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ANDPVA's Indigenous Art Market Opens – Canada NewsWire

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TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2021 /CNW/ – On Saturday, November 6, 2021, Jingle Dress Dancer Nicole Leveck and her two girls, Indiana and Nazarene will be dancing in gratitude and celebration at the opening of Toronto’s first ever Indigenous Art Market.

ANDPVA’s Indigenous Art Market celebrates its grand opening at 1107 Queen Street East in the heart of Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood. Dancing, drumming and sharing of traditional Indigenous food starts at 11:00 a.m.

The Market will have a soft opening on November 3rd and will be open throughout the holiday season until December 24.

Fifteen Indigenous artists, diverse in their artistic expressions, both traditional and contemporary, will participate in ANDPVA’s Indigenous Art Market. They represent several different Indigenous nations and are gifted in working in several mediums. While diverse, they all share a commitment to excellence, pride in their Indigenous heritage and enthusiasm about sharing their culture through their art.

ANDPVA’s Indigenous Art Market is proud and thrilled to feature the work of Mo Thunder, an acclaimed muralist and artist; well-known Anishinaabe painter and historian Clayton Samuel King; Haudenosaunee beadwork artist and moccasin maker Susan Hill; contemporary accessory and fashion designer Warren Steven Scott of the Nlaka’pamux Nation; Mel Bartel, Anishinaabe abstract painter and beadwork artist; Wes Havill, antler carver and blacksmith; Metis artist Diane Montreuil who curated Wisdom of Kinship earlier this year, an exhibition of Indigenous art at Leslie Grove Gallery, and so many more artists acclaimed in their fields.

ANDPVA, the Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts, is the host for the Indigenous Art Market. ANDPVA is Canada’s oldest Indigenous arts service organization. For over 40 years, ANDPVA has supported the development of Indigenous arts and artists working in every medium as a way of healing Indigenous communities, preserving traditional knowledge, telling our stories and facilitating the evolution of Indigenous cultural expression.

“This is a dream come true,” said Millie Knapp, the Executive Director of ANDPVA. “ANDPVA has long wanted a superb showcase in Toronto for our artists. As storytellers and knowledge keepers, our artists are vital to the preservation and sharing of our culture.” The pandemic has severely affected the livelihoods of Indigenous artists with cancellation of Pow Wows and other cultural events where they sell their work.

ANDPVA’s Indigenous Art Market has been organized and curated by Indigenous artists Barb Nahwegahbow, Anishnaabe nation, and Marcos Arcentales, Quecha-Mestizo whose work will also be featured in the Market.

Several artists will be available at the grand opening on November 6 for media interviews.

ANDPVA’s Indigenous Art Market
1107 Queen Street East, Toronto
Contact Barb Nahwegahbow: 416-949-1263
Instagram: @indigenous_art_market
Facebook: indigenous_art_market

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NBA, Bleacher Report Launch Art Series To Celebrate League’s 75th Anniversary – Forbes

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Throughout the past 75 years, the NBA has transcended the hardcourt, crossing over into fashion, music, art, politics, lifestyle and pop culture.

In an effort to not only celebrate the league’s anniversary but also further its involvement in the art world, the NBA and Bleacher Report teamed up with five artists across a variety of disciplines and mediums to create a one-of-its-kind collaboration.

NBA 75: Artist Series features original 1-of-1 works of art, 75 exclusive artist editions and an apparel collection designed by Frank Miller, Sue Tsai, Greg Yuna, Bandulu and Hank Willis Thomas.

“Basketball has become more than just the on-court product—it melds fashion, art and lifestyle elements, and bringing that to the forefront and having artists celebrate some of our past logos, teams and designs in these different ways is representative of where we see the league at this point,” says Adrienne O’Keeffe, NBA associate vice-president of global partnerships and media. “It’s looking back on the past 75 years but also looking forward to what lies ahead, and we thought this really captured that intersection.”

Known for his gritty noir aesthetic across comics, novels and films, Miller made three pencil-and-ink illustrations reimagining the logos of the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors. Thomas, a conceptual artist whose themes relate to perspective, identity, commodity, media and popular culture, made a large-scale quilted NBA logo from a collection of team jerseys. Tsai, a visual artist whose bold-yet-feminine aesthetic crosses into art, fashion and pop culture, created four paintings celebrating the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Lakers.

Prominent luxury jeweler Yuna made three pendants encrusted with precious gems of the Knicks, Lakers and 75th anniversary NBA logos featuring more than 1,200 precious gems, including 500 diamonds. Bandulu, the label founded by artist Pat Peltier known for transforming vintage clothing and sportswear into one-of-a-kind garments through custom embroidery, made three hand-embroidered tapestries honoring the Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat and Celtics.

“For me it was an amazing opportunity because I am a huge fan of basketball because it was my bonding thing with my family growing up,” Tsai says. “My art and brand crosses over into basketball a lot, so it was the perfect opportunity to actually use NBA IP and their amazing history and fuse all of that into my artistic style while working creatively alongside some other amazing artists as well.”

To complement each 1-of-1 original artwork, each artist created 75 artist editions, including numbered and hand signed giclee prints, embroidered patches, pigment prints on aluminum and printed blankets of quilt. The apparel collection, available online starting today, includes long and short sleeve T-shirts, hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, embroidered bomber jackets and sweatpants.

For Bleacher Report, NBA 75: Artist Series is another significant collaboration with the league, following successful e-commerce collaborations and collections including Space Jam, Allen Iverson World Tour, NBA Remix and Homecoming. Bleacher Report has been collaborating with the NBA on merchandise since 2019 and became an official licensee last year.

“In large part because we’re a media company, people don’t come to Bleacher Report and expect to see products, never mind be sold products,” says Jake Cohen, Bleacher Report senior director of e-commerce. “So we want to make sure everything we do, specifically these larger collaborations and collections, tells a story, so it’s not just, ‘Hey, we’re Bleacher Report, buy some products from us.’

“It’s really important for us to be the storytellers ourselves and collaborate with all the artists. We get very involved in the creative process and it’s really important for all of our work to stand apart. We want it to stand on its own and tell a story, and of course the products need to look great.”

For the NBA, the collection further expands its presence in the art world following the league’s exhibition at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2019 which featured never-before-seen memorabilia and video installations among the immersive experience.

“We are always trying to push the boundary and find new ways for fans to engage with the league,” O’Keeffe says. “We don’t just want to stay in one lane and dive deep, we want to make sure we’re engaging with fans in as many ways as possible. What we’ve seen from our fan base is that they have an appreciation for art and we felt we would meet them and provide this product to them in a way that would be engaging and celebrate the 75th year of the league.”

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Frank Miller

Boston Celtics

Pencil and ink on art paper

11” x 17”

Los Angeles Lakers

Pencil and ink on art paper

11” x 17”

Toronto Raptors

Pencil and ink on art paper

11” x 17”

Hank Willis Thomas

Untitled 

Basketball jerseys and mixed media

2’ x 4’

Greg Yuna

Diamond NBA 75th Anniversary

Pendant of gold, white diamonds, blue sapphires and rubies; 23 grams, 3.5 carats 

  • Gold, 23 grams
  • White diamonds, 135 pieces, 0.9 carats
  • Blue sapphires, 160 pieces, 1.2 carats
  • Rubies, 203 pieces, 1.4 carats

Statement: This piece was created to honor the 75th anniversary of the NBA, and the design started with the logo. We wanted to bring the logo into our world. Greg and the design team began to plot out how the piece would be created and the way the stone layout would work the best. We kept this one super classic and true to the logo. The precious stones consisted of white diamonds, blue sapphires and rubies. The rubies and sapphires were carefully picked to match the tones of the color used in the logo. The piece features 498 individually hand set stones totaling 3.5 carats and is made of solid 14kt white gold.

Diamond Los Angeles Lakers

Pendant of gold, orange sapphires, amethysts and diamonds; 19 grams, 2.46 carats

  • Gold, 19 grams
  • Orange sapphires, 64 pieces, 0.5 carats
  • Amethysts, 163 pieces, 1.2 carats
  • Green diamonds, 81 pieces, 0.54 carats
  • Black diamonds, 18 pieces 0.2 carats
  • White diamonds, 6 pieces, 0.02 carats

Statement: The Diamond LA Lakers piece was about incorporating an element of LA into the famed logo. We decided to remix the classic logo by incorporating a palm tree, a symbol that has grown to be synonymous with the west coast. The edges of the piece feature polished edges to contrast with the luminous stones and bring the shape to life. The piece includes 332 handset stones ranging from colored diamonds, amethyst and sapphires.

Diamond New York Knicks

Pendant of gold, diamonds and sapphires; 36 grams , 3.29 carats

  • Gold, 36 grams
  • Black diamonds, 110 pieces, 0.75 carats
  • Blue diamonds, 59 pieces, 0.45 carats
  • Yellow diamonds, 58 pieces, 0.42 carats
  • Red diamonds, 51 pieces, 0.4 carats
  • Blue sapphires, 74 pieces, 0.52 carats
  • Red sapphires, 59 pieces, 0.4 carats
  • Orange sapphires, 42 pieces, 0.35 carats

Statement: The Diamond NY Knicks was inspired by New York City itself. The color palette, look and feel of the piece came from the sunset over the NYC skyline. There is something special to be said about a summer sunset in the city and bringing that twist to the Knicks logo. Within the basketball a nod to the NYC skyline is depicted with gradient stones to bring to life the sunset behind the shapes of the city. The piece includes 453 stones totaling 3.29 carats of diamonds and sapphires.

Sue Tsai

Los Angeles Lakers

Acrylic on canvas

30” x 30”

Statement: Sue Tsai reimagines the Lakers logo embellishing it with a floral basketball hoop. The artwork showcases the tropical botanics of Los Angeles and glamour of the city by adorning the net with crystal drops. A crystal “75” dangles to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the NBA.

New York Knicks

Acrylic on canvas

30” x 30”

Statement: Inspired by the “concrete jungle”, Sue turns the iconic Knicks’ secondary basketball logo into her signature flower bomb. The Rafflesia jungle flower bomb represents the power and explosiveness of the game while paying a small homage to the 88-89 Knicks “Bomb Squad”. At the root is a stem mimicking a NY street sign and leaves sprouting the 7th ave and 33rd street intersection of Madison Square Garden. A concrete block NY shows the strength of the city while wall stickers pay homage to the 75 years of the NBA. A young fan waters the Knicks flower helping it to blossom and reminds us that growth has no off-season.

Chicago Bulls

Acrylic on canvas

30” x 30”

Brooklyn Nets

Acrylic on canvas

30” x 30”

Bandulu

Boston Celtics

Single needle hand embroidery on heavy weight canvas

17” x 22”

Hand-framed in studio  

Philadelphia 76ers

Single needle hand embroidery on heavy weight canvas

18” x 23”

Hand-framed in studio  

Miami Heat

Single needle hand embroidery on heavy weight canvas

17” x 23”

Hand-framed in studio

Statement: Bandulu celebrates the 75th anniversary of the NBA through three East Coast teams that connect authentically to the Bandulu values and community: the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. Being born in New England, being inspired by the heritage of Philly’s iconic city and players, and fueled by the artistic community in Miami, Bandulu sought to tell a narrative that uplifts the East Coast. Each piece took over eight hours of meticulous hand embroidery to create a visual extension of these iconic teams’ logos. Each team has a compositional twist to the way the logo comes to life through pictorial abstractions.

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In the boreal forest, nature inspires art – Prince Albert Daily Herald

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Greg Hardy stands in front of just part of his exhibition titled La Ronge Drawings at the Mann Art Gallery. The exhibition is on until mid-January.

The outside has come inside at the Mann Art Gallery, with simultaneous displays from several artists who draw their inspiration from nature albeit in different ways.

For Ken Van Rees, it was walking through a burnt patch of forest near South End (Reindeer Lake) that caused him to wonder what he could do with charcoal and canvas.

“As I was walking through the forest, I looked down at my pants, they were light-coloured, and there were all these charcoal markings on them,” said Van Rees during a reception held by the gallery on Nov. 26. “I thought, oh, maybe I could do something with this and this started this long journey of creating art from burnt forest.”

Van Rees allows the forest, wind and time to do some of the work for him. He puts a canvas down in a chosen spot, puts a burned log on top and then comes back days, weeks or months later to see what has happened.

He has also set up a game camera and was interested to see the wildlife that stopped and took a sniff or walked on the canvas.

“There were all these animals looking at my artwork. There were deer, there were bears walking across my artwork. There were wolves walking around,” Van Rees said.

Where most people avoid burned areas of nature and look for lush, green landscape, the fiery side of nature has a more visual appeal for him.

“Most of us prefer a green forest. That’s what we like to go camping in or hiking in. For me, because I worked on forest fires when I was a teenager and I had that first experience with forest fires, it somehow resonated with me,” he said.

Ken Van Rees stands beside two painting drawn by nature – literally – after he left a burned piece of wood on a canvas in the wilderness at Fort a la Corne for five months. The two canvases were the result. Photo Susan McNeil

Van Rees’ art can be found at the Mann Art Gallery until January 15 and is an accompaniment to the work of well known artist Greg Hardy.

In contrast to the more muted colours in Van Rees’ work, Hardy’s in some cases has bursts of orange and other bright colours.

“This is a show of drawings from the La Ronge area, where I have a cabin up on an island,” said Hardy.

About four years ago, Hardy was talking to the then director of the Mann gallery and agreed to a showing of his drawings.

With changes in staff at the gallery and the pandemic, it took time for the exhibition to come together, but it is now displayed.

Some of the drawings were done decades ago and some are more recent but the focus on the natural world is shared with Van Rees.

“I have an affinity for the natural world and I paint a lot of things, but I always come back to its landscape that moves me the most as subject matter,” said Hardy.

Hardy’s career has been established for some time and he makes it his full time occupation, sharing his time between La Ronge and his main studio near Saskatoon.

“Realistically, this is a small sampling of the drawings that I have because I draw all the time,” Hardy explained.  “It’s primarily the landscape,” he said of his decision to work in northern Saskatchewan. “We used to go up further north and do a lot of canoe trips and it had always been a dream or a hope to have a wilderness cabin at some point.”

An architect from Prince Albert had the cabin available for sale and so Hardy was able to buy it.

“As soon as I saw it, I was just like this is amazing,” he said. “The subject matter was all around and I knew it was going to be very positive.”

Hardy paints or draws where ever he is, and mainly draws inspiration from the plains before focusing on the forest.

“This was like a 15 year concentration on Lac La Ronge and it still feels like a positive source of inspiration,” he said. “But having said that, I’m shifting gears and going to go back to the plains.”

He looks for good quality light when he paints and also looks for energy.

“The more dramatic the landscape the better. I feel more in tune with what’s going on if there’s a storm or a pending storm,” Hardy explained.

“And I’ve always been taken with the sky, since I was a little kid.”

A third display is up at the gallery for the duration of the exhibition featuring Hardy along with Van Rees.

Title ‘The Secret is in the Paper’, the collection was curated by collections assistant Breanne Bandur and is focused on different approaches to the treatment of paper.

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