If the Pokémon Company’s video teasing its upcoming collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum was already enough to have you thinking about booking a ticket to Amsterdam, the promise of an impressionistic Pikachu promo card might just do the trick.
For those looking for a unique art experience this fall, the Dawson Trail Art Tour might just be the ticket. The two-day event is open to anyone who wants to not only see wonderful local art but meet the 14 artists who create that art as well.
“We call it an immersive experience. It’s a chance for people to go and visit the studios of these artists and get a first-hand experience at what the creation process is like,” said founder Pierrette Sherwood. “We have a variety of group venues (also) along the trail. There’s at least four group venues where there’s a number of artists under one roof showcasing at one particular venue…. We really tried to make it an immersive experience for the visitors so they really get a chance to understand the process. They get a chance to speak one on one with the artist and they get to see what the creative process is like.”
The tour has been going on for four years and although there are a number of art tours in Manitoba, the intimacy of this one is a pleasure to visit, according to visitor feedback, said Sherwood.
One of the benefits of the tour is the ability to purchase the art on display. Sherwood said there are different price points for all the art making it accessible and perfect for Christmas gifts.
“Art is a creative outlet for a lot of people. It can be a very positive and healthy outlet, a chance for people to relax through the creative process and or (it) can be meditative. (It) can allow people to work through things as well. We’ve all heard about art therapy and how it can be really beneficial for healing through trauma or what have you.
“But art beautifies the environment. It’s an aesthetically pleasing medium that allows people to share. It allows people to share an experience. There’s no wrong interpretation. There’s no judgement. It’s out there for people to enjoy. They take what they want out of it and there’s no pressure. It’s a nice experience, it’s very similar to music in that respect. It’s a universal language. I’m a strong proponent of it and I try to encourage it in the community, and I think it can bring a lot of aesthetics and make for a healthy environment for everyone,” said Sherwood, adding art also supports tourism and the livelihoods of the artists.
The tour has a passport and map which shows where all the artists are located. The passport can be entered to win a $300 grand prize or one of two secondary prizes. To get a copy of the map and passport and to see the artists profiles visit www.DawsonTrailTreasures.ca. The tour will run from Sept. 16 to 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Downtown Kingston’s fall Art After Dark ‘biggest one yet’
Art After Dark returns to downtown Kingston this Friday as art galleries and art-loving businesses open their doors and invite patrons to browse and buy some of the best in local art.
Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, from 7 to 10 p.m., art enthusiasts are invited to wander, chat, and maybe start or add to their personal collections. While the public is taking in the beautiful art and meeting fascinating local artists, they can also enjoy light refreshments, friendly conversation, and compelling displays at art galleries and in local shops in the downtown core.
“The eagerly-awaited fall edition of Art After Dark promises to be the biggest one yet, as attendees embark on a free walking tour of more than 20 participating studios, galleries, and art-loving businesses downtown,” the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area (BIA) said in a media release dated Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023.
“Art After Dark is a beloved community event that celebrates the talent and creativity of local artists and the dynamic arts scene in Kingston,” the BIA continued. “This year’s fall edition brings an array of new and exciting experiences that will inspire and entertain.”
In the release, the BIA shared details on what attendees can expect this year:
- Artistic Adventure: Explore the heart of Kingston’s artistic community on a captivating walking tour. Visit studios, galleries, and art-centric businesses throughout downtown Kingston, where you can engage with artists, view their latest works, and even purchase unique pieces to add to your own collection.
- Art After Dark Outdoor Lounge: New for this year’s event is the Art After Dark Outdoor Lounge, in partnership with The Caesar Company. Located on Sydenham Street (between Princess and Queen), this outdoor oasis will provide a cozy and relaxed atmosphere for attendees to unwind and socialize. Sip on specialty drinks, listen to live music, and plan your next stop on the Art After Dark walking tour.
- $500 Grand Prize Draw: While you enjoy Art After Dark, enter to win $500 towards the purchase of original artwork. Each gallery you visit offers another chance to win. Contest details will be available at all participating stops.
Art After Dark is a family-friendly event that welcomes art enthusiasts of all ages. For seasoned art collectors or those simply curious about Kingston’s thriving art scene, this event offers something for everyone, the BIA noted, adding that attendees must be 19+ to enter the Outdoor Lounge.
Pokémon are coming to the Van Gogh Museum to teach the world about art
In celebration of the Van Gogh Museum’s 50th anniversary, it has teamed up with the Pokémon Company for a special event designed to introduce young artists to Van Gogh’s work, and to teach people about the way he was profoundly influenced by Japanese art.
“This collaboration will allow the next generation to get to know Vincent van Gogh’s art and life story in a refreshing way,” the Van Gogh Museum’s general director Emilie Gordenker said in a press release. “The Van Gogh Museum and The Pokémon Company International have drawn on many years of educational expertise to create a special experience for children, their supervisors, and we hope many others at the Van Gogh Museum.”
Along with on-site activations that guide museum visitors through a selection of Van Gogh’s paintings and delve into the stories behind them, an online exploration of his fascination with Japanese culture will also be available. Along with on-site activations that guide museum visitors through a selection of Van Gogh’s paintings and delve into the stories behind them, an online exploration of his fascination with Japanese culture will also be available.
Even if you can’t make it to the actual museum to snag a ‘Pikachu with Grey Felt Hat’ card in-person, the promos will also be available through the Pokémon Center included in orders from a special collection inspired by the collaboration. But for those looking to make a trip of it, the Pokémon x Van Gogh Museum collaboration is set to run from September 28th until January 7th, 2024, and tickets for general admission to the museum (which are required to get in and can only be purchased online) are available now.
A Cartoonist Appreciates the Art at the Metropolitan Museum – The New Yorker
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