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Art Beat: The Hackett Park Craft Fair returns – Coast Reporter

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The Sunshine Coast’s biggest annual crafting-retail event, the Hackett Park Craft Fair, is back this year after cancelling in 2020 due to the pandemic. But as COVID-19 remains a threat to many, the Sunshine Coast Arts Council has moved the fair to the playing-field area in the upper part of the Sechelt park, where both visitors and vendors can have a little more personal space. “This juried fair offers the finest works of Sunshine Coast artisans, for whom Hackett Park has been a significant source of revenue for over 30 years,” the council noted in a release. Food and live entertainment will be part of the festivities, as always. Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sunday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is by donation for adults, free for under-12s.
 

Serenading star

Staff and patrons at Molly’s Reach restaurant in Gibsons were treated to a spontaneous serenade by singer-songwriter Jann Arden on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 8. Arden brought her guitar to the outer deck and sang them a song, which was caught on video and posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page. Arden, an eight-time Juno Award-winner and star of the TV sitcom, Jann, appeared to be on vacation with a few friends, who all dined together at the restaurant, a Molly’s staff member told Coast Reporter.

New at GPAG

Gibsons Public Art Gallery is featuring two artists in new exhibits that opened Thursday, Aug. 12. The main gallery show is Joy and Sorrow, “meditative landscape” paintings by Sechelt artist Eva Diener. In the Eve Smart Gallery are works by photo-based artist Laura Clark in a show called Fragrance of Time. The exhibits are on until Sept. 6.

Becoming

The Kube gallery in Gibsons has an opening reception at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13 for a new exhibit by Sunshine Coast-based painter Ann-Marie Brown. “Her lush oil and encaustic paintings are an invitation to linger,” said the Kube in a release. “Brown creates an experience for the viewer: the painting reads you, opens something inside you like haiku.”

Meet the Artist

Halfmoon Bay artist Penny Dunford is hosting a discussion and in-person walk-through of her exhibition, Refugees: Lives Behind the News, which is on display for a final weekend at the Doris Crowston Gallery in Sechelt. You’re asked to register in advance for the 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15 event through eventbrite.ca.

Live music

Lots of music again this weekend, and much of it is free – but do bring a little cash for the tip jars. Deborah Holland is at the Summer Music Series behind the Library in Sechelt on Saturday, Aug. 14. If you missed Georgia Fats in Gibsons last weekend, they’re at Slow Sundays in Roberts Creek on Aug. 15. Deanna Knight brings her Tree-O to Music in the Landing in Gibsons at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14, while Mimosa performs at 6:30 p.m. Check out the Coast Reporter Community Calendar and the Coast Cultural Alliance’s suncoastarts.com for a more complete list.

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Art show in Minto – Wellington Advertiser

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HARRISTON – The Minto Arts Council is hosting its first show of the year at the Minto Art Gallery. Showcasing the Saugeen Artist Guild, the show is entitled Reflections from the Saugeen Artists Guild.

This show features multiple works from over 20 artists and includes a variety of styles and mediums, including oil paintings, watercolours, stained glass, mixed media, encaustic, jewelry, photography and works with polymer clay.

“This is truly a very diverse show and we are so proud to be able to bring this to our community,” gallery officials state.

The show officially opened Sept. 9 and runs until Oct. 2.

The gallery, located at 88 Mill Street on the third floor of the Harriston branch of the Wellington County Library, is open:

– Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8pm;

– Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 4pm; and

– Saturdays, 11am to 1pm.

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Library helps kids make art – Sault Star

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A free four-week art program for children is being offered by Sault Ste. Marie Public Library.

A PDF lesson will be emailed each week. Youngsters have one week to send a photo of their artwork.

A collage will be created featuring student work.

Register by emailing lib.childdk@cityssm.on.ca. Mention online art program in the subject line. Mention the child’s name, age and parent email contact.

Lessons start Sept. 28.

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'A very fundamental question': Is this the world's oldest example of art? – CTV News

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TORONTO —
Famous cave art in France, Indonesia and Spain has long been thought to be the oldest of its kind, but a new study sheds light on Tibetan parietal art that is four times older and may have been created by children.

An international team of researchers came together to determine if the hand and footprints discovered on the Tibetan Plateau were indeed art.

To decide if the sequence of hand and footprints were art, the researchers had to first figure out how these prints got there. The series of five handprints and five footprints, the researchers reported, came from two different people, according to a press release.

Given the slope and that it would have been slippery, the research team ruled out that people would have walked or run across the plateau, which in turn ruled out that these sets of prints may have been a result of people falling.

“It would have been a slippery, sloped surface. You wouldn’t really run across it. Somebody didn’t fall like that. So why create this arrangement of prints?” Thomas Urban, research scientist in the College of Arts and Sciences and with the Cornell Tree Ring Laboratory, said in a press release.

Urban assisted the research team led by David Zhang of Guangzhou University and co-authored the study.

The team of researchers used uranium-series dating to date the artwork. They believe that the footprints were created by a seven-year-old, while the handprints were by a 12-year-old. They also suspect that these kids were ancient relatives of Neanderthals known as Denisovans.

But what really determines if these handprints and footprints are art?

“These young kids saw this medium and intentionally altered it. We can only speculate beyond that,” Urban said. “This could be a kind of performance, a live show, like, somebody says, ‘hey, look at me, I’ve made my handprints over these footprints.’”

For this reason, Urban calls for a broader definition of what is considered art in this context, even if it does rub some the wrong way.

“I think we can make a solid case that this is not utilitarian behaviour. There’s something playful, creative, possibly symbolic about this,” said Urban. “This gets at a very fundamental question of what it actually means to be human.”

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