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7 ways to enjoy art outdoors before summer's over – CBC.ca

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If you feel like hitting an art gallery, strap on a mask and go for it. Plenty of spots across Canada have started welcoming visitors back — but sure as your hands are raw from Purell, wandering a white cube’s not for everyone right now. Maybe you’re risk-averse. Or maybe you just love some Vitamin D. It’s still summer, dammit. And if the sun’s shining, you want to be out there. 

But there’s a way to get a hit of culture with all that fresh air, and throughout the country, there are loads of options to explore. Here are some ideas to kick-start your plans.

Self-guided tours with a curator’s seal of approval

Whether you’re up for a lazy stroll or a 95 km bike ride, the Vancouver Biennale’s “BIKEnnale/WALKennale” program has a wide range of self-guided art tours. (@van_biennale/Instagram)

Sure, you could just wander in the direction of your favourite big, odd public art thing. But if you’re lucky, someone in your community’s already crafted a curated, self-guided tour that’ll turn an aimless summer walk into a proper adventure.

The Vancouver Biennial’s “BIKEnnale/WALKennale” program is a particularly impressive example. For a small fee ($5 for individuals, $15 for groups), they’ll hand over 18 maps — self-guided itineraries that lead to some of the city’s top points of cultural interest. There’s an app (obviously), which’ll help you avoid getting lost en route to, say, Maskull Lasserre’s Acoustic Anvil. (GPS FTW.) And while the guides are technically yours to try whenever, if you register before Aug. 30, there are extra perks to enjoy, including free bike-share passes.

Like the Vancouver Biennial, Art Public Montreal offers an extensive assortment of digital art maps. Whether you’re getting around by foot, bike or electronic hoverboard thing-ee, the website lets you browse your options by theme, trip length and location, among other helpful categories. 

Find this mural by David Giral via Art Public Montreal’s self-guided tours. (David Giral)

And in Edmonton, Art Tour YEG has four curated tours that can be accessed via Google Maps. Just like the art, the service is totally free, and according to their website, there’s an old-timey print version, too. (Visit City Hall for a copy.) If their itineraries aren’t exhaustive enough, there are always these art-park recos from the local CBC newsroom.

The head turning Vaulted Willow is a work created in 2014 by Marc Fornes and The Very Many studio. (Adrienne Lamb/CBC)

Tours with real, live human guides

They exist!

Not every tour operator is back up and running, but embrace the staycation vibes and reach out to a company near you for info. This Montreal outfit says they offer “COVID-friendly” tours of the city’s murals, and the Toronto chapter of Tour Guys does daily 4 p.m. trips through Queen Street West and Graffiti Alley. (Guests must book their tour the day before, and according to a company rep, group sizes are capped at 15.) 

Build your own itinerary 

Calgary is one of many Canadian cities with a searchable public-art database. (Screen capture)

Maybe you’re an independent spirit … who really, really loves homework. So many Canadian cities have websites dedicated to their public art collections. This list is nowhere near exhaustive, but to give you a notion, let’s just rattle off a bunch of links: Victoria; Kamloops, B.C., Calgary, Saskatoon, Ottawa, Fredericton, Toronto. (There’s even a whole separate database for Toronto’s street art.)

Fire up Google Maps and go. 

Galleries that aren’t galleries

If you’re in downtown Victoria, the Commercial Alley Art Gallery is one quick point of interest. Effectively a brick wall turned solo exhibition space, local artists are the focus, with the featured talent switching over every year. 

Find work by illustrator Emily Thiessen at Victoria’s Commercial Alley Art Gallery to August 2021. (www.victoria.ca)

Galerie Blanc in Montreal is a more super-sized version of the open-air concept — or “open-sky,” to use their term. A maze of white walls occupying 8,000 square feet, this free Sainte-Catherine St. attraction is open 24/7. Now showing: work by Christto & Andrew, Noah Kalina, Genevieve Gaignard, Maya Fuhr and Alexandre Berthiaume. 

Galerie Blanc in Montreal. (@galerie_blanc/Instagram)

And come the fall, another outdoor gallery will pop up elsewhere in Montreal. Artch, an annual showcase for emerging artists, runs Sept. 9 to 13 at Dorchester Square.

The 2019 edition of Artch at Dorchester Park in Montreal. (@artchmtl/Instagram)

August 29, a brand new arts venue called Lowlands Project Space will open in Edmonton, and they’re marking the occasion with an outdoor exhibition called Castles of Butter. It’s just a one-day deal, so visitors have until 10 that night to catch the show.

(Totally DIY) galleries that aren’t galleries

People were art-ifying their neighbourhoods long before COVID. (Check out Kal Barteski’s Polar Bear Alley in Winnipeg, for instance.) But the pandemic’s prompted more folks to launch their own pop-up galleries. Fences are standing in for white walls in Winnipeg and Regina. And in Twillingate, NL, yarnbomber Nina Elliott (a.k.a. The Rock Vandal) has blitzed the place with so much textile art she’s calling it “Newfoundland’s first outdoor art gallery.”

Unidentified fibre object? An example of the Rock Vandal’s handiwork. (@rock_vandal)

Sculpture parks

Or go a more traditional route, and enjoy the outdoor exhibitions at an institution like the Art Gallery of Guelph. Their Donald Forster Sculpture Park is the largest of any public gallery in Canada. Stroll among pieces by Evan Penny and FASTWÜRMS. Maybe even try their official scavenger hunt. Admission’s free, and if you’re a Toronto staycationer, it’s a very doable day trip. 

Visitors to the Art Gallery of Guelph’s Donald Forster Sculpture Park take a seat next to Passages by Kosso Eloul. (@AGGuelph/Facebook)

Same goes for several other contemporary-art sculpture parks, like the Oeno Gallery (Prince Edward County) and the Haliburton Sculpture Forest

The Oeno Gallery Sculpture Garden at Huff Estates, Prince Edward County. (@oenogallery/Instagram)

The Ivan Eyre Sculpture Garden at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection is yet another example, and the museum’s been bringing some of its programming outdoors. (Meditation/painting workshop, anyone?)

Festivals 

The options are few, and public safety protocols are in effect, but the pandemic hasn’t completely squashed festival season. In Montreal, artists are painting live in the streets as part of Mtl en Arts. (The event’s been presenting mobile “mini murals” in the Gay Village since July; the festival wraps Sept. 13.) 

Pascal Foisy works on a painting for MTL en Arts. (@mtlenarts/Instagram)

Calgary’s Bump Festival is another opportunity to watch mural artists at work. Maps and performance schedules are on the website. (DJs are playing a few key painting sites.)  

Take a self-guided tour of Bump Festival murals. Maps are available through the Calgary festival’s website. (@yycbump/Instagram)

For a more outdoorsy experience, the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art runs to Sept. 21 on the grounds of the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River, Ont. The installations will change over the course of the festival. (Matt Rogalsky’s Octet, which broadcast birdsong recordings from the trees, wrapped Aug. 17, for example.) Imagine a nature walk curated by experimental artists.

Or explore outdoor art without leaving your car. Nuit Blanche Regina will be lighting up a patch of downtown this Saturday, Aug. 29, with a free event called Art Night. Featuring eight artist projects, it’s designed to be a drive-by experience, and runs from 8 p.m. to midnight.

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Window art contest in Prince Albert – paNOW

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“When the lockdown first happened, we were seeing lots of communities decorating their windows and doing cool things like that to make it a little less dreary and sad that we were all locked up inside,” Wirtz said.

Winners of the contest will be announced on Sept. 30 in two different categories. There will be a business category with the winner receiving $50 gift cards to Sandra’s Framing Gallery as well to a local restaurant. The residential category winner will receive $50 gift cards to a local restaurant and to On the Avenue Artisans Gallery. Submissions will be judged by the amount of likes a post receives.

“We saw some communities that made it up into little contests and got lots of people to decorate their windows,” Wirtz said. “Then we thought Culture Days would be a great opportunity to roll that out since it’s raising awareness for arts and culture.”

According to Wirtz, the idea is a great way for everyone to show off their artistic talents.

“Even if they don’t want to come to in-person events yet, you can still decorate your window at home,” Wirtz said.

Those who do not feel comfortable going to an art gallery just yet, can still enjoy the beauty of art, by walking around their neighborhood and looking at the projects being done by those in their community.

“I would love to see more businesses get involved, I think that would be really cool,” Wirtz said. “I would love to drive around and see one that is decorated.”

Artists who are stuck on inspiration can head to the Culture Days Facebook page for tips, tricks, and DIY window paint and chalk recipes.

Meanwhile the City of Prince Albert is also looking for a local artist to paint a mural on the exterior wall of the Prairie Cannabis building on Second Avenue W.

In another Culture Days public art initiative, the boulder at the downtown transfer station will also be painted.

With files from Alison Sandstrom

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TrepanierBaer offers glimpse of the 1980s work of 'Alberta art royalty' Carroll Taylor Lindoe – SaltWire Network

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Inspiration works in mysterious ways.

Roughly two years ago, an art collector contacted Yves Trepanier inquiring about a series of large-scale charcoal drawings by Carroll Taylor Lindoe, an artist his gallery represents. It turns out, the piece of art he was after wasn’t available. But it prompted Trepanier to look at his inventory of Taylor Lindoe’s work at TrepanierBaer. Eventually, a small exhibition was launched in April 2019 to introduce the artist to a new generation of art enthusiasts and collectors.

“People went crazy,” says Trepanier. “It was like ‘Wow, this is great: Carroll is back.’”

Still, few thought that the modest exhibition would prompt Taylor Lindoe to start creating again, including the artist herself. She had been retired from both teaching and her artistic practice since the early 2000s, when she moved with her husband to Denman Island off the coast of Vancouver Island.

On the phone with Postmedia earlier this week, the 72-year-old artist is taking a rare break from the fall harvesting of fruit and vegetables on her island home, where she has lived a somewhat reclusive life since 2003. She built a studio on the property not long after moving there, but over the years it had mostly been used for storage.

“This sort of life that we have here is something that I’ve always wanted,” Taylor Lindoe says. “It wasn’t that I was running away from my art practice so much as going to something that was close to my heart. But while I left my practice behind, it didn’t take much for the interest to open up that door into my mind again and get my mind thinking about art again and about the pleasure of making it.”

Taylor Lindoe, whose practice includes drawing, sculpture and painting, will not reveal specific details about what she has been creating this past year. Nor will Calgarians get a chance to see new pieces as part of Carroll Taylor Lindoe: Inch, Foot, Yard, Mile, her first solo show in two decades that runs until Oct. 10 at the TrepanierBaer. The works on display are mostly from the 1980s, a wildly productive period for the artist that found her immersed in a number of disciplines. That allowed her an eclectic approach, demonstrating a great sense of “geometry, architecture and abstraction with allusions to figure and landscape,” Trepanier says.

It’s a reminder of the place of prominence the artist held in Calgary’s art scene, which made her sudden disappearance from it nearly two decades ago all the more jarring, he says. Her family roots go back to early pioneers of Alberta and the pioneering western Canadian culture has always been “very much a part of my being,” she says. Her parents were also pioneers of sorts. Her father Luke Lindoe was a prominent ceramic artist, painter, sculptor and businessman. Her mother Vivian Lindoe was also a painter, printmaker and ceramist. The couple became part of a small, tight-knit group of post-war artists practising in Calgary.

“The artist’s community in the ’40s and ’50s was very much a pioneering community,” Taylor Lindoe says. “It was a small group of people. They were all very tied together, they all knew each other. There were no artist-run galleries until the 1970s. People showed where they could. Really it was a social group.”

Taylor Lindoe eventually studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design and taught there until she moved to B.C., inspiring generations of Calgary artists. She was married to Ron Moppett, a prominent Calgary painter. Their son, Damian, is also an artist currently living in Vancouver. In short, she is a part of “Alberta art royalty,” Trepanier says.

The exhibit at TrepanierBaer, while focused on a relatively brief period in Taylor Lindoe’s 40-year-career, showcases her versatility in sculpture, painting and drawings. They include everything from the 16-work Image Poem, a collection of ink on mylar and watercolour pieces inspired by an eye-opening trip to Macedonia in the 1980s, to Figure in Landscape with Black Stairs, a painted wood sculpture inspired by her walks through Calgary, to Untitled #4, a 1987 abstract charcoal drawing.

“She was moving around from one medium to another and was ahead of her time,” says Trepanier. “If you think back to how artists were 20, 30 years ago, if you were a painter you were a painter. You might fool around with something else, make some drawings or prints, but she really moved and there’s a cross-disciplinary interest, a flexibility in her work approach. It’s just the way she is. I think she gets bored if she just does one thing and plateaus there. She wants to get off and go onto the next thing.”

As for her next thing, Taylor Lindoe does not reveal too many details. This is not because she is being secretive, but because she has a hard time planning or predicting what will happen.

“It’s coming from the subconscious,” she says. “That part of a person is not very directable … There will always be a sense of place and there will always be a physicality and there will be a psychic reality to it. So whatever it is, however it gathers in on the work I’m doing, whether it’s drawing or paintings or sculptures, those elements will always be there.”

Carroll Taylor Lindoe: Inch, Foot, Yard, Mile runs until Oct. 11 at TrepanierBaer. Visit trepanierbaer.com

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Carroll Taylor Lindoe's Image Poems on exhibit at TrepanierBear Gallery.
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On the phone with Postmedia earlier this week, the 72-year-old artist is taking a rare break from the fall harvesting of fruit and vegetables on her island home, where she has lived a somewhat reclusive life since 2003. She built a studio on the property not long after moving there, but over the years it had mostly been used for storage.

“This sort of life that we have here is something that I’ve always wanted,” Taylor Lindoe says. “It wasn’t that I was running away from my art practice so much as going to something that was close to my heart. But while I left my practice behind, it didn’t take much for the interest to open up that door into my mind again and get my mind thinking about art again and about the pleasure of making it.”

Taylor Lindoe, whose practice includes drawing, sculpture and painting, will not reveal specific details about what she has been creating this past year. Nor will Calgarians get a chance to see new pieces as part of Carroll Taylor Lindoe: Inch, Foot, Yard, Mile, her first solo show in two decades that runs until Oct. 10 at the TrepanierBaer. The works on display are mostly from the 1980s, a wildly productive period for the artist that found her immersed in a number of disciplines. That allowed her an eclectic approach, demonstrating a great sense of “geometry, architecture and abstraction with allusions to figure and landscape,” Trepanier says.

Carroll Taylor Lindoe's Figure in Landscape, Black Stairs show on display at TrepanierBaer Gallery.
Carroll Taylor Lindoe’s Figure in Landscape, Black Stairs show on display at TrepanierBaer Gallery. jpg

It’s a reminder of the place of prominence the artist held in Calgary’s art scene, which made her sudden disappearance from it nearly two decades ago all the more jarring, he says. Her family roots go back to early pioneers of Alberta and the pioneering western Canadian culture has always been “very much a part of my being,” she says. Her parents were also pioneers of sorts. Her father Luke Lindoe was a prominent ceramic artist, painter, sculptor and businessman. Her mother Vivian Lindoe was also a painter, printmaker and ceramist. The couple became part of a small, tight-knit group of post-war artists practising in Calgary.

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