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Lake: A Journal of Arts & Environment

LAKE is a literary journal produced bi-annually by the UBC Okanagan Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. From its unique (and endangered) eco-system, LAKE embraces the theme of art and environment. LAKE uses the I Ching symbol that encourages group interaction and conviviality to further learning.

Sharon Thesen and Nancy Holmes, co-editors of Lake. Photo by Mike Berger courtesy of Lake.

Co-editor Nancy Holmes teaches creative writing at UBC’s Kelowna campus. In discussion with colleagues, she noticed a strong interest in environmentally-focused art and writing. “But Canada has nothing quite like LAKE,” says Nancy, “so we settled into our niche with the help of funding.” Their first issue (in 2008) featured the artwork of Kristi Malakoff on the cover. Two of the six issues are sold out, news stand sales are brisk, and subscriptions are growing.

LAKE gathers gems and genres from various sources, and mixes categories such as age/gender, emerging/established, rural/urban and local/international. Artists and writers share their perceptions of nature in lucid, innovative formats amid stunning design.

"Angels and Friends" by artist Joe Rosenblatt. Photo courtesy of Lake.

Issue #4, 2010: Qualicum Beach resident Joe Rosenblatt is an award-winning and prolific Canadian poet. His artwork and poems intuit the mysterious quietude and joyful abandon of the far-reaching universe. Joe Rosenblatt’s poetic career began in the 1960’s.

Maureen Enns is a well-known nature photographer. Christine Wiesenthal’s lyric essay tackles our complex relationships with wild creatures and the spaces they inhabit. LAKE values investigative and creative commentary on important environmental topics.

"Pocaterra's Herd on Alert". Photo by Maureen Enns. Courtesy of Lake.

Issue #4, 2010: This creative duo of Maureen and Christine co-submitted a photo-essay on the state of wild horses in Alberta.



Issue #3, 2009: Joan Heriot's scientific drawings from the 1930’s and recent pastel landscape paintings are featured. Joan's examination of the world of insects is illustrative and minutely faceted.

"Sunlit Garden" by artist Alan Wood. Photo courtesy of Lake.
Issue #5, 2010:
Alan Wood is an established Canadian painter known for his large scale landscape works. These smaller collaged works are from a 2010 series called The Bishop’s Garden, inspired by the fertile property of the Bishop family in Vancouver. Full of colour, energy and verdant juxtapositions they delight and stimulate the viewer.

In this issue, painter and critic Gary Pearson (one of LAKE’s visual arts editors) talks with Alan Wood.



Lake Journal is funded in part by the BC Arts Council, supporting artists and arts organizations in communities across BC.