Sharma, who grew up hearing stories of the richness of Africa from two of his grandparents who were born there, decided to help. Having previously raised over $60,000 for various charities, he decided to roll up his sleeves and create the project.
“To me, helping other people is the most important thing someone can do. I am incredibly grateful for these world-class artists who have agreed to participate in the challenge. It is all about trying to make a difference in the lives of children who need our help,” said the 17 year old Sharma. “I am also thrilled to collaborate with Flying Kites and HATCH on this project.”
The event will start with Sharma auctioning off Drive Carefully Me – a Paul Newman portrait, then challenging 20 other notable artists to do the same. The 2-week challenge will end with the release of Sharma‘s 46664 – a portrait of iconic South African leader, Nelson Mandela.
“Flying Kites is thrilled for the opportunity to partner with Evan and participate in his incredible vision of the CovART challenge,” stated Leila De Bruyne, Executive Director of Flying Kites.
The Challenge will go live today and remain live for 2 weeks, ending on March 9th.
To learn more about the CovART Challenge, please visit: www.covartchallenge.com
About The CovART Challenge
The CovART Challenge is a fine art auction started by teen artist Evan Sharma to raise funds for children in Africa affected by COVID19. Partners include Flying Kites and the HATCH Experience. Funds raised for the challenge will help provide 250,000 meals for vulnerable children.
SOURCE CEH Inc
For further information: Contact info: Blake Wynn – [email protected]; Phone (613) 483 9353
New Public Art Installation to pay homage to Midland's history – Barrie 360 – Barrie 360
from the Town of Midland
The corner of King Street and Bayshore Drive in Midland will soon be the home to a new public art installation.
“Sown,” an artwork conceived by local artists Holly Archer and Camille Myles, will be placed in its new home in downtown Midland this summer. The piece is being fabricated by Lafontaine Iron Werks with Toque Innovations of Midland as the technical designer. The inspiration behind “Sown” is the rich industrial history of Midland, with elements of the design representing the five fingers that built this community (logging, shipping, the railway, agriculture, and manufacturing) as well as the five bays from the foundational Indigenous legend of Kitchikewana.
“Developing vibrant public spaces and promoting a beautiful Midland is one of Council’s current strategic priorities,” said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “This installation will complete the work on King Street, and we thank the Rural Economic Development program for their grant to assist with this project’s streetscaping, including the commissioning of this new work of art. I also want to thank the local artist and fabricators for crafting this piece to pay homage to the unnamed, unsung community members who have been instrumental in building Midland to where it is today.”
The artist team responded to a call for proposals that the Town issued in early 2021. “Sown” was selected based on the Town of Midland’s Public Art Policy, criteria outlined in the request for proposals, and the installation site.
“The Town of Midland recognizes that art and culture have been and will always be integral parts of our community,” said David Denault, Midland’s Chief Administrative Officer. “We are very proud of our town and our beautiful new main street and are excited to showcase all that we have to offer to both residents and visitors.”
The artwork is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, through the Rural Economic Development Program, and the public can learn more about this artwork as it’s being created. Visit EngagingMidland.ca/Sown-Public-Art-Installation for artistic descriptions of the artwork, concept boards, and details on the elements of design.
Art, culture and reconciliation | The Star – Toronto Star
SHERBROOKE – A veritable who’s who of Indigenous and political leaders from across Nova Scotia gathered to mark the opening of the fifth annual Indigenous art exhibit at Historic Sherbrooke Village on July 25.
But while new acts of creation may have brought them here to celebrate under sunny skies, something just as durable kept them standing, shoulder-to-shoulder, before a capacity crowd of residents and artists: history and sense of healing was in the air.
“The last three months have been a very difficult time for Indigenous people in Canada,” Canadian Senator Daniel Christmas, a senior advisor to Membertou Mi’kmaw Nation, told the audience.
“Our global image as a defender or protector of basic human rights in the world has been seriously tarnished. But our own perception of ourselves has changed as well, and many Canadians have expressed their shame and their embarrassment,” he said. “The arts are so valuable when it comes to tragedy, to the need for healing and for reconciliation.”
Those gathered were surrounded by original works by Indigenous artists who have been contributing since the first event launched at the living museum’s Indigenous Art Centre under the auspices of the Sherbrooke Restoration Commission in 2017.
Acknowledging Christmas as a “tough act to follow,” Central Nova Member of Parliament Sean Fraser took to the rostrum and spoke about his experience growing up minutes away from Pictou Landing First Nation.
“It’s incredible to me that we have had this history before our eyes and yet we have not been able to see it,” he said, adding: “We see it now. People are looking for ways to help contribute to reconciliation. I have great hope, because I sense that the public has reached a place that, even if politicians wanted to forestall reconciliation, I do not think they can anymore.”
Throughout the gathering – which included MLA Lloyd Hines (Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie), Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Houston (Pictou East), Councillor and former Chief of Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation Kerry Prosper – heads nodded in agreement.
“It’s great to see this facility [Indigenous Arts Centre] here because the road to reconciliation has got to include the culture,” Hines said in an interview following the event. “And the culture was probably the piece that was most ignored.”
Indeed, said exhibit organizer Marlis Lade, “Here, the artist can spend time and be proud and we are blessed to work together with them and celebrate. The recent sad news has touched all of us to the core of our being. But, in this beautiful centre will do everything we can to learn more. We directly benefit from that relationship.”
Added Sherbrooke Restoration Commissioner Marg Hartwell: “We wish to thank the artists from across the country that have contributed to this collection. Your work is moving and speaks of cultures. We received comments from visitors expressing appreciation for your work. You clearly make an impression, especially in these times. We wish more you could be with us here today to hear the appreciation yourselves. Our visitors are most reflective after seeing your work.”
Last to address the audience was Prosper. Gesturing to the variety of artworks on display, he said: “When I look at our Indigenous connection, we’ve been here for thousands of years. And through that time, we become a part of everything. Each and every one of you serve Indigenous countries. And you all have the same connection. We just happen to be a part of this land here.”
The Indigenous Art Centre in Sherbrooke is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Some items on display are for sale.
We asked art critics about Hunter's paintings – Politico
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The New York City gallery exhibiting HUNTER BIDEN’s work this fall has estimated his paintings are worth between $75,000 to $500,000.
We are not artists. We are pretty bad at it, actually, so we wanted to ask some experts if Biden’s work is actually worth that amount — and if it’s any good. West Wing Playbook spoke to four art critics and academics, some of whom said Hunter’s work, itself, isn’t half-bad. But as to our first question, it was a resounding, “no.”
Despite the Biden White House’s attempts to protect against undue influence, they say the reason for the five- to six-figure estimates is clearly Hunter Biden’s last name.
According to the George Bergès Gallery, Biden’s paintings “range from photographic to mixed-media to abstract works on canvas, yupo paper, wood, and metal. He incorporates oil, acrylic, ink, and the written word to create unique experiences that have become his signature.”
There are 11 paintings online, including an untitled one on yupo paper — a type of recyclable tree-free synthetic paper — of what appears to be a dragon breathing fire.
“Way better than I thot [sic] they’d be! More particular. Some sustained attention clearly evident.” That’s how GEOFFREY YOUNG, a New York poet, art critic and curator described the younger Biden’s art to West Wing Playbook in an email.
As for the price range, Young said it is extremely high, especially for someone the New York Times recently called an “undiscovered artist.” The 2019 article described some 100 paintings Biden had created in his Hollywood Hills “poolhouse-turned-art studio.”
“Traditionally, young artists are a bargain, and if they begin to sustain a career, gallerists raise the prices incrementally, as they should,” Young said. “Paintings are only as valuable as what some customer will pay for ‘em…he’s complexly famous, but not yet for art. Guess people will pay for a known last name.”
BEN DAVIS, a national art critic who has already written in length that Biden shouldn’t be selling his work, said the prices are not common for any new artist.
“For an emerging artist doing his first show, this would put Hunter Biden in the top, top tier of what was thinkable,” Davis said. “These are prices for an already successful artist.”
Davis gave us some context. Artists like DANA SCHUTZ, ALICE NEEL and STANLEY WHITNEY, all well-known and successful artists, have recently sold their art for around $500,000.
“So that is the company that Hunter Biden’s art, which no one has seen, is keeping,” Davis said.
“There is a lot of bluff and bluster and marketing in art prices. Dealers lie about them all the time to inflate values, and George Bergès may be bluffing and talking up Biden’s prices,” Davis said. “There’s no science to such things. But it is absolutely, 100 percent certain that what is being sold is the Biden name and story.”
Others agreed the high price point correlates with the family name.
“You’re paying for the brush with fame,” JOHN PLOFF, an art professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, said. “That’s like a campaign contribution, right?”
In an effort to protect against conflict of interest, the White House says there is an agreement in place with the gallery that will keep the art buyers’ identities a secret from Hunter, the president, the White House and the public. They did not have anything further to add for this piece.
“In the case of anyone who has a celebrity name outside of art, as with Hunter Biden, it’s clearly the name of the artist that’s driving the price and if it sells, then that’s probably also the motivating factor for the person who buys it,” said TABISH KHAN, a London art critic.
Khan said he wouldn’t critique work he hasn’t seen in person, with limited knowledge of the work, but, “an initial online glance suggests there’s nothing new or challenging about his work.”
“As to whether I think it’s worth the asking price, I don’t think I’ll ever spend that much money on a work of art nor be in a position where I have that amount of cash in hand,” Khan said. “And if I did, I wouldn’t spend it on a work by Hunter Biden.”
We also called some Washington area art appraisers and gallery owners. They did not want to touch this topic with a ten-foot pole.
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Warning, this one is hard: President BARACK OBAMA did not attend the Olympics in 2010, 2012, 2014 or 2016. Who did he select to lead the U.S. delegation to the Opening Ceremonies in each of these four games? (it’s a different person each year).
(Answer at the bottom.)
MASKS ARE BACK — The White House is mandating masks for all staffers again, per an internal email someone helpfully leaked to us.
The email acknowledged that not everyone on the White House campus is vaccinated even as Biden himself is contemplating mandates. “The vast majority of those working on campus are fully vaccinated,” read the email signed by the White House’s Covid-19 Operations team.
(On July 23rd, Psaki declined to say in the briefing what percentage of White House staff were vaccinated.)
The White House’s operations team initially wrote that the policy would “become effective at the start of business tomorrow” only to write a follow-up email “to clarify our earlier message.”
“All individuals on campus should comply with this update immediately and no later than start of business tomorrow,” they wrote.
SO MUCH FOR SHOT GIRL SUMMER: At least two reporters wore masks in the briefing room today. Last week, we didn’t spot any masks. Expect to see a lot more: The White House Correspondents Association emailed reporters this afternoon that it is “reimposing its mask requirement for all indoor spaces at the White House.”
DOOCE ON THE LOOSE: Fox News’ White House reporter PETER DOOCY pushed press secretary JEN PSAKI on new masking guidance for the vaccinated. “If it’s a pandemic of the unvaccinated still then why do vaccinated people need to put the masks back on?” he asked.
Psaki pointed to a chart showing how the Delta variant was hurting the unvaccinated. Doocy followed up, asking: “But if the vaccines work, which this sign says that they do, then why do people who have had the vaccine need to now wear masks the same as people who have not had any?”
Psaki’s response was unsatisfying to some on the right. “Because the public health leaders in our administration have made the determination based on data that that is a way to make sure they’re protected, their loved ones are protected, and that’s an extra step given the transmissibility of the virus.”
“This ain’t gonna cut it,” GOP operative JOSH HOLMES tweeted.
JILL’s CHIEF IS OUT — First lady JILL BIDEN’s chief of staff JULISSA REYNOSO PANTALEON is leaving the White House just six months in to be the ambassador to Spain and Andorra. That staffing shake up was revealed in Biden’s announcement today of nine nominations for ambassador and other senior administration posts at the Labor, Agriculture and Homeland Security Departments.
Asked why she is leaving so early in the administration, her press secretary MICHAEL LaROSA emailed that, “While the timing of this opportunity came up a little faster than they both expected, the First Lady was totally supportive of Reynoso being considered again as an Ambassador, and advocated on her behalf. She’s family and we’re going to miss her terribly.”
Any update on who her new chief will be? LaRosa said “nope.”
ANOTHER NOTABLE NOMINATION — Among the four ambassador nominees Biden announced this afternoon: MARK GITENSTEIN, former U.S. ambassador to Romania, and, as we wrote in December, a “secret Biden power broker.” He has been tapped as a representative to the European Union.
IN QUARANTINE — Homeland Security Secretary ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS is working remotely because he was in contact with a department official who later tested positive for Covid-19, a DHS spokesperson told DANIEL LIPPMAN and BETSY WOODRUFF SWAN. “The Secretary is fully vaccinated, has no symptoms, and has tested negative twice,” a spokesperson said.
ANNIVERSARY PLANS — Biden is expected to attend the 9/11 memorial in New York City to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Lippman and CHRIS CADELAGO report, a visit that will be “particularly significant with our withdrawal from Afghanistan,” a White House official told them. At the ceremony, Biden is expected to strike a tone that is “in large measure a sort of arc of the last two decades,” the person said.
KIM TO DOJ — The Senate confirmed TODD KIM to be the assistant attorney general for environment and natural resources, 58 to 41. Republican Sens. ROY BLUNT (Mo.), SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO (W.V.), SUSAN COLLINS (Maine), JOHN CORNYN (Texas), LINDSEY GRAHAM (S.C.), CHUCK GRASSLEY (Iowa) and LISA MURKOWSKI (Alaska) voted with Democrats to approve Kim’s nomination.
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He met with Sen. KYRSTEN SINEMA (D-Ariz.) at the White House to discuss the bipartisan infrastructure negotiations. Then he visited the office of the director of national intelligence in McLean, Virginia, where he toured the National Counterterrorism Center Watch Floor with Director of National Intelligence AVRIL HAINES and NCTC Director CHRISTY ABIZAID and delivered remarks to staff.
She gave virtual remarks to the National Bar Association. Later in the afternoon, she hosted a conversation about voting rights with Interior Secretary DEB HAALAND and native leaders from Alaska Native and American Indian communities.
Before White House deputy press secretary CHRIS MEAGHER spun reporters, he was one. From 2008 to 2013, Meagher wrote for the Santa Barbara Independent, where he covered crime, courts and local elections. He even moderated a 2012 congressional debate between Republican ABEL MALDONADO and Rep. LOIS CAPPS (D-Calif.), whom he went on to work for (his last name is pronounced “marr” so the paper dubbed him the “Meagher-derator”).
But it was one of his softer features that caught our eye. In 2011, Meagher elbowed his way into covering the royal visit by PRINCE WILLIAM and KATE MIDDLETON with a memorable newspaper lede: “What should I wear?”
The whole piece is worth reading, but we wanted to highlight his riff on his outfit deliberations, while crushing a little bit on Middleton:
“If it’s not plaid and button-down and doesn’t match with, well, jeans, it’s probably not in my wardrobe rotation. But this was the Royals! And I had heard that Kate would be dressing herself throughout the duration of the newlyweds’ weeklong trip to North America, so I put the pressure on myself to do the same.
For the trip to Santa Barbara, Kate settled on a fancy chinoiserie silk dress from the Spring 2011 collection of British designer Jenny Packham. I went with my boat shoes, non-jean pants, and a nice button-down from J. Crew’s 2006 collection. And I must say, we both looked marvelous, though I will give the edge to the beautiful Kate.”
Maybe he’ll do a follow-up story if the couple visits the White House.
For the 2010 Olympics, Obama sent then-Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill. In 2012, he sent first lady MICHELLE OBAMA. University of California President JANET NAPOLITANO got to represent in 2014 and JOHN KERRY went in 2016.
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