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The art of history: Sketch group showcases Edmonton’s past through drawings – Global News



An Edmonton exhibit explores the past, present and future of the city’s history through sketches.

Edmonton’s historian laureate Marlena Wyman curated Sketching History: Rediscovering Heritage Architecture through Urban Sketching to showcase the city’s heritage architecture and highlight its importance.

“If we don’t preserve our older buildings, we will never have heritage buildings that tell our story. It is part of the identity of Edmonton. If we continually reinvent ourselves, who are we? What is this city?” Wyman explained.

The exhibit is created by Urban Sketchers Edmonton. The original Urban Sketchers began in San Francisco and spread throughout the world. Wyman herself is a member of the Edmonton group, which began in 2011, meeting once a month to draw aspects of our city.

Hotel Macdonald by Karen Wall

Hotel Macdonald by Karen Wall

Credit: City of Edmonton

When Wyman became historian laureate, she decided to focus the group of sketchers on heritage architecture. Now, 12 different artists make up the exhibit.

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“Because I’m a visual artist, I’ve been interpreting the position through my art practice. Art is the door that brings people in. It’s the attraction. If it’s interesting enough, they want to come closer and see what it is,” Wyman said.

Joanne Wojtysiak is a professional artist and part of Urban Sketchers Edmonton. She discovered the group online.

“I started working from home and I was looking for a group of artists to get me outside the house,” Wojtysiak explained. “I really admire the architecture of Edmonton.”

Wojtysiak said she was thrilled to be selected as a part of Sketching History.

“Every project is interesting in its own way. This is new for me. I haven’t been part of something like this before. I thought it was so exciting,” Wojtysiak said.

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“Edmonton has this amazing, rich history. If people become interested in that, maybe they will become interested in where the city is developing. It’s our home. We want to make it a home that people want to stay in and feel comfortable in. I think history is part of that journey.”

“When we go out and sketch, we start to see things we never saw before, it’s a way of observing things differently. When we have these beautiful buildings we walk past every day, we kind of take it for granted,” Wyman said.

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So, how has Edmonton changed over the years?

Buena Vista Building - Glenora Bed & Breakfast by Yvonne Rezek

Buena Vista Building – Glenora Bed & Breakfast by Yvonne Rezek

Credit: City of Edmonton

“We didn’t always have a pristine river valley. When the city first started, they were dumping grounds. They were used for dumping grounds, industry, for livestock and gravel pits. It was an early bunch of concerned citizens who wanted the river valley cleaned up and have trees planted. That’s made it so beautiful today,” Wyman explained.

The darker side of Edmonton’s history is also depicted in the exhibit.

“There’s one panel here that is about the Papaschase Reserve and the Rossdale Burial Grounds. Edmonton is not just its building history. What was here before those buildings?” Wyman said.

Wyman wrote stories about each of the locations sketched, displayed alongside the drawings.

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“History is everything. It is overwhelming at times. This helps us look at things in bites,” Wyman said.

“This is an interestingly random exhibit. I wanted it to be sort of led by what the sketchers were interested in. Some of us would suggest buildings at risk, because we don’t know if that’s the last time we could capture them. Other times, it’s just someone’s favourite spot. There are lots of buildings people love that are not in this exhibit, but we will keep on sketching outside of the exhibit.”

Historic facade from Buena Vista returns to new apartment on Edmonton’s 124 Street

The main exhibit will be displayed at the Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre and the City of Edmonton Archives until December 2020. A smaller exhibit is travelling to Edmonton Public Library branches, and an upcoming complementary online exhibit will also be available.

“The art draws them in. They wonder what’s behind the story. One of the most gratifying things is when people come up to me and tell me, ‘I never knew that, that’s really interesting. That’s really important.’ That’s exactly what I’m hoping this exhibit will do,” Wyman said.

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Art Fx #3: "Waterlines" by Rob Stimpson – Huntsville Doppler – Huntsville Doppler



Art Fx is a year-long series on Huntsville Doppler featuring Huntsville-area visual artists.

“Waterlines” by Rob Stimpson is a 36″ x 24″ image on Hahnemühle Photo Rag archival paper. It is available for $650, unframed (limited edition run of five).

“Photography for me is more than copying reality,” writes Rob. “I look to see beyond seeing. You can achieve a far higher visual impact thinking the image through. One has to look at the potential abstractions within that context of creating the image then build your narrative around it. Waterlines is an example. First it is important to sit and look. From there I make the decision on what to include in the composition. The old saying ‘what you put into a composition is as important as what you leave out’ rings true in this image.”

“Waterlines” by Rob Stimpson

Artist bio: Rob Stimpson is an internationally published, award-winning photographer. His first commercial breakthrough came from selling images to Canada’s prestigious National Film Board. Rob has photographed for Ontario Tourism, Ontario Parks and Parks Canada for many years. His work has appeared on the covers of Ontario Parks Guides, calendars, magazines and national ads for the province and Canada. He has garnered numerous awards, including a Northern Lights Award from the Canadian Tourism Commission and Best Travel Photography Award from the Ontario Tourism Summit. In October 2012 he was nominated and accepted into the College of Fellows in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

He has co-authored An Artists and Photographers Guide to Wild Ontario as well as contributed to numerous books. His work has graced Canadian Geographic, Explore Magazine, Cathay Pacific, Japan Air in-flight magazines. His fine art prints hang in private homes around the world. Travels have taken him to many places but his favourite are Antarctica and the Arctic where he works as an expedition photographer for One Ocean Expeditions. In 2014 Rob was part of Ice Tracks Expedition’s centenary celebration of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Trans Antarctic Expedition. In July 2016 he was selected by the Globe and Mail and Lexus to be showcased with nine others showcasing their professional lives.

Find him online at where you can also see details for his 2021 photo workshops and Zoom talks (email for a list of topics), on Facebook @rob.stimpson.9, or on Instagram

See more local art in Doppler’s Art Fx series here.

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‘When We Gather’ Collaborative Art Project To Celebrate Historic Inauguration Of Kamala Harris – Forbes



When We Gather is a multi-faceted art project celebrating the history making inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris, directed by Codie Elaine Oliver (Black Love, OWN Network) and performed by renowned artists María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Okwui Okpokwasili, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Dell Marie Hamilton, Jana Harper, Lisa E. Harris and Samita Sinha. The performers have developed a three-minute art film to inspire reflection and celebration on this momentous day in United States history. “When We Gather offers an empowering moment to heal and unite the country through creative energy,” says Campos-Pons, who envisioned the project and brought the artists together. “The circle shows us how we can remain connected even while we are separated due to this pandemic or due to the state of the nation. All of these factors have informed the collaborative choreography and spoken word of this global collective experience.” 

Due to the pandemic limitations, performances have been woven together from the performers’ respective locations in Brooklyn, Nashville and Houston. The film stirs up feelings of relief and solidarity through imaginative work, in a time of great divide in the United States. It is narrated by Academy Award-nominated actress Alfre Woodard. The soundscape incorporates both lyrics and a poem written by Diggs for the project and features choreographed movements and gestures from diverse traditions.

The film will be followed by When We Gather: Together, a behind-the-scenes interactive program. It will feature a conversation about the film, interviews with those involved in it, and additional performances. This special program is co-produced and hosted by Dr. Nikki A. Greene, a professor of art history at Wellesley College. When We Gather is produced by an all-female identifying team of artists, scholars and producers. It is a collaborative artwork produced by Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco and Creative Time, a public arts non-profit based in New York.

When We Gather arrives at an inflection point—serving as both a moment of reflection and a galvanizing  call to envision, and enact, a better tomorrow. At this historic moment, the work speaks to the elemental  role that women have played in the progress of this nation,” says Justine Ludwig, Executive Director of  Creative Time.  

Everyone can participate in When We Gather by tuning into the online broadcast at on January 20 at 7 pm EST. The film and When We Gather: Together will be available at and streamed free worldwide from January 20 through February 15,  2021. The film and special will be screened at locations across the country on select dates thereafter.

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Artists sought for Five Corners public art project in downtown Chilliwack – BCLocalNews



The City of Chilliwack is looking for artists to submit their ideas for a new piece of public art to be installed at Five Corners.

The city issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the Five Corners Public Art Project on Jan. 11. The future artwork will be situated outside the front entrance of 46115 Yale Rd., located at the northeast corner of the intersection.

“The successful proponent will create and install public art that will add value to the cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality of the downtown core of Chilliwack,” reads the RFP document.

The proposed public art must:

• Fit in a footprint of 1.5 metres by 1.5 metres

• Be no more than 3 metres high

• Must be able to be illuminated

• Installation must be able to stand up to graffiti, natural elements

• Footprint must be secured to ensure the piece’s integrity and public safety

• Not impede traffic (ie must not be reflective)

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“The goal of the Five Corners Public Art Installation is to increase foot traffic on the street, animate Chilliwack’s historic downtown and draw attention to Chilliwack as a vital municipality which promotes arts, culture and tourism.”

There will be a mandatory virtual site meeting through Zoom on Friday, Jan. 22 at 8 a.m. Proposals will not be accepted by the city from proponents who do not attend the meeting. (Link to Zoom meeting at end of story.)

Proposals can be submitted electronically (preferred) or as a hard copy. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.Submissions must include a technical proposal and a financial proposal. Electronic submissions are to be emailed to; hard copy proposals are to be delivered to:

RFP – “Five Corners Public Art”

City of Chilliwack

8550 Young Rd.

Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 8A4


The successful proponent will be notified within 30 days of the Feb. 17 closing date.

Further information on the Five Corners Public Art Project can be found on the city’s website: Five Corners Project document and mandatory virtual site meeting via Zoom.


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