TOPICS + TEA SPEAKER SERIES


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2020 / POSTPONED
2:00-3:00pm

Art at the End of the Road
with Julie Fowler


Julie Fowler will talk about her experience running an arts organization (Island Mountain Arts) and festival (ArtsWells) in the small Cariboo community of Wells, BC. After 17 years she has newly left her position and will reflect on the history, challenges, and victories through her time in Wells.

Julie has help to create two award-winning festivals: the Art Matters Festival at Condordia University and the ArtsWells Festival Of All Things Art, which began in 2004 and was the largest arts event in the Cariboo.

She graduated with an Interdisciplinary MFA from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan in 2013 and her thesis project, a collaborative non-fiction novel called the Grande Dames of the Cariboo, was published by Caitlin Press that same year. In 2020 Julie was honoured with two prestigious awards for her work in the arts, the BC Achievement Foundation Community Award and the BC Museums Association Distinguished Service Award. Julie also sits on the board of Folk Music Canada.

Admission is by donation.
Due to COVID-19 capacity limits, please pre-register for Topics + Tea at (250)-493-2928 or in person at the Gallery.

Tea + Treats provided by The Bench Market.


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2020
2:00-3:00pm

Creativity + Consciousness: Is There Such A Thing As Premonitory Art? / POSTPONED
with Destanne Norris


The depth and power of our conscious minds and creative thinking is vaster than science can explain and continue to be studied as mysteries that elude us.

Join visual artist and author, Destanne Norris, in her presentation where she explores the question: Is there such a thing as premonitory artwork? This visual presentation will delve into the artworks Destanne created and were featured in an exhibition in 1996 entitled, Leah’s Gift. This exhibition formed the structure of her recently published book, Leah’s Gift: A Story about Reframing Loss, that she will also give a reading from.

Destanne Norris earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Fine Arts. She is a visual artist whose paintings have been exhibited in public, university, and artist-run galleries in Canada and Australia, as well as Canadian commercial galleries.

Admission is by donation.
Due to COVID-19 capacity limits, please pre-register for Topics + Tea at (250)-493-2928 or in person at the Gallery.

Tea + Treats provided by The Bench Market.