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(Dave Clough)

Heads Up on Art in Mid-coast Maine

On my first morning in Camden, a charming town in Maine’s mid-coast region, I awoke at the Camden Harbour Inn to a colorful painting hanging before me with Surrealist style tribal patterns in hues of red, black, purple and teal. An Argentine artist, Ricardo Cony Etchart, had painted the bold piece, and when my husband, Mahir, and I had spotted it the day before at Carver Hill Gallery, in the nearby town of Rockland, it had instant appeal. Now, we were sleeping- literally- with the art.

We had booked our hotel’s “A Date Night with Art” package, where guests pick a piece of art from one of two galleries in Rockland and have it installed in their room. If they still like the work when they wake up, they can buy it. If not, the inn returns it to the gallery. “Giving our guests the chance to sleep with art they like is one of the ways we support the contemporary arts here,” said Oscar Verest, the hotel’s co-proprietor. “It’s a scene that’s growing by the day.”

(Courtesy of CMCA)

In fact, this mid-coast area, between Portland and Acadia National Park, has long been an enclave for prolific artists, including the renowned American realist painter Andrew Wyeth and the notable American sculptor Louise Nevelson. Perhaps they were inspired by the small villages, photogenic sea, rocky beaches, peninsulas and sprawling fields, which continue to be untouched by time.

On our trip, we witnessed firsthand the most recent arts movement, which Mr. Verest had spoken of with much gusto: it includes an increasing number of contemporary art galleries, new street art, an expanded contemporary arts center and a new cadre of artists who call the area home.

Much of the action is happening in Rockland. We spent the day there with multi-media artist Jonathan Laurence, who grew up in Rockport, a village next to Camden, and currently lives in Camden. Locals, he told us, used to frequently toss around the expression “Camden by the sea, Rockland by the smell.”

“The town had a smelly sardine plant and was generally considered to be not so nice,” he said. “Now, thanks to art, everyone wants to be Rockland.”

(Courtesy of CMCA)

The splashy Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is a big draw. Founded in 1952, the center moved from Rockport in mid-2016 to a striking 11,500 square-foot space here. The acclaimed New York City-based architect Toshiko Mori designed the Instagrammable glass-enclosed building with a saw-tooth roofline and courtyard. Plenty of natural light floods in, and the rotating exhibits feature works by contemporary artists with a connection to Maine.

CMCA celebrated its one-year anniversary in the new building with the twofold exhibit, “Night Stories.” Visitors first saw 15 paintings by the Maine-based painter Linden Frederick, known for his depictions of rural America, and then, for each, read the accompanying short story written by one of a group of prominent American authors such as Ann Patchett. This summer and into the fall, the museum will feature the work of American painter Ann Craven, known for her paintings of moons, flowers and animals, particularly birds; it will be Ms. Craven’s first exhibition in Maine.

According to director Suzette McAvoy, the CMCA had 40,000 visitors in its first two years in Rockland. The old space, in comparison, struggled to hit 10,000 visitors annually. “We’ve had people visit us from all over the world,” said Ms. McAvoy.

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walks are another driver in the flourishing arts. Founded by Arts in Rockland, a group of local artists and gallery owners, the event takes place on the first Friday of every month from May to October and has the more than 20 galleries, the CMCA and the Farnsworth Art Museum staying open after hours.

The walks started in 2006 with a handful of participating galleries and meager turnout, said Jared Cowan, one of the event’s co-founders and the owner of Landing Gallery. That’s hardly the case today when the primary thoroughfare, Main Street, is thick with pedestrians on a first Friday walk, who move from gallery to gallery.

(Courtesy of CMCA)

When Mahir and I were in Rockland, Mr. Laurence took us to the bi-level Dowling Walsh Gallery, where his photography is on display on the second floor. He had taken the shots with his iPhone’s camera while on early morning runs through the woods and then had manipulated the images of landscapes and trees by hand and with various apps. They resembled paintings more than pictures and were incredibly creative.

Another stop was Carver Hill Gallery, where we were spotted Mr. Etchart’s painting which would hang in our room later that night.

Rockland’s art world old guard, the Farnsworth Art Museum, is also helping to bolster the newfound attention on art. Around since 1948, the museum has a world-class collection of 15,000 works; most of the artists, such as Robert Indiana and Edward Hopper, have either lived or worked in Maine.

In 2015, the museum began collaborating with local artists and students to bring street art to Rockland. The project has since led to the fruition of two murals, each spanning a downtown block. The second mural, painted together by both experienced artists and budding ones, debuted this August and is a maritime-themed work with buoys and sea creatures.

“We’ve been around a while, but working with the burgeoning art community in Rockland is definitely a priority for us,” said David Troup, the spokesman for the museum.

(Courtesy of CMCA)

Farnsworth has an extensive collection of works by Andrew Wyeth and his son, Jamie Wyeth, who has established his own name as a prominent realist painter. The younger Mr. Wyeth grew up in the area with his father but also lived and worked in New York City. In the last several years, however, he has settled primarily into his home on Southern Island, an island off the coast of Rockland.

My. Wyeth is an integral part of the newer community of artists in mid-coast Maine, a group that’s growing each year. The fine arts photographer Joyce Tenneson, for example, moved from Manhattan to Rockport several years ago. “I came here to teach photography and fell in love with what I saw,” she said.

As for Mahir and I, we were as taken with Mr. Etchart’s painting when we woke up looking at it as we had been the night before. We contemplated buying it but didn’t. Who knows? On our next trip here, there may just be a piece of art that we like even more.

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Arts, culture, fun in London this weekend and beyond (Nov. 21-27) – The London Free Press

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CLUBS

Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club: Archie Fisher, Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling St.; tickets $20 advance, $25 at the door, available at Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade (725 Fanshawe Park Rd W), The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer’s/Marienbad Restaurant and at http://www.folk.on.ca

Eastside Bar And Grill: Sarah Smith, Friday, 10 p.m., $20 and $25 at the door; Foreigner Meets Journey, Saturday, 10 p.m.; Blues Jam, Sunday, 3 p.m.; Eastside Open Jam Night, Wednesday, 8 p.m.; 750 Hamilton Rd.; 519-457-7467.

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Fox and Fiddle: Three Penny Piece, Thursday, 9 p.m.; Karaoke, Friday, 9 p.m.; 2 Man Advantage, Saturday, 9 p.m.; Comedy Open Mic, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.; 355 Wellington St.; 519-679-4238.

Jimbo’s Pub And Eatery: Karaoke with Maggie, Fridays, 10 p.m. and Tuesdays, 8 p.m.; Orlando Valenia Latin element dance band along with DJ Gambino, Saturday, 10 p.m.; 920 Commissioners Rd. E.; 519-204-7991 or visit http://www.jimbospub.ca

London Music Club: Acoustyle Open Mic, 7:30 p.m., Corin Raymond & band with Broomsticks & Hammers, 7 p.m., Friday; Shut the Front Door Impove, Saturday, 7 p.m.; SOUP Ukulele jam, Wednesday, 6:45 p.m.; 470 Colborne St.; 519-640-6996.

London Music Hall: Death Angel, Exmortus, Hell Fire, Monday, 8 p.m., $25; In Flames, Red, Arrival of Autum, Tuesday, 8 p.m., $39.50; 185 Queens Ave.; 519-432-1107.

London Wine Bar: Oliver Whitehead, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., no cover; 420 Talbot St.; for reservations, call 519-913-3400 or e-mail info@londonwinebar.ca

Lou Dawgs: North of Nashville showcase, Thursday, 8 p.m.; MW Trio, Friday, 10 p.m.; Little Magic Sam, Saturday, 8 pm.; Live Blues & Southern Brunch, Sunday, 2 p.m.; Open Mic, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.; 519-204-0822 or visit loudawgs.com/london.

Mustang Sally’s: Geoff Masse Band, Friday, 9:30 p.m.; Wheel House, Saturday, 9:30 p.m.; Acoustic Jam with Alan Lynch, Smokin Dave, Don Oulette and Friends, Tuesdays, 10 p.m.; Lonnie Chicago, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.; 99 Belmont Dr.; 519-649-7688.

Norma Jean’s: Live Band Rockaoke, Thursday, 10 p.m.; Pterodactyl Problems, The Young Collective and Rachel and her Kind, Friday, 9:30 p.m.; London Fire Fights, 1-4 p.m. and Sandman: the only Metallica Sanctions tribute, 10 p.m., Saturday; Karaoke nite, Wednesday; 1332 Huron St.; 519-455-7711 or visit http://www.normajeans.ca

Richmond Tavern: Tom Dunphy’s Classic Country Music Show, Saturday, 4-7 p.m., pay what you can; The Stetson Brothers, Sunday, 4-7 p.m.; 172 King St., 519-679-9777.

Rum Runners: Lost in Japan, Brighter Green, Huttch, Dime, Thursday, 8 p.m., $7; Hiroshima Hearts & Run Coyote, Five Oceans, The Hypnotics, Friday, 9 p.m., $5; CID, Siconic, Mikey The Kid, Saturday, 10 p.m., $10; ; 178 Dundas St.; 519-432-1107.

St. Regis Tavern: Musical Chairs with Grackles, Saturday, 9 p.m., pay-what-you-will; 625 Dundas St.; 519-432-0162.

Wortley Roadhouse: Second Chance, Friday; Hot Tub Hippies, Saturday; Rev. Doug and The Old South Boys, Sunday, 4-8 p.m.; 190 Wortley Rd.; 519-438-5141.

DANCING

Come Dancing: With Robert and Patricia, dance to ballroom, Latin and swing, Friday, 8 to 11 p.m., $10 includes cake and coffee; Polish Hall London, 554 Hill St., 519 421 7234.

Royal Canadian Legion – Dorchester: Dance to the music of 2 4 The Road, Friday, 5:30 p.m., $2; 1227 Donnybrook Dr.; free; 519-268-8538.

Royal Canadian Legion – Lambeth: Dance to the music of Two for the Road, Saturday, 2-5 p.m., free; 7097 Kilbourne Rd.; 519-652-3412.

Royal Canadian Legion – Victory: Dance to the music of Guydith Jamboree, Sunday, 4:30 p.m., $5; Wednesday Night Opry with Band Landry, Wednesday, 8 p.m., $8; 311 Oakland Ave.

Royal Canadian Legion – Woodstock: Dance to the music of Midlife Crisis, Saturday, 8 p.m. at 642 Dundas St., Woodstock; $5.

Social Dance: Sunday, 2-5 p.m. with Pete Howard music, doors open at 1:45 p.m.; $10; Dutch Canadian Club, 1738 Gore Rd.

Strathroy Jamboree: Play, dance, sing or listen, Thursday, 1-4 p.m., purchase lunch, made on location, 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. soup, fish & chips, sandwiches, pie; contact Harry and Elaine Hardy, 519 245 0906 or emailto: harryandelainehardy@gmail.com; 147 Frank St., Strathroy.

Thursday Tunes: Senior dances, 1-3:30 p.m., Libro Hall, 239 Fleming Dr., Clinton; musicians, dancers and spectators welcome, donations at the door; 519-476-5922 or e-mail angela.smith@centralhuron.com

Tuesday Tunes: Old time fiddle and traditional style country music, 1-3:30 p.m., Seaforth Community Centre, 122 Duke St.; singers, musicians, dancers and listeners welcome, bring your own instruments; admission by donation; 519-357-1016.

ETC.

Beal Robotics Science Expo: HB Beal Secondary School Raider robotics team hosts an annual science expo, Saturday, 1-3 p.m.; Interactive displays, experiments and robotics demonstrations is fun for all ages. Donation of a canned food item appreciated. Any questions please email: Bealrobotics@gmail.com; 525 Dundas Street.

Yuk Yuk’s: Comedy Night with Jeff Elliott, Friday and Saturday, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; 19+, Grandstand building, Western Fair District.

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Port Stanley Train Rides: Ride the Santa Train and meet Old Saint Nick at Union Station, Saturdays and Sundays, departing at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 pm., till Dec. 22; $15 adults, $9 for child 2-14 years; no advanced tickets, first come, first served; 519-782-3730 or visit http://www.pstr.on.ca

FESTIVALS

I Heart Beer Holiday Festival: Ugly Sweaters and Mac & Cheese, Friday, 6-11 p.m.; RBC Place London, 300 York St., visit iheartbeer.ca/london

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

1st Hussars Museum: Illustrating the history of the Regiment during the South African War, Great War, Second World War and Peacekeeping; hours: by appointment only, call 519-455-4533.

Art Emporium: Featured for November are Ron Pearce, Gianni Martino, Candy McManiman, Micheal Yates, Wilf Chappell, June-Anne Reid, Tom Scanlan, Shirley Mihlik Thompson, Kathy McKay; hours: Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 177 Main St., Port Stanley; 226-658-1888 or visit http://www.ArtEmporium.ca


Brigitte Granton’s Winter Creek is included in her exhibition Landscape Reflections at ArtWithPanache, Talbot Centre, 140 Fullarton St., until Nov. 30.

Art with Panache: Featured artist for November is Tony Furlong; Fine Artists, Fine Art Show and Sale, ends Friday; Panache Artists’ Folk Art Challenge, ends Friday; Landscape Reflections: solo show by landscape artist Brigitte Granton, till Nov. 29; Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Talbot Centre, 140 Fullarton St.; 226-378-2587.

Aylmer-Malahide Museum: Stir the Pot looks at dining through the ages and the history of local restaurants, till Nov. 29; hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., evenings and weekends by appointment; 14 East St., Aylmer; 519-773-9723.

Eldon House: London’s oldest residence contains family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures of the Harris Family; hours: Tuesday to Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; admission by donation; 481 Ridout St. N.; 519-661-5169 or visit http://www.eldonhouse.ca

Elgin County Heritage Centre: Voices from the Engraver: Canadian stamps and bank notes – design to printing – features original art, printing plates, videos, interactives, stamps and money, till Jan. 11; hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 460 Sunset Dr., St. Thomas; 519-631-1460 ext. 193; or visit http://www.elgincounty.ca/museum

Fringe Custom Framing and Gallery: Bloom – Unveiling the Figure: group art show and sale, till Nov. 30; 1742 Hyde Park Rd.; 519-204-0404 or e-mail annettedutton41@gmail.com Excavo Fine Art: Breakneck Glimmer, solo exhibition by Lauren Pelc-McArthur, till Dec. 14; hours: Tuesday to Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m.; 711 Central Ave.; 519-719-3190; http://www.excavo.ca

Gallery in the Grove: Annual Gifts of the Season featuring handmade art and gifts, till Dec. 7; 2618 Hamilton Road, Brights Grove; 519-869-4643 or visit http://www.galleryinthegrove.com

Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre: Other Voices, sculptural clay work by Jeff Lounsbury, extended until Sunday; hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 2:30-5:30 p.m., Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; 125 Centennial Lane in Victoria Park; 519-485-4691 or visit creativeartscentre.com

Komoka Railway Museum: Visit restored CN railway station, 1913 Shay steam locomotive, CN baggage car, items include telegraph keys, spike hammers, spike pullers, switch lanterns, steam gauges, a railroad safe, a baggage sleigh and a three-wheel velocipede; fall hours: Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon or by appointment; 131 Queen St., Komoka; 519-657-1912 or visit http://www.komokarailmuseum.ca

McIntosh Gallery: Angela Grauerholz: Ecrins Ecrans, till Dec. 14; hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, noon-4 p.m.; free; Western University, 1151 Richmond St.; 519-661-2111 ext. 87576.

Michael Gibson Gallery: 35 Year Milestone Exhibit features selected works by Graham Coughtry, Greg Curnoe, Roly Fenwick, Betty Goodwin, Harold Klunder, Wanda Koop, Robert Markle, Michael Snow and Takao Tanabe, till Nov. 23; hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 157 Carling St.; 519-439-0451 or visit http://www.gibsongallery.com

Museum London: Esmaa Mohamoud: To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat, till Jan. 5; Ways of Being: Yhonnie Scarce and Michael Belmore, till Jan. 5; London Lens: Ian MacEachern and Don Vincent, till Jan. 19; The Lost City: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John, till Jan. 26; 421 Ridout St.; 519-661-0333.

Oil Museum of Canada: Christmas Open House, Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., our costumed staff will be taking our visitors back to the days of yore with treats and fun Christmas crafts; free admission with canned good for food bank; 2423 Kelly Rd., 519-834-2840 or visit http://www.oilmuseum.ca

Portside Gallery: Sue Shurish, Patti Fisher and Janice Howell are featured for November; 18 area artists displaying paintings, photography, jewelry, hand-painted scarves and cards; hours: daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 1871/2 Main St., Port Stanley; 519-782-7066 or visit portsidegallery.ca

St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre: Contemporary Selections from the Permanent Collection: Celebrating 50 Years, till Feb. 15 in Gallery One and Two; White Walls and Substantial Forms: Small Sculpture from the Permanent Collection, till Feb. 15 in Gallery Three; hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, noon-3 p.m.; 301 Talbot St., St. Thomas; 519-631-4040.

Sunset Arts Gallery: Acrylic, oil, pastel, photography, pottery, watercolour, silk painting, fused glass, wood-turned art, non-representational abstract art; hours: weekends, noon-5 p.m. (until Dec. 15); 63 River Rd., Grand Bend; 519-238-6914.

The Art Exchange: Celebrating Autumn, group show of 15 Ontario artists reflects a variety of styles and methods of art making, till Nov. 30; hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 247 Wortley Rd.; 519-434-0000 or visit http://www.theartexchange.ca

Westland Gallery: Space Between: shared abstract art exhibit by Lisa Johnson and Johnnene Maddison, till Saturday; hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; 156 Wortley Rd.; 519-601-4420 or visit http://www.westlandgallery.ca

Woodstock Art Gallery: Life on the Back of a Turtle: Woodlands and Plains Indigenous Art, till Jan. 25; 449 Dundas St.; 519-539-6761.

MUSIC

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Big Wreck: Saturday, 8 p.m. with Texas King, ; 19+ event, $39.50; London Music Hall, 185 Queens Ave., 519-434-1601.

bülow: Friday, 7 p.m. with Verzache, Ashs; admission $25; London Music Hall, 185 Queens Ave., 519-434-1601 or visit http://www.redscarf.ca/concert.

Christmas Gospel Concert: Roy LeBlanc’s A Tribute to Elvis Presley, Saturday, 7 p.m.; tickets $20, at the door and at church office, Monday through Friday or can be ordered online at http://www.eventbrite.ca; Exeter United Church, 42 James St., Exeter, 519-235-0860.; for more information follow us on Facebook or visit http://www.exeterunitedchurch.com

Don Wright Faculty of Music: Opera at Western: The Secret Gardener, Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m., tickets available by calling 519-672-8800; Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College, Western University.


bülow, Friday, 7 p.m. at London Music Hall. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press file photo

Emm Gryner: Saturday, 8 p.m. with special guests Deni Gauthier; tickets $25 advance, $30 at the door; Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St., 519-672-7950 or visit aeolianhall.ca

Fortunate Ones: Thursday, 8 p.m. with special guests Sherman Downey; tickets $25 advance, $30 at door; Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St., 519-672-7950 or visit aeolianhall.ca

Gospel Music in the Church: Featuring The Gee Gee’s Sing Gospel from St. Marys, Sunday, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 235 Thames St. S., Ingersoll; free will offering.

Jazz for the People: Wednesday, 7:15 p.m.; London Public Library, 251 Dundas St., 519-661-4600, visit lpl.ca/programs

Jennifer Thorpe: Sunday, 2 p.m. part of Aeolian Heritage series; tickets $20 advance; Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St., 519-672-7950 or visit aeolianhall.ca

Karen Schuessler Singers: Shining Night concert, Saturday, 8 p.m.; tickets: adult $25, senior $22, student $10 ($28/$25/$10 at the door); Wesley-Knox Church, 91 Askin St., visit http://www.kssingers.com

Leahy: Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m.; tickets $40 advance, $45 at the door; Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St., 519-672-7950 or visit aeolianhall.ca

London Singers & H.B. Beal Singers: A Choral Masterworks Concert, Sunday, 3 p.m.; tickets $30 at the door, $20 students; Dundas Centre Church, 482 Dundas St., 519-852-0916, visit http://www.thelondonsingers.ca

Marty Kolls: Play Too music video, and accompanying EP release, Friday, at Museum London, 421 Ridout St., 6:30-9 p.m.; tickets sold in advance for $10 at Grooves Records, Odyssey Records, Forest City Records and Marty Kolls and at the door for $15, all ages event.

Sweetwood Mac Live: Tribute to Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nick’s greatest hits, Saturday, 8 p.m.; tickets $10 advance or $12 at the door; German Canadian Club, 1 Cove Rd., 519-433-2901.

The Light of the East Ensemble: Sephardic Heart album release, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; tickets $20 advance, $25 at the door, available at Chaucer’s/Marienbad, 519-679-9940, Centennial Hall Box Office, 519-672-1967, Long & McQuade North, 519-439-0101, Village Idiot (Wortley Village) and online at sunfest.on.ca or folk.on.ca

OUTDOORS

O Holy Night Nativity Display: A beautiful display of nativity sets that show the wonder of the birth of Jesus, come visit us and enjoy coffee, tea and cookies, Saturday, 1-3 p.m.; free; 970 Oxford St. W., 519-471-2290.


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Saturday Morning Walks: Through Warbler Woods, 9 a.m., meet at small car park at 1560 Commissioners Rd. W., just south of Oxford St. parking on Chestnut Hill; walks are approximately one hour; families with children are welcome, no dogs; John Clark, 519-641-0442 or visit http://www.tvta.ca

Ska-Nah-Doht Village: Season’s Greetings, Sunday, noon till 4 p.m.; take a horse drawn wagon ride through the park, listen to the songs of the season, trim a tree for the birds and more; $8 per vehicle; Longwoods Conservation Area, 8348 Longwoods Road, 6.5 km west of Delaware, just southwest of Mount Brydges, 519-264-2420.

READINGS & SPEAKERS

Hindsight is 2020: The past meets the future as Western University History Department faculty deliver weekly talks: Associate Professor Frank Schumacher tackles Trump, Foreign Policy & Global Chaos, Monday, 7 p.m. at Central Library, 251 Dundas St., followed by Q&A; free drop-in event; 519-661-4600.

Stage for Change: About addiction, recovery and change with speakers Aaron Allen, Dani Strong, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St., 519-672-7950 or visit aeolianhall.ca SHOWS AND TOURS Hidden History of Hamilton Road: Join James Reaney as he discusses the History of Music in the Hamilton Road Area, Thursday, 7 p.m., free; Crouch Branch Library, 550 Hamilton Road, 519-455-4533.

THEATRE

Stratford Festival: Billy Elliott the Musical, till Sunday at Festival Theatre, 55 Queen St., Stratford; 1-800-567-1600 or visit http://www.stratfordfestival.ca

BAZAARS & SALES

33rd Annual Toy and Craft Show and Sale: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Seaforth Agriplex and Community Centre Hall, 122 Duke St., Seaforth; admission $5.

ACW Bake Sale: Baked goods and preserves, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. and noon, after services; St. James Westminster Anglican Church, 115 Asking St. at Wortley, 519-432-1915.

Artisan Bazaar: 20 community vendors, 10 junior high young entrepreneurs, Rosie’s Steetery food truck, hot chocolate bar, door prizes, Saturday, 10 .m. to 2 p.m.; Montessori Academy, 742 Waterloo St.; $2 Christmas Market in Lovely London: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with handmade items; $3; Hellenic Community Centre, 133 Southdale Rd. W.

Christmas Sale & Luncheon: Home baking, jams and candy and jellies, candy and Christmas specialties, silent auction, lunch is soup, sandwich, sweet and beverage $5, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; London Citadel Church, 555 Springbank Dr., 519-472-2500.


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Country Christmas Bazaar: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. including preserves, tearoom, crafts, silent auction, treasurers, jewellery, books and baking; St. John the Divine Anglican Church, 21557 Richmond St. N., Arva, 519-660-8177.

Food Fare & Christmas Craft Sale: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; frozen food, turkey pies, preserves, baking and craft vendors; St. Michael & All Angels Church, 397 Springbank Drive.

Garden Club of London Christmas Boutique: Unusual and unique home decor items all displayed from botanicals, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m..; free; snacks, coffee, tea available; Civic Gardents Comples, 625 Springbank Dr.

Spirit of Christmas: Friday, 6:30-9 p.m. with music by James Masschelein and Gospel Express, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music by Valleyview Male Chorus; event includes a juried craft show, Ten Thousand Villages; admission $5; Nairn Mennonite Church, 26459 Bear Creek Rd., Ailsa Craig, 519-232-4425.

Wellspring Christmas Craft Sales: YMCA Bostwick Branch, 501 Southdale Rd W., Thursday, 4-7 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon; YMCA Stoney Creek Branch, 920 Sunningdale Rd. W.; all proceeds to support Wellspring London programs. http://www.wellspringlondon.ca Wortley Village Holiday Shopping: Extended hours, one-night-only promotions & special offers, draws and goodies at 14 locations throughout the village, Thursday, 4-8 p.m.; for more information visit http://www.facebook.com/events/463058604556495 or call 519-601-4420 or 519-432-0434.

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Philippa Jones, executive director of Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, says a partnership between Ireland and Newfoundland and Labrador could benefit the province’s art community. (Alex Kennedy/CBC)

A St. John’s art gallery will be sending an artist to Ireland and welcoming one in return — and it’s all thanks to its new studio space.

Philippa Jones, the gallery’s executive director of Eastern Edge Gallery, says a partnership between the gallery and Donegal art company Artlink began earlier this year, when some of Artlink’s members came to St. John’s for an art conference.

“They were wandering around trying to figure out … where the art centres were,” Jones said. “And they dropped into Eastern Edge and we said ‘hi’ and from there we just formed a really great partnership.”

A recent Eastern Edge expansion gives the gallery the room to do projects like an international residency exchange with Artlink, she said.

As part of this partnership, Eastern Edge will send one artist from Newfoundland and Labrador to Donegal, about 220 kilometres north of Dublin, for a four-week residency in their own studio. The residency is self-directed, meaning it’s up to the artist what they want to do. The artist will also receive 6,000 Euros, nearly $9,000 Cdn, for fees including travel and living costs.

An artist from Ireland will also come to Newfoundland and Labrador, and work in residency at Eastern Edge.

Jones said the residency is a great opportunity for Newfoundland and Labrador to establish itself on the international art map.

“We have a really unique, vibrant arts community with a lot of independent artists making a living and a life here enriching the culture,” Jones said.

“It also then gives the opportunity for Newfoundland and Labrador artists to travel to Ireland and, in the same vein, see how their art industry works and runs. But also make work over there, make connections, form friendships.”

Strengthening relations with Ireland

With WestJet cancelling its direct flights between St. John’s and Dublin last year, Jones says she hopes the art connection between the two countries can carry over to the runway.

“There’s a history of an extremely strong relationship already between Ireland and Newfoundland and Labrador,” Jones said.

“It would definitely be advantageous and make everyone’s life easier if the direct flights were returned. Taking 24 hours to get to Donegal is not going to be as much fun or as easy for our artists when they have to go directly.”

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After Hiatus, Trump Awards National Arts and Humanities Medals – The New York Times

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For the first time since he took office, President Trump will award the National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medal, honoring eight recipients including the actor Jon Voight, the novelist James Patterson, the musicians of the United States Military and the conservative think tank the Claremont Institute.

The medals, given annually since the 1980s, were last awarded in 2016, by President Obama, who named about a dozen honorees for each medal, as was typical in past years. This week, in a terse announcement, the administration named four winners each for the arts and the humanities. They will be honored on Thursday at the White House.

In addition to Mr. Voight and the musicians of the military, the winners of the arts medal are the bluegrass musician and singer Alison Krauss and the philanthropist Sharon Percy Rockefeller, who is also president of WETA, Washington’s public television and radio station.

The humanities honorees include Patrick O’Connell, the chef at the Inn at Little Washington, an acclaimed restaurant in Washington, Va., and Teresa Lozano Long, a philanthropist in Austin, Tex., as well as Mr. Patterson and the Claremont Institute.

The lack of awards since he came into office had underscored Mr. Trump’s uneasy relationship with the arts, and his rocky history with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which he attempted to close down shortly after his inauguration.

In 2017, all 16 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned in protest after Mr. Trump made comments in defense of white nationalists after the violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va. And for the past two years, Mr. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have skipped the Kennedy Center Honors, a major event on the Washington cultural calendar.

The arts and humanities medals are among the country’s most prestigious cultural honors. In 2016, the year they were last given, winners included the comedian Mel Brooks, the interviewer Terry Gross, the trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, the biographer Ron Chernow and the novelist Sandra Cisneros.

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