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Art for Art’s Sake – Canmore artist Dana Roman

Silk painter Dana Roman found her way to Canmore on a road less travelled. Back in 1968, she was working as an architect in Prague, Back in 1968, she was working as an architect in Prague, in what was then called Czechoslovakia.
But she and her husband Paul immigrated to Canada to avoid the Russian occupation of her country.They both found work as architects in Toronto.
With a Masters degree in Architecture from Prague, she worked for 10 years in her field. But after their third baby, Dana stopped working as an architect and started to paint on silk.She took courses at the Ontario College of Art, Alberta College of Art and Vancouver Island School of Art.I started to sell silk scarves, Roman said.
It went so well that I never returned to architecture.The beauty of the Rocky Mountains drew Roman and her family to Canmore 21 years ago.
When we came to Canmore I started to paint on canvas, Roman said. In the beginning I painted pictures of mountains because I was thrilled with the mountains.
After 10 years I saw everyone was doing mountains here and so I started doing abstract.An avid hiker and skier, Roman has held the positions of Canmore Art Guild president once and she was twice the CAG gallery director.She also received the Canmore Mayor’s Spotlight on the Arts award in 2011.Her painted silk scarves are available at the Art Gallery of Alberta Gift Shop, Glenbow Museum, Whyte Museum and the Ontario Craft Council.
Her abstract artwork is sold in the Bow Valley and at Gallery Odin at Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon and several other galleries across Alberta.Her work is constantly evolving as she creates beautiful abstract images with bold colours.In the last year or two I started painting on see through organza silk and making collages with canvas and then mixing them with acrylics, Roman said. There are several layers.When you walk slowly by her abstracts you can see changes to the light and dark through the many layers of silk.When you look at an abstract you can imagine whatever you wish, Roman said.
Most of my images have kind of a horizon. It takes a lot longer to do than a realistic painting.She paints on the silk when it is hanging across two supports and says it is extremely messy work. Sometimes she will take a work in progress upstairs from her workspace to look at it for a few days.
You keep looking at it and adding different things you think would be better until you’re satisfied, Roman said.Roman is having a solo show called Layers’ at the Canmore Art Guild, (CAG) gallery in Elevation Place at 700 Railway Avenue in Canmore starting from Saturday, April 20 to Tuesday, May 7, 2019.She is the initiator and one of the curators for the Canmore Abstract annual exhibition, in its fourth year, and she is one of 14 artists in in the show. This year it runs from March 9 to 26 at the CAG Gallery.The opening reception is on March 8 at 7 pm.Her public art piece triptych River’ is hanging on the round wall of the Council Chamber in the Canmore Town Hall.Her designs are also on Canmore utility boxes including the one beside the Senior’s Centre and the one beside the bus stop behind the library.For more information please visit her website at

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Food bank use ‘stubbornly high’ in Canada — and higher than average in NL

A new report shows food bank use remains consistently high in Newfoundland and Labrador as it is across the country  with more than 28,000 visits in March of 2018.The numbers are not coming down, Chris Hatch, chief executive officer of Food Banks Canada, told The St. Johns Morning Show.Were not seeing any relief from the historic high of 2008, during the last recession.The newly released Hunger Count 2018 report from Food Banks Canada provides information on food bank use in this province, just a week after a fire at the warehouse for the Community Food Sharing Association resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods meant for food banks across Newfoundland and Labrador.Community raises 150K for burned-out food bank warehouse, manager says Whats in a Christmas hamper? Turkey, hope, or a hamstrung safety net, depending on who you ask Key findings of the 2018 report include: In March 2018, 28,062 total visits were made to 48 food banks in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Children made up 36.6 per cent of the total individuals served by food banks in the province  higher than the national average but represent just 20.6 per cent of the population.  Single adults in N.L. made 53.3 per cent of food bank visits in the province, compared with 45.1 per cent nationally.  And 80.4 per cent of food bank visits in Newfoundland and Labrador were by people receiving income supports like disability or social assistance the highest proportion of any province or territory, and well above the national average of 59 per cent.New methodology.

The new report is the first since Hunger Count 2016, after which Food Bank Canada took a break to review its methodology for the reports. They’ve decided to measure not the number of people who had used a food bank but the number of visits, as some people in particularly tough situations may come in more than once per month.Chris Hatch of Food Banks Canada said it was wonderful to see the community support after an absolutely devastating fire at the Community Food Sharing Association warehouse. (Colleen Connors/CBC)We think its a much more accurate reflection of food bank use and food-related poverty in Canada, Hatch said.Newfoundland and Labrador had about 28,000 visits to its food banks in March 2018, for a population of about 526,000.

That”s about one visit for every 19 people. In comparison, Alberta had about one visit for every 43 people, and Nova Scotia had one for every 37 people.The numbers stay stubbornly high, Hatch said of food bank use across Canada.Glad to see community support.Food banks are changing, Hatch said, to better serve and reflect their clients. More than half of the food distributed at banks across Canada is fresh, he said, and banks are trying to offer more choice to allow people to pick what they want to need.In order to reach their goal of reducing the need for their services, Food Banks Canada is calling for federal leadership on research into providing a basic income, as well as funding for standardized, affordable early learning and daycare for all.

The numbers stay stubbornly high.- Chris Hatch.Hatch said he was heartened to see the support received by the Community Food Sharing Association in Newfoundland and Labrador after last weeks fire, which destroyed a significant amount of food that would have been used to supply food banks across the country.Its great to see the community come together and really get them back on their feet so quickly, and help Eg and all of his team there, he said. Its just wonderful.

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