A message from Keya White:
Good morning world.
If you know me via facebook primarily, you know (a) I very rarely update my status unless it involves an upcoming event and (b) rarely update my cover photo(s). So here’s the event in my opinion you and especially Elk Valley residents need to know about.
As you may or may not have heard there is currently a proposal to rezone two properties that border my parents’ acreage in Fernie to allow for 2.5 acre lots and 8 single family dwellings (aka a subdivision.) The RDEK Planning Department has advised against allowing for this, as has the City of Fernie and the Ministry of Transport has concerns about increased traffic/highway safety issues too. It goes against the Elk Valley Official Community Plan (OCP) and numerous policies and wishes outlined in it by the residents who live in the area. And yet it has been approved unanimously by the RDEK board at the first two readings and there is only one more to go.
Today, Wed. May 24th there is a public hearing at 7pm at the Fernie Family Centre (beside Catholic Church.) Whether or not you can attend, if you have a few spare minutes today please write a quick note to those in the position to make a decision on this important issue. Click here (https://secure.wildsight.ca/lizardcreek) for addresses and a form you can fill out with your own letter/concerns. Thanks so much to all those who have already done so.
In my opinion this issue is about thinking globally and acting locally… Lizard Creek is an incredibly significant wildlife corridor in the southern Elk Valley and if we lose it to housing/development it is a major loss for the southern BC Rockies and the province/Canadian Rockies too. With so many other rural residential properties available in Fernie right now (The Cedars, Timberlanding, Montane, Burma Road Estates, Riverside and Alpine Trails to name a few) there is plenty of land available to those looking for it. These areas should be fully developed before we consider moving into the undeveloped outlying wilder areas that make Fernie so special to both those who live and visit here.
Thanks for listening, taking the time to write our elected officials with your own views and maybe see you at the meeting tonight. Have a great day.
Opening reception at Centre 64 in Kimberley, BC
Saturday, June 18th 1 – 3pm
A group show of works exploring the naturalist’s voice within each of us,
expressed through clay, paint, and pencil.
Featuring work by:
Nichole Yanota ~ Crowsnest Pass pencil artist
Heather Fletcher ~ Crowsnest Pass ceramic artist
Keya White ~ Fernie painter
The Centre 64 show runs June 14th through July 2nd.
Work from this show will also be on display at Stone’s Throw Cafe on mainstreet Blairmore, Crowsnest Pass from July 25th through August 29th.
Posted in Fernie BC, Ideas Galore, Opening Exhibit, The Arts
Tagged Centre 64, Crowsnest Pass, Fernie, Heather Fletcher, Keya White, Kimberley BC, Nichole Yanota, Stone's Throw Cafe
I’m not used to standing for 5 hours in one spot and I’m especially not used to selling my stuff face to face. I blog, I send emails, I put little notes on Facebook – all digital communication tools – but here I was forced to look people in the eye and smile. I don’t know how all the retailers and servers do it day after day after day. I was exhausted by 4 o’clock.
But I’m glad I went. I met a few people I wouldn’t have otherwise, such as Nichole Yanota, an amazing pencil artist and Rachel, a Fernie beekeeper and chicken coop owner (we had some interesting discussions on the hot topic) and I even sold some stationery.
There were some great makers and builders at the A Little Bit Of Everything Xmas Market – and there really was a bit of everything. Pottery, games, honey, pet clothes, artwork, buttons, toques, body products, wood work, baked goods, granola, jewelry…and so much more. The location was great, Crowsnest Mountain Resort, and the traffic was a bit slow but you can’t predict how a market will be – one month it’s busy, another it’s not. Rita, the organizer, is going to try and get the market going once a month, starting again in February – the first Sunday of every month.
Posted in Craft Fairs and Markets, Ideas Galore, Living Local, The Arts
Tagged A Little Bit Of Everything Market, Brina Schenk, Coleman AB, Crowsnest Mountain Resort, Fernie Mountain Honey, Keya White, Nichole Yanota, Tristen Perras
The first week of drop-in Art On Fire Lantern Making Workshops is over and without Lesley, it would have gone horribly wrong. Instead, each night just got busier, bolder and more creative. All sorts of ideas are being thrown around and experimented with. I’m learning that Lesley is the “Fire” in Art On Fire. She’s so hot right now.
Just do and don’t think about it. That was the general feeling of the last lantern making drop-in night. Some people had a plan and some didn’t but sometimes the unplanned become something wonderful.
Big ideas are in the works, along with brilliant smaller ones. Little did we know how much work went into lanterns. It’s a good thing we have a couple weeks to finish them off or we would have a lot of unfinished lanterns displayed around town and that’s not cool.
New BFFs were found…just when you least expected it.
There’s a lot to think about when creating a lantern…how is it going to be lit up, where is the light going to be, how is it going to be dressed, do you add paint, will this explode…you know, important questions like that. That’s why we’re all together at the Arts Station because someone out of the group will know what to do.
Good thing Stella and Dot set up their jewelery night in the room next to us because the workshop got extra exposure. Maybe next week it will get even busier and we’ll all fight over the bamboo rods. Fun!
This week you can show up at The Arts Station any night of the week from 6-9 to create your own lantern experiment. You won’t miss us, we’ll be the ones in the theater covered in glue and tissue paper.
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And our second week – some photos!
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And week three of Lantern Making for the Lantern Festival
Posted in Community Event, Conferences, Retreats, Workshops, Fernie BC, Friends and Family, Ideas Galore, Real Life Events, The Arts, The People
Tagged Art On Fire, Jenn Johnson, Keya White, Lantern Festival, Lesley Graham, The Arts Station