Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Winter 2020-21 Edition - Page 24

Elvira Nishida Gaona , 76 , Porvenir , Pando – Bolivia , 2012 .
Escobar visited Elvira every day for two weeks while documenting traditional pottery making and pre-hispanic pottery finds . Life in rural Bolivia was very different to what we know in today ’ s Canada .
Let us be extravagant in our patience and extraordinary in our kindness . We may not all be in the same boat , but we are all in similar storms , Andrea Brennan , minister at Knox United Church and priest at Christ Church Anglican .
associates in Calgary and found that people are documenting the realities of changing life all across the country .
With a desire to support the community , she began offering porch-side portraits in return for donations to the Elk Valley Covid Support Team . The response was enthusiastic and within a short amount of time she had documented 82 families . Calls began coming in from Sparwood and Elkford , where her services are available if enough people are interested . Expanding the content , Escobar is now also including business portraits and images of social changes such as mask wearing and social distancing , which she
Always take time to bounce !
says is the most noticeable difference as lineups begin to snake around corners .
In addition to photographing her subjects , she records how they have managed their time under the new restrictions and the impact it has had on daily life .
Having started the project in April 2020 , Escobar plans to capture a full year of the pandemic and then hopes to mount an exhibition to highlight the transition the community has made and offer residents a way to connect with each other through images . Watch for it in Spring 2021 at the Fernie Museum .
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FEATURE PERFORMER LITERATURE & COMMUNITY NELL SMITH – FERNIE’S GIRL IN AMBER FERNIE HERITAGE LIBRARY The Fernie Heritage Library is a place to discover and nurture a love of literature and language. Fun and friendly, warm and welcoming; a sanctuary for all ages filled with every variety of media. Drop in to pick up a book or movie to take home, stay a while and enjoy storytime or a special social event. Curl up in a huge leather armchair by the sunny upstairs windows to enjoy the view of the Lizard Range and folklore of old Fernie. More than you imagine, the Fernie Heritage Library brings words to life. BUILDING FERNIE’S LITERARY HERITAGE Housed in the beautiful historic former Customs & Post Office building in the heart of Fernie, the Fernie Heritage Library has provided library services and programs for over one hundred years. The Library has been recognized for its excellence in community programming and engagement and offers three floors of books, magazines and reference materials, a research and study room, computer use, and fax, copy, and scan services. In all seasons, it is a cozy refuge; warm in winter, cool in summer. ENGAGING PROGRAMMING FOR ALL While the Library usually loves to welcome visitors of all ages for storytime, informative presentations, community gatherings and entertainment, most programming has been adjusted until it is safe to gather again. 24 Visit social media to join Michelle for online storytime and craft sessions. Pick up your craft packs in advance from the library and then follow along for a simple and fun activity. Craft packs are available for children and adults. Take a walk along the community trails with the Walkie Talkie Book Club. Meet on the steps of the library on the first Friday of every month at 1pm for a walk along the riverside trails, friendly chat and book talk. Seasonal celebrations will continue whenever possible, and may be replaced by outdoor events and alternative ways to celebrate safely. See website for details. 492 3rd Ave | 250-423-4458 fernie.bclibrary.ca Collaboration – a creative tool that most musicians love. Collaborating with a Grammy-winning international recording artist like Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips fame is something that most musicians have to wait a while to experience, however. Not so for Fernie’s Nell Smith, 13. After meeting Coyne in a giant bubble floating above the crowd at a Lips concert, Nell was inspired to pick up a guitar and kept in touch with the creative mastermind. Coyne recognized Nell’s talent and encouraged her over several years. In March of 2020, a planned trip to Coyne’s studio in Oklahoma was scuppered by an inconvenient global pandemic but she forged ahead, setting up a home studio with the help of local musician Troy Cook and her own musical Dad. Smith recorded vocal tracks and guitar while dad Jude worked the keys. Local singer Rachel Behan provided harmonies and development assistance and a family friend in England sent guitar tracks. Coyne recruited his band to work through the tracks, and then sent them off to be mixed and produced by long-time Lips producer, Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios in NY state. A video followed with the help of more local talent including videographer Alex Hanson, to create a dark and moody vignette for her cover of Nick Cave’s Girl in Amber. I picked Nick Cave cause I love his music and lyrics AND I thought ... Nell probably doesn’t know very much of his (Cave’s) music and she might (because she has NO pre-conceived notion) just do something very simple, heartfelt and original... and.. SHE DID! ~Wayne Coyne, Flaming Lips, 2020 Nell’s debut album – a collection of Nick Cave covers – is in the works. Watch for cover art and release date coming in early 2021, plus an original album to follow. nellsmith3108 25 25