One of Wilf Perreault’s signature alleyways is among two dozen artworks being auctioned March 7 in a Habitat For Humanity Regina fundraiser.
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.
“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.
Habitat ReStore items find new life — as art — for Regina fundraiser – Regina Leader-Post
When Habitat for Humanity first invited renowned Regina artist Wilf Perreault to paint a door for a fundraiser, he accepted and immediately took a trip to the ReStore.
Back then, doors were the required canvas for participating artists, and Perreault found a maple door to use as the frame for his auctioned-off piece.
Now — as reflected in the event’s title, Doors & More — items range from chairs to spoons to a unicycle to whatever else the ReStore has on hand. Even so, Perreault sticks with doors.
“It started a journey for me of playing with doors, like a whole new adventure of playing with a door as a starting point, as a frame actually,” said Perreault.
“It’s actually helped my other work too, in terms of composition.”
For this year’s event on March 7, Perreault is painting one of his signature alleyways, its pink-hued sky in honour of his wife Sandi and a friend’s wife, who both died from breast cancer.
Perreault’s piece is one of two dozen that will be auctioned to raise money for the non-profit Habitat For Humanity, which provides affordable housing in the community.
Kristin MacPherson isn’t usually drawn to doors. Last year, the artist chose a toolbox; this year, a vintage ironing board caught her eye.
“One of the things I really love about Habitat is the ability to walk in there and find something and just think ‘this item’s intriguing, and I don’t know where I’m going to go with it,’ and then the piece sort of becomes something,” said MacPherson.
She picked the 1940s ironing board even though she has thought all along, “I don’t really want to paint on this, because it’s so beautiful just as a piece.”
So, she’s creating a fabric collage — a fitting choice for its canvas — to be attached to the ironing board.
“It’s a bit of embroidery; I’m cutting fabrics and other materials like lace textures and things like that, and that sort of comes from my grandmother, because she was big on starching doilies and she ironed everything,” said MacPherson.
Meanwhile, Justine Schlosser chose a corkboard and some gold paint from the ReStore, and used them along with “just kind of whatever I could get my hands on.”
Her abstract painting is largely white, with metallics and small splashes of colour.
“I’ve never painted on a corkboard before and I always like to leave a little bit of the raw canvas kind of coming through, just very subtle hints of it, so that’s exactly what I did with this corkboard,” she said.
Schlosser is also participating in the new Battle of the Brushes, a live painting competition during Doors & More.
“I feel like I should be more nervous about it,” she said laughing.
She’s wondering how the 20-minute timeline will play out, since she usually paints in layers and likes to have them dry in between.
Twenty-some artists are represented in Doors & More, volunteering their time to create the artworks, and many of them attending the event.
“The thing that I love about Habitat is they include the artists in the whole process,” said MacPherson.
“It feels like you’re on a team. And I just feel like I’m part of the whole project. Normally I work in a studio by myself and it doesn’t feel like a team thing sometimes. But I know the work I do is bigger than who I am, which is pretty cool,” he said.
Schlosser enjoys giving back; she said she donates to different community fundraisers each month.
“I just think it’s good to give back to community. If it wasn’t for our strong support here in Regina, I wouldn’t have a job doing what I love.”
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Local beer and local art make a perfect combo for Winnipeg couple – Global News
When you think about art, is beer the first thing that comes to mind?
Probably not, but a Winnipeg husband-and-wife team is hoping to change that.
With their Blank Canvas Beer project, Brad Chute and Jenna Khan are combining their two loves and highlighting local artists and local brewers at the same time.
“A big thing we wanted to do was take art off the walls, put it on a beer can and into the hands of beer drinkers,” Khan told 680 CJOB, “and maybe introduce two different communities who maybe know something of each other — and might learn something about each other as well in both directions.”
Their first beer, Arctic Stout, was released Feb. 13 and is a collaboration between visual artist Kal Barteski — known for her Back Alley Arctic project in the Wolseley area — and Torque Brewing’s Perry Joyal.
“We had this idea quite some time ago, and we met Kal socially, just by chance,” said Chute.
“I ran the idea by her, and she was quite excited about the idea of putting some of her art onto beer and getting the chance to show off what she can do.
“We’re calling it an ‘arctic stout’ just to tie in the polar bear imagery. It’s a stout in flavour — it’s a darker beer with lots of flavour, lots of rich, rosy notes — but Perry decided to make it as light as possible … trying to go paler and paler and paler, and I think he succeeded.”
Khan said the beer, which sold almost 1,000 cans at its launch party in Torque’s taproom, was created after a tête-à-tête between artist and brewer.
“We wanted to have a beer that was reflective of the art outside of the can and vice-versa,” she said.
“When Perry and Kal were first talking — we brought them together for a conversation — the word ‘unexpected’ was used a lot … and that’s how Kal felt the first time she ever saw a polar bear out in the wild.
“You picture them as white and fluffy and cuddly, but there are also a lot of colours to them, their skin is black … so she wanted to put something unexpected on the can as Perry wanted to inside the can.”
While this is the first Blank Canvas Beer release, Chute said they’re having preliminary discussions about a follow up, which will be a completely new collaboration.
“We’ve spoken to other breweries and other artists, because the idea is that each release will be a totally different brewery, totally different artist, totally different beer,” he said.
“The idea is we want to do a new release every three or four months, sort of seasonally … we’re in the early days of talking with folks.”
Blank Canvas Beer Co.
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