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Actors imitate famous works of art during Romania's lockdown – Euronews

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They say life imitates art – and that’s exactly what actors in Romania did during lockdown, in an attempt to bring famous works of art to a wider audience over the internet.

A joint initiative between The National Museum of Art of Romania and the Nottara Theater saw artists from the theatre reenacting some of the museum’s pieces, in pictures that were then shared on Facebook.

Sixteen works of art were included in total, with the posts going up every Monday to give art lovers a novel way to enjoy – and learn new things – about the paintings and sculptures.

The works included a portrait by Peter Paul Rubens, a sculpture by Auguste Rodin and some of the most important Romanian painters.

“We launched this campaign wanting to promote the museum’s heritage, of course, but also to give the actors an unconventional way to practice their profession during a time when all the theatres were closed as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, long after the museums in Romania had reopened,” said Cristina Verona Tobi, interim manager at the National Museum of Art of Romania.

The museum believes the playful method of presenting the artworks made people look at them in a different way, discovering new details they may have otherwise overlooked due to the similarities and small differences between the originals and the reenactments.

In short videos, the “framed actors” also gave a brief overview of the artwork, based on information provided by the museum’s curators.

Some of the actors sewed their own outfits when they couldn’t find something similar ready-made, or shaved their heads to resemble their characters.

View the full gallery on Facebook here.

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Review: Craig Johnson mystery involving art creates art, too – St. Albert Today

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“Next to Last Stand,” by Craig Johnson (Viking)

In “Next to Last Stand,” the 16th book in Craig Johnson’s popular mystery series, Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire is feeling his age. He’s not sure he even wants to stand for reelection. However, a good mystery can always get the veteran lawman’s heart pumping again.

He finds one when the director of the Wyoming Home for Soldiers and Sailors calls to inform him that his pal Charlie Lee Stillwater has passed away — and that he needs to examine what was found in the old man’s room. Arriving there, Longmire sees stacks of papers and file folders, a huge hoard of books about art, a scrap of canvass that appears to be a copy (or perhaps an actual piece) of a famous painting, and a box containing $1 million in hundred dollar bills.

It appears that Charlie died of natural causes, but where did the long-penniless old soldier get a million dollars in cash? When did he develop an apparent obsession with art? And is that scrap of canvass a clue or a red herring?

Johnson builds his story around a real work of art: “Custer’s Last Fight,” a not particularly good and historically inaccurate painting of the battle of Little Big Horn that was destroyed in a fire in 1946 at the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry Headquarters in Fort Bliss, Texas. However, because millions of copies were distributed by Anheuser-Bush, it is one of the most well-known art works in American history. The original would be worth millions.

Could it have somehow survived the fire? The plot thickens when Longmire discovers that his old pal had been stationed at the Texas army post at the time of the fire.

Fans of the Longmire series will be pleased that many familiar characters, including stoic Henry Standing Bear and crude-talking Deputy Sheriff Victoria Moretti, play a prominent role in the tale that also involves a crooked art dealer, a skilful art forger, some Russian art collectors, and an assortment of violent thugs.

Johnson excels at introducing his series characters to new readers without boring longtime fans with details they already know. The plot is not as dark as the last few Longmire tales, but as always, a suspenseful one unfolds at an appealing pace and the prose is first rate.

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Bruce DeSilva, winner of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award, is the author of the Mulligan crime novels including “The Dread Line.”

Bruce Desilva, The Associated Press

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Announcing Thunder Bay's First Ever – Virtual Visual Art Fair – a virus free event! – Net Newsledger

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Exploring the artistic side at Youth Centres TBay

THUNDER BAY – Due to the current COVID-19 situation, CAHEP – Community Arts and Heritage Education Project and the Painted Turtle Art Shop are co-sponsoring the first-ever Thunder Bay Virtual Visual Art Fair as part of the Culture Days 2020 festivities – completely virus-free!

The Fair will be held over the course of a month, from September 25 – October 25, 2020, and will be hosted on Painted Turtle Art Shop’s website at this direct URL:  www.paintedturtleart.com/gallery  The Official Opening of the online exhibition will be Friday, September 25th at approximately 10:00 am and then open 24/7 for the duration of the Fair.

We’re thrilled to be showcasing 51 visual artists, who after an open “Call for Visual Art” will be displaying a wide and wonderful selection of their art including drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, digital works, textiles & sculptures.

All works are created by LOCAL visual artists who live and work right here in Thunder Bay, from student artists, emerging artists, mid-career artists to senior artists.  We will be featuring 2 artists & their work per day on our social media Facebook & Instagram accounts from Sept. 26 to Oct. 25, 2020.

As part of the Culture Days 2020 festivities, we are inviting & welcoming our Thunder Bay community as well as visitors from across Canada and beyond to our virtual online exhibition.

Join us virtually in viewing and exploring a variety of visual art with a certain and totally unique, Thunder Bay, Northwestern Ontario flair.

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Art and grieving: Painter Barbara Pratt honours mother Mary Pratt's life in new exhibit – CBC.ca

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There was no cake waiting for Barbara Pratt on her 56th birthday, something that until that point had been a tradition shared between her and her mother each year to mark the annual celebration of life. 

The warmth and love was missing for the first time.

Renowned artist Mary Pratt — her mother — died at 83 in August 2018. Mary made a career of painting hyper-realistic everyday scenes — including of baking — that resonated across the country and sent her to the top of the Canadian art world. 

Today, Barbara Pratt’s newest gallery, starting Saturday at the Emma Butler Gallery in St. John’s, pays homage to her late mother. 

“I had an idea back in 2018 to paint a painting of the cake pans, that’s in this exhibition, and I wasn’t really thinking about it in a really significant kind of way,” Pratt told CBC Radio’s On The Go

“But after my mother died, in that same year, the image became more poignant for me and I started thinking about other possibilities for images. When my birthday came I realized there wouldn’t be any birthday cake from my mom that year, for the first time ever, really, and that hit me pretty hard and fuelled my creativity.”

Pratt picked up painting from her parents. She also picked up baking from her mother, something she says is taken seriously in her family — particularly with birthdays. 

This cake was designed by Maria Clarke of Petite Sweet in St. John’s. Pratt painted it as part of her latest collection. (Submitted by the Emma Butler Gallery)

“It struck me that baking, and baking birthday cakes in particular, is essentially an act of love that you do for somebody else,” said Pratt.

“I don’t take baking birthday cakes lightly. I’m not going to bake a birthday cake for just anybody.”

‘It’s just part of what we do’

Pratt said the idea to paint cakes was obvious to her after going through some old family slides, many of which featured cake.

She said everyone in the family was happy in those captured moments, but added cake itself plays a role in societal norms. 

“Cake in general has a larger picture in our culture. We have cake with many of our rituals and celebrations. Retirement, graduations, weddings, obviously, and even at funerals you bring baked goods,” Pratt said.

“It’s just part of what we do, and that’s the way my mom approached art. It’s the way I approach it as well. It’s about representing what you know.”

Barbara Pratt says painting cakes for her newest collection came to her after the realization that she would not be receiving another of her mother’s. (Submitted by the Emma Butler Gallery)

Pratt’s new works feature actual cakes designed by Maria Clarke of Petite Sweet in St. John’s and some of her own. 

Eighteen of her paintings will be hung on the walls of the gallery from Sept. 19 to Oct. 10, and the memory of her mother and the paying of her tribute goes one step further. 

Many of the paintings were used using Mary Pratt’s brushes, and even some of her own canvases that she never had the opportunity to use, said Barbara Pratt. 

“I feel lucky, in that I have sort have been with her during the whole duration of creating work for this show,” she said. 

“There were days were days when it was very emotional for me, but uplifting at the same time.… I don’t know that it helped, but I did feel honoured by the ability to use her brushes, and her paint, and well an awful lot more of her supplies as well.”

Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador 

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