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#ArtInstallation No. 20 – Living a creative life via @CalgaryArtsDev  

Thanks to writer Stephen Hunt and Calgary Arts Development for featuring me in The Storytelling Project about people creating a vital, prosperous and connected city through the arts.

Food has always been my creative outlet – even when I was a nurse for over two decades. Now, whether I’m cooking for family and friends, creating recipes, writing cookbooks or columns, helping to produce radio or television pieces or using my food tour company to create cultural value for my favourite food artisans, chefs and farmers; food has become the muse that allows me to contribute the most to my community.

You can read a bit about how my “new” career evolved in the article at the source: Karen Anderson

I believe that contributing to life with whatever kind of creativity we are blessed with will always help a human being savour it all. What helps you thrive?


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#ArtInstallation No 19 -@jennifer_ck proves food is a legit form of art with Food Artisans of the Okanagan

Food Artisans of the Okanagan by Jennifer Cockrall-King

Jennifer Cockrall-King is an accomplished food writer and mentor to many of Western Canada’s developing writers, bloggers and literary enthusiasts. She divides her life between homes in Edmonton, Alberta (where she’s been the director of Litfest for 5 years) and Naramata in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia (where she started the Okanagan Food and Wine Writers Workshop). Because of her frequent coming and going she has the perfect perspective to write about the Okanagan Valley because she is at once a local but also a visitor who notices the nuances of change and development.

I’ve had a sneak peak at her new book Food Artisans of the Okanagan – Your guide to the best local crafted fare and am longing to go west and thoroughly explore (read eat!) the Okanagan Valley anew. Cockrall-King has also included the Similkameen Valley which will be terra incognita for most. I cycled that valley in early May a few years ago and fell in love with its laid back vintners, rolling hills and hidden farms and restaurants.

My friend and colleague in Edmonton, Liane Faulder, has written more extensively about the book. You can read her recent interview with Cockrall-King and learn about the details of the Edmonton launch on April 13 here. The photo above has all the information you’ll need for the Calgary launch on April 21.

Cockrall-King’s in-depth research and innate good taste make her a very well-chosen curator for this national treasury of farms and food artisans. This book proves that people that dedicate their lives to creating beauty and appreciation for food are indeed artists. I’m confident it will help many people savour it all.


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#ArtInstallation No 18 – @FortunateOnesNL – The Bliss

This post examines the healing power of art. Artists are brave. They create a thing and then let go of it. We catch art’s beauty for our own inspiration, joy, comfort, consolation or bliss.

The song in the video above caught my attention today. Continue reading


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#ArtInstallation No 17 – Love this @ToqueCanoe article on #ArtfulHotels

from Hotel Arts Calgary's art collection - @savouritall blog

Millefiore by Barry Fairbairne – photo credit – Karen Anderson

Toque and Canoe is a travel blog devoted to people who want the inside scoop on CANADA! I care for that.

This week they published a piece called The Artful Hotel – Where every room is a gallery and it featured one of my favourite artful hotels – Hotel Arts in Calgary. Hotels with art installations are extraordinary places to stay.

I’ve been working with Hotel Arts for a few years now and they are the artful anchor for a tour I do with my company Calgary Food Tours Inc. called Palette to Palate. For the 2016 season we’ve moved this tour to Saturday mornings so more people can join us to appreciate art, food, wine, architecture and entertaining stories of Calgary’s history on a lively walking and tasting tour in the Designer District.

Come on out and join us. It’s a great way to savour it all.

King by Tim Okamura - @savouritall blog

King by Tim Okamura (sorry Tim – the photo doesn’t do it justice) – Karen Anderson

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2016 – What will inspire you to live fully? #ArtInstallation 16

People poohoo Twitter but it’s amazing how many times it’s inspired me. Last night I came across this performance by Aretha Franklin on CBC Music and it stirred me to my core.

The Queen of Soul is singing “You make me feel like a natural woman”. She is paying tribute to the songwriter, Carole King. The song was a hit for Franklin in 1967 but was included on King’s Tapestry album which came out in 1971.

I was ten years old when King and Franklin were singing about being “natural women”. This music is an art installation that had and still has the power to lift me quickly and easily to joy.

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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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