Member of the Month – Kamloops Arts Council
Full Name: Mike Alexander
Medium: Acrylic painting.
How long have you been doing your art: Just over four years.
What got you originally interested in the art you do: The process of decolonization in my own life. To actively explore my cultural roots and to better understand the importance of art as it relates to storytelling.
What is something you have learned about yourself through your art: I have come to believe in myself both in terms of my skill, but of being able to know that art is something I am constantly able to feel motivated to create. It is a language that I try to speak every day and my desire to do so is a happy learning.
What do you enjoy the most about your art: That I have the freedom to pursue it on a daily basis and understand the role that it plays in the pursuit of my dreams.
What is your favorite joke/quote: “We’re doomed.” -C3PO
What is something most people don’t know about you: I have been collecting metal and punk records for almost 30 years.
If you could teach everyone one art medium or method, what would it be, why: Sketching is one of my favorite things to help people better understand. Establishing the initial relationship between brain and hand introduces young artists to a non-judgemental search for form and shape. When we simply explore without imposing rules, a mind can learn to be present without the pressure of having finished compositions as a goal.
What do you think makes art important: In this global pandemic, we see why art is important. People turn to art in times of uncertainty and fear, allowing the artists and storytellers to provide reassurance, comfort and unique perspective on the world.
Why are you a member of the Kamloops Arts Council: The staff are incredibly supportive and understanding. They understand the needs of the artist community and work overtime in pursuit of opportunities that benefit us all, as artists and as a city.
Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm - Doug Smith posted on their blog: In the Battle Creek Hills
Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 3:05 pm - Arjun Singh posted on their blog: Apologies for horrible word choice at Kamloops council this Tuesday….
Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm - Doug Smith posted on their blog: In the Cache Creek to Spences Bridge Hills
Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Sunrise Mountain Ramble – Kamloops Trails
Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 4:05 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: For climate’s sake, save the peat!
Sat, Jun 12, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: On the Embleton Trails – Kamloops Trails
Thu, Jun 10, 2021 at 6:02 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Fossil fuel industry faces an overdue reckoning
Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Island Lake Loop – Kamloops Trails
Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 8:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Lac du Bois Loop Route
Fri Jun 18 to Sat Jul 17 “Painting with Wax” by Judith Anderson in the KAC Main Gallery
Thu Jun 24 Artist Coffee – Virtual Meet Up
Thu Jul 1 to Tue Aug 31 Music in the Park
Wed Jul 14 Renovate Smart Kamloops Virtual Home Energy Performance Workshop
Thu Jul 29 Artist Coffee – Virtual Meet Up
Wed Aug 25 Renovate Smart Kamloops Virtual Home Energy Performance Workshop
Thu Aug 26 Artist Coffee – Virtual Meet Up
Sat Sep 11 to Sun Sep 12 Parkinson SuperWalk
Tue Sep 28 Renovate Smart Kamloops Virtual Home Energy Performance Workshop