The submissions are still coming in a month after Oak Bay’s Gage Gallery arts collective launched its Challenge Crisis with Creativity project, and they’re looking for more.
The project invites the public to use art and engage their feelings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Submissions will be collected and one day a book can be created from the art.
“We have a lot to adjust to, nothing is as it used to be, and I feel we need to express what we are going through to make sense of it all, to stay well,” said Gabriella Hirt, a member of Gage Gallery.
The collective is excited to announce that there will be a physical exhibition for the Challenge Crisis with Creativity community art project once restrictions are lifted and the gallery can open again.
“This will be part of the first exhibit going up after the long closure,” Hirt said.
Gage Gallery also posts a suggested theme each week to help prompt artists.
They’ve included Social Distancing, Can’t Stop the Spring, and as of April 23, Pandemic Connection.
“We at the Gage are really looking forward to seeing what people express, how it is similar or different,” Hirt said. “We want to focus on something fun and positive that makes us all feel that we belong. This is an unprecedented time, and our unique and collective experiences are worth being shared and collected – and even archived in a book.”
Send contributions to Ashley Riddett, a University of Victoria art history and visual studies graduate student who is leading the project, at email@example.com.
“It will be a wonderful way to digest what we went through and to celebrate our community’s resilience, diversity and creativity,” Hirt said.
Theatre and film are inherently political, say art critics – CBC.ca
Dictators and autocrats on all sides of the political spectrum have always kept a close eye on what artists do and say.
Oligarchs know that art is dangerous. Art is subversive and anything that makes people think, or question, is a threat to those who wield power.
Art is political. In a discussion recorded at the Stratford Festival last year, three New York Times journalists discuss the politics of theatre — the relationship between what’s on the stage, and what’s going on in the lives and the world of the people in the audience.
“What makes theatre inherently political is that it’s an art of conversation and it’s an art of being in a room watching people talk to each other and work issues out,” says Scott Heller, theatre editor of the New York Times.
“I think that that’s why, unlike digital forms or other visual art forms, there’s something small p-political about being involved in watching theatre that leads you to think big P- politically … the art of theatre is the art of people negotiating and that immediately leads to larger ways to think about politics.”
Theatre is at its best when it can both reflect back what is happening in the world and also lead the audience to find a common ground in understanding each other and agreeing on common societal values, says Heller.
Representation in film
The history of theatre suggests that this has pretty much always been the case. The very oldest written plays we have come from ancient Greece nd those plays evoke similar experiences to a play written yesterday: we see characters much like ourselves, onstage, working out personal dilemmas and family feuds, while larger social struggles of the times loom in the background.
All of which means that we don’t always need new plays to understand the present we find ourselves in. Old plays frequently give us unnerving insights into ourselves today, and the modern society we live in. Turns out, people haven’t changed much over the millennia — and nor has human society.
The “kissing-cousin” as it were, of theatre is of course film — a similar story-and-audience relationship being played out, but with some quite profound differences.
Cara Buckley covers film for the New York Times — a medium that puts a premium on new production, and on the relevance of what people see to their own lives.
“What happens on that screen is so important for the audience in terms of how they see themselves and how they relate,” Buckley explains.
” I remember…seeing a film with Meryl Streep about the suffragettes, and I’d never seen so many women on screen doing smart political things that I was kind of taken aback.”
As a woman, Buckley says that experience speaks to the need for representation of different voices which she says is political. She adds the effect on the audience is profound when you see yourself reflected back to you by your own culture.
For both theatre and film, that question of the audience seeing themselves reflected on the stage or screen has become hugely important; in a ‘popular’ art form. The politics demands that the diversity of society needs to be represented in what we see.
“The response theatre had for many years was to try to speak to everyone at once. And that works when you have a big musical of a certain type, but otherwise it doesn’t work,” Jesse Green remarks.
The co-chief theater critic for The New York Times says theatre now is heading in a different direction, one he adds is a good thing.
“Theatre makers are understanding the power of what the other art forms have done, fractionalising and speaking to smaller groups — whether to encourage them in something they already know or whether to show them something that they thought they knew but actually didn’t.”
Guests in this episode:
Cara Buckley is a culture reporter for the New York Times who covers bias and equity issues in Hollywood. Previously, she worked as the Carpetbagger columnist, covering the campaigns and controversies of the film awards season. She has been a Metro reporter, covered the Iraq war and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for public service for reporting on workplace sexual harassment issues. Born in Dublin, she grew up in Ireland and Canada, and lives in Brooklyn.
Scott Heller is the theater editor of The New York Times. He joined The Times in 2010 from The Boston Globe, where he had served as arts editor. Mr. Heller, a Brooklyn native, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan, where he also earned an M.A. in American Studies.
Jesse Green is the co-chief theater critic for The New York Times. From 2013 to 2017 he was the theater critic for New York magazine, where he had also been a contributing editor, writing long-form features, since 2008. Articles he has written for these and many other publications have been recognized with nominations and prizes from the National Magazine Awards and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, among others.
* This episode was produced by Philip Coulter. It was recorded in 2019 in Stratford by Melissa Renaud. Special thanks to Ann Swerdfager and Antoni Cimolino.
N.B. art festival shifts gears to accommodate for physical-distancing – CTV News
SAINT JOHN —
A popular New Brunswick art festival has shifted its format this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The mandate of the gallery is to transform unused spaces, or to reimagine different spaces in the uptown and beyond, to be an outdoor gallery space,” says Abigail Smith, festival associate.
THIRD SHIFT is in its sixth year and has drawn thousands of people to the city of Saint John.
The festival is usually a one-night only event, however, this year it will run for an entire week to accommodate for physical-distancing.
“The idea is that instead of having one event that happens for a few hours for one night, that if you’re not there you miss it, the idea is with the expansion of the festival, in terms of time and in terms of space, that we’ll prevent gathering that way,” says Katie Buckley, the executive director of Third Space Gallery.
“I think it’s really kind of a staple in the summer calendar in Saint John, so we’re really happy that we’re not cancelled and we’re going ahead in a new way.”
This year’s festival will showcase a series of temporary public art installations, along with digital programming.
“It actually has opened up a lot of possibility of having artists across Canada participate because so much of it is going to be online,” says Smith.
The THIRD SHIFT Festival will take place from August 21 to 28.
Vankleek Hill Art Show and Scavenger Hunt festival to entertain for entire month of June
Artists in Vankleek Hill are banding together in the month of June to help fill in the gaps caused by the cancellation of most of the annual local festivals in the town.
The 2020 Vankleek Hill Walking Art Tour and Scavenger Hunt will take place the during the entire month of June with window displays in local businesses, Arbor Gallery and even the some of the artists’ own homes. Art lovers can start the tour at the by picking up a map located in the mailbox on the Arbor Gallery porch (at 36 Home Avenue in Vankleek Hill), view the artwork on display there, and then head out through town on the tour.
The idea first came about after the cancellation of Vankleek Hill’s annual May Show, in which local artists play a large part. That and cancellations of many local festivals this summer prompted local artists to try to fill the gap.
“We’ve lost a lot of our festivals and this is a real heartbreak for Vankleek Hill because people depend on them,” says Jill Crosby, one of the organizers of the event and whose artwork will be among the displays. “This event will allow the viewing of artwork by local artists and artwork while safely social distancing,”
Crosby and several other local artists, including Lorie Turpin, Reenie Marx and Susan Jephcott, have been busy planning displays for the event and contacting local businesses about the idea. Currently there are nine artists in total signed up and seven locations in place. Organizers hope to end up with 10-12 artists featuring displays in 10 different locations. A full list of artists and locations will be available on The Review website.
As to what each artist will decide to display – it could be anything:
“It is pretty much free form,” Crosby says. “The artists will be paired with a location and window and they will decide what they want to show.”
Participants in the tour will also have a challenge to complete in the form of a scavenger hunt. Included on the map for the tour will be questions about the displays or Vankleek Hill landmarks. This has been added as a way to keep children on the tour entertained as they can search for the answers to the questions at various locations throughout town while their parents view the artwork on display.
The idea for the Vankleek Hill Art Show and Scavenger Hunt has been received with a great deal of enthusiasm from local businesses, who have been mostly idle during the shutdown for COVID-19. The festival itself is designed to bring traffic to storefronts as businesses prepare to open up, and also help to promote the individual locations. Small business retailers in particular have responded enthusiastically to the idea.
“The stores are saying ‘bring on the artwork!’” says Crosby.
One of Vankleek Hill’s best-known artists, Susan Jephcott, will have two displays – one in the window of the Three Owls Studio Gallery in her Main Street home and a second at The Pantry. The display at Jephcott’s home will be of a stained glass depiction of the Town of Vankleek Hill, done by Dodie Dines. It is a piece that Jephcott’s absolutely loves.
“Dodie’s stained glass is very special,” said Jephcott, who acquired the original artwork several years ago and believes local residents will be thrilled by the piece. “A lot of people have not seen it and I think they should, because it is amazing.”
Jephcott will be displaying her own artwork in the window of The Pantry, including her most recent work ‘The David Bowie Spider Spirit Chair’, which she says “just came out of left field. (The chair) was painted white and just made me think of David Bowie.”
Photographer and artist Reenie Marx -who along with Crosby will be displaying in windows at Arbor Gallery – is also excited about the show.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to have family groups and friends walking around town with the chance to discover artwork hanging in windows,” Marx says, noting the tour and scavenger hunt will provide much more for those who take part than just a normal walk around town. “It gives people a kind of direction in their walking as opposed to just meandering.”
More information on the 2020 Vankleek Hill Walking Art Tour and Scavenger Hunt will be posted on The Review’s website as it becomes available. Those who wish to take the tour can do so by just going to the Arbor Gallery beginning June 1 and picking up a map from the mailbox located on the gallery’s porch at 36 Home Avenue in Vankleek Hill.
In the meantime, here is a sneak peak of the map. You can print it out at home and head out on the town, while practising physical distancing!
Source:- The Review Newspaper
Edited by Harry Miller
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