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5 Annette Resler

- Cover Artist

10 Steve Coffey

- Beers with Coffey

28 Good Clean Food 30 Slow Food Recipes

Artist Features 8

Bob and Connie Pike

- Metal and Clay

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Anna Carnell

- Mosaic Artist

Dallas Arcand

- Hoop Dancer

Malcolm Russell

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Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock - Glass Artists 36 Franco Lo Pinto

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OCT 2012

Editor’s Note

He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, head and heart is an artist.” -St. Francis of Assisi


t is a real honour to be publishing our 4th anniversary issue by paying tribute to several outstanding artists in our community. We wanted to showcase a variety of art styles and demonstrate the scope of talent right here in our communities, and believe me, this is only a small sampling of the talent that abounds. What would our communities, homes and even workspaces look like if there was no art! Our cover this issue was in response to a call to artists to produce work that they felt represented Routes and we were thrilled to find Erratic View by Annette Resler of Okotoks in our inbox of submissions. “It makes me think of Routes magazine in the way that your publication presents a different view of culture and lifestyle in our foothills region,” Annette wrote. Read more about Annette and why she painted this for the Routes cover contest on page three. Thank you to all who submitted artwork, it will all be on display, with some for sale, at Gallery 109 in High River on September 7. May this issue inspire you to seek out the galleries in your nearby communities, meet an artist or two, or take some time to find your own inner artist in whatever medium… comedy, magic, glass, metal, clay, or oils. I hope this special edition issue helps you to find a new appreciation for all forms of art, all around you. And…don’t forget your routes!


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Pat Fream, Melissa Driver, Rae Jamieson, Neville Palmer, Sharon Syverson, Veronica Kloiber – Photos by Neville Palmer

Correction: In the July/August issue of Routes we wanted to test your knowledge of Canada with a brief quiz, a sampling of the questions from the test given to newcomers who apply for Canadian citizenship. Due to the nature of magazine publishing our material collected for the quiz was already out of date by the time the magazine came to print. Our apologies to Danielle Smith, Wildrose Party MLA, The Highwood, the Official Opposition Party Leader.

September - October 2012 Issue #18 Publisher Routes Media Inc. Executive Editor Sandra Wiebe Copy Editor Pat Fream Art Director Sharon Syverson Photographer Neville Palmer Sales Rae Jamieson Melissa Driver Contributors Pat Fream, Veronica Kloiber, Susan Mate, Sandra Wiebe, Peter Worden Routes Media Inc. 19 – 3 Ave. SE High River, AB T1V 1G3 Ph: 403.652.1100 ext 102 Subscriptions: 1 year: $18.90 (GST incl.) 2 years: $29.40 (GST incl.) Routes magazine is published six times per year. We print 13,000 full colour, glossy copies. They are distributed throughout southern Alberta via Trader Distribution, local retailers and by subscription. We want to hear from you. Please post comments on stories at Printing by TC Printing For permission to reprint articles, excerpts or photographs, please email Copyright © 2012 All rights reserved. Non-deliverables, please return to:

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An Erratic View

By Annette Resler

Painting is an escape into a world of unknown possibility. It is the gift that I continually unwrap and through the layers I find great reward.


read about the opportunity to paint for the 4th anniversary cover of Routes and although interested, I initially thought that I wouldn’t be able to finish one of my existing paintings on time for the deadline. Plus, none of my current pieces seemed quite fitting of the criteria. On a recent visit to a friend who lives southwest of Okotoks near the erratic, I decided it was time for me to get up close and personal with the big rock. The sun was just getting low in the sky, early dusk. Fortunately I had my camera with me to capture many of its different angles. The idea came to me the next morning – many of the views I snapped in photos were not typical of what a person would see if they just stopped along the highway, not taking time to walk to the rock. A concept quickly formulated in my mind and I realized at that moment that I had to paint something or at least challenge myself with this purposeful project. One of the many things I enjoy about Routes magazine is its features on life interests, exposing readers to a new perspective on things going on around them,

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including great people stories - it gives an “E-radically” different view on things. I felt a real kinship developing between my painting and the theme for the 4th anniversary issue cover as the oils covered the canvas. I felt so focused and inspired; it just basically appeared before me. This is why I love to paint. Annette Resler is a self-taught artist currently mentoring under Doug Levitt. She lives in Okotoks and is an administrative assistant at Holy Trinity Academy.

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The Art of Metal and Clay

Metal& Clay Try telling Bob and Connie Pike that you can’t make a living doing art – I dare you.



had to go throw a coffee mug,” Connie Pike tells me as we sit outside her pottery studio on an overcast but warm July day. Next to her is her husband Bob, he also has his own working studio here and for the last 20 years in High River, this is where they have made their art, their home, their life and a living. No, Connie doesn’t have anger issues; she was just trying to find her way back to her art. Throwing, a potter’s term for shaping clay, was her method for getting back to basics after she and Bob suffered multiple and serious injuries from a motorcycle accident almost a year ago. “Even before (the accident) when we would start a new cycle in our work, we had this saying - you throw coffee mugs. Because it’s something you know how to do, and you slowly get back into it,” Connie says. Bob agrees adding he absorbs every disaster and turns it into an opportunity




to redefine himself, his life and his work. “Like any life-changing experience… you ask all the big questions about life; who am I? Am I doing the right thing? Should I quit? It’s a big philosophical change.” Just prior to the accident, Bob, a metal artist, was working hard on producing work suitable for a U.S. market. “We never stopped thinking about our art. And our clients still wanted their products so we sent them on over to the studio on their own with the key to help themselves.” As much as the art of this couple shapes their lives together they are also strongly connected to their customers. “People have us (our art) all around them so it’s very personal. When you make something that is part of your soul, it’s nice, we have a connection,” Connie says. My attention follows Bob’s gaze over to the planter beside me and I see him eyeing up the few weeds that need pulling. The couple is getting ready for another

art sale. Not one where they sell off stock to be able to dust the shelves, but one where they have stocked the shelves full of their newest work and best selection. For this couple making art is not a job, it’s a life choice and a lifestyle. Bob says he doesn’t understand it when people speak of retirement. “Why would I retire from my life?” - by Sandra Wiebe - photos by Neville Palmer

Bob • Gates of the Saskatoon Farm. • Railing, light sconces and signage for Carlson’s on Macleod, High River. • Also an accomplished potter, Bob now focuses his creativity in metal and sculpture. Connie • Took a four-year distance diploma course from Australia. • Participated in shows with the Alberta Potters Association, the Alberta Crafts Council, Calgary Clay Arts and some private galleries. • Has taught workshops all over Canada. • Her art is famous: Tony Bennet was shown using her soup bowl in an Edmonton Journal article revealing his passion for soup-making; her sugar jars appeared on the kitchen table in an episode of X-Files.


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The Art of Coffey


Coffey By Peter Worden

Photos by Neville Palmer

Artist and musician Steve Coffey is most at home with a paintbrush or guitar in hand. And a beer.



fter flipping through large canvas after large canvas of his artwork in storage at home in Vulcan, Steve Coffey heads to the fridge to grab a beer. In the living room, tunes from Steve Coffey & the Lokels’ newest album Bovine World Rail boom, the cover of the album features a Coffey painting. In the kitchen he points to the pantry where a previous album, Runaway Slave, was recorded, casually mentioning how Bravo Canada purchased the rights to his band’s DVD, and joking, “What do they want with a bunch of middle-aged bastards like us?” The Coffey’s 100-year-old home once belonged to Vulcan’s former mayor, pharmacist and owner of King Drug Store, Errett King. Now as its current owner, this prolific painter and singer-songwriter happily homebrews his own elixir – equal parts music and paint. If you’ve seen or heard of Steve Coffey before, it’s probably because you’ve heard or seen his art. Coffey’s band receives regular play on CBC, CKUA and CJSW, and his paintings are handled by half a dozen major western Canadian galleries. But for all his artistic success Coffey remains remarkably non-




plussed about the whole thing. His band has been together 10 years but doesn’t tour or apply for awards, and while there are devoted Coffey art collectors, his first painting, a bowl of fruit that might well be worth a small fortune someday, is buried in the garage somewhere. He thinks. He’s not sure. “I made up my mind, I wasn’t going to do art for money because there wasn’t any money in it to begin with,” he says. “I’m not painting for anyone or anything. I’m just painting. As far as music, it’s not a money-maker, it’s just another outlet. Another palette.” Striking a balance between visual art and music has defined his professional life more than anything else. “It’s switching gears, dropping one tool and picking up another – a constant reflection of what’s going on around me and in me.” Five years ago the Coffey family moved from Calgary to Vulcan. He and wife Barb fell in love with the old King house and a community where they say everybody watches out for one another, even if sometimes too much. (The first few years, the neighbours would curiously glance in the window of his modest sixby-ten foot studio at the front entrance.

Boy, I’d be humbled if someone said, ‘Hey, let’s check out southern Alberta’, based on one of my paintings, hopefully I do it justice.”

Steve was baffled; he thought maybe his house was on fire.) There was an adjustment period for the artist – when he mentioned he was a painter people asked if he could paint their house – but ultimately Coffey found what he’d intuitively sought with the move: a quiet place off the beaten path to drink beer, watch the northern lights and paint. His oil paintings are distinctly ‘Coffey,’ on wide canvasses. “I paint big,” he says, “seven-eighths sky and thin strips of landscape.” The sky in a Coffey painting seems boundless, sometimes static, sometimes stormy, sometimes cumulous clouds thick like bunched up Kleenex or wispy, spidery curlicues, a million different shades of brown or blue or vanilla. His paintings, he explains, are mental snapshots, digested memories of drives home or reminiscent of youthful days driving out to a grid road with a few buddies and a flat of beer to watch storms roll in. His artwork often features freight trains, which Coffey calls “kinetic sculptures” and “travelling galleries.” In fact, trains have figured into his work for years at different angles and distances much the way they’ve figured into his life. “There’s a lot of romance to it for me,” he says, explaining that his family moved from Manitoba by train, and how every few hours, trains used to blow past the family home in Innisfail. Trains are part of his identity. “I think of the train as a symbol of connectedness.” Coffey loves trains and pattern-making in his art, toying with other longitudinal features like a long, simple trail, laundry lines or telephone poles. He insists his method is gestural, expressive, raw, don’t-let-it-stop-at-the-brain, and shrugs off any formal classification. “The more I try to be part of an ‘ism’ – whatever ‘ism’ it might be – I’m going to fail because I’m trying to be part of it.” It all adds up to a storeroom full of priceless paradisiacal country-scapes that Coffey and his art buddies nonchalantly consider “slapping paint on stretched bed sheets.” “I’m overwhelmed by nature and I try to capture it. But I have to create a balance between what I see through my eyes and what’s in here,” he said, pointing to his head. “I just create art, if people buy it? – cool.”





With a home so full of music and artwork, it’s not surprising the whole Coffey family is artistic. His wife Barb spent 15 years touring with the Alberta Ballet. Their two daughters Grace, 13, and Lydia, 8, both play piano, draw and dance. (During this particular interview Grace is upstairs practicing the guitar. Says Steve: “She’s got chops and licks I can’t even find. I suck at bar chords.”) As for Daisy the dog, what does she do?

painted his own life and says it has taken a long time to get it just right. Last year, he says, marked a year of stress, sickness and sadness and, without going into too much detail, “upped the ante” as an artist. “The people around me are just so much more important,” he says. “Art has become really important as a cathartic activity in my life. It helps me keep my head clear. [Last year] taught me so


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It’s switching gears, dropping one tool and picking up another – a constant reflection of what’s going on around me and in me.”

“She does a little dance,” Coffey says. “It’s expression and our house is about that. We teach our kids that art is important to express yourself; use art as a vehicle to help you.” As an artist who paints by his front door and records music in the kitchen, a portrait of Coffey would be only halfcomplete with no mention of his home life. As seamlessly as he divides his time as a musician and a painter, Coffey divides his time as an artist and a father. He has


much about life. I can’t take things for granted.” Of course, with great artistic talent comes great artistic responsibility. Coffey briefly entertains the notion that someday his paintings could do for Southern Alberta what the Group of Seven did for the Canadian Shield, and that peoples’ perceptions of the foothills be seveneighths surreal, swirling sky with a train or storm on the horizon.

THE BEST PLACES TO GET COFFEY: When he’s not at home painting, you can find Steve Coffey & the Lokels (Russ Baker, Dave Bauer and Lance Loree) at the band’s favourite haunts: the Ironwood and Mikey’s Juke Joint in Calgary, Blue Chair Cafe in Edmonton and the Geomatic Attic in Lethbridge. Nearby galleries carrying Coffey’s paintings: Collectors’ Gallery in Calgary, Art Connection Calgary, Gust Gallery in Waterton and Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond.




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An Evening in the Company of Two Rock Lovers • Anna Carnell Is a commissioned artist and a teacher hosting evening and weekend workshops and sessions at her studio. • Some of her work can be found at Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond. • She once made 14 tables in 14 days for Jasper’s Park Place Inn with fellow artist Ursula Winkler. • Her work, along with 40 other artists, was featured in a collection of paintings and sculptures, organized by Marianne Garrah, to raise awareness of the caribou’s dwindling habitat. • She was commissioned by the U of C Engineering Department to build an arch sculpture. • For the past decade Carnell has been a vendor at the Calgary Farmer’s Market and the Millarville Market. • Carnell is the program manager at Wellspring Calgary.

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s kids, my sister and I used to spend hours searching out pretty stones and adding them to our collection. While my interest waned with time, hers never faltered; today she is a geologist. When I was given the chance to interview an artist whose main medium is stone, I thought what better way to gain perspective than invite my rock-loving sister along. Anna Carnell is at odds with the stones she uses in her art. The mosaic tables she creates stand as a motionless contrast to her frenetic ways. Always moving, never still, after an hour in her studio we became used to her flurry. After two hours, she had taught us a few basics of style, balance, a touch of art history and her perspective that form should always follow function. In a Quonset-cum-studio filled with cut stone, glass, mortar, pebbles, shells and a not-too-fine layer of mortar dust, Anna stationed each of us in front of




a container filled with sand. “Make a mosaic,” she urged. Standing to the side, I watched the artist and the geologist share their passion. One from science, one from art, both followed their hearts and claimed the hardest products of nature as their talismans. I could merely stand back and smile, getting my charge from a more intangible place, words, I had nothing to go on in this realm of concrete and rock. The mosaic-making technique Anna showed us is not complicated and her teaching style is very hands off. Never more than a confused moue away, she bustled about elsewhere, never marring our creativity. Working alongside us, she took sheets of slate and travertine and with deft sweeps of her hands showed us how she planned to coax even more beauty from a stone. As the mosaics were built upsidedown in a plastic mold, the final product would be a surprise. The mortar needed

a few days drying time and of course being our first try, the effort would come nowhere near Anna Carnell’s formidable talents. On our way home, both our faces flushed from creating, our art still drying in the trunk, my sister looked at me and said it all. “That was awesome.” - by Veronica Kloiber - photo by Neville Palmer

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Dancing The Art of Hoop Dancing

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In Cree he is known as Nimihto Paskwa Mostôs Napew (Dancing Buffalo Man); fitting for a world champion hoop dancer. He dwells in a rare creative zone where ancient culture dictates form, time-honoured tradition renders script and Mother Earth keeps the beat.



o witness a live performance of Dallas Arcand’s hoop dancing is to connect to a vibration hovering somewhere between primal and existential. It may be the effect of the drums tuning the soul to harmony. It may be the singing - mournful and stirring. Most surely it’s the dancer, a brilliant spectacle of colour, skill and ardent focus. “My dance is my life – it’s what I believe in and what I know best,” says Arcand, during an interview following his performance with his son Dallas Bobby Arcand Gladeau at the 25th Anniversary of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. “It’s the story of our people and an appreciation of the land and Mother Earth. The goal is to restore balance and harmony in the world.” Dallas took some time finding his way to serenity. Along the way he dabble in confusion, anger and crime, as is often the case with a people he calls his own. But once he found his path he committed




I hope I can be a shining light for my people. For me there’s a lot of integrity in that.”

himself to solid ground and high ideals, creating vast opportunities to match his plethora of talents. “I hope I can be a shining light for my people. For me there’s a lot of integrity in that,” says Arcand, who has taken his 25-hoop dance routine to stages all over the world. “I am constantly creating new pieces of art through music, through dance, even in teaching my son to be a good person.” Arcand also composes music, plays traditional cedar flute, has just released his fourth CD, and is trying his hand at film work. He is also engaged with programs that help young people reach their potential, beginning with his own son, who at age 14 is following in his father’s footsteps as a talented musician and a passionate hoop dancer. “Teaching my son my craft means a lot to me, it keeps the circle going,” says Arcand. “I tell him the best thing you can do is show up on time, know your craft, be the best you can be and stay true to who you are and what you stand for.”

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Noteworthy Achievements: • Performer at a benefit showcasing Alberta artist at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. • Three time (including 2012) World Champion Hoop Dancer • Featured performer at 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. • April 2012 CD Release of Sacred Sweetgrass, an, eclectic collection of flute pieces played on a traditional cedar flute. • Played the role of Tecumseh (famous Shawnee Chief who fought and died during the War of 1812), for a TV documentary series. • Contestant on this season of Canada’s Got Talent. Native American Hoop Dance is a form of storytelling that uses hoops as props to create static and dynamic shapes or formations representing various animals, symbols, and storytelling elements. The hoop has no beginning and no end; it represents the continuity of the spirits of all living things.





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Chore Horse Competition September 9 Bar U Ranch A glimpse back in time to when horsepower was used for everything from delivering milk and hauling fire wagons to constructing roads. Watch as today's teamsters guide their heavy horse teams through a timed course of skill-testing manoeuvres. [LV]

Leslie Alexander & Jenny Allen September 7 Gitter’s Pub [HR] Mindy Andrew and Lisa McGrath September 7 - 22 Evanescence Gallery Artist’s reception September 7, 7-9 pm [HR] High River Art Gallery Tour September 8 Evanescence Gallery A walk to encourage pedestrians of all ages to celebrate inspiration and creativity, and promote visual art and culture in our community. The tour ends at Carlson's on Macleod for a light lunch. $15 E: [HR] Saddle Strings & Heart Strings September 8 Longview Annual charity ride benefiting the Fetal Alcohol Society. A fantastic day for a walk, wagon ride or horse back adventure in ranch country. Lunch on the trail, BBQ dinner, prizes, raffles, live and silent auction, evening entertainment. $150 adults/$75 children [LV] Harvy Fix & Counting Crows September 8 to October 21 Leighton Centre Artist reception September 8, 2-4 pm [MV]

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The Goldbergs Live September 11 High River United Church Featuring piano virtuoso Minsoo Sohn. [HR] Trish Robb September 14 Gitter’s Pub


Annual Food Drive High River September 15 High River Grocery bags will be delivered to every home in High River on September 12 for food items for the Salvation Army Food Bank. Pick up is Saturday at 9 am. [HR] Rafael Hoekman September 16 Rotary Performing Arts Centre Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra cellist performs suites by J.S. Bach. 3 pm [OK] Treeline and Shaela Miller September 19 Gitter’s Pub [HR] “The Perils of Pauline” Dinner Theatre September 19-22, 27-29 Aspen Crossing Murder Mystery Comedy. [MS]

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100 Years of Gas Exhibit September 1 - 30 Okotoks Museum & Archives Celebrating 100 years of gas in Okotoks and the difference it has made to this community. [OK]


Bridal Show September 20 Foothills Centennial Centre Calling all brides. Free gift bag for the first 65 brides. Lots of door prizes, fashion show, food, music and plenty of fun. Browse the sponsor booths to help you plan your special day. Free, but registration is appreciated. [OK] Tom Savage Trio September 21 Gitter’s Pub


Canyon, Bamford and Emerson Drive September 21 Okotoks Agricultural Society Grounds The Okotoks Agricultural Society is celebrating its 120th Anniversary in a BIG way with an outdoor concert with George Canyon, Gord Bamford and Emerson Drive. BBQ beef on a bun and beer gardens. $110 [OK] Young Musicians Extraordinaire September 22 High River United Church The High River Gift of Music Society presents 2 Calgary based young talents: pianist, seven-year-old Kevin Chen and opera soprananista Ainsley Soutiere. Series passes: $125. [HR] River City Classic Show n Shine September 23 High River 10th annual classic car show. Registration 8-11 am. $10 plus food bank donation per vehicle. [HR] Alberta Culture Days September 28 High River Library Featuring visits from artists, poets, authors, actors, musicians and dancers throughout the weekend. Stop in Friday or Saturday to watch a play, listen to music or a book reading. Join the artists to produce your own festival flag. Concert both evenings at 7 pm. Sunday celebration concert at 1 pm. The High River Library is a government of Alberta Feature Celebration Site. [HR] Allen Christie September 28 Gitter’s Pub


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Arts & Entertainment Big Rock Artists Art Sale September 28 St. Peter’s Anglican Church 2nd Annual Art Sale fundraiser for Foothills Country Hospice. Over 18 artists' art for sale and 30% of their sales will be donated to Hospice. 100% of sale art donations from Roger Arndt to go to Hospice. Artist reception September 28 from 6-8 pm. E: [OK] Gordon Belsher & Richard Wood September 28 Carlson’s on Macleod Prince Edward Island style Kitchen Party. $20 [HR] Trail’s End September 28 - 30 Highwood Memorial Centre 25th annual gathering of cowboy poets, pickers, singers, songwriters, western artisan displays and sales. Featuring Ben Crane, western signer/songwriter and cartoonist. [HR] Culture Day at Gitter’s Gitter’s Pub September 29 Featuring 8 talented singer/songwriters. [HR] Community Garage Sale September 29 Black Diamond and Turner Valley [DV] Fall Paint Out September 29 - 30 Leighton Centre Enjoy dance, live music, family projects and tour the gallery. Food by Holy Crepe. [MV] Matthew Blackburn September 30 Rotary Performing Arts Centre E: [OK] Moose Jaw Tour October 1 - 3 Diamond Valley Lions community bus trip is offering a fun 3-day tour with motor coach from Turner Valley/Black Diamond area, games and prizes, 2 nights accommodation, breakfast, snacks and beverages en route. (Must be over 19). Maybe meet up with Al Capone in the Tunnels, try your luck at the Casino, spend the day at the spa or do some early Christmas shopping on Main Street Moose Jaw. E: [DV] For the Love of Shoes October 1 - 21 Okotoks Art Gallery Online auction of 12 pairs of shoes donated by Canadian celebrities, benefiting Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. [OK] The Jamies October 5 Gitter’s Pub

Teen Improv Night October 11 High River Library Teens join us to participate in improv led by actors from Loose Moose Theater. Everyone welcome. $5 P: 403.652.2917 [HR]

Okotoks Ghost Walks October 28-30 Okotoks Museum & Archives Discover the eerie history of Okotoks and what could be lurking downtown after dark! Pre-booking required. P: 403.938.3204 [OK]

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Through the EYES of a Child The Art of Magic

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y mum told me we had to go talk to a magic man at the Stop. I like the Stop because that means I get a cookie and hot chocolate. The man talked to me but I didn’t want anyone to see me so I hid behind Mum. He had a case like I have for my tractors and trucks. I wanted to see in his case but I wanted my cookie more. The man wanted to know how old I am. I am three and a half and he said that was good because if I was even one whole year younger he couldn’t show me his tricks because the whole world would still be magic. The man opened up his case. He had a red ball that he said I could touch. I didn’t want to touch his hand so I just touched the ball. Just like that there were two balls in his hand. I wanted to see it again so he showed me. One, then none, then two, then none. Then he showed us how he could make two red balls into one big red ball. I had to laugh. Mum was laughing too and I wondered why she never showed me how to turn two balls into one big ball.

Then he took out a coin, which means money. He tried to drop it into my hand but it was gone. It was in my ear and the man took it out. Mum kept wiping my face. She said I was laughing so hard that drool was just pouring out of me, but I didn’t care. I kept shaking my head trying to knock out the coin but I couldn’t feel it rattling around in there. He showed me the coin again and just like before I waved my hand and it was gone. I shook my head again to get it out but this time it fell out of my shirt. When we left he gave me his magic wand. Next time we go to the Stop we should bring dad so he can see the man with the magic too. - by Veronica Kloiber - photo by Paul McGrath

Writer’s Note: Malcolm Russell is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and has been performing magic for audiences of all ages for 15 years. A resident of Black Diamond, Malcolm takes his case of tricks all over the world and is proud to report that he has performed a magic show on every inhabited island in Scotland. Malcolm also shared that he has an alter ego by the name of Parker Doodlebug.

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The Art of Slow Food

Art of Sl Good Clean Food By Susan Mate

“So! What do you know about slow food?” Standing in line at an Okotoks fast-food outlet, I toss the question at a hoodied teenage boy who’s waiting with his chums to place an order. It’s lunchtime in burger land and there are lots of customers, so the guys are willing to assail boredom by answering queries from a stranger. “Hmmm. Is that like the opposite of this place – oops, I mean speed-wise?” His buddy turns to him grinning and he laughs loudly at his own hilarity. “Or maybe it’s when you eat the tortoise instead of the hare?”

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here is work to be done in educating people about the movement toward healthy, clean, local food, but there are also many gains of late. Nearly 40 food producers, farmers and like-minded merchants recently joined forces to create a local chapter of Slow Food International, a global movement founded in 1986 to counter the fast-food culture and preserve traditional, regional fare. The southern Alberta chapter, led by entrepreneur Jackie Chalmers (New Oxley Garlic, Naturally!), has been operating for the past year with support from the Calgary chapter. “I decided a few years ago that the slow food movement spoke to me and southern Alberta was begging to have a chapter,” says Chalmers, who this year planted about 4,000 garlic plants on her historic property west of Claresholm (the garlic is sold in Calgary’s 24 Co-op stores and through other merchants across southern Alberta). "People are hungry for information about local food," she says. "We want to make as much of this food as mainstream as possible to reach a bigger audience." Encouraging youth to see food in a more holistic light, versus the quick fix solutions broadcast on street corners,




Penny and Tony Marshall, Highwood Crossing Farms Slow Food Southern Alberta recently launched Faces of our Food, a free directory published to showcase the members, their products and their passion for fare that is good, clean and local. An educational partner, Lethbridge College Culinary Careers and Services, has joined the chapter and the movement is offering opportunities and exposure to the virtues of local food to students in its culinary arts program. SAIT in Calgary and NAIT in Edmonton are also involved in their local chapters.

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Chefs Stephanie and Jojo of Kayben Farms’ JoJo’s Cafe.

TV and Internet, is crucial to Stephanie Kolk, chef at JoJo’s Cafe at her family’s Kayben Farms near Okotoks. Kolk, a SAIT culinary grad and a key force behind the cafe’s seasonal menu said the offerings take advantage of the farm’s bounty (garden centre, huge blackcurrant crop, strawberries, country store). She’s also heading up a national slow food youth convivium aimed at encouraging young people take time to buy fresh by visiting markets or natural grocers, and to think carefully about their food choices. “We’re using social media to get people to read about what’s happening with their food. A lot of younger people are interested in finding out more about what they are eating,” says Kolk. Tony and Penny Marshall, who helped launch the region’s slow food interest through their Highwood Crossing product line of healthy oils, cereals and grains, say educating kids as early as pre-school is key to developing thoughtful, healthy eaters. The company started selling a handful of products at farmers’ markets two decades ago and this spring opened a new manufacturing and office space in High River to meet mounting demands. The pair was among the first Albertans chosen to attend a massive Slow Food International conference in 2004 in Italy. The scale of the event and the fact that everyone there shared their passion blew them away. “It was huge, a life-changing event,” says Tony. “We’d been going against the grain, so to speak, with our products so to be with 5,000 other like-minded people from around the world was incredibly gratifying.” Linda Loree of Nanton-based Trails End Beef says many customers enjoy visiting their ranch, which raises grass-fed and grass-finished beef. The beef, raised without hormones, feedlots or antibiotics, is available at the family farm by bulk (along with sausages and some select cuts). Guests are invited to stroll in the pasture, visit the animals and chat with the operators. “Some people have never been face-to-face with a cow before,” says Loree. “A lot of people come out, let their kids run around and chase chickens ... this is what slow food is all about, building relationships over food.” Another chapter member and popular local grower is Paradise Hill Farm. The Nanton-area family business is a pesticide-free farm featuring vine-ripened tomatoes that are sold at the farm store as well as in Calgary Co-ops. The family farm recently rebounded from a massive January grassfire that devoured most of the crop field.

We’re using social media to get people to read about what’s happening with their food. A lot of younger people are interested in finding out more about what they are eating.” - Stephanie Kolk (left)





in faraway places such as Africa. “What Slow Food International is doing is pretty phenomenal – planting more than 1,000 gardens in Africa. It’s possible to do something here; we just have to plant that seed. We’re constantly doing collaborations, because this way everybody wins.” It may take some time for the teens in the fast-food lineup to realize this, but the future looks bright as slow food proponents broaden their reach to young children, both rural and urban. But for now, the trio triumphantly collect their burgers and fries and race outside. “Next please!” says the woman at the fast food till, where my slow food research began. “No, thanks,” I reply, “I’ve got a nice lunch at home.”

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When it comes to his business, Darren Nixon co-owner and chef (along with Lareina Wayne) of Divine in Okotoks, says having a reliable and organic supply of meat and produce has contributed to the repute of his eatery. Nixon estimates 50 per cent of their business comes from cooking class participants from across the region who want to know about healthier options and movements such as slow food. “There’s no doubt that’s what our customers want. There is a definite, growing interest in our food source,” says Nixon. Chalmers has big plans for the local slow food chapter, though she acknowledges that physical distance and resources, particularly on the volunteer side, come with challenges. Her dreams include establishing community gardens or distribution depots for schools, care centres, hospitals and even creating bonds to help destitute youth and families

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An award winning author of both novels and short stories, Lee Kvern is a venerable Alberta voice.

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ormally trained in art, Okotoksbased Lee Kvern began writing seriously a dozen years ago. Since then her constant acclaim lures new readers but it is her unique writing style and eclectic subject matter that keeps Kvern’s devoted audience hungry for more. With nearly four novels penned and many short works in print, Kvern is a force to be reckoned with. Under all her successes, Kvern is still a down to earth, ordinary mother and wife, giving hope to all the other aspiring artists and writers who also leads a double life in domesticity. Over the years she’s developed techniques to get to her writing in the face of home and family. “When I write, no one can be in the house,” explains Kvern. “I’m really good at ignoring housework,” she adds jokingly, “it’s a discipline that’s taken a long time.” Her writing style and choice of topics are unique. All her stories carry




the sheen of her deeply personal quest to find answers to any of life’s adversities that pique her curiosity. Yet the issues she tackles are never answered outright. Kvern will circle the topic and pick away until her story is told. Writing is Kvern’s way of making sense of not only the world but of the people who inhabit it. Kvern strives to be upfront and open about the wicked traits she creates in her characters; the villains or the ones who just make horrible mistakes. “I look at my character with empathy,” she says. “I can’t write from a place of judgment, even if I don’t like the character.” As for how she gets to her writing at all, Kvern subscribes to the BIC method: “Butt In Chair” for at least an hour a day. “Half of it is just showing up,” she counsels. - by Veronica Kloiber - photo by Sydney Fream

• A finalist in the 2011 Alberta Book Awards with her third novel, The Matter of Sylvie. • Also very artistic, Kvern paints furniture, including her own kitchen table and chairs above. • The writer in residence for the Canadian Authors’ Association for 2012-2013. • Winner in the short story CBC Alberta Anthology two years running, 2006 and 2007. • Has a fine arts degree and attended Humber School for Writers 1999-2000.

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ust like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to produce blown glass. While most art is created in solitude, nurtured alone and only presented to the world when the maker deems it ready, glass blowing is a group effort, where all involved see it through from inception to culmination. Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock of Firebrand Glass Studio in Black Diamond are our local glassmiths. The couple has been living in Adelaide, Australia for the past few years where Rock worked to achieve a master of visual art and design at the University of South Australia. Reimer spent much of her time in Adelaide at the JamFactory, an acclaimed art hub of studios, galleries and shops all

supported by the South Australian Government. She was the artist in residence in November of last year during Canada month at the JamFactory. To better understand the art of glass blowing, and as their studio is not yet set up, I made do watching a video on the creative process. It captured a rag tag gang, led by Rock, working in concert to bring about a new glass creation. There is no sound on the video, just controlled movement, each member carefully choreographing their part; each one switching leads and footing as required. It’s funny to watch without sound, with folks walking in and out of the camera frame carrying rods tipped with molten glass. No one gets skewered, jabbed or maimed and without the soundtrack it

drives home the point that this art and these people are absolutely about working together. The current excitement in the Firebrand world is both Reimer and Rock are finalists for the 2012 Ranamok Glass Prize, a big deal in the contemporary glass arts realm. The prestigious award is open to artists residing in Australia and New Zealand. It would be quite the coup for either Reimer or Rock to pluck the prize from Down Under and carry it away home to Black Diamond. - by Veronica Kloiber - photos by John Dean

• Firebrand Glass Studios will be hosting workshops on September 29 and 30, October 20 and 21 and November 17 and 18.

• Firebrand is also putting on their annual open house on December 1, 2012.

Friends, neighbours, well-wishers and the curious are invited to come see the artists at work.





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The Art of Pottery


Nature Lesson: Love what you do, Love where you live.


• Franco makes commercial quality Tandoori ovens which can be found at two Calgary restaurants: Rajdoot and Green Chili. • Born in Italy, he moved to Canada with his family at age 12. • Has been a potter for 30 years but says it seems like it’s been always. • Attended art school at the University of Calgary. • Dabbles in word carving as well as pottery.


n a market place not far from here, two men met and began to converse. The first man, a man from the city had fine clothes, clean shoes and tidy hands. He looked at the second man, a country man, who wore plain clothing. His hands were worn and calloused from achievement. The first man said, each day I go to work where I am surrounded by other people who always want more from me, more than I have to give. I go home every night tired only to get up the following day and do it again. The second man spoke softly in reply. Each morning I get up and greet the day with the warm sun on my face. I walk quietly to my work with my dogs at my heels. The more I give to my work, the more it gives back. I fall asleep each night satisfied with myself and with life. The first man – whose fine clothes could not out-shine the second man’s joy asked, what do you do with your days that you are so contented? To that, the second man replied, I am a potter. I am guided by Nature herself. The land, the animals, the weather, even the sun and the moon make themselves known in my work. The city man was taken aback. It had never occurred to him a life could be filled with a calling that fed the soul. The country man knew this all along; that no amount of finery could conceal a lifetime of working in misery. Franco Lo Pinto is a country man, making pottery at his home on Three Point Creek near Millarville. - by Veronica Kloiber - photo by Neville Palmer




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ne more step along the world I go… this old United Church song was my daily mantra as I walked the last (shorter) half of the Camino de Santiago in Spain with my sister this past summer. I’ve always believed there is no greater luxury than to explore the world on foot. In this instance, a 15-day trek of nearly 400 kilometers afforded us infinite opportunities to see, hear, smell, and touch a vibrant country with extraordinary historic roots; the soles of our feet connecting to a mysterious vibration, a raw heartbeat that beckons thousands of pilgrims each year. For me the pull to cross the Atlantic and walk a holy path was not an answer to a religious call, or a yearning for mystical insights or dramatic transformations. Not that I wasn’t open to any or all of the gifts the universe had in store for me. Instead, I set out on this adventure to satisfy more simplistic yearnings: exotic




travel, physical challenge, a break from daily demands, and time with a treasured sister. On all accounts I was richly blessed. Ancient cobblestone villages are indeed a refreshing departure from hectic daily life. Plodding along a path, one step at a time is immensely fulfilling and deeply soulful. Sistership is both comfortable and nurturing. As always I was humbly moved my favourite goddess, Mother Nature. She never fails to exalt, yielding awe-inspiring beauty in every time zone. But perhaps the greatest gift of all was a profound appreciation for all that I have back home; a wonderful family, boundless love and friendship, excellent health, and rock solid prairie roots.

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