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The landlords had offered to waive some of the rent to support William Clark Studios’ application for federal assistance, Chiang said, although it seems the studio may not qualify for that program. The landlord also offered to defer half the rent until “an undetermined time,” Chiang said, but did not get a response from William Clark.

“We understand small businesses are having a tough time during the pandemic and we are trying to help out as much as we can,” Chiang said. “Now I’m finding out they’ve told their tenants over the weekend that they’re getting kicked out. It’s weird, I don’t know.”

The city is also stepping in to see if there’s anything they can do to help save William Clark.

Alix Sales, Vancouver’s head of cultural spaces and infrastructure, said Wednesday her team has been working to track down both the landlords and William Clark management since learning Monday about the “brutal” closure.

“It’s such a big blow, it’s such a critical space,” Sales said.

Sales and her colleague, cultural planner Kristen Lambertson, agreed some of the details and questions surrounding the William Clark closure make it an unusual one.

But, Lambertson pointed out: “We’re also in a very unusual time.”

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Ucluelet artists launch pop-up art exhibition – Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News – Westerly News



A collaboration between two Ucluelet artists has launched a unique opportunity for locals and visitors to tour through the town’s creative talents.

Carly Butler and Nelly Heyduck have cut the ribbon on a new, two-month, pop up art exhibition entitled Heyduck & Butler. The vibrant experience opened on July 1 and will run until August 31 at a space the artist’s have rented inside Ucluelet’s Whiskey Landing building. Along with Butler and Heyduck’s own work, the exhibition includes contributions from Lydia Karpenko, Karla Strickland, Hjalmer Wenstob and Jens Heyduck.

A sampling of the show can be found on Instagram:@heyduckandbutler.

Butler told the Westerly News that she hopes people will check out the exhibition and experience the strength of Ucluelet’s local art scene.

“One of the reasons for doing this is that we haven’t had the opportunity to even talk with people about our art work, it’s been a very isolating time,” she said, adding she plans to be making work within the space on a tabletop letterpress and is happy to show anyone interested how it works.

“It’s lovely to get out and actually talk to the public about our work. You don’t have to come and buy, you can come and look and chat and learn more.”

The pop up exhibition was launched, in part, to help showcase artists who have watched their exhibition opportunities obliterated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There has been the loss of exhibitions and resulting sales, which cannot be completely replaced online. Many people need to see work in person before deciding whether they want to live with it, particularly if they’re paying a substantial amount for a piece,” Butler said. “And then, of course, there’s the closing of galleries themselves, as we’ve seen here in Ukee. Museum shows have been cancelled, and that means artists aren’t receiving the exhibition fees they would normally be paid.”

Along with events and exhibitions being cancelled, artist residencies and grants have also disappeared.

“It’s tough and unusual times, but we’re trying to make the best of the opportunities that come our way,” Butler said.

She added that, along with diminished opportunities, some artists have struggled to make work in isolation as they tried to process the pandemic’s toll and faced doubts around where their work would be shown, whether it could be sold and how to create relevant work in a fast-changing world.

“I think, for a lot of us, we stopped making work because it’s very hard when you feel like the world is going through such a huge crisis. You really have to adjust what you’re doing, especially if your art work is reflective of the world around you,” she said. “We got a little bit paralyzed for a month or so there and, I think, that’s also why this exhibition is nice because it’s kind of like exhaling and trying to, not pretend things are normal, but establish some sort of normality. If other exhibitions and opportunities are closing, what are the ones we can create for ourselves?”

Butler and Heyduck also helped launch the Ucluelet Artists Collective and received funding from the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust to launch a website showcasing local artists at

“The idea behind the website was just to help promote and support each other as artists in the community,” Butler said, adding the site currently features a community of roughly 24 artists and continues to grow.

“It felt important, in these times in particular, to do something to help local artists promote their work online. I hope people will look at the site and be pleasantly surprised at how much incredible talent there is in our small community.”

She added Ucluelet provides an inspiring and spacious landscape for artists to explore their work, but with few opportunities for local exhibitions, many residents might not be aware of just how robust the local art scene is.

“Ucluelet can be a great place to make art and be inspired by nature, our local geography, and history, and it can also be rewarding to be removed from the hustle of the larger art scene that exists in urban centres as it can give you more space, figuratively and literally, to develop your own art practice,” she said. “On the flip side, being an artist in Ucluelet can sometimes feel lonely and with less opportunities for exhibition and promotion and it’s this we’re trying to address with both the Ucluelet Artist Collective and this pop up exhibition…It’s exciting to see what a lot of artists are doing in the community, sometimes behind closed doors.”

She added her own most recent art show, prior to the pandemic, was in China.

“There’s artwork based on Ucluelet currently in China, but I haven’t had the opportunity to show that work in my own backyard, so that’s exciting.”

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New York City Slashes Art Budget, Matthew Wong’s Market Ascends, and More: Morning Links from July 2, 2020 – ARTnews



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In an attempt to help close a budget gap, New York City arts spending has been slashed by 11 percent. [The New York Times]

Could Matthew Wong be a new market sensation? A painting by the artist, who died last year at 35, sold for at auction earlier this week for $1.5 million, over 15 times its pre-sale estimate. [Bloomberg]

A $1.7 million Camille Pissarro painting is at the center of a pending restitution lawsuit that would involve an American collector and France. [The Art Newspaper]

Led by works by Ruth Asawa and Robert Ryman, a Sotheby’s contemporary art day sale on Tuesday netted $51.5 million. [Art Market Monitor]

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Artists in the Philippines are passionately fighting against an anti-terrorism bill that they say is being used to target them and their work. [South China Morning Post]

Could a new arts center in Provincetown, Massachusetts help revitalize that city’s art scene? [The New York Times]

At their art lab in Chicago, artists Bob Faust and Nick Cave have invited their friends and colleagues to help address systemic racism via public art. [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]

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Andrea K. Scott addresses the removal of a controversial Theodore Roosevelt monument in New York, writing, “At a moment when the world’s museums are being called out for ingrained and unexamined inequalities, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the few to take decisive action.” [The New Yorker]

Daniel Birnbaum remembers the late, legendary curator Germano Celant, writing, “He did have power. Power over institutions and media, and over the success of generations of artists.” [Artforum]

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Opinion | Art gallery opens at new location in Orillia –



Shops are becoming more accessible in the arts district, along Peter St. S.

The biggest event is the opening of the new Hibernation Arts, which has moved from 7 Peter St. S. to 17 Peter St. S., where Art & Home used to be.

This is welcome news. The following artists are helping to open the new gallery: Molly Farquharson, Cheryl Sartor, Barbara Schmidt, Catherine Cadieux, Gayle Schofield, Patti Agapi, Tammy Henry, Marie Jose van de Langerijt, with the group show “Covid Creations.”

The guest artist is MJ Pollak. There will also be a continuous showing of works by members of the Orillia Fine Arts Association (OFAA), with shows to change on a monthly basis. Expect to see new works.

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Most of the OFAA wall exhibitions are up and the official opening will be on July 8. At Peter St. Fine Arts, 23 Peter St., the guest artist for July is Judy Sugg. Judy was the owner of the Coach House Gallery which closed last year.

Also at PSFA, you can see works by Xavier Fernandes, Rob Henderson, Alex Henderson, Karen Gattie Popp, Brian Tosh, Lyndell Oldfield, Kristine Drummond, and others.

While on Peter St., visit the other galleries and shops such as Three Crows Speak and Patti Agapi at 9 Peter St. S., Shadowbox at 15 Peter St. S., and Tiffin’s at 22 B Peter St. S. (in the lane beside OMAH).

Also, OMAH is showing the 6-inch x5-inch squares donated by the local artists as a fundraiser. They have 15 on display at a time and they sell for $15 each, with all monies going to OMAH.

Venues ask patrons to remember the COVID-19 safety precautions and keep your distance.

Some galleries and shops have restrictions on the number of people allowed in at one time. Most have hand sanitizer available, and masks are optional. Your local artists look forward to your support.

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