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February Art Month 2015

blank-canvas

We so loved our first Art Month experience in 2013 that we’re going for it again. Our members’ creations to date are: February 1: wet felted mandala by Sheila Ie “This mandala was constructed during a workshop facilitated by Nancy Wesley of NanC Designs.┬áIt took about 4 hours to construct from conception to finish and…

February Art Month

"Tofino Dream Catcher," by Patti

Inspired by our January felting & looming workshop at Leola’s Studio, Renaissance Woman Sheila challenged the rest of us to commit to creating art every day for a month. We thought it was a great idea, and each signed up for a few days in February. (Not coincidentally, the shortest month of the year …)…

Thrift Shop Adventures

I also owned a very faded yellow version of this shirt ... it had a nifty cartoon too.

I grew up in a small town with a spectacular thrift store. It was run by the local Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, and I vaguely remember lining up with a crowd of shoppers in the entrance-way of the pharmacy in anticipation of their weekly opening. A little old lady would open the door, hug the wall,…

The Age of Artifice

I write a column for The Winnipeg Review, an online literary magazine. My fifth column was published November 22, 2012 and is online here. Excerpt: My partner Brock, a full-time vegetable farmer, spends his work day lifting heavy tubs of carrots, yanking out overgrown weeds and balancing precariously on ladders to build greenhouses. I type.…

Teleportation & Animal Kinship

My alternate personality: Mellow Yellow, the Bootlegger (screenshot from Glitch.com)

Re-Skilling in a Virtual Reality … I’ve never been a gamer. Aside from Mahjong Solitaire and the occasional click through Minesweeper I’ve never been tempted. Perhaps it’s because I already spend the majority of my day staring down a computer screen, so when I earn a free evening or weekend I prefer to debate philosophy…