FIN and Art Gallery of NS to showcase Atlantic Canadian filmmakers – HalifaxToday.ca
Get ready to enjoy homegrown talent, as FIN Fridays hits the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on the last Friday of every month.
Beginning January 31, 2020, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival and the gallery have partnered to focus on works by Atlantic Canadian filmmakers.
The event series – Atlantic Cinematheque – has Colin Stinson, director of marketing and visitor experience with the gallery, excited for the infusion of programming.
“We are happy to generate a more consistent partnership with FIN. This allows us to diversify our offerings, and we can look at a new medium, which is film, and bring in a new audience,” he said. “We can also enhance things for our current audience.”
“FIN knows the art of film like the back of their hands, so we are happy to be doing this with them.”
Stinson is always trying to feature local artists, and is happy they can feature local film now as well.
“We love this Atlantic Canadian content. To be able to showcase people from here or things that connect to here is important,” he said. “Our recent mission is to connect people and art together differently, and film is about the story. This element is important and helps us give museum goers and attendees something new.”
He said being able to do something of this magnitude with FIN shows how great it can be for two community and culture organizations to come together.
“Taking something like this that hasn’t been here before and doing it together shows the respect we have for each other as partners, and focuses on the work and our audience. I think it’ll be a great success,” he said. “For this gallery, community engagement, perception of what a gallery can be and more are important to how we serve our community.”
“We want to take the idea of an art gallery, flip it on its head, and serve a diverse community the way the gallery should. We are working on this in many ways, and this is one small way we can do that.”
This isn’t the first time the gallery and FIN have partnered, as the most recent September festival saw art-related screenings including films from Kenneth J. Harvey and Althea Thauberger, the latter of whom is part of an exhibition celebrating her work at the gallery now.
“The gallery and festival etched a relationship when Maudie was released, and each year we looked at ways to partner,” said Wayne Carter, executive director at FIN. “The Atlantic Cinematheque brand is something we see as a bigger picture thing, and doing this at the gallery is a great launch.
“More and more the theatrical window doesn’t last long for some Atlantic Canadian films, and if they hit streaming services, people may not even know. So when we talked to the gallery in earnest, they have the lovely new screen and projector for their room. We thought we should show films there.“
With the gallery recently opening Friday nights, and FIN’s 40th year on the cusp, Carter saw a way of opening this cinematheque theme.
“We can program this in quarters and react to things in the gallery. We can find synergies and connections with exhibits, and speak to that,” he said. “We want primarily Atlantic Canadian-based content, because it doesn’t get the exposure it should. There’s 50 years of content and films people may have missed.”
“We are looking at films like The Hanging Garden, which is huge in the Canadian canon, but they were released on DVD years ago but may not have BluRay releases or be spotlighted now. We want people to enjoy and relive these things, or see them for the first time.”
The curators of art and film will come together for FIN Fridays with the first film in the series, Perfume War, directed by Michael Melski. It charts friends Barb Stegemann and Afghanistan soldier Captain Trevor Greene. After the Taliban ends his tour violently, Greene and Stegemann try to continue his piece mission through perfume.
It screened at FIN (formerly the Atlantic Film Festival,) and garnered the Best Feature Documentary prize in 2016.
The winter schedule for FIN Fridays is now available on the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and FIN’s websites. Entry to the film is included in the cost of admission to the Gallery.
The FIN Fridays series will feature flicks by Atlantic Canadian filmmakers and films about Atlantic Canada, with shows screening in the Gallery’s Windsor Foundation. The screenings are first come, first serve.
Arts in the Garden brings a visual feast to the North Shore
Ask any creative what qualifies as art and they will tell you that art is multifaceted, spanning everything from music and performance to paintings, sculpture, sketch and – to some especially green-thumbed creatives – a meticulously curated garden.
This weekend gardens across the North Shore celebrated all things aesthetically pleasing for Arts in the Garden, a community event that fuses all facets of artistic creation by putting together visual artists, musicians and live performers in the same space.
The annual event, presented by North Van Arts, comprised 13 blooming gardens that traversed themes from ‘engaging’ – a garden with thought-provoking artwork and an active garden with bubbling ponds – to ‘connected’ – another filled with interconnected, meandering trails and musicians who sang on the on the healing power of trees.
“This natural environment lends itself so well to art. Galleries are very restrictive, you’re in a very sterile environment, but this inspires creativity, more authentic conversation,” said Garrett Andrew Chong, a photographer whose images had poked out from flourishing flower beds in a garden on West Vancouver’s Marine Drive.
For the artists participating, the event gave them the opportunity to get out of the stuffy confines of gallery and workspace, and allowed their wares to be viewed and appreciated by a wider audience.
“This is a really, really nice opportunity, this is a very different demographic to where I live, a much different crowd, and it means I can showcase all the different things that I work on,” said artist Emily Picard, an artist from the Sunshine Coast.
Like many of the artists participating, Picard’s creations complemented the space it inhabited. The eclectic nature of her work – Picard’s mediums span acrylic paint, spray paint, watercolour and marker pens – slotted in seamlessly to a garden that was anything but minimalistic.
Aptly categorised under “Ethereal” the North Vancouver garden, number 7 on the tour, had been like a scene from Alice’s Wonderland, complete with chandeliers hanging from the trees – 75 in total – birdcages protruding from flower beds and crystal dinnerware scattered large silvered tables.
Gardener Susan Bath, who has spent 27 years putting the outdoor scene together, said she hopes her mystical greenspace will inspire creativity within all who enter, and will encourage them to embrace whimsy in all its forms.
“I hope this shows that you don’t necessarily have to hire a professional, or be a professional, to create in this way. You don’t need a landscape artist, you don’t need money or a large garden, you just need time and a sense of playfulness,” she said, adding how most pieces had been gifted, bought from charity stores, or picked up from the side of the road.
While some gardens transported guests to Lewis Carroll lands, others set the scene for education. At Garden number 9, dubbed ‘Energized’, the LifeSpace Gardens hosted fellow green thumbs and offered tips and information on urban farming and vegetable growing.
At “Harmony”, garden number 4 on West Vancouver’s Whonoak Road, a fourteen year old food forest on Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) land invited guests to learn about Indigenous plants and healing.
“This is an educational space, where people can come and pick different things that they need from our community, anytime of the year,” said Senaqwila Wyss, the garden’s host, adding how the garden is open to all who want to learn.
Wyss said the event provided the opportunity for guests to learn the names of herbs and plants in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim (Squamish language), to learn of Indigenous foods themselves – like the Indigenous wild potato wapato that has been making a comeback in local soil – and to immerse themselves in Squamish culture. Within the garden, musician Rennie Nahanee had delivered song and Squamish storytelling, talking of Elders and canoe experiences.
Whether hosting Indigenous storytelling or abstract art, each garden, said Tary Majidi, artist and host of Marine Drive’s offering, should provoke some sort of response from guests. It should inspire them to create or to engage, to connect with other people more or to just appreciate the smaller, more natural, everyday things in life.
“We could all do with getting off the internet, off social media, and going back to art and going back to the natural world, enjoying nature or clay or paint,” she said.
“If there is one thing that people should take away from this event, it’s that art can heal and that should not be overlooked,” she said.
Mina Kerr-Lazenby is the North Shore News’ Indigenous and civic affairs reporter. This reporting beat is made possible by the Local Journalism Initiative.
Bigger Art in the Park returns this weekend
Last year’s event in Windsor’s Willistead Park broke attendance records. About 40,000 people came through the gate, and sales surpassed years in the past. Event Chair Allan Kidd said one vendor had to drive home for more inventory when they sold out.
More than 250 vendors from Ontario and Quebec registered for this year’s festival. Another 20 food vendors signed up, including local beer, wine, and spirits makers.
A complimentary bike valet is new this year. Those who go will find it at the Chilver Road entrance.
Kids Zone is back with four giant inflatables, face painting, and the chance to meet some of their favourite characters.
A free shuttle service will carry festival-goers to Willistead Park from 1591 Kildare Road and the Hiram Walker parking lot on Riverside Drive at Montreuil Avenue.
Admission is $8 at the gate, but guests can buy a ticket online for $7. There is no charge for children aged 12 and under.
Art in the Park has raised $1.3-million for the Rotary Club of Windsor 1918’s restoration efforts at Willistead Manor and $2-million for local and global projects.
“Much of our community doesn’t know that Art in the Park is a fundraising event. The people who attend help us raise the funds to build schools, drill wells, and deliver books, medicine and wheelchairs at home and around the world,” said Kidd.
Art in the Park on Saturday is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Masha Titova’s “The Music of Art”
available to read in its entirety here, manage to do.t’s not often that the cover of The New Yorker, traditionally a storytelling image signed by the artist, reflects what goes on behind the scenes at the magazine—but that is what the black and copper shapes designed by Masha Titova for the cover of the June 5, 2023, Music Issue,
The first step was connecting with Titova, a Russian artist who relocated to Montenegro last year, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I asked Titova to use her sense of design to orchestrate a portrayal of a variety of sounds. Titova says, “I don’t play an instrument, but I love music, especially its rhythms, which often inspire me. And when I design, I try to harmonize the various visual shapes as if they were part of a musical composition.”
Once we settled upon the image, we recorded the aural elements that make up the cover’s malleable melody. Some of our more musically adept staffers—including Nick Trautwein, a senior editor who moonlights as a saxophonist, and David Remnick, the editor, on guitar—gathered to interpret Titova’s shapes, selecting the ones they wished to play. Julia Rothchild, a managing editor, who contributed piano, viola, and voice, described the process as “an exercise in synesthesia. What sound would that square make, or those triangles? A thud, or a flutter?”
Impromptu chamber groups formed: a viola-cello duo, a vocal quintet. The musical respite in the middle of the day presented the opportunity to exercise a different kind of focus from that of closing pieces, or making fact-checking calls. The associate research director Hélène Werner, who has played the cello since she was eight years old, said, “Music set me on my way. It was the organizing principle of my childhood. . . . It demands, of those who play it and listen to it, intellectual commitment and emotional honesty. It is generous in return. There is no better teacher.” Rina Kushnir, the art director, also appreciates music for its emotive qualities, for its ability to communicate what is “not possible to express otherwise.” Liz Maynes-Aminzade, the puzzles-and-games editor, says that “drumming and writing (puzzles or otherwise) light up some of the same parts of my brain.” A unifying factor in everyone’s performance was how seriously each performer took their music. One after the other, when their turn came, they paused their casual banter, took a deep breath, played their bit, and only then rejoined the playful green-room atmosphere. It was an unplanned but perfect demonstration of all our colleagues’ marvellous dedication to all they do.
The making of a weekly magazine (or of a Web site, a radio show, a festival, any of our many undertakings) is always a concerted endeavor, but that collaboration happens behind the scenes. This multimedia project, programmed by David Kofahl, the head of the interactives department, with the help of the features editor Sam Wolson, gives a glimpse of the way the efforts of many talented individuals and departments combine to insure that The New Yorker appears on your doorstep (or in your in-box), week after week, as good as we can make it.
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