These are strange and difficult times, not only with COVID-19. My heart feels heavy with how much racism still permeates our society. My hope is that a move toward real and systemic change will happen.
For myself, I am going to be more aware of my privilege and power–and do all I can to make change and speak out where I can. Here is an infographic about the simple but very important act of speaking out.
I am currently part of a digital art show called Strange Times Online Exhibit. Where I painted a picture about hope–a better place and time.
March is International Women’s Month, and the Abbotsford Arts Council is celebrating by having a Women in Art Exhibition. The exhibit runs from now until March 28th, 2020, and shows a variety of work from fanciful hats to mixed media paintings done by women from the Lower Mainland. I am happy to say that if you go check it out–you can see some of my pieces as well. The exhibition kicked off with a packed house opening reception on March 7th. Come by the Kariton Gallery (2387 Ware St.) to enjoy this exhibit for the rest of the month. I will also be doing an artist talk on March 28th from 2-4 to talk about my artist process.
Life has been busy of late, and I am happy to be back posting here. I got myself on Instagram in the last year and went on a stint drawing images and creating quotes. It's been a nice way to get both my drawing fix and writing fix at the same time. I'm still learning the world of "Insta" and have been enjoying the process. If you want to follow me on your phone to check out my latest quotes for the day, drawings, and photos, please do. You can find me at https://www.instagram.com/miki_dare/
Come on down to the Kariton Art Gallery this week for artist talks from a variety of artists talking part in the Women in Art exhibit going on this month. I will be there this Thursday from 1-3 to talk about my art process. You can also express yourself with art supplies through a postcard activity if you are feeling arty. I’ll bring the supplies and you can bring your memories and creativity.
Come check out the Women in Art Exhibit being held this month at the Kariton Art Gallery in Abbotsford, BC. My artwork will be part of this exhibit that runs from March 9th to April 2nd. Come by and chat and have some appetizers at the opening night event on Saturday, April 9th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March is International Women’s Month–a time to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and present day. The Abbotsford Arts Council curated this exhibit to celebrate women artists in the region. Paintings, prints and cards will be on display and for purchase by a range of great local women artists.
It’s lovely to see how students interpreted my short story Spitting Up Frogs. Fifth grade students at Kyrene de las Brisas Elementary School in Chandler, Arizona read my short story and then got to use their computer skills and imagination to make the story come alive on their screens. I love how they all had their own unique spin about what Fuyumi, her frogs, and her world looked like.
Below is a link to a slideshow that features some of their wonderful work.
The Nikkei Centre Spring Festival will also be happening on this same date, so stay awhile and enjoy Japanese food, a tea ceremony, martial arts, dance, music,a bonsai display, and arts and crafts. There will also be a kids zone outside for children to take part in a variety of fun activities.
You can also check out the Beta Vulgaris: The Sugar Beet Projects in the art gallery. This exhibit, by Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon and Keri Latimer, looks at the connection between Japanese Internment during World War Two and sugar beet farms. Japanese-Canadian families were told they could stay together if they chose to pick sugar beets in Alberta. Their forced labour covered about 2/3rds of Alberta’s sugar beet farms in the 1940s. There will also be a free film screening of Facing Injustice. The film looks at the relocation of Japanese-Canadians to Manitoba.
Check out a recent audio interview by Mark Lefebvre with James Alan Gardner and Spider Robinson. The pair worked together to edit the Tesseracts Twenty: Compostela anthology where my short story “Grounded” is featured. Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing puts out a Tesseracts anthology each year, and it features work by Canadian science fiction, fantasy and horror authors. Gardner and Robinson talk about the meaning of Compostela, what kind of stories they received, and their decision-making process. The audio is on the Kobo Writing Life Podcast; it’s Episode 097 titled James Alan Gardner and Spider Robinson. They also talk about their editing and writing accomplishments and reflect on the changes over the years.
The release of Where the Stars Rise:Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy came at the end of 2017, and I’m happy to see some of the positive reviews of the book in 2018.
“. . . this collection is essential for anyone interested in the diverse and engaging possibilities of fantasy and science fiction.” — Booklist(American Library Association)
“. . . this fascinating collection addresses issues of immigration, dual cultures, and ethnic issues through genre devices such as ghosts, steampunk robots, and planetary exploration. Sf readers looking to discover new voices will enjoy this volume that reflects the eclecticism of Asian culture.” — Library Journal
“This anthology was good, with the majority of the stories being either good or very good page-turners.” — Tangent
Come chill out with me at VCON Relaxicon (41½) this month. It’s happening from Saturday, October 28th to Sunday, October 29th at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey.
It will be my first time to attend, and this is how VCON is described on its website, “VCON is the oldest general-interest science fiction, fantasy and games convention in Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The convention has promoted the interests of science fiction and fantasy culture in Vancouver BC and its environs since 1971, offering events and exhibits focused on a variety of Science Fiction and Fantasy fandom interest areas such as literature, art, media, music, costumes, comics, tabletop games, electronic games, etc.”
Swing by the art show to check out my Geisha Girl Survivor artwork. I’ll have framed and unframed prints for sale. Also pay the Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing booth a visit as I will be hanging out there for a bit too. Edge is out to promote a number of books, including Compostela: Tesseracts Twenty. My short story “Grounded” is in this anthology and it is edited by the fabulous Spider Robinson and James Alan Gardener.
Come out and enjoy the chill vibe and hope to see you there.