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NWT launches online art portal in bid to open up archive – Cabin Radio

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More than 1,400 pieces from the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre’s art collection are now freely accessible online.

In a Tuesday news release, the NWT government said the portal was an effort to improve access to the museum’s collection of more than 75,000 objects. Only a fraction are ever on display at a given time.

The new, searchable website allows access to high-definition images of sculptures, paintings, prints and textiles from a wide variety of northerners. Examples include the late Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak, Baffin Island photographer Peter Pitseolak, and sculptor Osuitok Ipeelee.

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The NWT government said it hopes the portal will “grow and evolve as new art is acquired.”

Yellowknife’s Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, and by extension its online art portal, are currently the closest thing the NWT has to a territorial art gallery.

Writing in 2021 for Galleries West magazine, Yellowknife-based artist and curator Sarah Swan said having a territorial non-commercial gallery would “stoke curiosity and facilitate appreciation.”

In the absence of one, Swan and other organizers have established the “Art Gallery of NWT,” a mobile art gallery that serves as part genuine community resource and part tongue-in-cheek protest.

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MLAs have called for more resources to display art in the territory.

“Our need for arts infrastructure in the NWT is huge. Artists need physical and virtual spaces for creative development, collaboration, celebration, and sales, and I am concerned the GNWT is not taking this repetitive call to action from the arts community seriously,” Kam Lake MLA Caitlin Cleveland said last year.

While the GNWT launched a 2021-2023 arts strategy in August, on Tuesday it said the online art portal existed independently of that.

Though “not directly connected to the NWT arts strategy,” the territory stated, “this project supports the principles of the strategy to promote and celebrate NWT arts and artists.”

Cleveland has criticized that strategy, saying it lacks support for an independent arts council or increases to core funding, instead mostly offering project-specific funding.

In December last year, culture minister RJ Simpson stated there was “no plan to build a new public art gallery.” In the meantime, residents of the NWT can now take in the art from home.

The online collection “allows us to showcase the amazing works of art produced in the NWT and allows us to celebrate the artists who produced them,” Simpson said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Art is inseparable from history and culture, and making northern art more accessible territorially, nationally, and internationally will help promote the natural and cultural beauty of the NWT and its people.”

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Your hand-me-down art can be loved again: Art Attic is back – CambridgeToday

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Is there something sitting in your closet collecting dust? The Cambridge Art Attic will take it.

The Cambridge Art Attic Silent Auction is back and looking for donations of art and home décor. As the Cambridge Art Guild’s largest annual fundraiser, the event supports the Cambridge Centre for the Arts (CCA). 

The 11th annual Art Attic Silent Auction will be held at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts on June 16, from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., June 17, from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. and June 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Art Attic is accepting donations of art including prints, originals, and home décor, all priced to sell.

Visitors will have an opportunity to bid on and purchase art donated by local artists and the community.

The Cambridge Art Attic, an initiative of the Cambridge Arts Guild, is the primary fundraiser that supports the city’s art scene.

“We are so excited to see the silent auction return this year,” said Lori Bennett, chair of the Cambidge Art Attic.

“This is our major fundraiser that allows us to support our programs and events. Art Attic allows people to donate their previously loved art that they no longer use or have space for, and they know that someone else will love that piece of art again.”

Art can be dropped off at 60 Dickson St. For hours visit here

And for those doing some spring cleaning or decorating and have some art to donate, the Art Attic also accepts pieces year-round. 

“We get some items and we think, this doesn’t have much value, and then you find out it’s an antique piece. Someone will come in and get really excited about it,” Bennett said.

Proceeds from the Art Attic Silent Auction will support the Cambridge Arts Guild with local art initiatives including Cookies and Kids Theatre, Cambridge Studio Tour, the Juried Art Show, Artist in Residence, and Christmas in Cambridge. .

The Cambridge Centre for the Arts provides quality arts programming through classes, workshops, an art gallery, special events, and an artist in residence program.

The CCA is a municipally operated community arts centre that enriches and engages area residents, artists and organizations through quality artistic experiences and opportunities that stimulate, promote, and support the arts in Cambridge.

The CCA encourages participation and inspires an appreciation for the arts.

“Art speaks to people,” Bennett said.

“You see people’s faces light up at the auction when they see that special something that speaks to them. They can give it new life and enjoy it for years to come. It’s a win win for everyone.”

For more information, visit the Art Attic Facebook page.  The Arts Guild is also looking for new volunteers or to help with the silent auction. To volunteer, contact Wanda Schaefer at 519-623-1340 ext. 4491.

For more information, visit here.

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Goddesses, she-devils and a tangle with textiles – the week in art – The Guardian

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Art Beat: Have you visited the halls of healing arts at the hospital? – Coast Reporter

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The Sechelt Hospital Foundation has welcomed Levi Purjue, an artist who contributed to the Art of Healing fundraising event, for its May rotating gallery at Sechelt Hospital. 

Located between the lab and physiotherapy offices, select works of art are available each month for sale to the general public or hospital staff. 

Further down the hall, visitors will find more of Levi’s works on display. 

Funds from the Art of Healing event helped to purchase a new X-ray for Sechelt Hospital’s Medical Imaging Department. 

Nature of Grief artist talk at GPAG May 28

The public is invited to learn more about Amberlie Perkin’s work in her The Nature of Grief exhibition at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery. Perkin will be providing an artist talk on Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. 

Amberlie is an interdisciplinary artist whose diverse practice includes sculpture, installation, printmaking, and painting.  

With interests in the interplay of grief and ecology, nature and the body, Perkin’s creative process evokes “the materiality of mourning” using grief and loss as lively material with which to build new forms while formalizing the presence of absence.  

More information is online at gpag.ca 

Suncoast Phoenix Community Choir concerts May 28 and 30

The Suncoast Phoenix Community Choir will present an eclectic mix of choral music for all ages on Friday, May 28 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, May 30 (3 p.m.). 

The Friday concert takes place at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church in Sechelt. 

The Sunday matinee will be at Calvary Baptist Church in Gibsons. 

The choir’s website has more information: suncoastphoenixchoir.ca. 

The Peanut Butter Jam at the Roberts Creek Legion May 28

Roger Camp and fellow rockers Slightly Twisted & Friends will present The Peanut Butter Jam at the Roberts Creek Legion on May 28. It’s the group’s first time performing at the venue since 2020. 

Camp’s friend and fellow Canadian classic rocker Al Harlow will make an appearance.  

As is customary with Peanut Butter Jam events, cash donations will benefit the local food bank. 

The show starts at 8 p.m. on May 28. 

Coast Fiddler Camp coming in July

The Sunshine Coast Fiddlers are offering a Coast Fiddler Camp, to take place July 18 through 20 at Davis Bay Community Hall. Instructors will include JJ Guy, Gordon Stobbe, Geoff Horrocks, Trish Horrocks and Jennie Bice. 

Advance registration is required and is open now. For more information about the Coast Fiddlers and how to join, email csfandbttb@gmail.com. 

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