Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer, presenter, community builder, and crowd funding consultant, Carrie Catherine is a “say yes, and make it happen” force in the universe. She is the star of Somewhere, Saskatchewan—an innovative play with live music-- along with percussionist/soundscape artist Hal Schrenk. The show and her CD of the show’s tunes, called Honeycomb, launched at Dancing Sky Theatre, near Saskatoon, on April 26, 2013. After a brief break to bring son number 2 into the world, Carrie and Somewhere, SK will hit the road fall 2014.
When not on the road, Carrie, with her partner Curtis Olson and house managers Mr. E and Cool Baby Luke, present eclectic house concerts in their home The Hayloft, a renovated grocery store. They work, play and create at The Two Twenty, the hippest work space in the ‘Toon--which they created in 2010.
An experienced composer, Hal has won numerous awards for music featured in film, video and commercials, including the television series “Party of Five”, “Time of your Life” and “Renegade Press”. His film credits include music for the movie “Apple Jack” and the feature film “Talker” (which won several national and international awards). Festival performances include Lilith Fair, JunoFest, New Music West, Canadian Music Week, the East Coast music Awards, and World EXPO (Shanghai, China) with televised and radio performances too numerous to mention. He has also been featured in several music magazines including "Drums Etc" and his school lecture series “Big Bang International” has received rave reviews.
His award cabinet includes a Juno, a Western Canadian Music Award, three SCMA awards (Drummer of the year) and a Saskatchewan Showcase Award (among others). Hal seems to have an almost pathological urge to push himself to the absolute limit of his abilities, creating an atmosphere of palpable tension that is simultaneously mesmerizing, and just a little scary. As a result, he is constantly on tour with artists such as Codie Prevost (Country), Carrie Catherine (Roots), Aaron Adair (Motown / Neo-Soul), Catherine Lewans (Country), Lois Mullins (Folk), Jannecke (Traditional Country), Karrnnel (Electric Fiddle), Mark DeJong (Jazz), Steve Chivilo (Rock) and the Houndstooth Trio (R&B).
Hal is also a successful and sought after graphic designer. He says you’d be surprised how common the drummer/designer combo is.
Kelley Jo Burke
The writer of Somewhere, SK Kelley Jo Burke is a woman of words. She is an award-winning playwright and poet, a director, storyteller, documentarian, and broadcaster.
In addition to being one of the founders of Dancing Sky Theatre, a sometime actor, director, chef, wardrobe mistress, set designer, and all around wonder woman, Louisa Ferguson is a glass artist, whose work is part of the Somewhere, SK set. Her work reflects her approach and attitude towards life: an aim to find beauty in everything, rely on tradition and function, reuse and restore what one can and push the limits of what one knows and does. Her art is also guided by her instincts and intuition. It is a subconscious result of the palette that surrounds her; the environment, interior design, architecture, textiles, media and everyday objects. She has been working in glass since 2007. She apprenticed in Sienna, Italy at Vetrate Artistiche Toscane and in Ludlow, England at Williams and Byrne Studios.
Originally from France , Charley Farrero has worked as a ceramic artist since 1972 with studies in the University of Regina and Banff Schools of Fine Arts. His one-of-a-kind pieces incorporates slip cast objects, hand built additions, grout, ceramic shards, and commercial tiles in order to create framed wall pieces or self standing sculptures. His production work consists of a line of highly decorated hand built plates, platters , bowls and vases made out of stoneware and porcelain. The creation of altered forms, wood fired or salt fired, is also a focus. Charley has had many solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. He has been President of the Canadian Craft Council and Chairperson of the Saskatchewan Craft Council. He has served on the Saskatchewan Arts Board and Canadian Craft Federation. He lives in Meacham, Saskatchewan where he has his studio.
M. Craig Campbell
M. Craig Campbell is the blacksmith sculptor for Somewhere Sask.
Blacksmithing is his third career: heavy equipment operator, office work and now, artistic blacksmithing. He took up the hammer twenty years ago as an escape from the chains of deskwork and it slowly overtook all else. He enjoys the challenge of one-of-a-kind pieces and sometimes exploring a theme via a sculpture series. The most fascinating aspects of blacksmithing are the warm and wonderful people he meets and the endless learning potential. Blacksmiths worldwide are a friendly lot and his craft has led him around North America and across oceans to visit, work with and learn from others.
Evgenia Mikhaylova was born in Chuvashian Republic, Russia, in the mid-eighties and discovered her passion for art and theater young. By the time she was 11, she was already attending art school. When time came to attend an art college, she moved to Prague, Czech Republic. In Prague, Evgenia worked with various Czech and international theater groups. She moved to Canada in 2006 and since then has worked on many productions as costume designer at Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. Productions include; Waiting for Godot, Skull in Canemara, Walnut Tree and Bannock Republic. Evgenia holds a full-time position as Production Designer at a local bi-weekly arts and culture alt magazine Planet S. As a visual artist, Evgenia continues to produce and exhibit her work at local galleries.
Bevin Bradley is co-owner of The Stall Gallery and currently divides her time between the gallery and her own art practice. She obtained a BFA, with Distinction, from the U of S in 2001 and has been working as an artist ever since. Bevin has over seven years of experience working with you the on public art projects with SCYAP and within the school system. She paints the geometric shapes found in urban settings, focusing on the layers of the ever changing urban setting. These layers of shapes represent the containment and solitude of the buildings that make up a vibrant and bustling urban setting.