kickstART pARTY — our first event for the year!

Since we’re just getting started with Cochrane Arts, the council decided to go with 2 events for this year. The first will be a special Welcome party to showcase our arts to the Cochrane Community. The second will be held during Alberta Culture Days at the end of September.

So – our first event will be the

kickstART pARTy!

Saturday, June 16 at 2:00 pm. Location TBA.

We’ve chosen two projects to showcase our arts. The first is an Arts Passport that will give people a chance to explore the arts here all summer long.

The second is a special Showcase Installation that will be done live at the kickstART pARTy.

More details will be coming, but here’s a heads up to the arts community – if you want to be included in the Passport, start planning your special event for the community to come explore. The deadline for submissions to the Passport will likely be around mid-May. For more info contact Evelyn at or 403-510-9091.

And if you would like to be included in the live Showcase at the kickstART pARTy, please contact Daunia del Ben, our Events Coordinator at or 403-852-5755.

We’re also looking at some display space being available as well, so think about what you might want to include there. More details on that to come.

Our New Arts Council

I’m pleased to be able to announce the members of our new arts council. We’re still in the process of working out who is going to handle what, so I’ll add that once we have that sorted out. In the meantime, here are our new council members and their e-mails if you would like to contact any of us:

Cochrane Arts Community Meeting – Jan 22

Monday, January 22, 2018
at Studio West – 205 2nd Avenue E, Cochrane
7:00 pm – tour of Studio West
7:30 pm – community meeting


  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Vision & Mandate
  • Goals & Project Ideas
  • Team/Council
  • Other Considerations

This will be our first major organizing meeting. I want to hear from the arts community – what do you want an arts organization to be and to do? What do you want it to do for you? For the arts community and for the broader community?

First, I want to get a sense of what we should focus on as a vision and mandate for this group. From people I have talked to so far, I think there is some major potential we can start to explore.

I want to get a sense of the kind of goals and projects you think we should look at doing. Things like a regular arts community get-together where we meet with other artists and creatives and get jazzed about possibilities. Things like a major arts festival, an arts facility, and so on.

I want to find out who wants to be part of this. I do have some people who have already expressed an interest in being on the board or council, but I want to know who else is interested. I want to find people who have a strong vision for an arts council that could create some amazing things in the years to come.

Then, what else can we look at? How can we best promote what we have here? Who can we partner with? And so on.

Please come with your thoughts and ideas.

Evelyn Grace Marinoski

You’re Invited! December Get-Acquainted Evening

  • Monday, December 4, 6:00 – 7:30pm
  • at the Cochrane Toyota Community Room

This evening is an opportunity for anyone interested in the arts to come together and build community. Get to know who else is involved in the arts. Make friends, contacts, collaboration partners, etc.

We will also put up some flip chart pages to start writing down ideas – what kind of events do you want to see Cochrane Arts do? What do you want in a future Arts Facility? What can we do to build a strong arts community? How would you like to be involved in the arts community?

I’m planning a meeting in January (date to be announced) where we will explore these ideas in more detail and start the process of putting together a team or council or whatever we call it.

Meanwhile, join us on Monday evening, take a break from all the Christmas stuff, and come have a fun evening meeting other creative people. And please – pass the word along to anyone you know that might want to come and find out more.

I look forward to seeing you there!
Evelyn Marinoski

What do you want?

For Cochrane Arts to become truly successful, I need to know what you want or need.

Sometimes we don’t get what we want simply because we have never taken the time to really think through what we need or want.

So that’s what I’m asking you to do.

First, I presume you are in some sort of arts or creative venture in your life or you wouldn’t be reading this in the first place.

So take some time to write down what you are involved with, or what you would like to be involved with.

Next, think about where you would like to go with that? What would you like to accomplish with that? It doesn’t have to be anything really big or amazing (although I would certainly encourage you to explore the possibilities). It could be something as simple as being creative as a way of relieving stress in your life – something you do for the pleasure and enjoyment of it.

Once you have an idea of where you would like to go with this, then think through what you might need to get you there. Make a list. Maybe you need to take a course, find a mentor, get experience, get help setting up a website, learning how to be financially wise as an artist, etc.

Once you have that list, send me a copy. Tell me what you want to get done, what you see as the steps along the way – and then underline the ones where you could use help – in whatever way that might be.

To make it easy,  fill in the details in the form below and submit it.

I don’t know yet just what we will do, but I’d like to see what people are looking for so that I can start planning accordingly.

Thanks so much for your help with this.


Get Acquainted Events

One of my goals for Cochrane Arts is to build community in the arts community.

So last night I hosted what I hope will be the first of many Get-Acquainted events.

This morning I got an e-mail from one of the guests who had this to say:

It has been a while since I’ve been able to have a creative dialog with other artistic and diverse talent.  What a wonderful idea you have launched, bringing local talent together and providing a mutual support network for the local creative community.  As you know, an artist can tend to be isolated with their own personal projects.  You are providing a valuable platform for the community!

I don’t think I could say it much better myself.

If you would like to get to know others from our arts community here in Cochrane, please sign up here. Space is somewhat limited, so I need an idea of how many to prepare for.

I’ll be sending out notices in the weekly Discover Cochrane Arts newsletter, but first dibs will go to those who sign up.

The next Get-Acquainted event will be Monday, December 4 at from 7:00 to about 8:30 pm.

Tourism and the Arts in Cochrane

One of the goals I have as Cochrane Arts grows is to really promote the arts outside of Cochrane as well as here in Cochrane. By the way, if you live in Cochrane, I’d encourage you to play tourist and do some discovering of the treasures we have in our own backyard!

So I am working on a Tourism section for this website – coming soon.

I had a very informative meeting with Suzanne Goyetche at the Town of Cochrane Visitor Centre yesterday. I came away with lots of good arts things to explore in Cochrane.

Of course there’s our iconic Men of Vision bronze statue overlooking the bluff down at the Cochrane Ranche. But there’s a lot more to see as well.

Here’s the latest addition to our town art – the Canada 150 Mural Mosaic.

Then there’s this recent addition to our downtown area on 4th Ave.


There are these statues at the main intersection in the Quarry area – more about their interesting history in the soon-to-come Tourism section.

Watch for more coming soon.

Oct 14, 2017 Art Shows

Suzanne Goyetche at the Foothills Art Club Show & Sale

On Saturday I had the opportunity to visit a number of arts and crafts shows. The first one was the Foothills Art Club’s Fall Show & Sale.  As always, lots of good art to choose from. Always a good place to meet up with old acquaintances and meet new ones as well.

The second show was the monthly Art Walk at the Clubhouse Activity Centre at the Cochrane Ranche. I especially enjoyed meeting some younger up and coming artists who have some great work happening already. For more details about this monthly show – Art Walk.

St Peter’s Lutheran Church also hosted a lovely Arts and Crafts sale.

New Adventures

Have you ever had a dream in your heart and you try and try to do something about it and somehow it doesn’t quite come together? And then one day when you least expect it, it just kind of falls into place?

Right now that’s what I’m feeling about starting Cochrane Arts. Four weeks ago I had no idea I’d be doing this – and yet when the opportunity showed up, it was like I knew this was what I had been waiting for.

So here we are!

I’ve always believed that Cochrane has a pretty amazing arts community. I saw that 34 years ago when I first became involved in the arts community here. I find myself getting excited all over again at the amazingly creative things that are represented by the people of this town.

To give you some idea of what I have found just in the short time since starting Cochrane Arts, here are some of the people and arts I’ve met:

  • A young man with some friends who are preparing to shoot a movie this next year – it sounds like an exciting project
  • A woman who is an artist, illustrator, designer and more with Disney – I’m sure there are many interested tales to be told about that
  • A bronze foundry that creates bronzes from tiny to monumental that are sent all over the world
  • A business here in town that is looking to help people grow creatively by providing a regular venue for performance/open mike arts – singing, music, comedy, theatre, poetry, etc. By the way – this business itself is a huge story of creativity – more about that to come!
  • Someone who has a ukulele to sell
  • An abstract artist who has her own gallery and painting space
  • A photographer who does black & white natural light photography
  • An artist who paints on saw blades and other things
  • A fellow calligrapher who does beautiful work
  • Several authors and writers and bloggers
  • A painting instructor
  • And more

That’s only the tip of the iceberg – you’ll be meeting many more in the days to come.

As always, be joyfully creative!

Welcome to Cochrane’s Amazing Arts Community

Cochrane is an amazing Arts community. We have a wealth of artists, artisans and craftspeople, art clubs, arts groups, and arts businesses. What we don’t have at present is a core group or organization to provide:

  • a central place where people can come to learn about the arts here in Cochrane
  • a way of promoting all of the arts
  • a way of building community among all of the arts represented here

That’s the goal of Cochrane Arts.

Hi. My name is Evelyn Grace Marinoski.

I first got involved with the arts here in Cochrane shortly after I moved here 34 years ago, thanks to an invitation from Jack Tennant to write an Arts & Crafts column for his newspaper. It didn’t take long for me to see that Cochrane had a very amazing arts community and the more I saw, the more I wanted to see that become better known.

You can read more about my involvement with the arts in Cochrane on the ABOUT page, but here’s why I’ve started Cochrane Arts and this website.

Nine years ago I began a group called Arts Cochrane that soon after was registered as a non-profit organization called ACFC – Arts & Culture Foundation of Cochrane. For personal reasons I had to bow out shortly after and it is only now that I am finally able to revisit my dream.

I was surprised to learn recently that ACFC had disbanded. I was sorry to hear that, but I haven’t lost my conviction that Cochrane has an amazing arts community that is so worth exploring and promoting. I also wasn’t ready to give up on the dream I had nine years ago for a strong, united arts community that could do amazing things by working together.

I started asking around and what conversations I have had with people so far tells me that there is still a strong desire in others to see that as well.

I am just starting to explore the possibilities, but here is where I am going for now.

I am starting this website as a central hub for all things arts-wise here in Cochrane (sorry – it’s pretty plain design-wise for the moment, but I wanted to get going.)

This is my gift to the community.

What I am asking is that anyone who is interested in the arts here in Cochrane sign up as a Basic Member – it’s free. This is for anyone – whether you are involved in the arts or just interested. The Basic Membership also includes a Basic listing in your choice of the Directories – for Artists, Artisans (craftspeople), Arts Groups or Organizations, and Arts Businesses.

As a Basic Member you’ll get e-mail updates on the latest happenings in the arts community that I am aware of.

I have a number of other ideas I’m working on, but my priority over the next while is to to spend time meeting with people. I want to listen carefully to what has happened, what is happening, and what people would like to see happen in the years ahead for the arts here in Cochrane.

If you are interested in sharing your thoughts with me, and/or interested in being part of the future of the arts here, please feel free to contact me. I very much would love to hear from everyone and anyone who cares about the arts here.

At some point I will be organizing a meeting for all those who are interested. If you want updates on that, sign up for the Basic Membership.

Looking forward to amazing things ahead!

PS. I had the opportunity to be at the unveiling today of the new Mural Mosaic (as seen above) at the Tim Bannister Memorial Rink in Cochrane’s East End.  It’s 40 feet long, with over 1500 tiles contributed by Cochrane artists – apparently the largest mural in the whole Canada 150 mosaic project.  Be sure to stop by and check it out sometime.