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Mandy Leroux
Kamlooops, BC
Fibre Arts
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Manon Labbé
Kamloops, BC
Painting
decor
mixed-media
painting
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woodworking

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margaret archibald
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Margarita Arango
Kamloops, BC
I am a plastic artist that enjoys capturing what I am passionate about in my art work and sharing with other artists. I work with oil, pencil crayons, acrylic and water color.
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Margit Sky
Margit Sky
Kamloops, BC
  
Musician
In the early 1990’s Rod (Littlesky) Bandura, from the Qayqayt First Nation, performed in an
Indigenous band with Terrance Armstrong. This band was called Waskesu….meaning Song of
the Elk. Rod and Terrance wrote many songs together. Their music beautifully conveyed their
life experiences, which many people share; highlighting the pain of colonialism and the
strength of ceremony. Touring with Kashtin and other Indigenous artists; like playing with Susan
Aglukark and for the Prime Minister, Jean Chretien in 1994 as well as the Common Wealth
Games; they shared their music across the country. Waskesu played on Much Music several
times, even braving subzero weather to play at Much Music’s Snow Job in 1994. Unfortunately
Terrance passed away and these songs were put aside.
Since Waskesu, Rod has played with many more amazing musicians; But in 2009, he found a
kindred spirit, someone who shared and understood his passion and love for music. Margit
Bandura (Gossage), from Sun Peaks, and Rod have magical chemistry, clearly visible to anyone
who watches them perform; together they became the Margit Sky Project in 2011.
The Margit Sky Project plays as a duo, or up to a six-piece band. Originally, the band covered
songs but with their own spin, always, with Rod’s playing pushing the guitar beyond the
original song. They released two CD’s of their originals and cover songs, “It’s been so long”
and “Two”. They enjoyed some success opening for Kevin Costner and Modern West, Burton
Cummings, Trooper, Barney Bentall, Elliot Brood, and Ridley Bent. Over the last five years Rod
has been drawn back to his Indigenous music with the the lyrics still as relevant as they were
twenty-five years ago. Recognizing the importance of this music, the Margit Sky Project
received a grant from the First Peoples’ Cultural Council and recorded the original songs. The
lyrics from the songs like, “Come my brother, come my friend, you know that we can stand up
tall again” offer support and guidance for those lost “living in a concrete land”. These songs
led to the creation of “Music for the People - A Cultural Experience”, a collaboration with
performers from the Kamloops Symphony and the Sage Hills drummers and Dancers.
Because of this show, the have been able to make donations to the Indian Residential School
Survivors Society.
Given his experiences, the power of music to heal, communicate, and transform spaces is
unquestionable to Littlesky. As he transitions into the position of Elder in his community, he
wants to tell his stories and the stories of those who are lost, through music. The Margit Sky
Project is the bridge to those who need connection and a break from the challenges of the
world. With passion, talent and love, Rod and Margit will harness the power of music to ensure
Indigenous people’s experience and teachings can be heard by all people.

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Marianna Abutalipova
Marianna Abutalipova
Kamloops, BC
  
Acrylics, graphyics
Colourful, vibrant paintings on canvas. Love painting women, dancing, flowers, as well as abstraction
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Marianne Munro
Marianne Munro
Ashcroft, BC
 
Acrylics/Watercolour
I have been a resident of Ashcroft for 39 years and have always been an artist in some way or form. I joined the local art club in Ashcroft after I retired and as an active member of the club, most of my pieces have been exhibited, and for sale, at the local art show but I have also texhibited in theArt Exposed show, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also did a few volunteer hours for the show to see what that entailed. I am currently the Secretary of our Club here and try to promote art within our community.
As an artist, most of the subjects of my paintings are animals, although I also have done several portraits of children. If a landscape scene catches my eye, I will also paint it but animals and children are definitely my painting "passion". I paint throughout the year, doing commissioned paintings of people's pets, and dabble in other pieces in between, along with trying out new mediums or skills. Many of my commission clients hear about me through friends, family or colleagues.

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marie betcher
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Marie Downing
Barriere, BC
Painting
Marie Heron
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