I want to start off this week by congratulating the Orillia District Arts Council, the City of Orillia Community Services Department (formerly the Parks Recreation and Culture Dept.), and Creative Nomad Studios on a very entertaining and successful virtual Culture Days event last Saturday.
My partner and I tuned in a few times during the day and it was hard to tear ourselves away.
The curation of all the different events, as well as the “fillers” in between, was topnotch, and the live streaming was excellent. It’s not easy to pull off a full day of livestreaming with multiple people, places, and things, and it was pulled off impeccably. Kudos to Michael Martyn and Anitta Hamming for doing just that!
I really enjoyed the emphasis on all the different kinds of arts that there was in the programming. ODAC has, over the past several years, looked like more of a place for visual artists, but every arts form was embraced and supported in this event: performing arts, storytelling, special FX makeup, acting, videography, music, history, visual art and more.
It really went with ODAC’s new tagline, displayed on the banner in many of the features: Educate, Advocate, Celebrate, All art forms. Congratulations ODAC and everyone else, you did exactly that on Saturday. The day’s events will be available to be re-watched shortly, I will let you know the link when it’s available.
Speaking of ODAC, it has partnered with Orillia Museum of Art and History and the City of Orillia Community Services Department for the annual Orillia Regional Arts and Heritage Awards again this year. All the nominees have been announced, and there are many, across five categories:
In Education: Stacey Schat and Doug Ironside; Otter Art Club.
In Emerging Artist: Chief Lady Bird; Marta Solek; MJ Pollak; Norman Robert Catchpole.
In Events: The Essential Concert Series; Kevin Jon Gangloff and Roots North Revisited and Orillia Youth Centre events; Dick Johnston and the Take a Vet to Dinner event.
In Heritage: Carolyn Leclair and Elite Printing: Sarah Pickard and the Sawbones Society; Marcel Rousseau; Ron and Ann Harrison; and David Town.
Qennefer Browne Award: Rusty Draper; Molly Farquharson; Roy Menagh; Phil Jackman; Gaia Orion; Will McGarvey.
Among such a wealth of talented people, who will the lucky recipients be? Find out at the virtual awards night on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. on the Orillia Museum of Art and History’s YouTube channel, here.
Congratulations to all the nominees, we really have an arts and heritage sector to be proud of, in this small town.
There are actually quite a few events coming up, both virtual and in-person, as we all learn to navigate these strange pandemic times in a safe and responsible manner.
Of course, Halloween is this weekend, and the good news is, trick or treating isn’t cancelled, according to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. The unit does advise however, to include a face mask in your costume, stay six-feet apart, only trick or treat outside and with members of your own household, and perhaps use tongs to hand out candy. So, stay safe if you are going that route.
Alternatively, you may have pre-registered for the Trunk or Treat event at ODAS Park, or are thinking of going to the Quarentine-O-Ween event at It Happens Tech Repair. Trunk or Treat is full up, but the later event is going on Oct. 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. at 1-222 James St. W. where you can pop by for a safe Halloween treat.
Or maybe you are opting to have a safe event at home with members of your household. If you are staying home, you can have an amazing soundtrack to your night with the Dylan Lock Halloween Driveway Concert, Live on Facebook, starting Oct. 31 at 5:30 p.m. at Dylan Lock’s Facebook page, here. So far this year, the driveway concert series has raised over $55,000 for local charities. Check out this event and have a rock ‘n’ roll Halloween.
Another option is to check out the drive-in movie at Orillia Square Mall on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. The movie is the family-friendly Gnomeo and Juliet and cost is $20 a carload, with proceeds going to Building Hope. There are also giveaway goodie bags to the first 50 cars! To register your car, please contact the mall administration office at 705-325-2366.
And Jakob Pearce is playing at Fionn MacCool’s in Orillia on Oct. 31 starting at 8 p.m. They have a heated patio! Enjoy!
Coming up, OMAH is hosting a plein air watercolour workshop with local artist Julianna Hawke. It’s happening Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the beautiful Stephen Leacock Museum. For more details and to register, go here.
I don’t usually mention activities outside of the Orillia area, but this new virtual world does change things up a bit, and there is a virtual event nearby that I want to tell you about. The Culture Alliance of Georgian Bay, which encompasses Beausoleil First Nation, Midland, Penetang, and Tiny and Tay townships, is putting on a huge virtual cultural conference, starting on Nov. 3 and running throughout the month.
Your $25 ticket gives you access to all eight sessions and the breakout discussions and the speakers are amazing, including keynote speaker Katherine Nicholls. Katherine is a New York-based business exec who is chair of the New York State Council on the Arts.
The theme of the conference is Obstacles and Opportunities, and there have been plenty of both and will continue to be, for the cultural sector. If you are involved in the cultural world and community in any way, I urge you to check this out, there is a lot of good information to be found here.
On Nov. 7, the annual Kiwanis Club of Orillia auction is going online, lots more details on that next week!
Just announced, Jerry Leger will be performing live in an online fundraiser for Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie, on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. Admission will be by donation and the event celebrates Giving Tuesday, the antidote to Black Friday. Will be a fun evening of great music by this amazing Canadian musician.
Mariposa Folk Festival is having another online mini concert, this one featuring Buffy Sainte-Marie, at some point in November. We will let you know as soon as we know!
Also in November, Craig Mainprize is having a solo show, at the newly renovated Creative Nomad Studios. The opening reception will be November 12, with an artist’s talk happening November 21. We will let you know more when we know!
Speaking of Creative Nomad, membership categories are now available for purchase and tours of the building can be booked! Check out lots more information on this hotly anticipated cultural centre, through the website here.
Have a safe and careful Halloween and see you next week! If you have arts news, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday at noon.
New art hub set up in North Bay's downtown to support local artists – CTV Toronto
Northern Ontario artists now have a co-operative hub to create and sell their artwork in downtown North Bay at Gateway To The Arts.
From paintings on the wall to balloon art on display, a group of 11 northern Ontario artists put their heads together in Feb. to come up with the plan.
“There’s very limited affordable space in the city for artists to work in, said Karrie Emms, one of the group’s founders. “When you want to rent a studio, you’re looking at a hefty chunk of change.”
Emms is one of the 11 artists involved. She paints, is involved in sketch-work and also teaches during paint nights. There are studios in the lower level of the facility, as well as workshop space where the member artists can prepare their works.
“We have five rental studios downstairs,” said Emms. “We planned for COVID-19. We thought if we use the studios, that covers our bills.”
Emms and the other artist members celebrated the official opening of Gateway To The Arts at 151A Main Street on the weekend.
Balloon artist Anne Brule is part of the artisan co-op and was always fascinated with balloon art ever since she read about the world’s largest non-round balloon sculpture in the world. It depicts two soccer players challenging for a ball and is completely made of balloons.
“You can make clothes (with the balloons), you can make all sorts of different things,” said Brulé. “I made a Métis sash for Le Carnival a couple of years ago and it just really opened up so many possibilities.”
The space will also be intended to help young and upcoming artists hone in on their skills and support their talent, as well as help them with resumes and portfolios in hopes of finding a job in the arts.
“Art can be a career. It can be a job and it can support you,” said Emms. “We want to foster to young people.”
Emms said the group is always looking for new members, saying art and the passion for it are limitless.
For the next few weeks, the co-op is also featuring 11 more artists’ holiday artwork.
“There’s so much talent in the area with the ideas and creativity that people have,” Brule said.
Kamloops Art Gallery offers free virtual art workshops | iNFOnews | Thompson-Okanagan's News Source – iNFOnews
For anyone between the ages of 13 to 21 looking to pick up a new hobby they can do from home can check out a virtual art workshop offered by the Kamloops Art Gallery.
Art on 5th is a virtual art workshop series created by the Kamloops Art Gallery’s summer interns that gives participants the opportunity to learn new art forms from industry professionals, according to the art gallery’s website.
The program is hosted through a Zoom call and features a different local artist each session. Each artist will teach participants a different style of art.
All the materials needed for each workshop are available for registered participants for free at the Kamloops Art Gallery, or can be shipped with a small postage fee.
Tomorrow’s, Nov. 25, workshop will feature local artist Robin Hodgson who will do a tour of his studio before teaching painting with acrylics.
The next session Dec. 2 features local artist Katerine Lopez Escobar, who will teach participants to work with different drawing materials and how to do landscape drawing. The following workshop Dec. 9 will be lead by artist Dylan Bellamy, who will teach the art of portrait painting using acrylic.
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Ancient rock art shows prehistoric people ‘used hallucinogenic drugs’ – Yahoo Canada Sports
A swirl-like painting on the wall of a Californian cave has shown that prehistoric people were using hallucinogenic plants to create art.
New research found that the painting actually shows the flower of Datura wrightii, a plant used for its hallucinogenic properties in ceremonies.
Scientists from the University of Central Lancashire excavated the cave, and found that, as well as a painting of the plant, there were chewed materials from the hallucinogenic plant.
The research was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNaS).
Dr David Robinson, Reader in archaeology at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), said, ‘The link between hallucinogens and rock art has long been suspected, and this research shows that it was not only a source of creative inspiration for these prehistoric groups of people, but a core tenet of important rituals and community gathering.”
Datura was used in Native California as part of adolescent initiation rituals, where the root of the plant was processed into a drink for young people in the community.
Other material found at the site also suggests that the site was likely to be a communal space in which people would gather on a seasonal basis for hunting, gathering, food preparation, and eating
The researchers believe that the art played a prominent role in the daily lives of all members of the local community.
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Dr Robinson says, ‘These findings give us a far more in-depth understanding of the lives of indigenous American communities and their relationships, from late prehistoric times right up until the late 1800s.
‘Importantly, because of this research, the Tejon Indian tribe now visits the site annually to reconnect to this important ancestral place.
Dr Matthew Baker, Reader in Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde and co-author, said: ‘The combination of chemistry and archaeology in this project has truly shown the power of a multidisciplinary approach to uncover new knowledge. This was a gripping project and visiting these sites with Dave was truly memorable.”
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