“I’ve met a national chief, I’ve met a pope and now I can say I’ve met a king,” said David Archie, Williams Lake First Nation Cultural Coordinator.
Archie was on hand to help open The King and I, on Thursday, July 7 at the Station House Gallery.
It was the opening reception for the art show showcasing the work of Richard Brodeur, a man well-known for his work in front of the net on the ice — and now for his work on canvas.
“The king is the hockey player, the ‘I’ is the artist that paints,” explained Brodeur in his Quebecois accent.
Brodeur told the packed gallery how he always painted, using it as a way to wind down after a game, but he didn’t tell his fellow hockey players.
“You’re a goalie, you’re already crazy, then you’re going to tell them you’re an artist on top of that?”
So he kept painting mostly to himself and after hockey he moved on to the “corporate world” but then when he retired all he wanted to do was paint. He found other people liked his paintings too.
Brodeur considers himself a very lucky man because he has had the opportunity to pursue both of his passions -hockey and painting.
“It’s something that I cherish.”
His very popular series of folk art paintings depicting hockey games in outdoor Canadian settings has been popular enough his pieces have ended up around the world.
He said he has sent works to locations across Europe, to Japan and even to Australia.
Fans lined up to have their photos taken with “The King” and he was kept busy throughout the opening autographing cards, towels and hockey jerseys.
Fan Rebecca Fredrickson had Brodeur autograph her retro Canucks jersey.
“It’s such an honour, I was such a fan as a kid,” remarked Fredrickson.
After his artist talk, Brodeur dropped the puck on an exhibition ball hockey game in the parking lot.
Players were all from the North Stars Hockey Academy, which is the new manifestation of the Titans hockey team.
The Upper Gallery of the Station House for the summer, in conjunction with Brodeur’s art will be: He Shoots, He scores, a display of local hockey memorabilia.
The Station House Gallery is located at #1 Mackenzie Avenue in Williams Lake and the gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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Youth get creative at summer art camp – Lakeland TODAY
ST. PAUL – A variety of mediums were used to create unique works of art during a week-long Youth Art Camp held at the St. Paul Visual Arts Centre, last week.
Pam Bohn, the art instructor for the art camp, said the camp gives youth the chance to not only do art but form friendships.
“We also go outside to play and go to the park, and so it is also a day where they can make friends.”
The art camp included acrylic painting, watercolour painting, mixed media projects, and much more.
“While I facilitate the classes, [the children] are free to create as they please,” she said. “That allows those who like to do art that freedom to have different art mediums and try things that they may be unable to do at home.”
Bohn said the participating youths have enjoyed the art camps, adding, “They all get excited when they come and take their [art] home to show their parents.”
The Hive celebrates three new exhibitions at Art Gallery of Burlington | inHalton – insauga.com
Published August 15, 2022 at 2:41 pm
A special event celebrating three new exhibits is being hosted by the Art Gallery of Burlington.
The Hive is happening Saturday, Aug. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. This free, all-ages event incorporates the organization, cooperation and energy of a beehive into an afternoon of art, activity, learning and fun.
The Hive will feature a special workshop led by Toronto’s Clay and Paper Theatre, live arts and crafts demonstrations, a screen-printing presentation, live performance, food and drink.
The event is being held in celebration of the AGB’s three new fall exhibitions:
- The Future of Work, an exploration into how the pandemic has affected labour markets and our quality of life
- ਨਜਰ ਨਾ ਲੱਗੇ/Nazar na lage/Knock on wood, a vibrant and meaningful interpretation on the art of rangoli by artist Noni Kaur
- Know your Place, an exhibit of cartoon-like clay sculpture that reveal the raw emotional experiences of the artist Sami Tsang
Known for work inspired by oral traditions, folk songs, poems and fables, Clay and Paper Theatre will charm participants and audiences with their original multi-disciplinary performance-based production. Guests who wish to participate with Clay and Paper Theatre should arrive early and be ready to create.
Visitors are invited to an interactive, screen-printing demonstration led by artist Jesse Purcell and are encouraged to bring any used clothing to be transformed into a bunting display to be hung in the gallery by the artist collective Works-in-Progress.
Arts Burlington will be opening its doors to guests with arts demonstrations and the Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild will guide guests through a natural plant-based dying demonstration, teaching attendees what they need to know to create from home.
The AGB parking lot will be free for the day. For more information, visit the AGB website.
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'Miyo Nepin' (Good Summer) art show brings together Indigenous talent – battlefordsNOW
“[Nordstrom] contacted the artists; I contacted some. Then, she [decided] how it would look,” Favel said.
“Miyo Nepin,” which means Good Summer, is the theme of the show.
“We just came out of the pandemic, [so] it’s a celebration of the freedom of movement, the freedom of the summer, and hopefully this freedom can stay in the future,” Favel said.
He noted the theme is essentially about the freedom from health concerns, with the hope that everyone can enjoy good health again.
“It’s a celebration of life and health,” Favel said.
Some of the artists featured in the exhibition include Carl Thunderblanket from Sweetgrass, Meryl McMaster from Red Pheasant, Greg Tootoosis from Poundmaker, Charity Boxell from Poundmaker, and Dana Standinghorn from Sweetgrass.
The curators focused on showing pieces from artists with a substantial body of work.
Favel is particularly impressed with the calibre of the artists’ projects in the show.
“We wanted to encourage, shed some light into this area of the talent that exists here,” he said. ”Hopefully, then, this work can keep going further, and their work can become more well-known provincially.”
Favel added the artists are creating pieces of a national and international quality
“If you go to any gallery in Montreal or Toronto, you would see this is the quality of work we have here.”
Favel hopes to keep putting the spotlight on many more of the Battlefords area’s talented Indigenous artists going forward as well.
“In the future, like in my Performance Arts Festival, we will just keep going, and keep growing, and keep developing. That’s our goal,” he said.
The Miyo Nepin exhibition that features more than 20 pieces is on now through Sept. 4 at Fort Battleford.
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