It was sunny and warm in Yellowknife during the August long weekend – the perfect weather for a street party.
Aptly named the 47 Street Festival for its location, residents gathered for three days of artist showcases, live music, exercise classes, and crafting workshops.
Among the festivities were a performance by musician Jim Taylor and a painting workshop with artist Donna-Lynn Baskin.
The small festival, which followed all social distancing protocols, was a joint effort between Mermaid and Moon Boutique and Event Rentals Yellowknife. The events came together quickly, the organizers said.
“We’ve always loved festivals, even before we had a business running festivals,” Ainsley Dempsey, a co-owner of Event Rentals Yellowknife, told guests on Saturday afternoon.
“We thought, ‘You know what? We’re going to talk to local artists,’ and they were all up for it, so here we are.
“It warms our heart that all of you came.”
Meredith McNulty is the owner of Mermaid and Moon, a boutique and art gallery located on 47 St. She told Cabin Radio the festival aims to support artists and businesses, as well as celebrating the reopening of her own boutique after a Covid-19 shutdown.
“I kind-of took a chance with opening this small business and it’s been really supportive so far,” she said. “The whole business is … almost like a collaboration of artists.
“It’s just important for me that we recognize the arts community because it’s been impacted by the pandemic. And so, this festival supports businesses [and] brings people together.”
Ali Budgell and Kanina Clorey were selling their artwork at the festival on Friday evening. They referred to Mermaid and Moon as a “home base” for the city’s art community.
Guests enjoy musician Jim Taylor’s performance during the 47 Street Festival in August 2020. Meaghan Brackenbury/Cabin Radio.
Mermaid and Moon showcases and sells works from artists in Yellowknife. Meaghan Brackenbury/Cabin Radio.
Ali Budgell (right) and Kanina Clorey came to the festival on Friday evening to sell their artwork. Meaghan Brackenbury/Cabin Radio.
“Without [Meredith], it would be so sporadic and probably nothing,” Clorey said.
Both Clorey and Budgell have been working on new art since the pandemic began. Clorey specializes in acrylic pouring, which creates something of a paint “skin.” She uses those skins to create portraits, cards, and jewellery.
Budgell has created what she calls “pandemic postcards,” vibrant watercolours centred around a nurse (Budgell is a trained nurse herself) living through the year of Covid-19.
“When I do my art, that’s when I do all my processing,” she said.
On Saturday afternoon, guests were treated to a live painting performance by Jen Walden and Terry Pamplin.
The seasoned painters, donning their fanciest attire, called out for suggestions from the crowd. After two hours of painting – both the canvas and each other – and chatting with guests, the two successfully auctioned off a lake sunset scene for $650.
Pamplin and Walden have been working together for more than 10 years. Sometimes they paint large murals, sometimes they work with a canoeing company to create a “voyageur” painting experience for audiences.
“Even [if] you work solitarily, you paint because you want to connect with your viewers,” Walden said of painting for an audience. “So, you’re not always there when they see it, but you hope that there’s a connection.
Terry Pamplin and Jen Walden stand next to their latest work of art, which sold for $650. Meaghan Brackenbury/Cabin Radio.
Festival-goers were treated to complimentary popcorn throughout the weekend. Meaghan Brackenbury/Cabin Radio
“And then what’s fun about this is you get to be there and witness that connection; not just with the piece, but you also get to connect with them as a person.”
She added: “It’s just so nice to connect. That’s what humans are all about.”
While the festival may have had its inaugural weekend in the midst of a pandemic, McNulty said the organizers would love to hold the festival again next year – hopefully with fewer social distancing requirements.
Musician and Cabin Radio host Jim Taylor, right, treats the audience to Nova Scotian tunes. Meaghan Brackenbury/Cabin Radio
Walden and Pamplin have some fun with each other while working on their painting – by painting on each other. Walden’s giving Pamplin a goalie on his shirt. Meaghan Brackenbury/Cabin Radio
Donna-Lynn Baskin guides a group painting workshop. Meaghan Brackenbury/Cabin Radio
A painter mimics the techniques Baskin is demonstrating. Meaghan Brackenbury/Cabin Radio
Novelist Ali Smith Finds Art for All Seasons – The Wall Street Journal
Visual art has long played an important role in the novels of Ali Smith, 58, one of Britain’s leading writers and a four-time Booker Prize finalist. Her 2014 novel “How to Be Both” is jointly narrated by the 15th-century Italian artist Francesco Del Cossa and a British teenager in the 21st century, who becomes obsessed with one of his paintings in London’s National Gallery. She has collaborated on projects with her longtime partner Sarah Wood, an artist, curator and filmmaker.
But when Ms. Smith began her tetralogy of novels named after the seasons—whose final installment, “Summer,” was published in the U.S. last month—she didn’t know how important art and artists would become. In the four years covered by the books, a large cast of characters—among them a centenarian songwriter, a young art lecturer, a nature blogger, a brilliant near-juvenile-delinquent and a movie director—fall in and out of love, form de facto families and debate the political issues of the day, particularly immigration and Brexit. In each volume, fictional characters mingle with real-life artists, who play significant roles in the plot.
In 2015, when she was planning the first volume, “Autumn,” Ms. Smith happened to see a magazine reproduction of “Colour Her Gone,” a 1962 picture by the British Pop artist Pauline Boty. The painting is divided into three vertical sections: In the middle Boty depicts Marilyn Monroe at her most seductive, surrounded by flowers, while the flanking panels feature austere, abstract designs. The disconcerting effect is heightened by the way the Monroe panel is placed off center.
Boty, who died in 1966 at the age of just 28, struggled to be taken seriously as a female Pop artist. Her work addressed social and political issues head on, just as Ms. Smith does in “Autumn,” which she was writing at the height of the U.K.’s Brexit debate. Ms. Smith decided to make Boty a character in the novel, giving the artist a monologue-like chapter to herself. “A great many men don’t understand a woman full of joy, even more don’t understand paintings full of joy by a woman,” the character says. “Boty’s spirit—it’s the spine of that book,” Ms. Smith says now. “I’m thankful for it.”
Each volume in the series features a different 20th-century British artist, though in different ways. The second book, “Winter,” discusses the sculptor Barbara Hepworth, whose pierced stone abstract sculptures recall the work of Henry Moore. Ms. Smith says that Hepworth “knows how the physical universe and the human world come together and come apart.” In “Spring,” has-been director Richard Lease is inspired by the contemporary artist Tacita Dean, especially her 2017 work “The Montafon Letter,” an enormous picture of a mountain and avalanche: “As he stood there, what he was looking at stopped being chalk on slate, stopped being a picture of mountain. It became something terrible, seen,” Ms. Smith writes.
Finally, in “Summer,” Ms. Smith introduces two German artists who fled Nazism and took refuge in the U.K.: Fred Uhlman, known for his vivid landscapes and surrealistic drawings, and Kurt Schwitters, best known for his collages. In 2020, the 104-year-old Daniel, one of Ms. Smith’s fictional characters, recalls being interned as an enemy alien on the Isle of Man during World War II alongside the two artists.
Daniel recounts that Uhlman spent his time making drawings in which a little girl with a balloon moves unscathed through wartime horrors: piles of skulls, ruined buildings, hangings. In real life, children were on Uhlman’s mind at the time: The internment had prevented him from finding out any information about his pregnant wife. After the war, Uhlman published 24 of these drawings under the title “Captivity” (1946).
The antic Schwitters, by contrast, barks like a dog, sleeps in a basket and, for lack of better material, makes sculptures out of porridge that then molder and turn green. “These sculptures are alive…there is no higher accolade,” Daniel diplomatically assures Schwitters. In real life, Schwitters left the camp in 1941 for London, where he met with little success, though his work was later recognized as a forerunner of Pop art.
For Ms. Smith, the purpose of making art and artists so central to these novels is that the arts “ask response. They ask for our thinking, feeling presence. The visual arts do it with an immediacy we think we’re used to…but we’re never used to art, which will always shake us out of ourselves and into new, renewed selves.”
Art enthusiasts are invited downtown for a distanced Art After Dark experience – Kingstonist
Art galleries and art loving businesses will once again open their doors for Art After Dark tonight, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.
This biannual event has been running for over 10 years and is always met with great reception by art enthusiasts who are starting or adding to their personal art collections, according to a release from Downtown Kingston! dated Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.
From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight, Kingstonians can tour downtown’s galleries, and enjoy great conversation and compelling art, while maintaining physical distancing based on KFL&A Public Health guidelines. According to the release, if visitors are not able to tour the galleries while maintaining physical distancing, businesses will encourage returning at another time to enjoy the art.
“At Martello Alley and Martello on Brock we are looking forward to celebrating with the local community,” said David Dossett, owner of the Martello locations. “It gives us an opportunity to thank Kingston for their continued support during these challenging times.”
“And, we are excited to show Kingston our new store, Martello on Brock as well as the newly-renovated Martello Alley,” Dossett continued. “Come and enjoy the sounds of Euro Café Duo as they perform live at Martello Alley while you wait to shop. Their Parisian music will take you to another place and time.”
Art After Dark patrons will be able to enter to win a $500 voucher towards the purchase of original art at every participating location they visit. This is a great opportunity for fans of Art After Dark to consider what they would buy if they won.
|Amanda’s House of Elegance||70 Princess St|
|The Amber Room Kingston||34 Princess St|
|Cloth||131 Princess St|
|End of the Thread Antique Emporium||201 Princess St|
|Gallery Raymond||334 Princess St|
|Gallery Raymond- The Warehouse Gallery||273 Brock St|
(entrance off Clergy St)
|General Brock’s Commissary||55 Brock St|
|Happy Thoughts||95 Clarence St|
|Downtown Kingston Art Studio||181 Sydenham St|
|Martello Alley||203 B Wellington St|
|Martello on Brock||66 Brock St|
|Montreal Street Collective||39 Montreal St|
|Salti Yoga Kingston||80 Princess St|
|UNDR for Men||68 Princess St|
“We are excited for this safe and fun event to celebrate local Kingston artists who have been hit hard during this pandemic,” said Marilyn Doherty, Project Manager – Marketing for Downtown Kingston!
Art After Dark is a biannual event celebrated in concert with the Downtown Kingston! BIA – an association of 700+ businesses located in downtown Kingston.
More information and artist profiles can be found here: https://www.downtownkingston.ca/events/2020/fall-art-after-dark-2020
A map of participating locations can be seen in the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/343873140130990/?active_tab=discussion
Fine Art Startup Maireann Makes Art Collections More Accessible – Featuring Limited Edition Prints and Signed Art – PRNewswire
NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Maireann is a New York based Fine Art marketplace that sells top-quality signed and limited edition prints. They launched on August 15, 2020. The fine art prints they sell are targeted at consumers desiring to purchase high-value art but cannot afford outrageously-expensive collections. Maireann wants to ultimately make quality art that will appreciate in value more readily available.
“Maireann helps photographers survive and make a living, especially during these trying times,” exclaimed Creative Director Freddie Leiba who’s worked with some of the top names in art and fashion like Andy Warhol, Irving Penn, Annie Leibovitz, Albert Watson, Joseph Chen, Helmut Newton, Horst P. Horst, and Francesco Scavullo to name a few. “I’ve seen many Photographers struggle to find a good marketplace to sell to art collectors,” added Leiba, ” Maireann helps solve this problem.”
Says New York Fashion Photographer Joseph Chen, “The series Forme Féminine et Sensualité is an ongoing study I have been working on and off for the last 10 years, it revolves around the intricate relationship between sensuality and the female form. Maireann is a great platform to share my work to the world, it also gives me the opportunity to do what I feel, which is sometimes hard to do on commissioned advertising jobs.” Supermodel Megan Irminger, who worked with Chen over the years, adds, “I think it’s a beautiful piece illustrating the light that women bring to this world.” The series Forme Féminine et Sensualité by Chen is sold exclusively with Maireann.
Maireann accomplishes their mission by lowering the cost of the art to the consumer while offering a majority of the sales price to the artist. Maireann keeps a very low percentage of each print sold in comparison to other marketplaces. Maireann even offers free shipping on all orders $200 and above.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with Maireann to sell my photography,” added photographer Mario De La Isla. “Previously, I’ve struggled to find buyers who would appreciate my limited-edition prints. But with the help of Maireann, I’m able to focus more on creating art than worrying about selling my work.” De La Isla is a veteran photographer for National Geographic.
Lastly, Maireann is currently on the lookout for artists that they, themselves, bring a unique point of view, to help showcase fresh exceptional talent to the art world.
Apolline Côté – PR
SOURCE Maireann: Limited Edition Fine Art Prints
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