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Some of London’s storm drains have been transformed into works of art, as part of an initiative to raise awareness about pollution in our lakes and rivers.

The city unveiled its catchbasin community public art initiative on Tuesday at Ivey Park, where three of the storm drains are located.

The artwork is a reminder that whatever goes down the drain — including litter such as plastic and cigarette butts — ends up in local water systems.

“Every cigarette butt doesn’t seem like a big deal when someone throws it away, but it’s one of the biggest polluters in the river,” said Marianne Griffith, the manager of Green Economy London.

The environmental group teamed up with the City of London and the London Arts Council for the public art initiative.

Six local artists were selected to create “mini-murals” around some of the city’s 32,000 storm drains or catchbasins.

“It begins with this problem that we have, this environmental problem, and what does the artist community do about this? And that’s where things really get interesting,” said Jeremy Jeresky, the curator of public programs and learning with the London Arts Council.

Erica Dornbusch’s artwork, which features several fish swimming out of the storm drain, reflects our relationship with the environment and the impact pollution has on the natural wildlife. (Robin De Angelis/CBC)

Erica Dornbusch, one of the artists whose work can be found in Ivey Park, hopes the initiative will help spark a conversation in the community.

“There’s things that we do when we’re participating and being in our environment that we’re not really aware the impact of,” said Dornbush, adding that the art acts as a gentle, daily reminder.

The other sites for the initiative are Springbank Park, the Canada Games Aquatic Centre and the Lambeth Area.

The London Arts Council is also supporting catchbasin public art at the London Brewing Co-operative, which also recently installed a LittaTrap to keep litter out of the storm drain.

Holly Pitchette’s artwork which includes English phrases reminding people “All drains lead to the river” and “Protect the water.” Pitchette also plans to add Cree syllabics to her piece. (Robin De Angelis/CBC)

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New community art project tells 350 diverse stories – CollingwoodToday

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At the Niibi Gathering on Friday, Aug. 9 and the Sidelaunch Days Harbour Festival on Saturday, Aug. 10, the public was invited to take part in an experiential art project.

Participants of all ages were asked to take a few minutes to think about their personal history, where they come from, what they like about their community, and whom they love and feel most connected to. These thoughts were then marked onto paper that was folded into 350 paper boats and glued onto canvas. The paper boats both reveal and hide the thoughts within their folds.

The result is a 40 foot long community art piece, called Frozen Voyage, that recognizes and celebrates our diverse stories and identities. Frozen Voyage is conceptualized around the idea that we are all individual, with our own stories and journeys, but we are also part of the larger community that we live in.
 
The concept for the project was developed by Akshata Naik, a Toronto artist who has exhibited her work in Canada, Britain, and India. Akshata lives in Toronto where she is the Program and Gallery Manager at Arts Etobicoke. She also teaches at Art Ignite, Neilson Park Creative Centre, and Vibe Arts.

“After seeing Akshata’s work with the Toronto Arts Foundation last Fall, we were so impressed that we wanted to try something similar in Collingwood. Akshata’s exploration around the theme of water and travel fit perfectly with our events at the Awen’ Gathering Place and the Sidelaunch Days Harbour Festival,” says Arts & Culture Coordinator Tanya Mazza.
 
“My art practice has grown dynamically over the last few years and community engaged art projects have added another dimension to my work. Being a newcomer to Canada, and a women and an artist of colour, the opportunity to interact with diverse communities through my art projects has allowed me to explore Canada’s rich cultural fabric and diversity. Having the audience interact and contribute to my artwork, weaves together a larger mosaic of individual stories that leaves a lasting impact on me and hopefully the communities I work with,” says artist Akshata Naik.

The public is invited to view Frozen Voyage during open houses being held on Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Wednesday, Aug. 28 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. At the open house, join the project by folding your own boat that will be added to the artwork.

The public may also see Frozen Voyage, along with the other artwork, in Council Chambers during council meetings.

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For the love of fibre: fibre arts celebrated through demonstrations and market showcasing locally made items – Peninsula News Review

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Local fibre arts enthusiasts made their way to Porter Park on Sunday for the ninth annual Fibrations event. Experts and amateurs alike met up behind the Fairfield Community Centre to celebrate all forms of fibre-based art including weaving, knitting, crocheting, and more.

The volunteer-run celebration of fibre began at 10 a.m. and concluded at 4 p.m.

The 2019 event saw a record breaking 80 vendors in the Fibrations marketplace, said organizer Stephanie Papik.

Vendors including Ancient Futures, Elf Leather and Everlea Yarn had booths set up throughout the park. Hand-crafted items such as jewellery, macrame plant hangers and wall hangings could be purchased along with art supplies such as needles and yarn.

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The vendors and several local fibre art guilds also shared their knowledge with attendees through numerous interactive demonstrations of some of the different methods of creating with fibre, including spinning, weaving and felting.

Kids were also invited to try their hands at various fibre art forms at the Kids’ Zone.

Food was available in the community centre. A toonie raffle was also featured and names were drawn for various locally made products.

With files from Penny Sakamoto.


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Work by some of the 2019 Toronto Nuit Blanche artists: Jordan Bennett, Director X, Esmaa Mohamoud and Daniel Arsham. Also, a picture of a ball pit. (CBC News/Courtesy of Brookfield Place New York/Courtesy of the artists)

Hello! You’re reading the CBC Arts newsletter, and if you like what you see, stick around! Sign up here, and every Sunday we’ll send you a fresh email packed with art, culture and a metric truckload of eye candy, hand-picked by our small and mighty team. Here’s what we’ve been talking about this week.

Hi, art lovers!

Look, I definitely do not want the summer to be over. There are too many summer movies left to watch! Too many summer outfits I want to wear! (And too many outfits inspired by this particular summer horror movie.) But damn if this week’s Nuit Blanche announcement isn’t already making me desperate for October to get here already.

The all-night event returns to Toronto Oct. 5, and it’ll include a few new far-flung neighbourhoods this time around (e.g. an exhibition zone in East Danforth). And there are so, so many artists involved who’ve been featured on CBC Arts, which is maybe why I’m already overwhelmed by the schedule. They’ve got Hatecopy, Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta, Camille Jodoin-Eng, Director X, Jordan Bennett (who’ll bring Tepkik, which is currently up in New York City), Kent Monkman, Esmaa Mohamoud and Bryan Espiritu. (Esmaa and Bryan are creating a tribute to the Raptors, by the way. Go, sparts!)

Get the full program here. Plus, here’s a short video about one of the event’s tentpole attractions, Lunar Garden. It’s an eerily peaceful installation by Daniel Arsham (read: supersized pink Zen garden on the moon), and it’ll be taking over Nathan Phillips Square to Oct. 14. And because Nuit Blanche always has a certain urban playground vibe, here’s an intriguing long-ish read about the man who invented the ball pit. (There’s a Canadian connection, too. Somebody get this guy a Heritage Minute.)

And because we promised you eye candy

(Instagram/@riskrock)

Enough thinking about October, there are things happening RIGHT NOW — things like the Up Here festival in Sudbury, Ont. This year, they’ve recruited international street artist Risk to paint them the biggest mural in Canada. That’s not it in the picture, obvs. (This relatively diminutive wall’s in Miami.) Follow his progress on the festival’s IG.

(supremo.co.uk)

Do you have a designer’s eye? (I passed, but I’m not about to quit this gig, either.)

(Galerie Cité at La Cité Francophone)

Like aura photos but with pencil crayons. Portraits by Calgary artist Kelly Isaak. (See them in person at Edmonton’s Galerie Cité at La Cité Francophone to Sept. 21.)

(Vimeo/Mike Pelletier)

In case you’ve been wondering what our old Exhibitionist in Residence Mike Pelletier’s been up to

You’ve got to see this

She canoed to Thunder Bay in a big Victorian dress — and the trip’s not over yet – This time last summer, Naomi Harris was scared for her life — over and over and over again. The artist made a 70-day canoe journey, “paddling in the footsteps” of 19th-century painter Frances Anne Hopkins, and while the trip could’ve killed her, she’s retracing her steps later this month. (Live and learn. She’s taking a car this time.) Read about the whole adventure.

Under the bridge – She’s the Canadian choreographer behind your favourite Feist and Carly Rae Jepsen videos (or mine, at least), and earlier this summer, Noémie Lafrance gave Toronto a treat. We head to The Bentway, a unique stretch of park space under the city’s crumbling Gardiner Expressway. That’s where Lafrance debuted Dérives, an outdoor production featuring 50 dancers. Watch highlights from the show and go behind the scenes of its creation.

Fall in love with Saint John – The New Brunswick city is an unusually decent place to see public art. (You’ve scrolled past the new Hula mural on Instagram by now, I trust?) Filmmaker Matthew Brown (a guy who’s contributed a ton of short docs to CBC Arts) knows where to find the best stuff — and there are loads of the usual touristy tips (Food! Sights! More food!) in his guide to the city, too.

Follow this artist 

(Instagram/@kc.wilcox)

KC Wilcox (@kc.wilcox) – Speaking of Saint John, that’s where KC lives! And we hung out with her at the city’s Tin Can Beach. That’s where she finds the odds and ends (read: litter) that become works of art like this. KC’s big on sculpting discarded objects with rubber latex, which she will explain to you in detail at this handy video link.


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