On Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, local artists will be safely gathering at Glocca Morra Farms & Studio’s Big Red Barn on Highway 15 for a Pop Up art show and sale.
Nine artists and makers will be participating, and every one of them is excited by the opportunity to reconnect with clients and customers.
“Events like this are so important right now to give artists and makers the opportunity to reconnect with their clients and to get their creations in front of a new audience,” said Casey Boyce of Shiva’s Delight. “It will be incredible to see everyone in person and have a chance to genuinely connect. We’ve all missed the social aspect of shows, meeting new people, seeing old friends and connecting with other humans face to face. It has been a very rough season for artists and makers whose income depends on vendor events, and so many of us have felt the impact.”
One of the hosts of the event, Rhonda Evans, agreed with Boyce and explained that the proper health and safety precautions will be in place on Saturday.
“A Pop-Up show at the farm before the end of summer, or a second wave happens, seemed like a good idea — to gather, at a distance!” Evans said. “We are taking precautions: a COVID screening check-in for all our guests for traceability will be set up, and we will be counting numbers to stay within provincial guidelines. Masks will be required. Alcohol and a hand wash station will be provided for all to use.”
“The farm has a large field and a big barn,” added Michelle Reid, participant and co-host. “Artists will be set up in both spaces to allow for social distancing. Check-in will control the number of people on site, provide sanitizer, and record postal codes.”
The show will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Big Red Barn, 1624 Highway 15, just south of the Highway 15 exit of Highway 401.
“This show is so important to us right now because all of our in-person summer art shows and markets were cancelled this year,” explained Adele Webster of Adele Webster Art. “We [artists] rely on those shows for revenue and growing our art following during the summer months.”
“Also, almost all the artists at this Saturday’s show are tenants of the Tett Centre,” Webster continued. “As the Tett Centre’s landlord is the City of Kingston, we have not, as of yet, qualified for rent relief. So coming together and putting on this art show at Rhonda’s is going to be such a wonderful day with so many talented artists as well as live music, but also it could help us recover a little from a very tough summer.”
Chaka Chakozi, a Zimbabwe stone sculptor whose studio is located at the Glocca Morra Farm & Studio, has invited his friends the Jerome Tucker Band to entertain attendees and play outside for the afternoon.
“We need a reprieve from the news, the loneliness and the sadness,” added Linda Wolfram Fraser of The Garden Studio, another artist participating on Saturday. “When COVID hit, I couldn’t stop watching the news in disbelief and creating my art seemed so meaningless and unimportant in the whole scheme of things. But as I watched the world react and cope, I realized art was helping so many get through the hard times. Art and music are bringing us back together, it’s bringing back joy and hope.”
Who will be participating in this pop-up event?
Chaka Chakozi — Zimbabwe Stone Sculptor
“I am a Zimbabwean-Canadian stone sculptor living, working, and raising a family in Kingston,” Chakozi shared with Kingstonist. “I work with volcanic rock from Zimbabwe, where I started sculpting as a teenager. Working with this stone here in Canada, where I have lived for the past 18 years, I have become increasingly interested in the stone itself – in the story it tells about geological history and in the relationship that I have forged with it over my years living between two continents. My recent work is inspired by the beauty and simplicity of the natural rock formations that are unique to Zimbabwe’s landscape.”
Chakozi’s studio is located at Glocca Morra Farms, so art enthusiasts can see where he works, as well as some works-in-progress. He will also have an outdoor exhibit of stone sculptures, which are suitable for outdoor display year-round.
Lisa Morrissey — Dragonfly Handmade
“My work, using fallen and reclaimed wood, is a little like a mosaic, or jigsaw puzzle with very natural pieces,” Morrissey said about her art. “All [pieces] have a three-dimensional quality, thanks to the unusual shapes that appear when I slice a branch a certain way.”
“Mother Nature creates the most stunning colours for artwork and, apart from a final clear coat, no addition of paint is usually needed to create an intriguing piece,” Morrissey continued. “My art is sustainable, environmentally friendly and complements any decor, from rustic cottages to a modern home. Wood instantly brings a natural warmth and richness to any space. My use of fallen and reclaimed wood is not only because it’s an incredible, natural medium to work with that is always full of surprises, but also lies in my responsibility towards the environment. ‘Protect. Reuse. Enhance’”
Morrissey suggests that many of us may be looking to spruce up the spaces we’ve created for staying productive at home, and an art show of this style not only provides a chance to purchase new art, but to also have an experience, and a chance to connect with local makers and pieces that affect us on an emotional level.
Rhonda Evans — Glocca Morra Farms & Studio
“I am excited that we are able to have a variety of artists with their work on display this weekend at our Big Red Barn, here at Glocca Morra Farms & Studio,” Evans told Kingstonist. “All of the artists that will be here are good friends, several of whom work here at the farms studio. We have supported each other over the past months, and are full-time artists that make their living working in their craft. This has been extremely hard through this pandemic, as many artists have not qualified for COVID Relief, Rent Relief, or any other subsidy that has been made available to other businesses.”
Evans said she doesn’t focus on any one medium for her work. She will have many different pieces and styles of art on display at the barn:
- “I do a lot with acrylic pouring medium, Liquid Glass, made here in Kingston by Tri-Art. Supporting local is important to me. I will display a series of new poppies, as well as others.”
- “Glass on Glass is something I used to do, but never had time for, but during the COVID-19 pandemic I was able to go back and rediscover this medium. That’s a good thing, and I will have many new pieces on display.”
- “My alcohol ink paintings and illustrations have been used to make face masks, aprons, pillows, bags etc. I am excited to share these.”
- “Lastly, I will have my series of Makers Kits available, from Fairy Gardens to Fibre Arts.”
Linda Wolfram Fraser — Pottery, Jewelry, Garden Art
“I play with mud, literally,” explains Fraser. “I love to take a piece of clay and shape and mold it into a functional or decorative piece of art that could possibly be on this earth for centuries. What a thought! The options are limitless when it comes to technique, and I strive to learn and grow with every new piece I create.”
“I also create garden art,” Fraser continued. “I had my Gran’s cracked tea pot and couldn’t use it. But I couldn’t get rid of it; what to do? I put it in the garden and it brought me such joy I started creating garden sculptures out of vintage china. Recycle, reuse and reduce… all important to me, and now I incorporate it into my art.”
Debbie Lyall — Lyall Art and Design
Debbie Lyall founded an original Fiber Art Studio where she enjoys hand-crafting original artworks in her signature vintage style. She combines colour and texture in textiles and in her original fiber art pieces.
“Art is our voice, where we live and who we are,” Lyall said. “As a creative person I see my life as abundant! I’m always hoping my art touches people. It’s very fulfilling for me and the highest compliment for sure.”
Lise Garner — Fiber Artist, Spinner and Weaver
Lise Garner has been creating cloth and fibre arts for over 30 years. After 23 years as a Professor in Textile Design at St. Lawrence College, and many years of paint, print, and dye work, her work has evolved into soft-yet-edgy fibre compositions that reflect on the world around us.
“I will be sharing a variety of new work, some great sale pieces and studio art from my collections with the attendees at our Pop Up,” shared Garner. “I am a weaver, stitcher, and dye/paint/print artist. The work I share is diverse and there is likely something on my display table to interest young and older, fine art-focused, and ‘just for the fun’ buyers. Framed and improvisational art, woven towels and rugs, small and large pieces.”
Michelle Reid — Michelle Reid Art
“I’m a self-taught oil painter based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada,” Reid explains. “My work is known for being very colourful with an emphasis on light and shadow, like the way the sun wraps around a tree trunk to bring it to life with an intensity that makes you search for your sunglasses!”
Adele Webster — Adele Webster Art
“My paintings capture the peace and calm of looking out over distant horizons,” Webster said of her art. “I use vivid and vibrant colours and balance them with calm landscapes while working in acrylics with resin. My inspiration comes from a balance between understanding the medium, pure joy of colour use, and Mother Nature’s incredible palette.”
Casey Boyce — Shiva’s Delight
“Many people are feeling online fatigue, which has affected the online artisan shows greatly as people are longing to get out into the world again,” Boyce explained. “I was thrilled when Rhonda invited Shiva’s Delight to take part, and am thrilled to to be spending the day in such incredible company.”
“I will have all of my skincare on display and will have some limited edition summer products that I am very excited to show off to the world,” she continued. “All of my skincare is handcrafted in small batches here in Kingston and it is vegan and cruelty free certified by the Leaping Bunny Organization. It is also 100 per cent natural and is free of all synthetic chemical dyes, fragrances and additives. I am so excited about Saturday and will be in the workshop all week making wonderful things for the show!”
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By Jensen, Randy on September 23, 2020.
This year’s Lethbridge Art Days Celebrations will take place Thursday through Sunday and will feature new events, traditional events and events that have been modified for physical distancing and safety due to COVID-19.
Lethbridge Art Days is an annual celebration of the arts held in conjunction with provincial and national Culture Days on the same dates. The Allied Arts Council works with AAC members, community artists and member organizations to support and celebrate a variety of events throughout Lethbridge.
Part of the celebrations will be the AAC popUP Gallery, a salon-style show in the old Lethbridge Family Services building behind Casa. This is a new initiative during Arts Days and artists were asked to reflect on the Culture Days theme of “unexpected intersections.”
Events will kick off Thursday with the AAC Artist Cabaret which will be streamed on AAC’s social media.
For those seeking an in-person experience, downtown will feature On the Street: Performers Friday through Sunday. While downtown, people can check out the 10 windows painted by local muralists during Downtown Lens: Window Painting Gallery.
On Saturday, people can take part in the Gallery Stroll featuring downtown galleries including Mortar & Brick which will feature artwork by Chrissy Nickerson.
Local artists will be taking over the old Family Service building (705 2 Ave. S.) with AAC popUP Gallery: Unexpected Intersections from Saturday to Oct. 4, complete with art, a bar, entertainment and the Artist at Work installations.
Two installation projects will be featured in the Artist Kiosks on Rotary Square during the Artists at Work: Kiosk Visual Arts Project from Thursday to Sunday. You can also enjoy them during the Family Affair on the Square on Sunday. The family friendly event will include chalk art by Eric Dyck.
People are invited to join in the fun with their chalk packets, Latin dancing and a Sharon, Lois and Bram cover band – Sharron, Lewis and Pam!
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From paintings to sculptures to drawings, the collection of work by young artists in Jasper created a colourful display at the Student Art Exposition at Habitat for the Arts, Sept. 14 to 16.
“There are no limitations in art,” said Vanessa Martin, who will be starting her fifth year of teaching art classes at Habitat. She’s also an educational assistant at Jasper Elementary School.
“It’s a path to expression, all kinds of expression,” Martin said. “There is an ease to doing art with children because they are always ready to do it.”
The creations at the show were done in Martin’s classes last year, when there were between 20 and 30 students.
The sessions run from November to March and the exhibition is usually held in April, but was delayed because of the pandemic.
Last year they ran three days a week, for about an hour and 20 minutes each. Martin will fine tune this year’s schedule as the time draws nearer to when they start.
“I will do something a bit different,” she said.
“Usually I include all mediums in a class. This year I want to make a big difference. There’ll be eight weeks of pottery first, then I’ll move to something else. We’ll see it where it takes us.”
Martin said this year is a celebration.
“It’s an achievement,” she said. “The beauty is the students have returned each year. There’s a total of four students who were here the first year and are here today. They were in grade two and now they’re in grade seven.
“We’ve shared a lot of art experiences. I’ve seen them develop as artists. I can see the evolution of their artwork.”
Martin has experienced an evolution of her own. She studied art for six years at the Paris Cergy National Graduate School of Art, in a variety of mediums. Martin moved to Canada 17 years ago, and to Jasper 15 years ago. These days she focuses on writing and drawings.
“I like to draw with BIC pens and pencils,” she said.
One of her students, William Lescard, eight, enjoys doing pottery and sculpture. He started classes two years ago.
“Sculptures are my favourite,” he said. “That’s the only thing I can make at my house.”
He made a crane.
“It came up in my head,” he said. “I made it out of two ice cream boxes and I taped them together. I had three other cardboard toilet paper rolls.
“It’s really fun – art. It’s important to people because when they get bored, they can sell it. They should start making art…it’s really fun. It makes me feel really happy.”
William said he will continue to do art for a few years.
Elliot Vassallo, eight, started doing art two years ago “because I went to art exhibitions and I thought it would be fun”.
His favourite kind of art is drawing.
“I use markers,” he said. “I like to draw burritos because they look good – bacon, eggs, cheese and peppers – and hard candy. I like drawing burritos with candies. I don’t eat burritos with candies but I like to draw burritos with candies.”
Elliot likes doing pottery too. A finger puppet he made was on display at the exhibition.
“I made a lemonade stand for the finger puppet to stand beside,” he said. “I like to paint people and everything with a smiley face on it.”
Karleigh Vassallo, almost 12, has been doing art for five years.
“I was my brother’s (Elliot’s) age,” she said. “I started because we were looking for an after-school activity and it looked like something new to try.”
One of the first things Karleigh did was a self portrait.
“It looked pretty normal except for the crooked head,” she grinned.
“I really like to do pottery, sculptures and bowls – that’s my favourite thing to do. When I do my art I like to think of stories that the art would represent.”
A couple of years ago, Karleigh created a story and drew an owl to go with it.
“It ended up looking like a wild chicken,” she said. “That’s how I started incorporating chickens into everything.”
Today, ‘Bob’ the chicken is part of most of Karleigh’s creations.
She said: “I like abstract artists because when you look at their art, you can put it together the way you want to.”
Art, Karleigh said, “is important because it’s something you can do – you can be creative and you can do whatever you want. There’s no boundaries.”
Martin pointed out that art teaches skills of observation. “
That’s really specific to art,” she said. “And it brings people together.”
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