To mark International Overdose Awareness Day 2021, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has partnered with local artists to launch Not Just an Art Show: The Overdose Crisis on Canvas. The exhibition will feature more than a dozen pieces inspired by each artist’s thoughts on International Overdose Awareness Day, drawing from their experiences with the current overdose crisis.
InterUrban Art Gallery
1 East Hastings Street
August 31 to September 3
2 to 6 p.m.
Since the declaration of a public health emergency in April 2016, 7,000 people across our province have lost their lives to drug overdose. In 2020 alone, more than 1,700 people died due to overdose. But the overdose crisis is not about numbers, it’s about people.
The ongoing overdose crisis is affecting our friends, families and communities. International Overdose Awareness Day and the Not Just an Art Show: The Overdose Crisis on Canvas art exhibition is an opportunity for people to better understand the overdose crisis and, through art, connect with vibrant, dynamic communities devastated by it.
VCH collaborated with Portland Hotel Society to display the artwork in the heart of the DTES, with individual pieces contributed by more than a dozen artists with lived and living experience of substance use across the Vancouver Coastal Health region. Lived experience relates to people who have used one or more substances and who are currently in recovery. Living experience relates to people who are currently using one or more substances.
“People continue to die of overdoses in our communities at an unacceptably high rate. This art exhibition is an opportunity for artists from the community to express how the crisis has impacted them directly and share what Overdose Awareness Day means to them,” said Miranda Compton, VCH’s Executive Director for Substance Use and Priority Populations. “Overdose Awareness Day is also an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of peers and community members in responding to the crisis.”
Peer workers form the backbone of frontline response to the overdose crisis. As individuals with lived and living experience of substance use, peer workers have in-depth, first-hand knowledge of harm reduction, treatment and recovery services. They form an important connection between people who use substances and the healthcare community.
“Peer workers play a core role and serve as critical supports across all of the overdose prevention sites,” said Wendy Stevens, Peer Operations Coordinator with VCH’s Overdose Emergency Response Team. “While we remember those lost to this crisis, we also need to hold space for people who are in the trenches saving lives everyday.”
“Frontline workers deserve respect for what they do,” said Sebastian Randy, an artist living in the Downtown Eastside. “They often don’t get acknowledgement for saving lives by reversing overdoses long before any help arrives. That is what Overdose Awareness Day is about: saving lives.”
Quinte West art gallery dressing its windows for Day of Truth – Gananoque Reporter
These 4 walls art gallery and bistro located in Trenton at 22 Front Street has dressed their windows with a local artist’s masterpieces.
With well thought-out timing for the first “Day of Truth and Reconciliation” approaching, Brandy Calvert Ringelmann owner of the gallery, and Wendy Capp the manager feel it’s the right thing to do.
“We cannot correct the genocide or wrongs that have been done (and) we can’t go back in time and no financial restitution is enough for what the Indigenous communities have endured,” Ringelmann said. “We knew we wanted to do something for our front windows to mark the day of truth that has a local connection. We reached out to Melissa Brant thanks to a friend that made the connection and she was as equally as excited for the opportunity. We have plans to continue working with Melissa in the future. Not only is Melissa Indigenous, but her father was a residential school survivor. This is just one more way we can put a face on the horrible and lasting loss for what has taken place. We are forever thankful to Melissa for allowing us this opportunity and sharing her art in our gallery.”
‘She’s High On Vibes’ is Brant’s business where she offers Mindset Coaching, Guided Meditation, Reiki sessions, self-love body paint photo shoots, Hula Hoop Classes and more all in support of mental health. Brant’s saying goes…..”I Manifest What I Want… And You Can Too”. She has a second business “Art By Us 613” which is an extension of her passions where she creates various types of art with her partner Jesse ranging from canvas paintings, to chalk art, to murals, to face painting and so much more.
Her recent paintings shown here are inspired by an original painting that her father created. Brant explains the two pieces now displayed in the windows at ‘these 4 walls gallery and bistro’ will remain on display until October 15, in support of the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.
“I did not know my dad but I do know he was taken from his family at a young age during what is referred to as the ’60’s scoop’. He died when I was only 10 before I was able to know him, before I was able to laugh with him, cry with him, or love him,” she said. “So I painted these to start the healing process. I’ve let those emotions flow with every stroke of my brush… with every detail added. I am grateful for the opportunity to create from my heart and I appreciate being able to share those creations with others.”
She has decided to auction these paintings with 100 per cent of the proceeds going go the Local Communities Cultural and Language Centre in Tyendinaga.
They will be available to bid on until October 15, 2021. To bid on Melissa Brant’s art where all proceeds will be donated to the Cultural Centre in Tyendinaga, please visit the following link
Happy painters host art workshop – Sault Star
On September 16th the Kirkland Lake Arts Club hosted their third annual Fall Art Retreat for four days.
By popular demand, the visiting artist, John Anderson was asked to return for a second and longer workshop. John is a contemporary impressionist landscape artist from Stayner, Ontario.
His art is greatly valued and his workshops are highly sought after. Participants from across the district came to attend. The workshop participant numbers were capped at 12 so everyone could have a socially distanced workplace. Everyone enjoyed the workshop emmensely and everyone expressed how much they had learned.
John’s favourite saying was… “art has all been done before.”. So as an artist you need to paint from within and put your own spin on things. No one will ever be able to paint just like you. Take Vincent Van Gogh for instance. Whenever you see his painting you know that it is his because of his distinctive style. You need to find within yourself what inspires and motivates you to paint. You need to be authentic to yourself. Paint for the “emotion” in artwork not just the “thing”. You want the viewer to emotionally connect to your artwork.
Sometime was spend creating what is a good composition. If your painting lacks a good composition then no matter what you do it will never turn out right. A three-colour palette of warm and cool colours; yellow, red, blue, plus white will provide you with all the colours you need when mixed in various proportions. Black straight out of the tube is chromatic and is generally not used. Mixing your own black will be a more pleasing warm black. One of the four days was spent painting outside (plein air) as we were shown how to look for possible outdoor compositions.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to our wonderful sponsors who made this event possible. They are the Northern Ontario Art Association, Microtel Inn & Suites, and Cementation.
The Annual Kirkland Lake Arts Club Christmas Exhibition will be held in November and December 2021 at the Museum of Northern History in Kirkland Lake. This year the theme is “Frontline Future” and the results from this workshop artwork will be on display as well. Currently there is an art exhibit at the Kirkland Lake & District Hospital and at the Microtel Inn and Suites.
The Kirkland Lake Arts Club welcomes new membesr who have an interest in the arts of all forms. The Club meets every fourth Saturday of the month at 1 pm at the Museum of Northern History. Call 705-568-8800 or 705-642-3165 for more information.
‘There’s energy in painting’: Imagine Pandosy Art Festival showcases local talent – Global News
It all started with handing out fence boards for the neighbourhood to paint and now it’s grown into the first Imagine Pandosy Art Festival in the heart of Kelowna’s Pandosy Village.
“It’s the inaugural event so we really wanted to do something for the community and came up with the idea of doing an art festival. We’re in SOPA Square to showcase local artists in the community, so we have 17 artists and 10 crafters,” said Mary Meenagh, KLONA committee member.
The Imagine Pandosy Art Festival featured local artists and gave them an opportunity to share their work with the neighbourhood, safely at SOPA Square and on Groves Ave.
“There’s energy in painting and it’s all about colour, movement and energy,” said Joan Miller, an artist showcasing her work at the event.
The festival will be leaving a permanent mark on the neighbourhood with a mural created by JOMAE Custom Murals that was painted live for all to see.
“It’s a portable mural, we’re going to move it to a blank wall and then eventually move it to the brand new Pandosy Waterfront Park when it’s completed,” said Paul Clark, organizer.
Phase One of Pandosy Waterfront Park is set to be completed by next year, and while the wait for the new park is on, organizers are busy planning next year’s Imagine Pandosy Art Festival.
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