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.
Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 3:17 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Net zero offers affordable path to climate stability
Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 10:24 am - Darryl Schmidt posted a comment on Slow No Tempo Is Going Virtual For Their Third Annual Singing Valentines
Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Exploring Sugarloaf Hill – Kamloops Trails
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: The Marsh and Giant Firs on Snowshoes
Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 11:09 am - Darryl Schmidt posted a comment on Grand Finale of the Kamloops Symphony’s “Running The Symphony” Initiative
Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 5:25 pm - Ryan Noakes created a new Profile
Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 9:05 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Bush Lake Loop – Kamloops Trails
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 12:25 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: U.S. crisis shows need to speak truth to power
Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 3:47 pm - Kamloops Film Society created a new Profile
Mon Jan 25 Chefs in the City Reimagined
Tue Jan 26 to Sun Jan 31 2021 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship
Fri Jan 29 Business – Student Mentorship Award Gala – AIMCanada TNC
Thu Feb 11 Industry Roundtable – Hospitality
Fri Feb 12 Dinner & Comedy Show with Sophie Buddle
Sat Feb 13 Dinner & Comedy Show with Sophie Buddle
Sat Feb 20 Chamber Musicians of Kamloops Presents A Concert Full Of Passion
Sat Feb 20 Passions
Mon Feb 22 Chefs in the City Reimagined
Fri Feb 26 Speakers Jeremy Heighton, Jo Berry
Sat Mar 6 Kamloops Ambassador Society Father Daughter Ball
Fri Mar 12 Dinner & Comedy Show with Patrick Maliha
Sat Mar 13 Dinner & Comedy Show with Patrick Maliha
Sat Mar 20 Bonjour, Le Printemps