Local high school students will soon get the chance to have their art exhibited in the Woodstock Art Gallery, with the launch of the gallery’s new juried art show specifically for students.
Students in Grades 9 to 12, who live or study in Oxford County can invited to submit their work to the juried exhibit, titled New Impressions. It is the gallery’s first professionally juried show meant specifically for high school students.
“Young artists will be guided through every step of the process including artwork submission, professional documentation of artwork, the jurying procedure and even formal critique from local arts professionals,” said Stephanie Porter, the gallery’s head of education.
Jurors for the exhibit will include Marla Botterill, an art professor at Fanshaw College, and Mercedes Schuster, a Bechville-based artist. There will be three cash prizes for the best in show and juror’s choice picks.
Students will submit their work through an online form, and the gallery will make resources available to help students submit their work. The deadline to submit work is March 18 at noon, and the selected works will launch in a virtual exhibit on April 22.
Find more information at woodstockartgallery.ca.
2021 Art Crawl welcomes newcomers and regulars – Coast Reporter
The 2021 Sunshine Coast Art Crawl is going to have plenty on offer next weekend, with many popular venues coming back for this, the Crawl’s 12th year, and dozens of new artists joining in.
Among the first-timers is Elin Jonsson at venue #80 in Roberts Creek, across the street from the Gumboot Café.
Jonsson works as a video-game producer by day and has painted in her private time for several years. For the past 12 months, she has been delving into a new theme, HSP, or highly sensitive persons. Works exploring that subject will be displayed in the separate studio behind the small home Jonsson shares with her husband, actor Artine Browne.
Jonsson includes herself among the 15 to 20 per cent of the population that can be described as HSP, a trait identified in a 1991 book by clinical research psychologist Dr. Elaine Aron.
“These people often are very creative. There are a lot of musicians and artists that have a more sensitive nervous system,” Jonsson explained. “A lot of good stuff comes with this trait but it’s also like having a side of you that takes in everything, so you’re also overwhelmed more easily.”
Jonsson has filled a stack of sketchbooks to express aspects of HSP using cartoon-like cat figures, which she has digitally coloured before enlarging, printing, and framing. Jonsson said she hopes eventually to add text and create a book with these series of works.
Among the returning Art Crawl veterans is stone carver George Pratt, who’s been part of the Coast Art Crawl since it began in 2010 (although he did sit out the COVID-challenged 2020 Crawl). Pratt’s property near Secret Cove is venue #148.
You get a taste of Pratt’s work from the sculptures he’s set along the twisting driveway up to his home on Wood Bay Heights Road. Pratt, 82, has a lot to show, having shaped granite, marble, and various other types of rock since 1971. His pieces can range in size from a few kilos in weight to a few thousand.
Pratt has works on public display across the country, including the Terry Fox memorial in Port Coquitlam, and as far away as China where one of his sundials sits in a square in the city of Guangzhou. Among his local installations is the stone sundial in front of the Sechelt Library.
Pratt said he’s happy to welcome Art Crawlers into his home and loves showing his work.
“I’m actually pretty popular [at Art Crawl]. It’s a good ego trip for me,” he said with a laugh. “I’ve had as many as 200 people come on through. And many of them go away with a nice little sculpture under their arm. So, I do well.”
Pratt’s enthusiasm has not been dampened by health issues that have arisen recently, including “a nasty cancer,” which led to radiation treatment that damaged nerves and disfigured his face. “I’m OK with it,” he said.
Pratt has also dabbled over the years in painting watercolours and recently has been exploring digital art, some fine examples of which he will also display for visitors this year.
Sunshine Coast Art Crawl runs from Friday, Oct. 22 to Sunday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Montreal palliative care doctor transforms junk into whimsical art – Global News
After more than 30 years of taking care of patients, doctor Michael Dworkind is gaining attention for artistry of a whole other kind.
The palliative care physician, now in semi-retirement, creates works of whimsical art made entirely of junk.
It’s a passion that Dworkind has been quietly expressing for decades. Dworko – as he is known in the art world – has been transforming discarded trash found on the sidewalk into works of art.
“Unfortunately in our Canadian society we throw out so much good stuff,” Dworkind said. “Garbage day in NDG is my heaven.”
His creations include monstrous faces using shower heads, door stoppers and plungers, and a sculpture of a fiery phoenix with a broom head and construction clamps for a beak.
His art brings out untold reactions from people trying to decipher the piece itself but also the pieces it’s made out of.
“It’s humorous because people say things: ‘this comes from there, that from there; Ahh isn’t that funny.’ That’s the reaction I want.”
Dworkind says his work has no rhyme or reason – the ‘junk’ speaks to him.
“Sometimes I’ll just see something on the curb and want to have it,” Dworkind said.
His art is showcased all over the walls of his NDG home and in devoted rooms as small galleries. Little of his work is seen by the public.
But that has now changed with the latest short film produced by photographer Ezra Soiferman.
“I was blown away and I decided to take out my camera and start making a movie,” Soiferman said.
Titled The Junk On My Roof the film shines a light on Dworkind’s hidden but bright rooftop sculpture garden.
Soiferman says Dworkind is a renaissance man that has many stories already told, none of which have been about his art.
For example, in 1985 he served as a member of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War which won a Nobel Peace Prize.
Dworkind is currently the co-founder and medical sirector of Santé Cannabis, the leading education and resource centre for the use of medical cannabis in Quebec.
“When I see another artist who is out there hustling creating things using their voice to express themselves in a unique way I get excited,” Soiferman said.
Soiferman says people are surprised and overjoyed by the five-minute walkthrough film.
Family members of former patients at the Jewish general hospital where Dworkind used to practice have been reaching out, commending the video and the artwork.
Dworkind says he’s humbled by the video and the attention it’s gotten online.
Soiferman says the duo is far from done. They plan to create a second project described as a soup-ed up slide show showcasing art through photo and music focusing on the more than 100 sculptures peppered across Dworkind’s property in the Laurentians.
“That place is like a sculptural Disneyland. It’s wild and whimsical,” Soiferman said.
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