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The Jansen Art Center will be back in full swing starting September 1 with a complete Fall program including a new exhibit open for the public to enjoy, an array of performances and classes available for all and new fun and creative workshops.

Fall art workshops being offered at the J will include textiles, jewelry making, ceramics, performing arts and painting, with classes available for all ages. “Every single person is creative in their own way, and we have a class for any way you want to express that creativity. It’s so great to be able to offer that again and fill our building with learning and art after such a long time,” said the J’s Marketing Specialist Mary Fitzgerald.

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A popular draw to the Jansen Art Center are their ceramics workshops, including a six week Kurinuki class where students will learn the traditional Japanese form of handbuilding, a process where solid blocks of clay are hollowed out to obtain interior space. A perfect workshop for students who love texture, clay, and raw natural forms.

In a youth painting class offered to students ages 10 to 15, Bioluminescent Underwater Life, students will create an acrylic painting using various colors and glow in the dark paint while learning and discussing underwater sealife. Other youth program classes include Creative Clay, It’s Showtime, Keyboard Game for Preschoolers and more.

Lindsey Gerhard, arts director at the J, said, “I’m amazed at all of the things a person can learn at the Jansen Art Center. From intro classes to deep technical dives, private music lessons to group performances, there is a place for you at the J no matter where you are on your artistic path or how developed your skills are.”

The Jansen Art Center will also be hosting an array performances from Bellingham Celtic music duo Schmid & Guest, local Bellingham acoustic Irish band Gallowglass and Noel Ensemble for Christmas festivities. Karen Visser, Music Studio and Performance Coordinator said, “I am so thrilled that we are finally seeing live music back in our community and our world! After a long pause, having performers and audiences once again reunited in our beautiful Chamber Hall makes all of us very happy.” Tickets are available on the J’s website for all performances.

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In addition to performances and art workshops, the J will be displaying two solo artists’ work in the Fall Solo Exhibits, Antonio Gonzalez and Susan Bennerstrom. Antonio Gonzalez is an artist with Chicano and American background and his work is greatly influenced by the people and agricultural area of Lower Yakima Valley and his connection to his culture and heritage. His artwork consists of bright bold paintings depicting farm workers, the harvest, cultural and iconic images. Susan Bennerstrom has had a passion for the exploration and depiction of light since the early 1980s and uses light and shadows in her paintings to carry the emotional weight and imply the narrative.

Along with the Solo Exhibits, the third solo show in the Chamber Gallery will be a Showcase Exhibit from the Whatcom Artists Studio Tour, a county-wide event where artists open up their home studios for tours to the public. Each year the J has a selection of the work on display as a part of the full tour. And last but not least, the Fall Juried Exhibit will be on display open to the public featuring work from multiple artists in Whatcom County and the surrounding region.

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The Jansen Art Center is excited to fully open their doors and connect with the community again through the various exciting programs they have to offer in the fall. Lindsey Gerhard said, “From the start of COVID, our staff and board has been fully committed to making decisions and putting protocols in place that keep our community safe. After a year without in-person programming, we’re so happy to be able to swing open the doors to our studios again and welcome in a full lineup of over 75 Fall programs. We’re confident the art center will continue to be a safe, welcoming place for folks this fall.”

To register for fall workshops or buy tickets for performances, simply visit the Jansen Art Center website or call (360) 354-3600.

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VIDEO: West Fine Art Show in-person exhibition and fundraiser draws carefully distanced crowds – Aldergrove Star – Aldergrove Star

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Nineteen artists took part in the West Fine Arts fall exhibition and fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society at the Glass House Estate Winery in Aldergrove held from Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)Nineteen artists took part in the West Fine Arts fall exhibition and fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society at the Glass House Estate Winery in Aldergrove held from Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
As he worked on one painting, Richard Brodeur positioned another for visitors to view at the West Fine Arts fall exhibition and fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society at the Glass House Estate Winery in Aldergrove held from Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)As he worked on one painting, Richard Brodeur positioned another for visitors to view at the West Fine Arts fall exhibition and fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society at the Glass House Estate Winery in Aldergrove held from Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
There was a good turnout at the West Fine Arts fall exhibition and fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society at the Glass House Estate Winery in Aldergrove from Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)There was a good turnout at the West Fine Arts fall exhibition and fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society at the Glass House Estate Winery in Aldergrove from Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Organizer and artist Brian Croft reported a good turnout at the West Fine Arts fall exhibition and fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society at the Glass House Estate Winery in Aldergrove from Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)Organizer and artist Brian Croft reported a good turnout at the West Fine Arts fall exhibition and fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society at the Glass House Estate Winery in Aldergrove from Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Nineteen artists took part in the West Fine Arts fall exhibition and fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society at the Glass House Estate Winery in Aldergrove from Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)Nineteen artists took part in the West Fine Arts fall exhibition and fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society at the Glass House Estate Winery in Aldergrove from Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

A return to a carefully monitored in-person event by the West Fine Art Show and charitable fundraiser at the Glass House Estate Winery in Aldergrove drew a good turnout, organizer and co-founder, historical landscape painter Brian Croft, said.

“A lot of people buying, a lot of paintings coming off the walls,” is how Croft summarized the three day event that wrapped up Sunday, Sept. 19.

“Sales were good.”

Social distancing and other COVID precautions were being followed, with numbers carefully monitored, Croft told the Langley Advance Times.

Social distancing was maintained at the West Fine Arts fall exhibition and fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society at the Glass House Estate Winery in Aldergrove held from Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Social distancing was maintained at the West Fine Arts fall exhibition and fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society at the Glass House Estate Winery in Aldergrove held from Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

“We watch it very closely,” Croft remarked, but they were only forced to delay admission to keep numbers within limits once.

“Just for a few minutes.”

Today, Sunday, was the last day of the exhibition at Glass House, 23449 0 Ave, open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artists include Croft, Brent Cooke, Jodie Blaney, John Ferrie, Richard Brodeur, Emily Lozeron, Lorn Curry, Joyce Trygg, Jim Pescott, Ken Nash, Graham McKenzie, Felicity Holmes, Serge Dube, Alison Philpott, Drew Keilback, Judy Vanderveen, Catherine Traynor, Victor Gligor, Patricia Falck and Lizete Dureault.

Music was also provided throughout the weekend by Langley guitarist John Gilliat.

READ ALSO: Artists come together again to benefit Langley hospice

Partial proceeds from the fall event will go to support Langley Hospice Society.

Admission is free, but donations to the charity are welcome.

Last year alone, the September show raised more than $10,000 for the charity, bringing the contributions to date to more than $70,000 for hospice.

One show in early spring (which had to be held virtually this year for the first time) raises money for the Langley School District Foundation, as well as a show held in the mid to later part of May in conjunction with the Cloverdale Rodeo (which was cancelled this year) and typically benefits the CHILD Foundation.

READ ALSO: The West Fine Art Show shifts to an online-only event amid tighter health orders

More photos from the event can be viewed online.

More information about the artists can be found online at www.westart.ca.


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Public art installation in Owen Sound about hope, healing and more – Owen Sound Sun Times

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When Metis artist Tracey-May Chambers began her #hopeandhealingcanada installations earlier this year, her main goal was about reconnecting as Canada and Ontario began to reopen from the pandemic.

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Since then her installations have remained symbols of connectivity, but have also become about creating a dialogue about the difficult subjects of past and present racial discrimination against Indigenous people.

“I sort of lost direction and I wasn’t sure which direction to go after COVID because it was such a weird time for creating. I am a sculptor most of the time but would prefer to do installations because I like to be outside,” the Hamilton artists said Saturday outside the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound where she was installing her latest work. “I was just trying to figure out how to illustrate connection in a tangible way and this is what I came up with.”

But as her works evolved and became more intricate and more complicated, the discussion around the installations also became much more complex, particularly after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves of children at former residential schools in the spring and early summer.

“It became something else entirely and questioning whether there was actually any connection between First Nations communities – being Indigenous, Metis and Inuit — or have we always been completely separate,” said Chambers. “I began talking to people about it, which is great. No one knows what to do. No one knows how to move forward from this.”

While the project is about hope and healing Canada, Chambers said the installations have given her the opportunity to specifically talk about the decolonization of Indigenous people with those who may not otherwise have that discussion.

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“Most settlers don’t talk about decolonization because it has always been their life, so they don’t see it. They feel things don’t need to change because everything is OK to them, but clearly it is not,” said Chambers. “Being in the space is an act of decolonization and literally that is what it comes down to for me.”

Chambers installs her works, both indoors and outdoors, sometimes lasting a day and other times up to six months. The installation just west of the Tom Thomson gallery along 2nd Avenue West is to be in place until Oct. 1, and taken down following the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30.

Metis artist Tracey-Mae Chambers, from Hamilton, installs her #hopeandhealingcanada project in the parkette just to the west of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Chambers uses red yarn to symbolize connectivity – between each other, ourselves and our communities, and our environment. Chambers is installing works across Canada, each one intended as an act of decolonization, inspiring people to connect, offering the hope that people can find healing and the path towards deeper understanding. The Owen Sound installation will run until Oct. 1.
Metis artist Tracey-Mae Chambers, from Hamilton, installs her #hopeandhealingcanada project in the parkette just to the west of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Chambers uses red yarn to symbolize connectivity – between each other, ourselves and our communities, and our environment. Chambers is installing works across Canada, each one intended as an act of decolonization, inspiring people to connect, offering the hope that people can find healing and the path towards deeper understanding. The Owen Sound installation will run until Oct. 1. Photo by Rob Gowan The Sun Times

The red yarn that Chambers has used in her pieces, “representing danger and power, but also courage and love,” will be reused again and again as she travels the country constructing the installation. She has plans to do 69 of the works in total.

“It will be used somewhere else across Canada and it will look totally different from this, and that is an act of decolonization because capitalism is a part of colonization,” Chambers said. “Really most people would throw it away and get a new one because it is easier. It made me realize reusing this is an act of decolonization by saying no to capitalism and saying no to that throw-away society, which is not an Indigenous world view.”

Chambers said that while she is sparking some conversations about difficult subjects, much more has to be done.

“I still see this sort of backlash against something like Every Child Matters. How could I feel it is getting anywhere if that organization isn’t getting anywhere,” Chambers said. “But at least I am getting these tiny conversations that are part of a bigger conversation, and that is the best that I can do.

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“The hope is there that the conversations will be there. It is just that some days are harder than others.”

Tom Thomson Art Gallery Curator of Public Projects and Education Heather McLeese said they are doing what they can to break down all barriers, both real and perceived, at the local gallery.

“Public art is a big focus for us, and projects that are talking about decolonization and truth and reconciliation, are not easy conversations at all, but they are necessary,” said McLeese. “That is what we should be doing here at the gallery and the city has been extremely supportive of this whole project.”

More details about Chambers’ installations can be found at https://www.traceymae.com/hopeandhealingcanada.html

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On the Avenue Art Gallery puts spotlight on northern artists during provincial art fair – Prince Albert Daily Herald

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Prince Albert gallery is one of 17 from across the province hosting online and in-person exhibits

Prince Albert’s On the Avenue Art Gallery is one of two new additions to the annual Art Now provincial fine art fair, and curator Jesse Campbell says it’s a great opportunity to showcase northern artists.

On the Avenue is one of 17 galleries showing exhibits during the annual art fair, which runs online until Sept. 26. Residents can also visit the gallery in person from Sept. 24-25 to see 38 pieces from 10 different artists, and go online to view panel discussions and artist talks hosted from around the province.

“It’s really exciting because it’s a great opportunity to work with a huge variety of artists and curators and writers and arts professionals,” Campbell said. “(It’s) not only (artists) from Saskatchewan, but arts professionals who have roots in Saskatchewan, but live further afield. There is a lot of opportunity to, I think, create some interesting experiences with art and look at a variety of topics in art being made on the prairies.”

Galleries across the province will showcase a wide variety of artists, but On the Avenue chose to focus on work from members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band.

Campbell said art education takes a different form in the north, where families and communities pass techniques down to younger generations instead of universities or art schools. That’s created a unique artistic tradition that’s rarely showcased on the provincial stage.

“I think it really shows the way that a lot of people have lived traditionally in northern Saskatchewan,” Campbell explained. “There’s a lot of work that’s quite descriptive and narrative. It’s not terribly abstract, but you still do get distinct feelings and moods that come across in the work.”

The variety is what stood out most for Campbell. The exhibit showcases everything from paintings and sculptures to traditional Indigenous art forms like birch bark biting. A lot of the materials are traditional too, which exhibitors taking advantage of wood and antlers to create their pieces.

“It’s a really good look into what artists are doing north of us here in PA,” Campbell said. “I hope (viewers) get a little bit of an understanding of what artists in the north are focusing on, the kinds of materials they’re using, and how there’s a lot of tradition being passed down through the artwork.”

Art Now held their opening online reception on Sept. 16, where viewers got a glimpse of the more than 600 works of art on display across the province. In just three days, more than 3,000 visitors have logged on to view the exhibits.

Campbell also helped organize a series of artist talks and panels, which will continue throughout the week. That includes an artist talk with Molly R. Ratt on Sept. 21, which is presented by On the Avenue Art Gallery. Replays of previous talks are available on the SaskGalleries YouTube page.

In-person events are limited to only two days. Campbell said that’s an unfortunate side-effect of COVID-19, but she’s confident the online exhibits will impress art lovers from across the province.

To register for upcoming panels and artist talks, or to view those held previously, visit artnow.ca/online/events.

This is Art Now’s sixth year of operation. It celebrates the variety and quality of original fine art made in Saskatchewan. All shows are free to attend or view.

Upcoming online events for the Art Now Saskatchewan Art Fair

Sunday, Sept. 19

1 p.m. – Panel Session No. 4: Culture C(l)ash: can Indigenous artists make a living without selling out

Tuesday, Sept. 21

1:30 p.m. – Artist Talk: Sandra Knoss

4:30 p.m. – Artist Talk: Molly R. Ratt*

7 p.m. – Panel Session No. 5: Art as Life – the Creative Process

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Noon – Artist Talk: Edie Marshall

3 p.m. – Artist Talk: Shelley Hosaluk

Thursday, Sept. 23

1:30 p.m. – Artist Talk: Maia Stark

3 p.m. – Artist Talk: Michaela Hoppe

Sunday, Sept. 26

Noon – Artist Talk: Dave Gejdos

1:30 p.m. – Artist Talk: Arlette Seib

*Presented by On the Avenue Art Gallery

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