five years. Through that organization’s leasing program, the towns of Nelson, Rossland, Creston and Penticton have begun to lease and purchase sculptures to display in their public spaces.

“Beautification is a word that doesn’t fully encompass what we do,” said Barrett. “Part of what we do in Nelson is incorporate art within public infrastructure. Say, for example, that the city is looking to install a railing. Rather than look for something that is just functional, we’ll find something that’s beautiful as well, something that’s a work of art and supports an artist in the region. Through that (kind of approach), those artists become better known and acknowledged and successful.

The railing at Nelson’s Gyro Park was created by Patrick McIvor of Salmo, B.C. — David R. Gluns Photography

“Nelson is a creative city, and to have that creativity reflected in our public places, to be appreciated by all ages, is really special. My kids love seeing the new sculptures appear, and in terms of beautification and career options, I love knowing we’re showing them what’s possible.

“When I walk around in Nelson I just feel really proud of the artwork that’s there for everyone to enjoy, and to know that through cultural development we’ve helped to make this happen and that it’s going to stay.”

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Creative Spark Columbia Basin – New Deadline

Creative Spark Columbia Basin

***NEW DEADLINE: June 30, 2017***

We have a little bit of funding left to distribute. Act fast to secure a grant for an arts-based summer project with young people.

Small projects can have a big impact. Artists across all disciplines living and working in BC’s Columbia Basin region who have an interest in working with young people in an arts-based capacity are invited to apply for Creative Spark Columbia Basin grants.

Creative Spark Columbia Basin grants support professional artists to engage young people in schools and communities in arts-based projects. If you relate to any of the statements below, then this grant is designed for you:

  • I’m an artist looking to explore career opportunities

  • I’m an artist interested in working with young people and need support to start

  • I have a project idea but don’t have the funds to cover the required materials and supplies

  • I am interested in applying for an Artists in the Classroom (AIC) grant in the future and need to build some experience first

Apply now!

Applications for projects taking place through August 2017 are being accepted on a until June 30, 2017. Learn more and apply now at artstarts.com/creativesparkcolumbiabasin

Creative Spark Columbia Basin grants are funded by Columbia Basin Trust, through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and disbursed by ArtStarts in Schools.

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John McDermott at the Bailey Theatre

Charles Bailey - JohnCOMING TO THE CHARLES BAILEY THEATRE, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST
JOHN McDERMOTT… RAISED on SONGS and STORIES
$47.50

Exclusive Presale to Newsletter Subscribers beginning June 6 at noon until June 9, using the code DANNYBOY, in person at the Theatre Box Office, by phone: 250-368-9669 or on line at:

 

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John McDermott is an international recording star and household name. Besides his stellar musical career – platinum, double-platinum, triple-platinum albums and multiple Juno nominations – he is also known for his commitment to veterans’ causes – the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honour Society’s Bob Hope Award, the Ted Williams Globe & Anchor Award from the USMC and, here at home, a commendation from the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs for this ongoing work, which includes his foundation McDermott House Canada, dedicated to improving care in the final stages of terminal illness and providing a warm, welcoming place to stay for Canada’s veterans, military, first responders and their families.
In concert, whether he is sharing the stage with a topnotch group of musical friends or touring the world as part of the famed Three Irish Tenors, McDermott continues to enchant audiences with his beautiful voice and sensitive renditions. Though time and travel have introduced him to a wealth of new material and experiences, he manages to incorporate that diversity into his performances, while retaining the beguiling sense of humour that endeared him to audiences from the beginning. This tour features songs from his latest release, Raised on Songs and Stories, and a variety of favourites from his vast recording catalogue.
A delectable evening of story and song, delivered with charm and grace by the consummate craftsman himself, John McDermott.
“Tenor John McDermott is one of this country’s most beloved entertainers.” – Toronto Star
“John McDermott is the real thing – with a sound as pure and achingly beautiful as the ancient countryside.” – Chicago Sun Times
“His rich tenor voice is as warm and comforting as a hot toddy on a cold winter’s night.” – Kitchener Record
“McDermott has a warm and instantly recognizable voice that sometimes resonates like Gordon Lightfoot with a brogue.” – Seattle Times
“The world’s greatest Irish-Scots-Canadian tenor melted hearts and raised smiles in London yesterday.” – London Free Press
Click to watch John sing The Old Man
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNL_wGZgV5Q
Click to watch John sing One Small Star
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5mqYnrAPw0

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Oxygen Art Centre News

Volunteers needed!

Volunteer gallery sitters are needed for the ‘Kissing Project’ exhibition that opens this week at Oxygen Art Centre.  Volunteers are essential in making this programming free for the public to attend.  Logged volunteer hours can be used towards up to 50% of the cost of tuition for Oxygen’s Arts Education courses, workshops and camps.
Bank hours now for the summer painting intensive, summer camps for children or the Fall semester or future use!
Gallery sitting is easy and fun and a great way to spend time with art!

Bring in books/laptops/etc… To keep yourself occupied throughout your gallery sitting shift. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 1-5pm

If you are interested in volunteering please email: info@oxygenarcentre.org

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Sylvia Grace Borda – Kissing Project opens Thursday night!

Click here to see an example of the work online:
Anthony and Stephanie, Kootenay Co-op Radio
http://tinyurl.com/l3hduzp

Throughout this Spring, Sylvia Grace Borda has been the artist in residence at the Oxygen Art Centre developing her ‘Kissing Project.’ The artist’s proposal is not what you would expect – she has aimed to create contemporary artworks, celebrating local and cultural values of love and peace, while also capturing a portrait of Nelson residents caught in an embrace for a kiss.

The idea for the project came about through her discovery of a 1950s photograph of a Doukhobor couple kissing in the archives of Touchstones Nelson. The photograph shows the moment of a kiss between a then unknown Doukhobor woman and man. This photograph won the artist’s admiration.  She believes that the image of the Doukhobor kissing couple is particularly iconic and deserves national recognition as does Nelson’s own culture of openness.  The resulting community based art project has been inspired by these intersections, and in the artist’s desire to bring forth in her work a similar message of affection and affinity among the people who call Nelson home.

Guided by the question, “Can Nelson be the Paris of the north?”, a call for participants was sent out in late winter. The artist invited the public to nominate kissing partners, places, and to create visual narratives that could be shared with wider audiences as contemporary artworks. The task of photographing the couples happened over a three-day period at locations chosen by the couples ranging from Lakeside park to Pixie’s Candy shop. The process of photography had an additional unique layer in that the couples were photographed in a 360 degree context to be embedded in Google Street View that will bring the scenes to ‘life’ in an accessible way.

The resulting images are both documents of place and diverse portraits of the kissing sitters themselves.

Will this be the last of the Kissing Project?  The artist hopes not, she intends to extend the project, funding available to the creation of a Kissing Trail!  Pucker up Nelson!

Join us at the opening and hear more about this story.

Sylvia Grace Borda is a practicing media artist with interests in the development and promotion of Canadian photographic history and visual arts. She has taught at the University of British Columbia and at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Her practice has also brought her international opportunities, including Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Stirling in Scotland. She has been granted several awards for her exhibition work that is shaping and challenging contemporary photographic expression. More about the artist can be found at sylviagborda.com

Join us on Thursday, June 8th at the Oxygen Art Centre for an opening reception and launch of the exhibition, the Kissing Project . The opening will run from 7-9pm with the artist in attendance. The exhibition will be on display until July 8th. The gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday from 1-5pm. The exhibition will participate in the June Art Walk on the 23rd when the gallery will be open from 6-9pm.

Poster Photo Credit:
(Top) John and Theresa Southam, Waits News, Baker Street (2017)
(Bottom) Amelia Bressey Chapman, Suki (dog), and Mariposa Bressey, Historic Town photo murals, Baker Street (2017)
Photographer: Sylvia Grace Borda

Image (above) : Touchstones Nelson. Doukhobor couple kissing each other. Accession no. 2008.023.320. Photographer unknown.  Courtesy of Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History

MORE INFO:
www.oxygenartcentre.org
info@oxygenartcentre.org 
320 Vernon St (alley entrance)
250 352 6322
Or find us on FaceBook!

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The 10th Anniversary Oxygen Art Centre Cabaret fundraiser!


Aliens with Benefits: A Cabaret for the (Pre existing) Human Condition
Thursday and Friday, June 22 and 23
The Capitol Theatre

8 PM
Tickets $20 advance / $25 at door (available at Capitol box office or online http://capitoltheatre.bc.ca/)

The Oxygen Art Centre welcomes back Nicola Harwood to create one of her classic Oxygen Art Centre Cabaret extravaganzas featuring none other then the inimitable Ilse and a cast of unforgettable characters from Cabarets past including: Brahm Taylor as the long suffering Eurotrash Ilse sidekick Klaus, Bessie Wapp as the upside down Alien, Jonnine Mahonen as the Beaver, Krista Lynch as Tatiana, Sydney Black and Lisel Forst as Skidney and Sleazle, and featuring acts by Lucas Myers, Thomas Loh, Hiromoto Ida, Geoffrey Ferguson, Tyler James, Bryce Harrison, Graham Jarvis-Lingard, Julie Johnson Murray, Craig Korth, Eva Myers McKimm and Laurie Jarvis and the ever eclectic musical stylings of the Oxygen Orkestar.

Come and celebrate 10 years of this amazing artist run centre with some of Nelson’s finest talent.

Share event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/639117496263425

MORE INFO:
www.oxygenartcentre.org
info@oxygenartcentre.org 
320 Vernon St (alley entrance)
250 352 6322
Or find us on FaceBook!

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Summer Art Camps announced!

WEEK 1 (July 10-14, 2017):

ART CAMP with Teresa Segstro
July 10-14
9am – noon:  Ages 5-8
Cost $150/week

This week-long camp for children ages 5-8 will explore the wonderful world of art through mixed media projects including drawing, painting, drama, collage and assemblage.  On the last day of camp we invite family and friends to join us for a little party and show & tell in the last half an hour of camp.

OR CALL TO REGISTER: 250 352 6322 OR EMAIL: info@oxygenartcentre.org

Mixed Media Mashup Camp with Natasha Smith
July 10-14
1pm – 4pm: Ages 10-15
Cost $150/week
This week-long camp for children 10-15 years old will explore more experimental, fun approaches to art-making including and combining low-tech printmaking, collage painting, assemblage and the creation of shadow boxes. Using a wide range of materials, acrylic mediums, paint, ink and various application and transfer techniques the group will be encouraged to explore freely the elements and principles of design. In a fun, supportive environment children can develop their skills and nurture their creative spirits. This camp is guaranteed to inspire.

OR CALL TO REGISTER: 250 352 6322 OR EMAIL: info@oxygenartcentre.org

WEEK 2 (July 17-July 21, 2017):

THEATRE CAMPS with Martina Avis

July 17-21, 2017

9am – noon Ages 8-11 – Theatre Workshop acting, games, movement, and performance

Cost $150/week

Learn theatre skills while creating scenes, taking on characters, playing games, and working towards a small performance.  On the last day of camp, we invite family and friends to join us for a little party and short presentation of our cumulative efforts in the last half hour of camp.
2pm-5pm Ages 12-18 Shakespeare Performance: Romeo & Juliet

Cost $170/week

Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet: A tale of hatred, lust, murder, sword-fights, and, yes, romance. Tackle Shakespeare’s tragedy (abridged) with fast-paced movement, drama, and stage combat.  On the last day of camp we will give a 7pm show for family, friends, and the public.

OR CALL TO REGISTER: 250 352 6322 OR EMAIL: info@oxygenartcentre.org
Did you know that Oxygen Art Centre has a volunteer credit program that can be used towards reduced tuition costs?  Some scholarships are also available for help with accessing programming.  Students traveling in for camps from outside of the Nelson area are automatically eligible for 25% off camp tuition!

Oxygen Art Centre is a not for profit, community arts organization and artist run centre.  Contact us to find out about what the options are to help with accessing our arts education programming. E: info@oxygenartcentre.org

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

INSTRUCTOR BIOS:

Martina Avis

Martina Avis is a local theatre practitioner. She has a BA in Theatre from the University of Victoria  and takes a special interest in community and youth projects.  She has studied, trained in, and performed Shakespeare in many venues and has directed youth adaptations of his plays featuring Shakespeare’s original language, fast-paced movement, hilarity and exuberance.

Teresa Segstro

Teresa Segstro has owned her own preschool and fostered a love of art with the young children she teaches for the past 30 years. She has taken several adult classes through Oxygen Art Centre, and enjoys exploring art herself.  She believes every child is an artist and we just need to nurture them. Come explore collaging, water color painting and mixed media.Natasha Smith

Natasha Smith was born in England and following the completion of her Diploma in Art and Design in her home city of York, she completed her B.A hons in Fine Art Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland.   Natasha emmigrated with her husband in 1995 to Vancouver where she continued her printmaking at Malaspina Printmaking workshop.   After moving to the Kootenays, Natasha began teaching at Kootenay School of the Arts.  Natasha now lives with her family and maintains her studio practice in Passmore, just outside Nelson B.C. and is on the faculty of Oxygen Art Centre.  http://natashasmithart.com/

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July Painting Intensive with Deborah Thompson

Summer Arts Intensive: Painting with 2 minds: A painting process workshop with Deborah Thompson

4 days: July 24-27, 9.30am – 3.30pm Monday to Thursday

Course Description: Painting with 2 minds is a four day painting process workshop designed to engage artists of any level in exploring their creative process and in particular the workings of their analytical and intuitive minds! OR how do you get our creative juices moving along and how do we develop our visual language to create meaningful and resolved paintings. We will explore this dualistic quality of creativity through playful exercises, discussions and investigations. We will encourage these two minds to work together in supporting the making of a painting! Each day is designed to build upon the others as we layer our experiences, insights and processes towards a repertoire of tools from which we can invigorate our creative process. Each day will open with painting exercises and explorations and in the afternoon move towards critiques, slide presentations and time for self-directed painting. Sure to be a fun and engaging workshop!!

Course fee: $250  Material fee:  $30 + SEE LIST FOR REQUIRED MATERIALS

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Deborah THOMPSON is a Canadian visual artist who resides in Nelson, B.C. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1984 spending her final year of study in Florence, Italy. She then spent a decade teaching and traveling in wilderness environments from East Africa to the North American Arctic during which she received a B.A. in Experiential Education from Prescott College in 1995. She then put roots down in Missoula, Montana to return to her studio practice completing an MFA in painting at the University of Montana in 1997. She was awarded the Fell-Oskins Scholarship (faculty award) two years in a row for her studio work. She has done residencies at the Vermont Studio Centre and the Banff Centre. She now resides in Nelson, B.C where she maintains a studio and exhibition practice, teaches for the Oxygen Art Centre (she is a founding member of the Centre,) and curators for Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History. In 2008 she went to the Netherlands to research medieval altar pieces in Holland. In 2011, she received a Major Project Grant from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance for the research and creation of Bird Woman in which she is exploring the ascetic practices of female mystics in the late middle ages. This spring she is going to Avila, Spain to continue her research focusing on the life and work of Saint Teresa of Avila.

http://www.debthompson.ca/
MORE INFO:
www.oxygenartcentre.org
info@oxygenartcentre.org 
320 Vernon St (alley entrance)
250 352 6322
Or find us on FaceBook!

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