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Jets show with dominant win vs. Flames they’ve mastered art of the rebound –



WINNIPEG — This is the Winnipeg Jets’ calling card.

To put it in the simplest terms possible, it’s how they roll.

Go ahead and call it the art of the rebound.

There’s a maturity within this group, a genuine belief they are never out of the game no matter what the scoreboard displays and a willingness to do whatever it takes to minimize the valleys during this gruelling and compressed 56-game season.

Sure, the Jets missed an opportunity to tie a season-high with four consecutive victories Saturday night, but they weren’t about to allow the Calgary Flames to beat them in consecutive games.

There was too much at stake and the Jets had a reputation to uphold.

They’ve only lost consecutive games in regulation once this season and had no interest in seeing that number double.

By the time the final buzzer sounded Monday night, the Jets had earned a decisive 5-1 win over the Flames in what was a downright dominant performance from the newly constructed line of Mark Scheifele (two goals, one assist) between Nikolaj Ehlers (three assists) and Kyle Connor (two assists).

“It was a bounce-back game for everyone. It was a bounce-back game for the team. That’s what we do,” said Ehlers, who is up to 36 points in 36 games this season.

“That’s kind of our playoff mentality, to bounce back after a loss, we’ve been able to do that really well this season. You don’t want to lose games, but being able to go out and play the way we played tonight after a loss shows how special this group is.”

The Jets wrapped up a season-high, seven-game road trip with a record of 4-3 as they improved to 22-11-2 and leapfrogged the Edmonton Oilers into second place in the North Division, just one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs.

What does it mean when a group has that reservoir of resilience built up when the intensity begins to ramp up and the stretch run is just around the corner?

“It’s an important strength to build over time, that you can suffer a tough one and come back,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. “I’ll go back to what I’ve alluded to earlier, they have a really strong understanding of the game. In Game 2 of this three-game series, the pressure had shifted to Calgary. They came hard, we handled it right, and then just some bad breaks around our net. They didn’t leave the game feeling the other team is better than we are, or we failed in the game. There are some adjustments we need to make, but we’re right there.

“I think that’s been pretty consistent with all our games…There is an intelligence and a maturity for that to take place. They rebound well. They’re rested, as much as you can be in what we’re going through. They’re rested and they’re smart.”

This sets up what figures to be another showdown series with the Maple Leafs that goes Wednesday and Friday in Winnipeg.

Sensing his group needed a bit of a spark at the end of a long trip, Maurice made a swap of his centreman, flip-flopping Scheifele and Pierre-Luc Dubois, who slid between captain Blake Wheeler and Paul Stastny.

Ehlers was right in the middle of the action, delivering what was a virtuoso performance.

The most impressive of the numerous highlight-reel moves was an incredible entry with speed that included Ehlers faking a drop pass, but instead passing the puck to himself and going skate to stick before taking the Flames defenceman wide and then finding Scheifele alone in the slot for a one-timer.

This was sheer brilliance from a player that continues to turn heads this season.

“I don’t think I’ve done that ever before, to be honest,” said Ehlers, asked to describe the play. “I just thought I could separate myself a little bit from that defenceman, (Scheifele) would have just been standing still with the puck, and it worked. After that, I tried to use my speed to go around him and (Scheifele) was in a great position to get a pass.”

Scheifele has been chipping in points all season long, but the goal well had been running a little dry with only two markers in his previous 16 games.

But with the sixth two-goal game of his career, Scheifele is suddenly up to 15 on the season — just one behind Ehlers and two behind Connor for the team lead.

Scheifele, who is tied for fifth in NHL scoring with 40 points, is the kind of player that can go on impressive hot streaks and he figures to have some additional bounce in his step as he gets set to go head to head with Auston Matthews and John Tavares later this week.

The Jets also got an important goal from the fourth line and it was not without controversy as it went off the skate of Nate Thompson, whose left leg was fully outstretched before the puck made contact with the extended skate blade.

Were the Jets confident the goal was going to count when it went to video review?

“You know what, you never really know,” said Ehlers. “I’m not sure what exactly the rules are. I didn’t think there was a kicking motion. He can’t get his stick on the ice so he tries to get his stick on that puck and he did that perfectly. To be honest, I had no idea what was going to happen because I don’t exactly know the rules about skate goals. All I know is that, to me, it was not a kicking motion.”

By the time Andrew Copp and Dubois rounded out the scoring, it meant each of the Jets’ four lines had a part of the offensive output — even if former’s goal came on a blended shift.

“We have a lot of guys that have been around a long time and played a lot of playoff hockey and know what it takes, so I think that’s a big part,” Jets forward Trevor Lewis said recently. “The leadership group here is good and gets the message across when it needs to be said.

“We’ve got four pretty good lines and, like I said before, everyone knows their role and no one’s complaining about whether they should be up and down the lineup or whatever it is. It’s a great group up front, for sure, we’ve got four good lines that can play against anyone so it’s a good combo there.”

The other development for the Jets is that goalie Connor Hellebuyck has found his happy zone.

Although he wasn’t giving up many, if any, soft goals, a recent stretch saw the reigning Vezina Trophy winner give up three or more markers in eight consecutive starts.

Since that time, he’s given up only five goals over the past five games and posted his first shutout of the campaign.

Somewhat quietly, Hellebuyck has raised his save percentage to .917 and lowered his goals-against average to 2.57 as he’s recorded more saves than any other goalie in the NHL.

An early power-play goal was all the Flames could manage on Monday night.

“It doesn’t really affect me a whole lot. I’m trying to pitch a perfect game no matter what. If one beats me, it doesn’t change my game plan,” said Hellebuyck. “I want to show that I’m a rock back there and anytime that I get beat, I’m going to force them to make the perfect shot or at least try to and I’m going to show my team that I’m not fazed.”

The Jets haven’t run four lines very much during Maurice’s tenure as head coach, but given the nature of the schedule, it’s been a critical element to surviving this stretch that featured 12 of the past 14 games on the road.

With one game remaining in a month that included 17 games in 30 days, the Jets have done more than just survive.

They remain right in the thick of things in the battle for top spot. With 20 games left in the regular season (including 12 on home ice), the Jets’ fate remains in their hands.

They’ve clearly established a template of how they need to play and they’ve displayed an impressive level of consistency.

“There’s a lot of things that we’ve improved on in our game over that span and I think sometimes getting on the road can be a good thing in the NHL. You try to play a simplified game, a greasy road game, so to speak,” said Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey. “We’ve made a lot of strides in the course of those games. We’re definitely happy with the improvement and how we’ve been able to handle the tough schedule.”

There was a scary moment for Flames defenceman Chris Tanev early in the first period.

Tanev was off-balance as he went back to retrieve a puck and was drilled into the end boards by Dubois.

It was a clean hit with an unfortunate result, as Tanev’s right shoulder and head went into the end boards.

But after heading down the tunnel for further evaluation, Tanev returned to the ice late in the first period and finished the game.

Given how big an impact Tanev is having during his first season with the Flames, this was an important development for a team that doesn’t have a wide margin for error during the stretch run.

The Jets are now 5-2-1 in the season series with the Flames, who are going to need to go on an incredible heater to get themselves back in this race for fourth place with the Montreal Canadiens.

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Imaginations, creativity of Mountview students on display at Cariboo Art Beat



Creative, imaginative artwork of students from Mountview Elementary School will be on public display at the gallery of Cariboo Art Beat until April 9.

“The students of Mountview elementary were all invited to participate in an art contest,” Tiffany Jorgensen said, an artist at Cariboo Art Beat.

Each class was separately judged by three professional artists at Cariboo Art Beat, Jorgensen said, based on the students’ creativity, techniques, use of space and originality.

“It was extremely difficult to select pieces from the abundance of beautiful art presented,” she said. “There is so much talent and fantastic imaginations.”

The artist of each selected piece was given formal invitations to their art show to distribute to whomever they choose, and Jorgensen said anyone is free to view the beautiful artwork throughout until April 9.

Honoured at the show were works from local artists Ryker Hagen, Annika Nilsson, Rylie Trampleasure, Angus Shoults, Izabella Telford, Isabella Buchner, Kai Pare and more.

“Come view their wonderful pieces to get a glimpse into the minds of our creative youth,” Jorgensen said.

“It’s been so fun. The kids have come in and seen their work on display with their grandparents, parents, and they’re all so excited.”

Following up on the success of the Mountview art show, Jorgensen said more elementary schools have been invited to participate.

April will feature the works of Nesika and Big Lake, followed by Marie Sharpe and Chilcotin Road next month.

Cariboo Art Beat is located at 19 First Ave., under Caribou Ski Source for Sports’ entrance on Oliver Street.

Rylie Trampleasure, Grade 2, has her work on display at Cariboo Art Beat. (Photo submitted)

Angus Shoults, Grade 4. (Photo submitted)

Angus Shoults, Grade 4. (Photo submitted)

Grade 3 student Izabella Telford. (Photo submitted)

Grade 3 student Izabella Telford. (Photo submitted)

Grade 6 student Kai Pare shows off her artwork. (Photo submitted)

Grade 6 student Kai Pare shows off her artwork. (Photo submitted)

Isabella Buchner

Isabella Buchner

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Launching the conversation on Newfoundland and Labrador art history



ST. JOHN’S, N.L. —

“Future Possible: An Art History of Newfoundland and Labrador” is a book that has been a long time coming, Mireille Eagan says.

While working at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Prince Edward Island, Eagan curated an exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of Newfoundland and Labrador joining Confederation with Canada.

“As I was researching, I noticed that there was very little that existed in terms of the art history of this province,” she said. “There wasn’t even a Wikipedia article.”

Noticing this large gap, “Future Possible” was a book that needed to exist, she said.

As the 70th anniversary approached in 2019, Eagan, now living in St. John’s and working as curator of contemporary art at The Rooms, envisioned filling that gap.

Over two summers, The Rooms held a two-part exhibition. The first looked at the visual culture and visual narratives before the province joined Confederation and the second focused on 1949 onward, Eagan said.

“At its core, it was asking, what are the stories we tell ourselves as a province? It was looking at iconic artworks, it was looking at texts that have been written about this place, and it put these works in conversation with contemporary artworks,” Eagan said.

In the foreword to the book, chief executive officer of The Rooms Anne Chafe described it as a complement to the exhibition and a project that “does not seek to be the final say. It seeks, instead, to launch the conversation.”

History and identity

One example of that conversation between the past and the present mentioned by Eagan is the work of artist Bushra Junaid, who moved to St. John’s from Montreal as a baby. The daughter of a Jamaican mother and Nigerian father, Junaid said her experience growing up in the province in the 1970s, where she always the only Black child in the room, was not like most.

“All of my formative years, my schooling and everything, took place in St. John’s,” she said. “It’s very much shaped my current preoccupation.”

Her interest in history, identity and representation led her to making “Two Pretty Girls…,” which used an archival photograph of Caribbean sugarcane workers from 1903 with text from advertisements for sugar, molasses and rum from archived copies of The Evening Telegram collaged over the women’s clothing.

In her essay “Of Saltfish and Molasses” published in “Future Possible,” she described the work as “(allowing) me to place these women and their labour within the broader historical context of the international trade in commodities that underpinned Caribbean slavery and its afterlife.”

It’s a direct connection between Newfoundland and people in the Caribbean, a historical line not often drawn through the context of the transatlantic slave trade, but one she knows personally through the stories told by her mother, Adassa, about their ancestor, Sisa, who “as a teenager, survived the horrors of the Middle Passage, enduring the voyage from West Africa to Jamaica in the hold of a slave ship (Junaid).”

A book like “Future Possible” allows people to interpret themselves and their past, present and future, Junaid says.

“I appreciate the ways in which they really worked to make it as broad and diverse as possible,” she said. “It’s also striving to tell the Indigenous history of the place, the European settler history … and then also looking for … non-Western backgrounds such as myself. It’s enriching.”

What shapes us

St. John’s writer Lisa Moore contributed an essay called “Five Specimens from Another Time” that weaves together moments from her own life, the province’s history and current realities and the art that has inspired her over the years.

“It’s really interesting to me to see all this work of people that I’ve written about in the past and whose work influenced me, even in my writing of fiction, and then newer artists,” Moore said. “I just think that the book is a total gift.”

With such a rich cultural history ready to be written, she imagines “Future Possible” is just the first of what could be many books about art in the province now that the “ice is cracked.”

“The writers that (Eagan) has chosen to write here are also really exciting critics from all over the province, talking about all kind of different periods in art history,” she said.

As time passes, the meaning of the works in the book becomes richer, she said.

Mary Pratt’s 1974 “Cod Fillets on Tin Foil” and Scott Goudie’s 1991 “Muskrat Falls,” for instance, are two images with seemingly straightforward and simple subject matter. But any viewer looking now, who is aware of the cod moratorium and the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam, would find it difficult to see and interpret these images outside of those contexts.

“Artists, writers, filmmakers … they’re keen observers of culture and the moment that we live in,” Moore said. “They present things that are intangible like the feeling of a moment, or the culmination of social, political and esthetic powers that come together at a given time and shape us.”

“Future Possible: An Art History of Newfoundland and Labrador” is available online and in stores.

Andrew Waterman reports on East Coast culture.
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Twitter: @andrewlwaterman



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Parrott Art Gallery goes virtual to help flatten the curve – The Kingston Whig-Standard



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Feeling stir crazy because of COVID and the latest lock-down? Take a virtual trip to Morocco!

On Wednesday, April 14 at 2:30 p.m., the Parrott Gallery will host Lola Reid Allin’s Armchair Traveler online presentation: “Morocco: Sea, Sand and Summit”. Allin is an accomplished photographer, pilot, writer and speaker. Travel with her through the land of dramatic contrast and hidden jewels, busy markets and medieval cities, and enjoy some virtual sun.

For more information and to register for this free online event, please visit The Armchair Traveller Morocco photography exhibit is also available to view through the Parrott Gallery website until mid-May.

Even though our gallery is currently closed to the public, our exhibitions are all available to view online. Sam Sakr’s show “The Housing Project” is certain to bring a smile to your face. His collection of mixed media artwork will take you to a playful land of fantastical creatures that inhabit imaginary, stylized cityscapes. If your spirit needs uplifting, you need to see to see this show. I hope that everyone will be able to view Sakr’s work both online and then in our gallery after the lock-down ends in May. Without a doubt, it will be worth the wait to see it again in-person when we re-open.

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Another exhibition that you can currently visit on the Parrott Gallery website is the group show “Spring Sentiments: a Reflection of Art in Isolation”. This was a collaborative effort by the 39 artists who submitted their work, our staff who put the show together in the gallery and online, and our guest curator Jessica Turner. We are thrilled that Jessica was able to transcribe her experience with this show into a final paper for her Curatorial Studies BFA degree at OCADU.

The fact that we have had to close our doors just as this show was opening is a sad reflection of the theme as the audience must now reflect on this artwork at home, in isolation. The up-side to viewing this exhibition online is that one can read the artist statements that accompany the work and get a more in depth view of the artists’ perspectives. We encourage viewers to support our artists by sending in their comments and to vote for their favourites in the show by following the appropriate link on the webpage.

When you can’t come in to our building, the Parrott Gallery will bring the artwork to you. And then when the sun and flowers come out in May, and when it is safe to return to our gallery on the third floor of the Belleville Public Library, we hope to see you all again.

For questions about our online talk, our shows, or to purchase any of the artwork please call us at 613-968-6731 x 2040 or email us at

Wendy Rayson-Kerr is the Acting Curator at the John M. Parrott Art Gallery.

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