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Megaphone launches special Olympic issue: “Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: A People’s History” on Wed Feb 3, 2010 – 11AM to 1PM, Interurban Galley

February 1, 2010 3 comments

Olympic Issue Launch event

Megaphone launches special issue: “Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: A People’s History”

Wednesday Feb 3, 2010, 11 AM – 1PM, Interurban Gallery

http://www.MegaphoneMagazine.com

With the eyes of the world on Vancouver for the Winter Olympics, residents of the city’s Downtown Eastside will have a unique opportunity to dispel the negative stereotypes of their historic, but troubled, neighbourhood.

Megaphone, a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors, is launching a special, double-issue on the Downtown Eastside at the Interurban Gallery on Wednesday, February 3rd at 11 a.m. Entitled “Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: A People’s History”, the issue aims to change the perception of the neighbourhood and the people that populate it.

“There are a lot of unfortunate stereotypes about the Downtown Eastside,” says Megaphone’s editor-in-chief, Sean Condon. “Many people have a tough time seeing beyond the drug use and poverty. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find a community bursting with spirit and compassion.”

The commemorative issue features stories on neighbourhood successes like the United We Can bottle depot, which provides both economic and environmental benefits to the city, and the Hope In Shadows calendar project, which shows the community’s strong spirit. It also features articles from vendors and Downtown Eastside residents about their lives and the tremendous barriers they’ve overcome.

Speaking at the event will be Sean Condon, Irwin Oostindie, executive director of W2 (an organization profiled in this issue) and Dalannah Gail Bowen (who is the executive director of the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts and is a member of editorial advisory board for this special issue).

Megaphone vendors will be in attendance to pick up issues and new Megaphone carrier bags. They will also be available to speak to the media.

The magazine’s launch will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd at the Interurban Gallery (1 E. Hastings) at 11 a.m. The event will be open to the public and will include snacks and drinks.

AHA MEDIA films Make it Real Authenticating and protecting indigenous art forms in Vancouver DTES

January 29, 2010 Leave a comment
AHA MEDIA films a panel of Make it Real: Authenticating and protecting indigenous art forms at Indn Arts ‘n Action Make it Real show at Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts in Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
Conversations with people involved in the indigenous arts movement discussing the recognition, authenticating, and support of First Nations arts and crafts. Panelists include Pat Bruderer, who as worked on this issue for years, and guest keynote presenters working on behalf of Norval Morrisseau, including: Gabe Vadas (Weekan) who was Norvals agent for 20 years; Bryant Ross of Coghlan Art who continues to represent Norval for over 20 years; and Mark Anthony Jacobson.
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In this video, Gabe Vadas ( Weekan) who was Norval Morrisseau agent for 20 years speaks upon authenticity at Indn Arts ‘n Action Make it Real show at Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts in Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
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In this video, Mark Anthony Jacobson speaks upon Norval Morrisseau authenticity at Indn Arts ‘n Action Make it Real show at Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts in Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
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In the next photos and video, Bryant Ross of Coghlan Art makes Fake Norval Morrisseau painting into the TRUTH at Indn Arts ‘n Action Make it Real show at Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts in Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
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In this video, Mark Anthony Jacobson has a sacred healing circle after the demonstration of making a Fake Norval Morrisseau painting real at Indn Arts ‘n Action Make it Real show at Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts in Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
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All videos were filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

AHA MEDIA was pleased to meet Jadeon Rathgeber, Aboriginal Artist and Carver in Vancouver Downtown Eastside on Saturday Jan 9, 2010

January 16, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA was  pleased to meet Jadeon Rathgeber, Aboriginal Artist and Carver at Interurban Gallery  and Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts in Vancouver on Saturday Jan 9, 2010

See Jadeon Rathgeber’s story in his own words in Common Ground Magazine

http://www.commonground.ca/iss/222/cg…

See more about Jadeon Rathgeber’s mother Pat Bruderer and The Ancient First Nation Art of Birch Bark Bitings & Transparencies
http://www.halfmoonstudios.com/

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In this video, Jadeon Rathgeber introduces himself and his art show Make It Real at Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Jadeon Rathgeber speaks about his mother Pat Bruderer’s Birch Bark Bitings at Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Jadeon Rathgeber speaks about his art piece which represents his sister at Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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See description of Jadeon Rathgeber’s art show in
Indn Arts ‘n Action Make it Real

January 7 to January 30, 2009

Wednesday to Saturday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Interurban Gallery, One East Hastings, Vancouver

http://www.decentreforthearts.com/ind…

Evening Events

January 19

To Honour Our Mother: Do Our Stories Lie with Farley Mowat

Matriarch and elder Ilse Schweder Bruderer Clements joins with her daughters and grandchildren to tell their stories and explore the consequences of story and historical manipulation and exploitation, with particular focus on the stories of Farley Mowat as they pertain to them. This is about setting the record straight in art and history.

January 20

Opening Night: Bruderer Fashion Show Musical Performances

Indigenous inspired fashions by Sandra and Pat Bruderer, as well as up and coming designer, 19 year old Heather Williams. Musical performances by Tara Willard and Camillia.

January 21

Birch Bark Biting: One of the Rarest and most threatened Indigenous art forms.

Pat Bruderer is one of the last remaining practitioners of this art form, bringing it to a level of articulation never before witnessed in history. Single layers of bark are painstakingly harvested, then folded and bitten with the teeth to produce elaborate stories and patterns. Discussions about history, traditional uses, as well as participatory demonstrations.

January 22

Hereditary and Traditional Perspective: Conversations on issues of the day

Come listen and participate in conversation with traditional peoples and spiritual leaders about the issues facing us all.

January 23

She Keeps The Door Sandra Bruderer & Splitting The Sky with John Boncore
In Conversation

This dynamic couple will be presenting their views and current work, including Splitting the Skys upcoming historic court case pertaining to the war crimes of George W. Bush, as well as readings from their book.

January 27

Make it Real: Authenticating and protecting indigenous art forms

Conversations with people involved in the indigenous arts movement discussing the recognition, authenticating, and support of First Nations arts and crafts. Panelists include Pat Bruderer, who as worked on this issue for years, and guest keynote presenters working on behalf of Norval Morrisseau, including: Gabe Vadas (Weekan) who was Norvals agent for 20 years; Bryant Ross of Coghlan Art who continues to represent Norval for over 20 years; and Mark Anthony Jacobson.

January 28

Food, Clothing, Shelter, Youth, Art

What does our future look like? Conversations surrounding our collective future, with particular focus on the necessities of life and the plight of todays youth, finding our way back to a meaningful existence. Jadeon Rathgeber will discuss his experiences and perspective from his own life, and will be joined by Thom Evans with analysis of the big picture.

January 29

Five Ring Circus: The Olympics portraying a false image of indigenous reality

Conversations exploring false images in promotion and culture, with particular focus on the Olympics and the realities facing indigenous peoples

January 30

INDN ART ‘N ACTION FINAL SALE AND AUCTION

Includes art by Mark Anthony Jacobson, Pat Amos, Jadeon Rathgerber, Cyrile Derrick
All events take place at the InterUrban Gallery at One East Hastings at 7:30 p.m

Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA and his gift “Under the Sea” quilt for his parents 60th Wedding Anniversary in the Netherlands!

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

For Hendrik’s parents’ 60th wedding anniversary coming up!!… He bought an original work of art for them: It is a quilt, a beautiful wall-hanging, depicting a tropical fantasy scene that is called “Under the Sea“.

Under the Sea: Sandi Bajcar

Laurel Birch panel. Machine practice piece. 30,000 stitches, maybe more.

http://www.decentreforthearts.com/home/programs/fabric-arts/community-quilt-project-stories/under-the-sea

Hendrik would like to present it to his parents as coming from the Beunes in Canada (including his daughters). He selected it because it struck him right away as being very beautiful and fantasy rich. and hopes that his parents will feel a connection through this piece for the reason that they all shared a very close connection to the sea.

“I have bought an original work of art for them: It is a quilt, a beautiful  wall-hanging, depicting a tropical fantasy scene that is called “Under the Sea”. I hope that they have a good spot for it in their new apartment. At the end of the hall, near the bathroom door, I would envision to brighten up an otherwise dark and uninteresting cul de sac.”

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In this photo is Hendrik Beune and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA with Lisa Fox Valdes of Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts admiring the over 30,000 stitches that went into the making of the “Under the Sea” quilt

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In this photo and video Hendrik Beune speaks with Lisa Fox Valdes of Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts where they auctioned Under the Sea as part of the Fabric Arts Program 2009 – Community Quilt Project in October

Hendrik Beune says:

I would like to present it to my parents as coming from the Beunes in Canada (including my daughters). I selected it because it struck me right away as being very beautiful and fantasy rich.

I hope that my parents will feel a connection with us through this piece for the reason that we all shared a very close connection to the sea.

My parents helped me to get through university and become a marine biologist. Hence my daughters were conceived practically on the sea shore, where we also lived and worked for many years (12 in my case).

These years were formative for my daughters, because it brought them into close contact with Mother Nature at an early age. I hope this will carry through into their adult lives and result in a respect for nature that most City born children never have the direct connection and experience of.

For my oldest , this is certainly true: She has often said that she wanted to become a marine biologist. The mermaid in this picture reminds me of my daughters’ early childhood, as we traveled to town in a small boat on a weekly basis and were on the beach practically every day.

The mermaid in the quilt represents my daughters!

I will recount the above story to my parents as I present them with the quilt for their 60th Wedding Anniversary! :)


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