The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Despite the diagnosis, Rocky Barstad is determined to continue making art for as long as he can

Produced by Lisa Taylor

His once strong, precise hands don't glide as easily over his paintings and sculptures as they used to. Because of Parkinson's disease, Rocky Barstad was forced to have one final sale that ran from Nov. 23 to 25 before he closed the door to his beloved "Two Feathers" art gallery for good.

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Mark Lawes on why space is an issue for artists

Produced by Roxana Secara

In 2005, Mark Lawes the current Artistic Director for The Grand Theatre, was kicked out of the Jubilee's basement as it was getting renovated. Lawes and his theatre group were going through what many artists do on a day-to-day basis: A struggle for public space.

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New mom shares her food beliefs with her daughter

Produced by Devon Jolie

A small food-processor whirs, puréeing roma tomatoes with olive oil and garlic. It's a raw pasta sauce, explains Jenice Schneider, for the zuchinni pasta she made just moments before.

Spaghetti-like strips of crisp zucchini stand in place of the traditional flour and egg pasta. And the finishing touch is a far cry from aged parmigiano reggiano. Instead, Schneider sprinkles several spoons of ground walnuts over the "spaghetti" to add texture to the dish.

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Family's goal to raise awareness starts with a penny drive

Produced by Danielle Semrau

Shelby Kemery was epileptic. Diagnosed at eight years old, she spent the larger part of her life dealing with seizures.

On May 21, 2011, Shelby passed away at her home in High River, Alta., from Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy, or SUDEP. She was 19 years old.

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