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Literary Arts in Cowichan Valley

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 0 comments

Literary Arts in Cowichan Valley

Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society (CVCAS) is the representative of all forms of art in the Chemainus Valley. Our catchment area is north of Herd Road to Saltair. We are one of three arts councils in the Cowichan Valley who are working collaboratively to develop arts and culture in the CVRD region. CVCAS is widely known and respected for putting on outstanding music performances in the Chemainus area. Every summer, you can come and sit under the trees and night sky to enjoy our weekly Music in the Park Series. Most weekends all summer, we offer Music Festivals featuring performers from...

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Your Flashlight

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 0 comments

Your Flashlight

Spring is with us and the days are brighter. This makes me think of a poem that I recently wrote called “Your Flashlight”.  I performed it at the Spiral Café in Victoria, and you can check it out on You Tube if you like.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL_FqK0zIDc I am thrilled to announce that I have been writing with Island Woman Magazine for nearly two years now. Whenever I meet a new audience, I begin in a safe and easygoing manner, and then I begin to unleash myself more and more.  It occurred to me, a few weeks ago, that I have yet to fully unleash, or even step it up a...

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What If ?

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 0 comments

What If ?

When I ponder the many directions I could take this article, I feel compelled to talk about our upcoming “Pink Day”, on February 24. Pink Day is the international day against bullying, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and transmisogyny across the world.  This is a topic that has been speaking to me loud and clear for the last number of months.  I have many poems that would fit well here, one is a new one, hot off the press but yet to be fully processed. I have also created a YouTube video show called “Tea with Carlie” and my first topic is called “Self-love:  A Radical...

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A Brush Full Of Colour

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 0 comments

A Brush Full Of Colour

Two remarkably talented women and reputable West coast authors have in common a connection with a very special artist among Canada’s rich culture and history. Both held a unique relationship with an iconic Canadian painter and shared their experience to create a beautiful piece of literature that has recently earned them The Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada 2015 Information Book Award. Combining their passion for story-telling with their own personal account of the painter, it’s not surprising the result is nothing short of award-winning. The children’s novel is titled ‘A...

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New Today

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 0 comments

New Today

As a new year comes to pass, I am filled with great vision and inspiration. Our world is becoming new before our eyes and we have the chance to co-create in this amazing time of shifting. It may feel turbulent and uncomfortable, but I hope that you will find empowerment in knowing that as you change, you change our world. What if your new year’s focus was to love yourself? Can you step toward better self-compassion and self-nurture? We are taught about taking care of others – service, good will and charity – but very little is mentioned about how to care deeply for ourselves....

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Gifts I Want

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Art, Lifestyles | 0 comments

Gifts I Want

The holiday season is with us and it is my passionate desire to share with you a poem that I wrote at this time last year. The holiday season has not always been easy for me. I find myself overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle, the downtown driving and parking, the commercial focus of gift giving frenzy, and the overall assumption that everybody is happy and well prepared for Christmas. Not everybody celebrates Christmas and not everybody feels merry in December, and this is perfectly alright if you ask me. I prefer the things that are much more simple and wholesome, like kindness, presence...

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Aldea Maya Christmas

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 0 comments

Aldea Maya Christmas

As we move into the season of giving, Vancouver Island students are gaining a valuable lesson about third world issues and about how one person can make a difference.  During the fall school term, students from District 69 Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Victoria School District and Bowen Island are learning about the work of Aldea Maya in Guatemala and are then designing Christmas cards to raise money to help the students down there make a better life for themselves and their families.  At some of the schools, the students make bookmarks in Spanish which are given to the students in Guatemala....

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Experience The Magic

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 0 comments

Experience The Magic

I always knew that, for me, clay had magical powers. From the very beginning, it could transport me away to another place. And over time, I learned to allow the power of the clay to direct me as I began to understand its magic. With time and practice, I discovered how to transform a lifeless mound of clay into a beautiful creation. As my pots grew and evolved, so did I. I began to feel my spirit settle down, unwind and become more balanced. It wasn’t until I started teaching that I realized this magical power held true for everyone. Over the years, I watched my students become enchanted...

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It’s All About The Contrast

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Art, Interior Design | 0 comments

It’s All About The Contrast

When my Comox customers first approached me to come up with a whole home concept to convert their single family 2-storey home into a residence with a self-contained rental suite downstairs, I got very excited.  Now that the renovations are complete, I am just as excited. Originally the homeowner wanted a white-on-white kitchen with white walls and pale flooring.  She was a fan of mid-century and Scandinavian design and had a collection of vintage pieces scattered throughout her home. I didn’t want her “new” home to be caught in the trap of one look – and a period one at that...

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A PART, Not APART

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Art | 0 comments

A PART, Not APART

As a member of the boards of both the Ladysmith Arts Council and the Chemainus Arts Council, I have been gaining quite an education regarding the impact of the arts on our communites. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with a cultural planning expert who has been helping communities develop since 1994. He has conducted many regional surveys and has come to the following overall conclusion: First and foremost, an arts council must develop to become A PART of the community, rather than APART from the community. That is, the arts council must help define, develop, support and represent...

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The Best Infection

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Art, Lifestyles | 0 comments

The Best Infection

Hello Island Woman! Here we meet again. As I ponder how I want to share with you this time, a few poems jump to my mind as if they are saying: “Pick me!” The one that speaks the loudest, recently written, is called “Infection” and so I allow it to come to the surface at this time. I will warn you that this might be one of the grossest poems I have written. As someone recovering from germophobia, I can understand that the words in this poem may make some itch and squirm a little. I urge you to hold your seat and stick with it. The message is powerful and well worth some...

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Curated Cat Designs

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Art, Interior Design | 0 comments

Curated Cat Designs

Everyone knows I love dogs; after all, I write a regular blog called Dax’s Dog Spot, and I’ve written previously for Island Woman about customizable dog beds, dog decor and designing for dogs, but I also love cats.  Unfortunately my husband is VERY allergic to them so I keep my feline fun down to a minimum and make sure I change clothes and wash hands before having any contact with Bruce. That said, enjoying awesome cat designs causes absolutely no allergies whatsoever. While purr-fectly paw-some designs for cats don’t cause allergies, they do cause elevated pulse – I mean who...

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Rommy Verlaan’s Heart Song

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Art | 0 comments

Rommy Verlaan’s Heart Song

It is a haunting sound, ancient as the peoples who lived out their lives in the forests and on the plains of the North American continent thousands of years ago, a plaintive call of eerie beauty, evocative both of human longing, and of the dark, sweet mysteries of nature itself. This is the sound of the North American native flute, and it is a sound you can hear today, deep in the heart of the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. It seems natural that these flutes should be made here, in the ancestral homeland of the Cowichan peoples, a land of forests, rivers and lakes. Here the sound of the...

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My Time Of Spring

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Art, Lifestyles | 0 comments

My Time Of Spring

Spring is with us and I am always uplifted when the flowers bloom, the birds sing, and the sweet air warms. It seems to bring a renewed joy to most people and as the days grow longer and brighter, smiles grow. As this spring takes wings, it comes to me that I am in my own life’s time of spring. I believe that our lives follow their own cycles and they aren’t necessarily related to the physical changing of seasons each year. More on a metaphoric level, we move through times of birth, death, release, growth and much more. I love the image of a tree, and our trees are looking lovely and...

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Merging Art + Architecture

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Art, Interior Design | 0 comments

Merging Art + Architecture

I was so mesmerized and impressed by this latest merging of art and architecture that it got me revisiting some of my other “Ev Fan Favourites” and it wasn’t hard to come up with a selection of uber exciting examples to write about; the only hard part was keeping it to five! Samantha Everton’s Masquerade Artwork Surreal Building FacadeKavellaris Urban Design and Samantha Everton’s structural composition of art and architecture culminated in a building called “2 Girls”. Located in Melbourne, Australia and using the photo art Masquerade from Samantha Everton’s “Vintage...

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The Art of Hanging Art

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Art, Interior Design | 1 comment

The Art of Hanging Art

It never fails to amaze me how many people say they wish they could hang more of their art in their homes, but they can’t because their walls are full.  Then I take a look and realize that the walls aren’t full of art at all. After rearranging their collections to create compositions that include more then one piece per wall area, the results are usually far more interesting and include more pieces than before. Homeowners usually hang art or photos in a line, with way too much space between each piece. For example, in the foyer shown at right, most people would have hung one piece over...

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