Friday, July 13, 2018

Miskwaa Studio and Outdoor Art Gallery

The Art World continues to change in a good way... plan to visit the Miskwaa Studio and Outdoor Art Gallery between Bobcaygeon and Buckhorn off Highway 36. It is worth any drive.

Yes... I have some art there as well.

Just because a work of art has not sold only mean that the right eyes have not seen it yet. It is not enough to hang art on the wall and wait. Social media and the positive power of communication through the internet has changed everything. But that takes dedication and creativity which is an art form in itself. I always thought that art needs to be displayed in the environment it was created to really be able to understand and appreciate all of the nuances. This is rarely possible but Daniel Marlatt has succeeded... enjoy!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

EcoArtists: Reconnecting People to the Beauty of Nature

In early June my friend Aleta Karstad was recognized for her conservation efforts through art, as a recent recipient of the “Robert Bateman Award” from the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF). This award recognizes people who furthers the appreciation for Canada’s wildlife and habitats through artistic expression. 

People make the difference. In "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" by Naomi Klein one message is that real change must start with the grass roots people. People like Aleta are the real leaders. Politics and business are much too involved in self promotion and power to lead the way. History reveals this to be only too true. I tiny percentage of the wealth amassed by these groups could solve the environmental woes.
I attended the recent Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) Conference in Halifax in June and shared these thoughts with another friend and the editor for CMOS. Here is the result of those conversations. 
http://bulletin.cmos.ca/ecoartists-reconnecting-people/

In early August Aleta and I and a dozen or more other artists will be back on the Dumoine with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) as part of DRAW 2018. Maybe we can make a difference.