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Singularity Group and Possible X Launch the Impact Art Movement in Support of Earth Day 2022 – Canada NewsWire

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The first magnificent sculpture of the series, Kintsugi Aurea, supports this year’s Earth Day theme, “Invest in Our Planet,” while bringing visibility to the United Nations’ SDG 13: “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.” The sculpture was created by Possible X founder Roksana Ciurysek-Gedir, artist, financier and Chairwoman of the Impact Advisory Board of White Oak Global Advisors in collaboration with visual artist Kas Galos.

The first sculpture is a 200 cm in diameter (nearly 6.5 ft) recycled stainless steel globe with an ocean-green mirror finish. The sculpture is inspired by the Blue Marble, one of the most powerful images of the Earth taken by the Apollo 17 crew showing a borderless world, and the Japanese art of mending broken pottery pieces with gold or silver, known as Kintsugi.

The sculpture made its debut at COP 26, the UN climate change conference that took place in Glasgow in November 2021 and is currently exhibited in London at the Inner Temple Gardens. Additional Impact Art Movement sculptures, which will also feature NFTs (non-fungible tokens), will be added to the collection and exhibited at key venues worldwide. Over time, other artists will be invited to contribute to the Impact Art Movement by using the canvas of the original concept and providing their interpretations.

In addition, the Impact Art Movement supports additional organizations, including Forest One, an impact initiative by Therme One Health, and Sugi, a people-powered organization committed to making the restoration of biodiversity simple, shareable and societally transformative. A QR code on Kintsugi Aurea brings visitors to a website to donate to the Therme One Health GoFundMe campaign for ecosystem restoration through sustainable forestry practices.

Commenting on the launch, Roksana Ciurysek-Gedir, said: “As an artist I believe art is one of the most powerful mediums we have to raise awareness of critical issues and drive change. The first sculpture of the series helps us visualize both the beauty and the fragility of our planet, repaired with gold to create a world that is even more precious and resilient thanks to its scars. Despite the challenges we face today, I strongly believe it is not too late to act, and I call on companies, nonprofit organizations and fellow artists to join me in this effort to drive positive change.”

According to Erik Anderson, a leader in the decarbonization industry and Executive Chairman of Singularity Group, “the Impact Art Movement is an impressive way to shift mindsets and help educate the world on climate change and the immediate need for clean energy. Our mission at Singularity is to engage the global community and use exponential technologies and innovative ideas to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. We are proud to curate Aurea, the first sculpture, and look forward to supporting future innovative pieces of art.”

Kas Galos added: “This installation is so special to me, for so many reasons, but most of all, it shows the power of Kintsugi and the path from being Broken to Beautiful. What a hopeful thought which resonates with so many of us.”

Singularity Group sponsored the first sculpture in the Impact Art Movement series and will continue to champion future pieces as they relate to the company’s focus on SDGs and the convergence of exponential technologies.

Notes to Editors
About Roksana Ciurysek-Gedir
Roksana Ciurysek-Gedir is an artist, entrepreneur, film producer and financier passionate about sustainability and future-led innovations. She is the Chairwoman of the Impact Advisory Board for White Oak Global Advisors, founder of Possible X and global advisor to CEOs. She leverages art, technology and her knowledge of the financial world to shift mindsets and challenge the status quo.

As a financier, Roksana has a 20-year track record in corporate finance, wealth management and investment banking. She was Deputy CEO, Vice President of the Management of Bank Pekao S.A. in Poland, and held managerial positions at Credit Suisse, Edmond de Rothschild, Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan and EBRD.

As an artist, Roksana is fascinated with the relationship between art, design and technology. Since she discovered Kintsugi, a Japanese philosophy and artform, it has been prominently featured in her artwork, from photography on aluminum with diamonds to sculpture. Roksana is also an Artist in Residence for Fabergé, where she explores the complex relationship between luxury, contemporary art and sustainability. She has collaborated with well-known artists such as Terry O’Neill, and her art has been exhibited all over the world, including the International Art Exhibition in Azerbaijan in 2010, Serpentine Pavillion in London in 2019, World Economic Forum 2018-2020 as well as Saudi Cup 2020.

In 2008 she was recognized by the prestigious Newsweek Poland Award for her efforts in deepening British-Polish relations, alongside Polish President in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski and historian Norman Davies. In 2014 she was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

She is a CFA® Charterholder, YPO member and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Master’s degree in Management and Economics from the Technical University of Gdansk, Poland.

About Kas Galos
Kas is a visual artist whose career path as an art director has presented her with commercial projects around the world. A fascination with all that art is and can be has seen her to evolve into someone who chooses to communicate in artistic language.

Fascinated by the culture, heritage, and philosophy of Japan has left a permanent mark on her design style and attitude towards life. While in Kyoto, she discovered Kintsugi philosophy for the first time, and it continues to inspire her.

About Singularity Group
Singularity Group is a global impact organization that looks into the future to help leaders better understand how exponential technology will shape businesses and societies in the years ahead. Through a deeper understanding of the accelerated pace of change and the role that technology plays in it, these leaders create tremendous positive impact that improves the wellbeing of people and the health of the planet. Over the past decade, Singularity has worked with more than 75,000 leaders drawn from corporations, nonprofits, governments, investors and academia. With 250,000 impact-minded innovators across the Singularity network, 125 chapters and partners across six continents and a strong digital presence, Singularity Group reaches millions of people each month. The organization has launched over 5,000 social impact initiatives, and its alumni have started more than 200 companies. For more information, visit https://su.org.

Further information and images available at:
https://aurea.gallery 
http://www.possiblex.uk/ 
https://www.instagram.com/roksana_ciurysek_gedir 

SOURCE Singularity Group

For further information: Possible X, [email protected]; Singularity Group, Sonya Hausafus, [email protected]

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Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick holds henna art demonstration – CBC.ca

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Much has changed since Madhu Verma, the founder of the Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick, first came to the province in 1963 as a young Indian bride.

Verma said she faced racism regularly when she first came to Canada. 

Back then, when she wore cultural clothing — such as Kurtis — her looks would elicit unwelcoming glares. 

Verma said: “They would stop me and say, ‘Oh. When did you come here? Why are you here?'”

But times are changing. 

Madhu Verma, left, is the founder of the Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick. She hosted a henna art demonstration with the society’s chair Aruna Ghate, centre, and co-ordinator Felisa Chan. (Mrinali Anchan/CBC)

“I sometimes tell people that I am the first imported bride in North America … now things are very different. We are really enjoying with so many new immigrants, the new friends.” 

Now Verma is proud to look out at a room filled with people from different backgrounds and watch them eagerly learn about her culture. 

The Asian Heritage Society is putting on several events in honour of Asian Heritage month, including one in Fredericton on Saturday that allowed people to discover the intricacies of henna art. 

Henna — also known as mehndi in Hindi and Urdu — is a maroon dye created from the leaves of the henna tree. The dye is used to create intricate floral designs that can last up to 20 days.

The origin of the designs dates back as far as 6,000 years and is traditionally done during special events in South Asian, Middle Eastern and North African cultures.

Priyanka Panwar came to New Brunswick seven years ago.

She is part of the society and has been helping put on events like this demonstration.

For her, the passion for henna came when she won a contest in university for her henna art. 

Priyanka Panwar is an artist. She had henna art applied on her hand. (Mrinali Anchan/CBC)

Later, she spent six hours perfecting the henna tattoos on her hands and feet for her wedding. Marriage ceremonies aren’t the only special occasions where it’s used. 

“I normally do it every year during Karva Chauth, it is a day when we ladies keep fast in our Hindu religion for our husbands to have a long life.” 

For both Panwar, and especially for Verma, educating people about why they might see henna patterns adorning some people’s skin, goes hand in hand with trying to create more understanding and tolerance between cultures. 

“The message we want to give is to make new friends, have communication, go visit, see other programs and also talk to us,” Verma said. 

“If you want to ask any question about Asian culture we want to have a conversation with you.”

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

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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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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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