Another beloved Victoria tradition has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
The 33rd annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In, which was slated for July 18, has been cancelled in order to comply with provincial health guidelines.
The event usually draws more than 100 artists and thousands of spectators to downtown Victoria to take in new art, vendor tents and live musical performances.
The decision to cancel the event was difficult to make, according to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) director Jon Tupper.
“The Paint-In is the key engagement event that the AGGV organizes each year,” said Tupper in an announcement Thursday.
“As much as we depend on the donations and revenue we receive to support our operations, we also know how much this beloved event means to our community.”
While the annual paint-in may have been cancelled, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria recently announced its reopening amid the pandemic.
The art gallery reopened on May 19, as B.C. began the second phase of its restart plan.
To celebrate the gallery’s reopening, the AGGV is offering free admission to all visitors until July 5.
The gallery says that physical distancing and other health measures will be in place for visitors. The AGGV encourages people to visit their website for information before visiting.
“Despite the restrictions put on us due to COVID-19, we are still committed to supporting the creative community and are looking at alternative options to share local artists’ work with the public,” said Tupper.
“Stay tuned over the next few months as we finalize details for our plans.”
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The VAG will have security guards and volunteers to monitor visitors.
“If there’s a bit of a jam happening, that’s where our volunteers and guards will maybe ask people to move along, and maybe go to another floor,” said Augatis.
Staff at both institutions will be wearing masks in public areas, and it is “highly recommended” that visitors wear masks as well. But is not mandatory.
The Maritime Museum will reopen with a new show, On The Shore, featuring 44 paintings of the B.C. coast from the Bill and Mary Everett Collection, including two by works by Emily Carr and one by E.J. Hughes.
The VAG has a new exhibition culled from works in its collection, The Tin Man Was a Dreamer: Allegories, Poetics and Performances of Power. It was supposed to open in March but was delayed, as was another a new video and photographic installation, Matilda Aslizadeh’s Moly and Kassandra.
The VAG’s big summer show, Modern in the Making: Post-War Craft and Design in British Columbia, is being installed and will be opening July 18.
The Maritime Museum will be opening Thursday through Sunday, while the VAG will be open seven days a week.
“We would love to see the numbers come back to the museum, but we also anticipate that for the first few days or even weeks it might be a bit difficult,” said Schokkenbroek.
“People will be apprehensive, people will be anxious, maybe reluctant, and wait and see how things are being done.”
Vancouver marathoner inspires community through Strava art – CityNews Vancouver
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Vancouver-based runner and coach Tony Tomsich has found a way to keep running interesting during the coronavirus pandemic—Strava art.
After fulfilling a lifelong dream of running in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials earlier this spring, the Alaska native has been mapping his Sunday routes into complex works of art. Tomsich runs the routes turn-by-turn with his GPS watch and posts them to the Strava—a social media platform for athletes.
“It’s always kind of been on my radar,” Tomsich says of the idea. After years of training to qualify for the marathon trials, he didn’t have a big plan going forward.
“As the pandemic hit, it became clear that running was going to look a bit different,” adds Tomsich. “We were going to have to do this by ourselves and so forth. I definitely looked at different ways to enjoy the sport.”
Tomsich attempted an Easter bunny on Sunday, April 12th, and said his Strava feed exploded with comments after the run.
“I was just floored by the response that I got,” he says. “People absolutely loved it.”
Tomsich knew he had to keep going.
He has since drawn a boat sailing by a lighthouse, a thunderbird at UBC (the university’s mascot), and an orca. Tomsich wished people a happy Mother’s Day with a 25-kilometre-long vase of flowers.
However, the most difficult drawing was a finish line, complete with two triumphant stick-runners, which he says was meant to inspire people even as official spring races were cancelled.
“It is a way to engage and to get people excited and share what is possible when we can’t have races right now or can’t have big group gatherings.”
Tomsich uses Strava’s “Route Builder” function to map out the run. His wife, Kate, has been following him on her bike and posting Instagram video updates to build suspense around what the picture will be. Tomsich’s drawings vary from 24km to 35km, a typical Sunday run for an avid marathon.
“I asked my wife Kate to join,” he says. “It’s our time to spend together to disconnect and just be out.”
Tomsich coaches with Mile2Marathon, a running group founded by Canadian Olympian Dylan Wykes to help beginner, intermediate, and advanced runners improve their race times while engaging in the social aspects of the running.
Mile2Marathon’s motto is #bettertogether and while many of its athletes are disappointed that they can’t run in groups, Tomsich hopes to inspire runners to keep going.
“I think the bigger message that I want to be able to portray to people with all this is that if you can identify what it is that you’re passionate about or what you love, there’s always ways to share that with other people.”
New West students recreate famous works of art using their toys, household items – CTV News
A New Westminster elementary school teacher is asking her students to tap into their inner Renoirs and Emily Carrs—but instead of paint and brushes, their materials include stuffed animals, Lego and dolls.
Sara Fox, a Grade 3 and 4 Montesorri teacher at Connaught Heights Elementary School, has assigned her students to recreate famous works of art using their toys.
Fox was forced to take her instruction online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but her students’ regular art teacher was not able to continue their lessons as they’d been asked to instruct the children of essential workers. So Fox tapped into her own creativity to keep the instruction going, assigning her students to use their imaginations to put their own spins on classic works of art.
Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper was reimagined by Fox’s student Audrey, who replaced the glasses of wine, plates and apostles in the original with plastic cupcakes, bananas and chubby stuffed animals, including a rotund raccoon and giraffe. She titled her creation, The Squishmallow Supper.
Student Angelica recreated the iconic 1930 Grant Wood painting American Gothic using purple and grey stuffed animals. In her version, which she named Stuffie Gothic, a fork replaced the ubiquitous pitchfork from the original.
In Kai’s version of Dogs Playing Poker, the poker chips from the original painting were replaced with potato chips, and the dogs playing cards around the table are plush. Bottles of mini-yogurts stand in place of beer and whiskey, and a clock on the wall hangs in the same place as the grandfather clock from the original.
To see more of the students’ artwork, click through the images below this story.
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