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#Art Installation 15 – @offcutsyyc – the photography of @jeremyfokkens and the good humour of #Calgary #chefs – Art raising dollars for @bb4ck

Offcutsyyc - SAIT Polytechnic Culinary Instructor - Michael Allemeier - photo used with permission - Jeremy Fokkens Photography

Offcutsyyc – SAIT Polytechnic Culinary Instructor -Michael Allemeier -photo used with permission – Jeremy Fokkens Photography

What is @bb4ck?

Brown Bagging it for Calgary Kids (BB4CK) is an organization that feeds the 2500 children that go to school hungry each day in our city. It’s sad that this situation exists. It is wonderful that some people are dedicated to doing something about it. BB4CK doesn’t just give handouts. They give a hand up by working within communities to provide community development. And, they don’t let children go hungry in the meantime.

Cooks love to feed people and they hate to see anyone, especially a child, go hungry.

When Kevin Kent, the owner of Knifewear stores across Canada, found out that a team of Edmonton chefs had posed partially clothed to raise money for food charities last year he was inspired to bring that idea to Calgary and to raise money for BB4CK. Kent put up the money to pay for the printing costs for a Calgary project and enlisted the talents of his friend, the photographer, Jeremy Fokkens (I’ve written about Jeremy’s abilities with Human Connections previously). Fokkens volunteered his time. Twelve male chefs from Calgary were enlisted to pose shirts off (for better or worse). With costs absorbed, all proceeds from sales will go to the charity.

The calendar is called The Offcuts and starting next week it’s time for THE OFFCUTS REVEALED. Click the link and find out more about these “hot” commodities that are nine parts generosity and perhaps one part oddity.

Click here for more “talented” subjects allowing themselves to be objects for a good cause.

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Art Installation #14 – @BlueRodeo #StealingDreams – #art speaks #politics – VOTE

After almost a decade of Stephen Harper as Prime Minister of Canada, I’m tired of secrets so I’ll not keep it a secret that I won’t be voting for his party in the October 19 election.

Why? Watch the video by Blue Rodeo above.

Muzzling scientists? Getting rid of research institutions that were self-financed by the industries they researched? Destroying freedom of speech? Lying and cheating and insulting Canada’s collective intelligence by thinking we don’t care or NOTICE politicians who lie and cheat? Denying that 1200 aboriginal women being abducted and murdered is not a massive human rights and societal issue? Dismantling a national public radio service and news broadcaster to the point where reporters are capturing content on their iPhones? Not spending the allotted money for social programs that could prevent poverty while watching food bank use rise by 30%?

I rest my case and I hope Stephen Harper will be resting his briefcase somewhere else October 20th.

Please Vote and let the world know this is not our CANADA! If he wins, I’m going to need grief counselling for I will have suffered the loss of my country as I’ve always known and loved it.


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Art Installation #13 – #Paris – a #daytrip to #Giverny and another visit to Monet’s true masterpiece

The first time I went to Giverny – and inside the high walls surrounding Claude Monet’s home and garden – it was May. Iris were everywhere.

They were tall and sparkling with dew in shades of mauve, purple, yellow and white. They took the lead in a joyful song of spring with lilacs and wisteria as voluptuous back up singers. My mind grabbed that purple haze of flowers and sealed it away. Irises became synonymous with Giverny for me. I never thought of how it would be the rest of the year. My recent visit was an epiphany.

April means tulips at Giverny.

The iris were only thinking about their diva-ish debut. The wisteria were wistfully waking, the lilacs were racing the apple blossoms for heightening senses with their scents-ability.

I think I’ll need to go every month of the year to truly understand the beauty of Monet’s intricate masterpiece. This visit was the fulfillment of an innocent wish made at another time and another place – far from Paris or Giverny. I’ll tell you a bit about that before I share some of the photos I took of Monet’s true masterpiece.

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Art Installation #12 – @intuitivepics documentary – #Monsoon by Sturla Gunnarsson

My friend Dee Hobsbawn-Smith, just sent me a note saying I might like this movie, Monsoon. I quickly looked up the date for Calgary and see that I missed it by a few days. Now, just like the film crew I’ll be chasing a monsoon.

I would have loved this film and I’ll hope to see it yet. It won the People’s Choice award and was in the Top Ten films at the Toronto International Film Festival.

I just experienced my first real monsoon season in India last November. India heightens our awareness of humanity’s oneness. Monsoons manage to magnify that effect. Read on for more about what my initiation into monsoon culture was like and to learn about a special project the director of Monsoon, Sturla Gunnarsson, has started.

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Art Installation #11 – Mustering great choices for @HPRodeo 2015

Calgarians must go out...winter or no winter...thankfully our cultural offerings give us the will to do it - photo - Karen Anderson

Calgarians must go out…winter or no winter…thankfully our cultural offerings give us the will to do it – photo – Karen Anderson

Avenue magazine has done a great job of enticing people to ignore January and get out on the town for some High Performance in this year’s rodeo of the arts. Read High Performance Rodeo 2015 | Avenue Calgary for their picks in this walloping cure for the Arctic Chills we’re all experiencing.

You can check out the whole High Performance Rodeo program here. It runs January 7 to February 1, 2015.

My friend Tonya Lailey works with Theatre Junction and is thrilled with their offering for the festival this year: Untitled Feminist Show by Young Jean Lee.pdf

Read on for the naked truth about this boundary pushing performance.

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Art Installation #10 – making #TheHumanConnection with photographer @jeremyfokkens

making the coffee connection with Jeremy Fokkens - photo - Karen Anderson

making the coffee connection with Jeremy Fokkens – photo – Karen Anderson

Black and white – these photos look you in the eye. Some of smiles and some of question marked faces, but all with subjects caught fully present in the moment with the man on the other end of the lens. Stark, bold – sometimes bare naked and raw. Joy, bliss, pain, despair; nothing shielded; nothing held back. A journey into life and its balancing forces. Life revealed in Nepal and Bangladesh. Powerful stuff.

Read on for a few photos from Jeremy Fokken’s book The Human Connection and a little bit about the man himself.

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Art Installation #9 – Falling into the Guggenheim in Bilbao and coming out looking for more of the architecture of Frank Gehry

Guggenheim Bilbao – Exterior Walkabout – from a distance

If you are traveling to Spain, Bilbao’s Guggenheim is worth adding to your itinerary.

The value of art and architecture, for me, is how they cause me to live completely absorbed in the moment. The moment is all that really exists so it really is the best place to spend your time.

The value of contemporary art and architecture – if they achieve what they set out to do – is to allow each of us to take away our own interpretation and meaning of what we see in its presence. You have to be present in its presence to access that and when you are it can be a powerful experience.

I went to the Guggenheim in Bilbao and lived so in the moment that when four hours had passed it felt like one moment. I was drawn in to the depths of this place, I was amused and engaged by its surroundings and I was raised up in what it held inside. My interpretation was of experiencing life as seamless oneness. Perhaps this is what a fish feels like in water. This giant fish of a building with all its seams, sails and scales ended up feeling seamless to me.

This art installation on my blog will have more photos from Bilbao and more info on architect Frank Gehry – where he’s coming from and what he’s done lately.

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