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ART SEEN: Urban videos light up screens at Robson and Granville – Vancouver Sun



After 18 years, the two LED screens at Robson and Granville are worn out. They’ll be replaced with bigger screens that are 25 per cent more energy efficient.

Still from Girl in the City by Diyan Achjadi, which is one of the videos commissioned by the Vancouver Public Art Program for the outdoor screens at Robson and Granville. The image above shows Girl carrying the Steam Clock and the Gassy Jack statue as she continues collecting the city’s landmarks.


There’s more than advertising on the outdoor screens at the northeast corner of Robson and Granville.

About 10 per cent of the airtime is dedicated to community programming which includes video art works commissioned for the Platform Series by Vancouver’s public art program.

Being screened through to the end of the year are 12 videos by local artists including Laiwan, Nicolas Sassoon, Carol Sawyer and Jeremy Borsos.

They’re mostly short videos – the longest is three minutes – about Vancouver as a coastal city, reconciliation, and the city’s 125th anniversary. If you looked up at the screen over the years you might recognize some of them which were originally shown in 2011, 2014, and 2016.

When I walk by that part of town, I always make a point of looking up to see what’s playing. I pass on if it’s advertising but more often than not, the video works make me stop and look at what’s playing.

The schedule of videos through to the end of the year is below which may be interrupted by replacement of the two screens. After 18 years outdoors, the LED screens have come to the end of their lives. At some point in the next few months, property owner Bonnis Properties will replace them with bigger screens (581 sq ft versus 301 sq ft) that are 25 per cent more energy efficient.

Here’s the schedule (go here for links to the individual video art works):

*Her Story by Krista Belle Stewart (still below) draws on archival CBC footage from 1967 about Stewart’s mother and her journey from residential school to the University of BC and the city: Feb. 17 to March 15.

Still from Her Story by Krista Belle Stewart.


*Girl in the City by Diyan Achjadi (still shown at top of this blog) sets an animated Girl on a tour of the landmarks of Vancouver that she picks up and collects: March 16 to April 12.

*Barnacle City by Laiwan (still below) combines oceanic metaphors with Vancouver scenes and structures: April 13 to May 10.

*(A Sense of Place) by Emilie Crew captures the personality of Vancouver by bringing together natural and human-made elements of the city: May 11 to June 7.

*RIPPLES by Nicolas Sassoon uses digital animation to create contemplative visual environments: June 8 to July 5.

*The Place Between Us by Jason Nielsen explores Vancouver’s social isolation and the shifting boundaries between individuals: July 6 to Aug. 2.

*Tidal Pool by Curtis Grahauer focuses on New Brighton Park as a point between natural adaptation and global industry: Aug. 3 to 30.

*Harbeck Homage by Lisa g. Nielsen crates a time-lapse of the urban coastline from the Downtown Eastside to Spanish Banks from the perspective of a bicycle: Aug. 31 to Sept. 27.

*Canoe by Donna Szoke foregrounds a digitally altered image of a silhouette of a canoeist becomes a fluid visual extension of the moving water and sky: Sept. 28 to Oct. 25.

*Wood Work by Carol Sawyer presents fragmentary glimpse into the history of logging and lumber in B.C.: Oct. 26 to Nov. 15.

*Reconciliation by Jeremy Borsos explores a hand-written excerpt from the official apology to Indigenous people for residential schools: Nov. 16 to Dec. 6.

*Making Circles: The Chilkat Dancing Blanket by Emilie Crewe documents the restoration/conversation, mending and repair of indigenous art work and historical objects at the U’Mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay: Dec. 7 to 27.

Still of Barnacle City by Laiwan on the screens at Robson and Granville.


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Paintings turned trees into central characters in Canadian art: expert – OrilliaMatters



In her introduction to this year’s Carmichael Art History Lecture fundraiser, Executive Director of the Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH), Ninette Gyorody paid tribute to Qennefer Browne. It was a remembrance of gratitude.

Browne founded our annual Art History Lecture and named it in honour of Franklin Carmichael, a member of the Group of Seven, who was born in Orillia. Browne organized speakers for many years, until her death.

This year, we were incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Anna Hudson, who teaches Art History and Visual Culture in the Arts Music Performance Dance (AMPD) Department of York University, as our distinguished lecturer.

Her compelling presentation was a focus of her doctoral dissertation, “Art and Social Consciousness: The Toronto community of Painters, 1933-1950” was ‘What Came after the Group of Seven.’

From 1933 to 1950, a group of socially-conscious painters imagined a society transformed by art, and came together to develop a shared language of visual representation, building on the legacy of the Group of Seven.

Dr. Hudson spoke of the way artists play off each other’s work, investing form with meaning over time. Her talk was supported by images of Canadian paintings and photos of the period, which illustrated ideas within the lecture and enabled us to connect with the art.

Visual themes of the lecture were ‘TREE, BODY, INDUSTRY, LAND, HOME’.

First up for discussion were paintings by Franklin Carmichael: Autumn in Orillia (1924), Farm, Haliburton (1940) and Autumn Hillside (1920). In the 1940 painting, a tree is the dominant figure in the landscape. Dr. Hudson explored what this might mean, referencing the historical context of 1940.

Next, images of Jack Pine and West Wind, by Tom Thomson, were shared. These paintings lifted trees into the role of central characters in Canadian art, rather than being part of a pretty European style landscape painting.

Continuing her discussion of paintings, sculpture, photographs and commercial art by Canadian artists of the period 1933 to 1950, Dr. Hudson shared her interpretation of this phase of our national art.

One of the most fascinating paintings referenced was ‘Tree’, painted in 1944, by Isabel McLaughlin. This writer viewed this painting at The McMichael Gallery last month. Dr. Hudson’s assessment of ‘Tree’ as “disturbing, powerful, visceral, tactile” fits this painting.

We thank Dr. Hudson for sharing her vast knowledge and passion for this important time in Canadian art history. Her presentation was a great complement to the Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed, now in its 20th year. Don’t miss this incredible juried show.

For 2022:

The History Speaker Series will be on hiatus for December and will resume on Jan. 19, 2022, via Zoom.

Popular Orillia historian, Dave Town, will be our guest speaker with his talk ‘Yellowhead’s Revolt’. Local Indigenous leader, Rama’s Chief Yellowhead, stood defiant against not just the white man, but his fellow Chiefs in 1846 at the Great Meeting held in Orillia.

At issue were life-changing policies, the most significant of which was the creation of the first residential schools in Canada. Chief Yellowhead stood up for what he felt was right for his people. Don’t miss Dave’s fascinating talk about this important event in our local history.

Click here to register for the talk or call Monica at 705-326-2159 or email

Admission to the History Speaker Series is free, but donations to OMAH are appreciated.

The OMAH History Committee thanks you for your loyal support in 2021. Stay tuned for a full list of dynamic speakers in 2022. Wishing you a safe and festive holiday season.


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Art Fx #44: "Around the Bend" by Pam MacKenzie – Huntsville Doppler – Huntsville Doppler



Art Fx is a year-long series on Huntsville Doppler featuring Huntsville-area visual artists.

“Around the Bend” by Pam MacKenzie is a 24” x 36″ acrylic on birch

“This painting depicts a canoe trip up a stream to explore what lies beyond,” says Pam. “My husband and I were avid canoeists and spent countless hours exploring small rivers and creeks. Travelling in these small bodies of winding waters always left you wondering what was around the corner. Did it continue on or was this bend going to end up in a bay or a larger body of water than we were comfortable travelling on in our canoe? Were we going to be able to continue in the canoe or going to have to portage over a rough spot, leaving the colour of our canoe on buried river rock? Or were we going to find a quiet spot to pull ashore on and explore the land along the banks?”

“Around the Bend” is available for $400.

“Around the Bend ” by Pam MacKenzie (supplied)

About the artist

Artistic endeavours have always been part of Pam’s life, from making her own school clothing to designing and creating wedding gowns and apparel to art quilts, weaving and stained glass.

Pam began exploring the drawing and painting art world in 2013 with Laura Landers, Iris Shields, and now Carol Rudderham.  

Pam has taken long workshops with a number of well-known Canadian artists and is currently working on an online course in bold-colour painting through the Bold School based in B.C.. While her first love is portraiture in black and white, she felt the need to colour her portraits first in pastels and now in acrylic and is taking this course to do just that.

Currently Pam is exploring the world of pouring art as she has splints on both arms following a tumble this fall. When life throws you lemons, make lemonade.

Pam is co-chair of the Huntsville Art Society and takesadvantage of the many opportunities through HAS to show her work. She also paints with a group at Carol Rudderham’s and shows her work bi-annually in the gallery at Partners Hall in the Algonquin Theatre.

Find Pam online at the HAS website or contact her at or 705-788-9875.

See more local art in Doppler’s Art Fx series here.

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Year end art exhibition features 40+ local art makers – North Bay News –



The Alex Dufresne Gallery is presenting its annual year-end show “Petit Noel: Exhibit & Sale.”

“This art exhibition has brought together over 40 different painters, photographers, potters, and artisans of all mediums, styles, and levels of experience to curate a show that reflects the passion of the northeastern Ontario art community.,” says Natasha Wiatr, Curator.

All pieces are no larger than 20” by 20” in size and almost all pieces are for sale.

The show is currently on display and will stay up until Saturday, December 30.

The gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday from 10 – 5 excluding Christmas Day and New Years Day.

“If you would prefer to book the gallery for a private viewing on a Tuesday, please contact us to arrange for a time,” adds Wiatr. “The gallery is free, with donations welcome. Due to Covid-19 guidelines, we ask that visitors wear masks and maintain six feet of social distancing, and we have hand sanitizer available on site. Please do not visit if you are not feeling well.”

Location: Alex Dufresne Gallery (107 Lansdowne St. E. in Callander, in the same building as the Callander Bay Heritage Museum)

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