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UBCO is getting creative with its latest lecture series.

Vernon residents can learn firsthand about art and creative processes when UBCO professor David Doody presents at the Vernon Public Art Gallery Thursday, Jan. 30. As part of their ongoing program: UBCO Lecture Series, the event runs from 6 – 8 p.m.

The VPAG has partnered with the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan to provide an opportunity for the local arts community to experience a university-level lecture and speak to artists directly. During his presentation, Doody will focus on his personal practices and the idea of collaboration. He will share about The Uptown Mural Project, an urban-art initiative he started in the community of Rutland. The goal of this project was the beautification of Rutland and to encourage community involvement.

READ MORE: Uptown Rutland kicks off street art project

“Our UBCO lecture series is an opportunity for members of our community to step up their knowledge and delve deeper into how they explore art. We are pleased to be able to tap into some of the professional expertise available to us through our close proximity to the UBC Okanagan,” said Dauna Kennedy, Vernon Art Gallery executive director.

The UBCO Lecture Series is a great opportunity for the arts community to connect. It creates a welcoming and non-intimating environment for the public to learn and interact with each other and the artists. Its programs like this that support the tight-knit arts community here in Vernon, said Kennedy.

Admission is by donation.

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Once again the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum went through a creative transformation to allow the Estevan community to dive into an unpredictable and multifaceted world of arts.

On Friday night, the EAGM held a reception for Karina Bergmans, an artist from Ottawa, who brought a few pieces from her Ligaments and Ligatures collection to Estevan and who made the Gallery 2 look a bit like a fluffy, utopian anatomical theatre.

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“We communicate to our bodies, and in turn, our bodies communicate to us,” said Amber Andersen, the EAGM’s curator-director, introducing the new exhibition at the reception. “Yet, most of us will never know what our internal selves look like. We often do not think about it unless we are put into positions where we must.”

Bergmans’ exhibition pushes viewers towards thinking about the inner organs and the diseases that might be affecting them, but it does so in a very soft and gentle way. Her art pieces are made of various fabrics with wire constructions inside. They are much bigger than the real organs and thus don’t push away or scare, but rather invite to come closer and explore the details.

Bergmans came to Estevan for the reception and talked about her artist path. It started back in 2003 with the creation of big letter-shaped pillows forming words “cozy,” “warm” and “safe.”  Later, led by the desire to one day come up with work that offered a serious message, she ended up creating a collection, which is an artistic discourse about a human’s physical inner world, life challenges and health failures shared by all people.

“Our most basic concerns as human beings are communication and the body,” said Bergmans in her artist statement. “A ligature refers to the typographic concept of two letters to form a new letter (æ). Ligaments are connective tissue in the body, joining bone to bone to form a joint.

“The exhibition, Ligaments and Ligatures, connects textile organ sculptures with word association to common disease. A tension is created by the seriousness of the subject matter and the tangibility of the materials.”

Only four pieces are presented at the EAGM’s exhibition. Bergmans explained that it was Andersen who helped her decide on the items to be exhibited in Estevan.

“I was fortunate enough to be working with Amber Andersen, who curated the show. And she was the one who made the final selection of works. It was really great because she knows her space and she knows what size things can fit in there,” said Bergmans. 

Out of pieces that are currently on display at Gallery 2, Bergmans noted Lungs as the one that stands out for her.

“It was a piece that I had at (Ottawa’s) City Hall show. It was interesting to make them. It came out very organic. It’s wire, wrapping, some of the collected fabric scraps that I had and yarn… I really wanted to have it bigger than you could ever imagine a set of lungs to be, so you could really have a presence with it. And I really like the way it’s been installed, because it’s a little bit higher than someone’s head, so you have to look up to look at it. And it really has a presence in the room in that way,” said Bergmans. 

At the reception, Bergmans talked about the different projects and art pieces she created throughout the years, including an inflatable installation Airborne Allergens and some others.

Large-scale, but at the same time light and elegant lungs in a couple of interpretations, and cozy velvet heart with “attack” connected to it, along with the Bloodletting will be on display at the EAGM through March 20. Bergmans’ other work can be found online at KarinaBergmans.com.

The reception for another exhibition named Sheltered by Janet Shaw-Russell, now on display at Gallery 1 at the EAGM, was also held the same night. For more on the story see this week’s edition of Southeast Lifestyles.

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TORONTO —
Just days before Christmas, local artist Eve Crandall walked into the psychiatric unit at Mount Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto with feelings of hopelessness and thoughts of suicide clouding her mind. 

The walls of the unit’s narrow hall showcased some of her artwork filled with messages of hope and colour, but as she walked past them that December day toward her acute-care bed, she firmly believed that no one would be able to help her this time.

At 63-years-old, the Toronto woman has been in and out of Mount Sinai for years after she was diagnosed over two decades ago with Bipolar II, a disorder characterized by cycles of depressive and hypomanic episodes.

She said her recent struggles with various physical ailments, including issues with her eyesight, had taken a toll on her mental health, forcing her into a deeply depressive state, and into the hospital.

“[Depression is like] you are walking through grey Jell-O, where everything feels slow and heavy and dark, and bleak and hopeless, you’re sort of fighting your way through,” Crandall told CTV News Toronto.

“Best I can do is play games on my phone and even that wears me very quickly, there is no motivation to do art, there are no ideas, nor is there the physical energy to pull things together.”

Crandall eventually did get better earlier this month after her hospital stay, and just weeks after she returned to her High Park home, she spoke to CTV News Toronto about her healing process.

It was partially due to a weekly creative expressions group, she said, that was nestled inside a small room at the end of Mount Sinai’s psychiatric unit and spearheaded as a side-project by a spiritual councillor at the hospital.

“I don’t know about everybody else but I certainly looked forward to our weekly get-together,” Crandall said. “It’s freeing, it lets you play with colour and form, just everything, and it takes you out of this world and into the art and that’s liberating, it feels good.”

Crandall said every time she returned to the hospital over the years, she always sought out spiritual councillor Christina Dashko, who had created the art group almost 20 years ago to help psychiatric patients find some peace and joy in making stuff with their own hands.

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Crandall said the program would almost always force the gears in her mind to start thinking about the art material she had back at home, and what she could do with it. 

“It was forward thinking, and that’s really important, if you do start making plans and thinking about the future and what you could do that’s a definitely a sign of improvement,” she said.

“I stopped thinking about all that I couldn’t do and started trying to thinking about what I could do with my [physical] limitations.”

Dashko told CTV News Toronto that while most support on the psychiatric unit is talk therapy, the program offers something a little different, something more creative.

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“When someone is suffering from depression or is on this floor, any milestone is a big deal. To be able to say ‘I did something today,’ even if that something is as simple as knitting a single row, gives patients a sense of accomplishment,” Dashko said.

“I think in the greater scheme, in comparison to people doing surgery and stuff, I do very little but I think that I can offer them a space while they are here, where they are valued simply for who they are.”

The group has done everything from knitting colourful hats to creating dual portraits, which illustrate the face a person may show to the world and the one they keep inside to themselves.

She said the dual portraits sparked serious conversations last week when a patient spoke about how their interior world is sometimes filled with sadness and anger, but society, family and friends don’t want to know about that.

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“People want to assume that if you are smiling that you are fine because it’s easier,” Dashko said.

“Once you take the energy to really ask how somebody is doing there’s kind of an obligation to follow through on it and most people don’t want to invest themselves.

“Here in the inpatient psychiatry we hope that people share what is really going on inside of them.”

She said the program helps build community on the unit by encouraging people to try something new, and building a connection between the members through that shared experience.

The patients on the unit suffer from various mental health challenges, including depression, bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. About four to five of the 15 patients on the unit attend the weekly program.

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Crandall said she would sometimes come to the program just to watch others making art if the task was something she couldn’t do because of her blurry vision. She said it helped her feel less isolated.

She said she loved watching people, who have never done art before, develop passion for their project.

“I stay the whole time and just sit and enjoy the vibe,” she said. “They [the patients] get into it, they’re not thinking about what ails them, or why they are miserable, they just think about what they are doing, a very mindful way to be.”

“I feel like it connects me to them because I understand it and I experience that myself, and it gives us a connection, something in common.”

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Crandall said she didn’t care what they were doing during the group, but that she just enjoyed the fact that there was an opportunity to do something. 

“You feel like you know someone a little better when you are there, people start saying hello to each other in the hallways,” she said.

“It certainly made a difference to my mood, I just felt more connected to people, I start talking to them … not very serious conversations with people but just conversation, just connecting with each other so you are not alone.

“The feeling of isolation is very common, and if you can somehow break that feeling and reconnect with the world it brings you forward, it’s healing. I think it’s important for that.”

Crandall said she now paints at her home and at Workman Arts, a mental health and art organization in Toronto that will showcase her art in their exhibition in March.

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She said one of her favourite pieces she ever made is a portrait filled with invalidating statements. She said the piece was inspired by her annoyance of people who advise her to “think more positively.” 

“It makes me crazy, it puts pressure on people, it just dismisses what they are thinking and feeling, [but] this how I’m thinking and this is how I am feeling, maybe if you just acknowledge it, it would help.”

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UBCO is getting creative with its latest lecture series.

Vernon residents can learn firsthand about art and creative processes when UBCO professor David Doody presents at the Vernon Public Art Gallery Thursday, Jan. 30. As part of their ongoing program: UBCO Lecture Series, the event runs from 6 – 8 p.m.

The VPAG has partnered with the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan to provide an opportunity for the local arts community to experience a university-level lecture and speak to artists directly. During his presentation, Doody will focus on his personal practices and the idea of collaboration. He will share about The Uptown Mural Project, an urban-art initiative he started in the community of Rutland. The goal of this project was the beautification of Rutland and to encourage community involvement.

READ MORE: Uptown Rutland kicks off street art project

“Our UBCO lecture series is an opportunity for members of our community to step up their knowledge and delve deeper into how they explore art. We are pleased to be able to tap into some of the professional expertise available to us through our close proximity to the UBC Okanagan,” said Dauna Kennedy, Vernon Art Gallery executive director.

The UBCO Lecture Series is a great opportunity for the arts community to connect. It creates a welcoming and non-intimating environment for the public to learn and interact with each other and the artists. Its programs like this that support the tight-knit arts community here in Vernon, said Kennedy.

Admission is by donation.

READ MORE: Vernon’s Caetani Centre travelogue sold out


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