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A virtual Art in the Garden festival is happening on the North Shore this weekend – North Shore News

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The North Shore’s annual Art in the Garden event is gearing up to go digital this weekend.

The event has been re-imagined as a livestreamed art and music demonstration this Saturday and Sunday evening, while encouraging community members to share pictures of their own green spaces online.

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Last month, North Van Arts made the decision to suspend the 21st annual Art in the Garden festival due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of practising physical distancing during an event which melds visual arts with some of the North Shore’s most extraordinary gardens.

The decision was made to offer an online version of Art in the Garden in order to keep the spirt of the long-running festival intact, according to Nancy Cottingham Powell, executive director of North Van Arts.

“Art in the Garden is the longest running North Shore garden tour and we didn’t want to just cancel this event that inspires gardeners, artists and nature lovers,” stated Powell, in a press release.

As part of its new online event, for the month of May the arts and culture organization reached out to visual artists and musicians who had participated in past festivals and asked them to create short videos outlining their work, inspiration and methodology.

The six artist videos were released weekly on North Van Arts’ social media channels and website.

This weekend, local painters Nicola Morgan and Pierre Leichner are set to take over the organization’s Instagram account as they livestream the creation of original artwork over live music performed by North Shore musicians Ava Maria Safai and Paul Silveria.

Viewers can tune in on May 30 and 31 at 7 p.m. each night.

North Van Arts is also encouraging people on the North Shore to comment and share pictures of their gardens and green spaces this weekend, as well as their own nature-inspired art, by using the hashtag #ArtintheGarden.

“These extraordinary times have forced us to look at how we connect with our community. Art in the Garden Online is an opportunity for us to support our members and local artists in a unique way,” stated Powell.

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Sunflower Highway, art initiative to connect Fraser Valley, Thompson-Nicola and Okanagan – Chilliwack Progress

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An art initiative originating from Cache Creek’s Gold Country aims to bring B.C. communities together during the difficult times bought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘The Sunflower Project’ is also an environmental renewal project, taking rediscovered satellite dishes and other debris and making them into large 3D sunflower models.

Lead artist and project architect Michelle Loughery said the goal is to have a series of living art installations in various cities and towns, which will include the sunflowers made out of reclaimed materials, as well as real living sunflowers.

Loughery said the idea for the project originated in 1999 when she moved to Vernon and started work on a mural project to help revitalize the city’s downtown area.

“It was the perfect timing because the downtown association was looking for murals and they wanted to completely rebuild their downtown. So we worked together and created the downtown Vernon mural project,” she said.

“And that collaboration of leading a legacy of tourism while building infrastructure helped my career soar… and now I get to do it again as my swansong for other communities.”

The project’s goal is to have the living art installations put together to make up a ‘Sunflower Highway’, which Loughery said will be a driveable art route. Executive director of the Gold Country Communities Society Marcie Down said the art route will help B.C.’s rural communities safely gain tourist traffic.

“Some of the communities involved include Ashcroft, Cache Creek, and Clinton, so it’s a very big region. Then that will interconnect with others as well. There are just so many rural communities that need a hand during these times,” Down said.

“It’s driveable tourism. If we get hit again (with COVID-19), at least we can still drive by and have some sunflower sightings,” Loughery said.

Loughery and Down said they also want the project to be symbolic of the Gold Rush.

“The highway kind of recreates the Gold Rush route. The Gold Rush did an awful lot for the economy… so we’re going back to that thought, tracing the route, paying tribute to the immigrants and of course our Indigenous peoples,” Loughery said.

“The sunflower is indigenous to North America. (Russian czar) Peter the Great took the sunflower back to Ukraine and Russia to help build their economy and now we’re bringing it back to say ‘hey, how can we build an economy again around people, place and planet?’”

Loughery and Down are encouraging artists and residents to get involved, either by painting sunflowers or planting them. For more information, visit the project’s website.

READ: Collaborative effort to showcase historic Indigenous children’s art

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Twila Amato
Video journalist, Black Press Okanagan

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Ottawa Art Gallery, Diefenbunker Museum reopen to visitors – CBC.ca

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The Ottawa Art Gallery and the Diefenbunker Museum reopened to visitors Wednesday for the first time since the COVID-19 shutdown began.

“[We’re] very, very happy that after 117 days we’re welcoming everyone back,” Alexandra Badzak, director and CEO for the Ottawa Art Gallery, told CBC’s Ottawa Morning on Wednesday.

The downtown gallery is reopening to front-line workers on Wednesday and to the general public on Thursday.

Gallery hours have changed in order to give staff time to clean and disinfect the building, Badzak said. The OAG is now open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Older adults and people who are immunocompromised will have priority access to the gallery for the first hour each day, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“We’ve put in a whole bunch of measures that are going to keep our public really safe,” Badzak said.

The gallery has installed “fun and creative” signals throughout to remind visitors to stay two metres apart, but otherwise they’ll have freedom to roam.

“We didn’t want to do a whole bunch of arrows everywhere,” Badzak said. “We wanted people to be able to explore.”

They’ve dusted off the A.Y. Jacksons. And disinfected every hand rail and elevator button. Now the Ottawa Art Gallery is reopening its doors to visitors — after more than 100 days closed for the pandemic. 6:10

Both the OAG and the Diefenbunker Museum in Carp are asking visitors to register or buy tickets before they arrive.

At the OAG, people can book a time slot online or by phone. At the Diefenbunker, visitors are asked to purchase tickets online before they arrive, but they won’t be required to use them at any particular time.

If the Diefenbunker gets too busy, the museum’s website says visitors may have to wait outside.

Visitors to both venues are required to wear cloth masks, which are now mandatory in all public, indoor settings throughout Ottawa and the surrounding area.

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Three local artists selected for County's Art in the Park project – EverythingGP

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Daelyn Biendarra piece “Dream View” was selected as one of the three winners for Site 1 (Photo supplied by Daelyn Biendarra)

By Liam Verster

Local artwork on display

Jul 08, 2020

The County of Grande Prairie has selected three local artists to be featured at the Clairmont Adventure Park.

The County’s Art for the Park project panel of judges have selected three submissions which will be installed at Site 1, which is along the wooden residential fences of the park’s east boundary. The winners are Daelyn Biendarra and her piece Dream View, Cassidy Guenther for her work Skateboarder.png, and Quinn Goldberg and her submission Fox Mountain.

Goldberg was also the winner of the Site 2 submission, which required concepts or ideas for an art installation along the fences of the Clairmont Adventure Park. Her idea of a Honeybee Conservation Education Project was selected, and she will work along with County Staff and young artists to place cutouts of bees and other important pollinators along the chain-link fence. Residents will also have an opportunity to contribute to the project, by painting individual components of the piece.

“We’re delighted that so many young artists participated in this project,” says Christine Rawlins, Parks and Recreation Manager in a release. “The Adventure Park is a community gathering place and these pieces of art will add an inviting touch, made more meaningful by local resident contributions.”

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