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The COVID-19 pandemic has not made it an easy time to be an artist or a gallery owner. But across Calgary and beyond, gallery owners and artists are finding creative online ways to get their art to collectors and fans. Social media, web tours, artist talks via video — they’re reaching new and familiar audiences, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all around the world.

Ian Loch, co-owner of Loch Gallery, says that when the pandemic started last year, he and his team were quick to adapt. They reached out to their artists, asking them to consider offering studio tours online; the gallery team even offered a template to use.

“It was a business endeavour, but it was an emotional one, too,” Loch says. “And the reaction we had from some of our clients was quite overwhelming.”

Many longtime collectors had never seen the spaces where their favourite artists worked. For others, the studio tours
brought an entirely new look at what artists do — and where. Although galleries can now open to limited numbers (pending changes to restrictions), Loch is still continuing the concept, offering online gallery tours, artists talks and more.

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“You walk through a gallery virtually and look at the art on the wall, and you can start to picture it in your own home,” Loch says. “It’s interesting to see how the art world is changing.”

Loch isn’t alone. Other galleries across Calgary and beyond also offer virtual and real-life art experiences. Looking for in-person visits? As of press time, all are open, but call ahead for an appointment.

Canada House Gallery (Banff)

Located in Banff, Canada House’s latest show features contemporary and vintage sculptures by Inuit Canadian artists including Mayoreak Ashoona, Charlie Ugyuk and Samson Nastapoka. Go online for a virtual gallery tour, which
takes you around the space, and gives information on each artist represented by the gallery. canadahouse.com

Herringer Kiss Gallery

Calgary artist Brian Flynn’s show Recognized is at Herringer Kiss, now through March 27. Flynn grew up in Northern Ireland before moving to Canada, and his work deals with his family’s — and his town’s — political past. Also at Herringer Kiss, you can watch artist interviews, buy original works, download art for your desktop or take a virtual gallery stroll. There are even e-zines and colouring pages for kids and adults. Take a pic of your page and email it to the gallery. The team may share it on their social media channels. herringerkissgallery.com

Jarvis Hall Gallery

Binhi at Buhol, new work by Calgary artist Marigold Santos, is on view now, both online and in real life. Then take
a digital tour of Santos’ studio; you’ll see new tattoos, what she’s reading, even the plants that thrive in her studio light. Santos isn’t the only artist featured online at Jarvis Hall. You can check out other artists’ studios, get help with
custom framing, or visit the gallery online 24 hours a day, every day. jarvishallgallery.com

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Loch Gallery

With a lineup that includes legendary Canadian artists — Emily Carr, Lawren Harris and others — as well as contemporary living artists, Loch Gallery has something for everyone. So does the gallery’s online presence: talks and studio tours with the likes of Ron Bolt, Shannon Craig Morphew and Bogdan Molea, plus gallery tours and information about buying, selling and even leasing art. lochgallery.com

Masters Gallery

As soon as lockdown began last year, the Masters Gallery team launched Art Stories, an online video series where artists and art experts from across Canada speak about works. They’re doing regular Instagram stories and virtual gallery tours on the website, too. Check out Montreal abstract artist Jean-Paul Jerome’s colourful paintings, on view starting March 25. mastersgalleryltd.com

Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art

Newzones has long had a major digital and online presence, including art photos, artist bios, an online store and exhibit videos. The team is also listed on Artsy, an online sales platform for artists and galleries. This spring, the gallery is focusing on group shows, including works by award-winning Calgary photographer Dianne Bos, Vancouver’s Michael Batty, Toronto’s Virginia Mak and others. newzones.com

Paul Kuhn Gallery

Four Artists — a show of four female artists from around the world, including Dutch-American artist Tanja Rector, British artist Eleanor Wood, Montreal’s Robbin Deyo and Calgary’s own Cassie Suche — is on now. Find a list of artists and artworks, plus installation photos and information on upcoming shows online. paulkuhngallery.com

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TrepanierBaer

With a YouTube channel, online studio visits and gallery tours, a big social media presence and even short films, TrepanierBaer has found innovative ways to reach art lovers around the world. Check out Black American artist
Alicia Henry’s first show in a Canadian commercial gallery or explore Calgary artist Ron Moppett’s colourful work. trepanierbaer.com

VivianeArt

Virtual exhibition tours, an online store, Instagram exhibition openings, even virtual art fairs and a YouTube channel — the VivianeArt team has a huge digital presence for art lovers to enjoy. Editions, the first show of 2021, features limited-edition works from seven artists, working in photography, video and printmaking. Aida Muluneh is on that list; she began her artistic career as a student at Western Canada High School and now lives and works in Ethiopia. vivianeart.com

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Imaginations, creativity of Mountview students on display at Cariboo Art Beat

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Creative, imaginative artwork of students from Mountview Elementary School will be on public display at the gallery of Cariboo Art Beat until April 9.

“The students of Mountview elementary were all invited to participate in an art contest,” Tiffany Jorgensen said, an artist at Cariboo Art Beat.

Each class was separately judged by three professional artists at Cariboo Art Beat, Jorgensen said, based on the students’ creativity, techniques, use of space and originality.

“It was extremely difficult to select pieces from the abundance of beautiful art presented,” she said. “There is so much talent and fantastic imaginations.”

The artist of each selected piece was given formal invitations to their art show to distribute to whomever they choose, and Jorgensen said anyone is free to view the beautiful artwork throughout until April 9.

Honoured at the show were works from local artists Ryker Hagen, Annika Nilsson, Rylie Trampleasure, Angus Shoults, Izabella Telford, Isabella Buchner, Kai Pare and more.

“Come view their wonderful pieces to get a glimpse into the minds of our creative youth,” Jorgensen said.

“It’s been so fun. The kids have come in and seen their work on display with their grandparents, parents, and they’re all so excited.”

Following up on the success of the Mountview art show, Jorgensen said more elementary schools have been invited to participate.

April will feature the works of Nesika and Big Lake, followed by Marie Sharpe and Chilcotin Road next month.

Cariboo Art Beat is located at 19 First Ave., under Caribou Ski Source for Sports’ entrance on Oliver Street.


Rylie Trampleasure, Grade 2, has her work on display at Cariboo Art Beat. (Photo submitted)

Angus Shoults, Grade 4. (Photo submitted)

Angus Shoults, Grade 4. (Photo submitted)

Grade 3 student Izabella Telford. (Photo submitted)

Grade 3 student Izabella Telford. (Photo submitted)

Grade 6 student Kai Pare shows off her artwork. (Photo submitted)

Grade 6 student Kai Pare shows off her artwork. (Photo submitted)

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Launching the conversation on Newfoundland and Labrador art history

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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. —

“Future Possible: An Art History of Newfoundland and Labrador” is a book that has been a long time coming, Mireille Eagan says.

While working at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Prince Edward Island, Eagan curated an exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of Newfoundland and Labrador joining Confederation with Canada.

“As I was researching, I noticed that there was very little that existed in terms of the art history of this province,” she said. “There wasn’t even a Wikipedia article.”

Noticing this large gap, “Future Possible” was a book that needed to exist, she said.

As the 70th anniversary approached in 2019, Eagan, now living in St. John’s and working as curator of contemporary art at The Rooms, envisioned filling that gap.

Over two summers, The Rooms held a two-part exhibition. The first looked at the visual culture and visual narratives before the province joined Confederation and the second focused on 1949 onward, Eagan said.

“At its core, it was asking, what are the stories we tell ourselves as a province? It was looking at iconic artworks, it was looking at texts that have been written about this place, and it put these works in conversation with contemporary artworks,” Eagan said.

In the foreword to the book, chief executive officer of The Rooms Anne Chafe described it as a complement to the exhibition and a project that “does not seek to be the final say. It seeks, instead, to launch the conversation.”

History and identity

One example of that conversation between the past and the present mentioned by Eagan is the work of artist Bushra Junaid, who moved to St. John’s from Montreal as a baby. The daughter of a Jamaican mother and Nigerian father, Junaid said her experience growing up in the province in the 1970s, where she always the only Black child in the room, was not like most.

“All of my formative years, my schooling and everything, took place in St. John’s,” she said. “It’s very much shaped my current preoccupation.”

Her interest in history, identity and representation led her to making “Two Pretty Girls…,” which used an archival photograph of Caribbean sugarcane workers from 1903 with text from advertisements for sugar, molasses and rum from archived copies of The Evening Telegram collaged over the women’s clothing.

In her essay “Of Saltfish and Molasses” published in “Future Possible,” she described the work as “(allowing) me to place these women and their labour within the broader historical context of the international trade in commodities that underpinned Caribbean slavery and its afterlife.”

It’s a direct connection between Newfoundland and people in the Caribbean, a historical line not often drawn through the context of the transatlantic slave trade, but one she knows personally through the stories told by her mother, Adassa, about their ancestor, Sisa, who “as a teenager, survived the horrors of the Middle Passage, enduring the voyage from West Africa to Jamaica in the hold of a slave ship (Junaid).”

A book like “Future Possible” allows people to interpret themselves and their past, present and future, Junaid says.

“I appreciate the ways in which they really worked to make it as broad and diverse as possible,” she said. “It’s also striving to tell the Indigenous history of the place, the European settler history … and then also looking for … non-Western backgrounds such as myself. It’s enriching.”

What shapes us

St. John’s writer Lisa Moore contributed an essay called “Five Specimens from Another Time” that weaves together moments from her own life, the province’s history and current realities and the art that has inspired her over the years.

“It’s really interesting to me to see all this work of people that I’ve written about in the past and whose work influenced me, even in my writing of fiction, and then newer artists,” Moore said. “I just think that the book is a total gift.”

With such a rich cultural history ready to be written, she imagines “Future Possible” is just the first of what could be many books about art in the province now that the “ice is cracked.”

“The writers that (Eagan) has chosen to write here are also really exciting critics from all over the province, talking about all kind of different periods in art history,” she said.

As time passes, the meaning of the works in the book becomes richer, she said.

Mary Pratt’s 1974 “Cod Fillets on Tin Foil” and Scott Goudie’s 1991 “Muskrat Falls,” for instance, are two images with seemingly straightforward and simple subject matter. But any viewer looking now, who is aware of the cod moratorium and the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam, would find it difficult to see and interpret these images outside of those contexts.

“Artists, writers, filmmakers … they’re keen observers of culture and the moment that we live in,” Moore said. “They present things that are intangible like the feeling of a moment, or the culmination of social, political and esthetic powers that come together at a given time and shape us.”

“Future Possible: An Art History of Newfoundland and Labrador” is available online and in stores.

Andrew Waterman reports on East Coast culture.
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Twitter: @andrewlwaterman

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Parrott Art Gallery goes virtual to help flatten the curve – The Kingston Whig-Standard

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WENDY RAYSON-KERR

Feeling stir crazy because of COVID and the latest lock-down? Take a virtual trip to Morocco!

On Wednesday, April 14 at 2:30 p.m., the Parrott Gallery will host Lola Reid Allin’s Armchair Traveler online presentation: “Morocco: Sea, Sand and Summit”. Allin is an accomplished photographer, pilot, writer and speaker. Travel with her through the land of dramatic contrast and hidden jewels, busy markets and medieval cities, and enjoy some virtual sun.

For more information and to register for this free online event, please visit bellevillelibrary.ca/armchair-traveller.php. The Armchair Traveller Morocco photography exhibit is also available to view through the Parrott Gallery website until mid-May.

Even though our gallery is currently closed to the public, our exhibitions are all available to view online. Sam Sakr’s show “The Housing Project” is certain to bring a smile to your face. His collection of mixed media artwork will take you to a playful land of fantastical creatures that inhabit imaginary, stylized cityscapes. If your spirit needs uplifting, you need to see to see this show. I hope that everyone will be able to view Sakr’s work both online and then in our gallery after the lock-down ends in May. Without a doubt, it will be worth the wait to see it again in-person when we re-open.

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Another exhibition that you can currently visit on the Parrott Gallery website is the group show “Spring Sentiments: a Reflection of Art in Isolation”. This was a collaborative effort by the 39 artists who submitted their work, our staff who put the show together in the gallery and online, and our guest curator Jessica Turner. We are thrilled that Jessica was able to transcribe her experience with this show into a final paper for her Curatorial Studies BFA degree at OCADU.

The fact that we have had to close our doors just as this show was opening is a sad reflection of the theme as the audience must now reflect on this artwork at home, in isolation. The up-side to viewing this exhibition online is that one can read the artist statements that accompany the work and get a more in depth view of the artists’ perspectives. We encourage viewers to support our artists by sending in their comments and to vote for their favourites in the show by following the appropriate link on the webpage.

When you can’t come in to our building, the Parrott Gallery will bring the artwork to you. And then when the sun and flowers come out in May, and when it is safe to return to our gallery on the third floor of the Belleville Public Library, we hope to see you all again.

For questions about our online talk, our shows, or to purchase any of the artwork please call us at 613-968-6731 x 2040 or email us at gallery@bellevillelibrary.ca.

Wendy Rayson-Kerr is the Acting Curator at the John M. Parrott Art Gallery.

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