The art world may be on lockdown, but it certainly does not stop. During this unprecedented time, we’re checking in with art-world professionals, collectors, and artists to get a glimpse into how they are working from home.
Dale Chihuly is best known for his monumental, gravity-defying glass sculptures that rise over green lawns and suspend from high ceilings around the globe. Before his hometown of Seattle—an early hub for the virus in the United States—shut down, he was busily preparing for a major exhibition of his new, lace-inspired “Merletto” series at Seattle’s Traver Gallery (which has now been postponed to June) and a display of outdoor installations at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in Nashville (which has been rescheduled for July).
For now, while his hot shop is closed, the artist is working on smaller, two-dimensional objects, catching up on TV, and corresponding with friends from his Seattle home. Read on for a glimpse of his day-to-day life.
What are you working on right now (and were any projects interrupted by the lockdown)?
I’m working on an exhibition called “Chihuly Merletto” for Traver Gallery in Seattle. The exhibition opens in June. There were some projects that were interrupted, but I continue doing what I can from home.
How has your work changed now that you are doing it from home?
My hot shop is closed, so glassblowing isn’t happening right now. I’m using this time to focus on two-dimensional works.
What are you reading, both online and off?
I’m reading a book called The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan, and the New York Times.
Have you visited any good virtual exhibitions recently?
The Groninger Museum in the Netherlands is doing some good work showing exhibitions online. There’s also a great video from David Hockney’s exhibition at Annely Juda Fine Art.
Have you taken up any new hobbies?
Collecting correspondence from friends.
What is the first place you want to travel to once this is over?
If you are feeling stuck while self-isolating, what’s your best method for getting un-stuck?
What was the last TV show, movie, or YouTube video you watched?
The Wife, with Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, directed by Björn Runge. I’m also re-watching The Sopranos.
<img class="size-large wp-image-1842075" src="https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2020/04/vangogh-812×1024.jpg" alt="Vincent van Gogh, Cypresses (1889). Photo: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. ” width=”812″ height=”1024″ srcset=”https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2020/04/vangogh-812×1024.jpg 812w, https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2020/04/vangogh-238×300.jpg 238w, https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2020/04/vangogh-40×50.jpg 40w, https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2020/04/vangogh.jpg 1476w” sizes=”(max-width: 812px) 100vw, 812px”>
Vincent van Gogh, Cypresses (1889). Photo: the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
If you could have one famous work of art with you, what would it be?
Van Gogh’s Cypresses (1889), which is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
What are you most looking forward to doing once social distancing has been lifted?
I look forward to having lunch with my wife, Leslie, and friends at Il Terrazzo Carmine. It’s my favorite restaurant in Seattle, and we’ve been going there for years.
Favorite recipe to cook at home?
Spaghetti alle vongole.
For inspiration, we’re sharing a recipe for this classic Italian pasta dish adapted from Bon Appétit:
Bring water to a boil and cook spaghetti until very al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water.
Over medium, heat 3 tbsp. oil in a large skillet and add garlic and cook until beginning to brown. Add red pepper flakes and wine, followed by clams and then increase the heat to high.
Cover your skillet until clams open and release their juices, about 3-6 minutes. As they open, use tongs to transfer them to a large bowl.
Add 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water to skillet and bring up to a boil, returning pasta to pan. Cook over high heat, tossing constantly, until pasta is cooked and has soaked up some of the sauce.
Bring back the clams along with parsley, and toss to combine.
A heaping bowl of spaghetti pasta with clams. Photo by Laura La Monaca/Universal Images Group via Getty Images.
Some of the Sunshine Coast’s young musical-theatre talent will be showing what they can do when they hit the stage this weekend at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. The production team Synergy at Play, led by Varya Rubin and Bill Moysey, has been running a two-week performance intensive for youth, preparing for their show, A Little Bit of Broadway. There will be three performances: Friday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Aug 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Seats are limited due to ongoing pandemic protocols. Tickets are $15, $10 for kids aged six to 12, five and under are free. Available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music to our ears
There’s a passion to hear live, in-person performance here on the Coast after close to 17 months of doing without. Shows are selling quickly. You cannot get tickets now to see the Rogue Arts Festival show with Brothers in Farms and Staggers and Jaggs at the 101 in Gibsons on Saturday, Aug. 7, the Brandon Isaak concert at the Clubhouse Restaurant in Pender Harbour on Aug. 8, or the SoulShine Garden Concert with Dawn Pemberton on Aug. 12. But there is still plenty to enjoy. Here are just a few of the musical offerings in coming days (check the Coast Reporter’s Community Calendar and Coast Cultural Alliance’s website for more). Shows marked “free” may also feature a handy tip jar:
Charlotte Wrinch plays the Clubhouse Restaurant at the Pender Harbour Golf Club on Friday Aug. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. On Sunday, Aug. 8, The Burying Ground will be there with its great, toe-tapping vintage jazz-blues from 2 to 5 p.m.
The Roberts Creek Legion is opening its stage for individuals or groups to play on Friday, Aug. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. To reserve performance or jamming time, email email@example.com. The Burying Ground plays there Saturday, Aug. 7 from 4 to 9 p.m.
At noon on Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Sechelt Summer Music Series behind the library, hear the reggae rhythms of Pete Catastrophe, followed at 1 p.m. by the Wanda Nowicki Trio. Free.
The 1 p.m. show at Music in The Landing at Winegarden Park in Gibsons features the Gambier Island acoustic duo, Kansas and Johnny. At 7 p.m., electric grit-blues maestros Georgia Fats will get you smiling and swaying. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free.
The vocal and guitar stylings of Martinez will be on tap from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Tapworks in Gibsons, Saturday, Aug. 7.
Slow Sundays in The Creek, behind the library in Roberts Creek, has another creatively varied lineup for Aug. 8. The Whirlwind Woodwind Quintet starts things off at noon, with teen singer-songwriter Kaishan performing at 1 p.m., and the Martini Madness Band at 2 p.m. Free.
Indoor seating is still limited, but the Coast’s two main movie theatres have reopened. Raven’s Cry Thetare in Sechelt is screening films nightly, as is Gibsons Cinema, which is also running weekend matinees. Check your local listings.
Officially unveiling the latest installation in downtown Timmins windows are (left to right): Timmins James Bay MP Charlie Angus, Coun. Cory Robin, who represents the city on the BIA board; and BIA chairman Jamie Roach.
(Bob McIntyre, MyTimminsNow.com staff)
Six sets of two posters each that are showing up in vacant store windows in downtown Timmins are the work of two Toronto artists. They are, however, on the theme of “Living in Timmins.”
The artwork is financed by a Toronto-based organization dedicated to brightening up downtowns.
Timmins BIA executive director Cindy Campbell says that group will issue a public call for artists this fall.
“Based on Northern Ontario and especially Timmins’ participation,” she points out, “they’re specifically reaching out to indigenous and northern artists to become part of the roster so their artwork can be shown across Canada.”
Campbell says any time someone stops to look at the art, they could realize that there’s potential in that store space.
“All of a sudden that maybe Mom and Pop business idea that was in the back of your head becomes a reality,” she remarks. “‘If I can showcase my products like they’re showcasing what they’re doing, I have a chance at a business.’”
The art was officially unveiled on Wednesday at the following addresses:
The annual Skeena Salmon Art Show is set to kick off this Friday (Aug. 6) at the Terrace art gallery before moving along to Hazelton in September and Smithers in October.
The fourth annual show will have a wide variety of different types of art on display, including painting, carving, jewelry and sculpture.
“This exhibition unites communities across the northwest, showcasing our collective love for salmon,” said Dave Gordon, Skeena Salmon Art Fest president, adding that he is excited that the show will also stop in Hazelton and Smithers this year.
“As sister communities along the Skeena, we rely on salmon to sustain our cultures and natural environments. We very much look forward to seeing how artist communities will come together to celebrate salmon through art.”
Several esteemed artists will have their work on display at the show, like Stan Bevan, Alex and Michelle Stoney, Carly Nabess, Cathrine Blackburn, among others.
Up to $2,000 in prize money is available in the juried section of the exhibit, with this year’s jury composed of Mike Dangeli, Vanessa Gill and Theresa Schober. For the People’s Choice Award, members of the public are encouraged to vote for their favourite artwork.
Privacy & Cookies Policy
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.