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SPEAKING OF CREATIVITY
» Thursday 26 January 2012, 5 pm
» Bohemian Café, 524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna
» $2 at the door. Refreshments are available.
» Space is limited, please reserve yours HERE
Leading Artists Gather for Exploration of Creativity in the Community
The relationship between artist and community is changing. Novelist John Steinbeck said, "There are some among us who live in rooms of experience we can never enter." From a contrasting perspective this week's three Okanagan residents, each an acclaimed artist in his field, choose to open the doors of their experience for the enrichment of this community. Hear their stories and engage in a dialogue on how together we will mature the Okanagan into a prosperous creative community where all will benefit. A community loses when it fails to cultivate interactive relationships with its artists. That relationship cannot be trusted to bureaucracy; culture needs to be nurtured by heart-felt open discussion on what creates a supportive environment for everyone to grow.
"Work in the arts is not only a way of creating performances and products; it is a way of creating our lives by expanding our consciousness, shaping our dispositions, satisfying our quest for meaning, establishing contact with others, and sharing a culture." - Elliot Eisner, emeritus professor of Art and Education at the Stanford University School of Education
On Thursday, January 26 at 5 pm the ongoing Okanagan Institute Express series at the Bohemian Café, 524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna presents Artists Among Us: Speaking of Creativity. Join us as leading artists Stu Goldberg, Jock Hildebrand and Adam Lewis Schroeder share their experiences as part of the creative community in the Okanagan.
Stu Goldberg - composer, producer, arranger, keyboardist - has a history of innovation, from years of performing on the world's concert stages with artists such as John McLaughlin, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham, Freddie Hubbard, Al Di Meola, Wayne Shorter and Jack Bruce, to 20 years in the LA studio trenches as a composer and recording musician. As a composer, his film and TV scores have garnered awards and entertained audiences worldwide. Credits include the eight time Emmy winning "The Amazing Race" (CBS), over 100 episodes of "Rescue: 911" (CBS), as well as dozens of feature films, TV films and TV episodes. As a recording studio owner, album producer and engineer he produces, arranges and records albums for diverse artists as well as releases his own albums on his Dedication Records label operating from Penticton.
Jock Hildebrand is a local artist with an international reputation for large sculptural projects. He is a graduate of the Emily Carr School of Art and Design in Vancouver and his degree includes a minor in non-western art history. Jock was founder and lead organizer of the Okanagan Thompson International Sculpture Symposium (OTISS) in 2002, which left 22 monumental pieces of public art in our region. He has published and lectured in China on sculpting in the digital age and recently completed a project with the Government of Belize, consulting on their first symposium and start of a public art collection. Jock is also the founder and Senior Editor of SculpturesPacific Magazine and received the Central Okanagan Visual Arts Award in 2009. Currently he maintains a studio and bronze foundry in Westbank and recently opened the Hildebrand Sculpture Gallery in the cultural district of Kelowna.
Adam Lewis Schroeder grew up in Vernon BC and completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia in 1999. He has since traveled widely and published stories in more than a dozen journals and anthologies. In 2001 his short fiction collection Kingdom of Monkeys was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award. His novel Empress of Asia was published by Raincoast in 2006 and Thomas Dunne in the US in 2008. The book was a finalist for both the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and it was also selected by the Globe & Mail as one of the best books of the year. In Spring 2010, Douglas & McIntyre published Schroeder's most recent novel, In the Fabled East; it was selected by Amazon.ca as one of the best books of the year. Schroeder is a columnist for CBC Radio One and a Creative Writing instructor at UBC Okanagan. He lives in Penticton BC with his wife and kids.
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Artists Among Us: Speaking of Creativity takes place at the Bohemian Cafe, 524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna. This marks the 223rd event the Okanagan Institute has held since the Express series got underway in 2007. Express is presented in association with the Okanagan Media Alliance, Okanagan Regional Library and Okanagan College.
Express is directed, convened and hosted by Robert MacDonald, Karen Close, Edward McLean and Neil McKay. It has played host to many Okanagan luminaries, including former deputy secretary general of Amnesty International Derek Evans, artists Lee Claremont and Gary Pearson, BC Book Award nominee Don Gayton, CBC Literary prize winner poet Harold Rhenisch, distinguished editor and author Jim Taylor, poet laureate and professor John Lent, creative entrepreneur Nikos Theodosakis, animator and filmmaker Jim Cliffe, community activist Don Elzer, dancer David LaHay, architect Jim Meiklejohn, culinary artist and writer Heidi Noble, broadcaster Marion Barschel and many others from a wide range of creative fields.
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.