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Whiteboard wonder: Regina teacher's art project a pandemic present for his class –



You could say that Andres Araneda “draws” inspiration from his students.

The Grade 5 and 6 French immersion teacher at Regina’s Wascana Plains School marked the end of a unique school year by drawing himself and his students together on his classroom whiteboard.

The detailed caricature-style drawings were completed with the use of only one whiteboard marker, Araneda told Saskatchewan Morning host Heather Morrison.

Because of pandemic restrictions, his class was unable to get photos done at the beginning of the year. This project was a replacement for that.

The finished product. Araneda’s students followed along with their own drawings as they watched him draw on the whiteboard. (Submitted by Andres Araneda)

“I usually draw whiteboard drawings for my class all the time, and this year I thought, ‘Why not finish the year with a nice portrait of everyone together?'” he said.

Students in Araneda’s class also followed along with their own drawings as he drew the portraits on the whiteboard. 

“They were just so curious to see the process and how I usually shade and stuff like that,” he said. “They had a lot of fun with it.”

Araneda said it took a whole year getting to know the students in his class in order to bring out their personalities with ink. 

“I was actually talking to them before school and I said, ‘I’d love to do something like this when you start school, but I don’t know you guys yet,'” he said.

“Having the whole year with them … it just helps me capture their spirit.”

Araneda has many artistic talents, including spray painting and sketching, and is also passionate about cooking. (Zoom)

Araneda says especially this year, it’s important for him and his students to have a memento to remember the school year by.

“Sometimes that’s the only thing that we really have to really look back on when we grow up.”

Araneda’s art goes beyond the whiteboard. He’s spray painted murals, made designs on shoes and has sketched cartoon characters and animals. 

“I’ve been drawing since I was walking, I think,” he said. “I like to get creative.”

A portrait of a dog named Rico that Araneda created with watercolour paint. (Submitted by Andres Araneda)

Araneda also sketches characters from popular movies and cartoons, including the characters from Shrek. (Submitted by Andres Araneda)

Aside from art, Araneda also has a passion for cooking and even appeared on the Food Network series Wall of Chefs as a competitor last year.

He says this whiteboard art project is a culmination of lessons he’s given his students all year — encouraging them to believe in themselves and try new things.

“Always allow yourself to explore your own creativity because that’s when you grow the most and learn the most,” he said.

6:03Regina teacher ‘draws’ inspiration from students for end-of-year project

Andres Araneda is now heading into his summer holidays. But before the school year wrapped up, the teacher at Regina’s Ecole Wascana Plains gave his students a special goodbye gift: a drawing to take the place of the class portrait they never took this year. Andres joined Heather Morrison to explain. 6:03

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White House on defensive over Hunter Biden art sales – FRANCE 24



Issued on: 24/07/2021 – 01:08

Washington (AFP)

The White House assured Friday that necessary ethical precautions would be taken around any exhibitions and sale of artwork by President Joe Biden’s son, whose personal life and professional career have been peppered with controversy.

Asked by reporters about upcoming exhibitions of Hunter Biden’s artwork in New York’s Georges Berges Gallery, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the president’s son would be “attending gallery events.”

The discussions about sales “will be happening with the gallerist” and not Hunter Biden, she said.

“That is different than meeting with prospective buyers.”

Psaki had announced July 9 that a system had been established allowing Hunter Biden to practice his profession “within appropriate safeguards,” including the confidentiality of any transactions and no contact with buyers.

At exhibits of Hunter’s work, “the selling of his art will all happen through the gallerist and the names and individuals will be kept confidential,” she said.

When pressed that a buyer could simply tell the artist that he or she is purchasing his work, Psaki stressed that a strict rules structure will be in place.

“He will not know, we will not know who purchases his art,” she said.

Contacted by AFP, the gallery did not immediately provide any comment or details.

The Biden administration, which seeks to present itself as ethically unblemished, has been repeatedly questioned about the artistic career of the 51-year-old lawyer and businessman-turned-painter.

US media point out the obvious risks of businessmen or others purchasing the artwork with the sole aim of winning access to or influence with the White House.

Press reports have said the paintings by Biden, who has had no formal training, could sell for up to half a million dollars.

Hunter Biden is one of former president Donald Trump’s favorite targets.

During the 2020 presidential campaign Trump and his supporters regularly criticized Hunter Biden for his economic interests in Ukraine and China when his father was vice president under Barack Obama.

Hunter is also the target of a federal investigation into possible tax crimes.

In a memoir published earlier this year, the president’s youngest son recounted his struggle with addiction to cocaine and alcohol.

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Art exhibits return to Callander’s Alex Dufresne gallery –



After a long hiatus, art shows are returning to the Alex Dufresne Gallery at the Callander Bay Heritage Museum this Saturday.

The works of Carole Davidson and Sara Carlin-Ball are highlighted in an exhibit entitled “Journeys to a Conversation with Nature.”

In a release promoting the show, Davidson and Carlin-Ball explain the “works display a felt presence of our natural environment in unexpected materials and surprising subjects.”

Their goal in selecting the pieces for the exhibit is to capture “the luscious spectacular that is Nature, Muse, Essence,” and emphasize how these “inspire the audience to revision their place – their gratitude and responsibility – on this Earth.”

See: Callander museum reopens from COVID with new art show

“It feels absolutely wonderful to have art back on the walls,” said Natasha Wiatr, the gallery’s curator.   

The last show was this past April but did not last long before Covid regulations closed the event. Since then, “the walls have been empty.”

“We haven’t consistently had shows in what feels like so long,” she said, and is pleased to launch what will hopefully be a long stretch of exhibits.

Currently, the gallery is booked until 2023, “and we’ve added two more shows per year,” Wiatr explained.

“We see ourselves as a community-based gallery,” she said, and as such, strive to present as many local artists as possible.

See: White Water Gallery has a new executive director

The Museum and Art Gallery are open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The gallery can hold 14 people at once, and walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can also be booked ahead of time at

Staff remind to you please wear a mask when you visit and maintain social distance.

Admission to the museum is $5 for seniors and students, $4.50 for kids 6-12, free for children under 6 and adults pay $5.50. Family rate for 4 is $15. Entrance to the gallery is by donation.

See: Mattawa museum celebrates reopening with Community exhibit

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Callander museum reopens with art show – The North Bay Nugget



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The art show Journeys to a Conversation with Nature will reopen the Callander Museum and Alex Dufresne Gallery Saturday.

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The works of Carole Davidson and Sarah Carlin-Ball will remain on display to Aug. 20.

“There is an essential longing for life that erupts in a luscious spectacular that we call Nature,” the artists said in a statement.

“The human animal is a part of this longing for life that some might call a Muse – a Muse for artists of every passion and discipline. Artists are at the mercy of their muse and transcribe whatever is whispered to them about life, people, and the compelling natural environment they belong to.

“One may be a studied artist haphazardly trained while another may be an experimental soul, interpreting the ever-changing environment around her.”

Influenced by the gifts of their lives and the natural offerings around them, each artist interprets what touches her soul. Each piece of art tells a portion of her journey, calling to the viewer to look more closely at what life has to teach us.

Carlin-Ball’s muse slumbered as she was raising her children and working. As soon as she could make time, there was an explosion of experimentation driven by her mantra ‘What would happen if…?’

Mistakes happily romped with successes. Now, her careful, unique presentations interpret life and nature, and challenge one’s imagination.

As she learned of the melting of the muskeg and the possibility that Canada will soon lose that habitat and vibrant spring bloom, Carlin-Bell felt the compulsion to replicate that vital image with unexpected media: patinated and fired copper was punched and threaded through with fibre knotted to create the blooms and surface stems.

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Eventually, the vibrant muskeg spring emerged.

One of Carole Davidson’s pieces of art which will be on display at the Callander Museum and Alex Dufresne Gallery until Aug. 20Submitted Photo
One of Carole Davidson’s pieces of art which will be on display at the Callander Museum and Alex Dufresne Gallery until Aug. 20Submitted Photo

For Davidson, nature was a refuge she quietly celebrated with natural and cultivated talent for art and writing. A busy and brief career in graphic design took over until disabling MS symptoms forced (or allowed) her to slow down.

She began a meditation practice to cope with symptoms and immediately began painting again.

Her creative work parallels her spiritual path and the subjects of her study get smaller and smaller as she has the opportunity to stop and notice. She finds joy in a yellow spider on a sunflower or a nest full of baby robins.

Together, their works display a felt presence of our natural environment in unexpected materials and surprising subjects.

The Museum and Art Gallery are open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be booked ahead of time at and the museum and gallery also welcome same-day walk-ins.

Those visiting are asked to wear a mask and social distance.

The museum and art gallery are located at 107 Lansdowne St. E., Callander.

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