Artbeat – Arts & Culture from the Edge – Sept. 10, 2021

Happening now; Storytelling

Stories have always been an integral part of what it is to be human, whether in our own personal lives or through our history and culture. It is perhaps one of the things which make us human; we have been conveying stories since before the written word came into being. Originally stories and the lessons they taught the future generations were passed down orally or through other forms of communication such as the arts.

‘Storyteller elder’ by Julie Wilding

The Monashee Arts Council is happy to host ‘Storytelling’ at the Village Gallery join us to take a look into the stories behind the art. 

This poem was submitted by Dave Bosomworth from his ‘Waiting in the Wings: A collection of Poems, Volume XIX, 2020’ as part of the ‘Storytelling’ show put on by the Monashee Arts Council. 

Today I Saw A Grown Man Cry

Today I saw a grown man cry, shaking sorrows and dark fears;

because he loved, his wound was deep and his eyes bled;

as his courage wept, my heart was warmed by my own secret tears

while all my hidden feelings, with the shadows, fled.

How vulnerable he looked, as I eyed his broken, flowing form;

for as a stranger to the river where he cried,

I knew nothing of the rains that fell that day and brought this storm

‘til he spoke of early sunlight that had died.

Stranger, ever judging, had to shrink back out into the gloom,

while Shadow crept back in, bringing softness to the waiting room.

Picked up his child, I did, and rocked him, kissed the bleeding from his eyes,

carried him far from the river and the storm;

wrapped him up in moss to keep him warm and safe from present lies,

future secrets, drowning, and the sacred norm.

He was drowning in his tears and needed to escape the power

of the ocean where the rivers run at last

to join the mystic depth of all that is, no time to smell the flowers

that bring pleasure to a muddied, washed-out past.

I left this grown man resting in the softness of the forest bed,

his journey just begun, its possibilities still swirling in his head.

I left him in the tree stand, in the forest deep, where winds were light

and flora dense, his form now standing tall and straight;

with Paradox always at hand, his tears had washed him clean and bright,

where weak is strong and sadness moves to banish hate.

It’s not my place to show men paths to choose while on their living walk;

it’s not my place to rescue them from frequent storms;

but it’s my special honour now, to walk beside this friend and talk

of how his crying river made him strong in form.

Today I saw a grown man cry and talk of dying as a choice;

it changed me and I told him so, with quiet nod and gentle voice.

The Village Gallery is located at 1975 Vernon St. (Hwy.6), and opens Monday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Call for Youth Artists

“Every child is an Artist” –Pablo Picasso

Once again we ask if you know any youth who enjoy creating October is their time to shine as the Monashee Arts Council hosts their 2nd annual ArtKids show. This show is open to all artists under 25yrs old to showcase current or past works of art.

Submissions will be due September 30th and is open to 2-D and 3-D (drawing, painting, photography, sculpting, beading, wood carving, sewing and so much more!)

For more information or the application please come into the Village Gallery at 1975 Vernon street (hwy 6) during out open hours of 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday. You can also request these documents by email : 

The only cost for this show is our $2 youth membership which also gives our youth 10% art supplies from our catalog

Art Supplies

MAC will once again be putting in an order for Art Supplies at the end of September; this will be our last order until the New Year so now is the time to think about that special gift for the artist in your life! Our catalogue is available to view in the gallery and orders can be done via email or in person on Wednesday and Thursday. Members get 10% off.

The Village Gallery is located at 1975 Vernon St. (Hwy.6), and opens Monday-Saturday from
10am to 4pm.

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