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Late Summer 2017
At the end of it all: Winnipeg’s role in ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ
Postcard from Ottawa
Artist Evin Collis’ last stop for ART EXPRESS’D / ART EXPRIMÉ was in Ottawa and it was a great experience!
Nestled deep in Inspiration Village in Ottawa’s Byward market we were quite busy with crowds of people passing through. The weather was superb and we created a giant anthropomorphic cat person out of papier mâché and created dozens and dozens of animations during the workshops. The city was abuzz with the presence of La Machine, a robotic puppet street theatre group from France who were animating a massive spider and dragon throughout the streets of Ottawa over the weekend. There was a great sense of excitement and enthusiasm as participants poured in and out all day adding their flare and hand in the creation of the animations and sculptures.
It was fitting to complete our art making voyage in the nation’s capital in a container village, known as Inspiration Village. We benefited from a consistent great turnout since every day was full of eclectic action as we collaborated with countless locals and tourists who were enjoying the summer in Ottawa.
Thank you to Ottawa 2017 and the great city of Ottawa for hosting us.
Postcard from Joliette
Artist Evin Collis was in Joliette, QB for ART EXPRESS’D / ART EXPRIMÉ
It was a thorough pleasure to work in Joliette, QC at the exceptional Musée d’art de Joliette facing the Assomption River. For five days inside the beautiful museum we collaborated on building a great papier mâché flamboyant flamingo-preying mantis-giraffe- alien creature with a giant flower companion and a great series of stop-motion animations. There was a great, dedicated turn out and participants came from Joliette, Montréal and many of the surrounding communities to join in the art making workshops. There was a great energy from the many children at the Museum’s day camp that all came and participated.
Joliette is a very interesting, beautiful and culturally vibrant community and I felt warmly welcomed and genuinely had a great experience collaborating with the community on the ART EXPRESS’D/ ART EXPRIMÉ project. The Museum is a treasure and I highly encourage all who are in the vicinity to make a trip to visit this stunning and engaging museum.
A great thank you to the Musée d’art de Joliette and the wonderful community for hosting us and making out stay a success!
Postcard from Churchill
Artist Jessie Buchanan was in Churchill for ART EXPRESS’D / ART EXPRIMÉ!
Made it to Churchill, Manitoba!
I went on a mini tour the second I arrived. The rocks here are extraordinary! I am excited to meet the locals and see all the beauty this place has to offer. Also excited to get painting!
Churchill smells of the sea and everywhere you go you see water. The beluga whales and polar bears are such a huge part of the community here. I have heard so many stories of bear and whale encounters already. The town is filled with murals that reflect the community and local ancestries which include Inuit, Dene and Cree peoples. Today’s first day of workshops was such a success. I met so many great artists and had fun doing the community mural with the kids. I started the adult workshop with a healing smudging ceremony against the backdrop of this landscape. Parks Canada has been such a huge help and such a joy to work with. They have taken it upon themselves to show me the sights. So excited for the rest of the stay in inspiring and beautiful Churchill!