Friday, December 13, 2013

Coming Home: My Life as a Fashion Student – The Broke and Hungry Edition

Photo courtesy of Tara Marie Rose, a Regina born Fashion Blogger, who is studying fashion
design in Vancouver.

The last time I left off, I was a newbie in the big city. I'm now two months in and I feel like I have gotten into the swing of Vancouver. It took me some time to find a job so I’ll admit, things got a bit tight for a while and I was getting a bit thin. I came here with the idea that I could march into any restaurant I wanted to serve at, throw on my apron, and be laughing with the regulars like I'd been here for years. Although I have plenty of serving experience in the Prairies, it is a different world here. Getting a job at the best spots in town entails you knowing someone in the loop. I was quite taken aback when I marched into the first restaurant that I wanted work at, thinking I'd land the job with ease. I handed the man behind my resume and he the bar slid it back to me and said, “Sister, you may as well keep it, we aren't hiring. See that guy over there? He's been working here for seven years. That girl right there, four years. We don't need new employees because the ones we have don't leave.”  Well, there it was, I was a little fish in a big sea. But, I was a determined little fish; the only fish that swim with the current are dead, so upstream I swam. Door to door, day after day; after a month I got a job at a great restaurant. I may not be slinging beers with the regulars just yet, but I'm still swimmin'.

School began in November, with the loving support from the staff at Blanche Macdonald, I was able to fine tune my classes to fit my every need. It is amazing what you can do when the institution you're attending has hopes and dreams for you as big as those you have for yourself. This was so refreshing, after spending time in university, where I admittedly felt a bit like number. In university I felt pushed through the classes, ‘Get an A or a C, no sweat off our backs; you've paid your tuition, now on to the next one.’ It felt like home the moment I entered Blanche, because they made it feel that way. Whatever I want to do in the Fashion Industry, they want me to do as well, and they want to do their best to provide me with the tools to get there.

As my teachers eloquently sweep about the room each class, I can't help but be utterly engaged in every word that leaves their lips. They speak of the greats: Poiret, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, just to name a few. They teach how everything that exists in the life we live is an influence on the fashion industry; economy, music, art, architecture, nature, and so much more. They discuss the marketing aspect of the industry, which is equally fascinating. How we create imagery and paint pictures in the minds of the consumer. They demonstrate that building the most beautiful and successful brands starts with a team of beautifully intelligent people that can seemingly design products just for you! Every night I race to the library, searching deeper into the knowledge they touch on. Every night I spend hours submerged in books, in awe of industry itself. I can see my teachers, even with all of their great knowledge, are still in love with the fashion industry, still learning. It really is incredible to be going to school for something you are so completely passionate about. The will to learn, the drive, the hunger, is greater than I've ever felt!

I've made some wonderful friends in my classes already. They are people who are in the same position as I am, with the will to be the best, by giving their best. Of course, there are people in my class who think that they'll barely have to show up, be able text their friends through the entire class (when they do show up), and come out being the next Rachel frickin' Zoe. I don't worry about them though; instead I focus on the words someone great recently shared with me, “Keep your vision strong. Choose your vision, not your distractions.”

So here I am, two weeks into school and hungry. Although I've got plenty of vegetarian food in the fridge, it's the race I crave. I’m hungry for knowledge, hungry to succeed, hungry to give everything I have to what I'm passionate about. I passed a homeless man on the street the other day, holding a sign that read, “If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you're doing today? Spare change for thought.” So I leave you with a few questions: What are you hungry for? What drives you? When you woke up today, were you excited about what you were about to do? Don't swim with the dead fish, swim against the current. The Sea is only as big as you perceive it to be.

That's all for this week,


That little fashion girl from the Prairies

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Inspiration Behind the White Issue

Here in Saskatchewan, we do this thing every day.  We look up to the sky because it tells us the story of what's ahead.  The colour of the sky is always changing here.  Some days its clear blue, other days it can be pink, grey, white ...

 We make decisions  based on what we read as we look up. The sky is also what connects us.  We are joined by the love of an expansive horizon.  We tend to be a little claustrophobic.  We like to see forever.

If you are reading this and have never experienced a Saskatchewan winter, let me paint a picture.  It can be as cold as -65 Fahrenheit with the windchill.  We experience Arctic Fronts, which is mass of cold descending upon us from the Arctic. We fend off this piercing coldness with fashionable layers of fur, puffy coats, thigh high boots, gloves that reach the full length of the arm and fashionable yet functional accessories.

The White Issue celebrates the beauty of this season of winter, and all the things we love to do, like enjoy good company by a roaring fire, enjoy time with friends, sparkle in sequins and give back to those we love for nothing more than a smile.

The White Issue brings us home to who we are and the Saskatchewan spirit that connects us to each other wherever we are. In my travels I am blessed to work with people who live inspired lives.  Each person with whom I have had the pleasure of working in 2013 reminds me of why I love publishing SKY, and each time I am brought home to a place of shared purpose.

This year in am pleased and honoured that George and Angie Reed would grace the cover and share their love story about the land and it's people.

I would like to thank my clients for joining me in this journey home,



Moustache Bash: A Fashion Exclusive Debut

Sky Magazine proudly sponsored the Moustache Bash, an event hosted by Fashion designer Dean Renwick, to not only launch his new line, but also to raise money for Prostate cancer research.

It was a blue carpet event tailored for men and their special someone. As we entered the event, which was fabulously organized by Lisa Peters, owner of Eye Inspire Events, the men were greeted with a bevy of bowties and neckties created by the masterful Renwick himself. Ladies were adorned with a handmade scarf of their choosing. The Reception was festive, with great food by Walnut Catering and fine spirits.

Inside the Shu-Box Theatre we were treated to a gymnastic episode complete with death defying flying objects and arm balances. The yogi in me was inspired to join in, but my four inch Sam Edelman's were saying no.

Colin O'Brian Mans Shoppe took the stage with their next season's finery. I wished my daughter/fashion designer was there. Her childhood friend Aaron Burnett styled the show and it was amazing.

The room went dark as Dean's Film Noir began to play, telling a dark albeit entertaining tale of a woman scorned who transforms into a devil in a red dress for her bed-ridden husband right before his eyes.  Helpless under her spell, He flat lines, and the fashion show begins.

Look after look, the women wore Dean's designs like they owned the world. And that's the point.

Dean's collection is for the woman who know what she wants and has the means to have it.  There's always a reason to wear a Renwick.

Fade to black. Flatline. Silence.  Applause.

Click here to see the video by Shawn Fulton Cinema & Photography

Film Noir, by Red Hat Studios

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

An Act of God and the 13th Man

My dad, the 13th Man, with his helmet, signed by the iconic George Reed. 
It's Grey Cup week here in the land under sun.  A fresh coat of soft, sparkling snow has fallen upon us, but despite the white stuff that is covering the land, we are green through and through.

It all started last Sunday when the Saskatchewan Roughriders (miraculously) won in Calgary against the Stampeders. I was writing a presentation on risk management and CEO succession while the game was playing in our family room.  The TV was loud enough that I could hear it.  My husband was tucked downstairs in his wine making room, listening to the blaring television from a safe distance, praying that his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders would win the game.  (He believes that if he watches the game, they will lose).  A true Rider fan, he keeps a safe distance to give his team a fighting chance.

My Facebook page was open while I was working, so my friends and family commentators kept me in the loop. My sister in BC commented - "I am liking what I see . . .", and then the half time status - 22 - 6 for the Riders!  I called out to my husband to tell him they are winning, and he said - "I don't want to know!"

He was right. The third quarter was upon us and that's when things start to fall apart on the field quite often.  But not this day.  This day was a notable victory.  The one that would take us to the promised land of the Grey Cup.

"They did everything right," sports icon George Reed said to me.

Something came over us that day when we won in Calgary. We were hosting the Grey Cup and planning the party of the year, as we always do, but something shifted in Riderville, sort of like when the Grinch's heart grew 10 times its size.  We are inspired.

Yesterday my 76 year old dad, the original 13th man, phoned me desperately looking for a Grey Cup ticket.  A season ticket holder all his life, he was not able to get a ticket.  I posted a call for help on Facebook and my friends shared with their friends, and before I knew it, a family was offering their fourth ticket to my dad, inviting him to attend the game with them.

Meanwhile, my dad called the Mosaic Stadium Box Office in a last attempt to buy a ticket, and there was one ticket left, and it was waiting for him. He told me there was more to the story than luck.  He  had been sharing his woes of possibly missing the biggest game ever and his friend said, "leave it to God."  My dad told me, "I don't like to do that all the time, especially when He may not care that I am watching the game on TV or in the stands.  So I called, and it was there, waiting for me."

Snow or no snow. The sun is shining here in the land under the sun, and the 13th man will be there once again, and the stands will be green.  

Monday, October 14, 2013

Horse Sense: Lorelei Johns, C.A. Presents at RWN in Regina

Lorelei Johns, C.A. is a presenting at the Regina Women's Network on October 16.  Lorelei is a regular contributor to SKY Magazine. Her Horse Sense blog is focused on tips that help non - profits, and the antics of Red, her magnificent horse.  Attached is the poster for the event.  I will see you there.  You can read her story online at

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I've got men on my mind.

I've got men on my mind. SKY Magazine's White Issue will be launched at Dean Renwick's Moustache Bash at the Mercedes Show room in Regina on November 30,

SKY Magazine is proud to be a sponsor for the Moustache Bash,hosted by Dean Renwick.  It is a blue carpet event to raise funds for the Prostate Assessment Centre and to launch Dean Renwick's new line.

The event will be loads of fun for men and women.  Men will be able to choose an original Dean Renwick bow tie to finish their ensemble.

For women, Dean is giving us the gift of a clean-shaven man.  Ragged Ass Barbers and Hotel Saskatchewan Barber Shop will be shaving off the moustaches and beards of Movember.

The White Issue is also a special issue for me, as it will be the anniversary edition, marking the the full first year of publishing SKY Magazine.

We all remember well the 2012 White Issue, featuring the beautiful Nadia Williamson, owner of NWL Dress Shop in Regina, standing out in a snow covered field under a perfect powder blue winter sky, wearing a Pronovias gown.

On that day, as Nadia stepped into onto the field, putting her hand to her hair, and looking up to the sky as we all do, I knew that I was doing exactly what I should be doing. I have never looked back, and I have loved every single issue with all my heart.

The 2013 White Issue - Anniversary Edition - will be special as it will celebrate the men in our lives and their health and well being.

I can't wait for you to see it. It will take your breath away.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Falling for Red.

It was November 2012 that I first met Lorelei Johns after becoming the new publisher of SKY Magazine.  She told me all about the four legged love of her life, Red, and how he was instrumental in her business as an accountant serving non-profit organizations.

Since then, Horse Sense has been a regular part of SKY Magazine, and we have grown to look forward to Red's stories. 

With each issue, Red's antics make their way into the story.

"My horse Red inspires me. He is a 5 year-old, 590 kilogram gelding who at times, challenges my leadership, especially when we disagree on things like direction and strategy," she shared in the December 2012 White Issue. In the White Issue 2012, we photographed Lorelei with her saddle, capturing the free spirit that is Lorelei.

In the Spring 2012 issue,  she said, "Red was dreaming of warm days when he could freely move about in the sun filled green pasture with the herd.  Even in the world of horses, dreaming leads to action."  The temperature on the day of shooting the Spring SKY was minus 48 degrees Celsius. (Not even kidding). Needless to say, Red could not make his debut that day.

The summer was soppy here in Saskatchewan and so Red's moment in the sun had to wait yet again.  Lorelei's Horse Sense blog was inspired by her family, which includes Red, whom she said "teaches [her] about building relationships and being the kind of person I aspire to be."

I have loved sitting across the table over a cup of coffee hearing about Red and the things he does. But what I love more is watching Lorelei light up when she talks about this magnificent being.

In the making of the fall issue, now known as the "Red Issue", we were invited out to Red's stable just outside of Regina to photograph Lorelei with him. It was easy to see why she loves him so, and that he loves her too.

He is a charmer.  When we arrived, Lorelei took me over Red's pasture, and he came trotting over when he saw her, kind of like a big dog.  I put my hand out for him and placed his forehead into the palm of my hand. We were friends immediately.

Watching Lorelei with Red, it was plain to see how important they are to each other.  Here are some photos that I took with my iPhone that day, just capturing some of these special moments that happen in the making of SKY Magazine. I feel grateful to be a part of Lorelei and Red's journey.

Read the full story in

Greg Huszar, photographer, touring the stables. 

Tack makes great shots. 

Lorelei in the tack shop. 
Gotta love tack. 

Really can't get enough of this stuff. 

Red is getting ready for his big moment. 

Lorelei  and Red are walking over the get their photo taken. 

Red had to stop for a snack . . .

Love the flowers.

Happy Family.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Excuse me while I kiss the sky: District Brewing Company Launches "THE LEGEND OF MÜS KNUCKLE"

Tonight over 400 people gathered to celebrate District Brewing Company, Regina's first and only locally owned Brewery, launching its Mus Knuckle Premium Pale Lager tonight at the Orr Centre in Regina.  

The band, Mirror Imij - the Jimi Hendrix Experience from Las Vegas flew in to celebrate this momentous occasion at the Orr Centre in the George Reed Auditorium.  Mirror Imij sang all the great songs, including my personal favourite, Watch Tower. 

Congratulations to the District Brewing Company on your success.  

Twitter: @DistrictBrewing

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Queen V Fashion House - One Year Anniversary Celebration in the Fall SKY

Inspired Clothing
and accessories for trendsetters and tastemakers

Fallon Mazurkewich, Owner Photo by Carey Shaw 

SKY Magazine is pleased to present Queen V Fashion House.  This September, Queen V Fashion House is celebrating its one year anniversary as a Regina retailer.

A destination women’s fashion boutique located in the Warehouse District of Regina, Queen V has received tremendous accolades from the provincial fashion community. Owner Fallon Mazurkewich and the Queen V team are excited to house a curated collection of top brands from all over the world.

Queen V Fashion House #101-1118 Broad Street | Regina (306) 206-1331  Facebook Twitter 

History Reborn: Regina Civic Museum

History Reborn:
Regina Civic Museum

Housed in Regina’s Warehouse District on 1375 Broad Street will be the Regina Civic Museum, featuring a curated collection of Regina’s history since our inception. 

There are pieces of the original Albert Street Bridge, collections from the majestic 1500-seat Capitol Theatre built in 1921 that once stood on the corner of 12th and Scarth, a fur press, and thousands of other artifacts that tell our story.

“The largest piece in our collection is the steam locomotive now sitting at

Casino Regina.The smallest articles are stamps and pieces of jewelry. The collection tells us stories about whom we are and how we came to be where we are ,” says Shari Sokochoff, Executive Director.

“There are amazing pieces that celebrate the beauty of our city, as well as give memory to the dark days. The Museum is home to the large stained glass window, which is the largest surviving artifact of
the Knox Presbyterian Church that was damaged in the Regina Cyclone of 1912.”

The initiative to re-invent the museum began in March 2012, when the Board of Directors of the then Regina Plains Museum established a new strategic direction to become Regina’s civic museum, preserving and representing the history of our city. The new direction was approved by City Council, recognizing the Regina Civic Museum as a community partner and a core functional organization in the city.

“As the city grows and evolves, it will be important for those who shared in the creation of our city from its inception to revisit these artifacts and what they mean to them. For new comers to our city, the Regina Civic Museum will be the place to learn about the city they now call home.”

For more information, please contact: 

Shari Sokochoff, Executive Director Regina Civic Museum

1375 Broad Street Regina 306.780.9435 

Dean Renwick: Brand New at the Moustache Bash

Dean Renwick:
Brand New at the Moustache Bash

By Lynn Larson Armstrong

Dean Renwick, Designer,
Owner, Dean Renwick Design Studio 
Dean Renwick spends his days looking through the eye of the needle, creating a new clothing line that will walk off the runway in Regina and into the retail markets at home and in cities like Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

On November 30, Dean Renwick is hosting the Moustache Bash, a fundraising fashion show in support of the Prostate Assessment Centre, southern Saskatchewan’s first one-stop leading edge diagnostic centre for prostate cancer.

“We are rolling out the blue carpet, celebrating men’s fashion and men’s health. Each man will be gifted with a tie or bow tie of his choice to wear at the event.

For the women in their lives, we will give them the gift of a clean-shaven man. Ragged Ass Barbers and the Hotel Saskatchewan Barber Shop will be offering straight razor shaves and moustache trims for a donation of $35.00 to the Prostate Assessment Centre.”

The event will be held at Regina’s most exclusive car dealership, Mercedes Benz, featuring a men’s fashion show and the launch of Dean Renwick’s brand new line.

“I would like to thank the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Creative Industries Transition Fund, my business partner Crystal Spooner, Bradbury Design, Edge Agency, and Eye Inspire Events who are helping make my dream a reality.”

“I can’t wait to share my new line and new life at the Moustache Bash.”

Dean Renwick Design Studio 
Moustache Bash
November 30, 2013 
Lisa Peters, 

Mercedes Benz Showroom 
777 S Broad Street, Regina

For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Eye Inspire Events 

SKY Magazine is a proud sponsor of the Moustache Bash.

Special Feature: Lumsden Odyssey - The Women of James Street

The Women of James Street

By Lynn Larson Armstrong

L-­‐R: Jody Beaudry, Breanne Dmytriw, Deanna Perry, Shelly Korchinski, Sarah Kowalchuk, Gloria Korchinski, Lesia Matheson, Twila Parcher, Shannon Kaytor, Paulette Kaytorf

 I went on an odyssey, in search of the places where the land meets the sky, where souls are renewed in the warmth of the summer sun, where people embody the spirit of past pioneers, and the entrepreneurs of the present and future. With Bon Jovi’s “Lost Highway” blasting, I hit the open road. I don’t have to go very far before I have to stop and take in the beauty of what I can see. Fifteen minutes from north Regina off Highway 11 is Lumsden.

 Immediately I feel at home. I am drawn in by the inspiring sunrise, the warm summer air, the horizon of green trees that will soon turn a beautiful shade of red before the leaves are whisked away by the wind, and the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. It was there that I met the women of James Street, who embody the dream of living well in Saskatchewan. I am pleased to introduce you to them.

LEFT Jody Beaudry, owner with Breanne Dmytriw

Housed in a 105 year old Heritage Building, behind the cedar plank exterior is the closet of your dreams in Lumsden.

Owner Jody Beaudry opened her doors five years ago with a vision to create the “closet of your dreams” experience. The key to success: “I love what I am doing, and I love giving my customers a personable and enjoyable shopping experience.”
Thr3e Clothing Connection is a boutique-shopping destination that offers a collection of the most up to date trends for your life.

“We can dress you for a day in town shopping, a meeting, or a night out.”

“Splurge parties are a big hit at Thr3e,” adds Breanne. “We reserve the store for a group and serve wine and food, while our guests enjoy trying new looks as if they were in their very own walk in closet with their friends.”

Thr3e carries women’s lines, including Hudson Jeans, G-Star, Covet, iT, Gentle Fawn, BB Dakota, Fidelity, Desigual, DEPT, Pink Martini. Thr3e’s collection of “to die for” shoes and boots include MJUS, Fly London and Luxury Rebel, accessorized perfectly with Matt & Nat bags and wallets, Brave belts as well as watches, jewelry, and earrings.

The3e Clothing Connection | 215 James Street North, Lumsden | 306.731.3346 |   

Wildflower Esthetics & Sugar Studio

Deanna Perry, Owner
Natural, clean and classy are the first words that come to mind as you enter Deanna Perry’s private spa nestled in a heritage building on James Street, Lumsden.

Through every treatment you experience at Wildflower, you will feel the peacefulness and serenity that Deanna holds dear to the Lumsden Valley where she grew up and still lives.

Eminence, a handmade organic skin care line from Hungary, is used in all services and retailed as well.
“It is like the clean eating of skincare,” Deanna explains. “Their moisturizers are full of vitamins and nutrients extracted from the fruits and vegetables that are used in their making. Aging doesn’t stand a chance against nature’s combinations like pear and poppy seed, strawberry rhubarb, gooseberry and black currant, cucumber mint, key lime and vanilla, which are infused in the Eminence serums, cleansers, masques and exfoliants.”

Body sugaring hair removal, another one of Deanna’s passions, is also done naturally, using only water, sugar and lemon juice.

Cleanliness is next to Godliness at Wildflower. In her desire to take her client’s well being to a higher level, all instruments and tools are cleaned using a statim, a sterilizing unit that dentists use to clean their instruments and tools. If it can’t be cleaned in the statim, it is disposed of.
Indulge in the finest facials, pedicures, manicures, and body treatments at Wildflower Esthetics & Sugar Studio or treat somebody with a gift certificate. Visit the website or call to book ahead before your next excursion to Lumsden, and prepare to bask in Eminence.

Wildflower Esthetics & Sugar Studio Suite 1 - 215 James Street North, Lumsden 306.731.9121 |

Fourth & James Bakery

Caramelized onion and smoked cheddar quiche, cinnamon buns, pesto cheese twists, diablo cookies, peanut butter cupcakes, chocolate quinoa cupcakes and pizza at noon – oh my. You will make a special trip into Lumsden to stop at Fourth & James Bakery, wander around some pretty shops in Lumsden, sit on a bench and say “hey” to passersby. Owner Lesia Matheson was trained at the International Culinary School at the Art Institute in Vancouver. She has a passion for food that tastes good and feels good, and an experience that feeds your soul. “At Fourth & James, we love to listen to good music while we bake, and we think that being kind and creative is a great way to be. We also love the marriage of function and form, good jokes and Scrabble.”

Fourth & James Bakery | 375 James St. N., Lumsden 306.731.3552 | |

Red Leaf Boutique is the place to stop for the active little people in your life. Owner Twila Parcher, and her children Emily, 11, Quin, 9, and, and baby Eve, 2, are inspired by a unique, eclectic style that not only looks good but can stand up to the play test. Twila carries Benchkids, Blu, Yogini, Underarmour, and Losan to name a few. Twila’s collection of children’s clothes is always changing and evolving, just like her “growing” customers.

Red Leaf Boutique | 4-20 2nd Avenue, Lumsden 306.527.9194 

La Vault Decor

For a turn of the century experience, visit La Vault Decor, a boutique that specializes in restoration inspired furniture, accessories for the home, lighting and handcrafted pieces. Owners Shelly and Gloria are inspired by a fusion of texture, metals, reclaimed wood and glass.

La Vault Décor | 215 James St., Lumsden | 306.731.1003 |

Fin Salon

Sarah Kowalchuk is Lumsden’s rock star-artist- hairstylist with a love of sustainability, creativity and imagination. From the salon’s name, Fin, which is borrowed from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Finnish language in “Lord of the Rings”, to the hand crafted earthy and elegant design of the space, Fin Salon is inspired by Sarah’s love for the earth and its natural beauty. She is committed to using eco-friendly products, including Aveda and ammonia free colour and sustaining the beauty of the land and its people.

Fin Salon | 20 – 2nd Avenue, Lumsden 306.731.9122 

Once you walk into The Painted Parasol, located in the old brick post office built in 1931, you will feel like you stepped into a simpler, happier time. For owners Shannon and Paulette Kaytor, The Painted Parasol is a dream come true. “Our passion is finding new, exciting and unique items for everyone on your list. The candy section is a big crowd pleaser.” They also carry a wide variety of home décor, purses, jewelry, toys, specialty baby items, housewares, as well as bath and body products.

The Painted Parasol Gift & Toy | 220 James St. N. Lumsden | 306.731.2201 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Serendipitous Meeting of The Red Piano and the Fall Odyssey

It was day three of our fall photo shoot, now called the "Fall Odyssey", which included Lumsden, Saskatoon and Regina. We were downtown in search of a location for the Publisher's photo.

We  happened upon a beautiful, bright red, upright piano at the Regina Public Library.

It was love at first sound, when I heard a man playing classical music on a bright red, upright piano  He was dressed in tall white socks and shoes, shorts, a tennis shirt and a hat. I was drawn in to his melody. I asked him why a bright red piano was sitting outside of RPL. 

He explained that it is part of an exhibit at the Dunlop Art Gallery called "Play", by Kathleen Irwin, and Jeff Mortin,  "a multi-part installation centralized around two shiny upright pianos that encourage interaction, improvisation, performance and literal play, blurring the boundaries between spectator and performer."  The exhibit ran from June 14 to August 25, 2013.

The first piano was situated outside so that anyone could come and play.  The second was positioned inside the gallery in a black room, "replicating the conventions of a concert hall or theatre."

"The Piano stands in the centre, on a circular red carpet, lit by a sparkling chandelier. It too may be played, but approaching it is tantamount to taking the stage."

Outfitted with a webcam, a microphone and speakers, the system operates on a delayed playback system, so that when the pianist plays, the sound is played back in a delayed format.  Projections of previous pianists who played before offer "the possibility of temporarily unbounded collaboration with others to ensue."

It was a serendipitous moment. We were creating the Red Issue. I was wearing red, and this was a perfect, shiny red piano.  It was a perfect match.  The piano called out to me: "Photograph me."  

I would like to thank the Regina Public Library and Dunlop Art Gallery for allowing SKY to be a part of this shared symphony.  It is truly a keepsake and one of the most memorable moments in the creation of SKY Magazine thus far.

Here are some pictures provided by the Dunlop Art Gallery to help experience and the exhibit, even though it has since come down.

- Lynn Armstrong .