There will be art works galore on Saturday, Oct. 2 for the Sudbury Arts Council’s Art and Sole Art Crawl.
SAC says music, cinema and shoe painting are part of a very special day.
The Art Crawl officially begins at noon; however, the Sudbury DYI Craftery on Elm Street offers canvas shoe painting for youths and teens beginning at 10 a.m.
Kids are asked to bring a pair of new or used shoes and turn them into a piece of art. The class costs $15 for the first child and $5 for a second in the same family.
All materials and teaching are provided by DIY Craftery. To register, contact DIY Craftery on Elm Street.
The afternoon 2 workshop is geared to teens where they’re invited to bring on the funk.
Lunch timers at either La Fromagerie or The Cedar Nest will have musical accompaniment. Jamie Dupuis, wizard of the guitar and harp-guitar will entertain at La Fromagerie (Elgin Street) from noon to 1 p.m., while the multi-talented Zach Clement tickles the ivories at The Cedar Nest on Cedar Street from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Both musicians are top-notch talents.
At noon, on Durham Street next to the YMCA, the Young Sudbury Singers hold an outdoor rehearsal for all to enjoy. This is of special interest to children and families in the community. The joy of children singing will light up the street.
For readers, Latitude 46 is pleased to have a book launch and signing of Adam Mardero’s book, Uncommon Sense. Mardero was diagnosed with Aspergers at the age of nine and began his journey of discovery.
Mardero and Latitude 46 will be at the new eatery Knowhere Public House at 130 Elm next to Bay Used Books from 1 to 3 p.m.
Street busking debuts at the Art Crawl. At 1 p.m. on the corner of Durham and Larch streets, Karly Thornton and her trombone will conjure up Basin Street. She promises to wail a few vocals, as well.
At 2, singer Raija Walli and guitarist Andrew Arth, both senior music students at Sudbury Secondary School, will perform outside the YMCA.
At 2, teens are invited to funk up their canvas shoes at DIY Craftery at 43 Elm Street. Advance registration is online to create talk-of-the-school unique shoes. It’s $15 per student; $5 for a second member of the same family. DIY Craftery supplies everything. The workshop is 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Those who watch Eastlink TV will know that Ryan Manahan is everywhere, especially when it comes to music. Manahan and his guitar busk on the corner of Durham and Larch streets from 3 to 4 p.m. He’s a traffic stopper.
From 3:30 to 4:30, busking continues in front of the YMCA with Sudbury Secondary School student Dominic Eekels. Dominic and his keyboard plan to own the street.
The Alibi Room on Durham Street comes alive from 4 to 6 with three entertainers who were recently in YES Theatre’s Grotto Festival. Jude Alexander and his guitar take the stage at 4:00 to perform some favourite cover tunes followed by a talented duo who have recently relocated to Sudbury from Toronto, Tessa Gooden-Balaz and Petr Balaz. The Alibi Room is the perfect place to gather after the Art Crawl.
Or, cap off the Art Crawl with a visit Indie Cinema at 4:30 for a very special showing of TNO’s outstanding production JACK on the big screen starring Jean-Marc Dalpe and France Huot, written by TNO’s artistic director Marie-Pierre Proulx. It’s a must see in French with English subtitles. Tickets are $10 and available in advance through eventbrite.ca/e/le-tno-present-jack-tickets.
In addition, $10 rush tickets are available at the door.
The Oct. 2 Art and Sole edition of the Sudbury Arts Council’s Art Crawl features local art in venues across Greater Sudbury, as well as a virtual art auction online.
For more information and a full listing of artists and venues, go to the Sudbury Arts Council website or Facebook page.
Art Beat: It's Art Crawl weekend – Coast Reporter
The 2021 Sunshine Coast Art Crawl kicks off Friday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m., with 164 venues open to visitors until 5 p.m. all three days, through Sunday. And at 10 of those venues (as of press time), Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. will also be a time for celebration. Most of the partying is at Gibsons venues, but Redecor + Design (venue #111) on Cowrie Street in Sechelt will also be open, as are Halfmoon Bay venues The Mink Farm Gallery (#146), and Kito Tosetti (#147). Details are at the “Friday Night Parties” link at sunshinecoastartcrawl.com.
Art of Healing
The Sechelt Hospital Foundation’s Art of Healing campaign holds its Gala on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden (venue #126). That’s where 36 works donated by some great local artists are on display and will be distributed in an exclusive online raffle draw to 36 ticketholders. All visitors to the exhibit can also bid on auction packages, and purchase raffle tickets for the grand travel prizes, among them a grand prize of a trip for two to Venice or any other European destination.
Sechelt Arts Festival
It’s also the final weekend of the Sechelt Arts Festival, with the premiere of the play, Voices, at Raven’s Cry Theatre. There will be three performances, Friday night, Oct. 22, Saturday night, and a Sunday matinee. The visual art and heritage canoe displays at Seaside Centre become Art Crawl venue #115. Poet Valerie Mason-John speaks in a free event (registration required) at Raven’s Cry on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. And your last chance to add your touch to the Paintillio mural at Trail Bay Centre will also be on Saturday, until 4 p.m. Info and tickets at the festival website.
New writers’ group
The Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society is holding its first meeting on Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., via Zoom. The society’s purpose is “to serve writers, editors and groups on the Sunshine Coast to grow and develop their skills, as well as support other writers’ groups and events in the province and across Canada,” and “to hold events and launch projects to highlight the incredible talent that exists on the Coast.” Contact Cathalynn Cindy Labonte-Smith at 604-724-3534 for a Zoom link.
Meet the author
Writer Jennie Tschoban will be signing copies of her funny and touching memoir, Tales & Lies My Baba Told Me, on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Daffadowndilly Boutique & Gallery, on Marine Drive in Gibsons.
Meet the artists
On Sunday, Oct. 24 starting at 2 p.m., Jennifer Bryant and Jennifer Ireland will talk about their new exhibit, Matters of Scale, on now at the Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s Doris Crowston Gallery in Sechelt.
The band Astral Motion bring their blend of originals and classics to Roberts Creek Legion on Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Creek Legion, Vancouver acoustic band Farmteam start their sets at 7:30 p.m.
The Locals play the Turf Stage at Tapworks in Gibsons on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Vancouver singer-songwriter Eamon McGrath plays Tapworks at 8 p.m.
At the Gibsons Legion on Saturday, Oct. 23, Poppa Greg and the band kick things off at 7:30 p.m.
At the Clubhouse Restaurant in Pender Harbour, catch Half Cut and the Slackers on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 5 p.m.
ArtCity: Art education in the gallery (and virtual) space – Woodstock Sentinel Review
In September, I returned to the Woodstock Art Gallery as the assistant curator of education intern, eager to actively bridge arts programming within the permanent collection and the public.
In September, I returned to the Woodstock Art Gallery as the assistant curator of education intern, eager to actively bridge arts programming within the permanent collection and the public. I have been involved with the gallery for three years, beginning as a co-op student with the education department in 2018 and then as the curatorial and collections assistant in 2019 and 2020. In my previous position, I worked exclusively in a background role curating exhibitions and assisting in collections management. With this new role as assistant curator of education, however, I was able to once again rekindle my interest in bringing the arts to the local community.
This position, of course, comes with unique challenges during a pandemic. Everything that we once considered emblematic of educational programming – in-person classroom trips, tours and studio events – has been put on pause in an abundance of caution. Over the last year and a half, the staff at the Woodstock Art Gallery have created online lessons and educational resources, virtual exhibitions and other online activities for the public. In addition, artist talks, curator webinars and exhibition openings have all been streamed virtually. It is within these unique circumstances that I began my new position in the education department.
The role of assistant curator of education is a fairly recent addition to the Woodstock Art Gallery staff roster. Created in 2018, this short-term internship aids the education and curatorial departments in realizing public programming. Previous interns have curated exhibitions, written a practical accessibility guide, conducted research and led education programming. The education department’s current goals had to be completely reoriented to accommodate the pandemic, however. Virtual resources are being further developed and made accessible to both the public and teachers alike. As collaboration with the curatorial department at the Woodstock Art Gallery has become a central component of arts education programming, alternative methods to experience exhibitions are also currently in the works.
The future of education programming, however, will not remain entirely within a virtual space. There is a unique value to in-person programming that staff at the Woodstock Art Gallery yearn to return to. Releasing Community Creation Kits and art grab bags throughout this past year, for instance, has been a way to bring art-making materials back into the hands of the public during the toughest restrictions. Now as lockdowns slowly ease and restrictions lessen, we have begun to return to in-person educational programming.
In September, the gallery hosted its first Creative PA day program since the beginning of the pandemic with a small group of kids. The day was filled with the arts as we toured exhibitions, visited the park, and explored lessons in sculpture making. By the end of the day, each child brought home their sculpture and multimedia creations, along with the tools to create more. Building upon this successful day, the education department will slowly begin to roll out more in-person programming, including another Creative PA Day in November. But this, of course, will take time.
Throughout this pandemic, educational programming has taken on many forms – from entirely virtual resources to at-home art kits and PA days, educational programming has required innovation and creativity. The future of education will forever be shaped by the lessons learned during the pandemic and will perhaps take on a whole new form that has yet to be explored.
Julia deKwant is the assistant curator of education intern at the Woodstock Art Gallery. The Woodstock Art Gallery acknowledges the support for this position which is funded by Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage.
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