I'm working on something new. It involves wood and wax and an opportunity to learn new things. I love learning new things. Thanks to some funding through CKCA, I'll be learning something about the art of beekeeping this summer, and with any luck, turning that learning into art as well. The plan is to document the work of local beekeepers and then experiment with painting encaustic wax on top of the prints I produce. My first ever shipment of wax arrived this week from Waxworks (yeah Canadian supplier!) and it smelled unbelievably good. If my enthusiasm for opening this package stands as a marker for my enthusiasm for this project, it's gonna be a fun one. I'll be updating here as I make progress. As I fall in love with bees.
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I've spent a good bit of time ensconced in river communities over the years, first as a raft guide, later as a kayaker. Always had an affinity for the people drawn to rivers, and for the lifestyles they value. Although my time on the river has waned a bit since moving to Golden, I'm most pleased to be in a community that has a rich and lively river culture. But I fear that many people in this town are unaware of that lively culture, that it is overlooked, and certainly not nourished.
So I put together a little grant application for a project documenting some of the people that make up the river community on the Kicking Horse, one of the most heavily used rivers in BC when it comes to commercial rafting. I was fortunate enough to be granted support from local organizations including the Golden District Arts Council, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, and Columbia Basin Trust.
My timing may not have been ideal, throwing a personal project on top of an already busy summer schedule, but the portraits have been shot, the prints have been made, and the show will hang next week. I've chosen an unusual venue for the exhibit, one that is most appropriate to the subject matter. The show will be displayed on the walking bridge over the Kicking Horse for three weeks, with a small opening reception on September 7.
A special thanks to Jon Wilsgard at the Town of Golden for his support in hosting the exhibit on town property.