People came out to build a snowman at the James

The cold may have kept some people away, but for the ones who chose to participate in the build-a-snowman contest at the James Memorial Art Center, the competition Friday afternoon was fierce. People battled the temperatures, which reached a high of -2. Not only that, but they also had to fight the powdery snow — the bane of every snowman maker — as they tried to make something that would hold together. Three teams worked to build a snowman despite the odds — two families and one crazed reporter for the Williston Herald. In other words, me. Most people relied on buckets of water, to melt and refreeze the snow into a proper snowman shape. Daniel Dvorkin, who was there to support master snowman builder Matthew Olson and his family, described the work. “I was water boy for a minute, and then my toes almost froze off,” he said, watching the action from inside the James. Dvorkin described the process. “I think we’re making a snowman. We were pretty ambitions before we arrived. All week we’v..

Artistic canvas continues to grow for goalies

Goaltenders have shown their personalities for years through custom-designed masks. Now that ability is showing up on other equipment. Customized leg pads, gloves and blockers have provided a new canvas for goalies interested in providing an insight into who they are and what inspires them. Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson wore a customized set of Brian's pads at the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic on Dec. 16. Buffalo Sabres backup Chad Johnson recently unveiled a special set of Vaughn pads featuring swords stitched onto the pads and his jersey number on the blocker and glove for the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1. New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been wearing personalized Bauer pads and gloves all season and has a special set for the Winter Classic against the Sabres. "I think it's great because it identifies the personality of the goaltender," said television analyst Darren Pang, a former NHL goalie. "And if he is creative and wants to bri..

New Year's Eve fireworks on Parliament Hill still on track, live music cancelled

Canadians who want to brave the cold to spend New Year’s Eve on Parliament Hill will be able to go for a skate and watch the fireworks but there will be no live music to keep them company in the frigid outdoors. A spokesperson for the Department of Canadian Heritage has confirmed that several activities planned to take place on Parliament Hill as part of the closing ceremonies for the Canada 150 celebrations this weekend are being cancelled because of the deep freeze. Story continues belowHowever, the government is leaving the choice about whether to come out for other scheduled activities up to Canadians — while also warning them to bundle up if they do. READ MORE: A look at how grossly cold it’s been across Canada The performances by Kardinal Offishal as well as DJ Shub will no longer take place on Dec. 31. Those who want to go for a skate on the public rink on Parliament Hill can still do so. The evening light show and the midnight fireworks display are also still a go, as is the pr..

Mark Bradford Reimagines “Pickett's Charge” to Include New Voices

Installation view of Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017 (all images courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth unless otherwise noted, this photo by Cathy Carver)WASHINGTON — The events that create our concept of history undergo constant reimagining and reframing by our changing social, political and artistic agendas. Paul Philipoteaux provided a certain frame around this nation’s Civil War, presenting an appealing face to its brutality with his noble history painting “Pickett’s Charge,” which was completed in 1883. Mark Bradford expands this perspective by introducing nuance and room for interpretation to one of America’s most difficult moments, giving space for new ideas to form concerning who and what we are as a people. His 2017 recreation of “Pickett’s Charge” encourages a kind of public reeducation, imagining that we can remake our version of history, together. Mark Bradford, “Pickett’s Charge (Man with the Flag)” (detail), (2016-201..

Festivities ahead for MLK weekend

ASHTABULA —Two events will be held in January commemorating the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is celebrated by a federal holiday on the third Monday of January. A Martin Luther King Jr. Living History, Oratorical and Artistic Rendering Contest, will be Jan. 13, at the Ashtabula Public Library, 4335 Park Ave., and the Kiwanis Club’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast and Service will be Jan. 15 at Peoples Missionary Baptist Church, 3857 West Ave. “This year we once again challenge all who live in the Ashtabula area to join in recommitting to finish Dr. King’s work and to serve God, country and our fellow man,” said the Rev. Steve Sargent, chairperson of the service and associate pastor of the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ in Ashtabula. “Our purpose in organizing and hosting these events is to generate more enthusiasm for good deeds throughout Ashtabula.” A Martin Luther King Jr. Living History, Oratorical and Artistic Rendering Contest ..

31st annual First Night will ring in 2018 in downtown Springfield

By Emma Hardy, Correspondent Art, music and a fireworks display will dazzle downtown Springfield for the 31st year in a row this Sunday. The annual First Night Springfield has been a local tradition since its inception on New Year’s Eve in 1987. Now, 31 years later, the celebration continues to be a Springfield favorite. The event serves as a non-alcoholic, family-friendly event to kick off the new year with a celebration of the arts. “We’re bringing the arts downtown, and I think that’s an important thing. It helps make downtown more vibrant if we’ve got artistic events going on, and this is part of that,” said Mark Pence, event coordinator for First Night. The celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. at Springfield High School, where First Night will be offering a wide array of free children’s activities until 4 p.m. The venue will include crafting, face painting, puppet shows, clay sculptures, a giant canvas painting and much more. But fun doesn’t stop at Springfield High School. The Hoog..

Ringing in the new year

By Emma Hardy, Correspondent Art, music and a fireworks display will dazzle downtown Springfield for the 31st year in a row this Sunday. The annual First Night Springfield has been a local tradition since its inception on New Year’s Eve in 1987. Now, 31 years later, the celebration continues to be a Springfield favorite. The event serves as a non-alcoholic, family-friendly event to kick off the new year with a celebration of the arts. “We’re bringing the arts downtown, and I think that’s an important thing. It helps make downtown more vibrant if we’ve got artistic events going on, and this is part of that,” said Mark Pence, event coordinator for First Night. The celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. at Springfield High School, where First Night will be offering a wide array of free children’s activities until 4 p.m. The venue will include crafting, face painting, puppet shows, clay sculptures, a giant canvas painting and much more. But fun doesn’t stop at Springfield High School. The Hoog..

Where I Work: Artistic duo Strosberg Mandel show off their Soho studio and glam...

David Mandel (L) and Serge Strosberg (R) in their studio, photo by James and Karla Murray 6sqft’s series “Where I Work” takes us into the studios, offices, and off-beat workspaces of New Yorkers across the city. In this installment, we’re touring artistic duo Strosberg Mandel‘s Soho studio.Want to see your business featured here? Get in touch! Last year, Belgian-American figurative painter Serge Strosberg had an exhibit about feminism in the East Village. The show’s curator introduced him to David Mandel, a theatrical stylist, jewelry designer, and former drag queen. Though the two came from very different artistic backgrounds, they immediately hit it off on both a personal and professional level. Fast forward to today, and they’ve formed the NYC-based artistic duo Strosberg Mandel, creating large-scale assemblage portraits–mostly of rock n’ roll icons such as Prince, David Bowie, Elvis, and Cher–using found materials and glamorous add-ons like Swarovski diamonds and luxury fabrics. In..

Major new They Eat Culture artistic space set to open in Preston

A major new arts and creative space is set to open in Preston. The People’s Production Lab will be based on Preston’s Guildhall Street and will be opening in the new year. It is the latest project from the city-based arts innovators They Eat Culture. Founder Ruth Heritage, creative director of They Eat Culture, said: “We want to ensure we do something innovative and increase the amount of people who have access to high quality cultural activity. “ PPL has just moved in and is in the process of adapting the building at 55 Guildhall Street, which has been “donated” for a year by Conlon Construction. Formerly home to the Eden Boys School, conversion work to create a bespoke space for events and activities will be ongoing. Skills will be learned on site including woodwork manufacturing, metal fabrication, digital and virtual reality technologies and more. There will be storytelling and a performance space and interactive sound spaces. Helios Design Labs, New Writing North and the Paine’s P..

What's next for 2018?

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, Vancouver Art Gallery (Feb. 3 to May 6) 727, Takashi Murakami, 1996, acrylic on canvas mounted on board. Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co./Tom Powell Imaging A major retrospective of the superhot Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami's work was the most-attended exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's 50-year history; next spring, it will be installed at the Vancouver Art Gallery, marking Murakami's first solo exhibition in Canada. Murakami may be best known outside of fine-art circles for his collaborations with the likes of Kanye West – but he has art-world cred in spades. His colourful "Superflat" aesthetic is firmly rooted in both classical Japanese art and contemporary manga – and dynamite to behold. Yoko Ono: Mend Piece, Rennie Gallery at Wing Sang (March) Story continues below advertisement More than 50 years after Yoko Ono originally made her installation Mend Piece, the world is still in desperate ..

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