The mass murder that saw a lone gunman kill 22 people in Nova Scotia earlier this month hit a little closer to home for a woman now living in the small town of Redwater.
“I was scared, I was scared for my family, my friends,” said Ashley Chaffey, “Enfield was about 45 minutes away from where my Mom and Dad live in Lake Echo and so that’s where it basically all ended.”
Days later, her five-year-old daughter Skyla came up with an idea to try and help ease the pain many people in her mom’s home province are feeling.
“To help the people that lost their mom and dad and stuff,” said Skyla.
She starting painting, then selling her work with the profits going to organizations like the RCMP and Red Cross in Nova Scotia.
So far, she’s raised close to $1,000 dollars.
“The fact that she understood the graveness of the situation and had the compassion and empathy for those families,” said Skyla’s mom Ashley,”it makes me tear up thinking about it.”
When asked why she wanted to do it Skyla responded, “I’m sad for them… like the families and stuff.”
One little girl showing her love for a province in mourning.
Grad Profile: Architecture as art – Dal News – Dal News
When Kristina Bookall left her home in Jamaica to attend Dalhousie, she was unaware that several years before her a relative had made a similar voyage.
“I later found out that my aunt, who moved to Canada, studied nursing at Dal,” she says.
Kristina, who recently graduated from the Masters of Architecture program, says her Dal experience has helped prepare her for jumping into the field right away.
“Dal architecture keeps it realistic,” she says. “It also allows you to be a significant contributor to the field just after graduating.”
A coastal experience
Kristina spent a summer in Cape Breton as a part of the Coastal Studio team, a research project at Dal that embeds students in different coastal communities around rural Nova Scotia with a focus on the development of innovative design and construction techniques that marry new technologies with traditional methods and materials.
“That was by far one of the best experiences,” she says.
Not only did she find the landscapes “absolutely stunning,” she says she also got the chance to get to know her classmates better as they all lived together over the summer.
For Kristina, architecture is an amalgamation of her artistic interests. “I do a lot of artistic design, and illustration and architecture bring all those interests into one thing,” she says.
Before coming to Dal, she worked as a graphic designer for the British Broadcasting Commission.
“I studied production-design for film and television in the United Kingdom and went on to work for the BBC,” she says. Kristina has contributed to several TV commercials and miniseries, like Dancing on the Edge, Family Tree, and Hunted.
Adjusting and adapting
Despite having studied and worked in the UK, Kristina still had to adjust to her new life in Canada. “I had to get used to Canadian culture and the Canadian architecture student culture, which is another animal itself. Also, I was implanted into an existing class, which was tricky to navigate because being the new kid is never fun.”
She says she also started out her program as “a minority in every sense of the word,” but that there’s been a lot of more diversity developing in that area over the past few years.
Kristina says she also worked to overcome challenges that came with holding down a job while studying.
“Working while in school was another struggle. Architecture school is intense and requires a lot of work, and the quality has to be to a certain standard to maintain good grades,” she says.
Now that she’s done her degree, Kristina says she plans to spend some more time gaining experience in Canada before eventually returning home.
“My immediate plan for the future is to get through quarantine and further my architecture experience here in Canada and when the weather gets too cold, fly back to Jamaica.”
Kelowna Art Gallery offers free admission for June – Kelowna Capital News – Kelowna Capital News
You can now cruise the halls of Kelowna’s Art Gallery for free for the month of June.
On June 2, all four exhibition spaces reopened for visitors to enjoy. In celebration, the gallery decided to offer free administration to everyone this month.
“I am delighted that our professional team worked together to reopen the Kelowna Art Gallery to the public as quickly and as safely as possible,” said Nataley Nagy, executive director at the Gallery.
“During these trying times, we know that art and creativity are a welcome respite for all of our residents.”
Visitors will notice additional signage as well as reduced capacity due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Gallery has also made a few changes to its hours of operation. The Gallery is now open Tuesday and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The first hour, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., has been set aside for seniors and for those who may have health concerns.
For more information about the exhibitions on view and to find out “what to know before your visit”, please see www.kelownaartgallery.com.
The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna, BC.
National drive-by art show rolls in Victoria on Saturday – Victoria News
A drive-by art exhibition, planned in select cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada, is happening in Victoria on Saturday.
On June 6, artists taking part in The National Arts Drive will be displaying, performing or showcasing their creativity from driveways, balconies, windows, stoops and front lawns during a three-hour period.
Spectators are encouraged to drive the city blocks to see, hear and support the artists, performers, musicians and designers who live in their communities.
The driving experience is paired with a website and an interactive map where spectators can engage with the artist and support them through three main avenues: like, follow and share their work through social media, donate directly to the artists and visit their online store or website for a future purchase.
There is no charge for artists wishing to participate in the event, which was created by RAW – the world’s largest independent arts organization.
According to RAW, 95 per cent of artists have lost income as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown and 64 per cent of artists have become unemployed due to the pandemic.
For more information visit nationalartsdrive.com.
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