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The Art World Works From Home: Glass-Art Impresario Dale Chihuly Is Stuck Working on Drawings and Rewatching ‘The Sopranos’ – artnet News



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.

Where is your new “office”?

I’m currently working from my home office.

Dale Chihuly’s home office. Photo courtesy of Dale Chihuly. ©Chihuly Studio. All Rights Reserved.

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?

Venice, Italy.

If you are feeling stuck while self-isolating, what’s your best method for getting un-stuck?

Watching movies.

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.

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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:

  1. Bring water to a boil and cook spaghetti until very al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Art from isolation: the fourth instalment of with.draw.all – St. Albert TODAY



While students continue to learn from home, art students from three of St. Albert’s high schools are contributing to with.draw.all, which will be posted to the Gazette’s website every second Thursday.

Artist: Eleanor Bordian
Grade 11
Medium: Chalk pastels
Artist statement: “Our challenge was drawing our favourite character in chalk pastels. Portraits can be drawn in so many mediums and I really enjoy drawing and painting them.”

Shannon Ruddy Fine Art PhotoArtist: Shannon Ruddy
Grade 12
Medium: Photography
Artist statement: “I decided to express a few things that I care about into a photo.”

Aislinn LibichArtist: Aislinn Libich
Grade 11
Medium: Collage
Artist statement: “The weekly challenge was to choose a household item and incorporate it into my artwork. I chose a binder clip and incorporated it into the body of a dragonfly. I then completed the rest of my drawing with four complimentary colours to complete my drawing.”

Jayda Gardner in my fridgeArtist: Jayda Gardner
Grade 11
Artist statement: “I’ve never thought to draw the insides of my fridge before. The different shapes and shadows the items in my fridge created piqued my interest and so I focused on a few items. I really enjoyed this challenge.”

Chantal LafraniereArtist: Chantal Lafraniere
Grade 11
Title: Starry High Tops
Medium: Coloured scrapbooking paper and magazines
Artist statement: “It was a lot of fun creating this collage by finding cool textures from magazines and piecing them together to create an image. I also tried to use some darker and lighter textures to add light and shadows to give the collage more dimensions. Art has been helping me during COVID time by encouraging creativity, and fun hobbies to pursue during this pandemic.”

Avery WitterArtist: Avery Witter
Grade 12
Medium: Letters cut into squares from an old fashion magazine
Artist statement: “During this pandemic, art has helped me a lot. It helps me cure my boredom, which not even the television can do anymore. It also helps me to relieve stress and forget about what is happening in the world for just a few moments. I find myself being way less productive during this pandemic so art is one of those things that makes me feel productive and helps me start my day on a productive path. I aim to start my mornings by doing any type of art. It helps me get into the right mind space and also helps me set a bit of a routine.”

Cierra Santiago copyArtist: Cierra Santiago
Grade 12
Title: Dear COVID-19
Medium: Magazine cutouts
Artist statement: “The process of this piece was very simple yet revealed my creativity and true emotion. I decided to create my piece about COVID-19 because there is not a day that passes without thinking or even being reminded of this awful pandemic. Although my piece is very simple, the meaning varies and is understandable to many. “I miss the normal life” is clearly referring to my life before this pandemic. I often think about how my high school experience is not how I imagined and how our graduation, the day I have been waiting for almost all my life, is being taken away and replaced with something not even close to what I envisioned. This pandemic has been an unexpected journey full of emotion and has impacted my life drastically but also has helped me explore my abilities and skills. I am very thankful for all parents and teachers supporting their children and students during this time and trying their hardest to make sure our school experience is as best as it can be.
Personally creating art during this pandemic has been a complete escape for me and has helped my creativity develop even more. Quarantine has helped me create pieces that I didn’t even know I was capable of doing. When creating art my mind is placed somewhere else, where I forget all my problems and all the negatives of this pandemic. Although COVID-19 has ruined many opportunities for individuals there are still positives during this pandemic. Despite all the negatives of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has really helped me appreciate and enjoy my art skills to another level.

Lee AndersonArtist: Lee Anderson
Grade 11
Medium: Pencil and marker
Artist statement: “It has been a busy time for me but I always find time to explore my characters.”

Dax ZieselArtist: Dax Ziesel
Grade 11
Medium: Pencil
Artist statement: “This challenge was to draw a face pressed up against glass. The portrait became more about the shadow and light and less about getting a likeness.”


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