CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —
This year’s Art in the Open festival will be taking over Charlottetown today without its signature event — the March of the Crows.
Now in its 10th year, Art in the Open is a free event showcasing Charlottetown’s arts community, along with the green and heritage spaces it fills.
There will still hopefully be plenty of crows around as attendees are encouraged to dress up anyway, said Ghislaine Cormier, executive director of Fédération culturelle de l’ÎPÉ, which helps run the festival.
“We went back and forth with public health for a long time until we had to call it at the end of July,” she said. “We decided to, instead of completely cancelling it, (to invite) the people to actually partake in Art in the Open, see the installations and dress up.”
There will also be a crow-oriented replacement event at Victoria Park, The Flock, at dusk. It’s being prepared by Megan Stewart, the original creator of the march, and two visiting artists from Nova Scotia in association with River Clyde Pageant, said Cormier.
“It’s a giant crow that will be roaming the streets of Charlottetown . … With the guidelines for health and safety we really couldn’t go forward with the march, but I feel everybody’s going to be really thrilled to see that tidbit of the march or that whole element.”
Other coronavirus (COVID-19 strain) considerations were minor, as the festival has always operated as an open-air art exhibit. They include sanitizing stations with hand sanitizer available at information booths and not having any scheduled exhibits to avoid gathering people. Masks are also recommended.
Art in the Open has also partnered with the Black Cultural Society of P.E.I. for a three-night pop-up drive-in movie event, “Our Lives, Our Stories,” in the parking lot along Terry Fox Drive behind the Shaw building.
Curated by Nova Scotian filmmaker Sylvia D. Hamilton, the drive-in will feature a selection of Canadian-made movies highlighting Black experiences and stories, said Cormier.
“The reason we picked that spot is because that spot specifically in Charlottetown is called the Bog, which is where the Black neighbourhood was, so it was sort of representative of that.”
Art in the Open runs Saturday, Aug. 29, from 4 p.m. to midnight.
Black Lives Matter street art installations coming to Dartmouth, Halifax – CBC.ca
The Halifax Regional Municipality will be painting the words “Black Lives Matter” in Halifax and Dartmouth this weekend.
The municipality said it was doing it to show support for the movement.
“This public solidarity augments several measures being taken by the municipality corporately to help address anti-Black racism and continue to build [a] better relationship with the municipality’s communities of African descent,” the municipality said in a news release on Friday.
Work on the first installation at Alderney Drive in Dartmouth will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Work on the second installation at Brunswick Street in Halifax will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
The municipality said sidewalks will be open and access to businesses will be maintained and that at least one lane of vehicle traffic in each direction will be maintained while work is underway.
The bicycle lane on Brunswick Street will be closed while work is happening and cyclists and vehicles will share one single file lane around the work area.
Oxygen Art Centre launches new adult classes – Nelson Star
After much planning Oxygen is excited to launch their fall lineup of adult education opportunities, combining a fine array of online and small in-person classes.
Oxygen conducted a student survey earlier in June to find out how people were feeling (with COVID in mind) in regards to participating in arts education this fall. The response was very positive and clear — students want to be creative! Oxygen then got to work with their talented team of instructors and volunteers to re-vision how the educational offerings could be delivered in an innovative and safe way.
“Oxygen will be offering seven online courses and three small in-person courses this fall,” says education co-ordinator Natasha Smith.
“Many of our instructors have specifically created classes that can be taught online, utilizing the many tools that we now have available to make this learning experience rewarding, interactive and convenient for our students. Another benefit of online programming is that we are removing the barrier of travel for students that live outside of Nelson.”
The three in-person classes include Resurrecting the Lost Art of Letter Writing with Rayya Liebich, Eco-Printing on Textiles with Seathra Bell, and Painting on Another Level with Natasha Smith. The class sizes will be limited to a maximum of five students and all COVID-19 safety protocols at the centre will be in place.
Oxygen is also offering two online professional development courses for creatives this fall. Starting with Art Shack with artist Ian Johnston.
“It’s a visual arts professional development free-for-all!” says Johnston. “Over four evenings of group conversation we will harness the hive mind and the experience of the participants to explore a self-identified group of professional development issues such as proposals, statements, audience, networks and researching opportunities.”
This is an opportunity to share, develop your skills, and meet other artists in a supportive, collaborative space. The second professional development course is How to Submit to Commercial Galleries with artist Kristy Gordon, who will unveil the practical steps you can take to develop a connection with a commercial gallery. The one-session course includes a lecture, discussions and individual feedback.
Deborah Thompson has designed an online drawing course: Drawing with the World in Mind. This course will run twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the month of October.
“The COVID-19 Global Pandemic has highlighted a long list of global problems; climate change, homelessness, opioid crisis, racism, classism and more. Leaning into a creative practice during these times is helpful in developing meaningful insights and in cultivating imaginative ways to give constructive shape to the future,” says Thompson.
Many students will be excited that Bessie Wapp is offering Singing the Blues Goes Virtual this Fall. In this seven-week course you will explore the rich swamp of the human voice in a relaxed and supportive environment through online group and one-on-one sessions. In November, Rayya Liebich will be offering an online Poetry Immersion course. From the comfort of your home immerse yourself in the language of poetry. Weekly online classes will focus on studying the craft of poetry (image, form, feeling) and allow time for a series of guided writing prompts to help hone your writing skills.
Also running in November and over five classes Natasha Smith will be offering Moving into Abstraction as an online course. Through a series of hands-on projects, students will explore various techniques and alternative ways to develop ideas and images that will encourage a more abstract way of working.
Interdisciplinary artist, prOphecy sun will be offering an innovative course this Fall: Sonic Imaginaries: An Introduction to Creating Electronic Compositions. This online beginner level studio course explores a wide range of methods and conceptual approaches to creating electronic sound. prOphecy explains: “Each week will explore how sound emerges and will survey conceptual and methodological techniques used in music, video, sound art, and other artistic production.”
Register today for online and in-person art classes taking place throughout October and November with Oxygen’s incredible artist instructors. Don’t wait — spaces are limited. Learn more about the upcoming classes below and on our website at https://oxygenartcentre.org/classes/adult/.
Hot air balloons, drive-in concerts and highway art: What's on this weekend in Calgary – CBC.ca
Organizations are continuing to come out with fresh and creative ways to entertain Calgarians, and this weekend is no different.
There’s good eats, concerts and multiple art shows that highlight local talent.
Ellis Choe from The Homestretch on CBC Radio has compiled some of those offerings, so check out the events below!
There’s a pop-up marketplace celebrating prairie food this weekend that also ensures gathering people safely.
The Prairie Grid Market will have over 50 local food and drink vendors at the Carter Cadillac car dealership on Heritage Drive in southeast Calgary.
Dan Clapsen, the organizer of the event, says a majority of the stalls are operated by local restaurant and bar owners.
“There’s a really interesting build-your-own-cocktail kit booth setup by Cannibale, which is a popular cocktail bar in Bridgeland. Bridgette Bar has made a line of dried pastas,” he said.
On Saturday and Sunday, there will be music and art for patrons to enjoy.
It’s recommend you pre-book your visit online, given the limited capacity and physical distancing required.
The 8th Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival is underway in High River, but due to COVID-19, only Canadian balloons are participating.
The festival was scheduled to take place from Wednesday through Sunday, although high winds have forced cancellations. As of 2 p.m. on Friday, it was unclear whether they’d be able to take off at 5 p.m. Friday. If not, there are three more chances depending on the weather: Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. Check the festival’s Facebook feed to see if it’s a go.
The committee says that while no passengers or spectators will be allowed at the launch site, you can volunteer to be part of the field crew and get a front row seat.
Karen Williamson, the committee vice-chair, says that while there’s no guarantee, the pilot may let you be a passenger on board as well.
And for those who don’t volunteer, head to the northwest corner of High River to see them launch.
If you like road trips and art, you can catch the Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta, which is a part of Alberta Culture Days.
Along Highway 22 and Highway 2A, otherwise known as “Cowboy Trail,” there is a community of artists opening their studios and galleries to the public.
Catch artwork in Millarville, Turner Valley, Black Diamond and Okotoks to learn more about the diverse group of artists working outside of Calgary.
The open studio events will be on from Friday to Sunday, but each gallery has different operating hours.
And if you like your art paired with a movie, the Indefinite Arts Centre is holding an open house/movie night.
You can check out the artwork of artists with disabilities, as well as the screening of Infinity — a documentary about the world-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, famous for her polka dot installations.
The free event is on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., but make sure to reserve a spot.
And finally, some concerts in the Calgary area! Grab your social circle and attend the drive-in concert at Telus Spark.
“Rise Up Weekend” is brought to you by local organizations, including Calgary ReggaeFest, Folk Fest and Stampede.
Patti Pon, one of the organizers as well as president of Calgary Arts Development, says the event is all about the coming together of six organizations presenting six concerts.
“We wanted to find a way to create some amazing art experiences, albeit smaller settings with fewer people,” she said.
Tickets are $25 per car for up to four guests.
The first show is Friday at 6:15 p.m., when Calgary Folk Fest presents Sargeant X Comrade and the Blake Read Band.
For something more contemporary, the National Music Centre is continuing its hybrid live music and virtual concert series, RBC Live, from the King Eddy.
You can attend the free event in-person or stream from the comfort of your home.
The first show is Friday at 8:30 p.m. and features Lucette, an alt-pop artist from Edmonton.
And then for another virtual concert experience, you can stream Early Music Voices, a local group that presents music from the medieval, Renaissance and baroque periods.
The group is kicking off its season with a virtual concert featuring Calgary musician Benjamin Narvey, who plays the lute.
Enjoy the music this Sunday at 7:30 p.m., and listen to a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.
With files from The Homestretch
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