LUNENBURG, N.S. —
More than 140 pieces of artwork by members of the Lunenburg Art Gallery Society (LAGS) are featured in the Fall Show which runs until Oct. 24 at the Lunenburg Art Gallery.
“There are some really unique pieces in the show this time and something for every taste,” says Sharon Wadsworth-Smith, gallery committee member. “We have a full range of sizes and styles from pottery to wire sculpture, wood carving, painting, and textiles. This show is much larger than the last one and we have an endless supply of art.”
This is LAGS’ second show for the season. The first show ran from July 3 to Aug. 29 and included over 100 paintings.
“We were somewhat apprehensive when we opened, not knowing if the COVID virus would make it risky to operate both for us and the public,” said Wadsworth-Smith. “We took our precautions very seriously and even had to rethink the way we let our artists bring in their works. The artists were booked appointments in timeslots over the course of two days so that we could maintain distancing. The work then sat for an additional day prior to hanging and tagging.”
Wadsworth-Smith said it was definitely a learning experience.
“We did not know what to expect for sales with our customers being limited now to the Atlantic bubble, which for any tourist-driven business in Lunenburg, is a definite drop in traffic. We were pleased by the number of sales and gratified with the warm response from the public. The comments were full of appreciation for the ability to get out safely and enjoy the beauty of the art in the gallery.”
Wadsworth-Smith said one of the things the LAGS had to learn was how to give people the opportunity to buy online from the gallery.
“That has been a pleasant surprise and worth the extra time spent by volunteers to photograph work and post it on Instagram and Facebook and keep our gallery website updated.”
LAGS is a group of artists who range from novice to accomplished professionals, who are volunteers including those who staff the gallery.
“We love what we do and appreciate the opportunity to show our best work to the public,” said Wadsworth-Smith. “On occasion, you will find one of our members painting in the gallery so our guests really do get an idea of how a work is created.”
The gallery, located on Lincoln Street, is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through to Monday. Viewing and purchasing are accessible online, with new pieces being added daily.
LAGS was founded in 1972 under the auspices of the Heritage Society, initially to provide a home and display area for a collection of paintings by the noted artist, Earl Bailly. Since then the society has evolved into an independent non-profit society with approximately 150 members.
The Art Society also produces the popular Paint Lunenburg Art Festival, which was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. LAGS’ mandate is to present fine art to the Town of Lunenburg and the surrounding area in Nova Scotia.
High end art stolen In Silver Lady Lane break-in – BayToday.ca
Not many details yet, but City Police are investigating the theft of several high-end pieces of art from a Silver Lady Lane home this morning.
Items include a 2’x3′ Jan Van Kessel painting, Limoges casket, 6″ blue/gold plate, and 6″ aventurine brush washer.
Silver Lady Lane runs off Trout Lake Road and a number of expensive and exclusive houses sit on the shores of Trout Lake.
Police are asking for the public’s help.
Jan van Kessel was a Flemish painter active in Antwerp in the mid 17th century.
Wikipedia says he was a versatile artist and he practiced in many genres including studies of insects, floral still lifes, marines, river landscapes, paradise landscapes, allegorical compositions, and scenes with animals.
Van Kessel’s works were highly prized by his contemporaries and were collected by skilled artisans, wealthy merchants, nobles, and foreign luminaries throughout Europe.
North Bay Police investigating theft of several high-end pieces of art from a Silver Lady Lane residence this morning. Items include a 2’x3′ Jan Van Kessel painting, Limoges casket, 6″ blue/gold plate, and 6″ aventurine brush washer.
Please call with any information. #5555
— North Bay Police (@NorthBayPolice) September 19, 2020
Toronto's outdoor museum for street art is a perfect activity for these pandemic times – blogTO
All murals can be explored virtually on the museum’s website, which includes info about the works and artists.
It was inspired by similar public space projects in places like The Bronx and Berlin.
One of the new initiatives from the museum is an app that you can download to your phone and use to make your way among the murals, finding out information about each piece and the artists that created it as you go.
As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, finding safe, outdoor activities in Toronto is on many people’s to-do list and this outdoor museum might just be one that’s perfectly suited to the times.
Art as reconciliation: Ymir artist hosting BC Culture Days event – Nelson Star
It took Damian John decades to realize words weren’t always the best way to connect with people.
When John was in his 20s he became woke to the problems of the world and hoped to make a change. In his 30s, having failed to make that change, he struggled with depression and anxiety.
But four years ago the now 43 year old quit his career as a massage therapist to focus on his art. That choice led to an epiphany.
“I think the dialogue that we have with words is limited. You have this understanding of words, I have an understanding of words. Sometimes they don’t match up,” he says.
“We’re really bad at telling each other what we’re feeling and we’re really bad at understanding what the other person is saying to us in general, even with people we know well. So I thought, but what about having art do that for us and being creative with how we speak to each other.”
John, a Ymir-based artist, hopes to meld words and art into a new type of conversation when he hosts a workshop for BC Culture Days on Sept. 26. Jones was the only West Kootenay artist named ambassador to the annual event, which will run Sept. 25 to Oct. 25.
His livestream is titled Exploring Reconciliation Through Creativity, in which John plans to tell the story of how colonization affected his family and people before having participants create art based on the discussion.
A member of Tl’azt’en First Nation near Prince George, John grew up with a family traumatized by the residential school system. His father attended nearby Lejac Residential School, a Catholic-run facility that operated from 1922 to 1976.
The school is partly remembered now for being the place four boys froze to death while trying to escape from in 1937.
“All of my family on that side is directly impacted by colonization, by residential school,” said John, “and that impacts us as his children, that affects nephews and generations that are coming after us. There’s a heavy, heavy impact mentally, health wise, relationally, all of these various components which would take a long time to talk to or speak to in a real strong way.”
First Nations art has always been a part of John’s life. His father brought pieces home, and John was later influenced by artists Robert Sebastian and Roy Henry Vickers.
John’s own art is vibrant, colourful and distinctly modern. In his work he’s found a place to explore his culture and voice concerns while also being in control of the outcome in a way he never felt he could in conversation.
“If I want to have a life that has any feelings of quality to it, I need to shift things,” he says. “So making things that I think are beautiful, and allowing people to engage in that space as well, felt useful.”
That’s how he hopes the people who take his workshop feel after creating their own work. John wants to inspire new ways of discourse about difficult topics despite personal differences, and he thinks art is the key.
“How do we bridge those spaces to come to a place of community and goodwill and conflict resolution?” he says. “In spite of being devastated by all the information out there I still have hope we can do things differently.”
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