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Seductive Sounds
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» Thursday 27 November 2014, 5 pm
» Bohemian Café, 524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna

Join guitarist Alan Rinehart, soloist Alexandra Babbel and the Candesca singers for the Express year end finale.
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» $2 at the door. Refreshments are available.
» Space is limited, please reserve yours HERE
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A Locus for Being Creative

Time is the raw material of creation. Wipe away the magic and myth of creating and all that remains is work: the work of becoming expert through study and practice, the work of finding solutions to problems and problems with those solutions, the work of trial and error, the work of thinking and perfecting, the work of creating.
Creating consumes. It is all day, every day. It knows neither weekends nor vacations. It is not when creatives feel like it. It is habit, compulsion, obsession, vocation. The common thread that links creators is how they spend their time. No matter what we read, no matter what they claim, nearly all creatives spend nearly all their time on the work of creation.
Creatives do work that is, first and foremost, intrinsically rewarding. But, when they make an impact, they expect extrinsic validation: They don't create solely for themselves, they want to make a real and lasting impact in the world around us. [ MORE ... ]


Daphne Odjig at 95:
The Art of Self Actualizing

An Illustrated Talk by Karen Close at the Kelowna Art Gallery
Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 7 pm. Free and open to the public.

Daphne Odjig's creative adventure began in the 1920s, on the unceded Manitoulin Island Wikwemikong Reserve in Northern Ontario. Her mother was from England; her father from the reserve. Guided by her paternal grandfather, stonecarver Jonas Odjig, she dreamed of manifesting her heart's journey through art, creating respect for professional Native Artists, and achieving her destiny. Odjig is a woman of vision, determination, humour, and love. Her journey has taken her around the world, and she has earned honours and prestige for the generosity of spirit she inspires in those she has mentored and in those her works have inspired.

"If my work as an artist has somehow helped to open doors between our people and the non-native community, then I am glad. I am even more deeply pleased if it has helped to encourage the young people who have followed our generation, to express their pride in our heritage more openly, more joyfully than I would ever have dared to think possible." - Daphne Odjig

Currently, Daphne Odjig resides in Cottonwoods Care Facility in Kelowna. She fills her waking moments by observing, reflecting, visiting with old friends and meeting new ones. Most importantly, she continues to make art.

Karen Close moved to the Okanagan in 2003 after retirement from a 27-year career teaching visual arts and English. Since February 2008, she has facilitated heART Fit, an introduction to understanding the heart of creative expression and spontaneous process painting. Close is founding editor of the free online Journal of the Arts and Aging and sits on the advisory board of the Arts Health Network. In June 2014 she initiated the first Creative Aging day held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna.

The Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street, Kelowna
www.kelownaartgallery.com 250.762.2226.

Sage-ing Okanagan Institute The Fall issue of the Okanagan Institute's journal
Sage-ing With Creative Spirit, Grace and Gratitude
is online at www.sageing.ca

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News & Views You Can Use
Freshsheet reports and interprets events and trends, covers the challenges and opportunities we face, and the emergence of the new culture of local resilience.
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The Okanagan Institute is a group of creative professionals that has gathered around the goal of providing events, publications and services of interest to enquiring minds in the Okanagan. We partner with individuals, organizations, institutions and businesses to achieve optimal creative and social impact.

Our mission is to ignite cultural transformation, catalyze collaborative action, build networks and foster sustainable creative enterprises. We invite the participation by all members of the creative community.

The Okanagan Institute is a Pan-Okanagan Collaboratory that Promotes Local Creative Engagement.

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Proof. The Club for Creatives
Finally, there is a club that will have us. Limited memberships available. Get in early before they're gone: www.proofcentre.com