Their online show began Monday and is set to conclude June 12.
A Nova Scotia artist has painted portraits of hard-to-adopt dogs to help the animals find new homes.
Haley MacLean said the person who adopts the dogs will get the acrylic-on-canvas painting for free.
MacLean has painted more than 100 dog portraits over the years and recently donated paintings of Waffles to Misfit Manor Dog Rescue in Kentville, N.S., and of Max to Halifax-based Fly With Me Animal Rescue.
“Waffles’s eyes are actually closed but his foster mom said that’s his personality — a very smiley guy,” MacLean said Wednesday, which happened to be National Dog Rescue Day.
“There’s something really cute about him having his eyes closed. It’s kind of like he’s looking up at the sun with a big smile.”
MacLean is a former journalist who is currently earning her law degree at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. She’s also an avid gamer and hopes to graduate next year and find a job representing a video game company on issues like intellectual property and contract law.
She started painting dog portraits as Christmas presents for family and friends nine years ago and soon found a commercial demand for her “side hustle,” which she calls Paw Paints.
MacLean said even though she generally paints from high-quality photos, people find something deeper in paint.
Kelly Nunn of Misfit Manor Dog Rescue said MacLean’s portrait has generated interest.
“Waffles is full of personality,” she said. “He provides a lot of laughs every day to his foster family. The paintings make the dogs feel real. They show they have a personality.”
Misfit Manor Dog Rescue temporarily adopts dogs that are old, or have medical or behavioural issues that make them hard to adopt. It cares for them in foster homes until a permanent home can be found. They’ve had Waffles since the fall.
The COVID-19 pandemic means they can’t visit potential new owners at their homes, and would-be owners can’t visit the dogs at their foster homes. For now, they’re taking applications on the 12 dogs in their custody and hope to adopt out the dogs as soon as the restrictions are lifted.
“Don’t overlook the special needs dogs, the dogs that need a little more support,” Nunn said. “Keep an open mind. Older dogs have so much love to give and special needs dogs just need a special person who understands them.”
Both Max and Waffles have had many offers since the portraits were shared online and their respective agencies hope to get them to new homes once the pandemic restrictions are lifted.
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Senior art now being showcased by Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove – Goderich Signal Star
The Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove knows seniors can create and intends to showcase that in their current exhibition.
To coincide with the province’s Seniors Week, which runs from June 1-7, the organization which oversees the art gallery within the public library in the city is running a 2020 Open Online Seniors Competition and Show. It began Monday, is set to conclude June 12, and, similar to other shows they have done during the COVID-19 pandemic, will see the variety of work ranging from paintings to drawings to 3D pieces and photographs posted on their websites and individually on social media feeds across Facebook and even through Instagram as well.
“We do have quite a few local people,” gallery manager Rebecca New said. “The show has always been Alberta-wide and we will have a judge who will score the pieces before we announce results Saturday in a Zoom call. People will see with this how talented local artists are and how accessible local art is. We hope that people will choose local art for their homes and it is an excellent level of work that we are seeing.”
New and the Allied Arts Council’s peers at the Multicultural Heritage Centre in Stony Plain have been running a version of digital shows during this time as well. They are debating whether to continue on with online offerings as seriously as they have now once they reopen and, for New, in the wake of this show and others they are doing, that is something the Spruce Grove Art Gallery will end up debating, too.
“I think having a digital presence is something that this will eventually shift to,” she said. “Whether or not we still have digital entries to contests, we are not sure how we will proceed with that. We are talking through a lot of options for the future that lies ahead of us.”
More information about the current show and future events can be found on the council’s website.
Kids can make art to brighten Red Deer seniors’ lodges – Red Deer Advocate
The Red Deer Public Library is calling on young artists to help brighten seniors’ lodges.
The library is calling for “mini-artists” to drop off their paper creations — whether it’s flowers, drawings, letters or cards — into bins outside two participating Red Deer seniors’ lodges this week.
They are Timberstone Mews (42 Timberstone Way) and Harmony Care (200 Inglewood Dr.).
Staff from the lodges will “proudly display the creations,” bringing joy to residents and staff.
They are also planning to make some social media posts featuring art that is on display at the lodges.
A virtual Art in the Garden festival is happening on the North Shore this weekend – North Shore News
The North Shore’s annual Art in the Garden event is gearing up to go digital this weekend.
The event has been re-imagined as a livestreamed art and music demonstration this Saturday and Sunday evening, while encouraging community members to share pictures of their own green spaces online.
Last month, North Van Arts made the decision to suspend the 21st annual Art in the Garden festival due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of practising physical distancing during an event which melds visual arts with some of the North Shore’s most extraordinary gardens.
The decision was made to offer an online version of Art in the Garden in order to keep the spirt of the long-running festival intact, according to Nancy Cottingham Powell, executive director of North Van Arts.
“Art in the Garden is the longest running North Shore garden tour and we didn’t want to just cancel this event that inspires gardeners, artists and nature lovers,” stated Powell, in a press release.
As part of its new online event, for the month of May the arts and culture organization reached out to visual artists and musicians who had participated in past festivals and asked them to create short videos outlining their work, inspiration and methodology.
The six artist videos were released weekly on North Van Arts’ social media channels and website.
This weekend, local painters Nicola Morgan and Pierre Leichner are set to take over the organization’s Instagram account as they livestream the creation of original artwork over live music performed by North Shore musicians Ava Maria Safai and Paul Silveria.
Viewers can tune in on May 30 and 31 at 7 p.m. each night.
North Van Arts is also encouraging people on the North Shore to comment and share pictures of their gardens and green spaces this weekend, as well as their own nature-inspired art, by using the hashtag #ArtintheGarden.
“These extraordinary times have forced us to look at how we connect with our community. Art in the Garden Online is an opportunity for us to support our members and local artists in a unique way,” stated Powell.
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