A Time to Celebrate
The guiding principle for this proud publication was that the arts community would be best served by a magazine that was attractive and appealing to people who are arts-aware, and to the arts-enthusiast, as well as artists.
In the same way that the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan presents the work of local artists to the community, our goal is to bring the local community to the arts. By showcasing the words and works of the creative people who live among us, and who document our shared experiences, we intend to provide a venue for their unique voices - voices that celebrate, that question, that enliven, and that explain our world to us.
Some of the pieces presented in these pages emerged from discussions with folks involved with the Arts Council, some are by people I've encountered through my book publishing businesses, and some are from people I reached out to early in the process of scoping the magazine. Writers, performers and artists whose work I admired, journalists who showed some vigor in covering the arts, curators who assembled noteworthy exhibitions.
I primarily sought stories that had not been covered in the other local media. I also followed Aristotle's maxim that art should both entertain and instruct. To be genuine to that vision of the inclusiveness of art culture, the pages here put forward the notion that the arts should disclose not secrets to the few, but treasures to the many.
We live in strange and exciting times, and in a strange and exciting place. As our community grows into a new shape and size, it welcomes the wise and the weird, the old and the new, the experimental and the simple. They join those of us who have been here for a while - tilling the sometimes fertile cultural soil - and the rich mix of ideas and influences promise a transformative future. Early on I devised a kind of slogan for the approach I wanted to take - Show Me, Inspire Me, Teach Me, Include Me - that I hoped would express our collective attitude about the arts and the arts-makers, and portend a mission.
By putting together this admittedly eclectic issue, drawing from a broad range of activities and influences, I hope to inspire and encourage others to come forward with suggestions for future topics and issues. We invite you now to do so, and help thereby create a new vision for the future of the arts in our community.
Publisher, Editor, Designer
"One ought, every day at least,
to hear a little song,
read a good poem, see a fine picture,
and if it were possible,
to speak a few reasonable words."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Cover Painting by Emil Nagy
This painting reflects the past celebrations our two families, the Nagys and the Radchenkos experienced in the 70's, 80's, and 90's. The renaissance interior provided an ideal setting for our family celebration. Both cultures are rich and unique in dress and robe. This setting came to me during my travels in Austria and Hungary; their art galleries provided many unique ideas from past master artists as Jacobs, Titan, and Rubens. The family members are: Emil and Phyllis Nagy and son Travis; my parents John and Julia Nagy and brother Zoltan; my in-laws Cecil and Aina Radchenko and my son's girlfriend Adrienne Vedan. All of the other characters are from my imagination.
Emil Nagy taught art at Springvalley and Rutland Secondary Schools in Kelowna for twenty eight years, and has travelled in Europe, the Middle East, the US and Australia to study art. The Nagy's live in a unique home on Lawrence Avenue you can recognize by the original river rock veranda, ornate lightning rods perched quietly on the two front dormers, and a studio garage, where Emil paints.