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Federal government gives $19M to Thunder Bay Art Gallery's move to waterfront –



The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is moving ahead with the construction of a new building on the city’s waterfront thanks to the federal government.

Infrastructure Canada on Thursday announced it was contributing $19.6 million to the project, which brings total funding to more than $48 million.

That means construction of the new building can move ahead, with a planned opening in 2025.

Sharon Godwin, the art gallery’s executive director, said this project to move the gallery to the waterfront is about more than just a new building.

“It’s really about the engagement of people when they’re inside the building, what they learn, connecting them with the artists and the art that we show,” she said.

The new money also gives the gallery the opportunity to make the new building net carbon neutral, Godwin said, something that will add to the total cost of construction.

“And to be totally honest. COVID has really affected the budget because … none of us will really know the cost of building materials as we move ahead. The market is so volatile right now that, you know, the budget, once we go to tender, will be closer. But we’re going to have to watch the budget very carefully, which we will do.”

The move to the waterfront has been in the works for years, and the original goal was to have the new building open in 2019 or 2020.

An artists rendering of a new waterfront Thunder Bay Art Gallery. The waterfront location would afford the gallery more visibility, and bring in more tourism dollars, says the gallery director. (Patkau Architects and Brook McIlroy)

However, the project was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a requirement to do a site study, which was triggered by a zoning change in 2017, Godwin said. That study was completed in 2020, the art gallery said in a media release.

But, she said, the art gallery is ready to move forward now.

“We’ve actually pre-qualified our contractors already,” she said. “We had done that quite a while ago, so we’re just looking at how we will actually procure because there’s different ways of doing that and because the markets are volatile, we’re investigating what might be best for the project.”

The $19.6 million announced Thursday isn’t the only federal money going into the project: the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund had earlier committed $12.6 million, and FedNor $3.5 million.

In addition, the Northern Ontario Heritage Corporation is contributing $5.7 million, the City of Thunder Bay $5.7 million, and the community has contributed $2.7 million to date.

However, Godwin said more fundraising will still need to take place.

“There are many needs within the building and then when we operate the building as well,” she said. “So I know that there are many people in the community that still want to give, and we will have a need.”

“We could have a need for more money for sure to build the building.”

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Youth get creative at summer art camp – Lakeland TODAY



ST. PAUL – A variety of mediums were used to create unique works of art during a week-long Youth Art Camp held at the St. Paul Visual Arts Centre, last week.

Pam Bohn, the art instructor for the art camp, said the camp gives youth the chance to not only do art but form friendships.  

“We also go outside to play and go to the park, and so it is also a day where they can make friends.”

The art camp included acrylic painting, watercolour painting, mixed media projects, and much more.

“While I facilitate the classes, [the children] are free to create as they please,” she said. “That allows those who like to do art that freedom to have different art mediums and try things that they may be unable to do at home.”

Bohn said the participating youths have enjoyed the art camps, adding, “They all get excited when they come and take their [art] home to show their parents.”

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The Hive celebrates three new exhibitions at Art Gallery of Burlington | inHalton –




Published August 15, 2022 at 2:41 pm

A special event celebrating three new exhibits is being hosted by the Art Gallery of Burlington.

The Hive is happening Saturday, Aug. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. This free, all-ages event incorporates the organization, cooperation and energy of a beehive into an afternoon of art, activity, learning and fun.

The Hive will feature a special workshop led by Toronto’s Clay and Paper Theatre, live arts and crafts demonstrations, a screen-printing presentation, live performance, food and drink.

The event is being held in celebration of the AGB’s three new fall exhibitions:

  • The Future of Work, an exploration into how the pandemic has affected labour markets and our quality of life
  • ਨਜਰ ਨਾ ਲੱਗੇ/Nazar na lage/Knock on wood, a vibrant and meaningful interpretation on the art of rangoli by artist Noni Kaur
  • Know your Place, an exhibit of cartoon-like clay sculpture that reveal the raw emotional experiences of the artist Sami Tsang

Known for work inspired by oral traditions, folk songs, poems and fables, Clay and Paper Theatre will charm participants and audiences with their original multi-disciplinary performance-based production. Guests who wish to participate with Clay and Paper Theatre should arrive early and be ready to create.

Visitors are invited to an interactive, screen-printing demonstration led by artist Jesse Purcell and are encouraged to bring any used clothing to be transformed into a bunting display to be hung in the gallery by the artist collective Works-in-Progress.

Arts Burlington will be opening its doors to guests with arts demonstrations and the Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild will guide guests through a natural plant-based dying demonstration, teaching attendees what they need to know to create from home.

The AGB parking lot will be free for the day. For more information, visit the AGB website.

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'Miyo Nepin' (Good Summer) art show brings together Indigenous talent – battlefordsNOW



“[Nordstrom] contacted the artists; I contacted some. Then, she [decided] how it would look,” Favel said.

“Miyo Nepin,” which means Good Summer, is the theme of the show.

“We just came out of the pandemic, [so] it’s a celebration of the freedom of movement, the freedom of the summer, and hopefully this freedom can stay in the future,” Favel said.

He noted the theme is essentially about the freedom from health concerns, with the hope that everyone can enjoy good health again.

“It’s a celebration of life and health,” Favel said.

Some of the artists featured in the exhibition include Carl Thunderblanket from Sweetgrass, Meryl McMaster from Red Pheasant, Greg Tootoosis from Poundmaker, Charity Boxell from Poundmaker, and Dana Standinghorn from Sweetgrass.

The curators focused on showing pieces from artists with a substantial body of work.

Favel is particularly impressed with the calibre of the artists’ projects in the show.

“We wanted to encourage, shed some light into this area of the talent that exists here,” he said. ”Hopefully, then, this work can keep going further, and their work can become more well-known provincially.”

Favel added the artists are creating pieces of a national and international quality

“If you go to any gallery in Montreal or Toronto, you would see this is the quality of work we have here.”

Favel hopes to keep putting the spotlight on many more of the Battlefords area’s talented Indigenous artists going forward as well.

“In the future, like in my Performance Arts Festival, we will just keep going, and keep growing, and keep developing. That’s our goal,” he said.

The Miyo Nepin exhibition that features more than 20 pieces is on now through Sept. 4 at Fort Battleford.

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