By SHELLEY CINNAMON
The members of the Beach Guild of Fine Art are taking on the challenges presented by COVID 19.
As artists we live a fairly solitary life working towards opportunities to show our paintings, when we get the chance, and enjoy interaction with the public at our shows.
This year, compared to last, has been extremely different with the onset of COVID-19.
Our monthly meetings and our three annual shows have been put on hold. Last year not only did we have our regular shows but we also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the start of the Guild.
In 2019 we had art shows at Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith’s office; at Essentia on Queen Street East; and at the Beacher Café.
Some of our members were also showing at Sunnybrook Hospital and in the Botanical Gardens Library at Edwards Gardens.
We did have one lovely, socially distanced and masked outdoor meeting in September of this year near the boat house by the much loved and oft painted Leuty Lifeguard Station.
The Guild was started in 1994 by a group of seven local artists with the first call for artists going out in the Beach Metro News.
From among that group of artists there are two honorary members, Mary Cserepy, who still attended meetings when we could have them and Winona Gallop Lavier, who for several years sponsored the Winona Gallop Award in Art Excellence. Now Winona is generously donating those funds to help with COVID-19 relief.
Sadly, another of the initial group of members, Shirley Jones, passed this year after being an illustrious and much admired member of our group.
Over the years the Guild has been supported by many of our Beach friends and neighbours, as well as by numerous Torontonians who came to our shows. We truly miss the interaction with each other and with those who visited us.
To keep ourselves motivated and to help keep us painting we have moved to an online, virtual show with no fun-filled opening night and no awards but still with the proud presentation of our work.
Our hope is that buying a painting that brings a smile to your soul or reminds you of a cherished or happy moment that will help alleviate the stress we have all been experiencing during this pandemic. We look forward to being back to what used to be our “normal”.
For the moment, though, please visit us online at the www.BeachGuildofFineArt.com to find a link our holiday show. You can also log in to the show directly at https://bgfaholidayshow.format.com/art-gallery
Shelley Cinnamon is a member of the Beach Guild of Fine Art.
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Chatham gallery creating art 'quilt' for Black History Month – CBC.ca
An arts organization in Chatham-Kent is looking for contributions for a unique community project to mark Black History Month.
The theme of the project is “celebrating Black lives” and the Thames Art Gallery and ARTspace are seeking submissions from the public for original works of art on the theme. The art can be any media, including painting, drawing and writing.
The public submissions will be combined and set up in a pandemic-friendly public display.
“What we’re having people do is produce a piece of work and then photograph it and then send it to us and we will print it out and then assemble it in the form of a quilt,” Phil Vanderwall, curator of the Thames Art Gallery, said on CBC Radio’s Windsor Morning on Friday.
The completed work will be displayed in the window of the ARTspace gallery on King Street in downtown Chatham.
“So it’s a nice public space,” he said.
The ‘quilt’ format of the project allows for community participation while preventing close contact. Both ARTspace and the Thames Art Gallery are closed due to COVID-19.
Vanderwall said quilt-making is currently undergoing a bit of a revival.
“This seemed like a good opportunity to explore that,” he said.
Submissions are already coming in and the deadline is Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m.
The quilt will be unveiled Feb. 5 and will remain on display until Feb 26.
Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre receive new arts infrastructure funding – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Two arts and culture groups in Nanaimo have received more than $100,000 from the provincial government to help improve their spaces and support arts programming.
On Jan. 22 the B.C. Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport announced in a press release that nine arts and culture groups on Vancouver Island and its adjacent islands received more than $440,000 as part of the B.C. Arts Council’s new arts infrastructure program. Among the local recipients are the Nanaimo Art Gallery, which got $75,000, and the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, which got $31,933.
NAG executive director Carolyn Holmes was thankful for the grant and said the funds will be spent on expanding the ArtLab studio.
“These renovations will make it possible to increase the capacity of our programs and involve more members of our community in art-making experiences,” she said in the press release. “This recent year has showed us just how important these creative outlets and learning opportunities are for our well-being.”
Other recipients on the Island include the Belfry Theatre, CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers and Victoria Baroque Music Society, all located in Victoria, as well as the Cumberland Museum and Archives. The Hornby Island Arts Council, Alert Bay’s U’mista Cultural Centre and the Sointula Museum and Historical Society also received funding. In all, 49 group from across the province received nearly $2 million in grants.
“Art and creative expression are so important for people to maintain healthy lifestyles, especially right now,” Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson said in the release. “We are supporting arts and culture spaces across the province and here in Nanaimo, assisting them through the pandemic and helping to make them better for the future.”
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Tuesday evening, just after 9, a man and a woman wearing black clothes and carrying cans of spray paint approached the BBAM! Gallery on Atwater Ave. in St-Henri. Surveillance footage shows the couple tagging the gallery, painting “pedogate” and slinking away when cars passed.
The pair then moved north, toward the downtown core, where similar vandalism appeared on a daycare centre. The Montreal police hate crimes unit is investigating both incidents, a spokesperson said.
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“We’re still trying to process it,” Alfonso said.
They discovered the graffiti Wednesday morning, cleaned it and called the police, who, upon realizing the significance of the vandalism, became worried.
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