Ephemeral Existence by local artist Hildur Jónasson Opens November 30th

Presenting Ephemeral Existence
An Exhibition with local Icelandic artist Hildur Jónasson

Exhibition Dates: December 1st – 22nd
Opening Reception: Friday November 30th, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Saturday December 1st, 4pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 1-5pm


Oxygen Art Centre is pleased to announce Ephemeral Existence, an exhibition by Nelson-based contemporary artist Hildur Jónasson. The exhibition will be the first public showing of work done by Jónasson, while participating at the Arctic Circle Residency in Svalbard, Norway last year. Included in the show will be a selection of works on paper, as well as a sculptural installation that accompanies a video of a performance made by Jónasson on the Svalbard Glacier.

Join us to celebrate the opening of Ephemeral Existence on Friday, November 30th from 7-9pm. The exhibition will run from December 1st thru to December 22nd, 2018. Oxygen Art Centre’s exhibition hours are 1-5pm Wednesday to Saturday. Hildur Jónasson will give a talk about her work on Saturday, December 1st at 4pm. Admission is by donation. The exhibition will be followed by a residency at the Oxygen Art Centre from January 7th to 31st, 2019.

Born and raised in Iceland, Jónasson’s experience with volcanoes, geysers and glaciers informs her practice, as does the folklore and mythology which animates the Icelandic landscape.  The far northern landscape, with it’s subtle light shifts, eerie sense of presence, and vast space, holds a special fascination for Jónasson. In particular, the artist notes, that ice fields and glaciated landscapes form part of the “cultural fabric of Iceland”. Their rapid disappearance, amplifying the effects of the global environmental crisis, effects Jónasson personally. A noticeable absence of ice now clouds her childhood memories of glacial landscapes, once within view of her family home, instead, for Jónasson, a sense of loss pervades.

In 2017, returning to the circumpolar landscape, Jónasson sought to record and respond to this loss through her art practice.  A practice as diverse yet interwoven as the land itself, consisting of lithography, intaglio, cyanotype, painting, pen and ink, graphite, wax and casting. Working largely in an achromatic palette, the artist pulls, etches, casts and rubs ghost-like imagery into fibrous materials.

Included in the exhibition, Farewell Embrace, a performance art video shows Jónasson encased in a shroud-like blanket standing in the landscape. Rolling her body across a gritty summer glacier, reminiscent of the way in which children roll down a grassy slope in a burlap sack, but there is no child-like laughter of a bright summer’s day, instead the scene is sober, the light that of twilight echoing a sense of grief. Using the shape and weight of her body as a tool to imprint the texture of the Svalbard glacier, this work evokes impermanence and futile effort to capture the retreating ice. Continuing her introspection of the arctic environment, this January, as an Artist in Residence at the Oxygen Art Centre, Jónasson will again turn her attention to the silent casualties of climate change – the disappearing glaciers.

Jónasson’s first engagement with the Oxygen Art Centre was in 2002 when as a graphic designer, she created the Centre’s logo. It was around this time that she began to translate her interests into the visual arts, eventually studying printmaking at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and then years later, participating in residencies at the Banff Centre, Toni Onley Artist’s Project (Mountain Island Arts) Residency and The Arctic Circle Residency Program. Most recently, she completed a self-directed study in textile arts at Kootenay School of Arts at Selkirk College. She has had solo and groups shows since 2010 with solo shows in Halifax, NS (2015); Reykajavik, Iceland (2013); and Whitehorse, Yukon (2017, 2014). This coming year, Fata Morgana, another body of new work will be exhibited at the Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar, BC.

Exhibtion Opening: https://www.facebook.com/events/349720822264900/

Artist Talk: https://www.facebook.com/events/322049498623053/

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Join DuffleBag Theatre for a Fun BC Family Day Out

Be a part of the romance, comedy and sword fights – Romeo & Juliet has it all!
Verona’s feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets split the city’s allegiances, until the son of one family and the daughter of another secretly fall in love! DuffleBag Theatre puts their own spin on Shakespeare’s play, bringing all the romance, action and unfortunate timing to life in their irreverent tragedy-turned-comedy!

Tickets are $15 for Single Admission.

Or, get one of our amazing series deals with a Family Series Pass (4 shows) for $40.00 or a Family of 4 Pass (4 shows for 4 people) for $144.00!

Passes available in person or by phone at 250-368-9669 only.

The Teck Family Series, presented by Trail & District Arts Council, also has these exciting shows in the series:

– Saturday March 9, 2019 brings Worlds of Puppets interpretation of Peter & the Wolf

– Sunday April 14, 2019 sees Montréal dance company Bouge de là characterise the alphabet in the 26 Letter Dance

– Sunday May 5, 2019 dance along with The Kerplunks whose catchy tunes are guaranteed to get kids joining in.

Date & Time: Monday, February 18 at 3 pm
More Information: The Bailey Theatre at 250-368-9669

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Bushel and Peck – E2: Experiments in Entertainment

Awarded MOST FRINGIEST SHOW at the London Fringe Festival, Alastair Knowles (James & Jamesy) and Stéphanie Morin-Robert (Merkin Sisters/BLINDSIDE), two of Canada’s most celebrated Fringe artists, fuse their mastery of physical comedy and movement as they tear up their performance handbook, touch the untouchable, and are blown away by the uproarious consequences.

Bushel and Peck will boisterously charm your naked heart in this hilarious and twisted comedy cocktail celebrating love on the edge of humanity.

Armed with a full sheet of plywood and cassette of staples, the show is a collision of risky business – an urgent scramble of wit, explosions and splinters. Contemporary physical dark comedy at its best!

“…absurd, brilliant, childish, wacky and weird…the perfect tonic for whatever ails your mind.” – London Free Press

“VISUALLY STUNNING.” – Montreal Gazette

Single Admission Tickets are $24 in advance or $26 on the door.

All tickets are general admission.

Date & Time: Friday, January 18 at 7:30 pm
More information: Trail & District Arts Council at 250-364-3003

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White Buffalo Storytelling Returns…

White Buffalo Storytelling returns for its fourth year, inviting people to share and listen to real stories, starting on Friday, November 23rd from 7-9 pm at the Alpine Grind in Rossland.

In this series we take the stories to a coffee shop near you, before selecting the best stories for the stage in The Griff. This is your chance to tell your dinner party stories to a captive audience or just kick back and listen to the event that turns storytelling into an artform.

Inspired by the infamous The Moth storytelling group in New York, the first in this year’s series calls for storytellers to bring their true tales based on “Scary Stories”. The story can be a scary story or based on things that frighten you, from spiders to new challenges. Each storyteller has 5 minutes maximum to perform and stories must be short, true and related to the theme – delivered from the heart, no reading, to get across the humour and emotion of their tales.

After the first event, the show moves to Bridge View Cafe in Trail on February 15th to hear your “Immigration Stories”, before culminating with The Best Songs and Stories of White Buffalo evening in the Muriel Griffiths Room at The Bailey Theatre on April 26th.

Entry to the Alpine Grind and Bridge View Cafe evenings is by donation and those wanting to take part sign up at the door that night. The Best of event is $20 including dessert.

For more information visit trail-arts.com, and for tickets to the Storytelling Workshop and Best of events go to thebailey.ca or call or visit the Box Office from Monday to Friday between 12 pm and 4 pm.


For more info contact: Trail & District Arts Council at 250-364-3003

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Studio Magazine November Newsletter

It’s November!

Here are some Craft and Design highlights this month:

The Fall/Winter 2018/19 issue is OUT NOW! And the theme is FUNCTION!

An extended 80 page issue! Featuring writing from the 2017 Writer’s Residency at the Canadian Craft Biennial!

Editors’ Note

A personal reflection from Paul Epp.
Introducing contemporary rug-making in Iran.

Did You Know?
Michael Prokopow considers placemaking and the function of home.

Two makers Functioning.

Under the Radar
Spotting lesser-known talent in Ontario – Jake Whillans.

Review: Fait Main | Hand Made 
Bruno Andrus reviews an exhibition from the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

Review: Material Remains
Ray Cronin reviews a textile exhibition at the Mount St Vincent University Art Gallery.

Review: Mentor and Metalsmith 
Bettina Matzkuhn reviews an exhibition at the Craft Council of BC.

in Studio with Zimra Beiner

The Function of Function
Voices of tradition and function in a Whitehorse sewing group are collected by Nicole Bauberger.

Clay Continuum
Heidi McKenzie reflects on the work of Steve Heinemann as he continues to challenge the meaning of function.

Working the Shore
Virginia Stephen meets with Doug Guildford whose practice reshapes functional objects and traditions from the maritime past.

Making, Material, Orientation
Kathy Kranias’s clay sculpture serves many personal creative functions. The maker explains.

Craft + Technology
Marie O’Mahony reveals the craft in the technological fashion of Dutch designer Iris van Herpen and Canadian architect/ artist Philip Beesley.



Crash Pad
Andrew Rabyniuk discusses and reviews Cindy Baker’s performance.

Charged Agency
Julia Krueger and Heather Smith look at the craft of war art.

I’m DONE Defining Craft
Mary Baumstark rejects the need to limit craft.

3 Object Stories
Sarah Swan tells three tales of objects from the world.

The Path We Mean To Build
Terri Fidelak and Katherine Boyer reflect on collaborating and transcending.

Are you subscribed? Keep an eye on your postbox for the upcoming issue!

(Please allow time for disruptions due to the Canada Post strike)

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Arts BC October Insights: Protect Yourself from Cyber Villains


Arts BC Insight Team insurance expert, Jamie Saunders, shares his favourite cyber security tips that we should all be practicing, both at home and in the workplace.

1. You are a target to hackers. Don’t ever say “it won’t happen to me”. We are all at risk and the stakes are high – to your personal and financial well-being, and to your organization’s standing and reputation. Follow these tips and do your part to protect yourself and others.

2. Keep software up to date. Installing software updates for your operating system and programs is critical. Always install the latest security updates for your devices.

  • Turn on Automatic Updates for your operating system.
  • Use web browsers such as Chrome or Firefox that receive frequent, automatic security updates.
  • Make sure to keep browser plug-ins (Flash, Java, etc.) up to date.

3. Avoid Phishing scams – beware of suspicious emails and phone calls. Phishing scams are a constant threat – using various social engineering ploys, cyber criminals will attempt to trick you into divulging personal information such as your login ID and password, banking or credit card information.

  • Phishing scams can be carried out by phone, text, or through social networking sites – but most commonly by email.
  • Be suspicious of any official-looking email message or phone call that asks for personal or financial information.

4. Practice good password management. We all have too many passwords to manage – and it’s easy to take short-cuts, like re-using the same password.  One option is to use a password management program to help you to maintain strong unique passwords for all of your accounts.

Here are some general password tips to keep in mind:

  • Use long passwords – 20 characters or more is recommended.
  • use a strong mix of characters and never use the same password for multiple sites.
  • Don’t share your passwords and don’t write them down (especially not on a post-it note attached to your monitor).
  • Update your passwords periodically, at least once every 6 months.

5. Be careful what you click. Avoid visiting unknown websites or downloading software from untrusted sources. These sites often host malware that will automatically, and often silently, compromise your computer.

If attachments or links in email are unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it.

6. Never leave devices unattended. The physical security of your devices is just as important as their technical security.

  • If you need to leave your laptop, phone or tablet for any length of time, lock it up so no one else can use it.
  • If you keep sensitive information on a flash drive or external hard drive, make sure to keep these locked as well.
  • For desktop computers, shut-down the system when not in use or lock your screen.

7. Protect sensitive data. Be aware of sensitive data that you come into contact with, and any associated restrictions. In general:

  • Keep sensitive data (e.g. credit card/health info) off your workstation, laptop, or mobile devices.
  • Securely remove sensitive data files from your system when they are no longer needed.
  • Always use encryption when storing or transmitting sensitive data.

8. Use mobile devices safely. Considering how much we rely on our mobile devices, and how susceptible they are to attack, you’ll want to make sure you are protected:

  • Lock your device with a PIN or password – and never leave it unprotected in public.
  • Only install apps from trusted sources.
  • Keep your device’s operating system updated.
  • Don’t click on links or attachments from unsolicited emails or texts.
  • Avoid transmitting or storing personal information on the device.
  • Most handheld devices are capable of employing data encryption – consult your device’s documentation for available options.
  • Use Apple’s Find my iPhone or the Android Device Manager tools to help prevent loss or theft.
  • Backup your data.

9. Install anti-virus protection. Only install an anti-virus program from a known and trusted source.  Keep virus definitions, engines and software up to date to ensure your anti-virus program remains effective.

10. Back up your data! Back up on a regular basis – if you are a victim of a security incident, the only guaranteed way to repair your computer is to erase and re-install the system.

From UC Berkeley’s Best Practices & How-To Articles on Security Awareness. Content retrieved from UC Berkeley website, October 2018. 



Good records management has a direct link to cyber security.

The foundation of any good information security program is good information governance. But before you can secure your data, you need to know your data: what do you have, where do you keep it; why do you have it and how do you use it.

Data breaches are thefts of information, and are considered a records management problem. Organizations need to understand this and include records management as part of their long-term cybersecurity strategy.

On November 1, 2018, new regulations come into force requiring organizations to report all privacy breaches. Organizations are now required to determine if a data breach poses a risk to any individual whose information was involved and then notify the Privacy Commissioner of Canada; the individual(s) affected by the breach; as well as other organizations (such as law enforcement agencies) to help mitigate any harm to the affected individuals. The new regulations can include fines of up to $100,000 for non-compliance.

Arts BC members with Directors & Officers Liability Insurance can add in “Privacy and Security Breach” and “Social Engineering” coverage to their policy to help cover expenses in the unfortunate event of a data breach or social engineering fraud.

FIND OUT MORE by contacting Arts BC Insight Team member Jamie Saunders at jsaunders@shawsabey.com.


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Heritage BC Update: Accessibility, Insurance, Real Estate and Grants – new information available

Heritage BC Publications

NEW: Read Insuring Heritage Properties.

Download Accessibility and Heritage Places, plus the new supplement, Websites and Accessibility
Download Understanding Heritage Real Estate: Perceptions and Practice.

Complimentary Webinars

Understanding Collaborations for Not-for-Profit Organizations

Presented with Vantage Point and in partnership with BC Museums Association

Friday, November 9, noon PST

From knowledge, skills and training exchange to increased capacities and from organizational sustainability to attractiveness to funders, collaborations offer great promise. But, they come with many challenges. This webinar explores the complex nature of collaborations and provides the tools to ensure successful relationships and improved outcomes.

Register (complimentary)

Bring Your Ideas: Open Forum for Local Government and Commissions

Friday, November 16, noon PST

In this open discussion forum, bring your ideas, questions and concerns, big or small, for your colleagues.

Register (complimentary)

Bring Your Ideas: Open Forum for Heritage Not-For-Profit Organizations

Friday, November 23, noon PST

In this open discussion forum, bring your ideas, questions and concerns, big or small, for your colleagues in the not-for-profit world.

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