After an international search, the Maclaren Art Centre has chosen a new Executive Director to lead the gallery into 2021 and beyond.
The former Executive Director of Heritage Toronto, Karen Carter brings with her a wealth of knowledge from years of experience. She is the founding Executive Director of Myseum of Toronto, Co-Founder and Director of Black Artists’ Network and Dialogue, and the Founder and Creative Director of C-Art a Caribbean Art Fair.
“Karen is an exemplary arts executive whose transformational leadership with C-Art Caribbean Art Fair, BAND, Myseum and Heritage Toronto reflects her commitment to community building, innovative programming and artistic excellence. We expect Karen to play a transformative role at the MacLaren Art Centre at a pivotal moment in our history, and we look forward with great enthusiasm to working with her in this role,” says MacLaren Board President Michael MacMillan.
“I am so excited to be joining the team at MacLaren Art Centre. The MacLaren has a solid reputation as one of the best regional museums in the country. I am excited for the opportunity to bring my community-centred approach to the museum at this time in the organization’s history,” says Karen on her appointment.
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Northern Ontario artists now have a co-operative hub to create and sell their artwork in downtown North Bay at Gateway To The Arts.
From paintings on the wall to balloon art on display, a group of 11 northern Ontario artists put their heads together in Feb. to come up with the plan.
“There’s very limited affordable space in the city for artists to work in, said Karrie Emms, one of the group’s founders. “When you want to rent a studio, you’re looking at a hefty chunk of change.”
Emms is one of the 11 artists involved. She paints, is involved in sketch-work and also teaches during paint nights. There are studios in the lower level of the facility, as well as workshop space where the member artists can prepare their works.
“We have five rental studios downstairs,” said Emms. “We planned for COVID-19. We thought if we use the studios, that covers our bills.”
Emms and the other artist members celebrated the official opening of Gateway To The Arts at 151A Main Street on the weekend.
Balloon artist Anne Brule is part of the artisan co-op and was always fascinated with balloon art ever since she read about the world’s largest non-round balloon sculpture in the world. It depicts two soccer players challenging for a ball and is completely made of balloons.
“You can make clothes (with the balloons), you can make all sorts of different things,” said Brulé. “I made a Métis sash for Le Carnival a couple of years ago and it just really opened up so many possibilities.”
The space will also be intended to help young and upcoming artists hone in on their skills and support their talent, as well as help them with resumes and portfolios in hopes of finding a job in the arts.
“Art can be a career. It can be a job and it can support you,” said Emms. “We want to foster to young people.”
Emms said the group is always looking for new members, saying art and the passion for it are limitless.
For the next few weeks, the co-op is also featuring 11 more artists’ holiday artwork.
“There’s so much talent in the area with the ideas and creativity that people have,” Brule said.
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For anyone between the ages of 13 to 21 looking to pick up a new hobby they can do from home can check out a virtual art workshop offered by the Kamloops Art Gallery.
Art on 5th is a virtual art workshop series created by the Kamloops Art Gallery’s summer interns that gives participants the opportunity to learn new art forms from industry professionals, according to the art gallery’s website.
The program is hosted through a Zoom call and features a different local artist each session. Each artist will teach participants a different style of art.
All the materials needed for each workshop are available for registered participants for free at the Kamloops Art Gallery, or can be shipped with a small postage fee.
Tomorrow’s, Nov. 25, workshop will feature local artist Robin Hodgson who will do a tour of his studio before teaching painting with acrylics.
The next session Dec. 2 features local artist Katerine Lopez Escobar, who will teach participants to work with different drawing materials and how to do landscape drawing. The following workshop Dec. 9 will be lead by artist Dylan Bellamy, who will teach the art of portrait painting using acrylic.
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Ancient rock art shows prehistoric people ‘used hallucinogenic drugs’ – Yahoo Canada Sports
A swirl-like painting on the wall of a Californian cave has shown that prehistoric people were using hallucinogenic plants to create art.
New research found that the painting actually shows the flower of Datura wrightii, a plant used for its hallucinogenic properties in ceremonies.
Scientists from the University of Central Lancashire excavated the cave, and found that, as well as a painting of the plant, there were chewed materials from the hallucinogenic plant.
The research was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNaS).
Dr David Robinson, Reader in archaeology at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), said, ‘The link between hallucinogens and rock art has long been suspected, and this research shows that it was not only a source of creative inspiration for these prehistoric groups of people, but a core tenet of important rituals and community gathering.”
Datura was used in Native California as part of adolescent initiation rituals, where the root of the plant was processed into a drink for young people in the community.
Other material found at the site also suggests that the site was likely to be a communal space in which people would gather on a seasonal basis for hunting, gathering, food preparation, and eating
The researchers believe that the art played a prominent role in the daily lives of all members of the local community.
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Dr Robinson says, ‘These findings give us a far more in-depth understanding of the lives of indigenous American communities and their relationships, from late prehistoric times right up until the late 1800s.
‘Importantly, because of this research, the Tejon Indian tribe now visits the site annually to reconnect to this important ancestral place.
Dr Matthew Baker, Reader in Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde and co-author, said: ‘The combination of chemistry and archaeology in this project has truly shown the power of a multidisciplinary approach to uncover new knowledge. This was a gripping project and visiting these sites with Dave was truly memorable.”
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