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Grant will provide arts opportunities to vulnerable local women – OrilliaMatters

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ORILLIA AND DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL/TELUS FRIENDLY FUTURE FOUNDATION
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The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation has donated $10,000 to contribute towards the Orillia and District Arts Council’s (ODAC) effort in supporting vulnerable populations with a new program.

Discovering the Artist Within: Expressive Arts for Mental Health will provide virtual activities for participating women and their children in response to COVID-19.

Lynn Fisher, board chair with the Orillia and District Arts Council, comments, “ODAC is privileged to partner with the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation to deliver this new six-week arts program.

The focus is the use of art’s expressive modalities, such as journalling, sculpting, painting, to name a few. Creating art can help ease depression, anxiety, PTSD and nurture a sense of well-being that enables a person to learn techniques and coping mechanisms that lead to personal management of negative episodes.”

The grant will also fund dedicated mental health supports, through a professional therapist, in collaboration with the Colborne Street Clinic in Orillia.

“During this unprecedented public health emergency, we are especially focused on supporting our communities and enabling urgent funding where it is needed most,” said Shanan Spencer-Brown, executive director of the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation.

“Supporting the Orillia and District Arts Council is one way we are helping organizations across Canada in the fight against COVID-19. The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation commends the Orillia and District Arts Council for a nimble pivot to assist vulnerable women in their community.”

For more information about the program and the $10,000 grant, please visit orilliaartscouncil.ca, and for more information on the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, visit friendlyfuture.com.

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Open Your Art launches Take-Out Art Kits – Brunswickan

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Amidst lockdowns and lowering temperatures, it is gratifying to learn that quality recreation is still available and affordable in Fredericton. Open Your Art Fredericton has just launched a product that facilitates access to art materials, even for the greenest of novices. Handcrafted in-studio by talented ceramic instructors, Open Your Art promises you won’t be bored anymore in quarantine.

Take-out art kits have been around for a while, but now they are being produced and marketed for and by locals. Angela Black, Arts Educator and owner of Open Your Art, explains that the product is facilitating access to art expression for, “folks unable to come out to a studio for whatever reason.” She adds that the barriers imposed by Coronavirus protocols are easily overcome by creating the art takeout kits.

“We have learnt, working with many ‘vulnerable’ sectors, that attendance and access to transportation for example can be a real barrier to taking part in extracurricular activities,” said Black.

The kits come in various sizes and options for individuals, families, and teams. Open Your Art accords special privileges for “team” and “family” kits by providing live tutorials over Zoom with an instructor who will guide and inspire your first steps. 

“The kit itself is a reusable container that gets returned to the studio once your piece is finished. Everything is washed and reused as much as possible. The kit contains a range of underglazes for decorating your tumblers in line with individual or group taste as well as brushes and a manual,” Black explained. 

“This product is literally flying off the shelves,” Angela Black said. “People are buying them five at a time sometimes. We have started selling them for birthday parties as well. The kits are very popular at $25 (plus tax), so we have decided that our next few options will be a bowl, wine cup, and wait for it – dog bowls.”

If you’re wondering what to do to liven things up at your next family get together, (virtual) office retreat, or even just one random Sunday afternoon, Open your Art kits may be a good option. The instructors have become quite proficient at hosting team building events. The prospect of teaching work enhancement skills in a positive, low-key environment sounds decidedly tempting. 

Black expects the art kits to become even more popular as new options are constantly being developed to accommodate everyone. According to her, the company is all for inclusion.

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The Art of Clanny Mugabe | The Journal – Queen's Journal

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Biography

Clanny Mugabe is a second-year student in the faculty of Arts and Sciences. She’s currently majoring in English and would describe herself as heavily inspired by world mythology, speculative fiction, and character design. She primarily draws digitally, and each digital painting often has a spiritual/mythological element to it.

Ulysses

“This is a digital painting with the simple goal of portraying an ambiguous black person with a regal air, to contradict the normative stereotypes of black people that portray them in a less than dignified light. The gold is used because its associated with riches and royalty. The word Ulysses is the latinized form of the name Odysseus, who is a figure of Greek/roman mythology that was known for his nobility and intelligence.”

Celebrities as Greek Gods

Adut Akech

“Greek mythology is something that has inspired me a lot throughout my life, and the legacy of Greek/Roman mythology and ancient Greek/Roman civilization is still celebrated today. So, I felt like inserting black people into that mythology because history is very whitewashed; we are not educated on non-European civilizations often, and ancient Greece and Rome is very whitewashed in the public consciousness even though they were diverse empires whose art history and mythology have roots in the Middle East and Africa.”

Decolonized fashion

“I had always imagined what the world would look like if European colonization never happened, and I specifically wondered about what aspect of culture would be changed, specifically culture we take for granted, like fashion. This line of speculation was encouraged by Black Panther, and the costume design of the movie inspired this series and was referenced. So last year I designed several pieces of fashion mostly inspired by African fabrics, African fashion, futuristic aesthetics and film costume design.”

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Kootenay sculptor Lou Lynn wins $25,000 national art award – CBC.ca

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Lou Lynn, artist and sculptor based in the Slocan Valley of B.C.’s West Kootenay region, has won the Saidye Bronfman Award, as part of this year’s Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

The $25,000 Saidye Bronfman Award was created in 1977 by Canada’s Bronfman Family and became a Governor General’s award in 2007.

Lynn lives and runs a studio in Winlaw, a small community of 400 residents about a 40-minute drive northwest of Nelson, B.C.  

Educated in the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, the Kootenay-based artist enjoys combining glass and metals in her artwork. In 2016, she held a two-month exhibition at Nelson’s Touchstones Museum of Art and History, showcasing artworks made of bronze and glass inspired by buttons and kitchen utensils.

Using glass and bronze, Lynn also casts kitchen and home utensils that, once found in all homes, are now obscure. (Lou Lynn)

“It makes us think about our histories as makers and about the hand, mind and body working in concert to create beautiful and functional objects that enrich our world,” say Craft Council of British Columbia’s executive director Raine Mckay and artist Amy Gogarty — who jointly nominated Lynn for the award —  in a written statement Tuesday.

Lynn says the COVID-19 pandemic has posed tremendous challenges to artists.

“I slowly saw myself and then a number of my peers’ opportunities started drying up,” she said Wednesday to Chris Walker, the host of CBC’s Daybreak South. “It was a difficult time to be productive [as an artist] because this pandemic is all consuming.”

Lynn previously taught professional practices in the art industry with the Kootenay School of Arts in Nelson for 14 years.  She has delivered over 80 workshops across Canada teaching artists how to sell their works.

“Artists actually can do business and they need to do business,” she said.

Lou Lynn said she enjoys combining glass and metals in her artwork. In 2016, she held a two-month exhibition at Nelson’s Touchstones Museum of Art and History, showcasing artworks of bronze and glass inspired by buttons and kitchen utensils. (Lou Lynn)

Lynn says she hopes artists could receive more support from local communities during the pandemic.

“People are going out of the way to try and support the small businesses, and I would hope that it’s the case with artists as well,” she said.

Besides the Saidye Bronfman Award, the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts include six Artistic Achievement Awards and an Outstanding Contribution Award.

Tahltan-Tlingit master carver Dempsey Bob, based in Terrace, is one of the two B.C. recipients of the Governor General’s awards. He won the Artistic Achievement Award.

The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts were created in 1999 by then governor general Adrienne Clarkson and the Canada Council for the Arts. Each winner will receive a $25,000 prize.

Tap the link below to hear Lou Lynn’s interview on Daybreak South:

Daybreak South6:01Winlaw artist Lou Lynn is this year’s recipient of the Saidye Bronfman Award from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Winlaw artist Lou Lynn is this year’s recipient of the Saidye Bronfman Award from the Canada Council for the Arts. 6:01

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