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Truro, NS. Saturday, Apr 4, 2020  –  Visual Voice Fine Art gallery

Visual Voice Fine Art will reopen for 2020 with Private Spaces, a show of new artworks by Rosemary Clarke Young and Kit Clarke.

“We hope the virus doesn’t curtain people’s enjoyment of this great exhibit, this is the culmination of a year of work for these two artist,” says gallery owner Nuri Guerra.

“We are doing everything we can to follow the province’s measures, and like other galleries we are attempting to support our artists during this difficult time.”

This is the first joint show for the artists and sisters, who until now have only exhibited together at group shows. Growing up they were both strongly influenced and inspired by their mother, also an artist and a draughtsman. Though they had this same departure point, their careers in the art world diverged taking them in different paths, now coming full circle and uniting again. Common themes in their work are intimate interiors and landscapes, even though their approach and media choices differ. Young’s current work is predominantly watercolour batik on rice paper, and Clarke’s recent work is acrylic on translucent vellum paper and mixed media.

See the exhibit from April 4 to May 2 at regular gallery hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

 “If you can’t visit us in person, please follow us on where you can see one painting in the show each day. And don’t forget to send your kudos to the artists!”

The Downtown Truro Partnership is helping with free delivery to Colchester, East Hants and Pictou counties for anyone who purchases a piece.

Contact the gallery at 902-VIEWING (843-9464).

Rosemary Young, The Potting Shed, watercolour

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Penticton art centre evicted after School District refuse cheaper lease – iNFOnews




June 03, 2020 – 3:33 PM

The Okanagan School of the Arts has until the end of the month to vacate the historic Shatford Centre building after the Okanagan Skaha School District refused to cut a deal with the not-for-profit organization on its lease renewal.

School of the Arts board president Keith MacIntyre told as its lease was about to expire, they approached the school district, which owns the building, and tried to negotiate a vastly reduced rate while the art school navigated the turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the School District refused the art school’s proposal and would not renew or extend the lease and ordered them to vacate the property by June 30.

“We weren’t expecting a sudden eviction order… especially in the current climate,” Okanagan School of the Arts executive director Kim Palmer said.

Prior to the pandemic, the downtown Penticton not-for-profit art school held a variety to courses for the public, put on events and rented out facility space. Now in its 60th year, it had to shut down all its operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic cutting the majority of its revenue streams.

The School of the Arts has let the Shatford Centre building for $1 a year from the School District for the last 10 years. The art school pays the utilities bills and maintenance which MacIntyre estimates costs $6,000 to $7,000 a month. Over the last decade, the organization has put around $2 million into the 99-year-old building.

MacIntyre wouldn’t give a precise figure of what was proposed but said it would see the School District cover the bills and some wages.

“We felt it was a pretty fair number,” he said. “We thought (it) would be probably less than it would cost SD67 to take over the building themselves because there is a lot to deal with in that building…. They’re going to have to pay (the bills) anyway.”

MacIntyre said the proposal put forward for the reduced costs would only have been temporary until classes and programs could restart and they could present a viable business plan and look at signing another five-year lease.

MacIntyre said the School District’s decision was a real disappointment and he was upset at having to shut the building down and seeing all the work the organization did go “out the window.”

“With a moratorium on commercial and residential evictions in B.C. because of the pandemic, we did not expect this from SD67,” MacIntyre said.

A media release sent out by Okanagan School of the Arts said the organization now has the task of emptying the building which contains valuable and specialized equipment, pianos, commercial kitchen appliances, and a wide variety of art supplies.

Palmer said she didn’t know where the equipment would be stored or what the future held for the art school.

The Okanagan Skaha School District 67 was not immediately available for comment.

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No crowds delight art lovers in Italy at re-opened museums – CityNews Toronto



FLORENCE, Italy — The Uffizi Galleries, the most-visited museum in Italy, is open after three months of COVID-19 lockdown, delighting art lovers who don’t have to jostle with throngs of tourists thanks to new social distancing rules.

Uffizi director Eike Schmidt told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the government-ordered closure of museums during coronavirus containment measures meant 1 million fewer visitors and 12 million euros ($13.2 million) in less revenue for that period. Now, at most 450 people at one time are allowed in the Uffizi’s many galleries, chock full of some of the art world’s greatest masterpieces.

That means visitors no longer have to elbow their way to admire such masterpieces as Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus.”

First in line to enter was Laura Ganino. She was studying in Florence when the lockdown was declared in early March and now was finally about to leave the Tuscan city, since Italy on Wednesday dropped restrictions on travel between regions in the country.

Schmidt said tourists from overseas weren’t expected to come to Italy in large numbers likely before 2021. Ganino took advantage of the smaller number of visitors. Crowds, she said, pose “an obstacle between me and what I’m observing.”

Right behind her in line was Patrizia Spagnese, from Prato in Tuscany. With crowds, “I get distracted, I tend to tire easily,” she said, so with her husband she was eager to savour the beauties inside the Uffizi, which she had never seen in its entirety despite many times being in Florence.

Schmidt said social distancing heralds a new era in art experience. Without being surrounded by rushing crowds, art lovers can better “feel these emotions that these works of art always transmit,” he said.

Visitors to the highly popular Vatican Museums, which reopened two days earlier after lockdown, similarly could appreciate opportunities rarely available in the past. These include enjoying Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapels without many other tourists jockeying for a spot where they can crane their neck to observe the masterpiece overhead.

As an added bonus, the Vatican Museums visitors can now see work by Raphael which had long been attributed to that of his artistic workshop but that after several years of delicate cleaning and restoration, experts decided were really painted by him shortly before his death in 1520.

Two female figures, each with one breast bared and serving as allegorical representations of justice and friendship decorate one of the walls of the Hall of Constantine.

The Vatican had planned to unveil the ‘’re-discovery” of Raphael’s work at an international convention of art experts in April. But the coronavirus outbreak forced that plan to be scrapped.

Instead, rank-and-file art lovers who visited the rooms of the Vatican decorated by Raphael, one of the highlights of the Museums tour before they reach the Sistine Chapel, can now admire the feminine figures. Raphael painted the figures with oil-based paint, very unusual for mural painting at the time.


Frances D’Emilio reported from Rome.


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Trisha Thomas And Frances D’Emilio, The Associated Press

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Grad Profile: Architecture as art – Dal News – Dal News



When Kristina Bookall left her home in Jamaica to attend Dalhousie, she was unaware that several years before her a relative had made a similar voyage.

“I later found out that my aunt, who moved to Canada, studied nursing at Dal,” she says.

Kristina, who recently graduated from the Masters of Architecture program, says her Dal experience has helped prepare her for jumping into the field right away.

“Dal architecture keeps it realistic,” she says. “It also allows you to be a significant contributor to the field just after graduating.”

A coastal experience

Kristina spent a summer in Cape Breton as a part of the Coastal Studio team, a research project at Dal that embeds students in different coastal communities around rural Nova Scotia with a focus on the development of innovative design and construction techniques that marry new technologies with traditional methods and materials.

“That was by far one of the best experiences,” she says.

Not only did she find the landscapes “absolutely stunning,” she says she also got the chance to get to know her classmates better as they all lived together over the summer.

For Kristina, architecture is an amalgamation of her artistic interests. “I do a lot of artistic design, and illustration and architecture bring all those interests into one thing,” she says.   

Before coming to Dal, she worked as a graphic designer for the British Broadcasting Commission.

“I studied production-design for film and television in the United Kingdom and went on to work for the BBC,” she says. Kristina has contributed to several TV commercials and miniseries, like Dancing on the Edge, Family Tree, and Hunted.

Adjusting and adapting

Despite having studied and worked in the UK, Kristina still had to adjust to her new life in Canada. “I had to get used to Canadian culture and the Canadian architecture student culture, which is another animal itself. Also, I was implanted into an existing class, which was tricky to navigate because being the new kid is never fun.”

She says she also started out her program as “a minority in every sense of the word,” but that there’s been a lot of more diversity developing in that area over the past few years.

Kristina says she also worked to overcome challenges that came with holding down a job while studying.  

“Working while in school was another struggle. Architecture school is intense and requires a lot of work, and the quality has to be to a certain standard to maintain good grades,” she says.

Now that she’s done her degree, Kristina says she plans to spend some more time gaining experience in Canada before eventually returning home.

“My immediate plan for the future is to get through quarantine and further my architecture experience here in Canada and when the weather gets too cold, fly back to Jamaica.”


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