“Joy!” the 4th Annual Greater Napanee and Area Arts Association (GNAAA) Juried Art Exhibition is taking place this year at the Window Art Gallery in Kingston.
“We’re a group of about 44 artists in the Greater Napanee area. For the first time, we’ve had the opportunity to show in the gallery in Kingston at the Window Art Gallery, and we’re quite excited about that,” said Diane Phaneuf, who coordinated the exhibition along with Margaret Brackley.
“We love Napanee, it’s a very art-friendly town, but it doesn’t really have space for a gallery show like this. We were all excited about that [being at the Kingston Art Gallery] because it’s a beautiful little spot,” she said. “It’s so cute. It’s just one room, one rather large room, but it’s very nice. And we’re all excited to be hanging there for the first time. We’ve got a very attractive show.”
The theme of the show is ‘Joy: choose it, live it, share it, paint it.’ Phaneuf explained, “It’s not that every painting in the show exudes joy. That’s part of it, but if you’re really a painter, painting is where you find your joy. Having that creative outlet, especially after what most of us have been through [with the pandemic] is joy.”
This year’s winning artists are:
First place — Joanne Chalmers for “Work as Comfort Zone.”
Second place — Tim Nimigan for “Snowy Shield Revisited.”
And tied for Third place — Susan Baylog for “Zebras at Chobe Park Botswana” and Gary Barnett for “Shield.”
Honourable mentions went to Catherine Howard, Julie Eckart, Michelle Hutchinson, and Elaine Taranu.
“We only had 18 of our artists enter this particular competition, which is a little bit low for us,” Phaneuf said, “but considering everything that has happened this year, that is pretty good. Usually, we’d have an awards reception where we give out the awards and we’d invite the media but not this time.”
Each artist entered two paintings, and they are all on display. Phaneuf explained that usually with a juried show a Juror would select what will be displayed. “This time the only thing we had the Juror do was select the prize winners, so everybody went into the show,” she said.
This year’s Juror was Janice Brown, an artist and art teacher who works with a wide range of media. Her works have been displayed in both Canada and England. She has juried art for more than 5 years, and has helped many artists, experienced and new, with their individual art exhibitions.
The GNAAA website displays Brown’s artistic statement: “I love to teach and inspire others to find their love of painting and creating artwork that fills the world with colour and beauty. Everyone goes through a lot in their lives and needs a place to let go and find themselves. I feel art is a great way of doing this. I love to help people through art.”
Art Fx #38: "Hill Street Cushion" by Jen Manuell – Huntsville Doppler
Art Fx is a year-long series on Huntsville Doppler featuring Huntsville-area visual artists.
“Hill Street Cushion” by Jen Manuell of Fish Eye Sisters is an 18” x 18” cushion with a pieced and quilted textile front, featuring hand-dyed wool and freeform stitching, with velvet on the backside and a Canadian-made feather-down insert.
“This is one of the cushions from my most recent collection, featuring over 80 different fabrics,” says Jen. ” The colours were inspired by a recent trip to Peggy’s Cove — especially the amazing lichen on the docks.”
“Hill Street Cushion” is available online at fisheyesisters.ca for $230.
About the artist
Every cut, every pin, every stitch…every step of every Fish Eye Sisters product is designed and handmade by just me, Jen Manuell.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved playing with colour and figuring out new ways of doing things.
Combining my love of textiles and dyeing wool, my truly one-of-a-kind woollen home goods are a modern twist on tradition. Woven wool flannel is my favourite material and it features in all of my recent work. I over-dye a lot of it myself so that I can inject plenty of pattern and colour and texture into every piece. These subtle variations add so much interest.
Each piece is a unique composition. There really aren’t any duplicates or copies — they’re all original, timeless, functional pieces for your home. Everything is made with care and attention to detail in my home studio just north of Huntsville.
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Penticton art exhbit explores feminism and activism – Globalnews.ca
With every brushstroke, Karla Avendaño is honouring women and the Egyptian goddess said to look over women, Hathor.
“Women matter. It’s funny that in this century we still have to be telling people that women are an important part of society but we do. We have to remind them,” said Avendaño.
“My exhibition is about empowering women and telling the world that we are here and we are an important part of society.”
In her first solo exhibition, Hathor: Goddess of Many Things, Avendaño introduces herself through bright colours and creative scenes, while also advocating for equal rights for women around the world.
“I am working on [a painting] right now and it’s called Finding My Voice,” said Avendaño.
“It’s a special piece because it’s an Afghan lady so it’s very special for me because of all the conflict that is happening in Afghanistan right now and I feel for these girls not knowing what the future is going to be.”
The artist is one of eight in residence at the Leir House Cultural Centre where she has developed her skills for the last year leading up to the exhibition.
“She brings such a fresh and unique energy and vibe to the Leir House as well so that’s really, really cool and just watching the trajectory of her art over the past year has been so wonderful to watch,” said Bethany Handfield, Penticton and District Community Arts Council administrator.
Hathor: Goddess of Many Things can be discovered Thursday to Sunday until Nov. 6 at the Leir House Cultural Centre.
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200,000-year-old handprints may be the world's oldest artwork, scientists say – CBC.ca
A group of fossilized handprints and footprints found in Tibet, dating back roughly 200,000 years, could be the earliest examples of human art. And they were made by children.
Every parent knows that children love to get their hands and feet into mud. Such seems to be the case long ago at what used to be a hot spring at Quesang, high on the Tibetan Plateau at an altitude of 4,269 metres (14,000 feet) above sea level.
A report in the journal Science Bulletin suggests these impressions were intentionally placed, not just the result of wandering in the area. The foot and hand prints fit exactly within a space, arranged close together like a mosaic. Their size indicates they were made by two children, one the size of a 7-year-old, and the other the size of a 12-year-old.
During that time, travertine, which is a type of limestone formed by hot mineral springs, formed a pasty mud which was perfect for making handprints. Later, when the hot spring dried up, the mud hardened into stone, preserving the prints over time.
The rocks have been dated to between 169,000 and 226,000 years ago. It is not known exactly who the people were that lived on the Tibetan Plateau at that time, but one possibility is the Denisovans, a branch of our early ancestors who lived in Asia and resembled modern humans. Tibetans living today still carry Denisovan genes.
Whether the imprints can be considered art or just kids playing in the mud is up for interpretation, although the authors of the paper told Live Science it may be art in the same way that parents hang scribbles from children on their refrigerators and call it art. The authors describe the medium the prints are in as intentionally altered, which they suggest could have been a kind of performance to show like, “Hey, look at me, I’ve made my handprints over these footprints.”
Or perhaps these impressions represent the human desire to leave marks behind on the landscape that say, “I was here.” It’s a tradition that continues today with graffiti on walls in back alleys and famous actors and actresses who leave impressions of their hands and feet in cement along Hollywood Boulevard.
Little did these prehistoric kids know their handiwork would be preserved for hundreds of thousands of years.
If the carefully made prints are considered art, it pushes the history of rock art back more than 100,000 years. The oldest stencil-type handprints, where a hand is placed on a wall and coloured powder is blown around it to make an outline, have been found along with other cave paintings in Sulawesi, Indonesia and El Castillo, Spain dating back between 40,000 to 45,000 years ago. This is known as parietal art because it is not meant to be moved, unlike paintings or statues that can be displayed anywhere and traded. And the oldest statues also only go back to about the same time period.
The children of ancient Tibet could be considered among the world’s first artists, or maybe they were just playing in the mud like all kids do. But the question of whether the impressions are art or not is almost moot because handprints and footprints from the deep past provide valuable scientific information.
Archeology usually deals with fragments from past cultures, such as pieces of pottery, building foundations, monuments and bones. It is up to the scientists to infer, to fill in the gaps and try to determine what the people were actually like. But handprints are the direct signature of a person.
Tourists on Hollywood Boulevard squat down to place their hands in the prints of their favourite actors to get a sense of what it might be like to shake their hand, sort of a virtual handshake. Imagine a handshake that reaches across millennia into an actual moment in time, to a couple of kids who were just messing in the mud.
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