Author: islandword

Stevi Kittleson Featured at Denman Craft Fair

Think “Denman Island Craft Fair” and you’re likely to think “tradition.” This 33-year-old event is a big, colourful celebration of craft genres and techniques that go back thousands of years. But the Fair also features a number of artists whose work combines ancient and modern in totally unique, even mindblowing, ways. Hornby Island artist Stevi Kittleson is one of these. Both playful and profound, her work cheerfully collapses the gap between seemingly contradictory categories. She works on a computer, and yet all her material comes from the recycling depot. Her prints consist of pictures of cast-off junk, but are also depictions of nature. She uses a camera, but isn’t a photographer. At first glance, many of Kittleson’s prints look a lot like classical botanical drawings. Others appear to be lighthearted renderings of anthropomorphised crows and ravens, often playing instruments. But look closer, and a multi-layered world unfolds. Those flowers don’t correspond to anything that grows on earth. Petals are made of repeated images of old typewriter keys, and the tangle of roots is actually a clump of wires. A beetle’s pincers are electrical plugs, its feet are drill bits. Hidden behind images that are themselves hidden behind images are lines of text, sometimes poetic, sometimes provocative, often punning. For instance, the playfully-named Helianthus Steamerii is a flower made out of repeated images of vegetable steamer components. (Who knew that...

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Is Development the Real Election Issue?

  by Danny Zanbilowicz, Publisher Island WORD This election year, things are happening which may mean something, or nothing at all. For example, this year the Chamber of Commerce did not sponsor their usual all-candidates’ public meeting. Instead they organized a last-minute trimmed down version. There were explanations that involved critiquing the old format, (Ed. note- the “speed-dating” Chamber event was well received by participants) but the truth is- the Chamber was busy doing something else- spearheading a public campaign to garner support for “governance review”. In spite of anyone’s protesting otherwise, the reason people would go to the considerable trouble of initiating governance review is to discuss, and promote “amalgamation”. Which would mean the unification of our urban communities and part or all of the Comox Valley Regional District into one big governing body, like “Comox Valley”, or perhaps “Greater Courtenay”. Certainly there are strong arguments for governance review, or examining how our area is divided into separate jurisdictions- Cumberland, Courtenay, Comox and the RD, each with its own elected reps, and staff. For example- our ecosystem and wildlife corridors don’t recognize boundaries- nor do our systems of water distribution and waste management- better to think of them in terms of a regional whole. Then there’s the costly triplication of services like police, fire, and administrative staff. Opponents of governance review of any kind worry that a shift...

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Watson’s Strange Attack

by Danny Zanbilowicz Over the last weekend, a strange drama has been playing out on facebook, in emails and conversations among Valley residents. Last week, John Watson, head of the Comox Valley Economic Development Society (CVEDS) made a rambling barely coherent posting on his facebook page, with an  ugly personal attack against well-known community organizer Meaghan Cursons. The posting can be seen here: on the photo to the right.  Watson has been a long-time head of CVEDS, which is funded by grants from local governments- our tax dollars- and is responsible for encouraging economic development and growth in the region. CVEDS is the group which...

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Apr
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10:00 pm In-con Family Gaming Covention 2017 @ Florence Filberg Centre
In-con Family Gaming Covention 2017 @ Florence Filberg Centre
Apr 21 @ 10:00 pm – Apr 23 @ 1:00 am
A trip all the way to the north end of Vancouver island! I’m glad to be part of this fantastic convention once again! I’ll be hanging out and helping run the kids play zone for[...]
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26
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11:30 am Chamber 2017 AGM @ Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community
Chamber 2017 AGM @ Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community
Apr 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Join the Chamber for the Annual General Meeting at Crown Isle Resort with keynote speaker Val Litwin, BC Chamber CEO. Come and welcome our new Board members and thank those who are stepping down from[...]
Apr
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7:00 pm 6th Annual Campagnolo Lecture – ... @ Sid Williams Theatre
6th Annual Campagnolo Lecture – ... @ Sid Williams Theatre
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Part of the Sid Williams Theatre Society’s Centre Stage Event series Co-presented with Comox Valley Community Justice Centre Find out more about the event here: http://www.sidwilliamstheatre.com/events/campagnolo-lecture-a-duet-on-justice/ https://www.facebook.com/events/150573102119611/

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