During a time when health experts are recommending to physically stay away from one another, an art workshop taught online is bringing Inuit people across the country closer together.
Inuit artists have been leading workshops over video conferencing to share their talents and to stay connected during COVID-19.
“I thought it would be a nice opportunity to just get my name out there to a bigger audience and just to connect to other like-minded people,” said Wabush-based artist Raenn Brown, who is originally from Postville, Nunatsiavut.
Brown led a workshop on glass etching earlier in April, after signing up and sitting through another artist’s class.
“After I left I thought, “That was great. It was really nice to connect with people outside my home,'” she said.
“I think it’s really important right now to have something like this to help small businesses, entrepreneurs and self-employed people,” said Brown, who said it’s been harder to sell her artwork during the pandemic.
The workshops, called “De-ICE-olation,” are put on by the Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership, in collaboration with the Inuit Art Foundation.
Heather Igloliorte, the director of Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership, said the idea started when some of the projects she was working on were no longer going to be possible due to COVID-19.
She decided to come up with a project that was beneficial for the Inuit community and would also work within health officials’ guidelines.
“We thought, wouldn’t it be great if we did a workshop series where we could encourage people to learn a new skill and feel a sense of togetherness? Get to see other Inuit faces online and learn something new in the process?” said Igloliorte.
The workshops are held a few times a week, with a wide variety of different artistic skills. There have been classes offered on embroidery, beading, caribou tufting and throat singing.
Some of the workshops are open to the public while some are restricted to Inuit only. Igloliorte said they are always looking for new artists to join, as they plan to run the workshops for the next month.
“We are trying to get somebody from every community.… We are trying to actually include Inuit artists all across northern Canada as well as southern Canada,” said Igloliorte.
Brown said she knows the workshop is serving the purpose it was designed to do.
She said her etching class was full of people who wanted to know how she engraves those frosty looking designs on mirrors and glass.
“I sell the etching product, the materials and I had a lot of people messaging me wanting kits. Now they are all at home and they are sending me pictures and showing me what they created.”
“It’s nice, it’s exciting. I really do love to share something that I love to do so much.”
A virtual Art in the Garden festival is happening on the North Shore this weekend – North Shore News
The North Shore’s annual Art in the Garden event is gearing up to go digital this weekend.
The event has been re-imagined as a livestreamed art and music demonstration this Saturday and Sunday evening, while encouraging community members to share pictures of their own green spaces online.
Last month, North Van Arts made the decision to suspend the 21st annual Art in the Garden festival due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of practising physical distancing during an event which melds visual arts with some of the North Shore’s most extraordinary gardens.
The decision was made to offer an online version of Art in the Garden in order to keep the spirt of the long-running festival intact, according to Nancy Cottingham Powell, executive director of North Van Arts.
“Art in the Garden is the longest running North Shore garden tour and we didn’t want to just cancel this event that inspires gardeners, artists and nature lovers,” stated Powell, in a press release.
As part of its new online event, for the month of May the arts and culture organization reached out to visual artists and musicians who had participated in past festivals and asked them to create short videos outlining their work, inspiration and methodology.
The six artist videos were released weekly on North Van Arts’ social media channels and website.
This weekend, local painters Nicola Morgan and Pierre Leichner are set to take over the organization’s Instagram account as they livestream the creation of original artwork over live music performed by North Shore musicians Ava Maria Safai and Paul Silveria.
Viewers can tune in on May 30 and 31 at 7 p.m. each night.
North Van Arts is also encouraging people on the North Shore to comment and share pictures of their gardens and green spaces this weekend, as well as their own nature-inspired art, by using the hashtag #ArtintheGarden.
“These extraordinary times have forced us to look at how we connect with our community. Art in the Garden Online is an opportunity for us to support our members and local artists in a unique way,” stated Powell.
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ACA going forward with 11th annual Antigonight Art After Dark Festival – TheChronicleHerald.ca
ANTIGONISH, N.S. —
Antigonish Culture Alive has announced that the Antigonight Art After Dark will be returning for its 11th year.
Antigonight attracts big crowds. In the last two years 3000 people spent their evenings exploring the 20-30 projects in Chisholm Park, the People’s Place Public Library or hidden away in the normally overlooked nooks and crannies of Main Street.
The festival will take place in over the course of 12 days in the beginning of September, and while the COVID-19 pandemic will force some changes, event organizers say they’re excited to see how artists adapt.
“We’re not going to be bringing together large groups or setting up in the lib,” said ACA chair, Sarah O’Toole. “This could open us up to new possibilities, installations in rural parts of the county, tuning into an exhibit over the radio, there are ways where people can contribute and take part even though we can’t be together.”
Artists are invited to propose “unconventional ways” to showcase their work and connect with the public, while following NS Department of Health directives, and O’Toole said that they are encouraging artists to collaborate on projects.
What that looks like is going to be up to the artist, and ACA is currently accepting submissions until June 26.
“We invite artists, collectives and community organizations to submit project ideas that celebrate and consider all the ways that we can encounter art and be connected even if we cannot gather,” said ACA in a news release.
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