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PASSING THE CREATIVE TORCH
» Thursday 15 November 2007 | 4:30 pm
» Mosaic Books, 411 Bernard Avenue
An informal afternoon hour showcasing the people, ideas and inspirations featured in Okanagan Arts. Join us as artists and teachers Karen Close, Sara Lige & Lee Claremont present their unique perspective on art as a living experience.
» This is a free event. Refreshments will be available at a modest cost.
» Seating is limited, please reserve yours HERE
Sponsored by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, Wood Lake Books, UBCO-FCCS, and in support of Project Literacy Kelowna
Young at Art: Passing the Creative Torch.
When we are young, art is an outlet for our creative energies. But for many once the tender age of 10 passes, art becomes an exercise in judgment. The result? Young people no longer connected to their own creativity.
This Thursday, at 4:30 p.m. at Mosaic Books, Okanagan Institute continues its cultural series under its new seasonal moniker Expressions with Young at Art - featuring three artists each with their own unique perspective on the importance of maintaining art as a living experience for people of all ages and abilities.
Karen Close is a retired art and English teacher who recently founded ABC Experiencing - a program designed to help people of all ages engage in nature and from there find their artistic voice.
Greatly affected by her travels through Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island, and in the Ninstints in the Haida Gwaii, Close sees the connection between the world of nature and the world of art. They are partners in a marriage of human experience.
"The program is designed to encourage participants to see nature with fresh eyes and to feel the joy of expressing with 'heART'," says Close. "Teaching youth to have faith in the creative urgings of their hearts is the ost important lesson adults can impart."
Sara Lige is a professional artist who has a passion for helping people with developmental disabilities create works of art, without fear of doing things "right". After learning about programs in Vancouver and San Francisco, Lige decided in 2003 to found the non-profit organization Cool Arts in the Central Okanagan. Since then, Cool Arts has held monthly workshops on themes ranging from printmaking to rock carving.
"Our general teaching philosophy is to allow the artist to accomplish as much as possible on their own. If they ask for help, then we assist," she says.
Lee Claremont is probably one of the best known Okanagan artists in the country. Originally born in Woodstock, Ontario of Mohawk/Irish descent, Claremont started her formal artistic instruction at Okanagan College in the late 1980s and has soared since.
Her colourful distinctive work has appeared in exhibits around the world, and hangs in both private and public collections across the country.
Over the years, Claremont has expressed a keen commitment to passing on her connection to art to the next generation - teaching at the En'Owkin Centre in Penticton, and acting as a guest lecturer at Okanagan University College. She continues to operate workshops focused on exploring creativity, and recently received the Angel Award fro the largest individual creative contribution in the visual arts in the Okanagan Valley.
Young at Art is a free event, and takes place at Mosaic Books, Kelowna's independent bookstore. It's presented by the Okanagan Institute in association with the magazines of Wheat King Publishing - Okanagan Arts, Okanagan Home, and Okanagan Q.
Expressions is sponsored by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, Wood Lake Books, UBCO Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, and supports the work of Project Literacy Kelowna.
Okanagan Insitute at Mosaic Books A hearty feast of lectures, presentations, workshops and showcases celebrating our culture, community and the wild blue yonder. Produced by the Okanagan institute in association with the magazines of Wheat King Publishing: Okanagan Arts, Okanagan Home, and Okanagan Q.
Expresssions is a cultural tonic that refreshes the mind. Join us at Mosaic Books after work on Thursdays for a free hour of stimulation that will get your synapses tingling with new ideas and fresh images. Designed for inquiring minds looking for, among other things, the wild blue yonder.