This year’s event will run all month in July
This July, Sudbury’s downtown core will be transformed into one big showcase for local artists and local businesses alike.
Downtown Sudbury Art Crawl is back at it this year starting July 6, but with a COVID-friendly twist – artists will get the chance to display their work in shop windows, and the event will run all month long.
“In past years, the event would take place for a few hours downtown on one day. Shops would open their doors with the art displayed inside, and we would sometimes have 500 or 600 people coming downtown to explore the streets of Sudbury,” said assistant event coordinator Megan Karchie.
“But because we can’t gather in large groups this year, we have made some changes to the event.”
The Downtown Sudbury Art Crawl was founded in 2014 as a grassroots pedestrian-friendly cultural experience in the city. The event features a wide range of primarily visual artists of all experience levels in the community.
This year, instead of participating in a one-day event, businesses will feature a unique piece of art in their shop windows for the entire month. The artwork will be illuminated at night and, each week, shops will feature a different piece of art.
“Everything that is displayed within the windows is going to be put up on our new website for auction,” said Eevent coordinator Monique Legault.
“We’ve got everything from $65 to $1,500 and everything from Cambrian College grads to Gordon Drysdale and Johanna Westby.”
A new auction will run each week throughout the month, beginning on July 6 and ending on Aug. 2.
Businesses participating in this initiative include Good Luck General Store, All About Massage Day Spa, Monique Legault Studio, The Refinery, Kuppajo Espresso Bar, and many others.
“We’re trying to get people to come out and take a walk or a drive through downtown’s streets and get the chance to see what the arts community has to offer,” said Event Coordinator Monique Legault.
When Legault and Karchie jumped on board as events coordinators in January, they knew they had their work cut out for them.
“It’s been interesting. I want to say we got approval for this event from the city about three and a half weeks ago? So, it’s been non-stop. We could have waited until August, but honestly, I feel like everybody needed this so badly,” said Legault.
“We have a lot of businesses downtown that are struggling due to COVID-19, but they are all trying so hard to create this draw with the new patios and everything that they are doing, so by getting people to come in and see what they have to offer, it’s a huge opportunity.”
So far, the duo has received nothing but praise for their hard work.
“The reactions to this new format have been wonderful so far. A lot of artists have been mentioning the fact that they have nothing to look forward to. We’ve been getting praise from everybody for just trying as hard as we can to make this happen.”
Anyone interested in attending the event can visit the art crawl’s new website at www.sudburyartcrawl.com.
The website features an interactive map of participating businesses and the online auctions.
Updates about the event will also be sent out regularly via the art crawl’s newsletter and featured on their Facebook and Instagram pages (@downtownsudburyartcrawl).
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Metis art in Prince Albert fosters cultural awareness and understanding – CTV News Saskatoon
Large outdoor installations around Prince Albert are brightening up the community and promoting awareness and acceptance of Metis values and culture.
Onlooker Liz Settee has seen all five of the exhibits and said she appreciates the colourful displays this summer.
“It’s also one step closer to reconciliation. Everybody can see them. You don’t have to be at a certain place at a certain time to see this and if it captures your interest you can get out and look at it.”
Settee said the exhibits help educate the public about Metis culture and encourage pride in values and ancestry.
“A lot of the values we’ve lost over the years. And this is just reigniting the flame to bring them back in an artistic way,” Settee said.
The art is product of the Inter-generational Metis Artist Mentorship Project. It was facilitated by the Mann Art Gallery and sponsored by an Aboriginal Arts and Culture Leadership grant from SaskCulture.
The project brought accomplished artist and author Leah Dorion together with young, local artist Danielle Castle. The aim of the apprentice and mentor project is to transfer Metis cultural and artistic knowledge within the community, similar to relationships that would have occurred organically generations ago.
Castle is also learning from Dorion how to produce public art installations. She is a self-taught artist who was interested in learning more about her Metis ancestry and art from Dorion.
“I knew it would be very vital in my own self-growth to really connect with my roots. And it all just worked out by getting this apprenticeship. Leah is full of knowledge. And I’ve learned so much already,” said Castle.
Dorion and Castle produced five temporary displays including: a Metis Sidewalk Mural, a Living Giving Tree, a Willow Labyrinth, Riverbank Buffalo Herd and Wind Horse.
Animals once used by Metis people are featured in some of the exhibits such as bison and horses. Social values are written on the backs of animals.
The painted cut-outs are displayed in easily accessible public, outdoor areas such as the North Saskatchewan riverbank Rotary Trail and the grassy area near the Art Hauser Centre.
“The Metis culture and traditions have used the animals for multiple things. Like the bison you can take meat, you can use the hide, you can take the sinew. And horses too they’ve carried us. They’ve helped us travel across the land,” said Castle.
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Crystal Beshara’s touching watercolour, “Heart Whispers” (inspired by a photo she took at the 2019 Vankleek Hill Fair) is headed to Texas for The Southwestern Watercolor Society 57th Annual Exhibition.Since moving back to the area, Canadian contemporary realist artist Crystal Beshara’s renewed sense of “self” has permeated her latest works of art and her career is beginning to take off on the international art scene.
As a child, Crystal spent many summers attending (and even participated in events at) the Vankleek Hill Fair. The nerves, the excitement, the scents and sounds of the country fair have had a lingering impact on her fondness for the area. Now as an adult (and mother), it was pure nostalgia to capture this precious exchange just after their line class, between young Piper and her massive companion Irene, a majestic Clydesdale owned by the Heatlie Family. “I couldn’t believe how tiny Piper kept up with Irene’s gate when they trotted in front of the crowd last year. She was all but lifted off the ground!” The draft horses have always been a favourite of Beshara’s and this quiet, fleeting moment was too beautiful to resist.
Born to two artistic parents, Beshara has been painting and drawing since a child but moved to Ottawa to pursue her studies and a career. After 20 years of living in the Nation’s Capital as an artist, illustrator and successful arts educator, a new relationship brought her back quite unexpectedly to the area where she grew up and the genesis of her artistic journey, in Prescott Russell. Returning to her rural roots has brought clarity and created a powerful shift in her latest paintings.
“It wasn’t until I had moved in with my husband that I realized how impactful being back in the country could be. My senses are alive again. A veil has been lifted. My vision is clearer and most importantly my heart has opened again. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of “coming home” metaphorically and, in my case, also geographically”.
“I try to paint almost daily and honour my love for the natural world both through my artwork and teaching philosophy. My environment is key to my creative flow and I am so grateful that I can just step out of my light filled studios, clip flowers from my garden, take in the rolling farmlands, meet up with local cowboys & cowgirls, or take a stroll in the woods rather than working almost exclusively from photos in a dark basement and hustling every day as I was in the city. I feel closer and more connected to the world… my childhood sense of wonder has returned and that is reflected in the stories I tell through my artwork”.
This guiding principal seems to be paying off as her work is being noted by American art markets. Last year she won The Award of Excellence for her painting “Lean on Me” (at the Steamboat Art Museum in Colorado Springs), was invited to teach a hugely popular workshop in (Wyoming), exhibited alongside fellow Canadian Wildlife Master Robert Bateman (Cincinnati) and Settlers West Galleries (Arizona) and The Steamboat Art Museum (Colorado Springs). Currently, Beshara’s oil painting “Cowgirl Up!” is featured in FINE ART CONNOISSEUR MAGAZINE, July / August edition profiling North America’s best Equine Artists. Keep an eye out for more news as she gears up for a solo show in Ottawa featuring local farm scenes from the Prescott Russell area.
“I think creative integrity and staying true to the subject matter that really lights your fire is crucial to honouring yourself and your work. It is indeed WORK and requires a lot of discipline and I am not without my discouraged days, but I am hopeful my steadfastness will pay off in the long run.”
“Heart Whispers” watercolour 16”x20” (Limited Edition prints are available through the artist)
“Lean on Me” Oil on canvas 24×24 , Private Collection
“Cowgirl Up!” Oil on canvas 20×20, Available through the artist
About Crystal Beshara:
Crystal Beshara is an award winning contemporary realist painter. Crystal works in watercolour, oil and graphite and holds a BFA in Studio from The University of Ottawa as well as a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from the UK. She strives to create strong narrative in her work, combining realism and expressionism to give emotional charge to her rural subject matter. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including International Artist Magazine. Recently Crystal was awarded Best in Watercolour for her watercolour painting “These Boots” at the annual SKB Rendezvous in Wyoming and the Award for Excellence for her oil painting “Lean On Me” at the Steamboat Art Museum in Colorado Springs.
Crystal’s studio is situated in L’Orignal Ontario in Prescott Russell where she lives with her fiancé and their two dogs. To book a viewing, inquire about commissions or local and international art retreats, visit the artist’s website.
Tiny worlds spark imagination at Art Gallery of Regina – Regina Leader-Post
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Artists Dick Moulding and Ed Finch will bring their creations to life during Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Moulding makes miniaturized farm machines, among them a baler that makes tiny bales of grass.
Finch has fabricated carnival rides, including a tabletop roller coaster, and a replica of the train at Ogema with tiny people inside.
Jason Nelson created a literal tiny world, a globe that rotates on an abstract ocean.
Frans Lotz’s mini jungle gym hearkens to a geodesic dome built for world’s fairs.
Kathleen and Jeff Coleclough made felted bison and horses, which stand among succulent plants. Outdoors, in the gallery’s sunny courtyard, there are more succulents — with more troll dolls hiding among them — and birdhouses in various designs.
These plants are a small consolation for fans of NDH’s annual Secret Gardens Tour, which couldn’t happen last month because of COVID-19.
Artists Kristin Mae Evans, Don List, Daniel Paquet and Annalisa Raho also feature in the exhibition, which runs through Aug. 21.
A closing reception will see live performances by Tom Brown, Mohit, Tessa Rae, Aaron Santos, Renz Rivero and Jerry Siphanthong on Aug. 21, 5-7 p.m.
The Art Gallery of Regina is at 2420 Elphinstone St. Current hours are noon to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. The gallery has adapted to the pandemic, installing hand sanitizer stations and one-way traffic arrows.
More information will be available at newdancehorizons.ca.
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