Days after the shooting tragedy in Portapique, NS on April 18 and 19, a Kentville, N.S., woman spotted a piece of art online that spoke to her.
It was a picture of a girl on a beach holding a Nova Scotian flag with a beautiful sunset behind her. The sunset in the piece of art re
minded Nancy Henry of the sunsets that occurred the night of April 20.
“The pictures people posted of the sunsets of that night that stayed with me,” says Henry.
Then, when she saw a picture on Facebook of a painting of a sunset, a beach, a girl and the flag, she knew she had to share it. When she did, it “went crazy.”
“So many people shared it, so I knew then the painting was on a journey of its own,” she says.
When it showed up on the Colchester-Supporting our Communities Facebook group, someone commented that it was a shame the artist wasn’t credited. This sent Henry on a hunt to find out more about the image that touched so many people. She posted an appeal for any information, saying all she could remember was that the artist was from Antigonish.
Henry’s search finally led her to Bob Brasset, a fine art painter in Victoria, B.C.
Brasset was born in Antigonish and attended school and university there, studying art in an after-school program at Mount Saint Bernard College on the St F.X. campus, before making his way to the West Coast to further his studies. Brasset worked as a practicing counseling psychologist and family therapist in Vancouver. It wasn’t until the 1980s that he started calling himself a fine art painter.
Brasset says in his paintings, he tries to convey and contrast the beauties of the East Coast and the West Coast, as he’s lived an equal amount of time on both coasts. He likes to convey beauty and joy and the celebration of the natural world that surrounds us.
“I have very fond memories of Nova Scotia, and vivid memories of my own growing up experience there,” he says. “I like to express particular moments which have particular emotions for me.”
The painting that caught Henry’s attention wasn’t painted in response to the recent tragedy in Nova Scotia. It was originally commissioned by Phyllis DD McDonald, a highland dancer from Antigonish, to be given to her daughter, Jeanne, who now lives in Florida.
When the tragedy happened, Jeanne posted a picture of the painting on Facebook and it got a lot of response, says Brasset.
“Looking at this painting reminds us to join our hearts, our hands and compassion with heartfelt prayer for all those experiencing the tragedy in Nova Scotia,” he says.
After this initial painting was posted, Brasset was approached by other people who wanted him to send more paintings to them and asked for permission to share them online. A few days later, Brasset sent out three or four more paintings that had the same theme of compassion and heartbreak for the tragedy that all Nova Scotians experienced.
Brasset says he was not expecting such a response to his paintings and it was a real surprise to him. He hopes, however, that these painting will bring comfort and consolation to people in his home province.
Ottawa business faces backlash after posts on Blackout Tuesday – CTV News Ottawa
Expressing outrage over racism can be a complicated and sometimes divisive action. One Ottawa business that tried to share its opinion on social media this week found out exactly how hard that can be.
Blackout Tuesday is a collective action to protest racism and police brutality. The action, originally organized within the music industry in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.
Earlier this week, Art-Is-In Bakery, a popular eatery in Ottawa, posted a ‘black-tile’ for #BlackoutTuesday on its Instagram page. Stephanie Mathieson owns the business, along with her husband,
“We’re a family run business, and IG is run by a few members of this family, I posted the black square.”
Then, according to Mathieson, another family member created a promotional post – celebrating the stores re-opening; something that you are not supposed to do once you post a “black-tile” on social media; creating a backlash.
“Unfortunate that we hurt people along the way, and we are terribly, very sorry about this… We made a mistake, but our heart was at the right place; we deeply care what happened, that’s why we posted the black square in the first place.”
Comments then flooded the Art-Is-In Bakery Instagram account. Makda Kidane used to shop at Art-Is-In and she left comments, which were deleted. According to her, she was then blocked by Art-Is-In.
“We put money in your pocket, we support your business; we share this business with other people when I have my friends coming in from out of town, it’s an establishment that I frequent with them, and it was disappointing that they don’t see the value in our dollar or our voice.”
Kidane does not think the use of the “black-tile” is appropriate, if used along side a marketing campaign,
“The plight of black people is not a trend; it is our life, it is our reality; and, we need allies and we don’t need people to just follow a trend.”
Yodit Haile also saw the post, comments, and then the deletion.
“What they did was wrong; it’s clear that they used the Black Lives Matter movement for their own benefit, for their own advertising, and that’s not what this movement is about.”
Art-Is-In deleted the post, now making their Instagram page private.
SO HOW SHOULD BUSINESSES USE THE BLACK TILE?
“There’s no appropriate way to use that,” says Boulou Ebanda de B’béri, Professor of Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Communication, whose areas of expertise include history, culture, and racism in Canada.
“When some businesses, particularly white businesses – white owned businesses are trying to all of a sudden become black, that is problematic; there is not an appropriate way to recycle pain.”
He says that businesses should participate more with their actions – who they hire, and who they employ in management positions.
As for Art-Is-In?
Mathieson says, “All our intention by posting this black square were good; it came from a concerned and caring place.”
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Today, when the entire world is running after a mundane lifestyle, the artists are the only souls who fill up their life. They project complex notions and performances as they breathe life into the world.
Bahadır Ünlü is a Turkish actor who plays a crucial role in spreading positivity and entertaining millions with his witty thoughts and stellar performances. He firmly believes that entertainment and Art should not have any boundaries, both metaphorically and physically. He explained, “Art and entertainment are kindred spirits. People should be able to experience them without any restrictions or inhibitions. Boundaries should be blurred, and people should come together.” Bahadir is a leading actor in Turkey, and he is keen to explore international projects and reach a broader audience.
Now his ambition is to reach out to the global audience so that he can connect with them through his Art as an actor. He is also a social influencer and enjoys interacting with his audience, fans, and followers. He enjoys social media as it is a medium that also transcends boundaries.
The actor, director life, was not a bed of roses. Bahadir has also gone through some challenging times, but experience taught him the critical aspects of life, and he knows how to connect the dots to achieve new heights. He believes that the best way to approach life is by being optimistic in the face of adversity. According to Bahadir, artists and entertainers are not bound by borders, and it is entirely correct. Bahadir believes that art and entertainment as mediums have the power to reach millions of people, surpassing boundaries like language, distance, and culture.
Bahadir has more than 600 thousand followers who regularly follow him on Instagram. Bahadır Ünlü has been very active recently on his social media. Bahadir has numerous upcoming international projects and is excited to reach out to a brand new audience, with whom he can connect and interact. Bahadir’s devotion to his Art is commendable as he continues to grow and evolve as an actor and director.
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