This is Part 2 of Norman E. Riley’s blog on being the Glacier Park’s Artist in Residence in the Summer 2015. My days at Glacier were filled with contentment and wonder. I was able to immerse myself in my work without the concerns or distractions that accompany life in urban settings. I met interesting people and…

This is Part 1 of Norman E. Riley’s blog on being the Glacier Park’s Artist in Residence in the Summer 2015. The Artist-in-Residence program at Glacier National Park is a highly-coveted prize open to artists worldwide, working in all disciplines. When it was time to apply, my application became the center of the universe for…

The Rise and Fall of Emilio Picariello travelling exhibit that opened at the Fernie Museum on September 19, 2015 revealed a deep-seated desire to understand Fernie’s past. This was particularly true for members of the Italian community. At museum visits and the Chautauqua event people came to speak to me about the information in the…

Emilio Picariello is a character who captures the imagination. His entrepreneurial spirit garnered him many successful legal businesses. The rising tide of Prohibition, meant that bootlegging was a natural progression of “Emperor Pick’s” acumen. However bootlegging put him on the wrong side of the law. After a failed sting operation set up by the Alberta…

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