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A New Reality for Art: The Future of Virtual Art Production and Consumption

The current cultural moment is seeing many museums explore online and virtual venues in a way that they haven’t before. While many museums have developed online content to some extent in past years, the remote availability and online existence of art has been made all the more urgent by necessary social distancing and physical isolation -- a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. If every crisis is an opportunity in disguise, this one…

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Art Instruction and Teaching by Green Palette

A painting of blue flowersby Ann Patton

Green Palette is an art instructional academy based in northwestern Calgary, Alberta. Instructors at Green Palette offer students a unique opportunity to pursue their own personal artistic goals and ideas, in a space where support from peers and skilled instructors is readily available.

A painting of colourful fishby Brent Ciccone


I really appreciate the overall mission of Green Palette -- more than teaching students the precise technical skill set…

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Painting, Textiles, Jewelry, and More from Blackberry Gift Shop

A pair of silver earrings in the shape of leavesargentium sterling-foldform-leaf earrings (by Linda Chow)

Blackberry Gift Shop is a shop and artist’s co-op based in Port Moody, British Columbia. The co-op includes artists working in a variety of disciplines, including painting, textiles, jewelry, and ceramics. 

A handwoven shawl with purple fibresShawl, handwoven with Tencel and marino wool (by Beryl Hickinbottom)

While the work of the individual artists is quite different, there’s an overarching atmosphere and…

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Art Collective: Artists of Bristol on the Delaware

An ink drawing of a male peacockMale Peacock, ink on scratchboard (Kristen Baker)

Artists of Bristol on the Delaware is an arts collective based in Pennsylvania. The collective offers memberships to practicing artists in the Bristol area, and holds groups exhibitions.

A photo of a red shack in the woodsOvergrown Shack, framed giclee print (John Styner)


The current member artists of Bristol on the Delaware are mostly painters, though photographers like John Styner and Janice Rhodes also number in…

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Art Gallery Website: Canadian Abstract Art

An abstract painting with many overlapping lines of Earth tonesUntitled No. 14, acrylic on canvas (by David Tycho)

Canadian Abstract Art is an online gallery dedicated to showcasing and promoting abstract artwork by Canadian artists. The gallery was founded and is maintained by artist David Tycho, and features abstract painting in a wide range of styles.

An abstract painting with clean lines and bright primary coloursÀ la croisée des vitres, acrylic on linen (by Marcel Barbeau)

It’s interesting to be able to view this wide selection of abstract art alongside…

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Art With Healing Practices: Gallery 555

An artwork by Stacey SprouleYou turned it on the world, that's when you turned the world around, gel pen on paper by Stacey Sproule

Located on Bloor Street in Toronto, Ontario, Gallery 555 is a contemporary gallery space focused on showcasing emerging artists. The space combines art with healing practices including in-house acupuncture and yoga workshops.

An artwork by Rebecca ChaperonGather, acrylic on paper by Rebecca Chaperon


I’m really enjoying looking through the catalog of current…

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Headlines: South Korea, Voyager, Catalonia

1) China Lifts Ban on South Korean Art

A US missile defense system installed in South Korea


China has lifted its ban on South Korean art after nearly a year. The ban, which included not only visual art but other cultural exports like Korean music and television, was originally put in place by China after South Korea installed a series of U.S. air defense systems in Seongju, just south of the capital, Seoul. The defense systems were installed in response to the increased missile threat…

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Marketplaces and Exhibitions at Blackberry Gift Shop

An image of a paper cutting by Yolanda CheungSilent Tiger, matted and framed paper cut, Yolanda Cheung

Port Moody-based Blackberry Gift Shop and Artist Co-Op offers local British Columbia artists a chance to display and sell their works. Founded in 1997, the society puts on numerous annual marketplaces and exhibitions, as well as regular operation of the gift shop.


A pair of ceramic jars by Pauline DoyleAnnie and John, ceramic, Pauline Doyle

The Blackberry Gift Shop website includes examples of work by member…

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Jocelyn's Fine Art Gallery: Art and Curation by Jocelyn Duchek

An alcohol ink paper primarily in green tonesA Life That's Good, alcohol ink on Yupo paper (Jocelyn Duchek)

Jocelyn Duchek is the owner of Jocelyn’s Fine Art Gallery in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan. The gallery is home to several resident artists including Ducek herself, who has recently been working with the media of alcohol ink and acrylic paint.


A painting of trees and stumps in a woodRoom to Breathe, acrylic on canvas (Branta Studios)


I really like seeing the contrast in Duchek’s artworks between her acrylic…

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Headlines: Edit-a-Thon, Violations and Day Jobs

1) MoMA to Host 4th Annual Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

A photo of participants in the 2016 MoMA Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

This March 11th, MoMA will once again be hosting its annual Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, an event which will feature panels and discussions about online information and accurate research. The goal of the event, which is being put on the for the fourth consecutive year, is to create more Wikipedia pages for women artists. Edit-a-Thons are also being held in March at various other…

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Headlines: Matthew, Dash Snow and Frieze

1) Five Dutch Paintings Returned After a Decade Missing

The painting Lady World by Jacob Waben
Five artworks from the Dutch Golden Age have been recovered and returned to the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, Netherlands, after being stolen in January of 2005. The original theft, which is thought to have been perpetrated by thieves who hid in a coffin that was being displayed in the museum until after closing, included 24 paintings and 70 pieces of silverware, worth a total of about…

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Headlines: Basel, Roski and Brexit

1) Adrien Brody Attends Art Basel as an Artist

A photo of Adrien Brody at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2015



The Art Basel art fair took place in Germany over the weekend, and one notable attendee appears to have been Hollywood star Adrien Brody. While other celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio frequently attend the fair with the intent of purchasing for their collections, this time around Brody singled himself out by calling himself an artist. While Brody did indeed have artworks at…

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Headlines: Hong Kong, Witchcraft and Rocks

Designer Turns a Mondrian Painting into a Game of Pong

A still frame of MondriPong by Kristiana Hansen



It’s Friday! Why not enjoy a fun art-based diversion with this playable Pong game, modeled after the form of a Piet Mondrian painting. The artistic community website B3ta originally set out a challenge for creators to turn famous artworks into videogames. After a user submitted a .GIF fittingly titled “Pongdrian,” designer Kristiana Hansen decided to make the game a…

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Artist-Run Organization: Blackberry Artist's Society

A watercolour painting of numerous flowersA Bright Bouquet, watercolour on paper, Elizabeth Wallace

The subject of today’s feature is the Blackberry Artist’s Society, based in Port Moody, British Columbia. Blackberry is a fully artist-run organization dedicated to supporting the work of its members through gallery shows and sales at the Blackberry Gift Shop in Port Moody.


A front page screen capture of Blackberry Artist's Society's websiteThe front page of the Society's website

Silk scarves, wood carving, ceramics and jewelry are just…

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Headlines: Art, Politics and a Disobedient Camera


1) San Francisco Artists Protest Gentrification

A photo of several artists protesting the Google bus in April 2014


Last week we saw that an arts group in Berlin are protesting for more affordable studio space in the city. It would seem the lack of affordable space for artists is becoming a worldwode trend. This week, artists living in San Francisco, CA protest the gentrification of the city that's pushing out the artists and performers that it has previously been so well known for. 


2) Bernie…

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