New visiting protocols are in place to keep people safe
The Quesnel Art Gallery has reopened to the public and will be featuring a new show Artists In Isolation beginning Thursday, July 2.
The show features work from nine local artists, most of which was created during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will run through the month of July.
Gallery director Marguerite Hall says she began to put together the show immediately after being given the green light to reopen the gallery so that local artists could begin to show their work as quickly as possible.
“When we found out that we could finally reopen I immediately thought of the artists,” said Hall. “This is the only venue that they have to show their work in Quesnel and it’s been closed for so long, so I wanted to immediately reach out to our local artists and let them know that we would like to do a show called Artists In Isolation just as a jump-start to get them back into showing their work.”
Along with their art, the featured artists have written statements as to how the pandemic has affected their work and artistic process which will be displayed in the gallery.
In order to comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the gallery will only be allowing nine patrons into the space at any given time, with the gallery being limited to seven individuals and the gift shop to two. Visitors are asked to enter through the gallery, follow the markings on the floor to ensure one way foot traffic and exit through the gift shop. Hand sanitizer will be available to the public both at the entrance and exit of the gallery.
Hall says that the show will also serve as a “practice run” as the gallery directors figure out exactly how best to put on shows for the public while adhering to all provincial health and safety guidelines put in place due to COVID-19.
“We would like to find out what other galleries around the province and country are doing whether it’s outdoor showing or tours through the gallery we will investigate many different things so that we can represent our artists as well as we can moving forward,” said Hall.
Gallery director Cyndi Cassidy says she is very happy to be able to reopen the gallery and begin to put on shows for the public however, she is worried that due to COVID-19 the galleries annual holiday show the Beaux Arts Bazaar, which brings in the majority of the galleries income for the year, may not be as well attended as previous years.
“It’s something we have to take into consideration,” said Cassidy. “I’m not so much worried about the summer because we tend to have moderate numbers in the summer time, what I am worried about is our Beaux Arts Bazaar in November and December which is probably where we get 70 per cent of our income for the year.”
One way the gallery is hoping to make up some of that lost income is by launching an online store on their website which will eventually showcase and sell all the art featured in the gallery as well as the items in the gift shop.
Currently the galleries online store offers the “most unique card selection in all of Quesnel” according to Hall, with more items and art to be added over the summer.
Hall says she believes that the closure of the gallery left a “hole in the community” and that being able to bring art back to the residents of Quesnel is incredibly important.
“I think that the quality of a community is reflected in the arts, whether it’s musical or visual or dance arts, through being creative that’s what makes us,” said Hall. “We have a job, we earn money but what makes life valuable is our ability to be creative in whatever way we choose and to appreciate creativity.”
The Quesnel Art Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the Artists In Isolation show running for the rest of July. Up to date information on current and future shows can be found on the galleries website at www.quesnelartgallery.ca.
Mental health art show in Vernon until Aug. 17 – Vernon News – Castanet.net
The therapeutic power of art is being showcased in Vernon.
The Vernon & District Canadian Mental Health Association’s 17th annual Awakening the Spirit art show and sale is on now at the Vernon Community Arts Centre.
More than 20 works are featured, including photography, acrylics, pen and ink, and watercolour.
All the artwork is from those living with mental illness, who have used art to positively improve their mental health.
“Through art and creativity, we hope to break down some of the barriers and stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness,” said Julia Payson, CMHA Vernon’s executive director.
For the past 20 years, CMHA volunteer Christine Schmidt has been using art to help her express herself and practise self-care.
“It keeps the creative juices going, connects me to nature, and is a way of expressing emotion,” she said.
She has been contributing to the show and volunteering at the CMHA’s Georgette Thrift Shop for three years.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Schmidt spent her time walking, doing photography, cooking, baking, meditating, and connecting with others over the phone.
She also dedicated herself to drawing a picture every day for six weeks.
“It was neat to have a focus, to have something on the go during that time to commit to. I decided to stay calm and collected when B.C. launched its COVID-19 measures,” said Schmidt, who decided to create an art calendar.
“My plan was to take a photo for inspiration and do a drawing each day of the month.
The arts centre donated its gallery for the show, which runs until Friday, Aug. 17, Monday to Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The show and sale is also being featured online.
Art Gallery of Sudbury back in business – The Sudbury Star
The Art Gallery of Sudbury said Friday it has re-opened with a new art exhibition and new visiting protocols to keep people safe during the pandemic.
“We thank all community members for incredible support and patience during the period of mandated temporary closure,” the gallery said in a release. “Pre-book for your visit. We can’t wait to see you.”
Like much of Sudbury, the gallery closed in the spring as COVID-19 reached the area. Sudbury is part of Ontario’s Stage 3 reopening plans. As a result, the gallery is complying with safety and health requirements for staff and visitors in public spaces as issued by Public Health Sudbury and Districts. If you are planning a visit, you should:
- Book your visit online in advance at artsudbury.org.
- Booking times are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., or 3 p.m.
- Each visit provides visitors with 45 minutes of exclusive access to exhibitions and gift shop.
- Each booking time is available to one small group comprising from one to six persons from the same social circle.
- Visitor contact information is collected at the time of booking.
- Bookings are also available by contacting the gallery at 705-675-4871.
- Visits are free but we sure appreciate your donations.
- All are required to wear masks and practise social distancing. The Gallery has also implemented enhanced cleaning protocols.
The Gallery has re-opened with a new thematic exhibition called Change of State/Altération.
The gallery said Change of State is a meditation on the current moment and our shared experiences of the recent past. It draws together 23 signature art works from the Permanent Collection.
Featured artists include Carl Beam, Mary Green, Suzy Lake, Daphne Odjig, Jane Ash Poitras, Jana Sterbak, and Bill Vazan, among others.
Sudbury artist Pandora Topp has contributed a major new mixed media installation called Imperfect Poetry. Her installation comprises 14 video performances based on a series of creative drawings and texts produced during the unusual circumstances of COVID-19 lockdown.
“This is my process: I decided to work with my elements of emergent drawing, automatic writing, embodied voice and to capture it on camera,” Topp said. “It was a clear, sequential process: to proceed forward with presence into the unknown and to capture ephemera, movement, feeling through the four elements of drawing, writing, unrehearsed voicing, all captured and witnessed through the visual recording.”
ART EDUCATION ACTIVITIES
Art in the Park
August 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
$5 per participant
Families and individuals ages five years and up are invited to register for inspired and imaginative two-hour outdoor art sessions presented by Gallery educators at Bell Park. Space is very limited and must be booked 24 hrs in advance. All art materials are provided in a sanitized sealed bag. Masks are encouraged and social distancing is mandatory. For more information please email Nancy Gareh email@example.com or Sarah Blondin firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online art classes
$40 plus HST
New series underway. Taught by practicing artist Dineen Worth, this introductory course in painting is suitable for the novice painter or as a refresher for those who have not painted for some time. This short series of classes encourages exploration of the medium with emphasis on building a personal style. Classes are presented online on four consecutive Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30.
Family-friendly activities: Enroll in Surrey Art Gallery’s Art Takeout “at leisure” courses – Voiceonline.com
THIS summer, have fun while exploring artistic techniques with Surrey Art Gallery’s Art Takeout “at leisure” courses. These hands-on, interactive programs are a wonderful way to try new artistic mediums, build on creative skills, all while working at your own pace from home. Everyone of all ages and abilities are welcome to enroll, and participants pick up the course materials from Surrey Art Gallery. Each box includes the necessary art supplies and links to six video lessons with experienced artist educators.
There are two Art Takeout courses to choose from. Drawing in the Field focuses on learning and practicing drawing skills. Each class builds on the next, and participants will use perspective and composition to look at elements of a landscape – from the natural beauty of plants and flowers, to the bustling energy of city streets and buildings. This at your own pace course, led by artist educator Alexandra Thomson, costs $15.
Use your imagination to turn blocks of clay into ceramics in Handbuilding with Clay with artist educator Amelia Butcher. Bring to life coiled pots with animal features, create constructions with clay slabs, experiment with surface and 3D decoration, and more. This at your own pace course is $35 and includes firing and glazing. Register today with Art Takeout materials boxes for both courses available for pick up beginning August 10 at Surrey Art Gallery.
“Ceramics are everywhere, all around us,” says Handbuilding with Clay artist educator Amelia Butcher, “clay is a super common, super-human, and a super-global material. We learn a lot about history, archeology, and people through pottery.”
“For all ages and abilities, Surrey Art Gallery’s Art Takeout “at leisure” courses are a lovely way to spend the summer by doing art with family and friends,” says Alanna Edwards, Surrey Art Gallery Engagement Facilitator. “It’s a way to still feel connected to each other and the artmaking community during this time.”
To register for either program, phone the Call Centre at 604-501-5100, or sign up online at surrey.ca/artgallery.
Handbuilding with Clay with Amelia Butcher Trailer: https://youtu.be/tPDI8340Cbg
Drawing in the Field with Alexandra Thomson Trailer: https://youtu.be/vWY5ndL9eeA
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