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"Good photography is getting inside your view-finder exactly what the viewers would see if they were standing right where the camera is with their eyes wide open," says Janusz Wrobel, a truly brilliant landscape photographer who travels alone to the remote Canadian wilderness to do his work. He says this work has changed him. I say listening to him talk about it may change you as well.
Topics: Arkady Fiedler, Vangelis, the Canadian shield, Lorraine Roy, Carnegie Gallery
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E. Robert Ross is known for his sharply vibrant paintings depicting Lake Ontario and the Niagara escarpment region, particularly Cootes Paradise. And that is fine with him. He never tires of painting this landscape. His goal is to take us to that third dimension where the physical and the spiritual meet.
Topics: realism, landscapes, the DVSA, the Carnegie Gallery, McMaster Framers, architecture, photography...
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Jim Mariner, Rosemary Booth Almas, Jane Longmate and Julie Warriner are Fourwarned, a quartet that specializes in singing pop standards from the forties through the eighties.  It's not the time frame that interests them, however, it's the harmony.  To be thrilled by their meltingly smooth harmonies, light up an hour with Fourwarned.
Topics: The Orlons, The Skyliners, Grant Ave. Studios, Bob Doidge, Daniel Lanois, Stan Rogers, Gordon...
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Next Episode (Seraphim Editions, 2016) is BD Ferguson 's first full length book. These linked stories follow the lives and exploits of six compelling characters as they go about their work as a reality television ghost-hunting team. But often their private lives are as interesting as their fascinating work. Come with us as we shine a flashlight into the complex and sometimes dark hallways of Ferguson's very creative mind.
Topics: reality tv, ghost hunting, fan conventions, Fan Expo, viewer voting, American Sign Language, tech...
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Guennadi Kalinine learned to restore art by working on icons in his native Russia.  He emigrated to Canada, specifically Dundas, in 2003, where the art of iconography influences his vision of the geography of the Canadian shield.  He will restore your faith in the spirit that infuses the landscape around us.
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Topics: Jim and Sue Waddington, E. Robert Ross, Catherine Gibbon, Katherine MacDonald, Rae Bates, Wesley...
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Sculptor, Paul Cvetich's most famous work is the Monument to Workers Injured and Killed on the Job, which stands at the corner of Main and Bay in front of Hamilton's City Hall. Like all good art, it engenders controversy, discussion and deep emotion. To learn about that piece and much else, tune in for a spirited and sometimes surprising conversation.
Topics: George Wallace, Hamilton & District Labour Council, Documenta of Kassel Germany, Richard Serra,...
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Sandee Ewasiuk paints a highly coloured, animated world which invites the viewer to imagine it into a narrative. She says she would rather paint the table in her head than the one standing beside her, and after you listen to her,  the table beside you may start to dance a little jig as well. To see things differently, turn to Sandee Ewasiuk.
Topics: yoga, Puerto Rico, DVSA, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington Senior Centre, Niagara College, Ken...
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Helen Brink , renowned Dundas potter, says that the work of a potter is meditative. She says the silhouette of a fruit tree branch across the throwing room floor inspires her designs. She says when you shape a cup, you must think of the person who will hold it and drink from it, for form follows function. To appreciate the poetry of pottery, come right to the Brink.
Topics: Japanese Internment Camps, pottery, Sick Kids' Hospital, Andrew Brink, The Ivy Bequest, Rembrandt,...
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Marla Panko is a visual artist who enjoys making a forest from the trees—or from anything that strikes her fancy. She's interested in creating a new poetic hybrid from fragments. When you get all the pieces right, she says , you don't see the parts, you see the whole. Panko works in whatever medium the materials call for to bring her ideas to life.
Topics: printmaking, U. of Guelph, Walter Bachinski, Gene Chu, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy,...
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The universe seems to want Peter Fischer to paint. Several serendipitous encounters set him on his path, and he has learned to pay attention to the details. For a time his “day job” was retouching photographs, where one of the things he learned was how to paint peoples' eyes open. As a painter of landscapes, he is still doing that.
Topics: advertising & graphic design, Humber College, paste-up artist, photo retouching, freelancing,...
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Art chose Mita Giacomini when she was a small child, & she retired early from a career in science to devote her attention to it. As a fiber artist she has developed a new form called surface weaving. It is complex & time-consuming & Giacomini couldn't be happier with it. Painterly in effect, the results allow for breathtaking detail, vibrant colour & a masterful weaving of abstract & realistic art. [We apologize for the occasional background noise caused by Mohawk College...
Topics: Carnegie Gallery, surface weaving, fiber arts, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Maggie Vanderweit,...
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Trevor Hodgson is the third 90-year-old man (well, he’s almost 90) I’ve interviewed on Art Waves in the past two months—and they are all from England, and brilliant. An abstract artist, inspiring teacher, beloved former director of the DVSA, & jazz clarinetist, Hodgson is that rare person: extremely gifted, & extremely humble. Thank goodness his son Paul was there to help strike a balance & sing his praises, which you’ll want to do too after listening to Art Waves #402.
Topics: Carnegie Gallery, Regina Haggo, Hamilton Spectator, A Visit to the Winter Palace, Pandemic 2020,...
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You may think you know your town, but you don't know her until you've been to Doors Open, the amazing free history and architecture festival.  It happens in Hamilton on the first weekend of every May and is two days of pure delight.  Architecture expert Shannon Kyles came by to tell us what's up for Doors Open 2014.
Topics: Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Military Museum, Dundurn Castle, Whitehern, Gryphon Cottage,...
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Patricia Peacock-Evans has been working with her hands all her life, sewing, cooking, making things. There were a number of architects and artists in her family, including her father and sister. She did everything but paint, until she was in her forties. Watercolour is her medium, and her paintings are luminous, gorgeous. Listen & be inspired.
Topics: Lawson Woodward, Lorne Toews, DVSA, Alexandra Day, illustration, Good Dog Carl, watercolour...
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This past summer The Carnegie Gallery in Dundas featured an exhibition called Look Again: Another Take on the Portrait. Each subject was shown in a large portrait, with nine small experimental studies alongside. The artist was Janet Kimantas, and her explanation of this show, and of her practice in general amounts to the self-portrait of a fascinating thinker.
Topics: Carnegie Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Vivian Maier, portraiture, psychological insight, John...
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Trevor Hodgson is the third 90-year-old man (well, he’s almost 90) I’ve interviewed on Art Waves in the past two months—and they are all from the north of England! Must be something in the water—they’re all also brilliant. An abstract artist, inspiring teacher, beloved former director of the DVSA, & jazz clarinetist, Hodgson is that rare person: extremely gifted, & extremely humble. Thank goodness his son Paul was there to help strike a balance & sing his praises, which...
Topics: Regina Haggo, Hamilton Spectator, Carnegie Gallery, DVSA, A Visit to the Winter Palace, Pandemic...
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At 70, Hamilton’s Tower Poetry Society is the oldest volunteer-run poetry organization in North America. Gaiyle Connolly is not only a poet & a member, but she has coordinated the events celebrating this august occasion—during a Pandemic lockdown! With her Committee she has turned a sow’s ear into a silk purse, found the silver lining to the black cloud, and flipped every metaphor to Tower’s advantage. Tune in to see how she did it.
Topics: Tower Poetry Society, Development & Peace, Conavigua, Guatemala, The Book Band, Trudi & GW...
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Allyson Wenzowski runs Publicity Works, a public relations company that works with artists as well as with businesses.  She began as a storyteller, and her story will surprise you.
Topics: public relations, CHCH, Cable 14, Bill Kelly, Carnegie Gallery, DVSA, Nancy McKibbin Gray, Arts...
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Welsh-born artist Gillian Song credits her mother with giving her an eye for beauty by filling the house with beautiful flowers from her garden. However, the seed didn't bear fruit until Song was a young wife and mother in Sault Ste. Marie, when she took a summer art course & fell in love with drawing & painting, & knew she wanted to explore every form of visual art. It has been one of the great joys of her life.
Topics: DVSA Auction, The Nursing Mirror, Ira Dodd, paper dolls, London, Charing Cross, Laurence Olivier,...
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From the age of three John Miecznikowski reached out to art to help him interpret and explore the world around him. He asked his uncle who had just returned from World War II to sit for him in his uniform. Since then he has sculpted such luminaries as Margaret Atwood and David Suzuki. Tune in to Art Waves #397 and delight in some beautiful mystery, as you listen to a born storyteller talk about being born to art.
Topics: Hamilton Ontario, Viet Nam draft, Lackawanna, portraiture, 1947 two-door Ford, perspective,...
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Painter Sylvia Simpson gives up a lot for her art.  Sometimes she gives up reality altogether.  It all depends on the light.  But everything each of us creates will bear the imprint of our own nature, and in Simpson's case that means her work is inevitably animated, because she is.  For a lively discussion of art, join us for Art Waves #330.  [Technical difficulties mean occasional static during this interview, for which we apologize.]
Topics: Melissa Visconti, Creative Works, Westdale, The Hamilton Spectator, McMaster University, Port Dover...
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The Dundas Museum & Archives has a new exhibition called Dundas Inspired, which documents chronologically the history of art in The Valley Town. The person who gathered and hung it is Austin Strutt, the Museum's Exhibitions Coordinator. Austin is also an old movies buff who made big art waves with his impressions of Orson Welles and Jimmy Stewart. Come to Bedford Falls—oops, I mean Dundas—for a delightful hour of connecting the dots between history and art.
Topics: Dundas Museum & Archives, Carnegie Gallery, DVSA, Bert Dorpmans, McMaster Framing, Dundas...