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Artist combines her passion for education and art – TimminsToday



People go into arts because they have a need to self-express, says a Timmins ceramic artist.

“You don’t do art to be creative. That’s a complete falsehood. You go into art to self-express,” says Lise B.L Goulet.

Born in Timmins, Goulet, 63, moved to Ottawa when she was two.

Her first memory as a child is sitting in a high chair while her uncle Clément Bérini, who was a Timmins painter, was doing her portrait.

“He was a very good teacher. He is the one who really showed me to evaluate creativity in a student’s work,” she says. “He’s also the one who taught me it’s important to experiment.”

Throughout her career, Goulet managed to combine two of her passions: education and arts.

“If you’re passionate about something, that’s a big given because it means you will develop resiliency and you will see things through. And you won’t do them for the success, you’ll do it for yourself,” she says.

Goulet was the third generation of educators from her mother’s side. Her mother, she says, was as a “great teacher” who was ahead of her time.

Goulet first started working as a visual arts teacher at École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges in Ottawa.

In 1998, she was responsible for creating the first arts curriculum written entirely in French. The program included not only visual arts but other artistic subjects as well.

A few years later, in collaboration with another teacher Daniel Côté from Béatrice-Desloges, she created a specialized arts program for the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Center-Est.

In 2004, she joined the Ministry of Education where she worked for 11 years and was responsible for art education in French-language schools across the province.

Throughout her career, she’s proud of the moment when she developed the arts program for Béatrice-Desloges school.

“I am proud because our (arts) program was the example on which was based these new programs that were instigated at the ministry level for the whole province. So, they came to Béatrice-Desloges to see how they managed this program and I told them about it, they became very, very interested,” she recalls.

Goulet also devised a four-step critical analysis process that evaluated students at different stages. It was done informally in a classroom, and students “loved it,” Goulet says. In the end, there was also a session when all students had to say at least one good thing about someone else’s work.

“Gradually, students understand what it is what they want to say, how they express with principles and elements of design, the choices that they make. It becomes their own language,” Goulet says, providing an example of how she was able to identify students’ work in front of her without having to look at the name. “What was interesting is that students revealed to them, by their comments, who they were, what it was that they liked particularly.”

She says her method of critical analysis is used not only by francophones but by anglophones as well.

“I was very fortunate when I think of the people who were very helpful in order for me to do these things,” Goulet says, her voice full of emotions.

Goulet is now the president and CEO of Association francophone pour l’éducation artistique en Ontario (AFÉAO), is a founding member of Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l’Ontario (BRAVO), and she created the Clément-Bérini Foundation in memory of her uncle.

She has hosted many solo and group exhibitions across Ontario and Québec, and she uses a variety of shaping and stamping techniques in her work.

For Goulet, artists have to be versatile and good communicators, and she doesn’t believe in the concept of a “poor artist” in a modern world.

“Just like any other person, you could buy a car, buy a house, travel. The artists can do all of these if they don’t just specialize on pure creation mode,” she said, explaining that artists have to be good at expressing themselves through their art as well through oral or written means. “I also believe I’m an artist but I don’t have to be a star, I don’t have to revolutionize art history.”

Goulet loves travelling, swimming and draws inspiration from nature, prehistoric art, water and sea creatures. She doesn’t spend more than six hours working in her studio but the process is “joyous” for her.

“It’s all about listening to your inner discourse, to be in the flow, to be listening to what your hands are telling you, what your intellect, your emotions are telling you what to do,” she says. “It’s more irrational.”

Moving forward, she says she’s going to focus on her art production. Next year, she’s planning to hold three shows, including one in Hearst.

In 2022, Goulet will bring the Great Big Blues exhibition, created in collaboration with painter Nathalie Frenière, to the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre.

“That’s what I’m looking forward to good health, travelling, being able to do my work as a ceramist, enjoy my friends’ company. I don’t think we can ask for more than that,” she says.

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New Art Lending Program launched in Summerside – SaltWire Network




A beautiful piece of art is known to stir the soul and give rise to an abundance of feelings and creativity, and for that reason it is hoped people will embrace the new art lending program in Summerside.

It is an initiative of Wyatt Heritage Properties Inc. (WHPI) in partnership with Culture Summerside and the Summerside Rotary Library. 

For some time it has been an objective of WHPI and Culture Summerside, the city’s arts, heritage, and culture division of the City of Summerside, to bring to the community increased accessibility to original works of art by local visual artists. Not everyone is comfortable visiting an art gallery or can afford to own original works. Now, with a swipe of a library card, people can borrow artwork to grace their living space. 

“We are really excited to be a part of this important project, which makes art accessible to the public,” said Rebecca Boulter, regional librarian with Summerside Rotary Library.

As part of the 2020 Summerside Arts Festival held in July, 20 local artists each created a framed five-by-seven inch original work for the new program. The artwork includes a number of mediums and subject matter. The variety will appeal to a wide spectrum of tastes. The plan is to grow the collection in the coming years. 

Lori Ellis, of Wyatt Heritage Properties Inc. and Culture Summerside, is grateful for the funding support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the City of Summerside in making the art lending program a reality. 

“This is a wonderful venture that I hope the public will be inspired to embrace. As an artist myself, I know the joy that art brings to life. We are so excited to partner with the Summerside Rotary Library for it will enable the program to reach a large audience. Great partners build vibrant artistic communities.” 

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Leading fine-art logistics specialist hasenkamp and 4ARTechnologies launch strategic cooperation to revolutionize global art handling – Canada NewsWire



The digital art market tools developed by the Swiss Art & Tech expert 4ARTechnologies are already being used by over 30,000 people in 65 countries. Now, renowned European logistics specialist hasenkamp, who handles works by Da Vinci or Gerhard Richter and serves clients like the MET in NY, is providing over a century of expertise and their own developments to define the next generation of fine-art handling services for the industry.

The immediate goal of the cooperation is to combine 4ARTechnologies’ first-of-it’s-kind art handling tools, including fully digital artwork passport, condition reports and process track & trace with hasenkamp’s leading full-service approach and over 100 years of fine-art logistics experience.

Dr. Thomas Schneider, General Manager of hasenkamp, is enthusiastic about the partnership: “As a specialist for the logistics of high value and sensitive goods, the entire hasenkamp group always focuses on the customer. With our worldwide network, we guarantee the quality of our services and ensure the highest standards of fine-art logistics. We always serve our clients in the best possible way to meet their requirements. Through the cooperation with 4ARTechnologies, we create a further step towards transparency and security for our customers and their artworks.”

“Partnerships with industry leaders like hasenkamp are key to 4ARTechnologies’ success,” notes Niko Kipouros, 4ARTechnologies AG Founder and CEO. “We are excited and proud to cooperate with hasenkamp, as their immense know-how and process experience are fundamental in building an integrated logistics solution that is a further step towards the standardization of a larger art market ecosystem.”

4ARTechnologies AG 
Dino Lewkowicz
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Phone: +41 41 740 00 50

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Irina Antonova, head of top Moscow art museum, dies at 98 – The Record (New Westminster)



MOSCOW — Irina Antonova, a charismatic art historian who presided over one of Russia’s top art museums for more than half a century, has died at 98.

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts said Antonova, its president, died in Moscow on Monday. It said Tuesday that Antonova last week tested positive for coronavirus, which exacerbated her chronic heart ailments.

Antonova began working at the Pushkin museum after her graduation in 1945, and in 1961 she became its director. She held the job until 2013, when she shifted into the ceremonial post of its president. The 52-year tenure made her the world’s longest-serving director of a major art museum.

As the Pushkin museum director, Antonova spearheaded major art exhibitions that saw the exchange of art treasures between the Pushkin Museum and top international art collections despite the Cold War-era tensions and constraints. Those exchanges, facilitated by her extensive personal contacts with colleagues in the museum world, brought Antonova wide acclaim worldwide.

She also was very active in promoting the museum’s treasures to the public.

Antonova has received numerous Russian and foreign state awards.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the president often met Antonova at the museum and “highly appraised her deep expert knowledge.”

Antonova will be buried in Moscow’s Novodevichy cemetery alongside her husband, who also was an art historian. Funeral ceremonies will be closed to the public amid coronavirus restrictions.

The Associated Press

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