A new art showcase at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre is an opportunity to build bridges between artists and residents and create an appreciation of such work, an artist believes.
Jess Zoerb helped organize “Space Holders: A collection of local art,” a display now showing in the cultural centre’s art gallery until Friday, Sept. 25. The collection features the work of 16 community artists, many of whom have never shown their work before in public.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The showcase is a filler event for the gallery, Zoerb explained. Staff asked her if she had artwork she wanted to hang since the art gallery would be empty until October. She put out a call on social media asking for submissions, and within a week, enough people had stepped forward.
“I saw it as an opportunity to give artists a chance to hang their art and share it with the public,” she said. “And this is part of a bigger vision I have for the Moose Jaw art community, in bridging connections between artists and the public.”
One reason to create these connections is to raise the value of art in people’s minds, while another reason is to display art where many people can see it, Zoerb continued. She was in Saskatoon a year ago and was inspired by the art scene there and the efforts to bring art into the public. She came home with a desire to do the same and build the arts scene here.
As an artist, she also wanted to build a supportive network among the arts community in Moose Jaw.
Zoerb hoped that the new art collection would help some of the 16 artists take the next step with their work and in their careers.
While some of the artists are known in the community, she noted others have been more humble in sharing their works publicly. When asking for submissions, she did not apply criteria or qualifications since she didn’t want to have a particular theme. Instead, she wanted to showcase a section of artists in the community.
That theme-less aspect is apparent in the collection. There is a diverse collection of styles and mediums being showcased, she said, and while most of the works are paintings, there is also some pottery, photographs and recycling wood.
“Just the feeling in the gallery when it was bare compared to when this exhibit went up was pretty profound, and is a reminder what art can do in an environment and how it can change the whole feel and energy of the room,” Zoerb said.
Unlike other gallery displays, there won’t be a public reception to celebrate the work due to capacity issues and pandemic restrictions, she pointed out. Instead, the artists will have a private get-together where they can network and support each other.
“Moose Jaw has a lot of hidden local talent. I would love to see that displayed in the community,” she continued. “I see that as one of many possible opportunities to do that. And because the gallery happened to be vacant due to changes from COVID, we were able to jump on this unique opportunity and display our work in the gallery.”
Zoerb has three paintings on display in the collection, all of them portraits of people. She rents a studio at the cultural centre and had her first solo show last January. That showcase, she added, gave her the confidence she needed to keep showing her work in public.
Zoerb encouraged residents to visit the gallery to be exposed to some community creativity.
The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta kicks off Friday – CTV Toronto
What do you get when you combine some of southern Alberta’s finest artists with the landscape of the foothills in autumn? The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta.
The event happens once a year, offering the art curious the chance to get inside many art studios in the foothills and speak directly to the artists and watch them work.
The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta started at the Firebrand Glass Studio run by Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock. They had clients come to their facility in the fall when the glass furnaces were turned on to see them at work. Many asked if there were other artists in the area to visit. Reimer says she was more than happy to recommend others in the community.
“(It was) just this desire to basically teach people about all the amazing things in this area,” said Reimer. “Not only is the landscape gorgeous but then there’s this incredible art community.”
Mady Theil-Kopstein’s studio has been a stop on the tour for the last three years. She spent the early days of the pandemic trying new things in her art studio because shows were cancelled that she would normally exhibit her art at.
Theil-Kopstein is excited to host visitors.
“People come here, they’re going to be art lovers,” said Theil-Kopstein. “They’re people who appreciate it so they’re making plans to enjoy the scenery with what’s going on out here right now in the fall and also to see what us country bumpkins are doing out here.”
Tarek Nemr is the co-owner of the Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond. He’s watched the art tour grow.
“Every year it’s building up and it is a big deal for us because that’s what we are really open for,” said Nemr. “To promote Alberta artists – and that’s (exactly) what the tour is doing as well.”
Nemir says there are upwards of 200 artists represented in his gallery, many from Alberta. Nemr is showcasing 18 different ceramic artists’ work in an open-themed exhibit.
“During this pandemic so many of them stayed in their studio and they are creating,” said Nemir. “We just wanted to unleash that creativity, just show us what you have.”
Learn more about the tour here:www.themostbeautifularttourinalberta.com
Sandro Botticelli painting could auction for more than $80M, despite pandemic – CBC.ca
An enigmatic painting from Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli will go on auction next year and art watchers will be seeing if it fetches more than its eye-watering $80 million US estimate, despite the pandemic.
Botticelli’s 15th-century portrait of a nobleman in Young Man Holding a Roundel is the highlight of Sotheby’s Masters Week sale series in New York in January.
“Just the sheer beauty of this has been a joy,” said Christopher Apostle, who has for more than three decades handled the Old Master Drawings sale and is now head of the division. “I can’t think of a Botticelli like this that’s been on the open international market.”
Opportunities to acquire a Botticelli — the artist behind such masterpieces as Primavera and The Birth of Venus — are very rare.
“The fact that there are 12 known portraits by Botticelli puts it in an elite type of situation,” said Apostle. “These are the most personal things he produced, in a way. It’s just something he’s doing with one individual.”
The auction house believes it could get over $100 million. The last painting to achieve that level at auction was Claude Monet’s Meules at Sotheby’s New York in 2019, going for $110 million.
Painting last acquired in 1982
If it reaches those dizzying heights, it would represent a windfall for the present owner. The painting was last acquired at auction in 1982 for the equivalent of just over $1 million today.
Apostle doesn’t believe the global pandemic will depress interest in the work. “We’ve seen even during this time period that people are hungry for art, hungry for masterpieces, always.”
The painting — believed to have been executed in the late 1470s or early 1480s — actually represents two art works. Botticelli painted the noble sitter but the roundel — a circular disc used as a symbol — depicts a saint, and is an original 14th-century work attributed to the Sienese painter Bartolomeo Bulgarini.
Who the young man depicted has been lost to history as well as why he holds the roundel. Some scholars believe he is associated with the ruling House of Medici or another powerful family in Florence.
Apostle says some things can be inferred: The young man’s hair is long and fashionable for the time. His tunic is buttoned up and restrained, dressed in a republican way.
“There’s a rectitude to this picture and a lack of arrogance while still being very confident, that I think exemplifies that attitude that these republicans in Florence felt about themselves,” he said. “Also, by presenting this medallion, he’s just making sure we’re aware he’s a cultivated person.”
In the past 50 years, the painting has spent extended periods on loan at the National Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
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