North Saanich Artist Keith Levang

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I have spent my life on the Canadian westcoast and the natural beauty inspires me to capture on canvas the seascapes & landscapes. The ever changing weather conditions bounce light, shadows and reflections around, challenging me to catch a specific mood or moment in time.

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I aim to relate a representational look to my paintings minus the finer details found in a photographic image. Fortunately, I can paint year round with a plein air painting group or in my studio. There is generous access to the shorelines of Vancouver Island and this has given me an unlimited visual choice of images to record.

It is my good fortune to live in a community of people who appreciate and preserve the environment in a relatively natural state. Between the natural elements of our coastal landscape, combined with unpredicable weather conditions, I can paint the same scene several times, each image producing a different mood, shoreline contours or colour combinations.

I display my artwork in a number of local exhibits; participate in studio tours, arts events and plein air demonstrations.   I also teach some painting classes throughout the year.

Keith Levang   http://www.keithlevang.ca/

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Naturehood program coming to Sidney’s SHOAL Harbour

The Friends of SHOAL Harbour are happy Nature Canada is supporting their efforts to raise awareness about the migratory bird sanctuary on the Saanich Peninsula.— Image Credit: Steven Heywood

The Friends of SHOAL Harbour are happy Nature Canada is supporting their efforts to raise awareness about the migratory bird sanctuary on the Saanich Peninsula.— Image Credit: Steven Heywood

by Steven Heywood – Peninsula News Review
posted Feb 12, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Sidney is going to be one of only three Canadian municipalities to see the expansion of a national environmental education program.

Naturehood, established by Nature Canada in Ottawa and Quebec as a pilot program in 2012, is branching out and this year will spring up in Montreal, Regina and Sidney. Nature Canada is partnering with the Friends of SHOAL Harbour (FOSH) to bring the program to the Saanich Peninsula.

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One Wild Thing – A Poem by Patrick Lane

Friends of Shoal Harbour operate at the intersection of natural history, environmental advocacy, and municipal politics, rationally but persuasively, we hope. But what nourishes these endeavours, fleshing out their desiccated bones, is a depth of feeling shared by all of us but perhaps best expressed by the artists among us (and there are many). As the first in our series of posts from local artists (writers, visual artists, photographers) we are pleased to present this poem graciously contributed by North Saanich resident, Patrick Lane. Patrick is widely recognized as one of Canada’s best poets.

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ONE WILD THING

Let there be the comfort of silence between you,
the consolation of hands in the hour of the candles.
Their songs will find you, the frog in the arms of the moon,
the herons at dawn as they bend to the nest,
and the hummingbirds’ wings at the stoop of their fall.
Let there be eagles and owls and the vanishing of quail.
Let beetles make their thin music among stones.
There are many stories, a single tale, a whisper.
It begins with the cedars, the wind at rest.
Surely you are one dance, one wild thing.
Cry softly. Your song is the dove who mourns,
the wren in her hiding, the mole in his tunnel of grass.
But always let there be silence between you,
the consolation of hands in the hour of the candles.