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FROM THE GROUND UP | IF YOU’VE GOT A CRAZY IDEA | BENEATH THE SURFACE A ROSE IS NOT JUST A ROSE | THE CITY’S CENTRE | A SOFT TOUCH ON HISTORY
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Stroll down a brick walkway on a sunny day – a pedeﬆrian ﬆreet lined with colourful ﬂowerbeds and tall shade trees – pausing now and then to inveﬆigate unique boutiques or enjoy a drink on a café patio. This is all part of the Kimberley shopping experience. Kimberley is home to the pedeﬆrian-only Platzl, which boaﬆs one-of-a-kind shops, buﬆling cafés, a water feature where the kids can cool down on a hot summer day, a giant chess game, ping-pong and a wide variety of reﬆaurants all equipped with patios to enjoy the 300 days of sunshine Kimberley is known for. The Platzl is a lovely place to spend an afternoon enjoying the sights and sounds of Kimberley and picking up the perfect souvenir to remind you to visit again!
Over the laﬆ few years, the Platzl has continued to evolve. Several new locally-owned businesses have opened their doors and ﬁlled formerly vacant buildings, showing oﬀ exclusive shops of all kinds. The Platzl is also home to several feﬆivals over the summer months, including JulyFeﬆ, Firﬆ Saturdays, the Kimberley Medieval Feﬆival and the local Farmer’s Market, to name a few. Visitors to the Platzl during these feﬆivals experience artisan booths, ﬆreet dancing, live music, parades and much more lively activity during the summer months. For a full liﬆing of dining and shopping options, please visit www.kimberley.ca/visitors.
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09 | From the Ground Up 14 | Adventure in Motion: Kootenay Raft 2.0 18 | If You’ve Got a Crazy Idea: Jim Webster, The Man Behind the Events
42 | Pochie 57 | The City’s Centre 59 | A Soft Touch on History
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W: Britt Bates P: Court Forster When I visit Roland and Nina Gaschen, the apple trees are at their peak. The white blossoms are full and starting their fall, scattering the hand-poured cement walkway like delicate confetti. Lilacs bloom in every corner, full and lush. Tucked into every nook and cranny is an arrangement of flowers draping its foliage, most grown patiently from bulbs. Touring Nina’s Hillside Garden is a well-known pleasure in Kimberley — and not just for the friendly staff and delicious lunches. (There really is something so charming about having one simple and perfected menu option, isn’t there?) One of the biggest treats that comes with visiting this home-based bistro perched on a south-facing hill overlooking Kimberley is wandering through the labyrinth-like garden that Nina’s husband, Roland, built from scratch over the course of thirty years. It’s an outdoor space that has grown into impressive maturity — the trees unfolding huge canopies, the perennials blooming in every colour.
But Roland is far more than just an expert gardener: he is also a skilled carpenter, creating small worlds with his hands. Adorned throughout the garden, hidden among the lilacs and the plum trees, are miniature buildings, anywhere from two to six feet in height, that Roland built by hand. There are dozens, and each is a miniature replica of a building that has special significance to Roland and Nina. An exact rendition of his parents’ home that Roland grew up in, for example: he even shows me his old bedroom window, adorned with lace curtains. Next, he points out a family friend’s house that the couple stayed at during a trip back to their native Switzerland. Standing proudly beneath a broad-leaved tree, is an exact rendition of the restaurant Roland’s brother owned, built as a tribute to him after his passing.
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“Carpentry took my mind off the hectic stuff,” Roland tells me with a chuckle. He never took it up as work, but simply enjoyed it as a hobby and a way to find solitude and a meditative calm after a long day. Roland worked for over thirty years at what was once North Star Mountain and later became the Kimberley Alpine Resort: first as a chef, and eventually moving up to the role of Food and Beverage Manager. “It was definitely busy,” Roland says happily, “but carpentry gave me balance.” It is evident upon first glance how much care and attention goes into every one of his constructions, each with a tiny door handle, shingled roof, and meticulous detail in the balconies and window frames. These miniature homes shine as unique works of art, and as touching odes to the places with sentimental value for Roland and Nina — a way of looking back fondly on their rich and storied life. Between the buildings, maintaining the garden, baking cakes for the bistro, and his elaborate, breathtaking stone and cement work — featuring an astonishing three-story fountain — it’s obvious that Roland is fully occupied even as he ages. When I ask him how he manages to does it all, he just laughs
and shrugs. It’s clear that he loves what he does. He expresses gratitude for the women who help in the restaurant — and is adamant that they’re referred to as friends rather than staff. But even with the extra hands, life seems busy for Roland. And yet, he moves slowly and with intention, never rushing as he shows me the stunning details of the magic-steeped outdoor space he’s created, chatting leisurely the whole while. Maybe it’s that he isn’t actually busy, I think, but rather that he is fully engaged with life. “Look,” he suddenly says, perhaps to himself, as he moves over to a patch of tilled earth beside one of his wooden buildings. “The blooming heart! I thought this plant died last year. And now she’s poking back out again.” His smile widens and is contagious. Sure enough, a tiny branch emerges from the soil, ready to unfurl its new green wings — an unfolding that is graceful, gorgeous, and seemingly without any effort at all.
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W: Britt Bates P: Craig Campbell Kootenay Raft Co, headquartered in the center of downtown Kimberley, is celebrating their 20th anniversary this summer — and that’s a cause for celebration. The successful little operation, which has seen sustainable growth over the past two decades, is owned and operated by Craig Campbell, along with the help of his professional and always-friendly staff. “They’re really great,” Craig tells me, referring to the guides, many of whom return year after year. “We hire not just for their whitewater skill, but for their attitude.” Those positive attitudes are evident on every one of Kootenay Raft Co.’s trips: the guides are incredibly intuitive at reading their group and its needs on the water, in turn ensuring that every person has a beyond-enjoyable experience. That enjoyment is guaranteed when signing on with this gang: there really is something for everyone on the lineup of excursions the company offers. For those seeking a juicy adrenaline rush, trips down the Elk and Bull rivers offer up class 4 (read: intense!) rapids to get the heart pumping. By far the most popular trip is the Saint Mary Express, which Craig refers to as the “Intro to Sport Rafting,” as it’s the perfect bridge between a float trip and a real whitewater experience. “It’s intergenerational fun,” he says. “We’ve done trips for big families where there will be a grandparent in their late seventies, and little kids aged 5 or 6, and everyone in between — all doing this one together. It’s awesome.” It’s safe to say that if you’re a beginner or feeling a little fear around your first time in the rapids, there’s definitely an option for you.
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1.250.427.3266 • www.kootenayrafting.ca The team at Kootenay Raft Co. is dedicated to making everything fun and easy, both on the water and when it comes to logistics. They work closely with local accommodations to offer complimentary shuttle pick-ups and drop-offs at the local hotels and campground. As their 20th summer rolls around, Craig and the guides are dedicated to expanding, celebrating, and giving back. They’ve got a few exciting projects up their sleeves, including something called the Adventure HQ, which will be an exciting hub for all kinds of outdoor recreation and a desired addition to our community. Details will slowly be released as it all comes together — so stay tuned, and get stoked. The exciting anniversary, and the expansions that mark it, are a true sign of success, and Craig is quick to enthuse about the reason for it: the city of Kimberley and the people who inhabit it. It was challenging, Craig explains, during those early years when Kimberley was first shifting away from being a resource town — which was such a valuable part of its growth — to what it has become now: a vibrant city with a dedication to
outdoor lifestyles. “We had such valuable support from the mayor, the chamber, Tourism Kimberley, and the locals — and we’re really thankful,” Craig tells me. “Without that, we wouldn’t be where we are and able to contribute.” And contribute they do: Craig is enthusiastic that the new expansions coming down the pipe will be focused on sustainability: financially, by providing more employment; and environmentally, too. The team looks forward to working closely with the community and with the Ktunaxa first nation as moving forward. The team looks forward to working closely with the community and with the Ktanaxa first nation as moving forward. In the meantime, there is a full roster of adventures for you and your crew to choose from, to enjoy a summer day to its fullest. “Ultimately, we don’t sell raft trips,” Craig tells me. “We sell a quality time with friends and family. A break from the normal, plugged-in life. It’s a chance to reconnect.”
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IF YOU’VE GOT A CRAZY IDEA Jim Webster, The Man Behind the Events W: Jeff Pew P: Jeff Pew & Round the Mountain “We only get one shot at this,” Jim Webster says, seated in a booth at the Sully. “We can be remembered for a lot of things, so we might as well be remembered for doing good things for people. And, we might as well have some fun.” In the last fifteen years, since he and his wife moved to Kimberley, his life has exemplified this credo, with Webster becoming one of Kimberley’s most successful event planners. He’s cofounded the Round the Mountain Festival, Symphony on the Mountain, Kimberley’s North American Orienteering Championships, Kimberley Bed Races, and the Dusty Downhill. Last year, he co-organized the Kimberley Pipe Band 90th Anniversary Tattoo. His festivals and events have contributed financially and culturally to Kimberley and along the way, it appears he’s had quite a bit of fun.Webster is delightfully unassuming, yet passionately persuasive. He has a loyal cadre of supporters and colleagues who trust Jim’s enthusiasm for outlandish schemes. “Jim’s a true people person,” Susan Freudenberg says. “He inspires people to want to volunteer and trusts them to get the job done. He’s a dreamer, who never fails to take a good idea and make it bigger and better.” Nigel Kitto, another event co-organizer, says, “He’s an instigator. An ideas man. He identifies gaps in the community and gets like-minded individuals together to host events that enhance the spirit of Kimberley.”
The Gypsy Years. Why Community Means So Much. Webster’s family lived in an eight by thirty-five foot trailer, while his dad worked for a seismic exploration company. “Anytime the crew moved, we moved,” he says. “Manitoba. Saskatchewan. Alberta. We were a gypsy caravan. We relied on each other. Eventually, someone in the new town would let us park in their yard and use their outhouse.” “By the time I’d finished grade one, I’d attended five different schools,” Webster says. “At the end of the school year the teacher told my parents, ‘We’ve only had him two weeks. I don’t know whether he should pass or fail.’ By the time I was in grade five, I’d lived in twenty different towns. I got used to people testing me. ‘Who’s the new kid?’ sort of thing. I wasn’t a fighter and too shy to be a lover. I had to learn the gift of the gab.” Eventually, seeking a more stable life for his family, Jim’s dad moved them to Calgary and settled in. “In high school, I’d organize school dances and other events. However, in university, the social life got in the way of my studies and I withdrew after a year.” Jim moved south to Barbados and got a job as an aircraft mechanic. “I didn’t know a wrench from a screwdriver,” he says, “but luckily, they were big jets and I didn’t have to do that much other than fuel them and change tires.” Two years later, he returned to Calgary with his fiancé Babs and thought, ‘I’m getting married. I don’t have a job. I don’t have a place to live.’ So, he was hired by AGT (Telus), and became a telephone man for twenty years, where he ascended within the company from installer, to engineer, to manager of a software project. Remembering how, at a young age, his mom became sick with arthritis, he realized he needed a change, and at 52 semi-retired and moved to Kimberley with Babs.
North American Orienteer- Round the Mountain ing Championships “After the orienteering championships, somebody said, Webster got involved in orienteering when he was 28. “I won my first event and it changed my life. I arrived in dress shoes thinking it was a cooking class, and the next thing I knew, I was running around, studying maps and compasses.” Shortly after, Webster was asked if he wanted to organize the Canadian Orienteering Championship. “What’s the biggest one that’s ever been done?” he asked. “Three years later, we had 500 people from 20 countries racing throughout Bow Valley Provincial Park. In 1990, we organized the Asia Pacific Orienteering Championship, Canada’s largest orienteering event.” “In 2007, we held the BC Orienteering Championships in Kimberley. Somebody who came to that event said BC had been selected to host the 2010 North American Orienteering Championships and asked us if we’d be interested in hosting it. We ended up with 500 people from all over the word and over 100 volunteers.”
‘What’s next?’ During coffee at the Bean Tree, Daz DeBoer started discussing a trail being developed around North Star Mountain. We wondered if people could run it? Or ride it? Or walk it? Daz, Susan Freudenberg, Tony and Nigel Kitto, and myself decided to give it a try.”
In 2011, they figured 40 entrants would be a success for its first year. “A few days before the event we had 150 people registered,” Webster recalls. “There was something about it. People were really intrigued. On race day, we had 225 people signed up.” Last year’s event had 525 competitors with over 100 volunteers. To date, they’ve raised over $60,000 that’s gone back into the community. With each event, Webster and his partners are constantly looking at succession planning: “This year, we’re trying to step back. The Kimberley Trail Society is taking a leadership role. I’ve seen too many good events crash because certain people are no longer involved.”
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“One night, over a pizza dinner, Anita Iacobucci mentioned a symphony on Whistler mountain. At the end of the night, we thought, ‘this could be cool in Kimberley.’ The next month, we met with Resort of the Canadian Rockies and the Symphony of the Kootenays and, despite the threatening cost, the idea started to take shape.”
Over a morning coffee, Webster saw an article in the paper, Kimberley Pipe Band 90th anniversary. Apparently, they were looking for someone to organize an event. “I’ve always liked bagpipes,” Webster recalls, “and thought an event like that could be pretty moving.”
Webster and his crew already had a solid reputation as event planners, so sponsors started supporting the event. A full stage was built on-site thanks to help from RCR and the College of the Rockies. Hundreds of hay bales were driven up the mountain, and the evening concert was a sell-out. Daryl Oakley, who volunteered to spend the night on the mountain to guard the sound system and keep an eye on the hay, called Jim with some startling news, “I hate to tell you this, but I just saw a herd of 100 elk grazing on the hill.” The event turned out to be an outstanding success: they covered the Symphony’s fees and were able to make donations to Centre 64 and The Symphony of the Kootenays,
Webster had never been to a tattoo before, so he flew to Vernon so see a show, and along with co-organizer, Brenna Baker, developed a vision for Kimberley’s event. Before long, they attracted a crew of 70 volunteers and over 250 performers. The one-night event sold over a thousand tickets and made a profit that was dispersed among the Elks, Centre 64, and the Kimberley Pipe Band. In the last few years, Webster and his crew have added two more events to their roster: the Dusty Downhill, a 10k race from the top of the ski hill to the Platzl; and the Kimberley Bed Races, where they raised $1000 for Kimberley Hospice.
Why Give Back? Webster’s contemplative when asked what drives him to volunteer thousands of hours when he could work on his short game, or binge watch reruns of The Office. What is it that makes people want to give back? To make their community richer and more vibrant? “I get a lot of enjoyment out of it,” he says. “I like the challenge and seeing people get excited by a quirky idea. Also, I want to live in a community where something happens, and Kimberley sure has been good to us. I love to approach something with the attitude of ‘I don’t know exactly where this is going, but it’s going to be fun. It’s going to make the community a better place.’” “Jim brings out the best of people,” Toni Kitto says. “and he always makes it about fun. Once an event is over, and we’re sitting around enjoying a beer, Jim will look at us, and with his infectious laugh, say, ‘I have an idea...’ and before our beer’s over, we’re planning the next event.”
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“Howard Street wasn’t always what it is,” Chantel Hack tells me with her easy, sparkly laugh. “It was pretty quiet before. Now look at it!” Chantel, the daughter half of the mother-daughter team who own and operate the Burrito Grill – is chatting with me about the huge transformations Kimberley has seen over the last decade, Howard Street and beyond. What was once a subdued side street in Kimberley is now a bustling, vibrant epicenter of Kimberley: home to our colourful, celebratory farmers market, and the epitome of how far the city has come since the quiet lull we experienced several years ago. Chantel has seen all these changes manifest from the very beginning, right from her window: she opened the Burrito Grill with her mother, Nancy, eight and half years ago. “My mom was visiting a friend in Kimberley, and I came out from Toronto to visit her,” Chantel explains, “and I immediately fell in love with the place. I enjoyed skiing, and mostly I just loved being in the mountains. I didn’t want to leave!” Chantel’s inherent joy isn’t just evident in her personality – it shines in her business, too. The colourful, plant-filled dining room, the two sunny patios (one in the back and one opening this summer in the front), the expanding kitchen, and the roll-up windows that open to the lively energy of Howard Street all showcase the sense of happiness that the business was founded on. “We wanted a chance to employ young people,” Chantel says, who was only 21 years old when she opened the business. “And really, to just give back to the community.”
This commitment to our community continues to thrive, almost a decade later. Chantel and Nancy are dedicated to purchasing from fellow local businesses as much as possible: they serve Over Time beer and Purcell Organics tea, are using kombucha made inhouse at Crème Cheese Shop for their signature drink, kombucharitas (add that one to your to-do list, stat!), and use a non-GMO canola oil made in Alberta for their homemade tortilla chips. That’s not all that’s homemade at the Grill, though: the ladies and their staff create their salsa, hot sauce, guacamole, and salad dressings in-house. They are passionate about sourcing fresh and healthy ingredients for their Mexican-inspired dishes, many of which came from recipes gifted by locals on their many trips to Mexico. “My respect and passion for the Mexican culture only continues to grow!” Chantel tells me. With daily specials, the ability to either dine in or take out (“for a fiesta de casa,” Chantel says, laughing out loud), fun drinks, and even a weekly Sunday Funday event for the summer that features live DJs, the reasons to visit the funky, colourful spot are endless.
Chief among them, though, is the ability to customize your meal however you’d like: rather than strictly adhering to menu items, guests are offered a slip of paper on which they can circle or cross out the ingredients they’d like in their meals – which are always generously sized and affordably priced. “There’s no guilt in asking; you can easily get exactly what you want!” Chantel exclaims. “Vegan, gluten-free, you name it: it’s a huge part of our business. That way, everyone leaves full and happy!” Chantel and Nancy – along with their staff of more than fifteen employees, who they include as much as possible in decision making – are busy: between catering weddings, running a hot-lunch program for schools, and running the day-to-day operations of their popular restaurant, life is bustling. I am amazed at their ability to get it all done, but they seem to do it with an easy and excited delight. “You just have to say yes,” Chantel says with a smile. “New opportunities and new ideas come up. Just say yes!”
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W & P: Jeff Pew “It’s been his life,” B.A. Ogilvie says about her husband Gerry. “If he wasn’t fishing,” she says, “Oh, God. I don’t think he’d enjoy this life as much. After family, fishing’s his next love.” Gerry smiles and fidgets with a fly he tied. Across the kitchen table, Dennis Osborne, the oldest member of the St. Mary’s Flyfishers, writes notes on the club’s history. Between the two, they have over 150 years of fishing experience. Ogie, as his friends call him, is president of St. Mary’s Flyfishers, an organization formed by ten guys in the early 80s to get together and share flies, build rods, and fish on Kootenay rivers and lakes. “I wouldn’t be the fisherman I am today if it wasn’t for my mentor, teacher, and club founder, Barry Bonell,” Ogie says. “It’s really a social club,” Osborne says. “All the guys are good buddies.” Since then, the club has evolved into a going concern with six formal meetings per year, where its 77 members promote the club’s fishing-focused mandate: to further East Kootenay fish propagation, research, and conservation; to practice and promote fishing with artificial flies; and to encourage the preservation and development of lake and stream waters for the practise of fishing with artificial flies.
“It’s really a social club,” Osborne says. “All the guys are good buddies.” Osborne, in his late eighties, sold his camping trailer just a few years ago, but still enjoys getting out on his boat. “Thirty-five years ago, when the club started,” Osborne says, “we were young guys, but we were lucky to have a lot of older mentors.” Both Osborne and Ogie have mentored Selkirk Secondary School’s Fly Tying Club members by teaching them their favourite fly patterns. “Most of us are retired now,” Ogie says. “We’ve got lots of time on our hands for doing the things we enjoy, which for most of us is fly fishing.” Each St. Mary’s Flyfishers’ meeting starts promptly with the thud of a gavel and, invariably, President Ogie telling someone to quit yapping. Often, there’s a joke. Then the serious business of fishing is discussed. Members report on how the lakes are fishing, read updates from the fish hatchery and fisheries initiatives, discuss rod building and fly tying initiatives, and plan club projects like wharf construction and road maintenance. In their last meeting, they formulated a letter to government officials to advocate for safe boat access to St. Marys Lake, since new land owners altered the previous launch site. Over a coffee break, they hand out the monthly newsletter, which includes old and new business items, a fishing cartoon, and step-bystep instructions on how to tie the featured fly pattern.
At the kitchen table, Osborne discusses the importance of learning how to tie flies and make a proper fly presentation on the water. “I love trying different things,” he says. “I love the challenge of trying to figure out what the fish are doing. You have to have confidence in your approach.” Ogie talks about his favourite fly, ‘The Ogie,’ a fly he developed over 30 years ago. “I was river fishing with a Wolf Coachman,” he says. “I noticed there was a red ant hatch, so I roared back to camp to tie a few flies. Since then, I haven’t used anything on lakes and rivers but the ‘The Ogie.’ I kept it a secret for ten years, but you know...some guys were so desperate, I felt sorry for ‘em so I gave ‘em a few.” Both Ogie and Osborne become quiet when pondering the significance of fly fishing in their lives. They look puzzled like a fish that’s been asked what’s it like to swim in water. “I go out a lot by myself,” Osborne says. “I never get lonely. It’s quiet. I like the challenge of trying to predict what the fish are doing. The conditions are always changing. Every year, the lakes are totally different.” Ogie’s response is a little more cheeky: “It gives me some time away from the wife,” he says. ”Plus, I get to have a few beers with the guys.” B.A. laughs, like only a wife who’s been married to a fisherman for 54 years could. “That’s why he retired,” she says. “It’s what he loves to do. Plus, it gives me a little quiet time and a chance to clean the house.”
For more information about the St. Mary’s Flyfishers, please visit the club’s page on Facebook. The club meets the second Monday of every month from November through April at Resker Hall, Scouts Canada at 660 306th St. in Marysville.
“It gives me some time away from the wife,” he says, ”Plus, I get to have a few beers with the guys.”
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The couple has long been participating in this annual ritual; first at their bustling Calgary flower shop, and later bringing it to Kimberley. “It makes sense for a small town,” Sue says. It’s true: the act reflects the values that are foundational in our community, such as warm hospitality and creating ease in our daily lives through supporting and helping others. “A lot of work goes into it,” Paddy tells me. “But it’s worth it. It’s a lot of fun.” Tragically, Paddy and Sue’s youngest daughter passed away in 2016, and since then, the couple has renamed the rose giveaway in her honour: Meghan’s Friend and Neighbour Day for Kimberley. Their eyes light up when they speak of how Meaghan’s humble and kind personality epitomized the spirit of the day. Paddy and Sue tell me how much they love getting phone calls and messages about people’s experiences of the giveaway: how someone notes that everywhere they look in town, people are carrying roses. How someone else took a dozen to give to various neighbours, but by the time she finished her walk home, she had given them all to strangers who looked like they were having a hard day. How someone, the day after receiving her randomly-gifted rose, bought a bag of organic apples at Centex and offered them all to construction workers in the heat of midday. This year’s rose giveaway is on Friday, September 28th. Whether you envision your roses brightening the days of loved ones or strangers, picking up a bouquet is a special way to honour Meaghan’s memory and to be reminded of paying it forward: a concept that, when put into action, helps us create a more positive and benevolent world.
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“My murals don’t give you the same immediate connection as music...but they will grow on you.” I started piecing together the story of Pochie from his own flurry of messages as well as from what I heard around town. Everyone seemed to know this man and have a soft spot for him. Colourful, whimsical, kind, a bit enigmatic and quirky...just like his images. An artist of many mediums including painting, photography, pen and ink, chalk stenciling, airbrushing, cartoons, graphic arts, and more, Jim had also worked for a bit at the local pulp mill and was currently a custodian at Selkirk Secondary, where he even created logo wear for the Selkirk Storm.
Before I had a chance to meet him, Jim Poch (aka Pochie) started sending me tidbits to set the stage for our interview. I had of course seen the murals he created, one of the first sights that greets you when you pull into Kimberley. I liked how Jim’s depictions along Mark Creek Market gave me a broad sense of the history, culture, and people here. And the charming alpine landscape he painted on the side of Wine Works was optimistic, cheerful, and welcoming. It evoked a positive feeling.
“I will sit down with you, but I don’t know if I will give you my story?? I really don’t know if I have a story to tell?” I poked around and found memorable Pochie images all over the place. I realized I had even admired a couple of his paintings a year or two earlier at a Centre 64 art exhibition, not knowing fate would have it that I would one day write about their creator. Both of those artworks had won an Honourable Mention, and yet they couldn’t have been more different in style. The first was a patchwork coyote in vibrant colours staring mischievously with a tilted head, its stunning presence much bigger than the 5” x 8” of space it physically occupied. The second painting was a 40” x 40” earthy-hued and commanding portrait of Chief Sitting Bull that had stopped me in my tracks.
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“I have not yet pushed my full potential. I am nowhere close to being done!” By the time I finally met Pochie in person, I was more than curious. In spite of his earlier messages, Pochie had quite a story to share and was open about his life’s many challenges and blessings. He shared that his early years had been some of his hardest. Because of choices his parents made, Pochie had only lived with them about 30% of the time and had been in 12 different schools by the time he graduated. Grateful for the relatives who took him in, he also found himself in the role of caretaker at a young age. “It probably made me stronger and more driven,” he admitted. Happily for him and for anyone who has enjoyed his creative outpourings over the years, Pochie’s artistic abilities were noted early on in grade school and then again at a pivotal time as a young adult. In third grade, his teacher, Mr. Cunningham, had
taken and crumpled up a stick men battlefield scene Pochie had been working on and challenged him to reproduce an alpine scene from his reader instead. Mr. Cunningham couldn’t believe it when Pochie aced the drawing and immediately called his parents to tell them to encourage their boy’s talent. Years later, Pochie came back to Cranbrook to apply for apprentice work at Cominco after a term studying electronics in Lethbridge. The counselor reviewing his tests happened to notice his strong aptitude for art and encouraged him to go that direction instead. Pochie eventually found himself among 65 other art students at Langara Community College where his first art project received a C+, his lowest mark ever. He persisted however, describing the lesson he learned, “Only twelve of us finished the program. There is always going to be someone better than you, so the sooner you accept this, the better you’ll be able to handle the next challenge.”
“I survived Toronto, I survived Calgary, and I survived Vancouver twice. I missed opportunities with one of the top advertising agencies in Melbourne, Australia. Hope you are up for the challenge of separating this assorted mess out...could be a good story.” After he graduated his art program, Pochie pounded the pavement with his art portfolio in some major metropolises. Some days he would spend six hours taking three buses to get to a job across town. He got a variety of assignments for a range of agencies and businesses, adapting along the way...sales flyers for real estate, air brushing, sign illustration, stock agency and newspaper work. In between jobs and whenever he could save up the money, he also did a lot of travelling: New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, Australia, and more. Of his time abroad, Pochie says, “I came back a different person. It changed my perspective and my sense of colour and space.”
“At one time you could find something that I have created in most establishments in Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, and little places along the way.” One summer Pochie came back and started working for the Kootenay Advertiser in production. He began doing dark room work then got photo assignments. He later moved up into designing spreads, the front page, and TV guide. Ever versatile, he even started a cartoon strip with a character named Gunner, along with drawing caricatures and ad illustrations. Pochie tells me where else in the Kootenays I can find his work including chalkboard signage and logos for Mark Creek Grocery, and up until recently, some of the menu signs at Snowdrift Café. Last year, he completed a 9’ x 14’ foot mural for the main clubhouse at Bootleg Gap Golf. He says that overall he has found mural work the most satisfying because of its longevity and the response he continues to get. “Recently, I had a woman tell me how she had sat in her car at Wine Works staring at my mural for a long time. She told me how relaxed it had made her feel to take the time to do that. She really thanked me for creating it.”
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Pochie and I meet up again to catch up after the long winter. With a twinkle in his eye, he pulls something out of a bag to show me. I laugh in recognition as I see a 1980s record album cover encased in plastic. “Tunesmith” is written on it in large block letters that have lightning bolts coming out of them. I now had the visual to go with a story Pochie had told me when we first met. About how he happened to be browsing in the Bibles for Missions Thrift Store in Cranbrook just before Christmas when he spotted his own artwork in a vintage record collection. It amused him to hand over $1.00 to the store’s cashier for a piece of memorabilia from his early career. “I never even saw the finished album, so to find it now after all these years was something else,” he tells me. “It took me over three weeks to complete this, and I got $200 for it, which I used to make rent.”
Pochie compares big city living to life in Kimberley, “There is just a sense of safeness here. If you fall down, you can count on someone picking you up and driving you to the hospital.” His words might be literal, and they might be metaphorical. He also admits how his values have changed over the years. Whereas once he would have stopped at nothing to pursue his artistic dreams and chase after money, fortune, and fame; he now has a much more relaxed approach as he contemplates the cycle of life, noting recent births as well as deaths that have made him take stock. “Back then I would have preferred to starve or even not breathe than not be able to create. But as I grow older, this seems less important.”
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Go to the Dollar Store. For $20, you can buy a bunch of art supplies and have a lot of fun.
Don’t worry... ...about trying to sell it. Don’t worry about being judged.
Make every mistake possible! That’s how you learn.
Break the rules... ...after you learn what they are.
Give yourself a chance. Otherwise, you might wonder down the road.
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W: Britt Bates On Wednesdays, I felt that jittery combination of nervousness and happy excitement while putting on my soft leather dance shoes after school, preparing for ballet class at Centre 64. So many of my early-90s childhood memories were formed in that airy, ground-floor studio — a gorgeous space with natural light that’s still called to mind when I think of those afternoons spent dancing. Those memories with Centre 64 as the backdrop amassed as I grew older: as a kid, watching Platzl Hockey showdowns on the street in front of the building. As a teenager, absorbed in the captivating works of art hung on the gallery walls. Laughing hysterically in my seat during live theatre, or reading poetry on stage in the auditorium as an adult. To this day, each time I catch a glimpse of the building, whether I’m zipping past on my bike or looking up the street as I exit the Shed at dusk, I am always pleasantly surprised to feel that particular warmth in my belly that signifies a true sense of home.
“It all started when we looked at small improvements,” Carol tells me, “such as wheelchair-accessible washrooms and electric doors. Then we really started to look at accessibility...it required all kinds of conversations.” Making the lift possible was no small feat. Ongoing grant writing, fundraising events, meetings with the building inspector and fire department, and the odd logistical snafu were all part and parcel of seeing the project through from idea to reality. “Our proposal was really just how to make Centre 64 the absolute best it can be,” Carol says, with her natural and infectious enthusiasm. Now – with the resources in place, the plans laid out, and the ground broken — construction is fully underway and is expected to be completed by early fall of this year. A celebratory public reception is planned for later this September, pending completion of the construction. The first, ceremonious lift will hopefully be enjoyed by local visual artist, Caprice Hogg.
I’m certain I can’t be the only local — whether born and raised here or newly settled — who has such positive associations with Centre 64. It is more than just a gallery and a theater; it is truly the hub of Kimberley’s thriving arts community. It’s an irreplaceable, vibrant space that functions as ground zero for incredibly high-calibre art — in every medium – that infuses our city with so much creative energy.
But the action doesn’t stop there. The volunteers behind the Arts Council aren’t kicking back to relax now that the project is nearing completion; they’re moving full steam ahead into their next campaign. “Now that we can get everyone up there, we need great seats!” Carol says, referring to the old theater chairs that are in dire need of replacement. And so begins the next fundraising project: the Take a Seat! campaign, which will involve raising money for this next needed upgrade.
Centre 64 has been nearly perfect: except for one thing. The theater, a mainstay for the center’s offerings, has been accessible only by a wide, sweeping staircase, making it entirely
What makes the determination more admirable and the success even sweeter is that the Arts Council and everything it accomplishes is driven completely by volunteers. “It’s amazing
inaccessible to anyone with mobility issues — until now. The Give Us a Lift fundraising campaign, which began in 2016 and wrapped up earlier this year, was wildly successful in raising money for a lift to be installed on the outside of the building. Now, the upstairs area of Centre 64 will be accessible to anyone, of any ability.
the time and energy our volunteers put in,” Carol tells me happily. “And we don’t want praise or thanks. We just want people smiling and using the facility.”
“We were so delighted that we could make this work,” Carol Fergus tells me. Carol is the chair of the Give Us a Lift campaign and a board member for the Kimberley Arts Council. She explains how they set a lofty goal for the funds they needed and still managed to raise even more than that — a testament to the community’s commitment to the arts and making them accessible for everyone.
The latter is easy to see: every time I’ve visited Centre 64 for an event, the place is packed, with everyone milling around, sipping drinks, chatting, and taking in the latest exhibit. It’s incredible to see, and I appreciate the reminder of the hard work volunteers put in to ensure that Kimberley’s arts scene is one that is bustling and expanding. It shows just how engaged with and excited about the arts our community members really are. “You have to have a passion to make things happen,” Carol says, putting a finger on it perfectly. “You get a group of people together who are passionate about a project, and amazing things will happen.”
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W & P: Monica Karaba There are many ways to honour and memorialize the past: books, photos, museums, tours, and of course, stories. A few years ago some amazing women artisans, members of the North Star Quilters Society, decided to challenge themselves and set forth on an ambitious project to commemorate some of Kimberleyâ€™s past in their preferred medium â€” fabric. A committee was formed and some guidelines were proposed. The end product would be several quilted wall hangings bequeathed to the City of Kimberley, each one depicting a heritage building or scene sometime between 1900 up through the 1940s. The project formally kicked off in May 2014, and by July, the Society had found a permanent home to display the wall hangings at the Kimberley Conference and Athlete Training Centre. That was the easy part. What remained was the exacting and labourintensive phase of actually choosing the subjects for
each hanging and then quilting them. Not entirely sure how long the entire project would take, the Society set a goal to complete and hang six wall hangings within a year and the remainder in 2016. Small groups were formed to work on each piece which included a tribute to beloved landmarks such as Cominco Gardens, the Post Office, North Star Ski Tower, the Sullivan Mine Portal, Orpheum Theatre, and the Marysville School House. A Kimberley Dynamiters Hockey Player was even featured in one of the hangings. A research committee met with the Kimberley Heritage Museum to review archival photographs and an era colour palette to define details and begin their sketches. The quilters then searched high and low for vintage fabrics and embellishments to better evoke the era they were showcasing.
Several months into the project, the North Star Quilters extended an invitation to the Wasa Country Quilters to participate, and several members of that group took on the creation of the Mark Street Store and Train Station wall hangings. In September 2015, the first six pieces were hung at the Conference Centre; three more were hung in 2016; and the remaining five were finally hung on February 21, 2018. If you haven’t already taken some time to appreciate these gems of craftwomenship, the next time you visit the ski hill or attend an event at the Conference Centre, be sure to spend a few moments pausing at each one of the impressive artworks of the Heritage Project to take in the many minute details that you might not notice from a distance. Meticulous stitching and interesting combinations of colour and texture enchant the eye, while delicate adornments and clever touches bring the pieces to life. For example, the miners in the Sullivan Mine Portal piece are from actual photos transferred carefully onto fabric, hence their lifelike appearance. The movie poster at the Orpheum Theatre is an exact replica of one shown at the time, miniaturized hundreds of times but still legible in the scene. Joan Taylor, one of the members of the North Star Quilters, described the appeal of the sometimes-rigorous and time-consuming process as she gave me the full tour, “It’s creative but also very relaxing. You don’t think about anything else. It takes you away,” she reflected as she pointed out the intricacies and explained the many
steps involved in making a quilt. “It is also quite challenging. We are always learning new techniques and enhancing our skills. There are so many possibilities and so many different types of mediums you can use. It’s constantly evolving. It’s an art, fibre arts.” Besides the fortitude the North Start Quilters Society showed in committing to and completing the unique Kimberley Heritage Project over many seasons, the group also has a remarkable legacy as an extremely active and social organization in our community. Hundreds of comfort quilts and quilts of valour have been lovingly created and donated to numerous organizations including for veterans, refugees, senior citizens, and abused children. There is even a special quilt created for the City’s first-born baby of the new year. Besides meeting twice a month from October through April, the Society also offers classes and presentations, attends a fall retreat at Bull River hosted by Sew Creative, participates in the annual East Kootenay Quilters Conference, and stages an annual exhibition and reception at Centre 64, which draws many visitors. After spending an afternoon with Joan and then dropping in on the Society’s reception at Centre 64, I came away with a new appreciation for how meaningful and creative as well as functional quilting can be, an art that has stood the test of time and continues to be passed on from generation to generation.
For more information about the North Star Quilters Society, please email Joan Taylor at email@example.com or Karen Proudfoot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
coming events SPRING 2018
Aug 2 | Kimberley Farmers’ Market | Howard St. | 5 pm – 7:30 pm June 5-30 | “ARTRAGEOUS” Open Art Exhibition | Centre 64 | Tues-Sat, 1 pm – 5 pm June 21 | Ktunaxa Nation 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament | St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino | 8:30 am June 21 | Kimberley Farmers’ Market | Howard St. | 5 pm – 7:30 pm June 22 | Aquatic Centre Cardboard Boat Race | Aquatic Centre | 2:45 pm – 5 pm June 23 | 9th Annual Kimberley Rotary Club Lobsterfest | Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre | 5 pm June 24 | Round the Mountain Festival — Run Bike, Hike, Kids | Kimberley Nordic Centre | 6 am – 4 pm June 28 | Kimberley Farmers’ Market | Howard St. | 5 pm – 7:30 pm June 29 | Rock the Fort! 2nd Annual Outdoor Concert w/ Jake Matthews, Tristan Horncastle, & Fireworks | Fort Steele Heritage Town | 5 pm – 11 pm June 30 | “Take a Seat” Campaign Fundraiser Garage Sale | Centre 64 | 9 am – 1 pm July 1 | Canada Day | Live Entertainment & Cake Cutting | Platzl | Daytime July 1 | Hot Dogs at the Splash Park — The Rotary Club | Rotary Drive | Lunchtime July 3 | Creative Kids Summer Art Camp (Ages 6-14) | Centre 64 | Tues-Fri, 10 am – Noon July 3-28 | “Atomic Rays and Scattered Light” Art Exhibition by Howard Roo & Tova Main | Centre 64 | Tues-Sat, 1 pm – 5pm July 5 | Kimberley Farmers’ Market | Howard St. | 5 pm – 7:30 pm July 7 | First Saturday — Celebrate Summer! | Rotary Pancake Breakfast, Hiking in the Nature Park, Bed Races, Silent Auction, Live Entertainment, Art Exhibition Plus Workshops & Demonstrations, Kids Corner, Kimberley Mining Underground Railway, Frocks on Bikes, BBQ, Evening Community Concert w/ Mile High Club & More | Downtown | 9 AM – Evening July 8 | “Bloom Where You Are Planted” Art & Garden Tour | Sponsored by Centre 64 | Various Locations | 11 am – 3 pm July 12 | Kimberley Farmers’ Market | Howard St. | 5 pm – 7:30 pm July 14-15 | Kimberley City Bakery Medieval Festival | Coronation Park Ball Diamond & Platzl | 10 am – 4 pm July 19 | Kimberley Farmers’ Market | Howard St. | 5 pm – 7:30 pm July 20-22 | JulyFest | Bocce, Bands, Parade & More | Coronation Park | Kimberley | Various Locations & Events | All Weekend July 26 | Kimberley Farmers’ Market | Howard St. | 5 pm – 7:30 pm July 27-29 | Motor Mountain Nationals Car Show | Downtown | All Day July 29 – Aug 11 | Piano Focus Summer Music Academy w/Anthony Tam & Arne Sahlen | Studio 64 & Centre 64 Theatre | TBA July 31 – Aug 25 | “Arts on the Edge” 14th Annual Adjudicated Art Exhibition for Established & Emerging Artists | Centre 64 | Tues-Sat, 1 pm – 5 pm
Aug 4 | First Saturday — Celebrate the Arts! | Hiking, Live Entertainment, Art Market Plus Workshops & Demonstrations, Story Wall, Popup Market, Kids Corner, BBQ, Evening Community Concert w/ Cod Gone Wild & More | Centre 64 & Platzl | 9 AM - Evening Aug 9 | Kimberley Farmers’ Market | Howard St. | 5 pm – 7:30 pm Aug 11 | Garden Gala Long Table Dinner Fundraiser for Kimberley Arts Council & Centre 64 | Cominco Gardens | 6 pm Aug 16 | Kimberley Farmers’ Market | Howard St. | 5 pm – 7:30 pm Aug 18-27 | Plein Air Painting Workshop with Mirja Valhala | Centre 64 | 10 am – 4 pm Aug 18-25 | Kimberley Kaleidoscope Arts & Culture Festival | Studio 64, Centre 64 Gallery, Outdoor Concert Area; & Platzl | Various Aug 23 | Kimberley Farmers’ Market | Howard St. | 5 pm – 7:30 pm Aug 28 – Sept 22 | Jenny Steenkamp Art Exhibition | Centre 64 | Tues-Sat, 1 pm – 5 pm Aug 30 | Kimberley Farmers’ Market | Howard St. | 5 pm – 7:30 pm Sept 1 | First Saturday — Celebrate Community! | Hiking, Live Entertainment, Art Market Plus Workshops & Demonstrations, Story Wall, Kimberley Library Imagination Station, Pop-up Market, Kids Corner, Face Painting, BBQ, Community Historical Tours, Annual Platzl Paddle Battle & More | Centre 64 & Platzl | 9 AM - Evening Sept 6 | Kimberley Farmers’ Market | Howard St. | 5 pm – 7:30 pm Sept 8 | Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo | St Eugene Golf Resort & Casino | 9 am start Sept 8 | Gabriel Palatchi Trio (Jazz) | Live@Studio64 — Fall Concert Series | Centre 64 | 8 pm – 10 pm Sept 11-15 | 55+ BC Games | Cranbrook/Kimberley | Various Sept 13 | Kimberley Farmers’ Market | Howard St. | 5 pm – 7:30 pm Sept 20 | Kimberley Farmers’ Market | Howard St. | 5 pm – 7:30 pm Sept 22 | 3rd Annual Kootenay Game Changer Awards | St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino Sept 25 – Oct 20 | “Awakening” Art Exhibition by Jeanie Miller, Marianne Rennick, Sue Pighin, Ilene Lowing & Ann Holtby Jones | Centre 64 | Tues-Sat, 1 pm – 5 pm Sept 29 | The Clinton Swanson Trio (Blues) | Live@Studio64 — Fall Concert Series | Centre 64 | 8 pm – 10 pm Sept 29-30 | Kimberley Community Fall Fair | Exhibits & Entertainment | Marysville Arena| All Day Oct 6 | First Saturday – Celebrate Oktoberfest! Hiking, High Tea at the Chateau Kimberley, Art Exhibition at Centre 64, Art Demos & Workshops, Kids Parade, Bavarian Festival, Kimberley Heritage Museum, Elks Oktoberfest Family Street Dance Party – Brats, Beers, & Pretzels, & More Platzl and Elks Hall 9 am – Evening
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