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ARTS AROUND: Rollin Art Centre getting the garden ready – Alberni Valley News

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MELISSA MARTIN

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Spring is here and everything is growing fast!

If you love all things gardening and want to roll up your sleeves, please join us for a work bee at the Rollin Art Centre on Sunday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come when you want and do as much as you like.

The event will take place unless there is heavy rain. The focus is on weeding, trimming, pruning and raking. Hedge trimming and power washing is also needed. We have some tools (mostly rakes and shovels), but please bring your own hand tools and gloves, if possible. Professional landscaping operators are invited. We will happily provide you with a charitable tax receipt for services rendered and/or in-kind donations.

The garden is located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street. COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Please wear a mask and be aware of social distancing.

Come join us – it will be fun!

COASTAL INFLUENCES

The current art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre features local artist Jim Sears. This is Jim’s first art exhibit at the Rollin Art, titled Coastal Influences. Please show your support by stopping by the gallery. This exhibit mixes pen and ink with a watercolour wash and captures images from the West Coast Trail, the Maritimes, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

The exhibit runs until April 30.

DEADLINE TO APPLY

Calling all artists out there! Here is your opportunity to showcase your artwork at the Rollin Art Centre in 2022.

We are accepting applications from all visual artists and/or artist groups to exhibit their work in our fine arts gallery during the 2022 calendar year. Application forms are available at the Rollin Art Centre or you can download an application at www.alberniarts.com. The deadline is April 30.

The Gallery is located at the corner of Eight Avenue and Argyle Street and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday.

BAGS OF BOOKS

The Community Arts Council is offering a special on our Mystery Book Bags.

Buy one bag (10 books, all in one genre) for $20 or buy two bags for ONLY $30. Call the Rollin Art Centre at 250-724-3412 to order your mystery book bag. By purchasing a bag of books, you will also be helping Rollin Art Centre during this difficult time!

Choose from mysteries, fiction, fantasy, romance, children’s books and even puzzles ($2 each). A big thank you to Buy-Low Foods for their generous donation of the brown paper bags for our books.

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412. Email: communityarts@shaw.ca.

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A free four-week art program for children is being offered by Sault Ste. Marie Public Library.

A PDF lesson will be emailed each week. Youngsters have one week to send a photo of their artwork.

A collage will be created featuring student work.

Register by emailing lib.childdk@cityssm.on.ca. Mention online art program in the subject line. Mention the child’s name, age and parent email contact.

Lessons start Sept. 28.

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'A very fundamental question': Is this the world's oldest example of art? – CTV News

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TORONTO —
Famous cave art in France, Indonesia and Spain has long been thought to be the oldest of its kind, but a new study sheds light on Tibetan parietal art that is four times older and may have been created by children.

An international team of researchers came together to determine if the hand and footprints discovered on the Tibetan Plateau were indeed art.

To decide if the sequence of hand and footprints were art, the researchers had to first figure out how these prints got there. The series of five handprints and five footprints, the researchers reported, came from two different people, according to a press release.

Given the slope and that it would have been slippery, the research team ruled out that people would have walked or run across the plateau, which in turn ruled out that these sets of prints may have been a result of people falling.

“It would have been a slippery, sloped surface. You wouldn’t really run across it. Somebody didn’t fall like that. So why create this arrangement of prints?” Thomas Urban, research scientist in the College of Arts and Sciences and with the Cornell Tree Ring Laboratory, said in a press release.

Urban assisted the research team led by David Zhang of Guangzhou University and co-authored the study.

The team of researchers used uranium-series dating to date the artwork. They believe that the footprints were created by a seven-year-old, while the handprints were by a 12-year-old. They also suspect that these kids were ancient relatives of Neanderthals known as Denisovans.

But what really determines if these handprints and footprints are art?

“These young kids saw this medium and intentionally altered it. We can only speculate beyond that,” Urban said. “This could be a kind of performance, a live show, like, somebody says, ‘hey, look at me, I’ve made my handprints over these footprints.’”

For this reason, Urban calls for a broader definition of what is considered art in this context, even if it does rub some the wrong way.

“I think we can make a solid case that this is not utilitarian behaviour. There’s something playful, creative, possibly symbolic about this,” said Urban. “This gets at a very fundamental question of what it actually means to be human.”

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Summerland opening new art gallery | News | pentictonherald.ca – pentictonherald.ca

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The Summerland Community Arts Council invites the public to join in the celebration of the opening of its new art gallery at 9525 Wharton Street, Thursday, Sept. 16 from 7-9 p.m.

EARTHSCAPES by artist Madyln Hamilton is the first exhibition in the new gallery.

She will be present at the opening reception to speak about her work and answer questions.

“My intent is for the viewer to contemplate, examine, and take away a new awareness of their natural surroundings,” said Hamilton who lives on the edge of a wilderness ravine in West Kelowna.

The ravine’s colours, energies, and forms of life serve as inspirations for her work.

EARTHSCAPES run through Oct. 29.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Masks are mandatory.

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