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Hall grew up in Drayton Valley, Judy Creek, Swan Hills and eventually Redwater, Alberta, where he attended Grades 10-12.

“I will have been at pharmacist for 44 years coming June 2021,” Hall said. “I chose pharmacy as I always had an interest in the sciences and helping people. Pharmacy also provided a secure, stimulating job.”

Covid-19 has changed the way pharmacists work.

“Pharmacy has its pro’s and con’s like any other profession but the stresses are manageable and I have been blessed to work with some very good co-workers that help make the stresses more manageable,” Hall said. “Covid-19 has increased stress levels for everyone due to reduced social contacts, social distancing and isolation.”

Covid-19 has been a learning experience for everyone and not all cases of Covid are symptomatic, he said.

“It is the non-symptomatic cases that pose concern as they are not as easy to track,” Hall said. “As with other places of business, we have implemented safety measures such as sneeze guards, face masks, face shields, gloves, upgraded cleaning and disinfection protocols and social distancing. We are paying extra attention to personal hygiene such as continual hand washing and sanitizing. Everyone is mandated to wear a facemask and social distance.”

Business is as usual with enhanced safety measures, he said.

“We are also providing delivery service to reduce risk of exposure with especially high risk patients,” he said. “We have seen a definite increase in people receiving the influenza vaccine this year but flu numbers are lower. Lower numbers are probably attributed to increased personal hygiene, wearing face masks, social distancing and social isolation.”

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Art is having a virtual birthday party, a 'buffet' on Saturday – Regina Leader-Post

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Dunlop director Alyssa Fearon encourages experiencing these events, which are free admission, “just to see the format.”

“Everything that we’re doing right now in this COVID era is very experimental, and this is very much part of that. So I like that the heart of it is still there, even though it can’t take place in person,” said Fearon.

Robert Filliou lights the cake at Art’s 1,000,010th Birthday Celebration in Aachen, Germany in 1973. Photo: Undated handout courtesy Vancouver Sun

Art’s Birthday Buffet has four main menu items — or maybe three, plus dessert.

— From 2 to 3 p.m., Clive Robertson (Kingston, Ont. artist, critic and curator) and Craig Leonard (Halifax artist and teacher) will discuss Filliou’s impact on shaping artists collectives, spaces and alternative practices.

That’s streaming live on the Dunlop Art Gallery’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

— From 7 to 9 p.m., “Every Possible Place” features various artist performances. It includes Jeff Morton, Sbot N Wo (experimental musicians/married couple WL Altman and Helen Pridmore), Jon Vaughn, Laura Kavanaugh, Ian Birse, Hilarey Cowan and Ian Campbell.

That’s streaming live on Neutral Ground’s Facebook and YouTube, and at 91.3 FM CJTR. Ernie Dulanowsky (also known as Pulsewidth) is hosting the broadcast.

— From 9:30 to 11 p.m., there’s karaoke on Zoom. Sing along to cover songs and see videos by artists including YGretz, Kablusiak, Lucien Durey, respectfulchild, Peter Morin, Josie Whitebear, Erroll Kinistino, Piper Burns and People Tanning. Sean Dunham is hosting karaoke and there will be prizes. Register in advance through neutralground.sk.ca.

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Gallery offers ArtBoxes and Art PenPals for Greater Trail seniors – Trail Times

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With COVID keeping seniors away from the finer things in life like art studios, the VISAC Gallery in downtown Trail has come up with a thoughtful way to keep patrons painting and/or crafting.

The nonprofit is offering art supplies and instruction for any senior in the Greater Trail area through VISAC’s Creating Connections; ArtBoxes and Art PenPals for Seniors!

This free service, available over the next two months, is so important right now given many locals have been isolated for months on end due to the ongoing pandemic. Studies show that art can play a valuable role in mental wellness, being that creating art can alleviate stress and anxiety, and help boost confidence and the feeling of resilience.

VISAC staff Ellie Knox prepping supplies for January art boxes. Photo: Submitted

“During the winter and Covid-19, many seniors are not able to attend in-person classes and workshops due to risks and restrictions. We have heard … that many seniors do not have the means to take online art classes or can feel overwhelmed by online offerings,” explains VISAC director Kristin Chester.

“Our input also indicates that seniors either have a hard time allocating limited funds to art supplies or are not able to source art supplies due to stores being back ordered.”

After asking local seniors what kind of art-themed activities are most interesting to them, the gallery has come up with two art box themes.

The January box is weaving-themed and the February/March art box will be water-coloured themed.

Each art box will contain: quality art supplies; instruction on how to use materials and art project instructions; art-focused enrichment materials; and a little piece of art created by a local elementary student, in hopes the senior writes back a letter to their new art penpal.

The art boxes are designed for seniors without motor ability restrictions, however there is the option of having it adapted for those with ailments such as arthritis.

Sign up for January delivery is available online at visacgallery.com under ‘upcoming art programs.’

”We understand not all seniors have access to the internet,” says Chester. “So we are up for feedback on how we can reach seniors who are interested in a delivery but are not able to fill out the online sign up form,” she added. “We have a limited amount of art boxes per month and hope to distribute them out fairly as best we can around Greater Trail. If you think your network, senior housing, etc. would like to be allocated a certain amount each month, let me know so we may reserve some and get back to you when … the delivery sign up is ready.”

Sign up form here: Creating Connections

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Anyone with questions is encouraged to email Kristin Chester at director@visacgallery.com.

This project was made possible thanks to a grant from the Le Roi Community Foundation. Through an extensive network of donors and cooperations, the Le Roi foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of people living in Trail, Warfield, Rossland, Montrose, Fruitvale, and Areas A and B of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.



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When masks become art: local visual artist finds a new canvas – GuelphToday

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It is becoming an everyday fashion accessory, a part of many wardrobes and now, it is being turned into a work of art and a representation of self expression.

Local visual artist Sharyn Seibert has embraced this new canvas: face masks.

“Dostoevsky said that beauty will save the world. As artists, we are always trying to find the meaning in what we are doing,” Seibert says.

“Especially during this time, there has to be room for spirituality, something bigger than ourselves. I think this is the purpose art serves. Whether it’s music, theatre, architecture or any of the arts.”

During the pandemic, Seibert says she continues to create and with each new work comes a new journey and a new challenge.

Incorporating creative artistic interpretations into face mask design is one of them.

“At the beginning of the pandemic, I had a show on and artwork in four different places which were all locked down. My daughter, who is a midwife in B.C., said that they didn’t have enough PPE. So, I thought, well I have cotton, I will do it myself. I made masks and painted them,” she said.

“It’s funny because I was already stockpiling fabric paint. This was an opportunity and then it just skyrocketed.”

Seibert also donated masks to families visiting loved ones and others receiving medical treatments including cancer patients.

“People saw the masks online and many commented saying how great they were. But then people said they wanted to buy the masks,” Seibert says.

“I made over 100 and they are all very different and unique. Each one takes hours and hours to make.”

After the long process of purchasing fabric, washing, cutting, stapling, painting and sewing, voila, a new mask!

The end result?

A breathable and adjustable design, a work of art, a colourful creation to help brighten and maybe offer some inspiration for those who wear it during these uncertain times.

“I have sent masks all over including the U.S., to Texas, New Jersey and Long Island. I’ve even had repeat customers as well.”

In Guelph, Seibert gift wraps each mask. They are hung on a tree outside her home.

“People come and just pick their mask off the tree. It is all done safely,” she says.

Seibert, a retired teacher, has a background in art and art history. She has studied fine art in Canada and internationally at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. She has also earned a welding ticket and a diploma in interior decorating.

In the past, Seibert ran a fabric design studio.

“So, it’s like everything has gone full circle,” she said.

In addition, Seibert and her husband Brian organize art tours to Italy. Seibert takes great joy in teaching and mentoring students along their travels.

But due to the pandemic, tours have been put on hold.

This, however, has meant more time for Seibert to explore new creative outlets.

“I have been experimenting with black and white and this is new to me,” Seibert says.

As she prepares for a show at the Bookshelf in April, a new outdoor art studio is also in the works at her home which will offer a panoramic view of the wonderful nature around her.

“Beauty in the community is healing. I love painting nature,” she said.

“It’s very meditative, it’s a form of escape and you can’t think of anything else while doing it.”

For Seibert, art is a vehicle offering insights into knowing oneself and knowing others.

“Many people talk to me about having a creative urge and then they don’t fulfil it. I think it is our destiny to be creative whether it’s cooking or gardening,” Seibert said.

“When there isn’t an avenue for creativity, people can become stifled in their spirit. If people have tools, skills and opportunities, they can be creative, and this is so important in this technological age.”

During the pandemic, Seibert encourages others to get creative as well.

“It’s a great stress reliever. Art is good for you. Don’t be afraid of it. It’s yours, your very own expression,” she says.

Seibert also says people shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with other media such as charcoal, pencil crayons or clay.

The pandemic has led Seibert to make an interesting switch from colourful paintings to black and white landscapes. Today, she can include face masks in her repertoire.

“People love all of the added colour when wearing the masks. Making them has been a real joy for me,” Seibert said.

“I hope people feel that when they wear them.”

Seibert’s artwork can be seen on Facebook and Instagram and at sharynseibert.com.

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