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Wiatr also has created a slideshow of the gallery’s current exhibit.

Vox believes online presentations such as these shouldn’t stop after COVID-19.

“Everybody who has accessibility issues is now suddenly getting all this amazing content,” she says. “I don’t think that we can just drop it suddenly. I think that there’s going to have to be a stronger digital component from all these art institutes.”

Kay Brownell, meanwhile, admits displaying artwork online from her Magnetawan gallery has been difficult.

“It’s been hard,” says Brownell of Windows to the North Gallery. “I am actually selling some things, but I have to learn how to do the online stuff.

“I don’t know what else to do,” says Brownell, admitting she has had to pick up a second job to help pay the bills.

In addition to herself and her partner, Brownell’s gallery is home to 40 artists. She admits she’s worried about losing her gallery and having to go online to sell her work while leaving the other artists on their own.

“I don’t know how else to help these other women. But I have to be able to pay my own bills first.”

Brownell says she’s adapted to the restrictions of social distancing by selling online and with a drive-thru gallery where she leaves pieces outside for customers to pick up. She says she’s even willing to display pieces outside for people to view if they are interested in buying.

But Brownell believes selling art online is not the same as selling in person.

“If I were going to buy art, I want to see it, touch it, feel it,” she explains. “But because of our reputation, people know our pieces are excellent. We only have top-of-the-line pieces in there, but only the people who have been into our gallery know that so they have to share with their friends.”

Nature Natives Art Gallery in South River, run by Christina Kearne and Joe Clayton, has been open for six years but also recently closed due to COVID-19.

Kearne says they haven’t been selling pieces during COVID-19 but have instead used the time to create more artwork for their gallery once it reopens.

“We hope to see people when everything opens back up again,” says Kearne. “We’re adding new pieces to our collections.”

She says Nature Natives doesn’t rely too much on an online presence, but has had people come in after seeing their work on Facebook.

“In the past few years, I’d say definitely so. All of a sudden they will come in and say, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you were here.’”

Vox believes many people are starting to tire of relying on their computer screen for entertainment.

“I think a lot of people are waiting to get back into museums and art galleries,” she says. “I do think the experience in person is completely different than something you get online. I know from speaking to some colleagues at other institutes that people are getting screen fatigue and they want real life experiences.”

Wiatr agrees.

“At any point in time anybody can Google what the Mona Lisa looks like and yet how many thousands, hundreds of thousands of people visit the Mona Lisa each year in person. We all know what it looks like. There’s something different about seeing it in person, whether it’s historical, or whether it’s a piece of artwork that’s created in modern times.

“Despite all the digital mess of our world today, we’re still drawn to the physical.”

To view artwork from these galleries, you can visit their websites:

Windows To The North

Nature Native Art Gallery

Virtual Tour of Callander Bay Heritage Museum  Alex Dufresne Gallery

The Easel – WKP Kennedy Gallery Digizine

inspiRED – WKP Kennedy Gallery Vidcast

Mackenzie Casalino’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative.

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Applications being accepted for public art funding – paNOW



Macleod Campbell explained they are also happy to support public art projects as they help to improve the overall quality of life for people in the city.

“It’s nice to have public art for viewing at this time as well as of course supporting the artist,” she said.

Eligible groups can include a range of organizations from local art groups to private businesses. In order to be eligible, the group has to be working with a professional artist and the piece must be displayed publicly.

There is not a hard deadline for people to apply for funding. Macleod Campbell said applications are subject to approval from the art working committee and city council.

Macleod Campbell explained the city is also working to make people aware of the art which is on display in public spaces around the city, as they have created a public art tour brochure. The document is currently available on the city website and they are looking to get physical copies out into the public.

“That’ll be something as well,” said Macleod Campbell.

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Edmonton teen shares love of art with neighbourhood – Global News



Paige Reid is brightening up her Edmonton neighbourhood, one driveway at a time.

The 15-year-old budding artist said chalk art was an easy way to spend less time cooped up in the house.

“It was a way to be outside and still do something I would have done inside anyway. I just wanted to have fun with a new kind of medium,” said Paige.

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Before long, her work captured the attention of most of her neighbours in Riverbend.

“I’ve had a lot of kids run up to me and say, ‘Whoa, whoa whoa!’ They’ve been very amazed that I’ve done characters that they recognize.”

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Paige soon began to venture out from beyond her own driveway.

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“Paige offered to draw a cat on our porch,” said neighbour Shauna Scott. “Every single time someone comes to our door people stop and say, ‘Wow, who did this?’ It gives us a big kick when we open the door.”

Paige Reid working on her chalk art on June 4, 2020.

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The young artist said she doesn’t charge for her drawings, but if someone offers compensation—she’ll use it to buy more chalk.

“People say you can’t put a price on happiness so I don’t want to do that. It’s fun for me. I don’t need a reward for doing something I already want to do,” she said.

Paige’s mom, Cori Reid, said it’s no surprise her daughter spends her day bringing joy to others.

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“She’s got a good heart. She’s very kind,” said Reid. “She thinks about other people all the time.”

This neighbourhood Picasso is also helping fill time during long summer days.

“[Because of COVID-19] there’s not a lot for kids to do right now, except for being stuck on the computer and be stuck with school on Zoom, dance class on Zoom. It’s nice to get out and feel productive,” said Reid.

While at the same time, bringing a neighbours a smile, one character at a time.

“I’m very happy I’ve achieved my goal of making other people happy.”

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Art will suffer if online displays are the norm – Asia Times



Almost 15 years ago, a group of artists, filmmakers, curators and critics came together at the Oberhausen Film Festival in western Germany to discuss the introduction of a new technological medium: YouTube.

How would watching film and video online differ from regular venues such as cinemas or the Oberhausen festival itself, which played an important role in European art-house cinema?

Would films be meaningful in the same way – watched alone, in poor resolution, on a computer – rather than on the big screen by a community that had come together to see them?

“They’re like photocopies,” said the curator, Stuart Comer. Comer, now chief curator for media and performance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, argued that while watching videos on YouTube was not the same as watching 35mm film on the big screen, home viewing served a different function, and there was room for both.

It’s interesting to think back to that debate now. Many of the early qualms around online viewership have since been ironed out. The quality of streaming has gotten better. Museums and artists run dedicated channels, instead of the free-for-all of early YouTube days when historical films were often altered – edited, overlaid, given new soundtracks – and passed off as original.

We now know that audiences will watch a film from start to finish. This had been another fear, that without the social contract of buying a ticket and sitting in a cinema space, spectators would dip in and out, catching glimpses rather than following a story.

In 2020, with the Covid-19 lockdown, we are lucky to have YouTube, Netflix, Vimeo and other streaming and sharing platforms, but we should also be grateful that the platforms have been around long enough to generate material made for online consumption.

In most cases, we are now not watching “photocopies” of films transferred to the small screen, but works made for the small screen in the first instance.

It is unclear whether the traditional art world – the one of paintings, installations and sculpture – is now in a transition similar to that of the film industry a decade ago.

Museums are digitizing whole rooms of paintings; commercial galleries and art fairs are hastily constructing online selling platforms; and Google Arts & Culture, a digitization project reaching back to 2011, is being recommended by schools as a lockdown activity.

Will these be seen as photocopies, a temporary fix until the era of social distancing subsides? Or will art organizations, some of which have been buoyed by a stratospheric rise in online audience figures, continue these platforms once lockdowns end?

The answer won’t be driven by fidelity to the experience of seeing work “in the flesh,” but by economics. Museums and galleries will face significant budget shortfalls when they begin to open up, whether because of a curtailment in public funding, reductions in private donations or months of loss of revenue.

Exhibition commitments will come stacked upon one another as postponed shows are folded in among future programing, while works meant to be lent out to one place might be needed elsewhere or back home (or might just be too expensive to ship).

Online exhibitions will most likely persist for some time to fulfill these logistical needs – and they might well continue afterwards as an inexpensive strand of quantifiable audience engagement.

But we shouldn’t be lured into thinking that online engagement is a consequence-free decision. Like most instances of outsourcing to technology, online exhibitions mean job losses: the technicians, the restorers, the authenticators, the shippers, the insurers, the guides and the guards who enable the public showing of precious objects.

These roles support others: the technician might be an emerging artist, the guide a student, while conservators and guards might support families at home. Artworks might be digitizable for those who simply want at look at them, but not for the people who make their living in the trade. The art world hinges on the buying, selling, preserving and showing of material goods.

The economic impact goes beyond the art world. For years the trump card of the arts, when it was making its case for public support, has been its economic multiplier effect. For every £1 spent on the arts by Arts Council England, the government recoups £5 in taxes, the Arts Council found in 2015.

The “Bilbao effect,” pertaining to the economic transformation wrought on the northern Spanish city of Bilbao after Guggenheim Bilbao was established there, has dominated numerous city development strategies in the decades since – including, arguably, that of Abu Dhabi. And the argument continues to be made by international consultants, who show how visitors head to F&B outlets, gift shops and hotels after viewing museum exhibitions –benefits likewise not likely to be recouped digitally.

What the crowd in Oberhausen was concerned about all those years ago was YouTube’s effect on its community of filmmakers, curators and critics. As museums and galleries move to online exhibitions, they need to understand that they are risking much more than the loss of authenticity of experience.

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