Posts from Kelowna

Fashionate: BOHO meets Bollywood – A Gypsy Soul Event

Friday night the girls of Gypsy Soul held their debut fashion show. The models graced the stage at a local nightlife hot spot; Cabana Bar and Grille!

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The house was full and the vibes were hippie-boho with a true Kelowna twist! Brandi Dea and Chelsea McKinley showed off their new summer collection just in time for festival season. Headpieces were a common factor with every girl in the show and I was loving every second of it. From gorgeous silk head scarves to sexy beaded turbans each piece adds a unique and trendy twist to the hot bohemian style.

Photo by Lise Guyot

Photo by Lise Guyot

The ultimate festival must have this year is the crochet bikini, show off your sexy curves and pair it with a maxi-skirt or your favourite pair of silk pocket pants from Gypsy Soul.

Foot, leg and arm jewelery add a boho twist to any outfit and will look ultra cool as you are jamming at Keloha 2013!

The girls and I from Loyal Hair Therapy teamed up to show off our favourite  summer hair for 2013. We are loving careless big hair, fish tails and of course pulled apart undone braids! Pair any of these looks with a wide brim sun hat, or of course your favourite Gypsy Soul head piece and you will be set for the sun! Just don`t forget your sunscreen!

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Buy a Hot and Dry Weekend Pass, Get a Free Bucket o’ Boo!

Not sure if you want to risk the door at the Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-off or get a wristband? We may have something to sweeten the deal! Now every weekend pass comes with a free Bucket o’ Boo from Cariboo! That’s your choice of 2 beer and either Root Beer or Gingerale’s on the house to swill while you chill to talented local acts.

Boo for You!

This is more than 4 Boo, but you get the idea.

Don’t hesitate, get your wristband today!

These People Are A-OK: Kate Csak

Meet Habitat‘s fourth artist in residence, Kate Csak, a full time artist/illustrator who specializes in photo-realistic work in a range of subjects and mediums. Born in Calgary, Alberta, she lived and grew up always creating images, drawing her surroundings- people, animals, and still life. She is self taught, always experimenting with different mediums and techniques to achieve different results. Much of her inspiration comes from simple objects and things in nature.

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One of the pieces Csak has created for Habitat

“Art is my therapy. The drawing process and practice is a constant discovery, providing a place to explore and process my emotions and thoughts that arise from past, and present experiences. I choose to draw mostly people and animals because I experience life as one and can therefore connect intimately to my work. Their physical beauty symbolises the beauty and depth of emotion the souls on earth are capable of. After 10 years of part time practice, I now made the move to full time art making starting my artist career in 2013.”

I had a moment to chat with Kate about her inspirations and experiences:

What drew you to start creating art?
The enthusiasm started when my Mom first gave me a crayon. Drawing my favourite Disney characters was more important than math homework. My passion for visual exploration has motivated me to nurture my skills through consistent practice. I create art because…It feels good!

Did you grow up around Artists?
My Dad was creative, but my Mom wasn’t  No one ever taught me to draw and it was never encouraged, so when I drew, it just sorta happened. My parents deserve credit for where I am now, but I believe the inherent creative right brain is only part of it. It was my obsession with drawing and drive to practice that led me to improve over time.

Which artists have inspired you or which would you say are your personal favourite?
Surrealist artist Vladimir Kush
Fantasy artists Jim Warren and Josephine Wall
Realism artist Robert bateman

Why did you move to Kelowna?
I felt an intuitive nudge to step out of comfort zone and explore a new place and new people.
Mountains, lake, vegetables, fruit, sun, wine, art… I find Kelowna inspiring! So I moved here :)

What is your favourite drink?
Vanilla stoli and water splash of ginger ale
Grey goose and coconut water
Summerhill Boch

You work with a variety of mediums — which are the hardest to work with and why?
They all have their challenges, but since oil paintings requires very specific techniques, preparation process, and has an extremely slow drying time, there is no way to get a painting done in  few days, making this medium quite challenging. Also,  it’s very smelly, messy, stains and is hard to clean up…but with its flexibility, texture, and prestige value, is well work it!

How does your artwork make you feel?
Doing art rejuvenates and energizes my system as a whole, bringing me total satisfaction. incorporating my emotions into my drawings and paintings allows me to express what’s true. Creating art work from photographs brings a new degree of life to the subject, through richness and depth of colour overlooked by our minds eye. I feel like I’m attending to people and animals when I draw them, understanding them deeply more and more as I continue to draw them so up close and detailed.

What do you want others to feel when they view your artwork?
Since I like expressing emotions, I want others to feel what it is I’m feeling- appreciation, admiration and curiosity for all living walks of life. Combining realism with dynamic uses of colour I want to convey deeper emotions but in a way that resonates with the audience as being imaginative and truthful at the same time.

Knox Mountain

Knox Mountain

Now that the rain has eased off, get hiking the great trails on Knox Mountain. Take in some of the incredible views of Okanagan Lake.

Stephen Foster: Re-Mediating Curtis: Toy Portraits

Sioux Archer on His Knees

Stephen Foster, Sioux Archer on His Knees – Item # 70305, 2011, back-lit film for lightbox

An exhibition of new work by Kelowna-based artist Stephen Foster featuring back-lit light boxes with photographs of toy figures will have visitors donning pairs of 3-D glasses as part of their viewing experience.

Re-Mediating Curtis: Toy Portraits is part of Foster’s on-going, multi-part investigation exploring depictions of indigenous people by American photographer, Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952). The North American Indian, a multi-volume work that was published as a serial from 1907 to 1930 and contained about 2000 images, is considered to be Curtis’ magnum opus, and had a huge impact on popular images of Indianess in film and mainstream media throughout North America and Europe. As an artist of mixed European and Indigenous heritage, Stephen Foster works to deconstruct such images, and to place them in a more complex perspective. For this series of works, Re-Mediating Curtis: Toy Portraits Foster found and purchased a selection of plastic figurines that are manufactured in Germany. The toy figures have been influenced by early ethnography, such as the photographic works of Curtis. Foster has photographed them in 3-D format, linking them to popular culture, and nudging the viewer to consider the 3-D as a metaphor for seeing the “other” in a fuller context.

Stephen Foster holds an MFA from York University in Toronto and teaches at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan Campus. He works in video and new digital media and has exhibited widely.

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Okanagan Summer Festival Report

Here in the A-OK we love summer festival season and it’s just getting started! Line ups are being announced, tickets are on sale, and with all that commotion it felt like a great time to let you know about some of our highlight festivals and events that happen in the Okanagan. This list isn’t comprehensive but if your looking for an event worth going to here’s a starter list for you.

Not only that, but there’s a bit of a Giveaway at the end of this article for some lucky winner!

Parks Alive, Music in the Park, Lake Country Open Air Performances, etc:

July and August, Parks throughout the Okanagan! For any of those new to our region you really need to know about our free live music concerts in our various communities. Almost every community in the Okanagan hosts free community concerts in one of our parks.

Every evening throughout the summer there is a free concert somewhere. So get out there and discover some great live local entertainment. Call your local Parks and Recreation office for more information on free concerts in your community.

Funtastic: June 28th-30th, Vernon

Billed as “Canada’s Greatest Slo-Pitch Tournament & Music Festival” this is Vernon’s signature Festival. Headliners this year include: Honeymoon Suite, Sweet, and Aaron Pritchett.

More information after the jump.

Celebrate Canada Day Kelowna 2013: July 1st, Waterfront Park/Jim Stuart Park/Kerry Park, Kelowna

Join over 50,000 attendees celebrating Canada’s Birthday. Over 50+ activities and performances that are multi-generational and family- friendly.

The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer: July 4-6th, Kelowna

We’d be remiss not to post one of our own festivals on here. We’re working with BC brewery Cariboo Brewing the first weekend of July to celebrate our love of local music, too-hot days and festival-ready style. Featuring 10 local, up-and-coming musicians over 3 days we are chomping at the bite to get this party started!

Tickets available with bands or you can get a $30 weekend pass online.
More information here.

Keloha: July 5-7th: Waterfront Park, Kelowna

I recently interviewed the producer of this event. The full story can be read here.

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Fashionate: From the Guys’ Eyes

A few weeks ago I got into a heavy text message conversation with a very dear old friend regarding a new lady friend he had met. I am not one to judge but he was being a little shallow, judging her based on her haircut and clothing choices. He is a very sweet guy, and I think we are all guilty of quick judgement but he was accusing her on trend choices of being unappealing to him. This got me thinking, what does the other gender actually think of our favourite summer trends? Not that I am one to care what other people think I thought it would be a fun little experiment.

I decided to take a survey of various different guys to get their take on some of the hottest trends in hair and fashion right now. I did this for fun, and after the survey I think most of these men need a lesson in style!

I asked their take on: Mint Green, Ombre, Maxi Dresses, Coloured denim, Wavy Hair, straight Hair, Aztec, Bangs, and Braids.

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None of the guys new what a maxi dress was, but once explained the majority said no they like to see ‘a little calf’. News flash boys, Maxi dresses show off other assets and they can can take a casual day look to evening with the swap of your shoes! Best summer outfit around.

Coloured denim was a shocker, majority ruled a dislike! The feedback was they only like it when the jeans fit right and at least look expensive. Agreed, coloured jeans are all about how you wear them.

I may as well have been speaking gibberish when I asked the men about Aztec, so I came up empty handed on their opinion. I love this trend, you can add a little or a lot whether it is a full Aztec skirt, or a cute patterned bag to complete your outfit! BLONDE on Bernard is a great place to hit up your favourite Aztec outfit for the upcoming festival season.

Mint Green: A few of the guys said absolutely not, but majority ruled they loved it. Most stated they love a nice fitting Mint Green dress. Lucky for me I just picked up a gorgeous Mint Green chiffon dress from FRAKAS.

Ombre was yet another term unknown, this led me to believe these boy need some fashion school. After a lengthy explanation majority ruled it looks like you need your hair done. Get with the program gents, this is another trend here to stay! The girls (and guys) at LOYAL HAIR THERAPY are Ombre and Balyage pro’s! We believe it’s all about getting the right colour and placement for your hair type in order for your balayage or Ombre to look perfect.

Braids were split right down the middle, some said they felt like they were dating a 14 year old girl, where others said it was effortlessly sexy. Personally I love them and think it completes your summer look. When asked if they preferred wavy or straight hair, it was pretty split, most like both. I agree I think both are great looks depending on the occasion, just remember girls, experiment and try something new!

Bangs are a hot trend right now and I truly believe they are not for everybody, but on the right person a full fringe with a long hair cut is so perfect. The boys on the other hand, don’t love them at all. They said it makes them feel like they are dating their little sister.

There is a lesson to be learned today, we need to educate our men! Teach them that our styles are an expression of who we are and that is what makes us ‘hot.’ We love what we love and they need to get with the program. Let’s face it, we’ll never stop rocking our our favourite threads! Whatever your style, whoever you want to be, never let the opinions of others effect how you dress or how you feel. Love yourself for who you are. If you want to wear a Mint Green maxi dress with a gorgeous fish tail braid then rock it out sisters!

Who Wouldn’t Want to Swim From Russia to Alaska?

In my last post, I described how the English Channel team had lost one of our members but couldn’t go into details at that time. Now I want to fill everyone in. As I mentioned in my last post, our teammate Paul Duffield became an Ice Swimmer over the winter. To be officially recognized as such you have to swim in below 5º C water, for a mile, in just a speedo and swim cap. It is incredibly difficult to do, and there are fewer than 100 officially recognized swimmers in the world!

As Canada’s first Ice Swimmer, Paul was honored with an invite to participate in a historic relay swim between Russia and Alaska. It’s an 86km swim that will be taken on by 40 Ice Swimmers from around the world. If they are successful, it will be the first time anyone has successfully swam from the mainland of Russia to the mainland of Alaska.

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Given that this was a record breaking opportunity that unfortunately just happens to be happening the exact same week as our English Channel swim, Paul felt that he had to take this once in a lifetime opportunity and the Lake Monsters support that decision completely! Knowing how cold the 8º C water feels when we train, we couldn’t be prouder of Paul both for becoming an Ice Swimmer and for attempting this amazing feat!

Of course, our lake is now too warm for Paul to train in at 10º C, so he has had to start taking unusual steps like filling an 8ft wide kiddie swimming pool with ice and taking ice baths! Kelowna company Interior Ice has sponsored Paul, providing him with free ice to bathe in (probably not a request they deal with every day)!

This should be enough ice for one swim!

This should be enough ice for one swim!

Paul has developed a real passion for ice swimming and open water swimming in general. This year he was nominated for Male Athlete of the Year at the Kelowna Civic Awards for his ice swimming accomplishments. He is a real inspiration. If you would like to meet Paul and hear more about the Bering Strait swim he is having a meet and greet on May 28th at the Hildebrand Sculpture Gallery (1302 St Paul St) from 5-8pm. Everyone is invited!

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