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Street art legend Elicser's cereal box paintings capture '100 days of the world just off kilter' – CBC.ca

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In Opening Up, the sequel to our self-shot video series COVID Residencies, we’re asking artists how the upheavals and uprisings of 2020 are affecting their process and work.

Elicser Elliott is a renowned street artist from Toronto. His work can be seen all over the city, from massive murals to electrical boxes. His exquisite work eventually expanded onto canvases, and recently he made another move … onto cereal boxes.

Elicser’s series #waitingabandoned is the perfect summary of 2020 thus far as it comments on both the pandemic and social unrest that has fuelled this year.

Like many artists, Elicser was worried about art supplies being limited when the pandemic first hit, so he pivoted in a resourceful way. “I’ve been painting pieces all year just on cereal boxes. I thought we couldn’t go back to art stores, so I just used what I had. I have a nervous tic of collecting cereal boxes — I don’t throw them out.”

Elicser Elliott’s artwork representing the anguish of the summer of 2020. (Elicser Elliott)

Elicser describes this series as “100 days of the world just off kilter.” He began creating the series sometime in March and continued toward the end of June. “This whole year was insane. And I tried to illustrate all of it in a weird way.”

One of the most heavy-hitting pieces he painted on a cereal box was entitled “i wish my brother george was here,” which is an interpretation of the killing of George Floyd. Read Elicser’s emotional Instagram post here.

In this video, watch Elicser’s process from start to finish. See his mix of spray paint, acrylic and marker as he masterly transfers it onto a Chocolate Cheerios box.

See the entire #waitingabandoned series on Instagram here.

Elicser didn’t fully stop creating street art throughout the pandemic — he did a piece as a tribute to workers at the local Tim Horton’s he frequently visits. Check out the wholesome clip below.

See the artwork that renowned Toronto street artist Elicser Elliott made for his local Tim Hortons workers. 0:36

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Former Vancouver Canucks goalie’s art featured in Kelowna Art Gallery exhibition – Global News

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Richard Brodeur used to make his living holding a goalie stick, but these days, the man formerly known as “King Richard” by Vancouver Canucks fans, is more likely to be found with a paintbrush in his hand.

“It’s always a challenge like [when] you play professional hockey, you have a challenge every day, every game and then I feel the same every time with a painting. It’s a challenge every time you face the canvas,” said Brodeur.

The new Okanagan resident is one of three artists featured at the Kelowna Art Gallery in an exhibit that reveals the story behind the artwork.

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“I’ve been dealing with depression for over 30 years and I have had about 13 concussions when I played so that didn’t help,” said Brodeur. “You gotta find something that will get you out of it or help you anyway and that’s what my painting did.”

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The Art Council of the Central Okanagan is striving to bring art to the community safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

“With what’s going on in the world there is really nothing we can do to control it but we can control our own environment,” said Kirsteen McCullouch, Arts Council of the Central Okanagan executive director.

“I think it’s really critical to bring joy and peace and harmony in a time of darkness and through art, we do that.”

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Storytellers also feature Summerland artist Danielle Krysa and Vernon’s Jude Clarke. Clarke’s story is inspired by her environment.

“The lake made a huge impact on me, water is really a beautiful environment for me I was in the water, I was on the water, I was around the water and hiking in the hills all the time,” said Clarke.

As for Brodeur, his work is telling the story of his childhood, playing pick up hockey on outdoor rinks growing up in Quebec.

The exhibit will be open to the public until Jan. 31 at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

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Vernon Community Art Centre holding annual Christmas art sale – Vernon News – Castanet.net

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You will not find any of these gift ideas in a big box store.

The Vernon Community Art Centre is hosting its 15th annual Artsolutely artisan sale full of Christmas gifts.

Sheri Kunzli, with the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, said all of the works are made by local artists and are a one-of-a-kind creation.

The art centre sells art year round, but in December they shut down their programs and dedicate the entire Polson Park building to the art sale that is open seven days a week through Dec. 24.

Works from more than 35 artists are on sale.

Every piece is carefully handcrafted and locally made, and each artisan is selected through a jurying process to ensure the highest quality throughout.

“Everything is hand made, unique quality and all of the artists go through a jurying process to participate which keeps the quality up,” said Kunzli.

“The Arts Centre is one of Vernon’s gems. It’s more than a place to shop, and it is more than an arts education facility. It’s a community space that offers a place for people of all ages and abilities to create, play, laugh, gain skills, release stress, heal and develop friendships. Having to shut down the Arts Centre in the Spring was devastating on many levels.

“As a non-profit, the closure set us back significantly, but it also impacted the hundreds of people that utilize the Centre. We are working hard to keep the doors open because our community needs us. This place tells the stories of why the arts matter to individuals and our community at large. It’s a place that has been a haven for creatives and allowed people to thrive.”

For more information on Artsolutely, click here.

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North Vancouver's Anonymous Art Show identifies safe way to hold exhibition this year – Vancouver Is Awesome

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A well-known annual event where anonymous local artists are encouraged to sell their original works will now feature a buying public who will remain largely unseen as well.

North Van Arts’ 16th annual Anonymous Art Show has moved online this year in order to follow new provincial health orders.

Following a week-long preview, the sales begin tonight (Nov. 26) at 7 p.m. and will continue until Dec. 19 at 5 p.m.

Unlike live performance venues, arts retail spaces and galleries – such as CityScape Community ArtSpace where the show is usually held – are technically allowed to remain open under new COVID-19 restrictions put in place on Nov. 19, as long as no formal community events are held.

While the exhibition is being installed and will remain at CityScape, North Van Arts has opted to essentially suspend its in-person exhibition this year and is instead encouraging the public to check out and purchase the pieces online, according to Nancy Cottingham Powell, executive director at North Van Arts.

“Normally on opening night we would have 300 people going through this gallery. Obviously that’s not going to happen right now,” said Powell. “Viewing it online is really the way to go.”

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Original artwork from 250 emerging and established artists from North and West Vancouver will be up for grabs for $100 apiece. Proceeds from the art show are split between the local artists and North Van Arts, who will use the funds to supports ongoing programming.

The artist behind each painting will remain anonymous until their work is sold and their name is revealed, according to Powell.

“It’s a great test-place for people,” said Powell. “I think it’s an important show because we’ve got the whole community at the table.”

More than 125 would-be art buyers have already registered for the opening night of sales, added Powell.

Click here for more information about this year’s Anonymous Art Show.

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