Artbeat – Arts & Culture from the Edge – Nov. 6, 2020
“Remembered Sacrifice” By Christine Hurd

The Art of Remembrance

“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them” –Czeslaw Milosz “The Issa Valley”

Art has always been a vessel by which we have used to remember our past, it has documented life in the midst of Covid-19, all the way back to prehistory in the form of cave paintings. 

Yet as we follow the vibrant colors of fall on these brisk days of November one thing will be different, there will not be the normal ceremonies to commemorate November 11th, as the Royal Canadian Legion asks people to not gather for Remembrance Day ceremonies across Canada. 

All our lives we have known the heart felt war poem “In Flanders Fields”, the poem written during the 1st world war by Canadian physician and poet Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, after having witnessed the death of his friend and fellow solider the day before.  The poem brings the vision of the red poppies “Between the crosses, row on row”, poppies which have since become a lasting symbol of remembrance.

Recently we have seen a post asking people to leave rocks painted with a poppy about the cenotaph to show our lasting remembrance even in this trying time, due to the normal ceremonies having been cancelled. The Monashee Arts Council would like to encourage artists and all members of our community to participate in this, be it painted rocks, poems of our own or other forms of creation, in addition to wearing the poppy.

Let them know we have not forgotten.

The Monashee Arts Council AGM has been set!

  • When: November 17th at 6:30pm
  • Where: OAP hall (1737 Glencaird Street, Lumby BC)
  • There will be a maximum of 30 people able to attend due to Covid-19 and we ask that everyone practice social distancing and wear masks! Stay Safe!

The Christmas Store is here

“We miss the gift shop.”  The community has asked and we have listened! Monashee Arts Council will be hosting a Christmas Store at the Village Gallery from November 2nd to December 24th.  The people of our community want to be able to continue to support the local crafters and artisans, and we have tried our best to find a way to do so.  Creating a Christmas store that allows our community to have the pleasure of shopping while still maintaining a health conscious environment in this time of social distancing. Please be sure to visit us at the Village Gallery, 1975 Vernon Street. (Highway 6).

Monashee Arts Council & the Village Gallery
1975 Vernon St. Lumby, BC 778-473-3029

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