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Regina artist seeks plastic bottles, wood for environmental art project – Regina Leader-Post

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“As we constantly use and dispose of plastic in our daily lives, we are contributing to this increase of plastic in our cities, our province, and in the world.”

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A Regina artist is looking for donations of plastic bottles and scrap wood to help bring his vision of an environmentally-focussed art project to life.

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“My inspiration was to focus on this idea of having Saskatchewan grasslands and agricultural fields instead of a field of plastic,” said Bruni Hernani in a City of Regina news release. “As we constantly use and dispose of plastic in our daily lives, we are contributing to this increase of plastic in our cities, our province, and in the world.”

The custom-designed art piece will be displayed at the city’s new Waste Management Centre as a way to remind people of “the positive impact reducing our plastics use can have on the natural environment,” said Hernani in the release.

To help him create the artwork, residents can donate plastic bottles with lids, pieces of plywood, old or broken doors or wooden tables.

“Artists were encouraged to consider single-use plastics as a medium as well as multi-sensory, tactile or kinetic components that would make the art piece both visually stimulating and engaging for visitors,” said Laurie Shalley, the city’s director of parks, recreation and cultural services, in the release. “The proposed design combines these elements as well as opportunities for the community to participate and engage with the artist.”

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Hernani plans to livestream his work and is inviting residents to a series of public workshops to learn about the techniques he plans to use. The workshops will be held on Aug. 28 and Sept. 11 at the Neil Balkwill Civic Art Centre. A third workshop will follow in late September at the Waste Management Centre. Residents can visit Regina.ca/artworkship for more details and to pre-register.

Donations can be dropped off at the Neil Balkwill Civic Art Centre on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday, Aug. 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“Once opened later this year, the new Waste Management Centre, located east of the Landfill, will offer interactive learning for classrooms, community and corporate groups in its 800-foot education room,” said the news release. “Groups will learn about waste and water and the importance of engaging in responsible environmental practices.”

The art installation is scheduled to be completed by late September.

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Kirkland Lake museum asks for art donations to help fundraiser – CBC.ca

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The Museum of Northern History in Kirkland Lake, Ont., is accepting people’s donated art pieces for its first Art From Your Attic fundraiser.

The idea behind the event is to give new life to artwork that might be collecting dust in people’s attics or basements, all while raising funds for the museum.

“Ideally, we’ll be looking at locally painted artwork or locally represented artwork,” said Kaitlyn McKay, the museum’s supervisor. 

“Mining paintings are always kind of a top tier item around here, but for us it’s mostly about artwork that people have valued for a long time that has kind of been sitting aside in an attic or in storage or people who just have too much of it and not enough space to store.”

The Museum of Northern History was founded in 1967 and moved to its current location in 1983.

McKay said the community doesn’t have an historical society, and the museum provides a link to the region’s history. That includes photos and artifacts from the groups that immigrated from Ukraine, Poland and Finland to found the community.

A ceramic plate painting by artist Cesar Forero, called ‘Birds in Flight’, is one of the art pieces donated for the Museum of Northern History’s Art From Your Attic Fundraiser. (Submitted by Kaitlyn McKay)

Money raised from the Art From Your Attic fundraiser will help the museum cover its operating expenses and upcoming projects, McKay said.

According to the museum’s Facebook page, donors can also choose to keep 20 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of their pieces.

People have until May 30 to donate pieces of art for the fundraiser. The fundraising event will take place from June 7 to July 3, 2022.

Up North5:59The Museum of the Northern History in Kirkland Lake wants those art treasures hiding in your attic

What’s hiding in your attic? That’s the question the Museum of the Northern History in Kirkland Lake is asking its community. They would like to turn your spring cleaning into fundraising for the museum. Museum supervisor Kaytlin McKay joined us with more details.

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‘Destiny 2’ Scrubbed These Season 17 Guardians From New Map Art – Forbes

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We are just under ten days out from Destiny 2 launching season 17, and as of yet, it doesn’t even have a name, much less any clues about where the story is going from here, other than more generalized hints about year 5 buried in The Witch Queen.

We have gotten details about the Iron Banner rework and we know a new 3.0 element is coming, but even through that and some weapon reveals, we know absolutely nothing about the theme of the season, nor even the race it focuses on. Until now, maybe?

In an effort to keep everything as absurdly close to the vest as possible for as long as possible, Bungie actually went in and erase the above three Guardians from the art of the new PvP map, Disjunction, that was shown off in this week’s TWAB.

Here’s the original art:

And here’s the replacement:

No more Guardians. What are they hiding? Even blowing this up it’s pretty hard to tell, other than the fact that they are wearing new armor sets and wielding new weapons.

The biggest clue is the Hunter cloak, which many believe looks like it has Fallen symbols on the back. Looking up past Fallen symbols I will say that yes, it’s probably closest to that “style” of symbol, though I have not found any exact house matches. But between the symbols and the frayed edges, yes, I am at least some Fallen vibes as well. It doesn’t really look Cabal (we’ve gotten hints about Calus’ return) or Rasputin-based (we’ve gotten hints about Rasputin’s return).

This would make some amount of sense given that we have not had a Fallen-focused season since the actual Beyond Light expansion. Chosen was Cabal, Splicer was Vex (where Fallen were the good guys and we got Fallen armor), Risen was Scorn and Taken, Witch Queen was Hive and Scorn.

Given that a portion of the Fallen are now our allies, this raises questions about which Fallen faction we might be fighting, and that circles back to some hints we’ve gotten that Eramis, the frozen leader of House Salvation whom we left chilling on a dock somewhere on Europa. There have been hints that we have not seen the last of her, so that could be where we’re heading this season.

But there’s a second theory. Other than the cloak, the only thing I can glean from this image is what appears to be a new Claymore style sword on the back of the Titan. I assume it’s not the same one from the 30th anniversary, as shots like these usually show off new gear. I am less sure what the weapon is on the back of the Warlock, some kind of primary, auto, pulse, scout, something like that. And it’s gold which is more…Cabal, but we’ll see. I do see other hints of Cabal-style design in these other sets, so who knows, maybe we are on the way to the Calus-based season after all. There have definitely been more hints about Calus’ return both this season and over the past year.

I’m reaching here, but it’s all we’ve got. I expect to see something concrete around reset on Tuesday.

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Judge for yourself: Man uses art to escape 'frenetic' period – BarrieToday

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From a judge’s gavel to paint brushes, Barrie’s David Murphy has lived a unique life.

After a life spent mostly in a courtroom  first as a lawyer with a big Toronto law firm and eventually as a high court judge in the Cayman Islands  the 73-year-old is enjoying a simpler life these days spent mostly in his basement art studio. 

Born and raised in the city, Murphy says he has been painting for nearly 50 years, but it wasn’t until he started sneaking off to art classes once a week  while he was working in a large litigation firm in downtown Toronto in the 1980s  that he really began to love it.

“It sounds odd. It’s a time in your life where you’re probably the busiest, craziest and most frenetic in your career,” he tells BarrieToday. “I decided I wanted a diversion in law school and started copying Group of Seven paintings in oil just for fun.”

In 1989, Murphy moved to Hong Kong, where he spent the next seven years working as a law professor at the University of Hong Kong. And although he didn’t do a lot of painting during that time, he says he would find some time between classes to take the occasional class.

During that time, he experimented with watercolour and took classes in Chinese brush painting and art restoration. He also developed a research specialty in art law, published numerous scholarly articles on the subject, and lectured worldwide. He is also the author of a book on the legal aspects of the trade in Chinese art, published by Oxford University Press.

Murphy then moved to the Cayman Islands and spent the next four years as a high court judge, a career he admits left very little time for art.

In 2000, at the age of 51, Murphy retired and moved to Europe, where he once again picked up his paint brushes and started painting regularly. 

“I started doing a lot of shows and exhibitions in Malta,” he says, adding he always knew he’d return to Canada. 

Murphy, who returned to Barrie in 2013, says he has always been drawn to impressionists, and credits the famous Group of Seven for inspiring his own work. 

“When people think of impressionism, they typically think of European impressionist painters without really appreciating we had our own school of impressionist painters here in Canada with the Group of Seven who were fabulous,” he says. “I think it was meeting A.Y. Jackson that really inspired me (and) it was probably around that time I started really enjoying going to art galleries.

“Back in those days, McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg was just jammed with Group of Seven paintings. … It was just a visual feast back then and that obviously influenced me,” Murphy adds. 

Although most of his work over the years has featured landscapes and cityscapes almost entirely in oil, he says he has stepped outside of the box over the last few years and begun to move into abstracts using acrylic for a “change of pace.”

“Representational landscapes and cityscapes… that’s what I have done for decades, but not in a realistic style. I don’t like realistic art. I’d rather just take a photograph, so it’s impressionist,” he says.

An avid traveller, the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on that for Murphy. He says he found himself in his basement studio filling time in the winters.

“I decided to try something different. I started churning out a lot of abstracts… largely experimental and I think some of them are pretty good,” he says. “It’s really just a matter of putting together colour and shapes in a pleasing combination.

“I like to be spontaneous. I am not one of these artists that agonizes over something for weeks. I just like to do it and move on.”

Murphy’s work is on display as part of a new one-man exhibition for the entire month of May in the Falls Gallery at the Alton Mill Art Centre, located at 1402 Queen Street W., in Caledon. 

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