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Modern Art vs. Contemporary Art May 11, 2019

Modern Art – Art For A New World Modern Art is the term used to describe artworks roughly dating from the mid 19th to the mid 20th century. It includes works from Manet and Van Gogh to Dali and Picasso. Artworks from this period are, arguably, the most popular and well-known works of art of all time. Prior to that, art was predominantly based on Classical or religious themes. Then, beginning with the Age of…

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Rare Matisse May Break Record at Auction. May 10, 2019

Heffel Fine Art Auction House hopes the auction of this Matisse masterpiece will boost interest in some of the Canadian art also available in the same auction. The piece, Henri Matisse’s ‘Femme assise sur un balcon’ (1919), will tour across Canada. And it’s expected to go for a whopping $3.8 million! “Canadian art really is undervalued internationally, and our star artists with their star pieces can stand on their own with the top artists in the…

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Whistler’s Mother

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, here’s a look at the iconic ‘Whistler’s Mother’, perhaps the world’s most famous ‘motherhood’ painting. ‘Whistler’s Mother’ was painted by James Whistler in 1871. Born Anna McNeil in pre-Civil War North Carolina, she came from a cultured and well-to-do family. Her uncle was a rich plantation owner who created a scandal when he married a black woman. This led, upon his death, to a widely publicized legal battle. Family…

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Art – Linking Tourism and Culture May 8, 2019

Creating the ‘Feel’ of the Community Art is an important link between culture and tourism, and highlights what is unique about any community.  The artistic heritage and cultural life of a city work hand in hand to attract tourists. In Vancouver, for example, the native art of the Haida First Nations showcases the unique cultural heritage of Northern BC. The Importance of Government in the Arts It is crucial to recognize the important role that…

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Painters Eleven April 30, 2019

Painters Eleven was an influential artists’ group from Toronto in the 1950s. They were instrumental in helping to introduce abstract painting into the mainstream of Canadian art. Beginnings In 1950, Toronto was still dominated by the art of the Group of Seven. But in 1952,  Alexandra Luke organized the first public exhibition of abstract artists in Ontario. That exhibit included seven of the members of the future Painters Eleven group (Jack Bush, Oscar Cahén, Thomas…

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Coloring Is Good For You April 29, 2019

Have you ever heard of the ‘amygdala’? That’s the section of the brain that becomes activated whenever you feel stressed or scared. Of course, every child knows about the joy of coloring. Well, researchers have discovered that coloring is good for you, too! This activity actually has a positive effect on your state of mind, and helps to relax your amygdala. Five Benefits of Coloring 1. Relieves Stress Coloring activates the parts of the brain…

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The Art of Tom Thomson April 27, 2019

Tom Thomson‘s landscape oil paintings offer up an enduring image of the Ontario North. His art reflected and reinforced a developing Canadian nationalism. Although he was associated with the Group of Seven, he was not a member. Yet, he is still considered to be an iconic figure of the Canadian art world. The Early Years While living in Toronto, Thomson attended art classes at the Central Ontario School of Art and Design, and studied with…

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Woodworking Art April 25, 2019

Woodcarving is one of the oldest art forms. It has existed since Man first began using tools. In today’s world, it’s often incorporated in furniture design,  and in architecture, not to mention sculpture and printmaking. Wood is a very light material that can be easily cut, and allows for very fine detail.  It’s also much easier to sculpt than stone. Readily prevalent and versatile, wood has always been an attractive medium for artists to work…

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Is Literature ‘Art’ April 19, 2019

Art as Expression The Oxford dictionary defines Art as ‘the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. Can we, then, consider literature to be Art? It certainly qualifies as an expression of creative skill and imagination. And a writer certainly uses his words to ‘suggest a narrative picture in his reader’s…

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It’s All About eMotion April 13, 2019

Pretty much everyone enjoys listening to music. Whether at home, in the car, or in a mall, music is a part of our lives, everywhere we go. Of course, music is an auditory medium. But it shares something in common with the ‘visual’ arts in one very important respect. The function of both is to create an emotional impact, one that doesn’t rely on any verbal description. That’s why the fine arts, whether music, painting,…

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