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There is hope that life is getting back to normal and the pandemic is being managed to a great degree here in Canada. With this new normal, things are opening up. It has been a hard road for anyone involved in the creative arts and our artists, musicians, actors and dancers have all had to deal with little opportunity to entertain and stage their art.

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Recently Adrian Sutherland, a childhood friend of mine from Attawapiskat released on September 17th, a debut solo album titled ‘When The Magic Hits’. He has been hard at work in making and producing his music from his northern studio in Attawapiskat. In addition to his musical career, he is involved in many creative projects. You can view his latest music and creative projects at his website at adriansutherlandmusic.com

Wabimeguil, an indigenous artist from Northern Ontario continues, even during the pandemic, to produce her work and market it across the country. She is a great inspiration to many in the north as she continues the spirit of creativity handed down from her late father Lindy Louttit who is originally from Attawapiskat. Wabimeguil, which translates as ‘White Feather’ has been active as an artist for decades now and is well known for her traditional and cultural themes. You can view her work and more information about her at www.wabimeguil.com

A creative pair of non-Native friends of mine, Alana Pierini and her partner Lee Holmes have been involved in producing music and visual arts for decades here in Northern Ontario and they have been featured in venues across the province and in Europe.

They have been working right through the challenges presented by the pandemic and over the past two years have had to cancel showings and performances as a result of Covid-19 and the lockdowns we have experienced. The creative duo, collaborate on visual arts and music. They have a rich and vibrant history as creative influencers. Lee has a long career that connects him to the music industry as a blues musician who has produced numerous albums and singles. Alana is a well-known visual artist from Iroquois Falls who has inspired and taught many young people as a teacher and instructor and as an independent visual artist she has produced many works of art in various mediums over the years.  She also writes the lyrics for Lee’s music productions. In turn he contributes to the production of her art.

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If you want to see some interesting art being featured right here in the north you can do so by attending the Pierini Art Crawl at the Temiskaming Art Gallery (TAG) in New Liskeard on November 6th. The event will feature Alana’s art work and performances by Lee Holmes and the Beautitones. You can find out more information about this latest art exhibit from the Temiskaming Art Gallery Facebook page. In addition, Lee and the Beautitones are also performing at various venues in the north in the upcoming month. You can find out more information at his website at: www.leeholmes.online

Music and the arts are an important part of our lives and we have all looked to art, music and the movie world to help get us through this pandemic. Art in any form entertains us, makes us think, calms us and serves to mark special moments in time.

I was reminded of the power of art and music when a friend on my social media shared a memorable YouTube music video of John Rodrique performing ‘Pretty Girl’ at the Moosonee arena in 1991 during the Jammin’ On The Bay music event. At the time, this simple original pop song from that regional concert made us feel like we had our own star and our own music. John and his band were all from the James Bay coast and we were proud to call them our own. We bought the cassettes they produced and we played them over and over again until they wore out. Myself, my siblings and my teen friends at the time were experiencing those intense coming of age years and we were all on fire with our hopes and dreams. These many decades later I look back on that trail of early life and see so many gone now, moved on to other realities and some having become parents and grandparents. Still our own rock star John Rodrique, who passed at a young age, gave us a way to recall the joyful, energetic life so full of wonder back in 1991.

The power of art and music has always given us cause for reflection and hope.

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Around Town: Art of Inclusion – Alaska Highway News

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Carmella Klassen paints a snowman in the window of the Fort St. John Association for Community Living’s Art of Inclusion studio on 100 Avenue. 

The art program began earlier this year, and recently moved into a standalone studio down the street from the ACL office, where members show up to sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays to learn how to work with paints and pastels, linocuts and silkscreens, and other mixed-media techniques.

“I love art,” says Klassen, who has been taking part in the program since the beginning. “I make something new every time, and I want to learn how to do different things. Lorna is one of the best teachers I can think of.”

Klassen is referring to Montney artist Lorna Penner, who has been helping out with instruction since August. On Tuesday afternoon, Penner was working with Klassen and others on mixed-media self-evaluations and teaching them how to paint with pastels.

“It’s talking about how they feel when they do art. They’re very determined, they’re unique,” says Penner. 

Penner works with about four students per session, which she says is perfect. “We can really get into things very deep,” says Penner.

The studio recently held a printmaking open house for family and friends, and exhibited a COVID-19 show at Peace Gallery North earlier this year.

The program wraps for the holidays next week and will continue in the new year.

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Lily Rogova (left) and Victoria Nichols work on an art piece at the Fort St. John Association for Community Living’s Art of Inclusion studio. Matt Preprost

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca

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New Brunswick Grade 11 student now taking art seriously – Toronto Star

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Afton MacDonald has been around art her whole life.

While she began and enjoyed doing art as a small child, the Carleton North High School Grade 11 student said she didn’t take it seriously until 12 or 13.

“I remember when I was a young kid that I would watch my dad draw, and later I tried to copy him on my play easel,” said MacDonald in her biography as the Creek Village Gallery and Café Young Artist for December and January.

She credited a young, talented artist who moved to her neighbourhood for sparking her interest in taking her artistic efforts to the next level.

“A girl a bit older than I had just moved in down the road, and she was an amazing artist,” recalled MacDonald. “I admired her skill, and I made it my mission to become good at art.”

While her efforts didn’t pay dividends immediately, persistence did.

“It was a rocky start, but all through my middle school years, I drew obsessively, and it paid off,” MacDonald said. “I really enjoy drawing because I love the process. I love seeing what beautiful things I can put on paper. I challenge myself to see how accurately I can draw faces or scenes.”

This year, MacDonald is studying art at CNHS.

“I’m in Ms. Nickerson’s Grade 11 visual arts class this semester,” she said.

MacDonald called it a privilege to display her various styles of artwork on the Creek Village Gallery’s Young Artist Showcase.

“I am so excited to share it with everyone,” she said.

Paul Twyford of the Creek Village Gallery and Café said the Young Artist Showcase, sponsored by Woodstock businessman Greg McPherson, is designed to encourage talented young artists like MacDonald and enhance their exposure.

“It’s so encouraging to them to have an opportunity to show and sell their artwork in a gallery,” he said.

Twyford said MacDonald’s work would remain on display through December and January.

He said MacDonald shared a unique business idea involving personalized art for potential clients, which intrigued him.

Twyford referred to the young artist’s creation of an autobiographical piece of artwork, which not only includes a self-portrait but lists her likes, dislikes, friends, interests and other personal details.

For $50, she’ll create an art bio for others,” said Twyford. “They can contact Afton by email for more information at aftymacdonald@gmail.com

MacDonald said biographical art is one of my favourite things to make.

“I wanted to incorporate it with my display somehow, but I didn’t know how to make it relate to others,” she said.

MacDonald provided Twyford with her email address, explaining if someone wants their own customized bio, they simply email her.

“From there, I will send them a form to fill out with the information that I would need to complete the bio,” MacDonald said. “It’ll mostly be things like likes, dislikes, interesting information, age, birthday and so on. They will also provide me with a photo so I can recreate it digitally.”

She said a person could also commission a biographical art piece for someone else, perhaps to give as a Christmas gift.

“I’m really hoping that people will be interested in commissioning me to do this for them because I think it would be a really cool experience,” said MacDonald.

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