Monday, February 28, 2011

Jane Russell Passes Away at 89

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 28/2011

I always liked Jane Russell, I remember the pretty costumes she wore and she was a good singer and funny and had a tough- don't mess with me image.

R.I.P. Jane, you were a beautiful actress and person.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Jane Russell, the busty brunette who shot to fame as the sexy star of Howard Hughes' 1941 Western "The Outlaw," died Monday of respiratory failure, her family said. She was 89.

Although Russell largely retired from Hollywood after her final film, 1970's "Darker Than Amber," she had remained active in her church, with charitable organizations and with a local singing group until her health began to decline just a couple weeks ago, said her daughter-in-law, Etta Waterfield. She died at her home in Santa Maria.

"She always said I'm going to die in the saddle, I'm not going to sit at home and become an old woman," Waterfield told The Associated Press. "And that's exactly what she did, she died in the saddle."
Jane Russell (born in 1921) is an American actress and sex symbol. She was born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell in Bemidji, Minnesota. She  modeled early for photographers and studied drama and acting with Max Reinhardt's Theatrical Workshop and with famed Russian actress Maria Ouspenskaya. 

In 1940, Russell was signed to a seven year contract by millionaire Howard Hughes and made her motion picture debut in "The Outlaw" (1943). Together with Lana Turner, Russell personified the sensuously contoured sweater girl look. 

Though her early movies did little to show her true acting abilities, they helped parlay her into a career portraying smart, often cynical, tough "broads", with a wisecracking attitude.

In 1947, Russell attempted to launch a musical career, recording a single with the Kay Kyser Orchestra, "As Long As I Live".

She went on to perform with proficiency in an assortment of roles, which includes playing Calamity Jane in "The Paleface" (1948) and in "Son of Paleface" (1952).

Russell was at the height of her wry comedic talents with her performance as Dorothy Shaw in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953) opposite Marilyn Monroe, which is one of her most memorable roles. It was an excellent movie and showed her as a talented actress.

She appeared in two movies opposite Robert Mitchum, "His Kind of Woman" (1951) and "Macao" (1952). Other co-stars include Frank Sinatra and Groucho Marx in the comedy "Double Dynamite" (1951), Victor Mature, Vincent Price and Hoagy Carmichael in "The Las Vegas Story" (1952), Jeff Chandler in "Foxfire" (1955) and Clark Gable and Robert Ryan in "The Tall Men" (1955).

She then played in "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes" (1955), "The King and Four Queens" (1956) starring Clark Gable and Eleanor Parker, "Run for the Sun" (1956) and "The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown" (1957).

Her performances in "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes", opposite Jeanne Crain, and in the drama "The Revolt of Mamie Stover" (1956) displayed her fine acting ability. 

In October 1957, she debuted in a successful solo nightclub act at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. She also fulfilled later engagements in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America and Europe.

In 1971, she starred in the musical drama "Company on Broadway", replacing Elaine Stritch.

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood. Though her screen image was that of a sex goddess, her private life lacked the sensation and scandal that followed other actresses of the time, such as Lana Turner.

At the height of her career, Russell started the "Hollywood Christian Group", a weekly Bible study at her home for Christians in the movie business that was attended by some of the biggest names.
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Jane Russell

In Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell
June 21, 1921 (1921-06-21) (age 89)
Bemidji, Minnesota

Died February 28, 2011(2011-02-28) (aged 89)
Santa Maria, California[1]
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1943–86

In 1940, Russell was signed to a seven-year contract by film mogul Howard Hughes[3] and made her motion picture debut in The Outlaw (1943), a story about Billy the Kid that went to great lengths to showcase her voluptuous figure. 

Although the movie was completed in 1941, it was released for a limited showing two years later. There were problems with the censorship of the production code over the way her ample cleavage was displayed.

When the movie was finally passed, it had a general release in 1946.

During that time, she was kept busy doing publicity and became known nationally. Contrary to countless incorrect reports in the media since the release of The Outlaw, Russell did not wear the specially designed underwire bra (the first of its kind[4]) that Howard Hughes constructed for the film.

According to Jane's 1988 autobiography, she was given the bra, decided it had a mediocre fit, and wore her own bra on the film set with the straps pulled down.[citation needed]

With measurements of 38D-24-36 and standing 5'7" she was more statuesque than most of her contemporaries. Aside from thousands of quips from radio comedians, including Bob Hope, who once introduced her as "the two and only Jane Russell" and "Culture is the ability to describe Jane Russell without moving your hands", the photo of her on a haystack was a popular pin-up with servicemen during World War II.

Actresses Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell putting signatures, hand and foot prints in cement at Grauman's Theater, 1953
 Source: Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library

Publication date: June 27, 1953

She performed in an assortment of movie roles, which included Calamity Jane, opposite Bob Hope in The Paleface (1948) on loan out to Paramount, and Mike "the Torch" Delroy opposite Hope in another western comedy, Son of Paleface (1952), again at Paramount.[citation needed] Russell was Dorothy Shaw in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) opposite Marilyn Monroe for 20th Century Fox, which was well-received.[citation needed]


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1953 film adaptation of the 1949 stage musical, released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, with Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, Taylor Holmes, and Norma Varden in supporting roles.

The screenplay by Charles Lederer is augmented by the music of songwriting teams Hoagy Carmichael & Harold Adamson and Jule Styne & Leo Robin. The songs by Styne and Robin are from the Broadway show, while the songs by Carmichael and Adamson were written especially for the film.
The movie is filled with comedic gags and musical numbers.

While Russell's down-to-earth, sharp wit has been noted by most critics, it is Monroe's turn as the gold-digging Lorelei Lee for which the film is often remembered.[1] Monroe's rendition of the song "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" is considered an iconic performance that has been copied by the likes of Madonna, Geri Haliwell, Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman, Anna Nicole Smith and Christina Aguilera.

 Jane Russell and Howard Hughes Relationship

The Outlaw (1943), completed in 1941, which featured Jane Russell, also received considerable attention from industry censors, this time owing to Russell's revealing costumes. Hughes designed a special bra for his leading lady, although Russell decided against wearing the bra because of a mediocre fit.

Hughes' wife returned to Houston in 1929 and filed for divorce.

Hughes dated many famous women, including Billie Dove, Bette Davis, Ava Gardner, Olivia de Havilland, Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney. He also proposed to Joan Fontaine several times, according to her autobiography No Bed of Roses. Bessie Love was a mistress during his first marriage. Jean Harlow accompanied him to the premiere of Hell's Angels, but Noah Dietrich wrote many years later that the relationship was strictly professional—Hughes personally disliked Harlow.

In his 1971 book, Howard: The Amazing Mr. Hughes, Dietrich said that Hughes genuinely liked and respected Jane Russell but never sought romantic involvement with her.

According to Russell's autobiography, however, Hughes once tried to bed her after a party. Russell (who was married at the time) refused him and Hughes promised it would never happen again.

The two maintained a professional and private friendship for many years.

You can see lots of photos of Jane Russell here at IMDB - the Internet Movie DataBase

Silver Screen Pin-up Jane Russell Dead At 89 

This links to a Really Great Video, but I can't embed it, so you'll have to watch it on youtube

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bernadine Fox - A Fabulous Artist!


Bernadine Fox
Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 27/2011

Bernadine obtained a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in Vancouver, BC where she studied both drawing and animation (classical and computer). She also trained at the Alberta College of Art and Design and Douglas College in BC

 Read More of Bernadine's Biography here.

After graduating, Fox worked as a Film Producer/Production Manager for both film and animation projects including Johnny Quest, the Care Bears, Mattel, Expo 86, and a variety of TV commercials, documentaries, and feature films. 

She has volunteered her expertise on the Boards of various art organizations including Women in Film, CARFAC, BC and the Society for Disability Arts & Culture (host for the international kickstART Festival in Vancouver, BC [2001]).
She is a member of CARFAC, BC and a signatory to the Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective.

Bernadine teaches drawing and has developed classes for individuals who are able-bodied and those who have a range of physical challenges. Most recently, she has begun to curate both national and international exhibitions.

Bernadine Fox’s work has gained considerable attention in the last several years and is now held in private collections across North America including New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Calgary and Vancouver.  

She has exhibited throughout Canada in a variety of venues from solo, two-person and group exhibitions to commercial galleries. She lives in East Vancouver where she raises her granddaughter and works out of the Williams Clark Studios.

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The Cheaper Show - Vancouver BC

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
The Cheaper Show - Vancouver
Feb 27/2011

This was posted on Facebook
Its official! One week left to apply to be in #cheaper10. We'd love to see more painters from Vancouver! Spread the word!

The Cheaper Show is massive one-night art event where all works sell for a uniform, affordable price. We remove barriers between talented emerging artists, established artists, buyers, curators, gallery directors and collectors, creating new channels for engaged interaction. The shows format is unparalleled anywhere in Canada. We showcase hundreds of multi-disciplined artists, with a mandate of featuring 75% local artists, based solely on their artistic merit. While we have a strong focus on incredible local talent, our international component is also exceptional, this past year the show received 1000 submissions from over 200 cities in the world. Read more here

Kootenay Animal Assistance Program Society (KAAP)

Kootenay Animal Assistance Program Society (KAAP)
Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 27/2011

I tried to vote, but for some reason it didn't like my email or something. Hope you can vote, just one day left.

After two years of helping animals and their owners in our community, the volunteers of the Kootenay Animal Assistance Program Society (KAAP) have become a registered Charity. We can issue tax receipts for qualified donations.

The volunteers of KAAP have helped almost 900 cats and dogs since the fall of 2007. Nearly 550 of these pets were homeless; KAAP offered temporary foster home care to them while they were waiting to find their new families.

These animals were also given medical care as required; many needed to be spayed or neutered, and needed other attention such as vaccinations or de-worming.

KAAP advertised these pets on the well-known web site, as well as local media, and has had great success. Read More Here

KAAP-Kootenay Animal Assistance Program Society


Help us save lives.

We want to continue to be able to help those pets that are being turned away from animal shelters. These pets are typically old, sick, unattractive, or are victims of bad timing when shelters are full.

We want to continue to be able to help those pets owned by low income and otherwise disadvantaged pet owners, who can't afford the rising veterinary fees to spay/neuter their pets, or to deal with emegency or chronic medical costs.

We want to continue to address pet overpopulation by providing TNR (trap, neuter, return of feral cats) or spay/neuter and re-homing services.

We want to continue to be able to offer our pets high quality foster homes, supplies, transportation, and adoptive services. Quality of care and quality of life are important for our pets in transition.

Community Benefit
Pet lovers are everywhere, and our community is one that values good pet care and happy pets. High value is placed on knowing that there is a service in the community that is accessible 7 days a week, proactive, professional, and has the funding to deal with situations that other animal welfare services turn down. It is important to our community to know that an old cat or dog will receive the best medical and emotional care while it is in transition, and has a very good chanceof finding a new home for the rest of their lives. Every day we are thanked by community members for the work we do, and we thank them for supporting us in many ways.

How will the $25K be used?

Budget Notes:
KAAP volunteers donate foster home care, transportation, advertising, adoptive services.
KAAP is 100% volunteer; all grants and donations are used for pet care.

$ 15,000 spay/neuter 150 cats and dogs
$ 5,000 vet care, dental, surgeries, emergency, tests, vaccinations
$ 5,000 prescribed medicines and food for injury and chronic illness for pets

Our "Green" House- Canadian Style ;)

Our "Green" House - Canadian Style
Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 27/2011

Here is our snowy day, a rare sight in Kits as the snow just doesn't stay. Actually the first big snow at the beginning is from another day(when it didn't stick) but looked so cool I added here.

Last night the snow finally stuck but it was just powdery and could barely make a snowball for a snowball fiight, just good for snow Angels.
Photographer Tina Winterlik © 2011
Snowball Fight Anyone? 

But today the snow was wet and I worked hard to make a cool fort- "Canadian Green House" ;) for Angel.

We hoped others would come to play but just one little came. That was fun. She and her dad had a snowball fight with Angel, while I kept building.

Finally it was raining quite hard and we were cold and wet, hungry but happy!

It was a great day!

These Kootenay girls miss the snow.
Photographer Tina Winterlik © 2011
Angel relaxing in the Snow Fort- a Canadian "Green" House!

Here is our Tribute to Nelson and all the Kootenays!!

Living Green Walls, Coffee Cup Houses, & Vertical Gardens

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 27/2011

Inhabitat -design will save the world


Gorgeous Green House Wrapped in a Vertical Garden
by Kristi Bernick, 02/26/11
Architecture,Botanical,Gardening,green roof

This gorgeous greenery-wrapped live/work space in Linkebeek, Belgium was completed by Samyn and Partners in 2007 after 8 years of construction. In the original plans, Samyn and Partners designed the building’s walls to be covered in ivy, while a patinated copper material was chosen for the roof. It’s a blessing that this project took so long to complete -- during construction, the original concept for a “green” façade grew stronger and the ivy and copper roof were scrapped in favor of a lush living envelope that features a selection of exotic plants chosen by botanist Patrick Blanc.

Dubbed Milly Film, the mixed-use building is designed to serve as a cinematographer’s residence, production studio, and workspace. The design began with the decision to maintain the existing structure of a small one story house on the ground level. The renovation provided structure for the entry, office and kitchen for the residence, and the living room and stairway extend to the rest of the building.

Read more:

Gorgeous Green House Wrapped in a Vertical Garden Milly Film house by Samyn and Partners – Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

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Sharp and Diamond's Vancouver Aquarium
Flower Tower by Edouard François

Randy Sharp of Sharp & Diamond, designed the Vancouver Aquarium’s 50-square-metre green wall of polypropylene modules filled with wildflowers, ferns and ground covers. It has a modular grid of wall panels, a soil or felt growing medium, and irrigation and nutrient-delivery system and a support structure; these are the virtually universal features of a living wall.

That isn't a lot to grow on, but Sharp notes that there are many native plants that cling to rocks and shallow soils and survive harsh winters. The trick is to blow all of the water out of the system before it freezes, and the plants go dormant. More on Randy Sharp's Award-winning Vancouver Aquarium wall: 2008 Award-Winning Green Roofs and Walls

The office wing of the controversial new Quai Branly Museum, designed by Jean Nouvel in Paris has a "vertical garden" installed by Patrick Blanc. The construction of the vertical gardens include layers of felt, plastic and metal sheeting which provide a barrier against damaging roots.

According to Business Week, Le Mur Végétal, or Plant Wall, is a dense sheet of vegetation that can grow against any surface, or even in midair. It works by doing away entirely with dirt, instead growing plants hydroponically in felt pockets attached to a rigid plastic backing. via ::Archidose

Floating Houses from Studio Noach- by Lloydalter

Michel Kreuger tells us that the Rexwall panels with recycled polystyrene cores will result in the following benefits:
-100% Recycled
-High insulation
-Frost impervious: because it is flexible, ice freeze up around the hull is not a problem

He claims that the floating houses address four environmental issues:

-CO2/Greenhouse issue

‘Green Floating' objects turn CO2 straight into oxygen, they love it! Bottom line even more then owners and users of the resort expel altogether. 'Green Floating' resorts are CO2 negative.

-The population issue

If you watch the globe, how colourful the continents may be, 70% of our planet is blue and full of water. Lots of water. In total 1370 km3

The Environmental Waste Issue:

"EPS, or expanded polystyrene is one of the most tough waste materials on our planet. On average it takes up to 90 years to biodegrade a polystyrene coffee cup or hamburger shell. However, the product is easy to recycle. In RexwallTM it even serves the planet."

Read More here

Sunday September 26, 2010
Wrapped in life-giving green

He’s on a mission to bring wilderness into cities.

WHEN people see one of Patrick Blanc’s “forested” walls, their reaction is almost universal: there are gasps of surprise, followed by flashes of light as camera flashbulbs go off – and then comes the need to touch the lush tendrils of living plants growing magically on a wall.

It is this interaction between human being and nature in the heart of even the most densely packed cities that makes Blanc smile.
Green man cometh: This is Patrick Blanc, botanist, artist and man who likes green ... everything, right down to his fingernails.

“Over half of the world’s population now live in cities; I think it’s very important to combine nature with cities instead of separating both from one another,” says Blanc, 56, the inventor of Le Mur Vegetal, or Vertical Garden System, a much imitated concept now.

Blanc created his first true living wall in the 1980s in Parc de la Villette in Paris. Today, his works of green art adorn over 140 walls around the world: the interiors of hotels, private homes and department stores in Bangkok, Berlin and Kuwait; luxury condominiums in Sydney; museums in Japan; and Parisian clubs. Read More Here

StarMag’s cover photo is a close up of this wall, part of London’s Hotel Athenaeum (photo provided by the hotel)

Read more here

They are also a vital part of high profile architectural works such as Jean Nouvel’s Musee du Quai Branly in Paris and the Caixa Forum in Madrid by Herzog and de Meuron.

(Nouvel and design firm Herzog and de Mueron both won architecture’s “Nobel” prize, the Pritzker Prize.)

StarMag’s cover photo is a close up of this wall, part of London’s Hotel Athenaeum
(photo provided by the hotel).

The walls are works of arts, indeed; and in a concrete jungle, a splash of living green is always refreshing, of course – but these living walls go beyond aesthetics. They can help reduce the urban heat island effect (caused by heat building up by reflecting and bouncing off the huge expanses of artificial material); they have also have proven their ability to filter air particulates, which helps improve air quality; they can filter and absorb rain, thus helping to slow storm runoff and mitigate urban flooding; and they can add welcome humidity to sealed indoor spaces that are usually dry thanks to air-conditioning.

And, of course, one of their biggest green contributions is that they can help preserve flora, as Blanc points out: “Any naked wall has the potential to be turned into a vertical garden and thus become a shelter for biodiversity."

“For a city with high levels of pollution, the garden acts as an efficient tool for air and water remediation wherever flat surfaces are already extensively used for human activities.”

How they work

Blanc’s walls can live up to 30 years and do not require pruning or trimming.

My theory is that concrete is like limestone in a way, so if plants can grow on a rock surface, why not a wall?” says the botanist.

Blanc’s vertical garden at the architecturally award-winning Caixa Forum in Madrid, Spain, has been acclaimed for spectacularly complementing the sculptural aspects of the cultural centre. – Photos courtesy of PATRICK BLANC

These plants are not rooted into the wall surface itself, though, as that would break down the structure – this is what happened to the ancient Angkor temples of Cambodia that are deteriorating so badly. Neither are they rooted in soil, as that would make them too heavy.

“The plants are grown on felt sheets because soil is just a mechanical support. They only require water, with minerals dissolved in it, and light and carbon dioxide to conduct photosynthesis. I only use plants that grow wild on rock faces,” he explains.

Blanc has perfected a system using a metal frame, a PVC layer and a felt layer to attach the plants to their vertical surfaces.

First he hangs the metal frame on a wall where it ensures an insulating layer of air. A 1cm-thick waterproof PVC sheet is fixed over the frame to protect the wall. Then a felt layer is stapled onto the PVC; into this sheet, plants are installed at a density of 30 per 1sq mthis prevents weeds from growing and creates the luxurious, forested feel.

A small, regularly-punctured hose running along the top of the installation provides water that is dissipated throughout the absorbent felt layer. Liquid fertiliser is also dispersed in this manner.

“The weight of the entire frame is only about 30kg per square metre, so it can be installed even on tall buildings,” says Blanc.

Our very own wall

The patented method should make easy work of covering the more than 600sq m wall Blanc has planned for Kuala Lumpur.

He was in town recently to visit the site of his first vertical garden in this country. It will be part of the luxury Kenny Heights development, which has brought together top names in architectural and design fields, like British designer Sir Terence Conran and Japanese architect Kengo Kuma (as told in Height of design, Spaces, StarMag, Nov 11, 2009).

Blanc will be installing a dramatic wall garden across two gigantic slabs of concrete at the two blocks of the Kuma-designed town villas in the Kenny Heights Estate.

The Estate is one part of the 35ha development straddling KL’s upmarket Kenny Hills and Damansara Heights areas, and it's emphasis is a Man-Nature connection throughout. Blanc’s wall will be an important part of creating that connection, as it will be covered with more than 50 varieties of tropical plants to create a sense of verdant luxury.

“The gardens are inspired by the huge limestone cliffs of (Pulau) Langkawi,” Blanc explains.

“They will make a stunning façade. As the walls are exposed to full sunlight, I will be using big and fluffy plants with more flowers to add colour.

The stunning Green Symphony installation at the Taipeh Concert Hall.

“And in the canyon-like space between the two blocks, I will use shade-loving species with delicate foliage softened with mosses and ferns. I hope the ultimate effect will be similar to being in front of a cliff covered with foliage.

KL has much potential for wall gardens because out of the country’s (identified) 8,000 plant species, some 2,500 grow without any soil.

Blanc is highly excited about his first project for Malaysia because it was here, in our sweltering rainforests, that he honed what was to become a lifelong passion for living walls.

Read more here

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Talk Green Vancouver

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 26/2011

This is very cool because it follows the goals of Four Years. Go. but is a little longer. Still it's a good step in that direction

Land Without War

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 26/2011

Land Without War

Through the sounds of home-grown vegetable folk, basement electronics, and rhythms that beat-sync with the sun’s cycles, Chase Binnie sings to make life as fun and free as it can be.

Bringing the deep spirituality to the surface and yelling it across the playground, this spirit kid will cook vegan pancakes on your burning heart.

With our hands, we can create anything we envision. So if you dream of world peace, inner peace or any other kind of peace, share it with a photo! Make your palm “peaceful” and submit the photo. Get creative! It’s your palm, it’s your peace! See More Here-

Chase Binnie- Palms for Peace

Friday, February 25, 2011

Arresting mentally ill 8 years olds? What Next???

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 25/2011

This is crazy and outrageous! This screams of bullying. There should be counsellors in there.

Arresting a mentally ill 8 year old. What's Wrong with the Picture? I am shaking my head.

An 8-year-old special education student in Florida was arrested this week and now has a mug shot and a rap sheet after he allegedly threw sticks at his teacher.

According to Orlando TV station Local 6, it's the "fifth time since November that he has been arrested after being accused of fighting with teachers at the school, but according to police reports, none of the teachers suffered serious injuries." Police reports say he bit a teacher and chased and threatened his classmates.

The boy is due in court today on a battery charge. READ MORE HERE!

Pink Monkey Studios - Be Shot. Real Good.

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 25/2011

Ross is a fabulous photograph and artist.  See the great things people are saying here!!/pink.monkey.studios?sk=app_6261817190 

Barry Levy
"I have been in LA for just over 3 years now, and I have yet to find a photographer here who can match what I got from Ross and Sarolta in Vancouver. They are top notch, top drawer, and top of the list for me!" 

Ross den Otter & Sarolta Dobi of Pink Monkey Studios

Leaving their small B.C. towns of Courtenay and Summerland in the mid-eighties and meeting at Langara's respected photography program led not only to a thriving partnership in business but also to a thriving partnership in life. Pink Monkey Studios, established in 1996 by the husband-and-wife team of Ross den Otter and Sarolta Dobi, has skillfully filled the portfolios of actors, models, and corporate executives from across the Lower Mainland for over a decade.  Establishing and maintaining quality relationships with all their clients, the Monkeys' branched out to commercial and on-set film work as well, expanding the scope of their business.
Pink Monkey Studios

Pink Monkey Studios - BE SHOT. REAL GOOD.

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Vancouver, BC, v6a 2c4

About  : For twenty years Pink Monkey Studios has specialized in commercial portraiture, Headshots and Theatre stills

Tel: 604-872-3206

Ross den Otter - Artist
Nuovo Fresco

Ross den Otter- Nuovo Fresco-

Personal Information
I make things by mixing things with other things.

Personal Interests
It's rather simple, I like to do things. I live a life of what will I do next.

Phone 604 872-3206

Ross was born Port Alberni BC in 1969 and was raised in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. He is a photographer, mixed media artist, small scale sculptor and photographic printmaker of over 25 years. A natural collaborator, he has worked with many of Vancouver’s fine art and commercial photographers.

As a child he was taught the importance of stewardship of the land, conservation of resources and creation of a strong community. Those lessons formed his core values and have guided his personal growth through his life. Ross is an active scuba diver and has amassed hundred of dives off the west coast shores, assisted in the training of divers with physical challenges, and worked with conservation agencies in the annual Ling Cod egg mass counts.
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Ross den Otter - Eastside Culture Crawl 
Ross den Otter- Nuovo Fresco- National Post

 The naturally sculpted inspires Vancouver fresco-maker

Shameless Hussy Productions

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 25/2011

Shameless Hussy Productions

In the beginning...
Established in 1992, shameless hussy productions is a company of self producing theatre artists co-founded by Renée Iaci, Deb Pickman and Lana Krause along with creative associate Ion Design & Branding.

Our Stories
"telling provocative stories about woman, to inspired hand that rocked the cradle to rock the world."

Our reigning Co-Artistic Directors are Daune Campbell & Renée Iaci, who perform double duty as Managing Producer and Tour Co-Ordinator.

Contact Info

Daune Campbell
Co-Artistic Director / Managing Producer
Daune @

Renée Iaci
Co-Artistic Director / Tour Co-Ordinator
Renee @

Deb Pickman
Resident Artistic Associate
Marketing & Communications Director
Deb @

Woman, Idiot, Lunatic, Criminal by Shameless Hussy Productions
 Photography by Pink Monkey Studios 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Huaorani, Moi, Ecotourism & Operation Auca

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 24/2011

One day soon I hope that Angel and I can go to Ecuador and experience the beauty of the Amazon.  We don't take it for granted, and we are sad that so many bad things have happened the the environment and the people. Now with some Eco-lodges and social media, information can be shared and hopefully some of the wrongs can be righted. But what the oil companies did there was horrific and it's so sad that the people there have to live with that.

Huaorani leader Moi Enomenga, made famous by articles in the New Yorker magazine and as the principle character in Joe Kane's Savages (1995), as well as in an NBC television documentary telling of his struggle to protect Huaorani land from oil companies, believes that ecotourism is a means by which his people can receive an income while maintaining the integrity of their culture and conserving their rainforest territory.

Moi is currently the president of the Ecotourism Association of Quehueri`ono, which represents five communities on the upper Shiripuno River, and has signed an agreement with Tropic to develop this joint venture for the next ten years.

First the missionaries, then loggers and the extraction of oil which brought deforestation, pollution and crime in their wake.

Incredibly, Ecuador has the highest rate of deforestation in South America; the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon, among the most biologically diverse regions in the world, the place the Waorani call home, has been hit particularly hard. There have been few options available: fight, die, flee, assimilate, disappear.......

Flying over the Ecuadorian Amazon or 'Oriente' in a Cessna light aircraft is a major highlight of Tropic's #Huaorani Ecolodge #adventure. With the 40 minute flight taking off from the small jungle town of Shell, passengers are introduced to Ecuador's long and difficult history of oil development.

The Huaorani have long inhabited the headwaters of the Amazon, living as nomadic hunters and gatherers with no outside contact until the end of the 1950s, at least one clan continues to shun all contact with the outside world. According to their traditions, they migrated to this area a long time ago to escape from cannibals.

The Huaorani speak a language unrelated to any other; their name means "the people", while everyone else is cowore, or "non-human" (that's you).

In 1956, when the Huaorani were first contacted by missionaries, their territory extended from the Napo River in the north to the Curaray River in the south. After the missionaries, the oil companies came looking for new reserves as the global demand for fossil fuels increased. The Huaorani live on top of one of Ecuador's largest oil deposits and since its discovery have been forced to deal with the presence of oil companies and other outsiders on the land they have called home for at least a thousand years . Read More Here.


TROPIC is an award–winning ecotourism company specialized in providing high quality travel experiences in Ecuador’s most spectacular natural areas in the company of its native peoples.

At Tropic we offer our clients an unforgettable experience in a culturally sensitive style, while contributing to the conservation and sustainable development of the places we visit.

TROPIC grew out of the need for a tourism operator which could demonstrate that environmental protection and cultural respect can be compatible with running a successful business.

While many of Ecuador's (and the world's) most valuable and beautiful regions are falling victim to insensitive 'development' at the hands of the oil, timber and monoculture industries causing a tragic loss of biodiversity, now more than ever it is necessary to create viable economic alternatives which give value to this ecological and cultural richness. Read More here
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La película documenta los acontecimientos de 1956 que rodean los esfuerzos misioneros de cinco americanos y de sus familias de alcanzar a los indios de Auca de Ecuador, una tribu conocida por su salvajismo.
Sus intentos de acercarse a la tribu dieron como resultado las muertes de Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, y de Roger Youderian. 

Pero esta tragedia era solamente el principio de una historia asombrosa del perdón, del rescate, y de la tolerancia. Varios miembros de la familia de los misionarios asesinados volvieron a las selvas de Ecuador para ministrar a los Aucas (hoy conocidos como los "Huaoranis"), y sus esfuerzos lograron que muchos miembros de la tribu se convirtieron en cristianos. 

En una increíble expresión de reconciliación, Steve Saint, hijo de Nate es bautizado por dos de los hombres que asesinaron a su padre, en el mismo río en donde murió su padre.

Basado en una historia real.

Operation Auca

Operation Auca was an attempt by five Evangelical Christian missionaries from the United States to bring the gospel to the Huaorani people of the rainforest of Ecuador. The Huaorani, also known by the pejorative Aucas (a modification of awqa, the Quechua word for "enemies"), were an isolated tribe known for their violence, against both their own people and outsiders who entered their territory.

With the intention of being the first Christians to evangelize the previously uncontacted Huaorani, the missionaries began making regular flights over Huaorani settlements in September 1955, dropping gifts. After several months of exchanging gifts, on January 3, 1956, the missionaries established a camp at "Palm Beach", a sandbar along the Curaray River, a few kilometres from Huaorani settlements. Their efforts came to an end on January 8, 1956, when all five—Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian—were attacked and speared by a group of Huaorani warriors. The news of their deaths was broadcast around the world, and Life magazine covered the event with a photo essay.

The deaths of the men galvanized the missionary effort in the United States, sparking an outpouring of funding for evangelization efforts around the world. Their work is still frequently remembered in evangelical publications, and in 2006 was the subject of the film production End of the Spear. Several years after the death of the men, the widow of Jim Elliot, Elisabeth, and the sister of Nate Saint, Rachel, returned to Ecuador as missionaries with the Summer Institute of Linguistics (now SIL International) to live among the Huaorani. This eventually led to the conversion of many, including some of those involved in the killing. While largely eliminating tribal violence, their efforts exposed the tribe to exploitation and increased influence from the outside. Read more here.

Anthropologist views

Anthropologists generally have less favorable views of the missionary work begun by Operation Auca, viewing the intervention as the cause for the recent and widely recognized decline of Huaorani culture. 

Leading Huaorani researcher Laura Rival says that the work of the SIL "pacified" the Huaorani during the 1960s, and argues that missionary intervention caused significant changes in fundamental components of Huaorani society. 

Prohibitions of polygamy, violence, chanting, and dancing were directly contrary to cultural norms, and the relocation of Huaorani and subsequent intermarrying of previously hostile groups eroded cultural identity.[27] 

Others are somewhat less negative—Brysk, after noting that the work of the missionaries opened the area to outside intervention and led to the deterioration of the culture, says that the SIL also informed the Huaorani of their legal rights and taught them how to protect their interests from developers.[34] 

Boster goes even further, suggesting that the "pacification" of the Huaorani was a result of "active effort" by the Huaorani themselves, not the result of missionary imposition. 

He argues that Christianity served as a way for the Huaorani to escape the cycle of violence in their community, since it provided a motivation to abstain from killing.[35]


Indigeous Ecuadorian Woman Humbles Chevron

Blog post by Tina Winterlik
Feb 24/2011

Indigenous Ecuadoran woman humbles US oil giant

Marie Aguinda

 She has no legal training, and doesn't speak the Spanish that dominates government in Quito but indigenous villager Maria Aguinda helped bring a landmark judgment against US oil giant Chevron for polluting the rain forest she calls home.

The diminutive grandmother whose modest home sits near marshes clogged for decades in sticky oil has been at the heart of the David-and-Goliath case, and spoke out after Chevron was slapped last week with a $9.5-billion fine, among the heaviest ever handed down for environmental damage.

"Before I die they have to pay me for the dead animals, and for what they did to the river, and the water and the earth," the 61-year-old Aguinda told AFP at her home in Rumipamba, a town in remote Orellana province where pollution caused by 30 years of oil drilling and petroleum accidents had become a sad fact of life.

Texaco operated in the area between 1964 and 1990, and was bought in 2001 by Chevron, which inherited Texaco's legal nightmare.

"The demand (for compensation) is going on track," said the ethnic Quechua woman, pointing to a nearby spot marked by spillage from an oil well run by Texaco in the 1970s.

"Mary Aguinda et al" are the opening words of the suit launched in 1993 on behalf of 30,000 residents of Orellana and Sucumbios provinces, in which they charge Texaco dumped billions of gallons of toxic crude during its operations, fouling rivers, lakes and soil and causing cancer deaths in indigenous communities.

Aguinda said she believes her husband and two of his 10 children died from effects of the pollution, which rights group Amazon Watch says has affected an area the size of the US state of Rhode Island. Read more here
This totally reminds me of the book I read in the late 1990's called Savages. It was a wonderful book. Here is what Wikipedia says about it. I still have the book but it's packed away. I should read it again. I wonder what happened to the  Huaorani Indians

Joe Kane is an American author of two books and is also a journalist who writes for numerous publications such as The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Esquire.
Kane is best known for his book Running the Amazon (1989), a firsthand account of the only expedition ever to travel the entire 4,200-mile Amazon River from its source in Peru to the Atlantic Ocean, which took place between August 1985 and February 1986. The book is widely considered a classic of adventure literature.[1]
In 1991, Kane traveled to Ecuador to learn about the Huaorani Indians and their struggles with international oil companies who were exploiting the Amazon with poor environmental practices such as setting off explosive charges, building new roads and oil rigs, and causing oil spills. Based on his experiences there he wrote Savages (1995).
--------------------------------- His is a review of the book

Book Review by Cheryl Musch

Savages by Joe Kane (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995) 273 pages, full-color photographs, map, bibliography.

The cover of Joe Kane's Savages promises the sensational story of "how one small band of Amazonian warriors defended their territory against hell-bent oil companies, dogged missionaries, and starry-eyed environmentalists."

It is dominated by a striking black and white photograph of Moi, a Huaorani carrying his blowgun darts, his long hair wrapping around his bare shoulders and chest--the Huaorani poster child for the environmental movement. Kane delivers a sometimes sensationalistic, sometimes activist, sometimes travelogue view of Huaorani life and the Huaorani's struggle to save their environment from unscrupulous oil companies. 

By his own admission, he "crossed the street" from being a journalist and "tried to become an activist." The result is neither journalistic, nor activist, nor academic, but rather a novelized portrayal of the Huaorani.

The Huaorani are a relatively small indigenous group, numbering less than 2,000, living in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Historically they have been called "Aucas," a Quechua word meaning "savages."

By his own admission, the Huaorani consider this name "a gross insult," and it is mystifying why Kane befriended the Huaorani and then plastered this "gross insult" on the cover of the book.

The Huaorani have always been determined to keep intruders out of their territory. Invasions by their indigenous neighbors, the Shuar and the Quichua, encroachments by oil company personnel, and intrusions by missionaries have been met with spear killings. And the Huaorani frankly state that if these violations of their land continue, they will respond with "spears from all sides."

Because of their perseverance in remaining isolated, the Huaorani have remained somewhat of a mystery. Savages provides some good basic anthropological information about the everyday life of the Huaorani. Periodically, however, Kane is guilty of imposing his own North American cultural constructs on Huaorani thought. For example, when Kane is leaving the Quito bus station in a cab, he surmises, "Moi watched me as carefully as he would a monkey in the treetops." Read more here

Savages- by Joe Kane

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