Mining Me – Finding Gold

Posted: Friday, September 7th, 2012

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Brenda Valnicek when we were working together on planning an interactive creative expression afternoon. I was inspired by her outlook on creativity and how after battling with some major health challenges she resolved to allow herself to be more expressive especially in the Arts. Here is her story […]

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Dylan Ranney

TEN-TEN-TEN | Dylan Ranney – Robots & Social Justice

Posted: Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Dylan Ranney shared some of his thoughts and sculptures including a 5-and-a-half foot tall metal robot named Roger made entirely with recycled material. This Kelowna-based UBCO grad is not only an incredible sculptor, painter, and musician (unfortunately he wasn't able to whip out his killer drum chops during this presentation) but has some inspiring thoughts […]

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Gord Whyte

Posted: Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

TribeHouse: Which artist do you admire most (and why)? Gord Whyte: I admire any person that has the desire to express themselves on a canvas. It takes courage to take your your deep feelings & heart and see it manifested on a canvas where anyone who views it either hates it or likes it. There is […]

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Katie Brennan Artist

TEN-TEN-TEN | Katie Brennan on art and social justice

Posted: Monday, July 30th, 2012

As one of the 10 artists who performed at the TEN-TEN-TEN event, artist Katie Brennan presented some thoughts on how art has the ability to impact culture in relation to issues of social justice. Along with sharing some of her personal pieces, she highlighted a few provocative artists like Ai Weiwei who “expresses himself and organizes people through […]

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Nathan Hare Kelowna

TEN-TEN-TEN | Nathan Hare spoken word

Posted: Monday, July 9th, 2012

Nathan Hare is a Kelowna based story-teller, spoken word poet, and musician. At the TEN-TEN-TEN event he shared some wittymusings (pretty sure they’re based on actual events) on his life as a 16 year old high school student and you can bet your cat on the fact that this won’t be thelast we see of Nathan. […]

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Sean E. Avery – sculptures from broken CDs

Posted: Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Sean E Avery brings recycling to a whole new level. Not to be confused with the “other” Sean Avery (hockey player on the NY Rangers), this Western Australian artist is also a writer & illustrator of children’s picture books who creates sculptures out of broken CDs. “I blend many different man made materials together to make […]

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Heart Full of Sound

Posted: Friday, March 9th, 2012

We asked Ari Neufeld to tell us a bit about the latest video & song he wrote called “Heart Full of Sound“. Here’s what he gave us (along with the video included at the bottom). Heart Full of Sound is a special song to me, because it came out of true willingness to receive something […]

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Katalyst Zachari Smith

Katalyst | Zachari Smith

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Zachari Smith will be discussing the artist’s responsibility to their society as well as what it is like to be a full-time musician at 24. Zachari Smith is a singer/songwriter and multi-intrumentalist. Zachari has released two solo albums as well as an album with his dad, Andrew Smith ( He is also a member of […]

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Cheryl Bear Artist

It’s not always bad to meet a bear

Posted: Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

A very poor bedraggled man knelt on the cold floor in front of me, hanging onto a makeshift altar as if he were clutching a tree root to prevent his fall from a cliff. His bent back was shaking as he sobbed out his broken prayers. When he finally looked up it was hard to […]

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Art Leaks Blideo #11 – Kim McMechan on permission to write crap

Posted: Monday, December 5th, 2011

Kim McMechan is a multi-faceted artist – the kind that squirms when you ask “so, what type of artist are you”. She’s released several records as a musician over the past decade, is studying photography right now in school, and teaches on topics like creative writing & poetry. So, yes, she’s a musiwritographeroet (pronounced Muz-E-Right-Ografur-Oet). […]

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