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Art therapist Erika DuChene has found a way to stay creative and connected with the community by hosting online craft sessions.

DuChene runs The Art of Healing program offered by the Mushkegowuk Council’s youth department. A big part of her job involves travelling around the Cochrane-Timmins area and to the James Bay communities holding presentations and group sessions using art as a form of therapeutic healing.

When the provincial orders restricting travelling due to COVID-19 were put in place, it became challenging to reach the coastal communities, DuChene said, so she decided to launch the Big Comfy Couch series of videos on Facebook showing how to make easy craft items.

“It’s to be able to create something that’s meditative, so still bringing that therapeutic component in,” she explained.

Using natural materials that can be easily found around home, such as old magazines, glue and dish towels, DuChene guides the viewers through the process step-by-step.

So far, she made videos on how to create a nature mandala, stuffed animals, jar lid magnets and cardboard roses. DuChene uploads videos at least once a week.

“Often when you say the word ‘art,’ there is such an expectation that there has to be fine art material like it can’t be something from outside or that’s close to you. And you might not think of it as a way of viewing certain things within your home differently.”

DuChene said she plans to keep making videos until the pandemic is over although she could possibly continue doing it after the restrictions are lifted.

“Hopefully, it keeps growing and it becomes something that would eventually be a regular Tuesday tune-in type of thing.”

She said she finds inspiration and new ideas online or from previous training experience with her art therapy program. DuChene praised the communities saying there’s so much creativity it was “mind-boggling” for her when she first started working for the program.

“Just to find that positive of being in your home and having a healthy hobby to express yourself and do something creative and give gifts. You can mail things out, you can go drive down the street and leave it on someone’s porch,” DuChene said about what she hopes the viewers will take away from her sessions.

Another idea she has is to use old clothing, such as jeans, to make an apron. She also said she hopes to make a cooking-based video as well as more education-based sessions such as creative writing activities once the school is done.

“I don’t want the activities right now to take too much time away from home … That way the kids can focus on doing something like that,” DuChene said.

The Art of Healing Mushkegowuk Council Facebook page can be found here.

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Oilers' Draisaitl reflects on Art Ross Trophy win: 'You dream of these things' –



Davies, meanwhile, the Canadian refugee-turned-soccer-phenom, is turning more heads each week for Bayern Munich in the Germany’s Bundesliga, with his matches becoming must-see-TV for many fans back home.

The pair — elite talents from non-traditional countries in their sports — have stayed in touch since the 19-year-old Davies dropped the ceremonial puck at an Oilers’ game in December.

“I kind of know what he’s going through right now with soccer being so big back home and hockey being big in Canada,” Draisaitl said on a video conference call with reporters Thursday. “Coming over and trying to adjust and find your rhythm, find your game, find your life a little bit.

“He’s becoming a very, very good player. It’s very fun to watch, fun to see.”

After a stuttering start to his NHL career, Oilers fans feel the same way about Draisaitl.

The 24-year-old finished the regular season with 43 goals and 110 points in 71 games, 13 clear of teammate and fellow star Connor McDavid.

Draisaitl was on pace for 127 points — one short of Nikita Kucherov’s mark last season — a total that came on the heels of the 105 he put up in 2018-19.

“I’m proud of it,” he said of the Art Ross. “It’s a cool story for myself personally, no question.”

That story, however, had a somewhat rocky beginning.

The No. 3 pick at the 2014 draft got a 37-game audition with Edmonton as a teenager before getting sent back to junior. Draisaitl arrived at training camp the following September looking to stick, but was shipped to the minors for six games.

While it might not have seemed like it in the moment, that extra seasoning was important.

“I don’t think I was ready at the time,” Draisaitl said of playing in the NHL as a teenager. “It’s OK to maybe take a step down. That was the case with me. In the long run, that was probably the best thing for me, to go back down to junior and start the next year in the AHL.

“Sometimes it’s not a bad thing to take a step back and go at your own pace.”

Draisaitl’s pace has certainly ramped up drastically since those difficult first few seasons.

Along with McDavid, he’s been at the forefront of the Oilers’ resurgence that saw the team sitting second in the Pacific Division with 83 points when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the NHL to pause play March 12.

McDavid is the face of the franchise and one of the faces of the league — but it’s their team.

“It’s been great to stick around the same group of guys for so many years now and see them grow and watch the team grow, watch the organization grow,” Draisaitl said. “It’s definitely a lot of fun to be a part of. We still have a lot of upside.”

He’s also keenly aware he’s become the face of German hockey, which continues to produce high-end talent, including projected top-5 draft pick Tim Stutzle.

“We’re heading in the right spot as a country,” Draisaitl said. “Germany just isn’t a big hockey country. That’s just how it is, but we can still become a very solid hockey country.”

The NHL unveiled its return-to-play plan earlier this week — there’s still lots of hurdles to overcome for the games to actually resume this summer — but the Oilers know if that happens, they’ll face the Chicago Blackhawks in one of eight best-of-five qualifying round series for a right to make the playoffs.

Draisaitl and McDavid started the season on the same line, as they had in the past, but were split up in December to give the team a different look. Draisaitl then carried the load himself when McDavid went down with an injury in February.

“What he’s done for our group has been great,” said McDavid, who along with Draisaitl are in the running for the Hart Trophy as league MVP. “He’s helped both our team and me personally out a ton.”

Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse said Draisaitl’s breakout the last two seasons after 50-, 77- and 70-point campaigns was part of a natural progression.

“He’s always been very confident, he’s always been an unbelievable hockey player, and he just continues to work,” Nurse said. “He didn’t change much. He just kept playing.”

Never one keen to talk about himself, Draisaitl was more than happy to share the credit for his Art Ross.

“There’s always people that help you get there,” he said. “You dream of these things.

“But until you do it, it always seems so far away.”

A certain Canadian soccer star probably feels the same way.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2020.


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Senior art now being showcased by Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove – Spruce Grove Examiner



Their online show began Monday and is set to conclude June 12.

Elementum l by Suzan Berwald.

The Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove knows seniors can create and intends to showcase that in their current exhibition.

To coincide with the province’s Seniors Week, which runs from June 1-7, the organization which oversees the art gallery within the public library in the city is running a 2020 Open Online Seniors Competition and Show. It began Monday, is set to conclude June 12, and, similar to other shows they have done during the COVID-19 pandemic, will see the variety of work ranging from paintings to drawings to 3D pieces and photographs posted on their websites and individually on social media feeds across Facebook and even through Instagram as well.

“We do have quite a few local people,” gallery manager Rebecca New said. “The show has always been Alberta-wide and we will have a judge who will score the pieces before we announce results Saturday in a Zoom call. People will see with this how talented local artists are and how accessible local art is. We hope that people will choose local art for their homes and it is an excellent level of work that we are seeing.”

New and the Allied Arts Council’s peers at the Multicultural Heritage Centre in Stony Plain have been running a version of digital shows during this time as well. They are debating whether to continue on with online offerings as seriously as they have now once they reopen and, for New, in the wake of this show and others they are doing, that is something the Spruce Grove Art Gallery will end up debating, too.

“I think having a digital presence is something that this will eventually shift to,” she said. “Whether or not we still have digital entries to contests, we are not sure how we will proceed with that. We are talking through a lot of options for the future that lies ahead of us.”

More information about the current show and future events can be found on the council’s website.

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Grimes is selling a piece of her ‘soul’ at an art exhibit. SÆriously. –



FOR SALE: One soul piece, slightly used. About 32 years old. Speaks and sings in English and made-up languages. May or may not have belonged to Elon Musk. Name your price. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY.

Grimes is offering up a little part of herself at her very first art gallery show, an online exhibition called Selling Out which features several of her artistic works — and one piece of her supposed “soul.”

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The Canadian-born singer, whose real name is Claire Elise Boucher, opened her online art show on Thursday, less than a month after giving birth to her first child, X Æ A-12 X Æ A-Xii Musk. The exhibition is presented by the Gallery Platform Los Angeles and Maccarone Los Angeles, and it features various “rarities” from her career, including album art, a poem about artificial intelligence and some of Grimes paintings.

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Oh, and a piece of her soul.

Selling Out is executed as a contract in which Grimes sells a fraction of her soul, formalizing the idea that every time an artist sells a piece of their art, part of the soul is sold with it,” the online exhibit says. “The purchaser will enter into a contractual agreement that outlines the terms of ownership and ultimately the connection to the joy of artistic expression.”

It’s unclear what that contractual agreement includes, or whether it restricts the buyer from doing certain things with the soul, such as playing soldiers with it.

A supposed image of Grimes‘ soul is shown.

Maccarone Los Angeles

Grimes initially planned to put a US$10-million price tag on her soul, Rolling Stone reports. However, she ultimately decided to go with whoever makes the best offer.

That means Grimes’ soul could be yours — if you want it. You just have to shoot the art gallery an email to make your pitch.

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Grimes told Bloomberg that she’s excited to put on her first visual art show, after honing her skills by making all of her album covers herself.

“I see myself as a visual artist first and foremost,” she said. “I’ve always felt strange that people know me for music.”

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‘WarNymph Prototype #1: Battle of the WarNymphs,’ by Grimes, is show in this image from Maccarone Los Angeles.

‘WarNymph Prototype #1: Battle of the WarNymphs,’ by Grimes, is show in this image from Maccarone Los Angeles.

Grimes via Maccarone Los Angeles

She describes her artistic style as “edgy-looking, anime horror,” although she wanted to go for something more “philosophical” with selling a piece of her soul.

“The idea of fantastical art in the form of legal documents just seems very intriguing to me.”

Grimes supposedly tapped into her artistic talents to come up with X Æ A-12, the name she and Musk gave their first child after he was born earlier this month. Musk told podcaster Joe Rogan that the name was largely Grimes’ idea.

“Yeah, she’s great with names,” Musk said.

The couple later changed the “12” to Roman numerals to conform with California naming laws.

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Grimes’ artwork is being sold for between $500 and $15,000, depending on the piece.

The online exhibit is open now, and it runs until Aug. 31 at Maccarone Los Angeles.

© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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