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The Art Lab is bringing creativity to Windsor in a fun and experiential way at a new location, fit for little ones and adults alike.

 Art Lab

 Art Lab

 Art Lab

Co-owners and life-partners Samantha Walker and Matthew Bolton aim to bring art play in to the lives of everyone who wants to join.

Art Lab Team

The Art Lab Team (from left to right) Tess Driedger, Eugenio Mendoza, Samantha Walker and Matthew Bolton.

“Sam has been working with kids her whole life,” Matthew explains, as Samantha’s education is in child and youth work. “She always loved to do art with the kids but sadly it is something often left out of curriculum.”

The couple had been living in Toronto and decided to come back to Windsor area, where Samantha is originally from, in order to sink their teeth in to the idea of Art Lab further. Both of the owners are self-taught artists and aim to share that passion for being creative and have fun doing it.

Samantha had previously had a blog about crafting appropriate to do with kids that was enjoyable for all parties involved. She enjoyed that part of her life so much that she decided to take it further and make her living out of it, alongside with her partner.

“We don’t want people to just…stop their art,” Matthew explains. “It just seems at a certain point a kid stops doing art.

“We always ask kids who come on field trips asking who they think is an artist. Only a handful of students will raise their hands…and then we ask them if they like dancing, fashion, building with Lego…and explain that is all art.”

The Art Lab promotes “art play,” which they specifically host as workshops, but also in teaching that there is no right or wrong way in doing art.

“A lot of the times with an instructional thing, people will be upset that their art doesn’t look like the example,” Matthew explains. “So we reinforce that there is no ‘wrong’ way to do anything and that there are just so many different ways to get to the end result.” Matt especially loves Pour Painting Workshops, which supports that notion greatly as every art piece is completely different.

The Art Lab can host art parties for all ages, hold private events, hosts open Art Play time with art supplies set up for projects to do, private workshops such as pour painting, tie dye workshops, Slime Time workshops, Splatter Paint Parties and much more. Specialty workshops take place throughout the year, such as a Bob Ross paint night done in the past.

The business promotes that art is for everyone and welcomes people with any ability, young and old and of any walk of life. “We can take 18 months and up basically,” Matthew explains.

The Art Lab is looking to bring more activities in with the new year, including all-women Reiki followed by a pour painting session and open studio hours on Sunday afternoons.

Paint chips from the old location’s splatter area are hung up in The Art Lab’s new location to commemorate where they started.

Splatter activities take place in the lab’s special Glow Splatter Room, which is adorned with UV light to make the painting experience fun as well as cool. Splatter painting workshops work great as a team-building exercise Matthew explains, saying that all ages utilize the room with great joy. “Adults use neon paint and kids are able to use the kids paint which comes out in the wash no problem.”

The Art Lab team also welcomes field trips of children and will even make their way out to class rooms, organizations such as Community Living, and day cares themselves when able (while also doing all the cleanup!).

“The best part so far since being open has been all the people we have met,” Matthew explains. “The relationships we have made with other like-minded people, organizations, businesses….working with the community has been great.”

Both owners know the importance that art has in an individual’s life, seeing the yes of kids, parents, and any participant light up with the enjoyment of seeing something that they made. “We are one of those experiences that leaves a lasting impression and has people wanting to come back for more of what they experienced,” Matthew explains with a smile. “It’s so fun to see kids making their own ‘art labs.’ ”

Arts and crafts are made during scheduled workshops and also doing the drop in times. The couple tries to include as much “upcycling” as they can when making projects for everyone to enjoy and also learn to reuse things for different purposes.

The Art Lab is suitable for the whole family, as everyone involved loves art play and wants to assist whoever comes by to be proud of what they create.

“It has been a lot of work, but also a lot of fun,” Matthew explains reflecting on the journey they have gone so far with the establishment.

The new location will include a coffee bar in the new year serving I Luv Coffee and feature select snacks as well.

Take a look inside The Art Lab’s new 2,800 square foot location at 894 Ottawa Street. Check out information on what the location has to offer, workshops, hours, pricing and much more on their website here. Keep up with what’s new on their Facebook page here and Instagram here.

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Kirkland Lake museum asks for art donations to help fundraiser –



The Museum of Northern History in Kirkland Lake, Ont., is accepting people’s donated art pieces for its first Art From Your Attic fundraiser.

The idea behind the event is to give new life to artwork that might be collecting dust in people’s attics or basements, all while raising funds for the museum.

“Ideally, we’ll be looking at locally painted artwork or locally represented artwork,” said Kaitlyn McKay, the museum’s supervisor. 

“Mining paintings are always kind of a top tier item around here, but for us it’s mostly about artwork that people have valued for a long time that has kind of been sitting aside in an attic or in storage or people who just have too much of it and not enough space to store.”

The Museum of Northern History was founded in 1967 and moved to its current location in 1983.

McKay said the community doesn’t have an historical society, and the museum provides a link to the region’s history. That includes photos and artifacts from the groups that immigrated from Ukraine, Poland and Finland to found the community.

A ceramic plate painting by artist Cesar Forero, called ‘Birds in Flight’, is one of the art pieces donated for the Museum of Northern History’s Art From Your Attic Fundraiser. (Submitted by Kaitlyn McKay)

Money raised from the Art From Your Attic fundraiser will help the museum cover its operating expenses and upcoming projects, McKay said.

According to the museum’s Facebook page, donors can also choose to keep 20 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of their pieces.

People have until May 30 to donate pieces of art for the fundraiser. The fundraising event will take place from June 7 to July 3, 2022.

Up North5:59The Museum of the Northern History in Kirkland Lake wants those art treasures hiding in your attic

What’s hiding in your attic? That’s the question the Museum of the Northern History in Kirkland Lake is asking its community. They would like to turn your spring cleaning into fundraising for the museum. Museum supervisor Kaytlin McKay joined us with more details.

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‘Destiny 2’ Scrubbed These Season 17 Guardians From New Map Art – Forbes



We are just under ten days out from Destiny 2 launching season 17, and as of yet, it doesn’t even have a name, much less any clues about where the story is going from here, other than more generalized hints about year 5 buried in The Witch Queen.

We have gotten details about the Iron Banner rework and we know a new 3.0 element is coming, but even through that and some weapon reveals, we know absolutely nothing about the theme of the season, nor even the race it focuses on. Until now, maybe?

In an effort to keep everything as absurdly close to the vest as possible for as long as possible, Bungie actually went in and erase the above three Guardians from the art of the new PvP map, Disjunction, that was shown off in this week’s TWAB.

Here’s the original art:

And here’s the replacement:

No more Guardians. What are they hiding? Even blowing this up it’s pretty hard to tell, other than the fact that they are wearing new armor sets and wielding new weapons.

The biggest clue is the Hunter cloak, which many believe looks like it has Fallen symbols on the back. Looking up past Fallen symbols I will say that yes, it’s probably closest to that “style” of symbol, though I have not found any exact house matches. But between the symbols and the frayed edges, yes, I am at least some Fallen vibes as well. It doesn’t really look Cabal (we’ve gotten hints about Calus’ return) or Rasputin-based (we’ve gotten hints about Rasputin’s return).

This would make some amount of sense given that we have not had a Fallen-focused season since the actual Beyond Light expansion. Chosen was Cabal, Splicer was Vex (where Fallen were the good guys and we got Fallen armor), Risen was Scorn and Taken, Witch Queen was Hive and Scorn.

Given that a portion of the Fallen are now our allies, this raises questions about which Fallen faction we might be fighting, and that circles back to some hints we’ve gotten that Eramis, the frozen leader of House Salvation whom we left chilling on a dock somewhere on Europa. There have been hints that we have not seen the last of her, so that could be where we’re heading this season.

But there’s a second theory. Other than the cloak, the only thing I can glean from this image is what appears to be a new Claymore style sword on the back of the Titan. I assume it’s not the same one from the 30th anniversary, as shots like these usually show off new gear. I am less sure what the weapon is on the back of the Warlock, some kind of primary, auto, pulse, scout, something like that. And it’s gold which is more…Cabal, but we’ll see. I do see other hints of Cabal-style design in these other sets, so who knows, maybe we are on the way to the Calus-based season after all. There have definitely been more hints about Calus’ return both this season and over the past year.

I’m reaching here, but it’s all we’ve got. I expect to see something concrete around reset on Tuesday.

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Judge for yourself: Man uses art to escape 'frenetic' period – BarrieToday



From a judge’s gavel to paint brushes, Barrie’s David Murphy has lived a unique life.

After a life spent mostly in a courtroom  first as a lawyer with a big Toronto law firm and eventually as a high court judge in the Cayman Islands  the 73-year-old is enjoying a simpler life these days spent mostly in his basement art studio. 

Born and raised in the city, Murphy says he has been painting for nearly 50 years, but it wasn’t until he started sneaking off to art classes once a week  while he was working in a large litigation firm in downtown Toronto in the 1980s  that he really began to love it.

“It sounds odd. It’s a time in your life where you’re probably the busiest, craziest and most frenetic in your career,” he tells BarrieToday. “I decided I wanted a diversion in law school and started copying Group of Seven paintings in oil just for fun.”

In 1989, Murphy moved to Hong Kong, where he spent the next seven years working as a law professor at the University of Hong Kong. And although he didn’t do a lot of painting during that time, he says he would find some time between classes to take the occasional class.

During that time, he experimented with watercolour and took classes in Chinese brush painting and art restoration. He also developed a research specialty in art law, published numerous scholarly articles on the subject, and lectured worldwide. He is also the author of a book on the legal aspects of the trade in Chinese art, published by Oxford University Press.

Murphy then moved to the Cayman Islands and spent the next four years as a high court judge, a career he admits left very little time for art.

In 2000, at the age of 51, Murphy retired and moved to Europe, where he once again picked up his paint brushes and started painting regularly. 

“I started doing a lot of shows and exhibitions in Malta,” he says, adding he always knew he’d return to Canada. 

Murphy, who returned to Barrie in 2013, says he has always been drawn to impressionists, and credits the famous Group of Seven for inspiring his own work. 

“When people think of impressionism, they typically think of European impressionist painters without really appreciating we had our own school of impressionist painters here in Canada with the Group of Seven who were fabulous,” he says. “I think it was meeting A.Y. Jackson that really inspired me (and) it was probably around that time I started really enjoying going to art galleries.

“Back in those days, McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg was just jammed with Group of Seven paintings. … It was just a visual feast back then and that obviously influenced me,” Murphy adds. 

Although most of his work over the years has featured landscapes and cityscapes almost entirely in oil, he says he has stepped outside of the box over the last few years and begun to move into abstracts using acrylic for a “change of pace.”

“Representational landscapes and cityscapes… that’s what I have done for decades, but not in a realistic style. I don’t like realistic art. I’d rather just take a photograph, so it’s impressionist,” he says.

An avid traveller, the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on that for Murphy. He says he found himself in his basement studio filling time in the winters.

“I decided to try something different. I started churning out a lot of abstracts… largely experimental and I think some of them are pretty good,” he says. “It’s really just a matter of putting together colour and shapes in a pleasing combination.

“I like to be spontaneous. I am not one of these artists that agonizes over something for weeks. I just like to do it and move on.”

Murphy’s work is on display as part of a new one-man exhibition for the entire month of May in the Falls Gallery at the Alton Mill Art Centre, located at 1402 Queen Street W., in Caledon. 

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