For its ninth year, one night isn’t enough for the Niagara Falls Night of Art.
The annual arts and culture celebration will expand to four nights to go along with a new location, starting Thursday on Queen Street.
But it’s all likely a one-time thing, said co-ordinator Christine Girardi. While the event is usually held at the farmers market area behind Niagara Falls History Museum on Ferry Street, the anticipated construction of the city’s culture hub forced organizers to change locations.
Construction of the hub has been delayed because of the pandemic, but the Night(s) of Art will go ahead on Queen Street anyway.
“Queen Street just seems like a great choice because the promenade is blocked off for traffic and it just offered a neat urban landscape to allow the artists to do something a little different,” said Girardi, an assistant curator at the museum.
Spreading it across four nights will also give people more options to take it all in, she added.
“The decision to extend it over the weekend, from Thursday to Sunday, just allows for a longer amount of time people can experience it. It allows more social distancing … just keeping things as safe as possible in our current climate.”
The Night of Art gathers musicians, artists and vendors for a showcase of the city’s arts and culture. It originated in 2012 with a $15,000 Cultural Capital of Canada grant and is run by the city and Niagara Falls Museums each year.
For the 2020 edition, the Queen Street BIA was brought aboard for four nights of large-scale street, window and video installations. Featured artists are Manual Trujillo, Emily Andrews, Emma Lee Fleury, Melani Pyke and the trio of Justus, Enzo & Niche.
Bonus material includes the arrival of Niagara Artists Centre’s roving Nomadic Cinema. Screened in front of city hall will be “Animal Crackers” Thursday, “Disappearance on Clifton Hill” Friday and “Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets” Saturday. All shows start at twilight with a $10 admission.
Starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Take a Seat on Queen will feature eight artists painting an original art piece on pinewood lawn chairs. Once finished, they’ll post pictures of them online. The chair with the most social engagement will win $150.
The event is expected to move into and outside the culture hub once construction is complete and return to a one-night format.
“The vibe of the event, we want it to be a single night because it’s a party,” said Girardi. “We want there to be a critical mass of people, performers, food trucks … that really is the feel of the event we want to continue on with.
“As soon as it’s safe to do so and the cultural hub isn’t impeding, we will move back to a single night.”
Submissions accepted for Anonymous Art Show – Abbotsford News
The Abbotsford Arts Council is now accepting applications for its sixth annual Anonymous Art Show fundraiser.
The show runs as a digital exhibition from Nov. 1 to 30 at abbotsfordartscouncil.com, and artists can apply until Oct. 10.
The show enables the community to support emerging artists and gives the buyer an opportunity to take home an artist’s original work at an affordable price.
The Anonymous Art Show features art that is submitted anonymously by members of the community of all ages and skill levels to be featured and sold in a lightly juried exhibition.
Each piece displayed in the show is on a 12” x 12” x 1.5” canvas and is sold for $100. Half the proceeds go to the artist, and the other half stays with the Abbotsford Arts Council.
When a piece is purchased, the work will be marked as sold and the artist’s name revealed. The Abbotsford Arts Council will announce each participating artist on Instagram @abbotsfordartscouncil as their work is sold.
The proceeds help fund programs such as free community events, exhibition space, arts initiatives and more.
Artists may submit their application online at abbotsfordartscouncil.com until Oct. 10, and the completed works must be delivered to the Kariton Art Gallery (2387 Ware St.) on Oct. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. or by pre-arranged appointment.
The House of Fine Art (2485 West Railway St.) will include a $5 coupon (to be used toward a future purchase) with the purchase of the required pre-stretched canvas.
Visit the arts council’s website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SC Rewind: The 1971 Art Derby – Standardbred Canada
Published: September 26, 2020 11:35 am ET
In the current edition of Rewind Robert Smith recalls a rather novel promotion from 50 years ago that was spearheaded by Bill Galvin, longtime Publicity official of the Ontario Jockey Club. It was a pretty ingenious endeavor that attracted the attention of a huge number of participants.
Fifty years ago The Ontario Jockey Club was a very well organized and successful entity. Their tracks were state of the art (two of the three fairly recently completed) and the on-track product rivalled any jurisdiction then in existence. The O.J.C. Publicity department was a very active segment of the operation and did a first-class job of promoting current and future events and happenings. They also were always eager to seek out new fans, even the youngsters, many of whom attended the races with their parents.
In 1971 under the guidance of Bill Galvin, future Hall of Fame writer and communicator, the Publicity folks repeated an exciting promotion called Art Derby For Kids. Previous competitions had been based on poetry, this one on art. The subject of the latest Art Derby was a Standardbred mare named Superior Princess and her young daughter Hieland Barbara. Both of these fine-looking animals were owned by Mrs. Edith Hie of Cobourg, Ont. It was through the generosity of Mrs. Hie and her husband Cliff that these two were “loaned” to Bill Galvin for this interesting event.
In order to be eligible for the 1971 Art Derby the child had to be 12 years or younger by October 15, which was the closing date for the competition. The task at hand was for the child to submit a creative drawing of Superior Princess and her daughter. It was to be drawn on any size piece of paper up to 20 x 24 inches using any type of pen or pencil. Included in the permissible tools were watercolours, magic markers, poster colors and acrylics. Oils were not acceptable. An entrant who met the age qualifications could submit as many drawings as they wished.
Children who wished to get a close-up view of Superior Princess and her cute little foal were advised to tune in to the Uncle Bobby Show, a long-running children’s program of that time. This popular educational show was then in its eighth year and aired daily except Sunday on Toronto’s CFTO which was Channel 9. For those not in the Toronto viewing area there were six other locations with varying dates throughout August and early September to choose from. So wide was the viewing area that it included the cities of Windsor, Edmonton, Calgary, Halifax, Regina and even St. John’s, Nfld.
Owner Cliff Hie holds broodmare Superior Princess while her foal is attended to by a visitor on the Uncle Bobby Show. A TV cameraman catches all of the action. That’s “Uncle Bobby” with the striped trousers. (Courtesy of Bill Galvin)
Two judges were selected to oversee the Canada-wide competition. Mrs. Kay Boa, Head of the Art Dept. at Ridley College in St. Catherines, and Barry MacKay, a bird artist and naturalist were chosen. Mr. MacKay was a regular guest on the Uncle Bobby Show.
The grand prize for winning the 1971 Art Derby was a fully paid trip to the fabulous new Disney World in Orlando, Florida via Eastern Air Lines. The first prize also included the teacher of the winner who would accompany the child. This was a major prize as Disney World had just opened at this time and very few people had visited there.
AND THE WINNER IS…
In October of 1971 the winner of the contest was announced. That lucky person was 11-year-old Kim Thoms, daughter of Wm. and Ann Thoms, and a student at Beverly Acres School in Richmond Hill, Ont. A horse lover, Kim created her prize-winning art during her spare time at school. The judges commented that Kim’s art was an excellent piece which went beyond the horse and it was obvious that she put a great deal of effort into her work.
Taking second prize of $50 was Teri Lynn Maxwell of Scarborough, Ont. with third going to Melanie LeMarchant of Cobourg, Ont. who received $25. Jackie Cameron of Amherst, N.S. and Heather Fisher of Morinville, Alta. both received honourable mention.
Three Derbies were held in the years 1969, 1970 and 1971 all with similar formats. They reached huge audiences through newspapers, magazines including extensive front-page coverage in the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper. The total media coverage for the three Derbies was 9,236,400. It was estimated that this year’s event attracted 300,000 viewers on the TV programs when the mare and foal were guests.
Bill put on a lot of “neat” promotions and special events back in the day. He staged donkey races, arranged for Santa Claus to land in the centrefield, put on sleigh rides for kids, held Christmas dinners for the horsemen and that’s just a small sampling of his many endeavors.
Quote For The Week: “A smile can start a conversation without saying a word.”
Who Is It?
Around the same time as the contest described in today’s Rewind (within a year or two) another version of the Art Derby was held. Can you name the three people in the above photo as they appear in the TV studio with that year’s “celebrities”. Second from left is the TV show host Uncle Bobby. (Courtesy of Bill Galvin)
Where Was It?
Can you identify where this famous photo was taken? Now how about naming the winning horse and driver and what event was taking place. That’s a lot but I’ll bet our experts will come up with it. (Hoof Beats Photo)
Black Lives Matter street art installations coming to Dartmouth, Halifax – CBC.ca
The Halifax Regional Municipality will be painting the words “Black Lives Matter” in Halifax and Dartmouth this weekend.
The municipality said it was doing it to show support for the movement.
“This public solidarity augments several measures being taken by the municipality corporately to help address anti-Black racism and continue to build [a] better relationship with the municipality’s communities of African descent,” the municipality said in a news release on Friday.
Work on the first installation at Alderney Drive in Dartmouth will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Work on the second installation at Brunswick Street in Halifax will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
The municipality said sidewalks will be open and access to businesses will be maintained and that at least one lane of vehicle traffic in each direction will be maintained while work is underway.
The bicycle lane on Brunswick Street will be closed while work is happening and cyclists and vehicles will share one single file lane around the work area.
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