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Woodstock art gallery board welcomes new members – The Beacon Herald



Asma Khanani and Magda Stroinska were appointed to the board of the gallery, which oversees its operations and administration. Board chair Judy Dent welcomed the pair to the board in a statement Monday.

Khanani is a local artist and designer, and was a professor of design and culture at George Brown College. She served as a juror for the gallery’s Visual Elements show last summer, and is now working on a PhD in urban studies at Western University.

“It is an incredibly meaningful time in our city’s history to join the Woodstock Art Gallery’s advisory board. During a time of significant uncertainty, flux and awakening in the world, it is heartening to be a part of the integral strength, community and culture the (gallery) provides its growing population,” said Khanani.

Stroinska chairs the department of linguistics at McMaster University, where she has been a professor since 1988. The gallery notes she has had a lifelong passion for the arts, and has recently worked on photography, crafting and life drawing classes at the Woodstock Art Gallery.

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Works of prominent artist of the 1960s-70s on display at Charlottetown art gallery –




The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is featuring a new exhibit by one of the most prominent Canadian artists of the 1960s and ’70s.

P.E.I.-based artist Gerard Clarkes, 87, has been given a large section of the gallery to showcase his dramatic landscapes, dream worlds and shadowy figures.

The exhibition, which runs until May 9, is called Gerard Clarkes: A Haunted Land.

Many of the paintings had been in storage in Clarkes’ home in Belfast.

The selection of art is work that Clarkes produced in Toronto nearly a half century ago with a few recent portraits and works from the past decade mixed in. Most of the selected works have not been previously exhibited in Atlantic Canada.

The Guardian sat down with Clarkes recently to talk about his works. However, talking about himself is not something he likes to do. And, don’t tell him it’s because he is humble.

“No, no, no. Humility has nothing to do with it,” Clarkes said when asked how it feels to have his works up on the walls at the art gallery. “It’s OK; it’s fine. I couldn’t imagine anybody would want to show these works, not because they’re good or bad but because they’re paintings on a canvas using mainly little brushes.”

Gerard Clarkes and his daughter, Millefiore, glance at a painting Gerard did in 1969 of his wife, and Millefiore’s mother, Rebecca, called Portrait of Rebecca Clarkes. It is part of an exhibit of Gerard’s works on display at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown. – Dave Stewart


Born in 1934, Clarkes studied art in his native Winnipeg as well as in Montreal and Toronto. By the early 1960s, he was represented by major galleries in Toronto and Montreal and had solo exhibitions in Toronto and Vancouver. By the mid-60s, he was appointed director of art at York University in Toronto and later director of the Burnaby Art Gallery in British Columbia.


Following is more information on artist Gerard Clarkes:

  • His works can be found in public and private collections, including at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., the Woodstock Art Gallery and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Since 1985, he composed music almost exclusively until returning actively to painting in the past decade.
  • He maintains a rural home and studio in P.E.I. where he settled in 1990.

Pan Wendt, curator of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, said the exhibit defies easy categorization, noting that Clarkes’ paintings often depict enigmatic casts of characters positioned in elusive landscapes, like actors in a tableau.

“His paintings are in some of the finest museums across Canada,” Wendt said. “The aim of this exhibition is to introduce the paintings of Gerard Clarkes to a new audience. He was one of the most prominent Canadians painters of the 1960s and ’70s who exhibited with major art galleries. 

“He’s just not known in the art world now. I think it’s a treat for people to see things the public has not seen in years.”

Clarkes said he’s been painting since he was a child but having his works shown in galleries wasn’t foremost in his mind as a young man. He spent the first nine years of his career as a journalist, working for British United Press and Press International. His passion at the time was economic journalism.

“I had to eat so I became a journalist. Journalism was a tough business. You weren’t very well paid and you worked long hours.”

P.E.I.-based painter Gerard Clarkes did this self-portrait in 1962 that he calls Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It is on display at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. - Contributed
P.E.I.-based painter Gerard Clarkes did this self-portrait in 1962 that he calls Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It is on display at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. – Contributed


Clarkes said he went on to study art and art history. Somewhere in there, he said galleries started opening and showing works.

However, Clarkes dismisses any notion that he is gifted.

“It’s ingrained in everyone,” he said, adding that some of the least talented people he knew as a young man went on to become some of the best painters.

Clarkes said he wonders what he could have accomplished as a painter had he had more discipline and energy.

Still, Clarkes admits it’s nice to feel recognized as an artist again.

“They’ve pulled me out of the dust bin and dusted me off. I’m grateful. My grandchildren will see these. It’s nice to be viable. It means what you were back then isn’t totally irrelevant.”


The following works are being shown at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery:

  • Gerard Clarkes: A Haunted Land, until May 9. 
    Curated by Pan Wendt, it features a large selection of the enigmatic, theatrical landscapes Clarkes produced in Toronto in the 1960s and 1970s, along with recent work.
  • The Drive, Jan. 23-May 2. 
    Curated by Shauna McCabe and Brian Meehan; and organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph, it features the work of Tom Thompson, the Group of Seven and their peers in relation to diverse Indigenous and Canadian artists in order to highlight the complexity of the representation of landscape, particularly as it relates to the land and the history of resource development.
  • Eye Candy: Recent Gifts to the Collection, until April 4. 
    A selection of works by Canadian painters, recently donated to the collection of Confederation Centre Art Gallery.
  • Give Me Shelter, until April 4. 
    Curated by Pan Wendt, Emerging Art Series.
    Thirteen emerging artists based in St. John’s, N.L., reflect on the richness of a cultural community that is steeped in both tradition and looking towards a rapidly changing future. 

Dave Stewart is The Guardian’s culture reporter.


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New MacKenzie Art Gallery director a 1st for Canada – CTV News



The new Executive Director and CEO is the first Indigenous person to hold the position at the Mackenzie Art Gallery.

John G. Hampton is also the first Indigenous person to hold the position of any major art gallery in Canada.

“I’m excited and honoured to take on this responsibility,” Hampton said. “But it also gives vitality with it from those involved.”

The Mackenzie Art Gallery announced Hampton’s new position on Jan. 11.

On the same day the Mackenzie Art Gallery announced their “Equity Task Force,” meant to address and correct any systematic barriers within the Art Gallery. This was brought on by the growing consciousness of injustices outside of the Art Gallery.

“We’re looking at the things we can do internally to become a healthy cultural atmosphere, so that we can project that elsewhere,” Hampton said.

Hampton has been with the Mackenzie Art Gallery since 2018.

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Cochrane woman shooting for the podium in 'Olympics of photographic art' – Calgary Herald



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“It’s so broad. It’s everything from fashion to marketing materials, things you’d find in magazines, advertising a product to architecture. So it was pretty neat to see the submissions from all the different countries, because everyone has a different influence and different environment,” she said. “It’s a very neat challenge, and very fun to be part of.”

Matechuk’s nominated photo is a black-and-white depiction of the Telus Sky building in downtown Calgary from street level, towering down on the viewer.

Jacquie Matechuk’s photo of the Telus Sky building during Calgary’s COVID-19 lockdown in April 2020 is a finalist in the ‘Commerical’ category at the 2021 World Photographic Cup. Photo by Jacquie Matechuk

She said it was shot in mid-April, about a month into the COVID-19 pandemic, during the peak of public-health restrictions that kept all but essential workers home. She wanted to capture the eerie quiet of the city’s normally bustling core.

“I didn’t see a vehicle, I didn’t see people in the park, people on Stephen Avenue, it was just bizarre. I ended up staying a lot longer than I thought I would, just me and the buildings. It was pretty neat,” Matechuk said.

“I don’t know if I would have had the same appreciation of the ambience and the beauty of some of these buildings if it hadn’t been so apocalyptic down there. It was literally a city for a million, that was laid out bare for me to play with, is what it almost felt like.”

Medals will be awarded at a ceremony in Rome, Italy, on April 19. Due to COVID-19, it is not yet decided whether the event will go ahead in person, but event organizers say they are hopeful for a face-to-face ceremony.

Another Alberta photographer is also among Canada’s four finalists. Dr. Ammara Sadiq, a family physician from Spruce Grove, is in the running for her Swan Lake-esque portrait of a ballerina.

Twitter: @jasonfherring

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