Monday, July 31, 2006

PEI Artist's Retreat

Celtic and Jazz singer tereas Doyle is appearing at the deCoste centre in Picto this week, and while checking out her website I discovered that she runs an artist's retreat on Prince Edward Island. Rock Barra currently only offers day time workshops but Teresa hopes one day to be able to offer accommodation. There is a nice studio there, built for the filming of The Ballad of Jack and Rose in 2003.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

BBC Radio on the Art World

Alvin Hall debunks the myths of the art world, as he takes a journey from the artist to the gallery, the collector and the critic.

Follow the links to listen to each episode. The first is online now (skip the first minute which is the end of the previous program), and looks at how the London art scene has changed in the last few years. "Now it is all sales and no ideas"

The next program is on Tuesday 01 August 2006, and I think there are five episodes in total.

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Friday, July 14, 2006

Bluenose II comes to Pictou

The Bluenose is in Pictou this weekend. Read more in the Evening News. Come visit Pictou this weekend and see this historic replica of the original race winning schooner.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Designer crafts and art collecting

Toni Sikes, founder of The Guild, reports that young artists working in craft media today are seeking respect for their design skills rather than to be recognised as an artist. This is going against the trend of the 80's which saw craft moving into fine art. The blog post is illustrated with 'Leaf Clocks' by Emi Ozawa. Personally I much prefer Emi's "Pendulum Box". It has a really neat idea for making the lid of a box.

The Guild blog also has a link to The Intrepid Art Collector Blog. Artists; be sure to list your exhibitions on this blog's monthly bulletin board. Lisa's new book, THE INTREPID ART COLLECTOR: How to Find, Buy and Appreciate Art on a Budget, will be published this October. Although writen from a collectors perspective, I think it will be a useful read for artists too as an aid to marketing.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Summer Sounds of Nova Scotia

Last night I went to the deCoste Centre in Pictou to catch the first show in the season of Summer Sounds in Nova Scotia. John 'Spyder' MacDonald hosted the show and was joined by fiddler Fleur Mainville, guitarist Ross MacVicar and multi-instrumentalist Mark Haines. In this ceilidh style presentation all the musicians stay on stage throughout the show and often join in with each other's tunes. I had a terrific evening, and it was enjoyed by visitors from as far afield as the USA, Alberta and Scotland.

You can catch this show every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening throughout July and August. It's a must see if you are in the area this summer and an experience not to be missed. Every week there is a different line-up of musicians, and I will be going back at every chance I get. Next week the line up is Jimmy Sweeney, Alycia Putnam & family, and Ardyth & Jennifer.

See you there.

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