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Art Gallery of Windsor to re-open to public with Burtynsky photo exhibition – Windsor Star

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Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Anyone experiencing symptoms is asked to stay home.

“We look forward to continuing to adapt to the circumstances of the present with creative solutions,” Matotek said.

Welcome back. After nearly seven months closure due to the global pandemic, the Art Gallery of Windsor in the downtown, shown Thursday, is set to re-open to the public with strict guidelines due to COVID-19. Photo by Nick Brancaccio /Windsor Star

The Burtynsky exhibition is comprised of almost 40 of his award-winning photographs, taken between 1991 and 2001. Matotek described the industrial landscapes captured by the photos as “at once terrible and beautiful.”

In a separate but related display, the gallery presents the photographs of Elaine Ling, a colleague of Burtynsky.

In Ling’s ‘Abandoned’ exhibition, photos show a defunct diamond mining town in the Namib Desert of southern Africa.

Elsewhere in the gallery, ‘A Walk in the Wild’ provides some contrast to the industrial photos with works from the AGW’s collection that depict natural settings, plants, and animals.

Meanwhile, the ‘Mixed Doubles’ exhibit seeks to present viewers with art that makes them do a double take.

Windsor, Ontario. October 8, 2020. Art Gallery of Windsor has opened its doors.  In photo, Sylvia Novac of Windsor leans in to view a photograph by Edward Burtynsky.  See story.  (NICK BRANCACCIO/Windsor Star)
The Art Gallery of Windsor is set to re-open its doors. In this photo taken Thursday, Sylvia Novac of Windsor leans in to get a sneak preview of one of the photographs in the new exhibit of Edward Burtynsky’s works. Photo by Nick Brancaccio /Windsor Star

Another exhibition called ‘Detroit, We Love You’ consists of art that highlights the two-city relationship of our region.

Finally, the ‘Signs of Protest’ community display presents signs and placards that were used in Black Lives Matter demonstrations that happened this summer in Windsor-Essex.

Matotek said visitors will be able to tune into an audio tour of the gallery’s displays on their headphones via their cellphones.

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As of Oct. 15, the AGW’s new hours for the public will be 12 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Senior citizens and those who are immuno-compromised can enter earlier on those days, at 11 a.m.

The AGW will be closed to the public on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Admission for non-members is $10.

For more information, and to purchase a membership, visit www.agw.ca.

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Windsor, Ontario. October 8, 2020. AGW is back and offering virtual tours on an app.  See story.  (NICK BRANCACCIO/Windsor Star)
The Art Gallery of Windsor is returning and is offering virtual tours on an app. Photo by Nick Brancaccio /Windsor Star

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Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre to host annual Christmas art show – Hanna Herald

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The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre is encouraging people to shop local this holiday season and is hosting a craft show next month featuring local artists.

The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre is hosting a Christmas arts sale in November, with attendance by ticketed appointment to control crowds. (Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre)

The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre is encouraging people to shop local this holiday season so is hosting a craft show next month featuring local artists.

The Deck the Halls craft sale will feature original paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry and quilted items, and run for three days from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22.

To accommodate crowd size limits and safe social distancing, people are asked to register for a ticket and attend during a designated 45-minute time slot. Tickets are free, and masks are mandatory.

After the three-day sale, many goods will be available in the gallery during regular hours.

Find more information and tickets at creativeartscentre.com.

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Red Deer city council opts to leave public art selection to a commission – Red Deer Advocate

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Red Deer city council quadrupled the size of municipal projects that would trigger the one-per-cent budget spending on public art — raising the threshold from $250,000 to $1 million.

But most councillors refused to takeover decision-making authority on public art installations from the public art commission.

This last suggestion was floated by Coun. Vesna Higham, who mentioned two controversial Calgary public artworks that were largely derided by taxpayers as a waste of money. One of them was a large metal hoop, costing $400,000.

Higham said she didn’t feel right allowing non-elected officials on a commission to have the authority to spend taxpayer money. People elect city council for that purpose, added Higham, who wanted an art committee to make recommendations to council, who would have final authority.

But other councillors refused to wade into the thorny area of second-guessing what a group made up of art experts, as well as general citizens, decides.

Coun. Tanya Handley said art is subjective. Contradicting a committee’s opinion would not only be awkward but would indicate little respect for the group members’ time or expertise, she added.

Three years ago, council decided to upgrade a former art committee to the present art commission specifically to give it the authority to adjudicate art without having to get council’s approval.

Two un-elected citizens are appointed to serve on the Municipal Planning Commission, entrusted with making major development decisions — so why not trust un-elected citizens with the selection of public art, a councillor noted.

Coun. Lawrence Lee said having an art selection commission has worked well, with few people taking issue with installations such as the bronze statues of young hockey players and a referee in front of Servus Arena. “We have to trust in the process.”

Coun. Dianne Wyntjes did not favour raising the threshold for when one per cent of a municipal construction project’s budget would need to be put aside for public art. It used to be when projects hit $250,000. Administration had recommended this be raised to $500,000.

But most councillors eventually voted to raise the threshold to $1 million after hearing that only once in the last decade had a project worth less than $1 million triggered a public art component.

While the regional economic slump was one rationalization given for this change, Lee also reasoned that a certain amount of money would be needed to pay the artist for a quality artwork that was substantive and meaningful.

Wyntjes believes that public art adds so much to a community’s public spaces that it’s one of the most important legacies for any city council.

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Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre to host annual Christmas art show – Cochrane Times

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The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre is encouraging people to shop local this holiday season and is hosting a craft show next month featuring local artists.

The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre is hosting a Christmas arts sale in November, with attendance by ticketed appointment to control crowds. (Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre)

The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre is encouraging people to shop local this holiday season so is hosting a craft show next month featuring local artists.

The Deck the Halls craft sale will feature original paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry and quilted items, and run for three days from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22.

To accommodate crowd size limits and safe social distancing, people are asked to register for a ticket and attend during a designated 45-minute time slot. Tickets are free, and masks are mandatory.

After the three-day sale, many goods will be available in the gallery during regular hours.

Find more information and tickets at creativeartscentre.com.

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