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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.

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

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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 – BayToday.ca

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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 www.mycallander.ca/gallery.

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 www.mycallander.ca/gallery 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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