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UBC Okanagan art students to improve the environment one project at a time – Vernon Morning Star

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A group of UBC Okanagan art students are pushing towards an increased awareness of art-related waste and their impacts on environment.

UBCO’s Ecosine Art Group creates art with a rule that 50 per cent of their ecologic work must be made from non-purchased medium material such as dumpster finds, recycling and other re-usable mediums.

“I just started (at UBCO) five months ago and I’ve seen how much of the art gets graded and goes into the dumpster,” said Axle Hildevranv, president of Ecosine Art Group at UBCO.

“It kept on happening over and over and for me, I’m always trying to save a dollar here and there. If I can pick up material that’s already in the process of being recycled in the dumpster or at the dump or somebody’s waste in the back yard, I’ll grab it for free and make something out of it. Not only does it help the environment, but it also helps the wallet.”

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Hildevranv believes ecological consideration must play a greater part in the art-making and grading process of the modern artist, much like lower emission vehicles and alternative modes of transportation have become commonplace.

“With added consciousness towards ecological impacts, traditional art mediums and their delineations can set aside allowing the discovery of new yet undiscovered, undefined areas of emotion, action or vulnerability,” said Hildevranv.

The group will use just about anything to create art. One example of a piece made from reusable material is in a painting of two wolves embracing. The canvas used for the piece is actually an old stop sign that had been found on the side of the road.

On Jan. 24, over 30 of the group’s pieces, including the highly anticipated ecosine machine will be displayed at the FINA Gallery at the UBCO campus. The group will also be donating 30 per cent of the purchases to the UBC student art union.

For more information on UBCO Ecosine Art Group, visit ecosine.com

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Habitat ReStore items find new life — as art — for Regina fundraiser – Regina Leader-Post

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One of Wilf Perreault’s signature alleyways is among two dozen artworks being auctioned March 7 in a Habitat For Humanity Regina fundraiser.


Artist Justine Schlosser sits with a piece of her art at The Local Market in Regina. This piece will be auctioned during a Habitat for Humanity gala event.


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When Habitat for Humanity first invited renowned Regina artist Wilf Perreault to paint a door for a fundraiser, he accepted and immediately took a trip to the ReStore.

Back then, doors were the required canvas for participating artists, and Perreault found a maple door to use as the frame for his auctioned-off piece.

Now — as reflected in the event’s title, Doors & More — items range from chairs to spoons to a unicycle to whatever else the ReStore has on hand. Even so, Perreault sticks with doors.

“It started a journey for me of playing with doors, like a whole new adventure of playing with a door as a starting point, as a frame actually,” said Perreault.

“It’s actually helped my other work too, in terms of composition.”

For this year’s event on March 7, Perreault is painting one of his signature alleyways, its pink-hued sky in honour of his wife Sandi and a friend’s wife, who both died from breast cancer.


Artist Wilf Perreault sits in his Regina studio, alongside the painting he made for the Habitat for Humanity Doors & More event.

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Perreault’s piece is one of two dozen that will be auctioned to raise money for the non-profit Habitat For Humanity, which provides affordable housing in the community.

Kristin MacPherson isn’t usually drawn to doors. Last year, the artist chose a toolbox; this year, a vintage ironing board caught her eye.

“One of the things I really love about Habitat is the ability to walk in there and find something and just think ‘this item’s intriguing, and I don’t know where I’m going to go with it,’ and then the piece sort of becomes something,” said MacPherson.

She picked the 1940s ironing board even though she has thought all along, “I don’t really want to paint on this, because it’s so beautiful just as a piece.”

So, she’s creating a fabric collage — a fitting choice for its canvas — to be attached to the ironing board.

“It’s a bit of embroidery; I’m cutting fabrics and other materials like lace textures and things like that, and that sort of comes from my grandmother, because she was big on starching doilies and she ironed everything,” said MacPherson.


Artist Kristin MacPherson sits with a work-in-progress art piece, which will be auctioned during Doors & More.

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Kristin MacPherson is using lace and embroidery in her art piece.

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Meanwhile, Justine Schlosser chose a corkboard and some gold paint from the ReStore, and used them along with “just kind of whatever I could get my hands on.”

Her abstract painting is largely white, with metallics and small splashes of colour.

“I’ve never painted on a corkboard before and I always like to leave a little bit of the raw canvas kind of coming through, just very subtle hints of it, so that’s exactly what I did with this corkboard,” she said.

Schlosser is also participating in the new Battle of the Brushes, a live painting competition during Doors & More.

“I feel like I should be more nervous about it,” she said laughing.

She’s wondering how the 20-minute timeline will play out, since she usually paints in layers and likes to have them dry in between.


Artist Justine Schlosser sits with a piece of her art at The Local Market in Regina. This piece will be auctioned during a Habitat for Humanity gala event.

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Twenty-some artists are represented in Doors & More, volunteering their time to create the artworks, and many of them attending the event.

“The thing that I love about Habitat is they include the artists in the whole process,” said MacPherson.

Perreault agreed.

“It feels like you’re on a team. And I just feel like I’m part of the whole project. Normally I work in a studio by myself and it doesn’t feel like a team thing sometimes. But I know the work I do is bigger than who I am, which is pretty cool,” he said.

Schlosser enjoys giving back; she said she donates to different community fundraisers each month.

“I just think it’s good to give back to community. If it wasn’t for our strong support here in Regina, I wouldn’t have a job doing what I love.”

Doors & More takes place at the Casino Regina Show Lounge on Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m. For tickets ($100), visit casinoregina.com or eventbrite.com.

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This lizard makes art that's raising money for Australia bushfire relief – CNN

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The Argentine black and white tegu is owned by Sarah Curry, a graphic designer from Lansing, Michigan, who sells its artwork on Etsy. She has raised $2,000 in two weeks.
Curry told CNN she got the idea after she saw her local zoo do it and wondered if it would be safe for Winston. After checking with the veterinarian to get the right type of paint, she was ready to try.
“He walked in it and just started doing his thing and made a big mess,” Curry said.
Winston is 4 feet long, weighs 15 pounds, and was once owned by someone who couldn’t care for a lizard. Winston was in bad shape and dumped off in a box at The Great Lakes Zoological Society.
“You could tell his diet wasn’t right. He was malnourished and his skin was flaky,” Curry said. “The people who had him just didn’t know what they were doing.
“He’s really hard to care for if you don’t know what you’re doing, but for me it’s easy.”
The Michigan zoo nursed Winston back to health. But when it shut down due to lack of money, Winston ended up at a rescue, where Curry adopted her pet in March 2015. She thinks the reptile is 12 years old.
It has its own climate-controlled room after destroying too many enclosures. An omnivore, it eats raw chicken, green beans and strawberries.
Winston uses his tail as a paint brush. Winston uses his tail as a paint brush.
Curry said she knows a lot of people who live in Australia and she wanted to do something to help after the devastating bushfires there. She hasn’t chosen a charity for the money yet.
“All of the animals and people fighting for their lives, now they have no homes, nowhere to go,” she said.
Curry has a fresh batch of paint for more art by Winston.
“He doesn’t realize that he’s making an impact,” she said.

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Local beer and local art make a perfect combo for Winnipeg couple – Global News

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When you think about art, is beer the first thing that comes to mind?

Probably not, but a Winnipeg husband-and-wife team is hoping to change that.

With their Blank Canvas Beer project, Brad Chute and Jenna Khan are combining their two loves and highlighting local artists and local brewers at the same time.

“A big thing we wanted to do was take art off the walls, put it on a beer can and into the hands of beer drinkers,” Khan told 680 CJOB, “and maybe introduce two different communities who maybe know something of each other — and might learn something about each other as well in both directions.”

Their first beer, Arctic Stout, was released Feb. 13 and is a collaboration between visual artist Kal Barteski — known for her Back Alley Arctic project in the Wolseley area — and Torque Brewing’s Perry Joyal.

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“We had this idea quite some time ago, and we met Kal socially, just by chance,” said Chute.

“I ran the idea by her, and she was quite excited about the idea of putting some of her art onto beer and getting the chance to show off what she can do.

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“We’re calling it an ‘arctic stout’ just to tie in the polar bear imagery. It’s a stout in flavour — it’s a darker beer with lots of flavour, lots of rich, rosy notes — but Perry decided to make it as light as possible … trying to go paler and paler and paler, and I think he succeeded.”


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Khan said the beer, which sold almost 1,000 cans at its launch party in Torque’s taproom, was created after a tête-à-tête between artist and brewer.

“We wanted to have a beer that was reflective of the art outside of the can and vice-versa,” she said.

“When Perry and Kal were first talking — we brought them together for a conversation — the word ‘unexpected’ was used a lot … and that’s how Kal felt the first time she ever saw a polar bear out in the wild.

“You picture them as white and fluffy and cuddly, but there are also a lot of colours to them, their skin is black … so she wanted to put something unexpected on the can as Perry wanted to inside the can.”

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While this is the first Blank Canvas Beer release, Chute said they’re having preliminary discussions about a follow up, which will be a completely new collaboration.

“We’ve spoken to other breweries and other artists, because the idea is that each release will be a totally different brewery, totally different artist, totally different beer,” he said.

“The idea is we want to do a new release every three or four months, sort of seasonally … we’re in the early days of talking with folks.”






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