NEW! Appleton Studio – online ‘ART MENTORING’ course
Instructor: Adrian Baker, BFA, MFA
Want to keep making art this winter, but could use a little guidance? I’m offering personal feedback sessions by email, one-on-one online meetings, and online group feedback sessions. Work on your own projects in your choice of medium, under the guidance of a professional artist. Receive valuable feedback from your peers. Flexible scheduling to suit your routine.
‘Art Mentoring’ runs from the week of January 18th to March 26 (choose your own times/days).
Cost is $180
What you get:
– Weekly personal assessment of your current art project via email, with constructive critiques and professional guidance. (eight sessions)
– One-on-one online meetings to discuss the progress of your work (six sessions)
– Online group feedback sessions with fellow participants (two sessions)
– Regular links to online painting tutorials relevant to your work.
What you do:
– Choose a project to work on in your choice of medium. Your first email session can be a discussion of what to paint, how to get started, colour & compositional decisions, etc.
– Photograph your artwork regularly as it progresses over the ten weeks and send the pictures by email for feedback from the instructor, for a total of eight email instructional sessions.
– Schedule six one-on-one meetings with instructor over the 10-week period (schedule of available days/times will be provided)
– Participate in two online group critiques (coffee, tea or wine are optional!)
– Have fun! Be creative! Keep on making art!
I am accepting a limited number of participants, so let me know asap if you are interested.
Canada's top military commander Art McDonald steps aside after investigation launched into misconduct – CBC.ca
Canada’s new top military commander Art McDonald has voluntarily stepped aside as he is investigated by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service on unspecified misconduct allegations.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan posted a statement online at just after 11 p.m. Wednesday stating he was informed of the situation and takes allegations of misconduct seriously.
“As I have stated, I take all allegations of misconduct seriously and continue to take strong action on any allegation of misconduct that is brought forward,” wrote Sajjan in a statement. “No matter the rank, no matter the position.”
Sajjan did not reveal the details of the allegations and said he will not comment further because the investigation is ongoing.
He has appointed Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre as acting chief of the defence staff. Lt-Gen. Eyre is currently the commander of the army.
This latest development comes in the wake of the controversy surrounding the former chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance, who is also under investigation by the military’s National Investigation Service after allegations — first reported by Global News — that Vance had an inappropriate relationship with a female subordinate.
McDonald appointed in December
The investigation is looking into whether the former top military commander violated the code of service discipline or any laws were broken.
McDonald was appointed to the role on Dec. 23, and he assumed command on Jan. 14, marking the official transfer of command of the Canadian Armed Forces from Vance to McDonald.
McDonald apologized earlier this month after a public backlash erupted when he posted a photo online about the importance of diversity. However, the photo depicted eight white, male colleagues sitting around a conference table with one woman on a screen in the background.
“It’s true: the leadership of the CAF is, and historically has been, predominantly male and white. That needs to change,” McDonald tweeted.
“We need to reflect Canada’s diversity at all levels. We must work to eliminate systemic racism and dismantle the barriers to career advancement that exist. We are there in mindset but know there is still a lot of work to do, and we are committed to doing it.”
McDonald commanded the Royal Canadian Navy from 2019 to 2021.
Sci-fi exhibition opening at Richmond Art Gallery in April – Richmond News
Richmond Art Gallery (RAG) is partnering with Richmond-based Cinevolution Media Arts Society for a sci-fi exhibition on the ideas of intimacy, presence and cultural memories.
The exhibition titled Union, created by Nancy Lee and Kiran Bhumber, will headline Cinevolution Media Arts Society’s annual flagship event, Digital Carnival Z starting April. 24.
The exhibit takes place in the year 3000, when the nation state has collapsed and physical contact and living spaces have been affected by a viral air pollutant.
“Union is about two beings discovering their ancestral memories through the longing for touch and rituals practiced in their post-apocalyptic wedding ceremony,” reads the event’s website.
According to the RAG, the exhibit will feature an extended reality component – real and virtual environments generated by computer technology – as well as a performance, sculptures and sound and video installations.
“Drawing on parallels between our world and the speculative future while working through the artists’ diasporic identifies, Union is a potent critique of modern surveillance capitalism, but also a gesture towards hope through the generative possibilities of intimacy, performativity and presence,” says the RAG exhibition page.
Union will be exhibited at the art gallery from April 24 to June 5.
For more information, visit RichmondArtGallery.com
Artists make gravitational waves in Port Moody – The Tri-City News
Six years ago, scientists used an instrument from Earth to detect gravitational waves — a prediction made a century earlier by Albert Einstein.
The discovery confirmed Einstein’s theory of general relativity and it opened up a whole new way to see the universe.
Now, that new view of the world and beyond is being captured in a show by three multi-media artists who also share a passion for science.
Their exhibit, titled A Mysterious Attraction, will open Thursday at PoMoArts (formerly the Port Moody Arts Centre) and, at 7:15 p.m., they’ll tour the gallery and talk about their work for an online reception via Facebook Live.
“In this project, we engage a force in nature to become our artistic brush,” they wrote in their artists’ statement. “Thus, we hope that the viewers will be inspired to experience our universe in a different way.”
But although their display was influenced by gravitational waves, the art by Edzy Edzed, Pierre Leichner and Bill Westwell also draws on abstract expressionism as well as spin and fluid art.
Specifically, they are inspired by the techniques used by Eugene Pera, Jean Tanguely, Alfons Schilling, Annik Gendron and Damien Hirst (for spinning canvasses); David Alfaro Siquerios (fluid painting); and Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler (pouring or splashing paint).
Edzed, who has his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Victoria, works in his original “deconstruction” style while Leichner has his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and an MFA from Concordia University, and focuses his art on environmental and mental health themes.
Westwell, a lifelong artist, is also influenced by the environment.
The gallery at PoMoArts is open for physically distanced viewings from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Call 604-931-2008 or visit pomoarts.ca.
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