Kevin Loring (Playwright)
Kevin is a member of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation and grew up in Lytton. An award-winning Canadian playwright, Loring was the recipient of the 2009 Governor Generals Literary Award for Drama. His first play Where the Blood Mixes has received national-acclaim and recognition since its premiere at the 2008 Luminato Festival in Toronto. The story about reconciliation and redemption observes those who suffered as a result of the Residential School System.
In addition to writing and spending a term as a Writer in Residence at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Kevin also co-produced and co-hosted Canyon War: The Untold Story, a documentary that chronicles the Fraser Canyon War of 1858. In 2011 Kevin was the lead actor in the APTN comedy Health Nutz and in 2012, played Simon Moise in CBC’s Arctic Air.
Kenny Glasgow (Steel Poet Philosopher)
Drop by and visit Kenny Glasgow, just a couple minutes up the Botanie Valley Road, north of town. Kenny has lived his whole life in Lytton. His yard is full of steel art and philosophical boards to accompany each piece. You can see his larger-than-life art welded Harleys from the Trans-Canada Highway across the Thompson River. He has been featured in numerous travel magazines and on CBC’s The National. There’s no admission charge as Kenny is happy to have visitors all year round. For more information, call 250-455-2569.
Charles Brown (Soapstone Carver)
A Nlaka’pamux artist, Charles was born and raised in Lytton. Inspired by nature and his ancestors, who last carved soapstone many years ago, Charles is proud to be one of the first artists participating in the revival of soapstone carving in his home territory.He is mostly self-taught and enjoys working with local soapstone that he has collected from the area. Working to bridge the generational gap and preserve tradition, Charles now teaches soapstone carving techniques to young people.When not carving, Charles enjoys traditional food gathering along with fishing for salmon and making traditional dip nets and gill nets.
Olive Harrison (Visual Artist)
Ollie was born and raised in southeastern Saskatchewan in a small farming community before moving to BC. Many of her paintings in prior years reflect her love of the Prairies. She moved to BC in 2003 and while living in Harrison Hot Springs, she and four friends operated an art store in Agassiz. She has studied under artists such as watercolorist Pat Jaster, oil painter Robert E. Wood Jr. and prominent Canadian watercolorist Jack Reid. She now lives in the beautiful Fraser Canyon in the town of Lytton. Her mediums include oil, acrylic, pen and ink and watercolor. Her latest watercolors are on a variety of subjects including flowers, animals, and scenery.