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Art ‘gallery’ remains open during pandemic – The North Bay Nugget



Arlie Hoffman has 21 pieces on display in the Kennedy Building at 222 McIntyre Street W.
Mackenzie Casalino

Mackenzie Casalino, Local Journalism Initiative

Art is needed now more than ever, according to Dermot Wilson.

And while art galleries and museums remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, artist Arlie Hoffman’s Respect: Work/Place exhibit is still open to the public.

Hoffman’s 21-piece collection is on display in a hallway in the Kennedy Building at 222 McIntyre St. W.

“You may come there not for the art. You may just come there to visit your dentist or your accountant and then the art affects you in a different way,” says Wilson.

“It’s not just the culture vultures . . . who see it. It’s everybody who comes in and we found that has been a wonderful breath of fresh air for people.”

Hoffman’s exhibit includes both oils and watercolours. His work is a part of a series called Respect: Work/Place that focuses on everyday life and workplace details that should be appreciated, says Wilson, executive director of the Nipissing Region Cultural Collective.

“You’re going to be reliving some very positive memories from your own life and you may end up actually purchasing a piece of art that will be with you for the rest of your life and no one else on the planet will have.”

Respect: Work/Place is also a part of a series of mobile galleries that travel around non-gallery spaces around North Bay.

The hallway gallery helps keep the non-typical gallery open for the public during COVID-19 while following social distancing protocols.

“The hallway gallery is different because it’s a flow-through space,” Wilson says.

“It’s one in which you come there to see the art, but you’re also moving from, say, one exit to another. You’re not congregating.”

It’s coincidental, he says, that the space is inside a building that remains open during COVID-19, making Hoffman’s exhibit one of the few art spaces still open to the public.

Wilson says seeing the gallery and space in person is a way to experience art during COVID-19. He says physically being in the space gives you another experience than just viewing them online.

“Culture is very important because culture is a changing thing,” says Wilson. “I think seeing what’s coming out of the COVID-19 experience is that we are up for a change; we know things have to change . . . I think art helps with that, especially because it allows us to think and change and innovate and imagine a better society in the future.”

The exhibit will remain open until the beginning of August.

A video walkthrough is available online at

For more information on the exhibit, visit

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No crowds delight art lovers in Italy at re-opened museums – CityNews Toronto



FLORENCE, Italy — The Uffizi Galleries, the most-visited museum in Italy, is open after three months of COVID-19 lockdown, delighting art lovers who don’t have to jostle with throngs of tourists thanks to new social distancing rules.

Uffizi director Eike Schmidt told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the government-ordered closure of museums during coronavirus containment measures meant 1 million fewer visitors and 12 million euros ($13.2 million) in less revenue for that period. Now, at most 450 people at one time are allowed in the Uffizi’s many galleries, chock full of some of the art world’s greatest masterpieces.

That means visitors no longer have to elbow their way to admire such masterpieces as Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus.”

First in line to enter was Laura Ganino. She was studying in Florence when the lockdown was declared in early March and now was finally about to leave the Tuscan city, since Italy on Wednesday dropped restrictions on travel between regions in the country.

Schmidt said tourists from overseas weren’t expected to come to Italy in large numbers likely before 2021. Ganino took advantage of the smaller number of visitors. Crowds, she said, pose “an obstacle between me and what I’m observing.”

Right behind her in line was Patrizia Spagnese, from Prato in Tuscany. With crowds, “I get distracted, I tend to tire easily,” she said, so with her husband she was eager to savour the beauties inside the Uffizi, which she had never seen in its entirety despite many times being in Florence.

Schmidt said social distancing heralds a new era in art experience. Without being surrounded by rushing crowds, art lovers can better “feel these emotions that these works of art always transmit,” he said.

Visitors to the highly popular Vatican Museums, which reopened two days earlier after lockdown, similarly could appreciate opportunities rarely available in the past. These include enjoying Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapels without many other tourists jockeying for a spot where they can crane their neck to observe the masterpiece overhead.

As an added bonus, the Vatican Museums visitors can now see work by Raphael which had long been attributed to that of his artistic workshop but that after several years of delicate cleaning and restoration, experts decided were really painted by him shortly before his death in 1520.

Two female figures, each with one breast bared and serving as allegorical representations of justice and friendship decorate one of the walls of the Hall of Constantine.

The Vatican had planned to unveil the ‘’re-discovery” of Raphael’s work at an international convention of art experts in April. But the coronavirus outbreak forced that plan to be scrapped.

Instead, rank-and-file art lovers who visited the rooms of the Vatican decorated by Raphael, one of the highlights of the Museums tour before they reach the Sistine Chapel, can now admire the feminine figures. Raphael painted the figures with oil-based paint, very unusual for mural painting at the time.


Frances D’Emilio reported from Rome.


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Grad Profile: Architecture as art – Dal News – Dal News



When Kristina Bookall left her home in Jamaica to attend Dalhousie, she was unaware that several years before her a relative had made a similar voyage.

“I later found out that my aunt, who moved to Canada, studied nursing at Dal,” she says.

Kristina, who recently graduated from the Masters of Architecture program, says her Dal experience has helped prepare her for jumping into the field right away.

“Dal architecture keeps it realistic,” she says. “It also allows you to be a significant contributor to the field just after graduating.”

A coastal experience

Kristina spent a summer in Cape Breton as a part of the Coastal Studio team, a research project at Dal that embeds students in different coastal communities around rural Nova Scotia with a focus on the development of innovative design and construction techniques that marry new technologies with traditional methods and materials.

“That was by far one of the best experiences,” she says.

Not only did she find the landscapes “absolutely stunning,” she says she also got the chance to get to know her classmates better as they all lived together over the summer.

For Kristina, architecture is an amalgamation of her artistic interests. “I do a lot of artistic design, and illustration and architecture bring all those interests into one thing,” she says.   

Before coming to Dal, she worked as a graphic designer for the British Broadcasting Commission.

“I studied production-design for film and television in the United Kingdom and went on to work for the BBC,” she says. Kristina has contributed to several TV commercials and miniseries, like Dancing on the Edge, Family Tree, and Hunted.

Adjusting and adapting

Despite having studied and worked in the UK, Kristina still had to adjust to her new life in Canada. “I had to get used to Canadian culture and the Canadian architecture student culture, which is another animal itself. Also, I was implanted into an existing class, which was tricky to navigate because being the new kid is never fun.”

She says she also started out her program as “a minority in every sense of the word,” but that there’s been a lot of more diversity developing in that area over the past few years.

Kristina says she also worked to overcome challenges that came with holding down a job while studying.  

“Working while in school was another struggle. Architecture school is intense and requires a lot of work, and the quality has to be to a certain standard to maintain good grades,” she says.

Now that she’s done her degree, Kristina says she plans to spend some more time gaining experience in Canada before eventually returning home.

“My immediate plan for the future is to get through quarantine and further my architecture experience here in Canada and when the weather gets too cold, fly back to Jamaica.”


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Kelowna Art Gallery offers free admission for June – Kelowna Capital News – Kelowna Capital News



You can now cruise the halls of Kelowna’s Art Gallery for free for the month of June.

On June 2, all four exhibition spaces reopened for visitors to enjoy. In celebration, the gallery decided to offer free administration to everyone this month.

“I am delighted that our professional team worked together to reopen the Kelowna Art Gallery to the public as quickly and as safely as possible,” said Nataley Nagy, executive director at the Gallery.

“During these trying times, we know that art and creativity are a welcome respite for all of our residents.”

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Visitors will notice additional signage as well as reduced capacity due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Gallery has also made a few changes to its hours of operation. The Gallery is now open Tuesday and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The first hour, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., has been set aside for seniors and for those who may have health concerns.

For more information about the exhibitions on view and to find out “what to know before your visit”, please see

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna, BC.

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Reporter, Kelowna Capital News
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