'A great loss to the art community': Former Glenbow president Jeffrey Spalding dead at 67 - Calgary Herald - Canadanewsmedia
Connect with us

Arts

'A great loss to the art community': Former Glenbow president Jeffrey Spalding dead at 67 – Calgary Herald

Published

on


Jeffrey Spalding, a prominent member of the Calgary arts scene and former president of the Glenbow Museum, has died at the age of 67.

According to Galleries West magazine, where Spalding was a consulting editor and which first reported his death, his family said he “suffered a massive stroke on Monday en route to Toronto from Fredericton.”

“We’ve lost a true genius,” said Tom Tait, founding publisher of Galleries West. “He had his certain eccentricities, but he was a wonderful human being.”

Spalding was president of the Glenbow Museum from 2007 to 2009 and an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary. He was also artistic director and chief curator of Contemporary Calgary and its predecessor, the Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary, from 2011 to 2014.

“He was one of Canada’s really gifted artists,” said Whyte Museum CEO Donna Livingstone, who was also a president and CEO of the Glenbow. “He was an amazing artist. He was also one of the most brilliant curators of contemporary art that I know. He was infectious in his enthusiasm and encyclopedic in his knowledge.”

Spalding was born Nov. 5, 1951, in Edinburgh, Scotland, and came to Canada as a child. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 1973 with a BA in fine art and then went on to receive his masters in art education from Ohio State University and a master’s in fine art from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.

“He was an absolute marvel to watch,” said Jarvis Hall, director of Jarvis Hall Gallery, which displayed Spalding’s art over the past decade. “By that I mean, when Jeffrey got it in his mind to do something or that something was important enough to be done, he really, really went after it. He was a massive supporter of artists, a massive supporter of this region of Canada. When he put his mind to things, he could move mountains, literally.”


Jeffrey Spalding at an exhibition of work by Canadian illustrator Oscar Cahen in 2012. Photo courtesy Valentin Ivanov.

jpg

He was a longtime resident of Calgary and southern Alberta. His first connection with the Glenbow came when he was hired as a curator in 1978 by former museum director Duncan Cameron.

“He was a bundle of unstoppable energy that is a great loss to the art community,” said art curator and critic Nancy Tousley, who was married to Cameron when he hired Spalding. “He was a very creative curator with lots of ideas, a very good writer who did some books on important artists, and a very generous spirit.”

Spalding was named to the Order of Canada in 2007. His work is in many collections across the country and internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada, Glenbow Museum, Banff Centre, Whyte Museum, Art Gallery of Alberta and the Canadian embassies in Sydney, Australia and Washington, D.C.

“The same glint in the eye, the same bit of mischievous energy that Jeffrey had in promoting art, he also had in the studio,” said Hall.

Spalding wanted the Glenbow to put a renewed focus on visual art when he took over the museum in 2007, something that has continued in the museum’s mandate since. His naming as the CEO was an immediate boost to the museum’s collection; 200 works of art worth more than $1 million were donated to the museum in the month after he took over the position.

“I am from a working-class background, but my dad took good care of me and my family, good intellectual care of us as well,” he told Postmedia when he took over the Glenbow in 2007.

“He was not a big art guy, but he allowed for it. He gave me permission to discover it. And I kept on remembering that I come from there. I don’t come from a privileged family where that’s the thing you do. My love of art came about because my dad encouraged me, because he saw I was somewhat interested in it. So I know it is highly possible for people who are from any number of backgrounds to experience this kind of thing. They just need a chance.”

jroe@postmedia.com
Twitter: @thejonroe

Let’s block ads! (Why?)



Source link

Continue Reading

Arts

Penticton arts, culture and sports programs get boost of over $500,000 thanks to provincial grant – Vernon Morning Star

Published

on

By


Penticton’s arts, cultural and athletic programs are getting a boost of over $500,000 thanks to this year’s round of B.C. Community Gaming Grants.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced on Nov. 7 that 700 non-profits throughout the province would receive $18.3 million in funding to “deliver opportunities for people of all ages to participate in visual and performing arts, literature and festivals, as well as Indigenous and cultural programs.” An additional $27 million will be provided to more than 800 sports sector organizations in B.C. through the program.

READ MORE: Nearly $2M in provincial grants going to Central Okanagan arts, sports programs

Six arts-related non-profits in the Penticton area will be splitting $158,500 and 12 sports organizations will be splitting $347,400 through the program. Notably, the Penticton Art Gallery Society will receive $56,000, the Penticton & District Minor Hockey Association will receive $86,500 and the Pinnacles Football Club Association will get $90,000.

“These programs bring people together, fostering community connections through art, cultural programming and athletic activities for all ages and abilities,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, in the release. “Our government is proud to support organizations contributing to vibrant, healthy communities across B.C.”

“These art, culture and sport programs provide opportunities for people to build community, foster artistic expression and engage in healthy activities,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, in the release. “Our government is proud to support these organizations to deliver programs that support inclusion and benefit people of all ages and backgrounds in communities across B.C.”

To view the full list of recipients of this year’s B.C. Community Gaming Grants in arts and culture, click here, and for the full list of sports organization recipients, click here.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Jordyn Thomson | Reporter
JordynThomson 
Send Jordyn Thomson an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)



Source link

Continue Reading

Arts

Penticton arts, culture and sports programs get boost of over $500,000 thanks to provincial grant – Pentiction Western News

Published

on

By


Penticton’s arts, cultural and athletic programs are getting a boost of over $500,000 thanks to this year’s round of B.C. Community Gaming Grants.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced on Nov. 7 that 700 non-profits throughout the province would receive $18.3 million in funding to “deliver opportunities for people of all ages to participate in visual and performing arts, literature and festivals, as well as Indigenous and cultural programs.” An additional $27 million will be provided to more than 800 sports sector organizations in B.C. through the program.

READ MORE: Nearly $2M in provincial grants going to Central Okanagan arts, sports programs

Six arts-related non-profits in the Penticton area will be splitting $158,500 and 12 sports organizations will be splitting $347,400 through the program. Notably, the Penticton Art Gallery Society will receive $56,000, the Penticton & District Minor Hockey Association will receive $86,500 and the Pinnacles Football Club Association will get $90,000.

“These programs bring people together, fostering community connections through art, cultural programming and athletic activities for all ages and abilities,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, in the release. “Our government is proud to support organizations contributing to vibrant, healthy communities across B.C.”

“These art, culture and sport programs provide opportunities for people to build community, foster artistic expression and engage in healthy activities,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, in the release. “Our government is proud to support these organizations to deliver programs that support inclusion and benefit people of all ages and backgrounds in communities across B.C.”

To view the full list of recipients of this year’s B.C. Community Gaming Grants in arts and culture, click here, and for the full list of sports organization recipients, click here.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Jordyn Thomson | Reporter
JordynThomson 
Send Jordyn Thomson an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)



Source link

Continue Reading

Arts

Time to get creative with the Okanagan School of the Arts – Pentiction Western News

Published

on

By


The Okanagan School of the Arts (OSA) has some upcoming classes to keep your creative juices flowing this winter.

Try your hand at the Oil Painting Portrait Class, which runs on four consecutive Thursdays beginning Nov. 21 to Dec. 12. The class takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and participants “will learn the craft of portait painting by applying classic methods,” according to the OSA website.

“The course will include the basics in drawing skills, design, learning to discern values, chroma and how to model form. The class will work on paint application and will discuss warm-cool colour balance and gaining clarity on the intended message,” states the online class description. “The controlled pallet method will be demonstrated. There will be lots of critique for those who are interested in learning how to paint representationally.”

If painting isn’t your cup of tea, you can instead create your own unique roll-on perfume at the Scent Journey class on Nov. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. The workshop teaches about the “properties of essential oils and how to blend them” and will allow participants to select from 20 essential oils to “create a unique scente that resonates with them – body, mind and soul.”

After the class, those that want to recreate their signature scent can bring their roller bottle and perfume recipe card back to Stellar Ground to be refilled for $20.

READ MORE: Okanagan School of the Arts seems to be back on track

For kids looking to get crafty, there is the Kids Herbal Holiday Crafting session on Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. Kids from six to 12 years of age will learn about the “healing properties of plants” and make “handmade gifts for the holidays in this hands-on learning experience.”

“Using organic ingredients and organically-grown herbs, your child will create unique gifts with handmade labels their friends and family will love,” states the OSA website. “We will create a 100 per cent natural essential oil aftershave; a herbal lip balm; a body/bath oil infused with crystals, essential oils, and flowers; and a herbal tea blend (choose from recipes provided).”

The Adults Herbal Holiday Crafting session will follow that same day from 1 to 3 p.m. where participants will “create a herbal syrup for holiday drink mixing, a herbal-infused culinary salt blend, a herbal jelly and a holiday-inspired herbal tea blend.”

The OSA will also be hosting a Long Pose Session on Jan. 18 where participants will have the chance to paint from a live, costumed model. All levels are welcome at this class, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is instructed by Barbara Ward.

Ward is a “seasoned oil painter who has painted for over 40 years” and “looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge with her students.”

READ MORE: Video: New Penticton studio is a playground for creative types

There will also be the Art of Food Christmas Market at the school on Nov. 30 from noon to 4 p.m. The school, which is located in the Shatford Centre at 760 Main St., is also home to the Ideaforge Maker Studio where residents can access workshop space and specialized equipment and tools for their own projects.

The Ideaforge is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information about upcoming classes and events at the Okanagan School of the Arts, visit www.shatfordcentre.com or call 250-770-7668.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)



Source link

Continue Reading

Trending