Issue #16 | Spring 2011

Collaboration Rules

by Eileen Coristine

This spring Art of the Peace celebrates collaboration and the belief that a creation can be greater than the sum of its parts.

Our spring cover features a collaborative work of art by Mary Mottishaw and Mary Parslow. They’ve depicted themselves as the halves of one whole, known as the Two Marys. Together they are reviving printmaking and inspiring each other’s artistic growth.

Through the Youth Filmmaker Challenge, fledgling filmmakers learn how to work together, how to do every job required and how to make the results of their individual efforts into a cohesive whole. Is this, as Terry Scerbak of the Reel Shorts Film Festival describes, the most collaborative art form of all?

Collaboration takes trust. In order for us to come together, we have to know that what we have to offer will be valued and that the other participants will do their best. At Immanence, a group of artists who had never met before spent an evening painting together on the same canvas in front of a live audience. That’s brave and it’s exciting to watch.

In this rugged region, we need each other and so arts and crafts clubs and organizations flourish in our communities. In order to showcase these groups and their activities we now feature a regular column by Susan Thompson called Assemblage.

Have you seen Dan Arberry’s new blog on our website? Dan’s mission is to promote shows; he’s been presenting his art and knows the rewards of getting the word out to other artists. If you let him know he will do his best to attend your show. Dan really wants you to be a success.

Without the collaboration of artists, curators, writers and publishers we wouldn’t be able to produce the magazine you are reading. We make Art of the Peace a beautiful thing – with you.


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How to Build an Interactive Arts Scene

by Jody FarrellFor Dan Arberry, what began as a passing statement following his first exhibition in years, has emerged into something of a personal mission. He’s determined to establish a viable, interactive arts scene in the Peace Region, and, if recent turnouts at arts events offer any indication, his own proactive contribution to that end appears to be working.[caption id="attachment_706" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="Finding Balance Exhibition by Dan Arberry, Fall 2010"]http://www.artofthepeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Finding-Balance-Exhibition-by-Dan-Arberry-Fall-2010.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="253" /> [/caption]In May 2010, Dan blogged about his exhibition, Once Upon a Still Life , which had just opened at the Unique Gallery in Grande Prairie. A blog is one of those wonders of online communication; a collection of personal entries posted on a computer site for others to read and, when inspired, offer comment. Arberry wrote:“My first showing in approximately 5-6 years. In the beginning I didn’t know what to expect. I have been living in Grande Prairie under the rocks and in the shadows for all these years and was scared to see the reception that I would receive. Since last November, when I started producing again, I have slowly submerged myself into the Grande Prairie Art Scene. And some might laugh when I say “art scene”, but the truth is...there is. Perhaps it just isn’t getting the exposure that it deserves. But, I also think that this group of skilled and modest artists sit back and watch...”People agreed; the show was indeed a success. Arberry himself knew that his own online presence, along with a concerted effort to gather and forward timely announcements of his opening to as many Grande Prairie and Peace region residents as possible, was at least partly responsible for the large number of visitors that night. But he was also awed at the vitality of the crowd. People were hungry for art and eager for discourse. “So many elements of the night made it a success,” Arberry blogged. “The people. The laughs. The creative conversations. Emerging talent coming out. And the support that I felt throughout the evening.”Arberry continued to document his feelings and insights on his own webpage, but also made a serious effort to let others know of other upcoming art shows and events. His goal was to build as big and as visible an arts community as possible. He began, he explains, the process of “eating the elephant.”“It’s not something you can do all at once,’’ Arberry elaborates on the metaphor that aptly illustrates his long-term plan to effectively expand both attendance at the actual shows, and an ongoing, widespread discussion about exhibitions and art. “It requires little bites,” he adds, noting that anything large and lasting usually does.Early information regarding exhibitions had always appeared on the Art of the Peace website and in its newletters, but the society’s board members, including Arberry, were forever tackling the problem of less-than-optimal communication and participation of artists and art lovers throughout the region.[caption id="attachment_705" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="Dan Arberry reviews the Prairie Ranger Photography exhibition, The Red Carpet"]http://www.artofthepeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Finding-Balance-Exhibition-by-Dan-Arberry-Fall-2010.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="304" /> [/caption]Arberry began gathering his own list of email addresses of anyone remotely linked to the arts in and around the Peace Region, and many from further afield. As months passed, he continued to announce, attend, and blog about exhibitions. He saw a marked increase in attendance. From 20 to 30 participants, exhibitions grew to 60 people or more on opening night. And these included a newer, younger crowd that arts groups had not reached in any sustainable manner before now.July’s official re-opening of Grande Prairie’s Centre for Creative Arts was a big success, with hundreds of all ages attending the all-day outdoor activities, entertainment and ribbon cutting, and indoor exhibitions, including a live (clothed) model drawing class. The fine summer weather and the opening coinciding with Grande Prairie’s annual Street Performers Festival may have helped matters, but the interest was strong.Another big surprise was the standing room only attendance at last September’s Wearable Art Show and exhibition at the Centre for Creative Arts. That entire Arts Days weekend, which featured a variety of activities throughout Alberta, was locally deemed a colossal success. The province-backed festival had funding for posters and ads, but lots of information circulated for free online. Alberta Culture and Community officials were thrilled at the public attendance and participation in and around Grande Prairie.Recent discussions with fellow Art of the Peace board members resulted in Arberry’s creation of a more general arts blog on both the magazine’s website, and its http://www.artofthepeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Finding-Balance-Exhibition-by-Dan-Arberry-Fall-2010.jpg" target="_blank"> Art of the Peace Facebook page , another online tool that allows for more visible and immediate interaction among followers.“I try to write about and go to as many exhibitions as possible. I also invite anyone out there to go, and to share their impressions. Some people are scared to walk into an art exhibition. It can be intimidating. I tell them I’ll go with them.”Small bites like these are how Arberry approaches the elephant-sized task of establishing a larger-than-ever-imagined arts scene in the Peace.Visit Art of the Peace’s online blog at http://www.artofthepeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Finding-Balance-Exhibition-by-Dan-Arberry-Fall-2010.jpg" artofthepeace.ca , and become a friend of http://www.artofthepeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Finding-Balance-Exhibition-by-Dan-Arberry-Fall-2010.jpg" target="_blank"> Art of the Peace on Facebook .
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How to Build an Interactive Arts Scene

by Jody FarrellFor Dan Arberry, what began as a passing statement following his first exhibition in years, has emerged into something of a personal mission. He’s determined to establish a viable, interactive arts scene in the Peace Region, and, if recent turnouts at arts events offer any indication, his own proactive contribution to that end appears to be working.[caption id="attachment_706" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="Finding Balance Exhibition by Dan Arberry, Fall 2010"]http://www.artofthepeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Finding-Balance-Exhibition-by-Dan-Arberry-Fall-2010.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="253" /> [/caption]In May 2010, Dan blogged about his exhibition, Once Upon a Still Life , which had just opened at the Unique Gallery in Grande Prairie. A blog is one of those wonders of online communication; a collection of personal entries posted on a computer site for others to read and, when inspired, offer comment. Arberry wrote:“My first showing in approximately 5-6 years. In the beginning I didn’t know what to expect. I have been living in Grande Prairie under the rocks and in the shadows for all these years and was scared to see the reception that I would receive. Since last November, when I started producing again, I have slowly submerged myself into the Grande Prairie Art Scene. And some might laugh when I say “art scene”, but the truth is...there is. Perhaps it just isn’t getting the exposure that it deserves. But, I also think that this group of skilled and modest artists sit back and watch...”People agreed; the show was indeed a success. Arberry himself knew that his own online presence, along with a concerted effort to gather and forward timely announcements of his opening to as many Grande Prairie and Peace region residents as possible, was at least partly responsible for the large number of visitors that night. But he was also awed at the vitality of the crowd. People were hungry for art and eager for discourse. “So many elements of the night made it a success,” Arberry blogged. “The people. The laughs. The creative conversations. Emerging talent coming out. And the support that I felt throughout the evening.”Arberry continued to document his feelings and insights on his own webpage, but also made a serious effort to let others know of other upcoming art shows and events. His goal was to build as big and as visible an arts community as possible. He began, he explains, the process of “eating the elephant.”“It’s not something you can do all at once,’’ Arberry elaborates on the metaphor that aptly illustrates his long-term plan to effectively expand both attendance at the actual shows, and an ongoing, widespread discussion about exhibitions and art. “It requires little bites,” he adds, noting that anything large and lasting usually does.Early information regarding exhibitions had always appeared on the Art of the Peace website and in its newletters, but the society’s board members, including Arberry, were forever tackling the problem of less-than-optimal communication and participation of artists and art lovers throughout the region.[caption id="attachment_705" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="Dan Arberry reviews the Prairie Ranger Photography exhibition, The Red Carpet"]http://www.artofthepeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Finding-Balance-Exhibition-by-Dan-Arberry-Fall-2010.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="304" /> [/caption]Arberry began gathering his own list of email addresses of anyone remotely linked to the arts in and around the Peace Region, and many from further afield. As months passed, he continued to announce, attend, and blog about exhibitions. He saw a marked increase in attendance. From 20 to 30 participants, exhibitions grew to 60 people or more on opening night. And these included a newer, younger crowd that arts groups had not reached in any sustainable manner before now.July’s official re-opening of Grande Prairie’s Centre for Creative Arts was a big success, with hundreds of all ages attending the all-day outdoor activities, entertainment and ribbon cutting, and indoor exhibitions, including a live (clothed) model drawing class. The fine summer weather and the opening coinciding with Grande Prairie’s annual Street Performers Festival may have helped matters, but the interest was strong.Another big surprise was the standing room only attendance at last September’s Wearable Art Show and exhibition at the Centre for Creative Arts. That entire Arts Days weekend, which featured a variety of activities throughout Alberta, was locally deemed a colossal success. The province-backed festival had funding for posters and ads, but lots of information circulated for free online. Alberta Culture and Community officials were thrilled at the public attendance and participation in and around Grande Prairie.Recent discussions with fellow Art of the Peace board members resulted in Arberry’s creation of a more general arts blog on both the magazine’s website, and its http://www.artofthepeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Finding-Balance-Exhibition-by-Dan-Arberry-Fall-2010.jpg" target="_blank"> Art of the Peace Facebook page , another online tool that allows for more visible and immediate interaction among followers.“I try to write about and go to as many exhibitions as possible. I also invite anyone out there to go, and to share their impressions. Some people are scared to walk into an art exhibition. It can be intimidating. I tell them I’ll go with them.”Small bites like these are how Arberry approaches the elephant-sized task of establishing a larger-than-ever-imagined arts scene in the Peace.Visit Art of the Peace’s online blog at http://www.artofthepeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Finding-Balance-Exhibition-by-Dan-Arberry-Fall-2010.jpg" artofthepeace.ca , and become a friend of http://www.artofthepeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Finding-Balance-Exhibition-by-Dan-Arberry-Fall-2010.jpg" target="_blank"> Art of the Peace on Facebook .
7 years ago

How to Build an Interactive Arts Scene

by Jody FarrellFor Dan Arberry, what began as a passing statement following his first exhibition in years, has emerged into something of a personal mission. He’s determined to establish a viable, interactive arts scene in the Peace Region, and, if recent turnouts at arts events offer any indication, his own proactive contribution to that end appears to be working.[caption id="attachment_706" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="Finding Balance Exhibition by Dan Arberry, Fall 2010"]http://www.artofthepeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Finding-Balance-Exhibition-by-Dan-Arberry-Fall-2010.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="253" /> [/caption]In May 2010, Dan blogged about his exhibition, Once Upon a Still Life , which had just opened at the Unique Gallery in Grande Prairie. A blog is one of those wonders of online communication; a collection of personal entries posted on a computer site for others to read and, when inspired, offer comment. Arberry wrote:“My first showing in approximately 5-6 years. In the beginning I didn’t know what to expect. I have been living in Grande Prairie under the rocks and in the shadows for all these years and was scared to see the reception that I would receive. Since last November, when I started producing again, I have slowly submerged myself into the Grande Prairie Art Scene. And some might laugh when I say “art scene”, but the truth is...there is. Perhaps it just isn’t getting the exposure that it deserves. But, I also think that this group of skilled and modest artists sit back and watch...”People agreed; the show was indeed a success. Arberry himself knew that his own online presence, along with a concerted effort to gather and forward timely announcements of his opening to as many Grande Prairie and Peace region residents as possible, was at least partly responsible for the large number of visitors that night. But he was also awed at the vitality of the crowd. People were hungry for art and eager for discourse. “So many elements of the night made it a success,” Arberry blogged. “The people. The laughs. The creative conversations. Emerging talent coming out. And the support that I felt throughout the evening.”Arberry continued to document his feelings and insights on his own webpage, but also made a serious effort to let others know of other upcoming art shows and events. His goal was to build as big and as visible an arts community as possible. He began, he explains, the process of “eating the elephant.”“It’s not something you can do all at once,’’ Arberry elaborates on the metaphor that aptly illustrates his long-term plan to effectively expand both attendance at the actual shows, and an ongoing, widespread discussion about exhibitions and art. “It requires little bites,” he adds, noting that anything large and lasting usually does.Early information regarding exhibitions had always appeared on the Art of the Peace website and in its newletters, but the society’s board members, including Arberry, were forever tackling the problem of less-than-optimal communication and participation of artists and art lovers throughout the region.[caption id="attachment_705" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="Dan Arberry reviews the Prairie Ranger Photography exhibition, The Red Carpet"]http://www.artofthepeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Finding-Balance-Exhibition-by-Dan-Arberry-Fall-2010.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="304" /> [/caption]Arberry began gathering his own list of email addresses of anyone remotely linked to the arts in and around the Peace Region, and many from further afield. As months passed, he continued to announce, attend, and blog about exhibitions. He saw a marked increase in attendance. From 20 to 30 participants, exhibitions grew to 60 people or more on opening night. And these included a newer, younger crowd that arts groups had not reached in any sustainable manner before now.July’s official re-opening of Grande Prairie’s Centre for Creative Arts was a big success, with hundreds of all ages attending the all-day outdoor activities, entertainment and ribbon cutting, and indoor exhibitions, including a live (clothed) model drawing class. The fine summer weather and the opening coinciding with Grande Prairie’s annual Street Performers Festival may have helped matters, but the interest was strong.Another big surprise was the standing room only attendance at last September’s Wearable Art Show and exhibition at the Centre for Creative Arts. That entire Arts Days weekend, which featured a variety of activities throughout Alberta, was locally deemed a colossal success. The province-backed festival had funding for posters and ads, but lots of information circulated for free online. Alberta Culture and Community officials were thrilled at the public attendance and participation in and around Grande Prairie.Recent discussions with fellow Art of the Peace board members resulted in Arberry’s creation of a more general arts blog on both the magazine’s website, and its http://www.artofthepeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Finding-Balance-Exhibition-by-Dan-Arberry-Fall-2010.jpg" target="_blank"> Art of the Peace Facebook page , another online tool that allows for more visible and immediate interaction among followers.“I try to write about and go to as many exhibitions as possible. I also invite anyone out there to go, and to share their impressions. Some people are scared to walk into an art exhibition. It can be intimidating. I tell them I’ll go with them.”Small bites like these are how Arberry approaches the elephant-sized task of establishing a larger-than-ever-imagined arts scene in the Peace.Visit Art of the Peace’s online blog at http://www.artofthepeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Finding-Balance-Exhibition-by-Dan-Arberry-Fall-2010.jpg" artofthepeace.ca , and become a friend of http://www.artofthepeace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Finding-Balance-Exhibition-by-Dan-Arberry-Fall-2010.jpg" target="_blank"> Art of the Peace on Facebook .
7 years ago