BERLIN — Several teenagers sprayed graffiti on a piece of art outside one of Berlin’s most famous museums and that the vandalism was unrelated to the damaging of more than 60 other art works on the city’s Museum Island that were smeared with an oily liquid early this month, police said Saturday.
A huge granite bowl in front of the Altes Museum, which is part of the German capital’s museum complex and houses antiquities, was defaced Friday night by some teenagers and adults, Berlin police said. Two of the suspects were temporarily detained.
Museum Island is a UNESCO world heritage site in the heart of Berlin and one of the city’s main tourist attractions,
Dozens of other exhibits at the Museum Island complex were vandalized Oct. 3. Investigators said they had watched hours of surveillance camera footage but not found any obvious sign of anyone applying the liquid.
Museum experts have said the motive remains a mystery and there appeared to be no thematic link between the targeted works. They expressed optimism that the apparently random damage can be repaired.
Berlin police said the graffiti sprayed on the granite bowl did not have any political content or appear related to the damaging of the other art works.
PA art show and sale going virtual this year – Prince Albert Daily Herald
A popular Prince Albert art show and sale will be going virtual this year after the pandemic prevented them from hosting an in-person event.
The 42nd annual Kyla Art Show and Sale, typically hosted at E.A. Rawlinson or Plaza 88, will be presented online this year.
A website was specifically created for this event and will feature 15 artists. The sale will have a variety of work available such as paintings, wood burning, wood working, metal work and glass mosaics.
Kim Morrall with the Kyla Artist Group says she’s excited to see how the event will play out this year.
“I have full hopes it will be just as good and successful as our previous shows,” Morrall said.
As a mom of four and an artist herself, Morrall says the annual event pushes her to complete artwork and get involved with the community.
The art sale will launch at 2 p.m. on this Sunday, and run until Dec. 9th at 9 p.m. Artists will be responsible for shipping orders out to customers, Morrall said.
After shutting down for a few days, the website will kick back up again and give people the chance to shop more. Morrall added this is something the group has never done before.
“Most artists like myself we have artwork sitting in our basement…with no place to go and waiting to be sold so this is an opportunity for us to put some of that on there and hopefully have another avenue to sell our work.”
One disadvantage to not having an in-person event is that people won’t be able to speak face-to-face with the artists.
“The personal experience is always going to be better, one of the things people like is being able to meet the artists at our actual shows whereas you don’t get it this way,” Morrall added that the website will include artist photos and information about their work in lieu of this experience.
Another disadvantage is that most shoppers like to see art in person, but Morrall explained that all Kyla artists took good photos of their work.
Past shows have gotten up to 500 people in attendance. Morrall said with the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the group’s main priority was keeping this event safe which is why they decided to host it online.
Ticket sales to past shows have gone to charity organizations. Without an in-person event this year, a silent auction will be held instead with proceeds going towards Prince Albert Optimist Club. Kyla artists each donated an item to the silent auction.
Morrall said the artists group wanted to partner with a local group that did a lot for the community.
“They’re really great to work with and really nice,” she said.
Art sale generates $1900 for Sunrise House – My Grande Prairie Now
Sunrise House got a helping hand from the art community this weekend. Local artist Grant Berg and Yellowknife artist Robbie Craig teamed up to help raise funds and awareness for the youth emergency shelter.
Berg says Craig had proposed to sell their artwork art at a show, with the intent of donating the proceeds to a local charitable organization.
“It was Robbie’s idea and I was all for it. It’s just… a couple of guys who want to make the world a little bit better in ways that we can, using the tools that we have,” says Berg.
The pair quickly identified a tree which stands in Muskoseepi Park to be their inspiration, as well as a metaphor for the kids who Sunrise House shelters. Berg adds the tree was chosen for its character and unique visual appeal.
“The tree, as weathered as it is, is a stunningly beautiful tree… and Sunrise House takes these children [who] are struggling with the elements and helps them build that character, and come out on the other side beautiful.”
Both Berg’s sculpture and Craig’s painting sold over the weekend of November 21st-22nd. Berg says he donated all of his proceeds, being $900, and Robbie committed $1,000 from the sale to Sunrise House.
He adds Sunrise House was chosen to receive any proceeds, knowing the organization can always use an extra helping hand.
“This organization still exists, it’s battling as hard as it can, and it needs some help too.”
Craig makes an annual visit to Grande Prairie to host an art show and sale. Locally, his mural titled ‘Subarctic Bear’ is displayed in the Montrose Cultural Centre. According to Berg, Craig has also designed a label for Latitude 55 rum, as well as actively designing logos for local businesses and organizations throughout Grande Prairie.
New art hub set up in North Bay's downtown to support local artists – CTV Toronto
Northern Ontario artists now have a co-operative hub to create and sell their artwork in downtown North Bay at Gateway To The Arts.
From paintings on the wall to balloon art on display, a group of 11 northern Ontario artists put their heads together in Feb. to come up with the plan.
“There’s very limited affordable space in the city for artists to work in, said Karrie Emms, one of the group’s founders. “When you want to rent a studio, you’re looking at a hefty chunk of change.”
Emms is one of the 11 artists involved. She paints, is involved in sketch-work and also teaches during paint nights. There are studios in the lower level of the facility, as well as workshop space where the member artists can prepare their works.
“We have five rental studios downstairs,” said Emms. “We planned for COVID-19. We thought if we use the studios, that covers our bills.”
Emms and the other artist members celebrated the official opening of Gateway To The Arts at 151A Main Street on the weekend.
Balloon artist Anne Brule is part of the artisan co-op and was always fascinated with balloon art ever since she read about the world’s largest non-round balloon sculpture in the world. It depicts two soccer players challenging for a ball and is completely made of balloons.
“You can make clothes (with the balloons), you can make all sorts of different things,” said Brulé. “I made a Métis sash for Le Carnival a couple of years ago and it just really opened up so many possibilities.”
The space will also be intended to help young and upcoming artists hone in on their skills and support their talent, as well as help them with resumes and portfolios in hopes of finding a job in the arts.
“Art can be a career. It can be a job and it can support you,” said Emms. “We want to foster to young people.”
Emms said the group is always looking for new members, saying art and the passion for it are limitless.
For the next few weeks, the co-op is also featuring 11 more artists’ holiday artwork.
“There’s so much talent in the area with the ideas and creativity that people have,” Brule said.
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