Judith Williams

Judith Williams

In this episode of Art on the Island Maureen Bader talks to Cortes Island writer and artist Judith Williams.  Judith has lived on Cortes for 10 years but lived for many years on West Redonda Island before, so knows Cortes Island well. Maureen Bader Judith spoke primarily about her new book, Cougar Companions. This book compiles photographs of the Schnarr family of Cortes Island, and focuses on the two young daughters and the raising of two cougar cubs their father gave them, as pets. August Schnarr was a photographer who captured these experiences on the family homestead. This is her fifth book. Judy taught painting, drawing, theory and installation work at UBC, retiring in 2001. She is also an accomplished painter. An art installation at UBC got Judy interested in local topics and led to her first book. As a tenured faculty member Judy showed her work and some of that work has been collected. Judy started off as a painter and still paints. Judy views her books as art projects, like installations of ideas, and those ideas and paintings coalesce into books. Listen as Judy describes how she got her start at UBC and her work with her teacher B.C. Binning, a leading Canadian artist. Judy paints primarily in watercolour and has done figurative work describing life in a co-op in Refuge Cove. She had two large exhibits in Vancouver with these works. Now, Judy does daily coloured drawings and water-based media on...
Naomi Hayter

Naomi Hayter

In this episode of Art on the Island Maureen Bader talks to Cortes Island artist Naomi Hayter.  Naomi has lived on Cortes for 40 years, coming here from Victoria to live a back to the land lifestyle. Maureen Bader Although Naomi wanted to study and apply to the Parson’s School of Design, her life took a different path. Naomi started beading simple bracelets and had been working with crystals. Her teacher, Leah Porter Blackfoot, suggested she put them into a bag, bead it and wear it close to her heart and that’s how she got started with medicine bags. Naomi is self taught, and discusses how her self-study took different forms, such as stitches from aboriginal traditions. Bead work is her main activity. Naomi’s work changes as the types of beads change. Colour and even travel to new locations can inspire Naomi to new work. In terms of marketing, her teacher Leah instructed her to have something for everyone, from less to more expensive articles. Listen as Naomi talks about going to the gem shows in Arizona. This taught her about the marketplace of the earth. Naomi’s clientele will come back each year to see what she has new. Her work can be found all over the world. Naomi sells at the Cortes Craft Coop and the Friday market at Manson’s in July at the outdoor market, and does quite a bit of commission work. You can also find Naomi on Facebook:...
End of the Road Show

End of the Road Show

Hello listeners, my is Gregg aka Hiway Hippy. I came to Cortes Radio with my End of the Road Show the first week of June 2018. Funny thing is the station was the first building I entered upon my arrival to the island back in May. Drawn in by the hometown ambiance and the endless volumes of music I was instantly caught hook, line and sinker.   I didn’t know exactly how I would find a space to fill but I knew in my heart that I could add my own twist into ‘Puttin the Freak into Frequency’. Fortunately I was able to meet Howie while moving a local fellow and we set the wheels in motion for a chance at becoming a D.J. 3 day’s later we had an impromptu training session and as they say, the rest is history and I’ve been spinning the tunes Friday afternoons starting at 3pm through till 7pm. On the Road Episode 21 - End of the Road Show Episode 20 - End of the Road Show Episode 18 - End of the Road Show Episode 17 - End of the Road Show Older Podcasts Episode 16 - End of the Road Show Episode 15 - End of the Road Show Episode 14 - End of the Road Show Episode 9 - End of The Road Show Music Tastes   I have a wide variety of music tastes but the one thing I try to do is play Hard Rock and Alternative in 1 hour long sets. This program has been a work in progress with many hurdles to cross being mostly transient....
Ron Bazar

Ron Bazar

In this episode of Art on the Island Maureen Bader talks to Cortes Island entrepreneur and Arbutus wood carver Ron Bazar.  Ron has lived on the island since 1998, and is now in his 21st year here. Ron focuses on practical wood products made from Arbutus tree wood. Listen as Ron describes what he does, how he has learned to create a product and what types of products he started out with. Maureen Bader Art on the Island featuring Ron Bazar Ron sells in stores all over the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands and says at least part of his marketing success is the consistent quality of his products. As an entrepreneur, Ron has a wide variety of activities but for his wood products, he finds that his practical wood products sell the best. Ron sells in stores all over the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands and says at least part of his marketing success is the consistent quality of his products. Ron describes the range and quality of Arbutus wood and how the wood starts to change colour and when. Ron has a range of qualities and describes why some wood gets into the supreme grain. Ron gives a great description of how and why to be productive if one wants to make a living at art. Even today, he still finds ways to improve and become more efficient at what he does. Finding and working with the wood are very physical, labour intensive activities, including traveling into the bush with a chain saw to cut found wood into manageable lengths to...
Canada’s New Green Deal Comes To Cortes

Canada’s New Green Deal Comes To Cortes

Originally published on Cortes Currents The idea was born in the United States. Canada’s Green new deal launched in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal earlier this month. According to a poll of 2,000 Canadians conducted by Abacus Data, as much as 61% of the nation supports the idea of moving to 100% Green energy. There is much more of course. Town hall meetings are being held across the nation. At 6 PM on on June 14, Canada’s New Green Deal comes to Cortes Island. “I want to preface all of this by saying I’m not an expert. I’m just someone who cares passionately about the future and what we are leaving for our children. I do not know what is enough, or the particulars of what scientists are asking for, but I do know that we need to completely shift our economy in a way that is in line with what scientists are calling for. We need to include scientists in our discussions and I think Governments need to include scientists in making policy and stop including oil and gas lobbyists,” says Ashley Zarbatany, organizer of the June 14 Town hall meeting at Mansons Hall. In The Podcast Above: How long do we have left before the climate crises threatens human existence. What does Canada’s New Green Deal have to do with Canada’s 2019 election? Stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry. Any subsidies should be given to the renewable sector.46% of Canadians are within $200 of insolvency. What can we do about the high cost of real estate and living? How FDR’s New Deal defeated the Facist movement in the...
Coming To Cortes & Quadra: Pato Banon

Coming To Cortes & Quadra: Pato Banon

Originally Published on Cortes Currents Coming to Cortes & Quadra: Pato Banton & the Now Generation. In a special fundraiser for the new Cortes Garden Club, they will be performing at Mansons Hall on June 10 and Cortes Elementary Junior Secondary School June 11. Their last performance, before returning to the United States, is at the Heriot Bay Inn on June 12. A Local Connection: The band has a local connection. Pato’s wife, Antionette Rootsdawtah, visited Quadra and Cortes Islands during an international women’s conference.  I had hoped to interview Pato, his wife, or their local friend Lucretia, but this has not happened. As a result, the podcast below is almost all music – which actually fits with my original vision for this section. Notes Gleaned From The Net (Not mentioned in the podcast above) “Patrick Murray was born in London in 1961, and moved to Birmingham when he was 8 years old. Pato’s stepfather (Lester Daley) was a DJ fresh from Jamaica and the house in which they lived became the weekend night spot for the local community. Pato was the lookout for these illegal parties, working on the door from the age of 9. In his early teens Pato started to gain his musical foundation on his stepfathers’ sound system called V-Rocket, from helping set up the equipment at first to later selecting the music and trying his skills on the microphone.  Patrick would stay up all night entertaining the masses and was given the name Patoo by his stepfather. (The name derives from a wise night owl in Jamaica, that stays up all night, calling “patoo, patoo.”)”...