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City art collection worth almost $2M – Lethbridge Herald

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By Jensen, Randy on August 29, 2020.

Some of the City’s fine art collection on display during a 2011 exhibition at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Submitted photo by Dana Woodward

Tim Kalinowski

Lethbridge Herald

tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com

The City’s public art collection and fine art collection have a combined appraised value of just under $2 million.

City of Lethbridge Community Arts and Culture manager Jillian Bracken provided this information at city council earlier this week in follow up to a presentation she made as part of the Public Art Committee annual report back at the Feb. 3 Community Issues Committee meeting.

Besides the 14 valuable pieces of public art the City owns, worth approximately $1.4 million, council had asked Bracken to bring back a full accounting of the City’s fine art collection, which includes a portion of the Buchanan Bequest as part of the overall 83 distinct pieces the City owns. That total was about $592,000, according to Bracken.

Bracken said most of the fine art pieces had been on display at one time or another at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, and information on the pieces has appeared on the SAAG website.

Back in February some on council had wondered how the public might have greater access to both the public art pieces and fine arts collection which is part of the City’s legacy. With some councillors suggesting virtual tours might be offered of the public pieces on an app as one possibility, and perhaps a dedicated website or online viewing opportunities available for the fine art pieces.

Bracken said City staff were working with the Public Art Committee on various possibilities for the fine arts collection, but in the meantime had established a website called publicartlethbridge.ca for raising awareness and providing public access to information on the City’s public collection, and any calls for artist proposals which might arise in the future.

“From the art committee’s perspective,” she explained, “we’ve done our best working with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery for the past several decades to show the (fine art) collection in that format; so we have done our best to make the collection as accessible as possible. The challenge with art collections is you have to balance both conservation with access to ensure the pieces are properly cared for. At this point, from the art committee’s perspective, we are just looking at different ways to continue to make it accessible.”

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Art tour Rhizomes returns to downtown St. Catharines – NiagaraFallsReview.ca

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It was down, but never out.

Delayed since spring because of the pandemic, a retooled Rhizomes art tour kicks off Thursday in downtown St. Catharines and runs until Sunday night.

Since it started in 2014, the diverse event has been one of the most popular parts of the annual In the Soil arts festival, which was forced to spread programs throughout the summer instead of its usual weekend in late April.

Most years, the show lets small groups tour a variety of art installations, ranging from short plays to music to art displays. Past locations have included Corbloc and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

This year, there will be site-specific installations and performances throughout the east end of St. Paul Street. Guided tours with a maximum of six people will start at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. each night.

Artistic director Deanna Jones says each tour will be socially distanced, with mandatory masks.

“This year we’re doing some indoor and outdoor locations in different spots and doing all we can to keep it safe,” she says. “It’s the similar spirit where the artists are reacting to different spaces.

“We’re trying to illuminate some unusual places where you may not see a visual art installation.”

This year’s 11 featured artists are Evelyn Atoms, Zach Coull, Magdolene Dykstra, Emily Andrews, Rebekka Gondasch, Jesse Horvath, Matt Jaekell, Roselyn Kelada-Sedra, Katie Mazi, Alex Ring, Chance Mutuku, Jon Shaw and Marcel Stewart.

Each tour starts on the front lawn of Silver Spire United Church, 366 St. Paul St. Tickets, at the pay-what-you-can rates of $10, $20 or $30, are available at www.rhizomes.brownpapertickets.com

“We just decided to keep it small,” says Jones. “We know some people may not be comfortable to go out and about, but for those who come we’re ensuring their safety.”

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Art tour Rhizomes returns to downtown St. Catharines – WellandTribune.ca

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It was down, but never out.

Delayed since spring because of the pandemic, a retooled Rhizomes art tour kicks off Thursday in downtown St. Catharines and runs until Sunday night.

Since it started in 2014, the diverse event has been one of the most popular parts of the annual In the Soil arts festival, which was forced to spread programs throughout the summer instead of its usual weekend in late April.

Most years, the show lets small groups tour a variety of art installations, ranging from short plays to music to art displays. Past locations have included Corbloc and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

This year, there will be site-specific installations and performances throughout the east end of St. Paul Street. Guided tours with a maximum of six people will start at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. each night.

Artistic director Deanna Jones says each tour will be socially distanced, with mandatory masks.

“This year we’re doing some indoor and outdoor locations in different spots and doing all we can to keep it safe,” she says. “It’s the similar spirit where the artists are reacting to different spaces.

“We’re trying to illuminate some unusual places where you may not see a visual art installation.”

This year’s 11 featured artists are Evelyn Atoms, Zach Coull, Magdolene Dykstra, Emily Andrews, Rebekka Gondasch, Jesse Horvath, Matt Jaekell, Roselyn Kelada-Sedra, Katie Mazi, Alex Ring, Chance Mutuku, Jon Shaw and Marcel Stewart.

Each tour starts on the front lawn of Silver Spire United Church, 366 St. Paul St. Tickets, at the pay-what-you-can rates of $10, $20 or $30, are available at www.rhizomes.brownpapertickets.com

“We just decided to keep it small,” says Jones. “We know some people may not be comfortable to go out and about, but for those who come we’re ensuring their safety.”

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