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Author: Gillianne Richards

Kevin Lousier

The master at work. Wielding wet earth between cracks of stone. The artist, deep in thought, building walls that bide the time before he returns to his true calling. Kevin Lousier may not be widely known in the art world, but I like to think he’s earned a star among the world’s true artists in some ethereal walk of fame. He belongs to a league of creative souls whose daytime hours are spent working as a means to feed the family, but whose midnight oil is fuelled by a different muse. For decades it was working behind the gears of...

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Selah Outdoor Explorations

I’m deep in the woods, in the dark, with my three young children trudging through huge drifts of snow as we search for a way back home. A strange man emerges from the bushes and stops us in our tracks. In a twisted Scottish accent he describes the gory details of a scalp-scraping bear attack on his friend, Chief Short Legs. He points the way towards a fire pit where other travellers have been known to rest and dine on chocolate fondue. It’s just the beginning of an adventure full of mystery, history and Canadian culture. We’re on Crystal...

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Yarn Bomb ~ Cool Arts Society

Darn. We’re late again. I race along the walkway to the Rotary Centre for the Arts with my children. Somewhere inside the building a patient friend sits waiting for our coffee date. I’m about to run through the door when something catches my eye—a tree wearing a sweater.

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On Set: Stace Williamson

Thick dark blood is about to drip into my eye. I’m in the back yard of a little house near Knox Mountain. The guy sitting next to me throws money and a knife on the table as weird noises circle around the yard. Suddenly, he’s sucked up into the air by an unidentified beast that tears into him, splattering the mess across my face and into my left eye. It burns, but I don’t flinch. The beast looks me over. I let out a blood-curdling scream. “Cut.” I just shot my first movie role in the science fiction psychological...

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Inspired Words

Rawle James ends his poem with a loving smile. The audience breaks into applause. I’m at the Landmark Bean Scene Coffeehouse in Kelowna. It’s packed with people jacked up on cups of joe and thirsty for the inspiring words being shared tonight. It’s all part of a monthly gathering …

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