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New year kicks off at Arts Gallery – Merritt Herald

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The Nicola Valley Community Arts Council (NVCAC) is putting out a call for submissions for their first show of 2021.

This show will be a display of pieces that will potentially be considered for the Arts Council’s ‘Street Art’ initiative, in partnership with the City of Merritt as part of a project to beautify the downtown district.

“We want simple sketches of ideas, or actual pieces of art you have created that can be used as-is, or modified for translation to outdoor public art,” said Arts Gallery Director, Jano Howarth.

“The pieces for this January show can be small to large, but still need to be ready to hang. So, you may have something already framed, or that hangs up somehow. Or props on an easel. We can also accept 3D pieces if you have ideas for how it could be created for public art, say a wood carving, or inset stone.”

Space for the show is limited, but at least a couple dozen pieces will be needed, with other submissions kept in mind for ongoing and future street art and shows.

For this show it is not necessary to submit previously unshown art, artists who have already had a particular work displayed at the Arts Gallery are welcome to resubmit it, provided it will translate well to street art.

The show, titled ‘Street Art!’, will run from Jan. 13 to 31, with a COVID-safe reception tentatively planned for Friday, Jan. 20.

Collection for this show will be Monday Jan. 11 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Art Gallery’s new location on Voght St. next to the Kekuli Café.

Regular Art Gallery hours will resume following the holidays on Friday, Jan. 8.

Two more community Art Shows have been scheduled for later in the year, following ‘Street Art!’.

From Feb. 3 to Mar. 3, 2021 the Arts Gallery will host ‘Art of COVID’, a working title that reflects how creatives may have been putting their time to good use during the pandemic.

What creativity have you been up to during this time of COVID?” the Gallery asks.

“Lots of people have been spending way more time at home and we want to see how you have been art-inspired over the last months. Has COVID-19 given you time to work on your favorite art expression? Or have you tried a new art or craft during this time?”

Submissions of wall art, mixed media and 3D art, fibre art, written word, music and digital works will be accepted, with collection for the show on Feb. 1, 2021.

The third community show will centre around every day, wearable art.

‘Art of Clothing’ will run from Jul. 28 to Aug. 29.

“Are you a clothes designer? Or wish you were one because you have fashion ideas? Are you a screen printer, sewer, beader, crocheter, leather worker? Do you love creative fashion?

We are inviting local creatives to get ready for a Gallery Show all about the art of what we wear.”

Collection for this show will be on July 26.

Also in the works is a show centred on body art, including local and cultural designs for tattoos, henna, body work and possibly hair and nail design as well.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed down the NVCAC, and they are hard at work putting together a new year of art for Merrittonians to create and enjoy.

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Canadian students create program that turns your thoughts into abstract art | Venture – Daily Hive

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A team of students from the University of Alberta has developed a program that turns its wearer’s thoughts into pieces of abstract art.

Called RemBRAINdt, the program uses a 3D-printed headset and electroencephalography (EEG) to record a user’s brain activity through their skull, explained Eden Redman, the president of NeurAlbertaTech and team lead on the project.

After a baseline reading, the wearer is then shown various words and images that are intended to illicit an emotional response.

A graph is created from that heightened brain activity which RemBRAINdt, using machine learning, is able to translate into abstract art.

Rather than simply reading happiness as yellow or anger as red, though, the device measures emotions and feelings on a gradience, Redman said, ranging between “valance” and “arousal.”

Valance records positive or negative feelings, and arousal measures how calming or exciting something is.

The result is beautifully swirled lines of colour, each piece giving a new look into someone’s mind.

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RemBRAINdt art/Eden Redman

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RemBRAINdt art/Eden Redman

Redman, 24, is currently studying Industrial Design and East Asian Language Studies as an “after-degree,” but has a background in psychology and computational neuroscience.

He first came up with the idea for RemBRAINdt in January 2020 as a way to support a fundraiser at the University of Alberta’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute.

Although the project was temporarily stalled when COVID-19 hit, the NeurAlbertaTech team picked it back up, remotely, in the summer.

Since then, RemBRAINdt has eared them some “pretty decent funding,” Redman said, including $20,000 from NeuroNexus 2020, a neurotechnology design competition in Alberta.

It’s also been incorporated as an official business under the name RemBraindt Neurotechnologies Inc.

Post-pandemic, Redman’s long term goal remains having the device at public and private events. Short-term it’s “nose to the grindstone,” as the team continues to improve RemBraindt.

“People are getting interested,” Redman said. “I’m pretty excited.”

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Art and technology combine for new Minecraft residency at Mackenzie Art Gallery – Global News

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An immensely popular video game will be the vehicle for the creation of a new exhibit co-hosted by Regina’s Mackenzie Art Gallery.

The Mackenzie is partnering with Ender Gallery, an online exhibition space based on a Minecraft server, to exhibit artworks created within the creative, sandbox-style video game.

“So many arts and cultural events have had to find their online forms last year and this year. So I suppose this is an attempt to do that in a way that we haven’t really seen,” said Sarah Friend, artist and co-curator of Ender Gallery (“Ender” is the name of one of Minecraft’s digital realms).

“It’s fun, new and crosses different creative communities.”

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Friend says the residency will be the first project hosted on Ender Gallery.


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Friend, who is also a software engineer and is based in Berlin, approached her friends Cat Bluemke and Jonathan Carroll with an idea to create a virtual art space last year.

Bluemke is the digital operations coordinator at the Mackenzie and Carroll is the digital programs coordinator, .

“In talking with them the idea got fleshed out and turned into its current form in partnership with the Mackenzie,” Friend explained.

The first of four planned two-month residencies is scheduled to begin in March.

Anyone with a Minecraft account will be able to log into Ender Gallery to view the art pieces. Friend said discussions are ongoing about finding a way to display the art somewhere within the Mackenzie itself, and added that the Ender Gallery team is planning to document the exhibitions via video as well.

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“Though Minecraft is the best-selling video game of all time, its not something that everyone has access to,” Friend said. “So we want this to be available to the widest audience possible.”

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The Mackenzie Art Gallery hired Digital Coordinators Cat Bluemke and Jonathan Carroll in 2019 to lead the creation of a Digital Lab and collaborative digital arts training initiative at the gallery.


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Applications for the residencies are being accepted until end-of-day on January 31.

Applicants will need to select their preferred residency period, a written proposal and a portfolio, among other things, but don’t need to be experienced artists or have extensive experience with Minecraft to apply.

Each artist will be paid a $1,600 fee.

“Proposals are already coming in. Some of them look like buildings, filled with different creations, that someone on the server can see and walk through. Other proposals are creations that tell a story as you view them,” Friend said.

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“We even have proposals that would be something not built on the server, but installed on the server. Minecraft has a modding community where people create new game functionality within Minecraft, or new skins so that it looks like a different game.”

Friend said the residency follows a growing trend of projects highlighting the artistic potential of video games.

“I think we’ve only begun to see the amount of creative content that will come from that intersection.”

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Thames Art Gallery seeking community submissions for Black History Month art quilt – CTV News Windsor

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WINDSOR, ONT. —
The Thames Art Gallery is calling on members of Chatham-Kent to celebrate Black History Month by participating in a community art “quilt.”

“Celebrating Black Lives” is the theme of the digitally based installation.

For those who wish to participate, the gallery asks that you complete a work of art on the theme in any media, whether it’s a painting, drawing or writing.

Once complete, photograph your work and send it to ckartgallery@chatham-kent.ca

Gallery staff will print and assemble the works into a community art “quilt” which will be on public display in the ARTspace window for the month of February.

A donation will be made for each participating artist involved to support the distribution of the film “The North Star: Finding Black Mecca.”

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