GEORGETOWN, P.E.I. —
The artwork of seniors college students and instructors will be showcased at The Kings Playhouse Theatre in Georgetown, from Saturday, Aug. 22, to Saturday, Sept. 19.
This is the eighth year for this group show, with some old favourites exhibiting and lots of new artists as well. The show is usually held at The Guild in Charlottetown in the spring but had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19 strain) pandemic. The Playhouse graciously offered to take on the show.
Participants say they are at “a time in their lives” when work and family commitments are reduced, and they are thrilled to have the time to put into making art. The show will feature works from all the art classes, including watercolour, acrylic, pastel, drawings and multimedia.
Seniors college is open to anyone over 50. It provides an opportunity to learn something new in a wide variety of topics. The camaraderie among the students adds a lot to the enjoyment, participants say.
Fall classes are cancelled for 2020, but watch for a decision about the winter classes in 2021. A full list of seniors college courses, schedules and descriptions is available at www.seniorscollege.ca.
The Playhouse is located at 65 Grafton St., Georgetown. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m daily. COVID-19 regulations will be in effect.
For more information, contact Marion Copleston at 902-675-4093 or email@example.com or The Kings Playhouse at (902) 652-2053. Toll-free: 1 (888) 346-5666.
Beach artist Gail Williams part of Art Walk in the Square – Beach Metro News
By ALAN SHACKLETON
Local artist Gail Williams will be taking part in the upcoming Art Walk in the Square online event.
A longtime Beach resident, Williams will be among a group of approximately 100 artists who will have their works featured in the show which takes place from Sept. 25 to Oct. 9.
Normally Art Walk in the Square takes place at the Shops at Don Mills, but like numerous other public events this year it has had to go online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Art Walk in the Square is presented by Riverdale Art Walk and the Leslie Grove Gallery on Queen Street East.
Williams told Beach Metro News that the pandemic is having an enormously negative impact on artists and their ability to both showcase and create their work.
“When the lockdown was announced, I was among many artists who were devastated by the cancellation of art events,” said in an email interview.
“Deplorably, artists’ income is 44 per cent less than the average yearly Canadian earning, so not having the spring season to show and sell art was a huge financial blow. Also, I share studio space, as do many other artists, and at the beginning of the crisis I was not able to use my regular workplace. Shifting to an at-home studio set-up was a physical and mental challenge that impacted my creativity.”
Like many other people who have had to shift the way they do things today as opposed to before the pandemic, Williams said she is adapting to the current reality of virtual and online art shows and creation.
“Instagram and Facebook have provided a wonderful opportunity to be artistically active, not only in selling my art but in creating online courses,” she said.
“Through social media, I’m connecting with more people who are spending more time at home and noticing they could fill a wall with art. I’m using more video and creating more ‘process’ content through social media.”
Williams said she’s also using social media and other websites to share how her art is created with those who are interested in learning more about how her abstract art is made.
“People love to see behind the scenes and how my abstract art is made because I create unconventional paintings in unconventional ways. Most significantly, my acrylic and collage painting has shifted dramatically to a commentary on the pandemic, social injustices, and an enhanced global consciousness. The characters and scenes appearing in my recent works reflects the unease of our current social and political climate.”
Along with dealing with the pandemic, many artists are also taking active roles in calling for increased social justice and standing up against racism.
“In addition to supporting charities focused on anti-Black racism and social justice, local artists are spearheading neighbourhood projects to raise awareness of the issues, such as the mural at the Michael Garron Hospital,” said Williams.
“In terms of representation, which is a vital issue throughout the arts, I’ve noticed Black artists being featured much more as we respond to the injustice of anti-Black racism.”
Art Walk in the Square is a juried online event and will feature more than 2,000 original art works on display. The art can be viewed and purchased online through the event site at https://www.artwalksquare.ca/
Proceeds from sales go directly to the artists.
Williams said she is happy that Art Walk in the Square has adapted and is taking place online.
“I’m excited that the show will go on and that support for local artists can continue to grow in new and creative ways,” she said.
Williams will have 25 works on display at Art Walk in the Square, including A Gathering of Friends.
There will be some limited opportunities, following COVID-19 safety protocols, for some of the art works to be viewed in person at some of the artists’ studios.
For more on the in-person viewing opportunities, please visit https://www.artwalksquare.ca/ or follow @artwalksquare on Instagram for details.
Out of the gallery and onto the streets: Moving Pictures brings art to Sask. communities through app – Regina Leader-Post
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The posters are located in core parts of Regina such as downtown, on 13th Avenue and in Wascana Park, but also in some places you may not expect, like in the parking lots of big box stores.
“We really want people who might not be seeking them out to just kind of by chance encounter the posters,” said Moore.
The videos that the posters unlock tell Saskatchewan stories. Moore said the aim is to try not to represent just one stereotypical vision of the province, but reflect a variety of personal experiences.
One of the new videos that will be coming out on Sept. 26 for Culture Days is by David Garneau and is called Hoop Dancers. It depicts four men in powwow regalia playing a game of basketball.
Another piece by Graeme Patterson called Lafleche vs. Woodrow 1972 is a stop-motion video that shows a historical hockey game being played between two small towns.
Ian Campbell, who worked on a collage using 35-millimetre film with fellow artist Heidi Phillips, called the project a great way to engage with the community as well as showcase pieces by filmmakers.
“I make mostly film and sometimes it’s harder to get your film into the gallery, so this is a nice way for filmmakers to sort of take up space in the community in a different way,” said Campbell.
While some of the project’s conceit was finding an innovative way to showcase art during the pandemic, Moore also thought it was an opportunity to make art more accessible.
“Maybe just being an art gallery that’s free and open to the public is not enough to be inviting to people. Maybe we need to get out on the streets and engage people in ways that they feel comfortable with,” said Moore.
Residents can visit www.artgalleryofregina.ca for a list of locations of the posters. Moore said residents are also encouraged to request posters in their community, or suggest locations for posters.
The Moving Pictures project runs until Oct. 14. The Artivive app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play. The video projects can also be viewed online at vucavu.com.
The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta kicks off Friday – CTV Toronto
What do you get when you combine some of southern Alberta’s finest artists with the landscape of the foothills in autumn? The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta.
The event happens once a year, offering the art curious the chance to get inside many art studios in the foothills and speak directly to the artists and watch them work.
The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta started at the Firebrand Glass Studio run by Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock. They had clients come to their facility in the fall when the glass furnaces were turned on to see them at work. Many asked if there were other artists in the area to visit. Reimer says she was more than happy to recommend others in the community.
“(It was) just this desire to basically teach people about all the amazing things in this area,” said Reimer. “Not only is the landscape gorgeous but then there’s this incredible art community.”
Mady Theil-Kopstein’s studio has been a stop on the tour for the last three years. She spent the early days of the pandemic trying new things in her art studio because shows were cancelled that she would normally exhibit her art at.
Theil-Kopstein is excited to host visitors.
“People come here, they’re going to be art lovers,” said Theil-Kopstein. “They’re people who appreciate it so they’re making plans to enjoy the scenery with what’s going on out here right now in the fall and also to see what us country bumpkins are doing out here.”
Tarek Nemr is the co-owner of the Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond. He’s watched the art tour grow.
“Every year it’s building up and it is a big deal for us because that’s what we are really open for,” said Nemr. “To promote Alberta artists – and that’s (exactly) what the tour is doing as well.”
Nemir says there are upwards of 200 artists represented in his gallery, many from Alberta. Nemr is showcasing 18 different ceramic artists’ work in an open-themed exhibit.
“During this pandemic so many of them stayed in their studio and they are creating,” said Nemir. “We just wanted to unleash that creativity, just show us what you have.”
Learn more about the tour here:www.themostbeautifularttourinalberta.com
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