2017 Mayor’s Night for Raven’ About the Arts

2017 marks the seventh year to recognize Jasper artists for what they give to community. Usually nominations are recieved and a small group of people who have the daunting task of deciding who to give the award too…this year the decision to award was done by those in attendance at the end of the event…a daunting task because out of 18 nominees…only six were awarded.  In music, art, theatre, writing, photography and a patron.

Strategists tell us that in Canada .5% of the labour force are artists. While we have no census in Jasper of the working artists we know that there are more than the statistical 16 for our population. We are truly rich in arts & cultural talents. Which would explain why since 2011 we have recognized over 40 artists for their contribution to Jasper arts&culture.

THESE were the 2017 nominees in no specific order:

Jill Seaton, Nominated for Writing and Photography

 

Jill Seaton is a woman who had decided early on in her life that the pen was the only weapon she needed. For the last 25 years she has been quoted in a myriad of publications from CBC to various Canadian newspapers and periodicals. Her topics give voice to the denizens of Jasper – woodland, grizzly, wolf to montane Eco-regions like Whistler Creek. Jill also seeks another way to bring immediacy to her vision of a wild and original Jasper to the world – photography. From closely guarded haunts she captures ravens as they hatch, grizzly mother and cubs feasting on carrion or moose and their young. Jill understands and embodies, in both her writing and photography, the necessity of Jasper’s spirit.

 

Sandy Robinson, Nominated for Storytelling and Visual Arts

 

Sandy Robinson is a true Jasper icon. He has lived his 80+ years in Jasper and his love of community and his mountain home is evident in both his art and his storytelling. He is now retired and painting fulltime. He is a self taught artist who has attended the Banff School of Fine Arts and various workshops with renowned artists such as Harold Demont Olsen and Brian Atyeo. It would be hard to live anywhere for 80 years without having a few stories to tell. Sandy is an avid historian with a deep appreciation for Canadian history. His remembrances of a Jasper where movie stars and dignitaries once visited make for great storytelling.

 

 

Susan Millar, Nominated for Theatre

 

Susan Millar may well the opposite of Sandy in longevity having spent much less time here. But the impact she had and the professionalism she brought to 2017’s theatre production Cariboo Magi was a huge contributing factor to its success. We all know the transietn nature of Jasper – this is but one example of the amazing resource that can be found as people merge with the arts community. Susan found the ART FOR LUNCH program and was soon entrenched in organizing stage movement and props for the annual Christmas production. She has since moved back to her Parks position in Ottawa, married her best friend last weekend and we hope we will see her in Jasper again soon.

 

Oonagh Naillian, Nominated for Theatre

 

Oonagh Naillian is a natural born actor. Enthusiastic, open to ideas, up for any challenge…from joining a hockey team to joining a theatre troupe to taking the mountains by bike to being a member of the community team for Habitat. Her energy is infectious, her sense of humour is unparalleled, her accent a treasure. She may even rival Sandy for storytelling as her Irish roots leave no story unturned. But it is her theatre skills we recognize her tonight. From Monty Python’s argumentative owner of ‘Eric the half a bee’ to Cariboo Magi’s pregnant ‘Marta the child dance hall protegee’…Oonagh takes on persona with confidence and verve befitting the title thespian.

 

DJ ‘Klem’ Klymchuk, Nominated for Theatre

 

What can we say about Klem? This week you might find him driving tourists around on motorcycles with sidecars. Often you hear Klem before you see him – and not just on a motorbike. His rich deep tone has made him perfect for the role of Santa in singing telegrams or as the ghost of Christmas Present in the Christmas Carol or as a cheese merchant in Monty Python’s Cheese Shop. His is one of the first to call in when rumours start that a production is in the making, to see how he can be involved. His character lends perfectly to that of acting…thats what we can say about Klem!

 

 

Grant Carson, Nominated for Music

 

Grant Carson arrived in the cultural building within mere hours after arriving in Jasper. He had found a new home here and within the week was teaching guitar. Grant is focused & purposeful in the work that he does with his guitar students. You could say that his presence on Jasper stages has added a professionalism that we all benefit from. Knowledgeable in his artform, gentle in his presentations – he was quickly captured be the talent seekers at Parks Canada to bring life the their Whistler stage. Grant is often giving his talents to events and gatherings – definitely one of the .5% of working artists in Jasper.

 

 

Stephen Nelson, Nominated for Music

 

Stephen Nelson is one of the artists from the past 40 recipients mentioned above. He was recognized last year for his writing. This year he was nominated for his music. Stephen can be found anywhere from the Legion jam to the Canada Day stage to busking on Jasper streets. Where he has a complete range of music that allows him to present solo, he also partners with other musicians ranging from multiple piece bands to duets. You may have seen him at open mic nights at the SnowDome where he slips effortlessly between writer and musician.

 

 

Sarah Budd, Nominated for Visual Arts

Sarah Budd was nominated by her peers at the Artists Guild where she openly shares her passion for art and art history. Since arriving in Jasper she has found her way to volunteering on the guild executive where she brings new perspectives to the board. She also enhances JAG programming with interpretive talks on some of her favourite art history movements like Expressionism and Impressionism. She has always believed in the power of art – just recently beginning to paint works inspired by the park.

Vanessa Martin, Nominated for Visual Arts

 

Vanessa Martin (terribly elusive) – or as her students call her – Madame Vanessa was immediate in her desire to share art with the Jasper community when she heard Jasper was getting a cultural centre. Her classes are truly something to behold, from the design of the classroom to the presentation of materials and inclusion of all kinds of mediums…from clay to live portraiture to painting. Even before she could setup at the new building she ran a season at a temporary location to keep the passion for the arts alive in her students. The time and effort she puts into the annual ‘exposition’ for her students to showcase their semester of work has resulted in community art gatherings that many now anticipate annually.

 

Tara Erickson, Nominated for Visual Arts

 

Tara Erickson also found herself drawn to the new cultural spaces building. Being an avid creative and lover of children she quickly found a niche, an opportunity to share her art with children. Mornings became more exciting as she found ways to engage the parents and the children in a unique offering of handson imaginative musical or science based play. She built a cupboard of tools and toys that any child under 100 would be thrilled to venture into. She built a program that took on a life of its own, one that is now integrated into potential arts programming at the cultural centre.

 

 

Susan Szathmary, Nominated for Visual Arts

 

Susan Szathmary has a history of graphic design and painting and music. She has shared her art with the community of Jasper for over 25 years. Her enthusiasm for her newest passion – the art of zen tangling – also brought her to the cultural centre as she had something to share. Zen tangling, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is the art of creating images by using structured patterns. Not your typical Jasper imagery. But one that builds focus and as with any focus it creates a sense of wellbeing. To that end it is very much a Jasper medium. Susan has curated an exhibition of over 100 pieces from across Canada that is currently on display in Jasper at the Habitat for the Arts until October 12.

 

Rola Al Dakhil, Nominated for Visual Arts

 

Rola Al Dakhil came to the cultural centre wanting to give back to the community that had opened its heart to her family last year. Here was an opportunity for the arts to truly shine as her programming bridged not only her creativity  with her students, but it gave the opportunity to remove a language barrier, as only the arts can. Her approach to workshops with youth allowed for a cultural connection and exchange that was more than an art class.

 

 

 

David Hatto, Nominated for Visual Arts

 

David Hatto came to the cultural centre looking to share his Monday afternoons with anyone who would like to paint. An avid hiker and local (now retired) business man is what most of us know about David. What you may not know is that his regular Monday afternoons became a gathering around easels and paintboxes, that bridged seniors with summer staff, where he shared what he loves about colour and design.

 

 

 

 

Paulette Blanchette Dube, Nominated for Photography

 

Paulette Dube is a storyteller by design, and was also one of the previous 40, having won a Raven About the Arts Award for writing. Her photography – like her writing captures a raw simplicity – showing us what we all see but often miss. A fellow photographer writes “If the eyes be a window to the soul, and a picture is worth a thousand words – then wordsmith become photographer speaks volumes sans a single syllable. The lens has become an extension of Paulette’s unique view, commonplace elevated to art as framed by poet artist and bard.” (D Baker)

 

 

David Baker, Nominated for Photography

 

David Baker captures life in moving pictures. Since first turning his focus to the people and places in the community of Jasper he has allowed people to tell their own stories in his documentary style of storytelling. From community dinners to business requests to the wilderness around us…his camera is his tool of choice for giving and sharing his artform. His passion for the medium has resulted in camps and workshops over the years as he attempts to form the next generation of digital storytellers.

 

 

 

Paramount to the doers and events and workshops…is the patron.                                      These are the people who you see at the events, the ones who attend or facilitate or dream to ensure the arts stay alive. The community chose three individuals for the 2017 Patron Award.

Matricia Brown, Nominated for Patron Award

 

 

Matricia Brown has given her expertise and shared her talents with every possible event and organization in Jasper. She supports many events by giving or by attending, a true patron who may not be here tonight as she is sharing her art elsewhere tonight!

 

 

 

 

Marianne Garrah, Nominated for Patron Award

 

 

Marianne Garrah has been a constant figure in Jasper’s arts & cultural scene for over 30 years. Her time is spent plotting and creating ways to make that scene bigger and better every year. She is here tonight, no doubt plotting something more.

 

 

 

 

Charlie Finley, Nominated for Patron Award

 

 

Charlie Finley can usually be found in the background of any cultural gathering. He’s a doer, he assists in so many ways at events…setting up, cleaning up, watching for ways to make things run as well as they can. Seeing him in your audience usually means the evening is going to go smoothly.

 

 

 

 

THOSE were the Nominees.  At the end of the evening…the ballots were filled in (it is election year!) and these people are the 2017 Mayors Night for Raven’ About the Arts recipients:

Jill Seaton, Writing

Oonagh Naillian, Theatre

Grant Carson, Music

Rola Al Dakhil, Visual Arts

David Baker, Photography

Marianne Garrah, Patron

These lovely glassworks created by Raymond Blanchette Dube are now in their new homes.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL…See you in 2018!

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One year and 2900 visitors later

2016-2017, year one of Habitat for the Arts having a permanent home.

Today we are wrapping up a costume to return to Live History Shows. Three small workshops yesterday teaching us how to make our own stories into something mysterious through puzzles and riddles…something we will grow into this November’s Escape Room!

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Dont underestimate these young brains! They learned some unique ways to bring a story to life.

It is almost impossible to tell of the 165 events that have taken place in the Habitat since July 1 2016…music, films, dance, choirs, visiting artists, workshops in everything from animation to drumming…

What is most exciting perhaps today…we have joined the marketing team of Tourism Jasper. This means not only will you find our signature events like FatBikes&Bonfires or Hygge or DinnerTheatre or MulticulturalNights…or BOWLS WITH SOUL…on posters around town, on handbills at cafes and eateries, or on social media…but you will find us here:

https://www.jasper.travel/shareholders/jasper-community-habitat-arts/

As we head into a new era of marketing and making the most of this fantastic space…watch us on Facebook, or on Travel Alberta or on Jasper Travel sites too!

Gotta run…the new drum is here!  And someone wants to make a linocut. And we have to move the wedging table to prepare for the arrival of the kiln!

SO – WHAT DO YOU WANNA DO!?

 

 

 

 

Countdown

We are in countdown mode…have been so for a few months.  The new cultural spaces building is – dare we say – deep breath! – less than a month away from reality.  We have even moved the piano in!  Inventory has begun…chairs are in Anns garage…pottery wheels are under the stairs…shelving is in storage area 12…kilns are in Medicine Hat…traveling exhibition ordered last fall is arriving in 3 weeks (hope we have walls!)…sound equipment in Legion closet.  If you are storing something for us let us know and we will pickup asap!

Our piano had been stored by friends at Hinton Arts&Culture for the past few years…when we got news that they were renovating and our piano had to move we scrambled for ways to do that…a truck, strong bodies, a trailer, blankets, tools…time!  We are so very fortunate to have those kinds of resources…even if we didnt know it at the time.  Diamond Developments offered up a truck and trailer…Andy Klimach offered up a strong body…David Baker and Bob Hoffman and Don Engerdahl and Joseph Brown and Harley Brown and Morgan Roberts all made sure this Canadian made beauty made it safely home.

will it fit!?

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Rolling home

The Piano Men

There were a few ‘wait wait wait’ moments…it fit in the elevator (were never sure) and it’s home!

HOME

Home is one of the few words in the English language that can be a noun, adjective, adverb and verb.  A destination, a permanence, a safe place, a relative place where things happen, a way of targeting for accuracy.  That works…Habitat will be a home for all kinds of arts adventures.

So many things to think about now…grants writing, programming, professional development, volunteers, the GRAND OPENING!

While waiting we have never stopped putting the ‘word to the street’…kind of a homeless attribute we have perfected.  We are happy to know that programs like ‘Drum Circle’, ‘Mosaics’, ‘Portraiture Classes’, ‘After School Programs’, ‘Art Journaling’, ‘Theatre’, ‘Puppets’, ‘Animation’, ‘Film Nights’, ‘Ukelele and Guitar’, ‘Open Mic Nights’…have all been successfully fostered in other homes for the past years.  Some will make their way to Habitat…some will continue to grow relationships to Habitat!

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 Moppet Theatre by AnnArt Workshop by Ann

New instructors and old have come on board to keep programs alive.  We are thrilled to have such talented people making Jasper the place to be for learning new things.  Tessa Nunn will be coming back regularly for portraiture…Ann Hoffele is now offering workshops and productions in puppetry and stage design/props and costume rentals.  Darlene Madden is bringing mosaics in glass and stone to life, Vanessa Martin jumped into an art journaling class when Marian Shilka was under the weather (looking forward to seeing Marian here soon).  Vanessa also ran a winter series for youth in art history and art making with a professional exposition at the end.  Ann ran a winter long puppet making program that saw the classroom filled to capacity at showtime!

Our administrators spent the last six months in an Arts Management Course at the UofA, as recipients of a Rozsa Foundation sponsorship.  Graduation from that has resulted in both a draft public art policy/plan assistance for the Municipality of Jasper and a pilot busking proposal for Jasper streets.

(many many images on our facebook pages…Jasper Community Habitat for the Arts and Habitat CreARTive Space)

The call is out for the Jasper Short Film Festival.  Casting call goes out soon for the Christmas production of Cariboo Magi…we will be running all kinds of drop in programs from the Habitat.  Monday Wednesday Friday mornings…mommies and daddies can drop in with the wee ones for a CAFE & Dance or CAFE & Theatre … let the kids play…have a coffee.  (Once we get the addiction to set in we know they will return – and we arent talking about the coffee!)

OK…this is all the time we can offer up today!  Its important to tell you whats going on…so we do invite you to follow the facebook pages.  They are immediate and delightful in their delivery of instantaneous news!

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See you soon!  (its really happening!)  Come sign the guestbook…

You think we are kidding!?

2015 – whoosh!

Wow…that was fast.

2015 saw the Habitat expand a little bit more…even without walls to expand into!

Drum Circles were added to the offerings at Habitat, World Storytelling Day was celebrated, a mini contest was put out to have prose inspired by Jasper put onto coffee sleeves…

Visits to the new spaces were made.  Canadian Film Day was celebrated and musicians gave workshops…

We made a trial run at an Art Camp…met up with other cultural teachers at the Open Minds Conference…made all these things known at the summer market…

Jasper’s first adventure into street busking, film crews in town, year two of the Jasper Short Film Fest!

Mosaics, writing, music, awards, film, bowls, theatre…these are the things dreams are made of.

And so we leave this year behind…and enter 2016 very soon…

Dream big!  It’s going to be a big year!

 

 

 

 

Jasper Culture Days 2014

Five years and going strong.  So many ways to bring community together through art.

Starting in early September a partnership with Arts Jasper (celebrating 42 years of bringing art to Jasper stages!) brought some amazing musicians to town.  Christine Hanson, Bruce MacGregor and Andrew Hillhouse filled the Legion for an evening of celtic music, tales and even had some folks up dancing.  Bruce, on the left, Christine in the middle are not strangers to Jasper.  And in the fall of 2015 Christine will return to present her composition commissioned by Arts Jasper to honour the life of Edith Cavell.

Bruce is always full of tales, with a Scottish accent!

A Taste of Scotland

With Culture Days only a few weeks in the future and the volunteer room filling with programs and Culture Days swag and white board calendars being edited on a regular basis…we saw the second lead up event come together out at Pine Bungalows.  Fitting place for a Film Festival fundraiser.  Pine Bungalows owner, Mike Wasuita, has been a supporter of Alberta Film and filmmaking for years.  As an IATSE member he has offered up the Bungalows as a base for all kinds of productions.

The Karvonen family are also no strangers to Jasper.  And what better place to show a documentary on Albert Karvonen made by his daughter Ava than in one of the wilderness locations that inspired his work.  Albert often visited Jasper National Park to film.

Alberta Karvonen

Screening the documentary on Albert produced by Ava Karvonen.

Screening the documentary on Albert produced by Ava Karvonen at Pine Bungalows.

Any evening at Pine Bungalows is a treat and this one did not disappoint.  In attendance for this Jasper Short Film Festival fundraiser was Peter Wunstorf to the left of the easel above.  Peter created a short called ‘Patiences’ that was selected for the Festival.

Alberta has no end to great talents and Jasper has connections for many.  It is unfortunate that Culture Days is only a weekend long…so we cheat.  It’s difficult to get artists to come to Jasper when the entire country is celebrating Culture Days!  For that reason we called on Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail to come do a writing workshop through the Library before Culture Days weekend!

Danielle grew up in a family with a passion for aviation – and she just released her newest book ‘Polar Winds’ on flying in the North.  She did a book signing at the Snowdome Coffee Bar and then a free workshop for a room full of inquisitive writers and wanna-be writers!

And then the countdown was on…less than 7 days to Culture Days…

Time for Marie Helene to bring life to some inanimate objects…the annual puppet making workshop is always a treat for all ages.

These creations were on display during the Community Fair on Culture Days weekend!

One of the key events to come from this weekend dedicated to art and culture…is the annual Raven’ About the Arts Awards.  An evening that has ranged from a black tie affair at The Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre to fabulous gatherings in the Jasper Artists Guild.  This year we had the opportunity to host the event at the Jasper Museum…surrounded by works from the Artists Guild in the Showcase Gallery.  The Guild did a Sketchers crawl on a fabulous fall afternoon and then the day evolved into the evenings awards.

Jasper is a wealth of heritage sites to sketch...and a sketchers crawl for Culture Days!

Jasper has a wealth of heritage sites to sketch…and a sketchers crawl for Culture Days!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards were created by Urban Forest Pottery Studios - glass fused photography.

Awards were created by Urban Forest Pottery Studios – glass fused photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And thanks to Jasper's very own engravers...Lucia's Gifts...we have some very nice plaques for the awards too! Thankyou Vera Forabosco for doing these up for us!

And thanks to Jasper’s very own engravers…Lucia’s Gifts…we have some very nice plaques for the awards too! Thank you Vera Forabosco for doing these up for us!

An evening to honour those who inspire, create and share their art …

Watch how they express their work in their own words!

The Fitzhugh also did a very nice writeup of the evening… http://www.fitzhugh.ca/locals-celebrated-at-arts-awards/

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Close the doors on another Raven’ About the Arts Awards Friday night…and open the doors on Saturday morning for Jasper’s FIRST ‘madeforjasper’ Film Festival!!

Starting in April the call went out across as many channels as we could think of…other festivals, websites, friends…and over 35 submissions came into the Film Fest office.  From all over Canada, Quebec, Manitoba, BC…and even one from LA!  Documentaries, dramatic shorts, animation…from nature to comedy…over 14 hours of programs.  And the selection committee watched them all, sometimes twice.  We have a fantastic small town theatre, the Chaba Theatre, that was opened to us to use for one day…6 hours…a big screen!

Having the films, the theatre and even banners on the street were all good…but what about an audience!?  Being the first ever short film fest in Jasper, on a beautiful sunny fall day…lets just say lots of fingers were crossed.  And it worked!  Thank you Jasper and all the filmmakers who came from away…thanks to the volunteers who kept the tight screening schedule tight.

Toddske, from Fort Mac...got away before the day ended...interestingly he was involved in the short Ninjavention.

Toddske, from Fort Mac…got away before the day ended…interestingly he was involved in the short Ninjavention.  Coincidence?

Peoples Choice was chosen by ballot during the day, second choice was Ancestors Calling…and third place was shared by Exquisite Taste and Through Ice and Time.  All of the award winning films and runners up for Peoples Choice will be collated into a BEST OF THE JASPER SHORT FILM FESTIVAL program to travel the region as a fundraiser!

And of course…what is a film festival without the chance to meet the filmmakers and have some fun…dance…

One of the more famous actors to grace Jasper soil...Marilyn made an appearance!

One of the more famous actors to grace Jasper soil…Marilyn made an appearance!

Chad Krayenhoff of Jasper’s blues fusion dance group brought some life to the floor…what better way to get a room of strangers mingling?

And who better to play blues for blues dancers than Jasper’s own Brian Lackey…who was this years award winner for music at the Raven’ About the Arts Awards!

 

 

 

 

 

Mingling at the Jasper Inn!

 

Who knew magic was so much fun!

Who knew magic was so much fun!

Sometimes things can get out of hand…but no filmmaker was harmed in the making of Culture Days!

Daniel Foreman of Groove Soldier Productions...just keeping things in order!

Daniel Foreman of Groove Soldier Productions…obviously making new friends!

Saturday also meant street performers!  This year we found a young man – Ryan Lackey – who we like to think brought the MAGIC to Culture Days!

If you ever need a little magic for your event...give this guy a call!!

If you ever need a little magic for your event…give this guy a call!!

And on the other side of the street!!  Stephen Nelson entertained at the SnowDome Coffee Bar.  (Stephen also takes a lot of the photos we use for Culture Days archives…a couple of years in a row now!)

Sunshine, coffee and music…gotta love Jasper in the fall.

We like to bring the season into the weekend if we can…and scarecrows just seem to be the thing to do for a workshop, to decorate and to entertain!

 

 

 

 

 

A workshop midday by Ann Hoffele was supposed to be for kids…but it soon became apparent that kids in Jasper have no age!   (Ann also offers weekly workshops in all kinds of crafts…ask us about them arts@iotad dot ca)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isara arrived in Jasper last week...on time to join the weekend!  She sang at the Raven' About the Arts Awards.  Thanks Isara!

Isara arrived in Jasper last week…on time to join the weekend! She sang at the Raven’ About the Arts Awards. Thanks Isara!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hula Hoops and Drums rounded out the workshop offerings (excuse the pun)!  Matricia Brown shared her love of song and drumming.  Shawna Woelke shared her passion for movement with whoever was brave enough to pick one up!  (Shawna is also this years award winner for dance for her amazing choreography on the hoop.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sundog Tours let us put up the Astrodome so Jasper could get excited about the Dark Sky Festival that is just weeks away!  A lot of Jasper residents didnt even know we had a DOME!  Jasper has a lot of well kept secrets 🙂  but now that over 40 people got to get inside this amazing attraction…the word will get around!  Thanks Sundog!

The Dome was nominated this year for a TIAC (Tourism Association of Canada) award.  It is the only dome (we know of) that has taken the songs and drumming of a Cree storyteller and put that audio track to the visuals of the night sky.  Good Luck Matricia Brown and Sundog Tours and Delphinus 18 Productions – lets bring TIAC notoriety back to Jasper again!  (Delphinus 18’s parent AV production office was a finalist for a TIAC Globe and Mail award in 2008)

And so we come to the end of the weekend…to the most anticipated event of the weekend…the one that started when a young potter told us about an annual fundraiser at her college.  Julie McMath inspired the BOWLS WITH SOUL weekend in 2010.  Simply set out handmade bowls, people choose the one that they like, fill it with soup and keep the bowl for a modest fee to support the arts.  It has been 4 years now…and while Julie and her bowls are temporarily not available (rumoured to be around for 2015!) the artist was chosen for 2014, the bowls were picked up at the Connie Pike Studio in High River Alberta…and soup was had!

In 2012 we took the idea one stop higher and have the public vote on their favourite soup of the night.  The soups are marked with ingredients only…so its fair.  2012 and 2013 saw Mountain Park Lodges’ Riley Black take the Golden Ladle award…two years in a row.  The challenge for 2014 was not only to make great soup…but to unseat Jasper’s two time winner Riley Black.

As the soup was warming I asked Clayton Anderson what the chances were of someone new taking the Golden Ladle from Riley.  Clayton thought it was likely as Riley had made a humble tomato soup.  Well…it was a very good tomato soup…with chorizo meatballs…and again – third year in a row the community chose Riley Black!

Arts Jasper always there to help keep order!

Arts Jasper always there to help keep order!

Decisions Decisions...what the heck...take one of each!

Decisions Decisions…what the heck…take one of each!

Aw...someone brought a bowl from a past year...Julie McMath will always be part of Bowls with Soul!

Aw…someone brought a bowl from a past year…Julie McMath will always be part of Bowls with Soul!

The man who makes Bowls with Soul a wonderfully smooth running event!  Clayton Anderson!

The man who makes Bowls with Soul a wonderfully smooth running event! Clayton Anderson! And thanks Kaitie Worobec too…couldnt have done it without you!

Soup, scarecrows, music, dance, films, hula hoops, drumming, writing workshop, book signing, Scottish music, an Astrodome, awards, new and old friends, puppets, street performers, Marilyn Monroe!  I think that’s it!

We will post MORE photos on our Flickr site, and of course follow us at the JASPER COMMUNITY HABITAT FOR THE ARTS and THE JASPER SHORT FILM FESTIVAL on facebook to see what’s going on next!  Arts Jasper and the Jasper Artists Guild, the Library and the Museum have facebook pages too!

 

If I forgot someone...apologies...we can always add as the memories flow in!

If I forgot someone…apologies…we can always add as the memories flow in!

 

One Step Back, Two Steps Forward!

Yes…I know.  Its an old cliche that usually reads one step forward, two steps back…usually meant for the times when what you are trying to accomplish just seems to be out of reach.

Yes…its true…the new Cultural Spaces building is still under construction…and we have had to cancel shows, re-budget events, decline funds and break some hearts (ours usually) BUT 2014 just keeps getting better.

This years Culture Days funding has come through.  Great stuff coming up…puppet workshops, harvest dancing, Raven’ About the Arts Awards, A FILM FESTIVAL!! and the ever popular Bowls with Soul! (Check out this year’s potter for bowls with soul!  Connie Pikehttp://www.pikestudios.com/Pike_Studios/Dinnerware.html )

Check out her glaze names...Earth Spirit, Morning Mist, Maple Syrup and Alberta Gold!

Check out her glaze names…Earth Spirit, Morning Mist, Maple Syrup and Alberta Gold!

Last years theme was that of ‘Gypsy’ as we were homeless…this year we are still homeless, but, kinda likin’ it!

Where to start with an update…I hope you are one of our facebook followers as that is a daily way to watch what’s going on.  (on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jasper-Community-Habitat-for-the-Arts/187132354657836?ref=hl )

If not, here’s the low down:

The Jasper Short Film and Media Arts Festival

JSFFJasper’s first ‘made for Jasper’ Film Festival.  Submissions are open now through to August 15. Details on how to submit, application form and rules are at http://www.jasperfilmfestival.com . BIG thanks to Alberta Culture for the Culture Days funding…no application fee THIS YEAR!  We have three awards…emerging, established and peoples choice films.  Prizes are pretty FREAKING AWESOME!!  A weekend in Banff during their world famous (we are never sure if we should be jealous of Banff’s great film festival or thrilled that such a great event is only 4 hours away!!  Lets go with thrilled!)…so where was I…oh yes…A NIGHT at the Fairmont Banff Springs and a day pass to the Banff Film Festival!  Get your films submitted!!  And please…consider coming to Jasper for the day of…both the Mountain Park Lodges and Best Western have allocated some rooms for discounts that weekend…ask us for details!  arts@iotad.ca

On Saturday Sept 27th a full day of films with run at the Chaba Theatre in Jasper.

The day will start with a Premiere showing of ANCESTORS CALLING from our neighbours to the north who have a great history of publications including films and books!

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For media art lovers we will have Gary James Joynes in Jasper presenting PEREGRINATION.  A live cinema work reflecting on the nature of sound and its visual and material nature. A meditation on Joynes’ visual experimentation using historical scientific instruments and anachronistic musical technology. PEREGRINATION combines compositional sound elements and improvisational use of recorded footage of live play of the wavedriver machinery he uses to create in the studio.

Gary James Joynes
Gary James Joynes, also known by his performing moniker Clinker, has been active in the electronic and experimental music performance community for years. He has more recently embarked on a broader artistic exploration using his analog synthesizers and custom made machines to create visual sound as photograph/drawing/sculpture hybrids along with immersive and unending installation environments for reflection and a deep listening experience.

https://vimeo.com/62593278

The day will be followed by an evening at the Best Western Jasper Inn and Suites with an industry and filmmaker meetup with guests from the industry as well as entertainment.

AND to help fund all this we have a raffle ongoing in Jasper…tickets at the Fitzhugh office and the Video Stop. A dinner for 4 at Syrah’s Jasper…a dinner you cannot buy as Chef Munn will be creating a special menu for the lucky winners!  And executive seating and swag at the Festival…

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Arising from the Film Festival news Jasper’s Laura Campbell has taken her concept of collecting ‘Jasper Stories’ one step higher.  The idea was that – for the 50th anniversary of Jasper’s Marmot Basin and Jasper Skytram – stories by the folks that made those places possible would be collected for fun and heritage.  Well…anything fun will eventually lead to a film!

Jasper Stories

JASPER STORIES has evolved into a proposed series of visual storytellers/storytelling.  Details are on line at http://www.jasperstories.com.  Check it out…and its crowd sourcing project page at Indiegogo.  There are some great perks…just for supporting a great idea!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jasper-stories-from-the-mountains

First one in the series is about the two celebrating their 50th anniversaries…the people behind the origins of Marmot and Skytram…but the next one might be about biking in Jasper or hiking or ???  Who doesnt love a good yarn!?

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So

Yes…we have had some set backs…but we sure dont have time to worry about them!

OH Yes…yesterday we received some serious green light funds for this fabulous project!!  CHECK OUT our ARTOGRAPHY page to see what else we are up!  If you are an Alberta artist…let’s chat!

The Alberta Guide to Art and Artists!

https://artshabculturelabs.wordpress.com/alberta-artography/

See ya soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Now What

Checking the site

It looks good.  It has been designed to look good.  The floors are perfect for cleaning up after busy workshops…

The patch bays between rooms for tech hookups and communications are done.  The sound proofing in the music room is done…

The industrial plugin is in for the kilns.  The plumbing for the big sinks for washing up is installed…

Now what?

For those of you who have been following this exciting developing cultural spaces building…what now…not much.  Apparently nothing done well is done quickly.  And that statement is not applicable to this building in any way.  There have been some flaws, a few errors in construction.

We get disheartened.  Just this week we had to tell an artist her exhibit planned in 2013 for August 2014 would not be possible.  Heartbreaking news for any artist…and family that have planned time in the Rockies to celebrate the completion and exhibition of a new body of work.

The process of dreaming up a cultural space and programs for engaging as many people as we can is unshakable though.  As we stand in the incomplete facility we can almost hear the chatter and music that will happen there soon.

studio

The studio space for independent study or resident instructors sits eerily quiet for now…but we can almost hear the guitar lessons – we can almost envision the author pulling the doors closed so they can work in solitude on their writing.

pottery with a view

So while the tarps blowing in the wind may be the only sound at the end of the day still…we dream.  Because without out dreams we would be looking for a certain building contractor to hang in the elevator shaft!  KIDDING

As the sign says that is hanging over our desk… ‘Another failure!  Success is imminent!’

See ya soon in this amazing space.