PART C: Mentor of the Month [April]: Interviewing The Abstract Artist

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To begin this edition of Interviewing the Abstract Artist I thought we should go back to the beginning. In the first edition of this issue I mentioned that Shayani Turko discovered her passion for abstract artist while she was undergoing some personal challenges in her life.  Art Shayani says, from that time, is a means of release and a way to discover herself.
When did you start painting?
“I took up drawing and painting midway during a very trying period in my life, out of which I recently emerged. It was at the 2009 Sabbath Retreat for Young Adults at the St. Benedict’s Monastery out in St. Paul’s, Manitoba. I was in a lot of pain and words failed me. There was an art room at the center…. suddenly I found my voice! That’s how it all started, this adventure with art.”
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PART B: Mentor of the Month [April]: Interviewing The Abstract Artist

What is your best part when creating? And what is the most challenging part when creating abstract art?

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“It’s so hard to distinguish one thing about creating that I most enjoy. Art is not a thing I do, it is melded into who I am, who I am called to be, before anything I do. It enhances my way of life while allowing me to be the person I am created to be. But there are several things that I want to mention here, things that the creative process has helped me discover.
Creating is primarily a place of safety for me. I was introduced to the powerful medium of self-expression through paint, during some of the hardest years of my life. I had to slow down, stop and listen. I had to pay attention Continue reading “PART B: Mentor of the Month [April]: Interviewing The Abstract Artist”

Mentor of the Month [April]: Interviewing The Abstract Artist

Shayani Ann Turko is an emerging writer and visual artist, currently completing a four year degree in Communications at the University of Winnipeg. She is also the Facilitator and current team leader of the Awakening A Bold Love (page available on Facebook), which is a grassroots group of creatives, who desire to lead the way in ushering in a new paradigm for faith, community, missions and life. Apart from organizing and directing multi-dimensional, multi-artist, art shows for the Awakening, she is also the editor of “I am dark but lovely”, which is the digital magazine of the Awakening, as well as its main web page.

Sometimes it is through our darkest experiences that we discover our deepest passion. At times, when we have struggled, suffered and perhaps even failed a few times, is when it gets crystal clear. What we desire out of life, the ambitions we want to fulfill and the life journey we would like to embark on, suddenly glares right into our faces.
This is true for Shayani Turko who at a very trying time in her life, discovered her love for abstract art. As a staunch christian, Shayani boldly states that God is the center of her creations. Shayani explains that she used art and poetry to express her pain through which she gradually experienced deep healing.  In her exact words Shayani says that through abstract art, ” suddenly, I found my voice!”
For the month of April, Shayani will be sharing with us her narrative as an abstract artist from an angle like no other; a perfect combination of faith, passion and genuine love for others.
In today’s issue the artist shares her challenges expressing that by having patience, focusing on a specific goal, resisting discouragement & realizing that she does not have to prove herself to anyone, she has been able to overcome many difficulties in her field. Continue reading “Mentor of the Month [April]: Interviewing The Abstract Artist”

Style Buzz with Isabella Nabwire: New Fashion Series

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Isabella Nabwire O. a.k.a Bella Candice is an intelligent young God-fearing lady. She is a law student who speaks passionately about her field of study and the nitty gritties involved there in. She is beautiful and very vibrant. Her love for fashion oozes off of her impeccable fashion sense. Her love for fashion is clearly inborn as she certainly has a way of owning her style as she confidently goes about her business.
Isabella admitted to Style Buzz that she is afraid of the dark. Almost immediately she countered her confession announcing her love for chocolate. Isabella enjoys a good laugh and likes to spend time with her family and friends. She stated that she is a “neat freak”. She also enjoys warm baths, shower gels, towels and anything fluffy. But most of all Isabella is “a crazy rumba lover.”
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Got to Love Bathroom Graffiti

My dear followers and friends, I am certain that you know I am not of Canadian origin thanks to my very first article. If this is your first time to stop by, well now you know.
I never once saw bathroom graffiti in a Kenyan University or even at my former high schools-as I went through three different ones. When I joined University upon my arrival here in Manitoba, Canada, I was flabbergasted to see pencil writings all over the bathroom stalls. Not just in one or two bathrooms, but several. Every single bathroom stall I have been into in the school compound is magnanimously covered in graffiti. I have been tempted to walk into the gents just to make sure it is not only a lady-bathroom-thing. But because I opt to remain dignified, I refrain from checking in. So dear gents, share this little piece of Intel with us, if you please. Is graffiti present in the gents bathrooms as well? Continue reading “Got to Love Bathroom Graffiti”