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Bright's Grove gallery offers online summer art camp – Sarnia Observer



Gallery in the Grove is located upstairs at the Bright’s Grove Library in Sarnia.

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Gallery in the Grove and the Bright’s Grove Optimists have teamed up to offer an online children’s summer art camp.

The service club has been a supporter of the volunteer-run art gallery, located upstairs in the Bright’s Grove Library, and its long-running program that sends artists into elementary schools, said Gwen Moore, education chairperson with the gallery.

Moore added, “There were thinking about summer and supporting the arts in some way, so they approached the gallery and said, ‘Can we do a virtual art camp?’”

The club donated $1,200 to the gallery and its three Visiting Artists in Lambton Schools (VALS) – Tracy Tobin, Patti Cook and Stewart Fanning – created weekly art activities for elementary school-age children being posted on the gallery’s website,

“They put together a five-week program which is mostly based on doing art outdoors,” Moore said.

The first week’s activity for Camp Optimist was a scavenger hunt to gather found material from yards, the beach and around the house to use in upcoming art projects with the aim of avoiding sending parents to the store to buy a lot of supplies, Moore said.

The camp’s activities are aimed mostly at the Grade 6 age-range the VALS program works with each year, but are adaptable for those older and younger, Moore said.

Each Monday, new art activities are being rolled out on the gallery website.

“It’s a way of reminding people that we’re here and what we do,” as well as providing families with activities to help keep children occupied during the summer, Moore said.

“It’s a way of supporting the arts, supporting parents.”

Families are being encouraged to share photos of what children create to be posted on the gallery’s website and social media pages.

Much of the work the gallery does – along with regular exhibitions it held until COVID-19 temporarily shut the doors – involves art education with its VALS program and annual scholarships to local high school graduates studying art at college and university, Moore said.

So far, the gallery has awarded a total of more than $140,000 in scholarships.

The VALS program began 20 years ago in a few schools and has grown to 17, in recent years.

“We could do more if we had the money,” Moore said.

It traditionally runs January to April. “Fingers crossed that we will be able to go into the schools,” Moore said about the upcoming school year.

The artists were able to visit about two-thirds of the classrooms they were booked for this past school year before schools shut down because of COVID-19.

When the shutdown happened in March, the gallery transitioned to online exhibitions, and put projects and instructions from the VALS program online for families.

Some exhibitions have been postponed as the gallery waits to see how it will be impacted as public facilities begin reopening, Moore said.

Gallery in the Grove is celebrating its 40 anniversary.

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Out of the gallery and onto the streets: Moving Pictures brings art to Sask. communities through app – Regina Leader-Post



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The posters are located in core parts of Regina such as downtown, on 13th Avenue and in Wascana Park, but also in some places you may not expect, like in the parking lots of big box stores.

“We really want people who might not be seeking them out to just kind of by chance encounter the posters,” said Moore.

The videos that the posters unlock tell Saskatchewan stories. Moore said the aim is to try not to represent just one stereotypical vision of the province, but reflect a variety of personal experiences.

One of the new videos that will be coming out on Sept. 26 for Culture Days is by David Garneau and is called Hoop Dancers. It depicts four men in powwow regalia playing a game of basketball.

Another piece by Graeme Patterson called Lafleche vs. Woodrow 1972 is a stop-motion video that shows a historical hockey game being played between two small towns.

An image from David Garneau’s piece featured in Movie Pictures. The piece is called Hoop Dancers, and features men in powwow regalia playing basketball. Photo by Courtesy Art Gallery of Regina

Ian Campbell, who worked on a collage using 35-millimetre film with fellow artist Heidi Phillips, called the project a great way to engage with the community as well as showcase pieces by filmmakers.

“I make mostly film and sometimes it’s harder to get your film into the gallery, so this is a nice way for filmmakers to sort of take up space in the community in a different way,” said Campbell.

While some of the project’s conceit was finding an innovative way to showcase art during the pandemic, Moore also thought it was an opportunity to make art more accessible.

“Maybe just being an art gallery that’s free and open to the public is not enough to be inviting to people. Maybe we need to get out on the streets and engage people in ways that they feel comfortable with,” said Moore.

Residents can visit for a list of locations of the posters. Moore said residents are also encouraged to request posters in their community, or suggest locations for posters.

The Moving Pictures project runs until Oct. 14. The Artivive app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play. The video projects can also be viewed online at

REGINA, SASK : September 24, 2020  -- A poster for the Moving Pictures art project, which is posted on the corner of Angus Street and 13th Avenue in Regina, Saskatchewan on Sept. 24, 2020.  BRANDON HARDER/ Regina Leader-Post
A poster for the Moving Pictures art project, which is posted on the corner of Angus Street and 13th Avenue in Regina, Saskatchewan on Sept. 24, 2020. Photo by BRANDON HARDER /Regina Leader-Post

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The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta kicks off Friday – CTV Toronto



What do you get when you combine some of southern Alberta’s finest artists with the landscape of the foothills in autumn? The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta.

The event happens once a year, offering the art curious the chance to get inside many art studios in the foothills and speak directly to the artists and watch them work.

The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta started at the Firebrand Glass Studio run by Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock. They had clients come to their facility in the fall when the glass furnaces were turned on to see them at work. Many asked if there were other artists in the area to visit. Reimer says she was more than happy to recommend others in the community.

“(It was) just this desire to basically teach people about all the amazing things in this area,” said Reimer. “Not only is the landscape gorgeous but then there’s this incredible art community.”

Mady Theil-Kopstein’s studio has been a stop on the tour for the last three years. She spent the early days of the pandemic trying new things in her art studio because shows were cancelled that she would normally exhibit her art at.

Theil-Kopstein is excited to host visitors.

“People come here, they’re going to be art lovers,” said Theil-Kopstein. “They’re people who appreciate it so they’re making plans to enjoy the scenery with what’s going on out here right now in the fall and also to see what us country bumpkins are doing out here.”

Tarek Nemr is the co-owner of the Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond. He’s watched the art tour grow.

“Every year it’s building up and it is a big deal for us because that’s what we are really open for,” said Nemr. “To promote Alberta artists – and that’s (exactly) what the tour is doing as well.”

Nemir says there are upwards of 200 artists represented in his gallery, many from Alberta.  Nemr is showcasing 18 different ceramic artists’ work in an open-themed exhibit.

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“During this pandemic so many of them stayed in their studio and they are creating,” said Nemir. “We just wanted to unleash that creativity, just show us what you have.”

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Sandro Botticelli painting could auction for more than $80M, despite pandemic –



An enigmatic painting from Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli will go on auction next year and art watchers will be seeing if it fetches more than its eye-watering $80 million US estimate, despite the pandemic.

Botticelli’s 15th-century portrait of a nobleman in Young Man Holding a Roundel is the highlight of Sotheby’s Masters Week sale series in New York in January.

“Just the sheer beauty of this has been a joy,” said Christopher Apostle, who has for more than three decades handled the Old Master Drawings sale and is now head of the division. “I can’t think of a Botticelli like this that’s been on the open international market.”

Opportunities to acquire a Botticelli — the artist behind such masterpieces as Primavera and The Birth of Venus — are very rare.

“The fact that there are 12 known portraits by Botticelli puts it in an elite type of situation,” said Apostle. “These are the most personal things he produced, in a way. It’s just something he’s doing with one individual.”

The auction house believes it could get over $100 million. The last painting to achieve that level at auction was Claude Monet’s Meules at Sotheby’s New York in 2019, going for $110 million.

Painting last acquired in 1982

If it reaches those dizzying heights, it would represent a windfall for the present owner. The painting was last acquired at auction in 1982 for the equivalent of just over $1 million today.  

Apostle doesn’t believe the global pandemic will depress interest in the work. “We’ve seen even during this time period that people are hungry for art, hungry for masterpieces, always.”

The painting — believed to have been executed in the late 1470s or early 1480s — actually represents two art works. Botticelli painted the noble sitter but the roundel — a circular disc used as a symbol — depicts a saint, and is an original 14th-century work attributed to the Sienese painter Bartolomeo Bulgarini.

Who the young man depicted has been lost to history as well as why he holds the roundel. Some scholars believe he is associated with the ruling House of Medici or another powerful family in Florence.

Apostle says some things can be inferred: The young man’s hair is long and fashionable for the time. His tunic is buttoned up and restrained, dressed in a republican way.

“There’s a rectitude to this picture and a lack of arrogance while still being very confident, that I think exemplifies that attitude that these republicans in Florence felt about themselves,” he said. “Also, by presenting this medallion, he’s just making sure we’re aware he’s a cultivated person.”

In the past 50 years, the painting has spent extended periods on loan at the National Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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