Wa­ter-based art

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Wa­ter-based chal­lenges will be a prime theme of cre­ations by the Glen­garry Artists’ Col­lec­tiveCol­lec­tif d’artistes de Glen­garry and the pub­lic this year.

The group, which has grown to 75 mem­bers in just over a year, will be ex­pand­ing its scope to in­clude three mu­ral projects in­volv­ing busi­ness, schools and artists.

“The first in­volves a chal­lenge to artists to cre­ate works re­lated to wa­ter, how­ever they in­ter­pret that,” says col­lec­tive trea­surer Yvonne Call­away. This will be an el­e­ment of the WOW2. eau dis­play that will fill one room of The Show At Brent’s Place 2018 to be held Fe­bru­ary 23-24 at the Glen­garry Funeral Home in Alexan­dria. Last year more than 300 peo­ple at­tended the event. “And they clam­oured for an en­core,” says Ms. Call­away, who is also co­or­di­na­tor of the Win­dows on Our World (WOW) ini­tia­tive.

The WOW2.eau works will be pho­tographed, printed on alu­minum pan­els, then mounted on the ex­ter­nal wall of an Alexan­dria busi­ness, putting art in the street for a min­i­mum of year, maybe as many as 10. Also, the col­lec­tive is work­ing with stu­dents to cre­ate works that will be trans­posed onto alu­minum pan­els to adorn a North Glen­garry build­ing.

In March, the or­ga­ni­za­tion will hold

three hours of jazz stan­dards and im­prov mu­sic to in­spire on-site draw­ing, paint­ing, po­etry, pho­tog­ra­phy and prob­a­bly danc­ing.

The sec­ond ver­sion of Win­dows on Our World will be staged in fall, fill­ing Main Street with art, mu­sic and food. There will be a chal­lenge to artists for this show as well, the re­sult be­ing a mu­ral to be un­veiled in 2019. The col­lec­tive brings to­gether writ­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, mu­si­cians and vis­ual artists.

In the Jan­uary 31 edi­tion of we pub­lished a photo of a light at a Main Street, Alexan­dria cross­walk that had been hit by a United Coun­ties of Stor­mont-Dun­das-Glen­garry truck. The item got the at­ten­tion of county trans­porta­tion de­part­ment di­rec­tor Ben­jamin de Haan, who wrote: “Our plow had to move over be­cause the op­er­a­tor was squeezed by on­com­ing traf­fic – it was a bet­ter re­sult than a col­li­sion/near miss with the plow blade.”

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