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'World-class' Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery continues to excel – moosejawtoday.com

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Despite the pandemic, MJMAG continues its connection with the community, pioneering outreach through artistic spirit and innovative use of technology.
“It’s been challenging for the last year and a half,” Curator/Director Jennifer McRorie says, “We’ve had to really reinvent how we engage with the community and our audiences with a lot of virtual programming. But we have been able to broaden our outreach. Our most recent Artist’s Talk with Belinda Harrow had call participants from as far away as New Zealand.”
 

MJMAG has been able to secure emergency funding from both federal and provincial sources to help carry them through the pandemic, but McRorie says their operating budget is very thin, and will continue to be affected into the next year. The loss they have felt most significantly has been their Canada Day Park Art festival. Hosting around 80 vendors, artisans, and craftspeople, with nearly 5,000 people attending each year, MJMAG has not been able to hold Park Art in two years. 

“It has been challenging,” McRorie notes, “because that was a significant source of donations for us. We’ve also missed the community interaction of that event, and it was a great way to celebrate Canada Day while support local artists and craftspeople.”
 

MJMAG doubles as a busy art education centre. Education Coordinator Christy Schweiger has been at MJMAG for 18 years coordinating their art and education programs. “The disruption really threw me for a loop,” she says. “I personally was interacting with three to four thousand kids a year through our programs here, but after the pandemic hit, we had to halt all in-person programs.” 

It didn’t take long for the staff to begin brainstorming ways of connecting with the community online and over the telephone. “We’re doing a lot of work now with Seniors’ Centre Without Walls,” Schweiger says, “which is a program where we mail out art kits, and then have telephone calls with groups of seniors who have been isolated and shut in, and we go through the kits together and make art.” They are constantly innovating new ideas for the program, which aims toward inclusivity for those who may not have the technology or internet connection to participate online.

A new drop-in watercolor class started on Oct. 15th, with social distancing and proof of two-dose vaccination required in order to keep potentially vulnerable participants safe. Local schools are participating in interactive virtual classes with a wide variety of different projects including bring-your-own-supplies or mail-out art kits. A program they’ve called CREATEabilities is made specifically for those with special needs and learning differences. 

“Our focus in the last year and a half has been reaching to the community,” McRorie says. “We’ve really connected to people reaching out to deal with isolation, and once we’re through [Covid-19], we still will continue to provide virtual outreach.”
 

MJMAG, which in now in it’s 55th year, won the Organization Leadership award in May from SK Arts, which noted that the gallery has become “an integral part of the artistic landscape in Saskatchewan and in Canada,” and that “[t]heir exhibits and commissioned installations are world class and have been shown as far away as Sydney, Australia and Tokyo, Japan.”

Moose Javians wishing to support the museum and art gallery can explore the art programs on their website or sign up for a yearly membership here.

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Paintings turned trees into central characters in Canadian art: expert – OrilliaMatters

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NEWS RELEASE
ORILLIA MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY
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In her introduction to this year’s Carmichael Art History Lecture fundraiser, Executive Director of the Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH), Ninette Gyorody paid tribute to Qennefer Browne. It was a remembrance of gratitude.

Browne founded our annual Art History Lecture and named it in honour of Franklin Carmichael, a member of the Group of Seven, who was born in Orillia. Browne organized speakers for many years, until her death.

This year, we were incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Anna Hudson, who teaches Art History and Visual Culture in the Arts Music Performance Dance (AMPD) Department of York University, as our distinguished lecturer.

Her compelling presentation was a focus of her doctoral dissertation, “Art and Social Consciousness: The Toronto community of Painters, 1933-1950” was ‘What Came after the Group of Seven.’

From 1933 to 1950, a group of socially-conscious painters imagined a society transformed by art, and came together to develop a shared language of visual representation, building on the legacy of the Group of Seven.

Dr. Hudson spoke of the way artists play off each other’s work, investing form with meaning over time. Her talk was supported by images of Canadian paintings and photos of the period, which illustrated ideas within the lecture and enabled us to connect with the art.

Visual themes of the lecture were ‘TREE, BODY, INDUSTRY, LAND, HOME’.

First up for discussion were paintings by Franklin Carmichael: Autumn in Orillia (1924), Farm, Haliburton (1940) and Autumn Hillside (1920). In the 1940 painting, a tree is the dominant figure in the landscape. Dr. Hudson explored what this might mean, referencing the historical context of 1940.

Next, images of Jack Pine and West Wind, by Tom Thomson, were shared. These paintings lifted trees into the role of central characters in Canadian art, rather than being part of a pretty European style landscape painting.

Continuing her discussion of paintings, sculpture, photographs and commercial art by Canadian artists of the period 1933 to 1950, Dr. Hudson shared her interpretation of this phase of our national art.

One of the most fascinating paintings referenced was ‘Tree’, painted in 1944, by Isabel McLaughlin. This writer viewed this painting at The McMichael Gallery last month. Dr. Hudson’s assessment of ‘Tree’ as “disturbing, powerful, visceral, tactile” fits this painting.

We thank Dr. Hudson for sharing her vast knowledge and passion for this important time in Canadian art history. Her presentation was a great complement to the Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed, now in its 20th year. Don’t miss this incredible juried show.

For 2022:

The History Speaker Series will be on hiatus for December and will resume on Jan. 19, 2022, via Zoom.

Popular Orillia historian, Dave Town, will be our guest speaker with his talk ‘Yellowhead’s Revolt’. Local Indigenous leader, Rama’s Chief Yellowhead, stood defiant against not just the white man, but his fellow Chiefs in 1846 at the Great Meeting held in Orillia.

At issue were life-changing policies, the most significant of which was the creation of the first residential schools in Canada. Chief Yellowhead stood up for what he felt was right for his people. Don’t miss Dave’s fascinating talk about this important event in our local history.

Click here to register for the talk or call Monica at 705-326-2159 or email visitors@orilliamuseum.org

Admission to the History Speaker Series is free, but donations to OMAH are appreciated.

The OMAH History Committee thanks you for your loyal support in 2021. Stay tuned for a full list of dynamic speakers in 2022. Wishing you a safe and festive holiday season.

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Art Fx #44: "Around the Bend" by Pam MacKenzie – Huntsville Doppler – Huntsville Doppler

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Art Fx is a year-long series on Huntsville Doppler featuring Huntsville-area visual artists.

“Around the Bend” by Pam MacKenzie is a 24” x 36″ acrylic on birch

“This painting depicts a canoe trip up a stream to explore what lies beyond,” says Pam. “My husband and I were avid canoeists and spent countless hours exploring small rivers and creeks. Travelling in these small bodies of winding waters always left you wondering what was around the corner. Did it continue on or was this bend going to end up in a bay or a larger body of water than we were comfortable travelling on in our canoe? Were we going to be able to continue in the canoe or going to have to portage over a rough spot, leaving the colour of our canoe on buried river rock? Or were we going to find a quiet spot to pull ashore on and explore the land along the banks?”

“Around the Bend” is available for $400.

“Around the Bend ” by Pam MacKenzie (supplied)

About the artist

Artistic endeavours have always been part of Pam’s life, from making her own school clothing to designing and creating wedding gowns and apparel to art quilts, weaving and stained glass.

Pam began exploring the drawing and painting art world in 2013 with Laura Landers, Iris Shields, and now Carol Rudderham.  

Pam has taken long workshops with a number of well-known Canadian artists and is currently working on an online course in bold-colour painting through the Bold School based in B.C.. While her first love is portraiture in black and white, she felt the need to colour her portraits first in pastels and now in acrylic and is taking this course to do just that.

Currently Pam is exploring the world of pouring art as she has splints on both arms following a tumble this fall. When life throws you lemons, make lemonade.

Pam is co-chair of the Huntsville Art Society and takesadvantage of the many opportunities through HAS to show her work. She also paints with a group at Carol Rudderham’s and shows her work bi-annually in the gallery at Partners Hall in the Algonquin Theatre.

Find Pam online at the HAS website or contact her at pammack123@icloud.com or 705-788-9875.

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Year end art exhibition features 40+ local art makers – North Bay News – BayToday.ca

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The Alex Dufresne Gallery is presenting its annual year-end show “Petit Noel: Exhibit & Sale.”

“This art exhibition has brought together over 40 different painters, photographers, potters, and artisans of all mediums, styles, and levels of experience to curate a show that reflects the passion of the northeastern Ontario art community.,” says Natasha Wiatr, Curator.

All pieces are no larger than 20” by 20” in size and almost all pieces are for sale.

The show is currently on display and will stay up until Saturday, December 30.

The gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday from 10 – 5 excluding Christmas Day and New Years Day.

“If you would prefer to book the gallery for a private viewing on a Tuesday, please contact us to arrange for a time,” adds Wiatr. “The gallery is free, with donations welcome. Due to Covid-19 guidelines, we ask that visitors wear masks and maintain six feet of social distancing, and we have hand sanitizer available on site. Please do not visit if you are not feeling well.”

Location: Alex Dufresne Gallery (107 Lansdowne St. E. in Callander, in the same building as the Callander Bay Heritage Museum)

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