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Winter Festival Art Show & Sale a ‘challenging experience’ for guest curator Tim Moore – Prince Albert Daily Herald

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The 44th annual Prince Albert Winter Festival Art Show & Sale’s guest curator, Tim Moore, poses in the Mann Art Gallery on Jan. 28, 2020. (Jayda Noyes/Daily Herald)

Tim Moore has come full circle.

One of the first professional
exhibitions where the Swift Current-based artist showed his work was
the annual Prince Albert Winter Festival Art Show and Sale. Now, he’s
that same exhibition’s guest curator.

The 44th annual exhibition,
which is estimated to have pieces from 136 artists, is showing at the
Mann Art Gallery from Feb. 7 to Mar. 21.

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Tuesday was Moore’s first of two days
of curation. Artwork of all sorts was scattered across the gallery’s
main and project galleries, as well as in the education studio.

“You can’t get into a situation like
this with 136 artists and not have this massive variety,” said
Moore.

“You’ve got everything from tapestry fibre, felting, mixed media sculpture. You’ve got paintings of all sorts, everything from oil to encaustic, acrylic. You’ve got drawings, a wooden sculpture.”

Moore says this felt piece by Reanne Settee was inspired by a song. (Jayda Noyes/Daily Herald)

Moore is a founding member of the
Indigenous Peoples’ Artist Collective (IPAC).

He grew up in the city’s West Flat
before moving away to B.C. for about four years. This, he feels, is a
way of reintroducing himself into Prince Albert’s arts community.

He and his wife have a cabin in Round
Lake, which is about half an hour northwest of Prince Albert, but
reside in Swift Current where they both work at the gallery.

Moore said he’s been familiar with the
Winter Festival Arts Show & Sale for about 20 years.

“If you’ve been kind of keeping tabs
on this exhibition long enough, you will notice…there was a
cohesive group of artists, so you got familiar with everybody,” he
explained.

“I’m not familiar with all of the
work anymore. There’s a few that I can still pinpoint,” Moore
added.

“There’s definitely new blood coming into the exhibition these days.”

This artwork is by Jim Mason, a Melfort-based carver and sculptor. (Jayda Noyes/Daily Herald)

Moore considers himself a mixed media
or interdisciplinary artist. Not only does he draw and paint, but he
does a lot of collages and mixed media sculptures.

In 2015, his show A Day at the Races
toured to Prince Albert’s Mann Art Gallery.

Moore said because there’s so many
artists in the Winter Festival Art Show & Sale, curating is more
of a challenge.

“Sometimes you get things set and you
think that’s going to work. About an hour later, everything has
changed,” he said.

“It’s very different than say, you’re
curating an exhibition with just one artist, so you will have 30 or
40 works that usually will run in some kind of a theme.”

He said he likes to start with a work
that grounds the room, pointing to a large tapestry on the floor that
had yet to be hung up.

Surrounding the tapestry were pieces of
a similar, colourful tone.

“I tried to choose everything along
it that would work with it and help to set it off and the others
off,” said Moore.

When asked to pinpoint a piece that stands out to him, Moore walked towards one by Michel Boutin. The work, which Moore didn’t yet have a title for, is a bull skull crushed between two boards. A red piece of fabric drapes around the horns.

One of about 136 artists participating in the Prince Albert Winter Festival Art Show & Sale is Michel Boutin. Moore believes this piece showing a skull being crushed was used in performance art. (Jayda Noyes/Daily Herald)

From what he knows, the piece was used
in performance art.

“I guess the performance had a lot to
do (with)—it’s a vice, and he crushed, continually crushed skulls,”
said Moore.

“I just like the ruggedness of this
and kind of the steel, wood and everything. Often art, everybody
thinks it has to be beautiful,” he said.

“Art can look like a lot of different
things. As long as it has a certain message and a certain presence,
so this is a good example of that.”

Another work is by Kylee Blackburn, who
used film emulsion to create a camera.

“I really quite like the use of material, the design is very simple. It’s not overly done,” said Moore about her piece.

Artist Kylee Blackburn used film emulsion to create a camera. (Jayda Noyes/Daily Herald)

Artists from all over the province have
pieces in the show. All Saskatchewan residents are eligible to submit
work as long as they’re members of the Mann Art Gallery.

The Prince Albert Winter Festival Art
Show & Sale opening gala reception takes place on Feb 7 at 7 p.m.
Admission for participating artists is free, for gallery members is
$10 and for the general public is $15.

The Guest Curator’s Talk & Tour is
on Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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‘Amazing’ art, dance program a hit for local seniors (3 photos)

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The Orillia and District Arts Council (ODAC) has married dance, visual art, and art history in a comprehensive new arts program created specifically for local seniors.

The HeARTS (Helping Elders with ARTS) program is held every Tuesday and Thursday at St. James’ Anglican Church; the goal is to get participants’ bodies moving before trying their hand at various disciplines of art.

The 26-week program began in September after ODAC secured federal government funding earlier this year, and each lesson includes a dance component, supplementary lectures on the session’s artistic theme, and — of course — the opportunity to create art.

Organizers offer a wide-ranging variety of programming and artistic styles for the participants to learn about, ranging from Picasso-inspired self portraits, to re-creations of Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’, Japanese Suminigashi marbling, and more.

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An “intelligent” approach was brought to the program, organizers say, adding they hope to give seniors legitimate opportunities to explore their artistic sides, as well as the opportunity to self-reflect.

“It (isn’t) juvenile, like arts and crafts. We wanted to do something intelligent and fresh, and have something that seniors could be excited to come to weekly,” said HeARTS art facilitator Sukhi Kaur.

“They’re taken on a journey of self-reflection that they get to explore through different art techniques, and different artists and activities,” Kaur said. “By the end, they’ll hopefully create a small body of work that represents their time here, as well as connecting to the memories that the art prompts are supposed to bring up, and they have the opportunity to share that with new people.”

Each session’s programming is designed to tie into a specific theme, Kaur said, noting those themes are guided by participant feedback. For example, a dance session based in mirroring was included with a lecture on Picasso before participants painted their own self portraits.

A variety of guest artists — and even a harp player during the Vincent Van Gogh session — have been brought to the program to enrich its sessions.

Above all, however, the program offers the opportunity for seniors to have fun and socialize.

“We were hoping that it would be an opportunity post-COVID for seniors to socialize,” Kaur said. “They come here for art, and they come here for dance, but they get to talk about their week. There’s been some new friendships made here that I’ve got to watch flourish over the weeks.”

The idea is catching on.

“Our board made a decision some time back that we wanted to be more socially involved with vulnerable or underrepresented groups, and we thought seniors would be a good fit,” said ODAC board secretary Christine Hager.

“It was a slow start … but now it’s catching people by word of mouth. They are telling other people what’s going on here, and they’re having a lot of fun — that’s the main thing.”

So far, the program has been a success, with one participant celebrating it as “an amazing get together for seniors” that got her out of a rut through COVID-19.

“It gives us something to look forward to, shows us our cognitive abilities, and motivates us to do better than we thought we could do,” said Donna Howlett.

“I love the dance class — just hearing the music has brought me back to my childhood, and the art class is so interesting. I did not know that I had some talent there,” said Maryann Van Arem.

Miriam Goldberger, the program’s dance instructor, said she enthusiastically joined the program when she learned it would incorporate multiple styles of art, and highlighted the importance of movement for both physical health and creating the right mindset to engage with art.

“Movement and physical activity prevent serious physical and mental and emotional decline of seniors,” she explained. “It also really lubricates all the creativity and the social goals that happen with the other part of the program.”

“They’re relaxed, they’re comfortable with themselves, they’re feeling positive,” she said. “They’re open to new things.”

Beyond offering arts programming to seniors, the HeARTS program also serves as a placement opportunity for Georgian College Social Service Worker students.

Program volunteer Joan Berndt said the addition of these students is “incredibly beneficial” to breaking down stigma surrounding seniors.

“The addition of social work students is incredibly beneficial because they don’t get frontline experience when they’re in school,” Berndt said. “They learn about seniors, (and) there is a discrimination in some younger people, that they don’t want to work for seniors, but they’re meeting some fabulous seniors, and it’s working.”

The HeARTS program is offered to local seniors free of charge. It takes place at St. James’ Anglican Church, every Tuesday and Thursday, with a drop-in session from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., with dance and arts programming taking place from 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Organizers are hoping to secure funding to continue the program following its current 26-week run.

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Christmas-themed “One Man Art Show” at Evergreen Park

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This will be his second show in the Chuckwagon room at the TARA Centre, which he thoroughly enjoys, having fallen in love with it during his last show in the fall.

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” It’s so perfect (Evergreen Park) has so much room there to park and the room is just the perfect size, and like you said the light shows out there and stuff, the whole thing has such a nice Christmas feel to it, they’ve had so many events over there lately here with the Christmas theme. It just fits in perfectly, again, with my niche and stuff I couldn’t imagine a better location to do this,” said McCaffrey.

He does expect a bigger crowd for this time round after his last “One Man Art Show” took place at the start of hunting season, which is a big chunk of his target demographic.

“They’ll be a little bit of new stuff, but mostly stuff that was already there in September, but there were a lot of people that didn’t get a chance to come to the show in September because of hunting season and different stuff like that, and I thought Christmas would be another opportunity for those people to come out.”

McCaffrey says among the stuff he’s bringing back from the September show is a piece not for sale. It is a portrait of his granddaughter that he enjoys and just likes to show off to the community.

McCaffrey’s “One Man Art Show” runs December 7, and 8, starting at noon until 9 p.m. both days, at Evergreen Park in the TARA Centre, inside of the Chuckwagon Room.

If you want to browse McCaffrey’s collection online, click here.

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The Ottawa Art Gallery and The Ottawa Hospital select winners of the TRIAS Art Prize – The Ottawa Hospital

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The winning artwork will be displayed at The Ottawa Hospital campuses as a way of enhancing wellness through art.

OTTAWA – December 6, 2022 – The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) and The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) have selected the winners of the 2022 TRIAS Art Prize. This included five prizes in three categories.

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  • Art and Science Residency winner: Svetlana Swinimer
  • Indigenous and Inuit Healing Art Award winner: Koomuatuk (Kuzy) Curley, Sikusilingmiut
    • Honourable Mention: Christine Toulouse, Courage
  • Art as Healing winner: Andrew Morrow, Neither Brightly Lit Nor Completely Enlightened
    • Honourable Mention: Jovita Akahome, Soul

TRIAS Art Prize is a juried art competition that intersects art, science, medicine, and community. All winning artwork will be displayed at The Ottawa Hospital with the aim of enhancing care through restorative art, engaging the community, and supporting artists from Ottawa, Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, and Nunavut.

“They say all good things come in threes and the TRIAS Art Prize program is no exception, bringing together Art, Health and Community, through three great prize categories, that demonstrate the power of working together to bring about positive change. We are appreciative of the artists who submitted and of the jury who were challenged to choose from over 130 applications!” expressed Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Ottawa Art Gallery.

“We are grateful to our partners at the OAG for the opportunity to combine art, science, and medicine to help us create a hospital environment that is reflective of the diverse community we serve while showcasing TOH’s core values of research, medical care, and healing,” said Joanne Read, Chief Planning and Development Officer at The Ottawa Hospital. “Congratulations to the winners of this year’s TRIAS Art Prize.”

TRIAS Art Award is part of the Creative Wellbeing program, a city-building initiative connecting artists and communities with hospital researchers and clinicians to create original works of art to enhance hospital spaces. Creative Wellbeing aims to increase awareness of patient care at The Ottawa Hospital, incorporate art as part of the patient experience, and further develop art as therapy programming.

Ottawa residents Jennifer Toby and Dr. François Auclair, who have been integral to Creative Wellbeing since its inception, have provided the inaugural funding for the awards. The Indigenous and Inuit Healing Art Honourable Mention prize is provided by The Lawson Foundation.

For media inquiries or to book an interview:

Ottawa Art Gallery:

Véronique Couillard
Officer, Media, Public and Francophone Relations
613-233-8699 +244

vcouillard@oaggao.ca

The Ottawa Hospital:

Rebecca Abelson

Media Relations Officer

343-576-0259, rabelson@toh.ca

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)

The Ottawa Art Gallery is situated on traditional Anishinābe Aki and is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.

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About The Ottawa Hospital (TOH)

The Ottawa Hospital is committed to providing each patient with the world-class care, exceptional service and compassion that they would want for their loved ones. Over their three campuses, they serve tens of thousands of patients in Ottawa and the surrounding area each year. They rank 5th in Canada for total research funding and published over 2,200 research papers in 2019. As one of the largest research hospitals throughout the country, they are constantly innovating and providing new insight into the healthcare sector.

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