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News and information of a general nature concerning the Art Gallery of Bancroft will be published here. Gift Shop news, upcoming shows and openings, workshops and artists tidbits.

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The following text is the speaking presentation by local artist David McIntosh at the Opening Reception of the exhibition "Remembering Gerald Humen" on Friday, March 6, 2015.

 

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What Does the Artist See?

Contributed by AGB member/volunteer Dorothy Parshall

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Guest blog  by AGB Member/volunteer Dorothy Parshall

You may have seen the wonderful reviews in the newspapers but I would like to underline the reasons to attend the wonderful Student Art show. All too often when adults think about our teenage population, there is a negative sense of how they behave, or "don't they think" or "they don't DO anything!" The current art show at the Art Gallery of Bancroft, on Flint Street, provides a marvellous look at how diverse, creative, talented and - Yes, they are clearly thinking!

The young people, from four high schools and home schooling, present a view of  teen thought that many of us might never have dreamed exists.  There is talent - LOTS of it! Creativity - tons! Skill - YES! These young artists have covered a gamut of art ideas - reality, humour, the natural world and more. From pencil portraits of friends to painstakingly executed, detailed works which capture both eye and mind, they have run the gamut.

Anyone who wonders about "today's youth" can find a positively fascinating expression of  what today's youth are about, at the Gallery. These are the children of our friends and neighbours.   The 25th Annual Student Show honours Michal Manson and we know she would be well pleased with the work of our young artists. This show closes on Saturday, 30 January; the Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. For a mini preview,  the Art Gallery of Bancroft is on FB and has a website  with pictures of this and other recent shows.  Everyone is welcome to visit the Gallery.

If it is your first visit, you may be surprised; not just a showing of art but the gift shop full of interesting possibilities - by local artists and craftspeople: tiny dolls, jewelry, wooden bowls, greeting cards, small  paintings, and large.  In any case, support our local students and take a look at what they are accomplishing. They deserve your appreciation.

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The AGB is dedicated to the promotion of the Arts in North Hastings. Beyond providing exposure of visual arts to year-round and seasonal residents, the Gallery hopes to get people talking about art and what it means to them.

 In this spirit, we offer the first of occasional guest blogs aiming to stimulate thought and conversation about the personal side of art.

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On January 18, 2015 artist Tracey Lee Green inspired 11 students at the Art Gallery of Bancroft with her incredible workshop teaching abstract art, using a process called "Faux Encaustics".  Participants had a ball layering acrylic paints and beeswax to create several amazing one-of-a-kind masterpieces each!  Even complete novices were thrilled with their results!   To conclude the day long class, Tracey gave each student an evaluation of one of their completed paintings.  It was a fun day with lots of laughter, sharing and positive comments!

 

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In October 2014, the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for Our Shared Commitment was established thanks to a Provincial Safer and Vital Communities Grant. Technology, nutrition, literacy, arts and music are key themes in this program which involve local families and young children collaborating with local professionals within the community.

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Several residents have asked where are the street murals created by our local artists. The murals have been taken down for reconditioning, as several of them were feeling the effects of the weather. The Gallery has plans to do some  rework  on them through the winter, and then remount them in the spring. 

Many thanks to the Town works department for their assistance in taking down these items.

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What a great year it's been at the AGB!

Our monthly shows have brought an eclectic mix of art to the region, ranging from the work of a printmaker based on the Bayeux Tapestry, to a series of paintings that celebrated the ability of classical music to inspire abstract art. We have showcased stunning photography that explored the transient nature of utility in today's brave new world, and been fascinated by the marriage of craftsmanship and natural science that taxidermy and museum display art creates.

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A great time was had by all at the recent AGB benefit event "Brews and Blues" which raised over 5000 dollars to support the gallery and its mandate to grow and promote the arts culture of our community.

The silent auction table was a busy spot, as guests competed to get that final winning bid on a fantastic selection of mini original art, and our thanks go to all the artists who so generously gave of their time and talent with their donated pieces. Congratulations go to Dan Boileau and to David Maris for being the top fundraisers of the auction with their two very innovative and creative pieces which whipped up quite the bidding war!

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Attention all “Starving Artists”! Let's talk about the grants available to individual artists in the visual arts field. A clear, concise and persuasive grants application is needed to bring success in securing funding from organizations such as the Ontario Arts Council.

Plan now to attend this informative "Show Me The Money" workshop. Roy Mitchell will outline the process of planning, writing and submitting proposals that represent your project, and will focus on how to best present your idea, prepare a budget and develop the necessary support material.

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The Fade Kings are headlining the Art Gallery of Bancroft’s “Brews and Blues” event, coming up soon at the York River Room of the Bancroft Eatery and Pub.

Here's what music aficionados they say about them:

"The Fade Kings positively wail! A solid group of musicians, they were a huge hit with the crowd at the Limestone City Blues Festival. I hear mixes of R&B, soul, Latin, funk, jazz and blues.....This band is good!" ........ Ron Dickerson, Buff Blues, CFRC – FM, Kingston, ON.

"This is just one of those bands you want everyone to hear. They are that good! Great feedback, all saying how incredibly tight the band played"....... Steve Bartlett, Wingfield Farm Blues and Jazz Festival

This will be an evening you won’t want to miss! Don’t be disappointed: pick up your tickets now at the Gallery and enjoy an evening of great music, plus a whole lot more! How about:

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The Art Gallery of Bancroft was thrilled to be selected as host of the 56th Annual East Central Ontario Art
Association's annual juried exhibition this year. The Gallery was full at the show's opening earlier this month, as regional artists and guests from far and near gathered in a social setting to enjoy the wonderful display of art that presently adorns the Gallery walls.
The juror for this Year's exhibition was Bancroft's own Arne Roosman, maestro of the mural, stage settings and well known local artist.  Arne faced an extremely difficult task making his final selections in the different categories. When asked about his selection process, he said "all submitted pieces were of substantial quality, and show the artists' love of painting, but in the end, I had to just trust my heart".
Artist Debra Bannister took home the Juror's Choice Award for her stand-out watercolour "Swan Parade", which was inspired by the Swan March that takes place in Stratford every year to mark the beginning of the Stratford Theatre Festival.
Be sure to stop in at the gallery to enjoy this wonderfully diverse show, on display until August 24th. While there, check out the impressive Bancroft and Area Studio tour preview wall in the gift shop. Local and area artists have displayed selections of their work to give you an advanced look at their beautiful creations. The Studio Tour takes place this year on the weekends of September 20-21 and 27-28. 

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The Hybla Residency is an opportunity for an artist to develop and reflect on their art practice surrounded by the beauty of Hybla. This inaugural residency is in partnership with the Art Gallery of Bancroft.

The Inaugural Artist-in-Residence is Penny McCann, an Ottawa media artist whose body of work spans more than twenty years and encompasses both dramatic and experimental films and videos.  Her work has been exhibited extensively at festivals and galleries nationally and internationally, including the Centre national d’art contemporain (Grenoble, France), Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (Oberhausen, Germany), the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, New Brunswick), the Images Festival (Toronto), the Canadian Film Institute (Ottawa), and the Festival International du film sur l’art (Montreal).

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The AGB’s site at the Wheels, Water and Wings street festival was buzzing with activity on Saturday July 5 under a hot and sunny sky, perfect for this year’s Caribbean-related theme of “Hot on Hastings”. Carole and John Kirby kept the samosas and grilled pineapple skewers flying off the BBQ and into the hands of eager customers to the happy rhythms of the Northern Lights Steel Orchestra. Gusty winds kept napkins, paper plates, signs and even umbrellas flying off as well! Roustabout Hugh Monteith collected the errant items, and filled in as food chopper, banker, plate preparer, amateur photographer, and general go-fer. Latecomers were disappointed to learn the delectable offerings were sold out by 1 p.m. 

At the adjacent kids’ tent, budding artists tried their hands at T-shirt painting with Isla Key and Diana Gurley, or driftwood painting with Ingrid Monteith. While clearly enjoying their handiwork, the concentration on their faces was intense as they created their imaginative masterpieces to the approval of parents, grandparents, siblings and friends.  So much fun was had, the painting continued for over an hour beyond the posted closing time.

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It’s spring cleaning time! Looking to clean out your basements, attics, sheds and garages for the coming summer?  Why not donate all gently used and formerly needed articles to the Art Gallery of Bancroft’s fund-raising yard sale, taking place Saturday May 24th from 9 a.m. to noon.  All Items can be brought into the gallery from Wednesday to Friday in the coming week

We will also be holding a plant sale at that time, so any excess plant from garden thinnings will be gratefully accepted, as well as the usual yard sale goodies.

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Thoughts from a Gallery Volunteer -
 
In this, the never ending winter of our discontent, the latest show at the Art Gallery Bancroft is like a massive shot of Vitamin B!
 
The  paintings being shown are explosions of colour, vibrancy and movement created by the artist, Allan O'Marra, to express the responses and emotions he feels when listening to some favourite musical pieces. Stop by and see if the art on display mirrors your own reaction to the musical selection. Visitors to the gallery have already had fun trying to match the music to the painting with varying degrees of success!
 
At the show opening last Friday evening, Allan described the process, and made it all sound so simple. How wonderful it must be to have the skills and talent to create such beautiful paintings inspired by the feelings that music has the power to evoke in us!
 
I would love to see Allan tackle some more contemporary showstoppers, Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" for instance , Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon".....Lady Gaga not so much, but suggestions would be very welcome. Perhaps we can talk Allan into a follow up show.
 
Allan is heading up a workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday this weekend (April 13th) at the Gallery. His approachable and easy manner and many years of teaching experience will make it a fun and enjoyable day, and how better to beat the blahs than by unleashing your inner abstract!
 
Stop by the gallery or call  613 332 1542 to register, fee is 65 dollars for the full day workshop.
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The Art Gallery of Bancroft is excited to launch it's new blog page!

Over the coming months expect to see a variety of related topics from a handful of contributing authors. You will see information regarding current and upcoming gallery shows, opening reception dates, general news, opinions and more.

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