Mike Beeman

Mike Beeman

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews artist, teacher and show judge Mike Beeman, to talk about how to be more successful when entering juried shows. Mike works in pastel and oil, in studio and on location, painting a variety of subjects, including landscapes, still life and figures. He is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America and a Master Circle artist in the International Association of Pastel Societies. His work has appeared in numerous juried exhibitions and competitions and he has been a judge in many as well.  Maureen Bader Art on the Island interviews Mike Beeman First, a juried show is one where an artist must submit an entry and be judged against other artist to gain entry into the show. Mike explained that today, the top shows are very competitive and the competition is now global as people from all over the world vie to get into the best shows.  If it is so difficult to get in, why would someone want to be in a juried show? Reasons include personal gratification and recognition, which help an artist to grow professionally, to gain credibility in the industry and to move to higher status, such as Signature status, in artist groups such as the Federation of Canadian artists.  Mike explains the number one reason why an entry is rejected, and how to avoid that, as well as other considerations when entering a juried show. He also explains what to consider when selecting your best work for the show, and what to expect once you’ve sent off your entry...
Cortes Community Forest: Five Years Of Operations

Cortes Community Forest: Five Years Of Operations

Originally Published on the ECOreport (now Cortes Currents) British Columbia’s old growth forests fertilize themselves as efficiently as a farmer looking after his fields. The tree plantations that are fast replacing them lack this ability. If this trend continues, the province’s vast forests may be a memory in the next two or three centuries. The inhabitants of one tiny island are trying to change this. In this morning’s program one of the directors, Bruce Ellingsen, tells me about Cortes Community Forest’s five years of operations. Cortes Community Forest After Five Years Mapping James Creek which flows into Carrington Bay, Cortes Island, in 2009, with Project Watershed biologists from Courtenay. (Island Timberlands still owns the land. - David Shipway photo] We were sitting around his kitchen table, overlooking the ocean at Smelt Bay. If you listen to the podcast above carefully, you can hear Bruce’s wife trying to be quiet in the background or the hum of the Ellingsen’s refrigerator when it came on. Our interview started with freshly brewed coffee. Cortes community forest was allotted an annual cut rate of 13,600 cubic metres (CM). In their most productive years, they only take out about 4,000 CM. Ellingsen says that so far the community forest is averaging about 16% of its quota. “We got the tenure in 2013, so we’re at the end of our first five year cut control, is the way the Ministry of Forests describes it. They came over and had a meeting with us a few months ago and did an assessment of what we are doing and found we are doing a lot less than what we...
Pranayama Pachamama

Pranayama Pachamama

Pranayama Pachamama with DJ Liquid Crystal, Sundays Sun: 11:30 AM -1 PM; Repeats: Wed: 10 -11:30 AM  It’s not about achieving perfection or even being more spiritual. It’s about a journey to self discovery. To Rise to the call with commitment, clarity and conscious choice. Pranayama Pachamama was formed with the desire to share my teachings in a relaxed manner to reach as many hearts for the journeys yet to come. March 2019 March 10 - Pranayama Pachamama March 3, 2019 - Pranayama Pachamama February 2019 Feb 24, 2019 Program - Pranayama Pachamama Feb 10, 2019, Program - Pranayama Pachamama Feb 3 , 2019 program - Pranayama Pachamama January 2019 Jan 13, 2019 - Pranayama Pachamama December 2018 Dec 31, 2019 Program - Pranayama Pachamama Dec 23 , 2019, Program - Pranayama Pachamama The balance of body, mind, and soul are always at play. As a long time Yogini, I have explored the safe haven of a spiritual practice. A place of integration, to settle into the simplicity and the complexity of living in this body and in this world. I am committed to know myself, my heart, the layers of conditioning, and the battle with the beast of the mind. The show is about resting in the silence and stillness to receive just a glimpse of wholeness. Through practices, philosophy, and music steeped in primordial wisdom we work with the constant dance of the sane and insane. Peace and Chaos. Co-Creating our reality with the energy we contain within us. Tanya’s training is about the emotional, mental, and psychological characteristics manifested within the body harnessing the essence of...
Susanne Muir

Susanne Muir

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews pastelist Susanne Muir. Susanne has lived on the Island since 2001, but has been visiting Cortes Island since the 1980s after her parents moved here.  Maureen Bader Susanne Muir on Art on the Island Beginnings Susanne has engaged in artistic activities since childhood, and was inspired by her Grandfather. She started out with pencils and crayons and always had her crayons and paper along with her on long drives. Susanne is self-taught, learning primarily from books.   Susanne saw a watercolour painting in a gallery window and decided she would make her own. As with many things, she later realized it would have been much cheaper to just buy the painting, especially now that she is working in pastels, as her main artistic activity today is pastel painting, mainly in the winter. Susanne also makes dried bouquets for the winter markets.  Light and atmosphere define Susanne’s style, which has been heavily influenced by watercolour. Susanne’s paintings are usually 9×11 inches and smaller and she works primarily from photos and sketches she collects while out in nature. The effects of light and atmosphere fuelling her imagination.  Susanne tends to accumulate supplies given the remote nature of our island, but the local art store supply has a limited supply, especially in pastel. When Susanne goes to Victoria she stocks up, as well as buying online and having supplies shipped here.  Pastel is a dry media that artists typically apply to paper. Susanne tends to use moderately textured paper that allows her to use the texture to create light effects. She...
Vinho do Porto Winter 2018/19

Vinho do Porto Winter 2018/19

Susana and Lyle’s trailer is pictured above. They will continue making the annual migration to Mexico every winter until her Canadian citizenship comes through. Susana will be sending us Vinho do Porto from the beach for the next 3 months! She writes, “… I feel great! I hope you guys are great too! The picture is us, on the road in Mexico, sleeping in a gas station, but next to Our Lady of Guadalupe, to be protected!”They will return to Cortes Island, where her radio show was born, in the Spring. Vinho do Porto show has as a common thread all songs in Portuguese language, and the genres varies between Fado, Rock, Pop, Blues, Dance, Samba, Jazz, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Folk, Bossa Nova, MPB, Forro, Choro, Frevo, Batucada, Maracatu, Morna, Semba, Marrabenta, etc. February 2019 Episode 95 - Vinho do Porto Episode 94 - Vinho do Porto Episode 93 - Vinho do Porto Episode 92 - Vinho do Porto January 2019 Episode 91 - Vinho do Porto Episode 90 - Vinho do Porto Episode 89 - Vinho do Porto Episode 88 - Vinho do Porto Episode 87 - Vinho do Porto December 2018 Christmas 2018 - Vinho do Porto Episode 85 - Vinho do Porto Episode 84 - Vinho do Porto Episode 83 - Vinho do...
Part III: She Was Friendly to the Navy, But Rotten to 		the Corps

Part III: She Was Friendly to the Navy, But Rotten to the Corps

NARRATOR: Oh, there you are. Welcome to Episode Three of “Nuevo Malibu”, entitled “She Was Friendly to the Navy, But Rotten to the Corps”. “Nuevo Malibu” is sponsored by Sherm’s Worms. She Was Friendly To The Navy But Rotten To The Corps Want a herd of humus-churning red wrigglers to aerate your garden? How about some Canadian nightcrawlers for fish bait? Sherm’s got the worm for you. Now available in two varieties: bin-raised and free-range. Call 1-800-SLI-MEEE. (beat) Sherm’s Worms, a subsidiary of Doug’s Slugs. And we’re off. In our last episode, earthlings Clell Landis and Doctor Shay Watt? team up with Mack, the subliminal being that communicates through holograms. The trio and I, the Narrator, miniaturize our time-traveling Port-a-Potty the TURDIS, and meander through Donald Trump’s sundry brain lobes before adjourning to the Italian Renaissance for some pasta. After dinner, we stroll the streets of ancient Rome. Mack, who had transformed to Galileo to order our meal, slips into some one more comfortable — the form of John Nursall,  a reclusive scrimshaw artist. MACK: I understand that earthlings often like to attend a film after dining out. We could visit Planet Rom-Com in the Resort System. LANDIS: What’s that? MACK: An ongoing romantic comedy, Landis. You and the Doctor would be irresistibly drawn into the conventions of the genre: the meet cute, the inferior yet lovable  sidekicks, the triumph of true love over many obstacles. DOCTOR: Irresistibly? MACK: The atmosphere on Rom-Com overpowers earthlings. It wouldn’t affect me or Narrator. We could watch out for you AND serve the plot as your loyal  though not as attractive best friends. NARRATOR: I’m in....