Freedom & Soul Digging: New Art Exhibit Installed

August 16, 2017

Winnipeg Artist Kathleen Kolba installing one of her pieces

Originally from Dauphin, Kathleen’s exposure to art started some time ago when she was living in BC through Raku pottery. She spent two years at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver before realizing she preferred experimenting and exploring art rather than learning in a academic environment.

Kathleen moved back to Winnipeg and started to paint. Since 2010, she has been painting full time and teaching workshops. Recently, the artist sat down with us for an interview and helped us delve into her creativity.

What does being creative mean to you?

Taking things that exist and putting them together in new ways. Taking mediums and using them in new a way I have not experienced before. For me, it is all about experimentation.

Where do you draw your inspiration?

My inspiration is emotional more than anything else. It is not an exact emotion like sadness or joy, but more like a driving force to start a canvas or a piece. Sometimes it may start with a couple of colours in my mind. Once I start, the painting leads me through the process. Sometimes I am inspired by things IO see in passing – images that form a collage in my mind. It is those feelings, thoughts and colours that some together in a painting.

What is one thing you’ll never stop doing?


Do you have a specific research process when you start a new piece?

I call it “soul digging” – I dig deep within myself to connect with the larger world around me. I do research mediums and look at the works of other artists. I have even watched You-Tube videos of other artist in action – I find it inspiring to watch another artist’s process.

I do not research subject matter because my art, my process is more emotional, not as conceptual.

What’s the best part of being an artist?

The freedom. I am very fortunate to have the freedom to do what I love. The challenge never ends. There is no ending to being an artist – I will always explore, progress and have new ideas. There is no finish line – and I like that. It is an endless, timeless journey.



Arlene’s Journey

August 9, 2017

Arlene, Glen & their nephew, Ryan.

Glen had diabetes; he also had chronic kidney disease (CKD) but Arlene & Glen did not know that at the time.

But you should know. We need to start paying attention to CKD – it is a huge health concern in our province. It costs our health care system a lot. It cost Arlene her husband.

Back in 2012 when Glen started dialysis, they never thought this would be the outcome. But Arlene remembers his first day at Seven Oaks Hospital. From the moment they walked in the door, they experienced a level of care like no other place they had been to. She thought “are these people for real?” They were so open and treated us like part of the family.

Starting dialysis seemed like the end of the world for Glen and Arlene. Then Dr. Sean Armstrong walked in. He changed their lives.

Dr. Armstrong went over everything and explained why they were doing dialysis this way – Glen had too much fluid in his body and if it was not addressed right away, things could take a turn for the worse very quickly. Glen was wheeled into Dialysis Unit 1 and that was their introduction to the world of dialysis. Dr. Armstrong and the team were very thorough and caring. His words stuck with Arlene. “We need to make Glen feel betterand we are going to do all we can to do that.” And she can tell you, they did that and so much more. He always received the best care and treatment from the staff.

If you have kidney disease, or think you do, the team here is the best in their field. You want to be at Seven Oaks. All the hard work and research they are doing here is to prevent outcomes like Glen’s. We need to start speaking up loudly for the team, the research and the care happening here right now. Arlene does not want people to go through what she went through.

If it wasn’t for the doctors here, Glen would not have had the quality of life he had. He left this world the way he found it – happy, knowing that they did everything possible for him. Glen got sicker and had to go back to regular dialysis in the hospital.But Dr. Armstrong, who was always their champion, told them about a portable Home Hemo Dialysis machine. He knew Glen could handle it. And he did – he could take the machine anywhere to do his dialysis, anytime. Holidays, trips, events…precious family moments were all possible.

Glen passed away in February 2016 but Arlene doesn’t want his death to be for nothing. People don’t realize the need for the dollars to be there. Don’t wait until you or a loved one is affected. Give now. The work they are doing is changing treatment and helping others live better lives. Take it from Arlene.

“Because of the people here, Glen had an incredible life. They do everything they can for you. They need to keep doing this research. They need all the support they can get.”

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