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Entire community invited to take part in virtual art exhibit – SooToday

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NEWS RELEASE
ART GALLERY OF ALGOMA
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We live in an extraordinary time. There are no simple answers to explain what the future will bring. It is truly life in a present moment. How do we want this moment to be? The Art Gallery of Algoma (AGA) would like to offer a virtual exhibition and interactive community project for individuals and whole families.

Art is All Around Us
This virtual exhibition features a selection of art from the AGA’s permanent collection. It consists of paintings that represent different styles, time periods, artists, and they vary thematically.

We would like to invite you to do your interpretation of one or more paintings that speak to you. You can re-create a painting, respond to it in your own way or create your answer to a feeling that a particular painting provokes in you. To create your artwork, use any found objects in your home, yard, shed, garage such as paper, fabric, yarn, containers, boxes, cardboard, wire, branches… anything that is readily available as we are practising social distancing and that works for your creative idea. Follow your feelings, look at colours, shapes, composition of the paintings and allow yourself to be playful, imaginative and inspired.

Please send a photo of your creation to: galleryinfo@artgalleryofalgoma.com

All submissions will be added to the virtual exhibition daily. This will be a community exhibition that will be developed and will grow over two weeks, from April 16 to April 30.

All submissions will be paired with their inspirational artwork so please indicate the painting that you are responding to (your response can look very different).

Voting will start after two weeks of submissions and will be open for one week, from May 1 to May 7, 2020. We will announce a winning creation on our web page and AGA’s social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The winner will get a family membership for one year to the AGA.

As Henry Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage.” Be creative and courageous, feel inspired and take chances. We can’t wait to see what our community will create! Have fun doing it!

Please visit our website to see the exhibition and submit your creation!

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Senior art now being showcased by Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove – Goderich Signal Star

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Their online show began Monday and is set to conclude June 12.

Elementum l by Suzan Berwald.

The Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove knows seniors can create and intends to showcase that in their current exhibition.

To coincide with the province’s Seniors Week, which runs from June 1-7, the organization which oversees the art gallery within the public library in the city is running a 2020 Open Online Seniors Competition and Show. It began Monday, is set to conclude June 12, and, similar to other shows they have done during the COVID-19 pandemic, will see the variety of work ranging from paintings to drawings to 3D pieces and photographs posted on their websites and individually on social media feeds across Facebook and even through Instagram as well.

“We do have quite a few local people,” gallery manager Rebecca New said. “The show has always been Alberta-wide and we will have a judge who will score the pieces before we announce results Saturday in a Zoom call. People will see with this how talented local artists are and how accessible local art is. We hope that people will choose local art for their homes and it is an excellent level of work that we are seeing.”

New and the Allied Arts Council’s peers at the Multicultural Heritage Centre in Stony Plain have been running a version of digital shows during this time as well. They are debating whether to continue on with online offerings as seriously as they have now once they reopen and, for New, in the wake of this show and others they are doing, that is something the Spruce Grove Art Gallery will end up debating, too.

“I think having a digital presence is something that this will eventually shift to,” she said. “Whether or not we still have digital entries to contests, we are not sure how we will proceed with that. We are talking through a lot of options for the future that lies ahead of us.”

More information about the current show and future events can be found on the council’s website.

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Kids can make art to brighten Red Deer seniors’ lodges – Red Deer Advocate

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The Red Deer Public Library is calling on young artists to help brighten seniors’ lodges.

The library is calling for “mini-artists” to drop off their paper creations — whether it’s flowers, drawings, letters or cards — into bins outside two participating Red Deer seniors’ lodges this week.

They are Timberstone Mews (42 Timberstone Way) and Harmony Care (200 Inglewood Dr.).

Staff from the lodges will “proudly display the creations,” bringing joy to residents and staff.

They are also planning to make some social media posts featuring art that is on display at the lodges.

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A virtual Art in the Garden festival is happening on the North Shore this weekend – North Shore News

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The North Shore’s annual Art in the Garden event is gearing up to go digital this weekend.

The event has been re-imagined as a livestreamed art and music demonstration this Saturday and Sunday evening, while encouraging community members to share pictures of their own green spaces online.

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Last month, North Van Arts made the decision to suspend the 21st annual Art in the Garden festival due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of practising physical distancing during an event which melds visual arts with some of the North Shore’s most extraordinary gardens.

The decision was made to offer an online version of Art in the Garden in order to keep the spirt of the long-running festival intact, according to Nancy Cottingham Powell, executive director of North Van Arts.

“Art in the Garden is the longest running North Shore garden tour and we didn’t want to just cancel this event that inspires gardeners, artists and nature lovers,” stated Powell, in a press release.

As part of its new online event, for the month of May the arts and culture organization reached out to visual artists and musicians who had participated in past festivals and asked them to create short videos outlining their work, inspiration and methodology.

The six artist videos were released weekly on North Van Arts’ social media channels and website.

This weekend, local painters Nicola Morgan and Pierre Leichner are set to take over the organization’s Instagram account as they livestream the creation of original artwork over live music performed by North Shore musicians Ava Maria Safai and Paul Silveria.

Viewers can tune in on May 30 and 31 at 7 p.m. each night.

North Van Arts is also encouraging people on the North Shore to comment and share pictures of their gardens and green spaces this weekend, as well as their own nature-inspired art, by using the hashtag #ArtintheGarden.

“These extraordinary times have forced us to look at how we connect with our community. Art in the Garden Online is an opportunity for us to support our members and local artists in a unique way,” stated Powell.

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