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Seattle Artist Ryan Haight Depicts Bellingham Landscapes in Stylistic Pixel Art – whatcomtalk.com

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Bellingham offers pleasant sights and sounds to all who
have ever called the city of subdued excitement home. This has long interested Seattle
artist Ryan Haight, whose Instagram @My_Art_Bytes depicts
Washington scenery in the style of early 8-bit and 16-bit video games.

“I was born in Spokane, and I grew up there until like I
was 18, [when] I moved over to Bellingham to go to school at Western,” says Haight.
“I really enjoyed Bellingham a lot more than Spokane. And I also feel that
Whatcom County has really excellent scenes for pixel art.”

Haight’s art has quickly become popular on social media. On
Instagram, over 3,700 followers share his animations of familiar scenery depicted
in a comfortably retro art style.

“I grew up enjoying games a lot, and as a kid I wanted to
try to make games or play games for a living—but once you grow up you realize that’s
probably not gonna happen,” Haight says. “So, I just started messing around on
a computer and watching YouTube videos about how to make games and how to make
game art, and then I decided to try it myself and post it on the internet for
other people to see.”

Rendering an 8-bit Bellingham

Haight’s pixel art starts with taking or acquiring
reference photos of a given building or landscape.

Western Washington University is the most common location in Haight’s work. Sites include Red Square as depicted above, Old Main, Viking Union, and the south side of campus. Image courtesy Ryan Haight

“Once I have a bunch of reference photos and I know what angle
I want to try to make the piece of art from, I will pull up a bunch of
reference photos on one monitor and start doing pixel art on the other,” Haight
says, “and just block out the buildings or the plants, the relative shape of
things.”

Most of Haight’s work goes into animating scenes and
choosing colors and textures that bring images to life.

“I think that’s one of the most challenging and creative
parts of pixel art,” says Haight. “Trying to describe a scene with relatively
low amounts of information and through that, trying to make textures that are
interpretable as different materials.”

Whatcom County scenes in Haight’s art include various WWU
locations, the Bellingham Herald building, Pel’meni Restaurant, and several
local houses.

Haight regards this pixel rendition of a sunset on Garden Street as a personal favorite piece. Image courtesy Ryan Haight

“It has like an excellent combination of urban and rural
settings,” Haight says. “Even though I wasn’t raised there, I feel like there’s
a lot of nostalgia to tap into just in the settings, in the university and the
very approachable downtown area.”

Haight has also depicted Seattle locations such as Pike
Place Market, Capitol Hill, and University of Washington, as well as sites in Whidbey
Island, Vancouver, Eugene, Cincinnati, Portland, and Spokane.

Everything Old is New Again

Haight started posting his art on Reddit community r/PixelArt, citing influences
such as Pacific Northwest pixel artist 8pixl and
classic video games in general.

“Back in the day, they had to make pixel art because of
performance constraints on the consoles,” Haight says. “Nowadays, pixel art
isn’t necessary to run a game on a computer; graphics have evolved, but people
still elect to use pixel art in a lot of games simply because it evokes
feelings of nostalgia for older games for some people.”

Many of Haight’s works employ animation, as in the original version of this rainy Fairhaven scene. Image courtesy Ryan Haight

In addition to his positive reception on social media, the Associated Students of Western Washington University
feature Haight’s art on several webpages.

“I think a lot of art I have is kind of escapist or
something,” says Haight. “You wanna go there, live there, but it’s cool to see
a place where you already live or have lived displayed in that light, in this
sort of rose-tinted perfectionist light. And so, people will often message me
and be like, ‘Oh, I miss going to school at Western! Thank you for making this
art.’ Or, ‘Oh, I live right down the street from that, this is awesome!’ And it
always is really cool to get that feedback.”

Leveling Up

Haight plans to continue making pixel art of Pacific
Northwest environs.

“Eventually, I want to make a video game, because I went to
Western, I got a degree in computer science, and I feel like I could do it if I
just sat down and did it for, like, three years,” Haight says. “But it’s impossible
to stick to one project for that long for me, so we’ll see if that ever happens—maybe
a video game by 2030 or something.”

In addition to Instagram, Haight posts pixel art on Twitter and sells prints on INPRNT, allowing these
pieces to feel like home in more ways than one.

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On the Avenue Art Gallery puts spotlight on northern artists during provincial art fair – Prince Albert Daily Herald

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Prince Albert gallery is one of 17 from across the province hosting online and in-person exhibits

Prince Albert’s On the Avenue Art Gallery is one of two new additions to the annual Art Now provincial fine art fair, and curator Jesse Campbell says it’s a great opportunity to showcase northern artists.

On the Avenue is one of 17 galleries showing exhibits during the annual art fair, which runs online until Sept. 26. Residents can also visit the gallery in person from Sept. 24-25 to see 38 pieces from 10 different artists, and go online to view panel discussions and artist talks hosted from around the province.

“It’s really exciting because it’s a great opportunity to work with a huge variety of artists and curators and writers and arts professionals,” Campbell said. “(It’s) not only (artists) from Saskatchewan, but arts professionals who have roots in Saskatchewan, but live further afield. There is a lot of opportunity to, I think, create some interesting experiences with art and look at a variety of topics in art being made on the prairies.”

Galleries across the province will showcase a wide variety of artists, but On the Avenue chose to focus on work from members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band.

Campbell said art education takes a different form in the north, where families and communities pass techniques down to younger generations instead of universities or art schools. That’s created a unique artistic tradition that’s rarely showcased on the provincial stage.

“I think it really shows the way that a lot of people have lived traditionally in northern Saskatchewan,” Campbell explained. “There’s a lot of work that’s quite descriptive and narrative. It’s not terribly abstract, but you still do get distinct feelings and moods that come across in the work.”

The variety is what stood out most for Campbell. The exhibit showcases everything from paintings and sculptures to traditional Indigenous art forms like birch bark biting. A lot of the materials are traditional too, which exhibitors taking advantage of wood and antlers to create their pieces.

“It’s a really good look into what artists are doing north of us here in PA,” Campbell said. “I hope (viewers) get a little bit of an understanding of what artists in the north are focusing on, the kinds of materials they’re using, and how there’s a lot of tradition being passed down through the artwork.”

Art Now held their opening online reception on Sept. 16, where viewers got a glimpse of the more than 600 works of art on display across the province. In just three days, more than 3,000 visitors have logged on to view the exhibits.

Campbell also helped organize a series of artist talks and panels, which will continue throughout the week. That includes an artist talk with Molly R. Ratt on Sept. 21, which is presented by On the Avenue Art Gallery. Replays of previous talks are available on the SaskGalleries YouTube page.

In-person events are limited to only two days. Campbell said that’s an unfortunate side-effect of COVID-19, but she’s confident the online exhibits will impress art lovers from across the province.

To register for upcoming panels and artist talks, or to view those held previously, visit artnow.ca/online/events.

This is Art Now’s sixth year of operation. It celebrates the variety and quality of original fine art made in Saskatchewan. All shows are free to attend or view.

Upcoming online events for the Art Now Saskatchewan Art Fair

Sunday, Sept. 19

1 p.m. – Panel Session No. 4: Culture C(l)ash: can Indigenous artists make a living without selling out

Tuesday, Sept. 21

1:30 p.m. – Artist Talk: Sandra Knoss

4:30 p.m. – Artist Talk: Molly R. Ratt*

7 p.m. – Panel Session No. 5: Art as Life – the Creative Process

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Noon – Artist Talk: Edie Marshall

3 p.m. – Artist Talk: Shelley Hosaluk

Thursday, Sept. 23

1:30 p.m. – Artist Talk: Maia Stark

3 p.m. – Artist Talk: Michaela Hoppe

Sunday, Sept. 26

Noon – Artist Talk: Dave Gejdos

1:30 p.m. – Artist Talk: Arlette Seib

*Presented by On the Avenue Art Gallery

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Art Fx #37: "Put Your Feet Up" by Chantelle Poisson – Huntsville Doppler

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Art Fx is a year-long series on Huntsville Doppler featuring Huntsville-area visual artists.

“Put Your Feet Up” by Chantelle Poisson is a 48″ x 24″ oil painting.

“I was inspired to paint this piece after seeing my daughter so content wrapped up in the blanket,” says Chantelle. “It brought me such a sense of contentment, warmth and simple happiness. I knew I wanted to convey that feeling of contentment on a canvas.”

About the artist

“As a graduate of Sheridan College Art program, I bring the skills I learned as well as my love for the outdoors to my art. I enjoy being in nature whether it be kayaking, hiking, gardening or spending time with my chickens and ducks. Nature and my family are my inspiration for most of my work,” says Chantelle.

Her studio is in Baysville and her preferred medium is oil. “The vibrancy and depth oil paints bring to pieces truly makes the paintings come alive,” she notes.

Find Chantelle on Instagram @chantellepoissonart or see more of her work @therealmuskokaunlimited.

See more local art in Doppler’s Art Fx series here.

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Doors swing open at MacLaren Art Centre as gallery welcomes back visitors – BradfordToday

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NEWS RELEASE
MACLAREN ART CENTRE
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The MacLaren Art Centre reopened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, with new hours. We are excited to welcome the public back into the gallery with an engaging fall season of exhibitions and programs.

Michael Farnan’s Canoe Fight: From Reverence to Redress is on view until Oct. 24. Featuring the canoe — an Indigenous technology that was deployed by white settlers to expand the colonial state into the Canadian interior — this exhibition demonstrates how beloved Canadian cultural symbols actively inscribe Canadian settler culture as the natural inheritor of both land and power in the area and beyond. Farnan is a Victoria Harbour-based artist whose work has been exhibited throughout Canada.

An exhibition by chum mcleod titled small world is on view until Oct. 24, and features intricate dioramas of hardscrabble bunny characters in a closed and strange universe. Battling floods, visiting a travelling circus, solving arcane domestic mysteries or ice fishing alongside their skidoos, the bunnies are completely engaged in the dramas in which they find themselves.

Polyempath Polyethylene by Kelly Jazvac, a Montreal-based artist, presents an installation of new work in which she continues to engage with the prevalence of synthetic materials in contemporary life. Featuring sculptures five years in the making, works are paired against the uncanny meeting of bodies and landscapes, using sewing techniques to alter waste from commercial advertising. This exhibition is on view until Oct. 31.

In addition to an exciting calendar of art programs for all ages and experience levels, including Family Sundays, children and adult programs, the Youth Community Quilt which was created through a series of workshops hosted by the Downtown Barrie Youth Collective and led by regional artist Sean George this summer is on display in the MacLaren lobby.

Gallery Public Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Café Public Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Framing Shop: By appointment Tuesday to Thursday. Please book online.

Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5. 

The Gallery Café is open with limited hours from Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Come and enjoy a great cup in the courtyard while the weather is still warm.

Visit the gallery website for more details on all the exciting exhibitions, programs, events, and COVID protocols.

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