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Vernon painter's art show captures rainy-day comforts – Vernon Morning Star – Vernon Morning Star

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When James Postill was told by his employer to stay home for two weeks in March due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the Vernon artist viewed the short hiatus as a gift.

“Time has been a precious thing,” Postill said Saturday, May 2 as he and Nadine Wilson, owner of Nadine’s Fine Art and Frames, arranged his work on the walls of the Vernon gallery.

Postill is the gallery’s feature artist for the month of May. While some of the works now on display were produced in those two short weeks of self-isolation, their inspiration dates back to his first forays into painting in 2009.

“I was out field-sketching one day and it was raining out and I was in the car, just sitting and looking for ideas, and it just kind of came in a flash,” he said. I was looking through the glass of the windshield and suddenly saw everything in a new way.”

Postill uses oil and acrylic paint with an airbrush technique to create portraits of cars and local scenery, abstracted by water-like patterns, as if seen through rain-spattered glass.

“I never would have thought that I’d be an abstract artist, and this series for me has just been a way of bridging those two, representational and abstract, together,” Postill said.

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“I’m really in love with the process of airbrush because I feel like I can put things quickly down onto a surface that would normally take three times as long to do with a brush, so there’s a real advantage to seeing an idea come out right away.”

Postill’s work is in part an expression of the comfort a car can offer amid stormy weather—a timely expression as people hunker down at home amid unprecedented times.

“It’s a cozy feeling, a sort of protected feeling of being in your own bubble,” he said. “We’ve all sat at a stop light, contemplating and feeling those kinds of feelings.”

Postill still applies Wilson’s teachings from around the time her gallery opened in 2005.

“I remember she gave me some lessons here when I came back into town, and I still use those techniques,” he said.

Under non-pandemic circumstances Wilson holds an open house upon showcasing an artist’s work, inviting the public and members of the local art community.

This month, with social distancing measures in place, Wilson turned to technology to give viewers a taste of the gallery’s new look, posting a video to Facebook.

Nadine’s Fine Art and Frames is now open to the public, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. To ensure social distancing, only one person or small group will be invited inside at a time. On Saturday, May 8 the gallery will host an open house, keeping with the social distancing protocols.

“I don’t want to have a specific time for people, just come in at your convenience and you can view the show,” Wilson said. “It’s fantastic and just so unique.”

Postill’s art show also features fresco paintings created in the traditional way, a process dating back to the Roman Empire era.

Most of Postill’s works are for sale, excluding his newest, titled Rhapsody in Rain, which is in the running for the international Luxembourg Art Prize.


Brendan Shykora

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Kids can make art to brighten Red Deer seniors’ lodges – Red Deer Advocate

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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

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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

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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
Title: COFFEE
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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