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Students shine in exhibition at the Vernon Public Art Gallery – Global News

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The future artists of the Okanagan are in the spotlight at the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

Now the walls are filled with the art of students from School District 22.

“This is the next generation of artists here in Vernon,” said Kelsie Balehowsky, learning and community engagement curator at the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

Now their pen, ink, paint and even wire masterpieces can be viewed by the public, instead of sitting on the edge of their desks.

“My piece in the art gallery is of Spock, I drew him as pointillism which is just a bunch of tiny dots made with ink,” said Amber Hooker, Vernon Senior Secondary student.

“I don’t really draw humans or humanoids but I thought I would challenge myself.”

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Hooker’s portrait of Star Trek’s Spock took her more than 38 hours to create.

The annual student exhibition at the Vernon Public Art Gallery has been a tradition for more than 17 years.

“It’s important to support our local artists, whether they are two years old or 65 years old, and we like to provide opportunities for the community to engage with the artists,” said Balehowsky.

Vernon Senior Secondary teacher Elizabeth Allardice said this year’s exhibition is even more important than years past due to the pandemic.

“This show is a reminder how art brings us together, keeps us connected, gives us hope, and ultimately, and collectively, has the power to heal,” said Allardice.

For art teacher Simon Challan, the exhibition is a chance to let students’ creativity flourish.

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“Students in an art class tend to do their work on the desks and sometimes that is the only place it sits,” said Challan, W.L. Seaton Secondary teacher.

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But the exhibition is a chance for their work to shine.

W.L. Seaton Secondary student Morgan De Hrussoczy-Wirth is introducing himself to Vernon’s art world under his alias, ‘Moter’.

“It’s all done with acrylic paints, [and] there was some air brushing with some of the letters but I think it’s fair to say the letters are quite crisp,” said De Hrussoczy-Wirth.

“I tried to make the word ‘Moter’ the word on there very bold and keep it very central because it is essential for me as the artist.”

The Art and Soul Exhibition will be up until March 10 at the Vernon Public Art Gallery.






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The Agnes Etherington Art Centre reopens to the public – Queen's Journal

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After Kingston moved back to the green zone, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre reopened to the public on Feb. 20with a maximum capacity of 41.

In an interview with The Journal, Kate Ducharme, visitor services assistant, described the process of reopening with social distancing protocols.

“We’re a very safe space, and visitors really adhere to our guidelines and I think they’re just excited to be able to come and experience art again,” she said.

According to Ducharme, the reduced capacity in the art centre allows for a more intimate viewing experience.

“It’s a huge change, and you do feel that change when you’re in the galleries. Most times you’re in the galleries with just yourself or with the household that you’re with, which also allows for a real personal experience with the exhibitions.”

Ducharme is excited about the reopening and looks forward to seeing people enjoy the experience of viewing art in-person again.

“It’s wonderful to be able to share those experiences with people,” Ducharme said. “We have a collection of 17,000 pieces, so there’s lots to share. There are new exhibitions from visiting artists as well, so it’s a great opportunity to come in and check it out.”

Agnes staff members faced a challenge last spring when COVID-19 forced them to move online, but Ducharme said she’s proud of the work the team has accomplished.

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“Virtual exhibitions and public programing all went online, so that was a huge shift for our staff. And a lot of that work is still going on, trying to make those exhibitions available because not everyone has the option to come in person,” she said.

For those unable to visit in person, Ducharme recommended taking advantage of the Agnes’ online resources, which include workshops, lectures, and tours.

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Open Your Art launches Take-Out Art Kits – Brunswickan

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Amidst lockdowns and lowering temperatures, it is gratifying to learn that quality recreation is still available and affordable in Fredericton. Open Your Art Fredericton has just launched a product that facilitates access to art materials, even for the greenest of novices. Handcrafted in-studio by talented ceramic instructors, Open Your Art promises you won’t be bored anymore in quarantine.

Take-out art kits have been around for a while, but now they are being produced and marketed for and by locals. Angela Black, Arts Educator and owner of Open Your Art, explains that the product is facilitating access to art expression for, “folks unable to come out to a studio for whatever reason.” She adds that the barriers imposed by Coronavirus protocols are easily overcome by creating the art takeout kits.

“We have learnt, working with many ‘vulnerable’ sectors, that attendance and access to transportation for example can be a real barrier to taking part in extracurricular activities,” said Black.

The kits come in various sizes and options for individuals, families, and teams. Open Your Art accords special privileges for “team” and “family” kits by providing live tutorials over Zoom with an instructor who will guide and inspire your first steps. 

“The kit itself is a reusable container that gets returned to the studio once your piece is finished. Everything is washed and reused as much as possible. The kit contains a range of underglazes for decorating your tumblers in line with individual or group taste as well as brushes and a manual,” Black explained. 

“This product is literally flying off the shelves,” Angela Black said. “People are buying them five at a time sometimes. We have started selling them for birthday parties as well. The kits are very popular at $25 (plus tax), so we have decided that our next few options will be a bowl, wine cup, and wait for it – dog bowls.”

If you’re wondering what to do to liven things up at your next family get together, (virtual) office retreat, or even just one random Sunday afternoon, Open your Art kits may be a good option. The instructors have become quite proficient at hosting team building events. The prospect of teaching work enhancement skills in a positive, low-key environment sounds decidedly tempting. 

Black expects the art kits to become even more popular as new options are constantly being developed to accommodate everyone. According to her, the company is all for inclusion.

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The Art of Clanny Mugabe | The Journal – Queen's Journal

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Biography

Clanny Mugabe is a second-year student in the faculty of Arts and Sciences. She’s currently majoring in English and would describe herself as heavily inspired by world mythology, speculative fiction, and character design. She primarily draws digitally, and each digital painting often has a spiritual/mythological element to it.

Ulysses

“This is a digital painting with the simple goal of portraying an ambiguous black person with a regal air, to contradict the normative stereotypes of black people that portray them in a less than dignified light. The gold is used because its associated with riches and royalty. The word Ulysses is the latinized form of the name Odysseus, who is a figure of Greek/roman mythology that was known for his nobility and intelligence.”

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“Greek mythology is something that has inspired me a lot throughout my life, and the legacy of Greek/Roman mythology and ancient Greek/Roman civilization is still celebrated today. So, I felt like inserting black people into that mythology because history is very whitewashed; we are not educated on non-European civilizations often, and ancient Greece and Rome is very whitewashed in the public consciousness even though they were diverse empires whose art history and mythology have roots in the Middle East and Africa.”

Decolonized fashion

“I had always imagined what the world would look like if European colonization never happened, and I specifically wondered about what aspect of culture would be changed, specifically culture we take for granted, like fashion. This line of speculation was encouraged by Black Panther, and the costume design of the movie inspired this series and was referenced. So last year I designed several pieces of fashion mostly inspired by African fabrics, African fashion, futuristic aesthetics and film costume design.”

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