Friday, December 23, 2005

Happy Non Denominational Festive Season

Obviously, I've been pretty busy lately and haven't had time to do much on-line. Please sit tight, I'll have more reviews and things to discuss soon. I'm pleased to see that some of you are responding with your strong opinons. Peace out.

9 Comments:

Blogger Keating said...

It's a Festivus for the rest of us!

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(or Jennifer Morgan too stund to get an identity said...) Glad to catch up on what people are thinking on this blog site-- and delighted to see it's taking off in the last month since I posted. (Tangent: Can you really be festive without any religious passion or ideology? (sp?) I appreciate the desire to not offend, and assume this is tongue-in-cheek here, but it is something I wonder about. Feels very bureaucratic to strip things of their mythologies.) Meanwhile, just dropped back to revisit The Limestone Barrens Project, closing this week I believe, and was struck again by what a great idea that was and what an interesting challenge it would have been to take on. The curators limited the call to photographers because they said that media describes time better. I wonder if it was because painted landscapes are too old fashioned, and date an exhibit. Couldn't painters have said as much as these lens-based artists? Or would everything have come out as a Group of Seven Clone Exhibit?--Jennifer Morgan

12:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Sheppard said...

I'd like to make a couple suggestions as to how this blog can be improved in the new year. The idea of a forum to discuss and inform people about the art related events happening on the island is a good one. Inorder to do this effectively though, it needs to be much more connected to the artists, galleries, and orginizations on the island. One small way to help this would be to have all the links provided to all the gallery sites, etc. You could also let the galleries know that this Blog exists if they ever want to post a call, opening, or event. This wouldn't fall under the category of SPAM because people can respond to the posting in any way they like, critical included if need be.
The other suggestion I'd like to make is to simply bring up more topics. There were numerous events and exhibitions this past month and only a couple were mentioned. What about the Gerry Squires Exhibit at the Emma Butler? The Christmas Exhibit at the Leyton Gallery? The Group Exhibition at the Christina Parker? The new St. Michaels Printshop playing cards? The new Andy Jones play? An article in the Current Magazine? It really seems that there are a lot of things not being discussed on a site that is supposed to be devoted to discussing these exact things. Am I right? Thoughts? Cheers all. Dave

2:48 PM  
Blogger Dave Sheppard said...

As for the decision to only have photography in the Limestones project, I feel that it was a good one. The galleries on the island are already flooded with landscapes anyway, and photography is very under appreciated in NL as well. This would help present something new to the public, especially techniques like stereo photography.

2:55 PM  
Blogger craigfrancis said...

uh... jesus, dave. maybe you should start a blog of your own.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Dave Sheppard said...

Well... I'm not living on the island right now. That's kind of why I take such an interest in it. I don't know who actually started this blog, or what their intentions were, so please don't feel that I'm being critical. I'm just offering some suggestions of other things that could make it more active and increase it's traffic. If it's not that person's interest, then that is that I guess. Thanks. Dave

6:26 PM  
Blogger craigfrancis said...

thanks Dave. sorry if i snapped at you. it's my blog, but i do like helpful comments such as yours. peace out.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Dave Sheppard said...

Ok. I never realized this was considered a personal blog. I thought it was more of an open forum, and that someone (you) simply maintained and mediated it. The TADA one is kind of like that, more or less. Cheers. D

8:18 PM  
Blogger Dave Sheppard said...

Phil Simms, a Grenfell grad, has started an online forum for artists to discuss art, post their work and inform each other about each others happenings and events.
It's a really great forum (not a blog like this one) that works the same way as many others I've seen. Anyone can post or subscribe, and it's a way for all of us to keep in contact. You won't get spam or anything like that, so don't worry.
This is by no means a Grenfell thing either, so lets get some NSCAD people or local artists involved
Cool. Hope to see you there. Dave

Here's what Phil wrote:

I've started up a little forum online for anyone interested in showing thier work and having other discuss it. Many of you have mentioned that it might be a good idea if we started working on stuff and having a way of showing it to each other.

the link sucks I know, but the site is free.

http://s15.invisionfree.com/Artonline

Bookmark it....that way you will have it when you want to visit.

Sign up, make an account and post. I think many of us would like to see each others work and help each other grow as artists. As the site says...An online artist community.

See you there,
Phil

1:59 PM  

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