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COVID-19: Okanagan art gallery's major event goes virtual – Salmon Arm Observer – Salmon Arm Observer



Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts is the social event of the season, and a key fundraiser for the Vernon Public Art Gallery. This year, to obey the health and safety regulations put in place in response to COVID-19, the event will take place online.

Show your support for the gallery by joining the VPAG in a virtual celebration of the arts July 15, 2020. The event will feature a live auction with artwork from artists across the province, as well as entertainment for the guests to enjoy.

“MEA is not only a significant fundraiser for the gallery, but it is also an event that the community deeply values and looks forward to each year,” said Dauna Kennedy, executive director. “Although this year has brought some challenges that we will have to maneuver, the VPAG is working hard to make this a memorable evening, that connects our community as it does every year.”

Check the gallery’s social media and website for more details on this year’s MEA

The Vernon Public Art Gallery is a not-for-profit, charitable organization committed to fostering an appreciation of the visual arts for all members of the community. As the oldest art gallery in the Interior Region of British Columbia, the VPAG has been an important part of cultural tourism, and a centre for educational and cultural activities in the Okanagan for 60+ years. The VPAG is constantly growing and is currently looking forward to its exciting transition into its larger facility at the new Cultural Centre in Vernon. We hope to consistently develop and increase our funds to allow us to promote visual arts in the broader community by presenting more quality exhibitions, educational programs and annual community events.

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Home is where the art is: N.S. camp moves online –



A Halifax-area art camp is moving online this year, joining a growing list of activities going virtual in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alderney Landing in Dartmouth usually hosts in-person art and theatre day camps in the summer, but the pandemic has forced organizers to think outside the box this year.

“Most of our programming and events involve community engagement, and they involve people gathering, people watching theatre, people coming to the art gallery and engaging in art making,” said Lee Cripps, the Craig Gallery curator and fine arts program director at Alderney Landing.

“We tried to do some creative problem solving and think, ‘How can we still give them that programming and still teach kids how to make art?'”

Alderney Landing is launching week-long virtual art camps starting in June. The program will provide instructional videos for students to follow at home, led by local artist Genny Killin.

The kids will also get three online meetings with the instructor throughout the week. The camp is providing no-contact pickup for the supplies they’ll need, or students can get the supplies themselves. 

Alderney Landing usually hosts in-person art and theatre camps over the summer. (Google Street View)

Projects will include sculpting, print-making and puppet building. Cripps said they wanted to focus on projects that children can do at home with minimal supervision — both to keep kids occupied and to give parents a break.

“What we wanted to do is not only give kids a chance to experience art-making and create projects themselves, but alleviate the part of the parents,” said Cripps.

“I’m currently a single parent working from home and trying to juggle my work-work and my parenting work and give my daughter the help she needs with her online schoolwork. It’s really challenging most days.”

Each project is expected to take one to two hours in the morning to complete. Participants will be able to get feedback on their work and ask questions during online meetings with the instructor in the afternoon.

New opportunities

Cripps said while COVID-19 is presenting its fair share of challenges, it’s also created some opportunities for the camp. 

For one thing, there’s no cap on the number of participants. “We do have spatial constrictions when people are gathered together, so this kind of opens up a lot of doors that way,” said Cripps.

The camp’s online format also means students don’t have to live in the Halifax region to take part.

“What’s exciting about it is anybody from the community, the city, the province, Canada, the world — anybody can participate in this,” said Cripps, though she noted people who live further away would have to find the materials themselves.

The first camp starts June 1 and Alderney Landing is now accepting registration for camps starting June 8, 15 and 22. If the spring virtual camp is successful, Alderney Landing will host more in the summer, Cripps said.

The pandemic is forcing many group activities online, including at least one other camp. 

Camp Kidston in Middle Musquodoboit, N.S., recently announced on its website that it would not be offering its traditional overnight camp this year, but would instead offer activities online for its campers through its new program, Kidston CONNECTS.

Meanwhile, the Discovery Centre in Halifax, which has been closed since March, is offering online science workshops and experiments through its BiteSize Science and Discovery@Home programs. Spokesperson Jennifer Punch said in an email that the science centre is “very close to a decision” about its summer camps this year.


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Final weekend to place bids in online Lighthouse Mission art auction – Winnipeg Sun



It’s the final weekend to get your art on in support of Lighthouse Mission.

Midnight Sunday is the deadline to place bids to be a part of our first ever Lighthouse Mission Art for Everyone Online Art Auction.

Over 70 pieces of unique artwork created and donated by local artists are available for bidding, and new pieces have been added. Proceeds from the auction go to Lighthouse Mission to support services to the city’s most vulnerable citizens and change lives in Winnipeg’s Inner City.

Earlier this month, Lighthouse Mission Operations Manager Beverly Ajtay explained that the mission and soup kitchen held a live art auction at last year’s fundraising banquet. But with COVID-19 and public health orders restricting large gatherings, this year’s banquet in March and another fundraiser slated for May were cancelled as well as their door-to-door canvassing effort.

Operations Manager Beverly Ajtay (in front) at Lighthouse Mission on Main Street. Chris Procaylo/Winnipeg Sun files

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“Everyone is seeing organizations and places doing business differently, doing fundraising differently,” she said at the time. “Things are being done online or virtually and so why not give this a try? If it works for other people, it may work for us as well. It’s just a different way to connect with the community. We’re having to make changes and adapt in the situation that we’re in right now in Manitoba and across Canada.”

While their means for fundraising have changed, the need for Lighthouse Mission’s services haven’t, Ajtay said.

“The number of meals that we are providing has almost doubled in the last several weeks and that means additional costs,” she said. “Letting the community know what we’re doing and the importance of our work for the community absolutely has a role to play in people supporting the work. It’s all connected.”

There are pieces of all styles, sizes and medium.

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Drive-by art tour aims to drum up support for artists, performers – CollingwoodToday



RAW Artists announce the National Arts Drive,  a three-hour community experience on Saturday, June 6, 2020, spanning throughout Canada, United States and Mexico. Local artists will showcase their work while respecting social distancing – from windows, balconies, driveways, front lawns, workspaces, or appropriate commercial spaces. Community supporters are invited to visit participating local artists, performers, musicians and designers living in their community from a safe distance.

Collingwood resident and Orillia native Michelle Bylow is leading the charge in bringing the drive to Canada and Northern Ontario Communities.

“We are using all the resources available to us to continue our mandate of artists supporting artists,” said Bylow, executive director of RAW Artists Canada. “The drive will give artists visibility and financial support from their communities. 100 per cent of the proceeds go to the creatives”.

The Orillia & District Arts Council has joined as a community partner to help spread the word to Orillia and area artists.

“The success of the Drive will depend on getting the word out to artists and their communities.  We are thrilled to be working with the Orillia Arts Council and look forward to supporting the Orillia artistic community”, said Bylow.

The driving tour will be paired with a mobile website designed and built by RAW Artists. Art showcases will be identified on a map within the app, enabling drivers to plan their routes. Using the site, visitors can support artists by liking, following and/or sharing artists’ work via social media, tipping artists through a touch-free pay app (i.e. Venmo, PayPal), and/or making future purchases from the artists online. All donations go directly to the artists.

Bylow and her team are aiming to register 10,000 Canadian artists for the event. RAW supports 10 different verticals within the arts community – film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, beauty, accessories, photography, craft and technology. There is no charge for artists to participate, and they do not have to be members of RAW.

For more information on RAW Artists’ National Arts Drive, visit this website or this website.

About RAW Artists:

Founded in 2009, RAW is the largest independent, international arts organization in the world. RAW’s mission is to serve independent artists with the tools, resources, education and exposure needed to thrive and succeed in their creative careers. RAW is an online and offline platform that has showcased over 200k artists in 70 cities across the globe in multi-faceted arts events that draw crowds of 1,000+ attendees.

Due to the “Stay at Home” orders issued by the Canadian government; RAW Artists Canada has halted regular operations since March 15, 2020.  


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