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Tuesday
Jan222019

Meet the Maker - Shona Rae


A self-proclaimed ‘Madwoman’ and an obsessive maker and songwriter, Shona Rae maintains a commitment to the study, practice, and education of art, craft, design, and rock and roll.

We asked Shona Rae a few questions about her inspiration and her most precious studio item. 

Alberta Craft Council: Having studied ceramics, theatre, dance, storytelling, puppetry, painting, fibre, and music, how do you decide what to work on in a day?

Shona Rae
: I don’t stick to one genre in art, nor will I do it in my music. While I admire artists who can make 30 of one sculpture, it’s just not who I am. I am constantly working on many things at once and I don’t mind if things take years to make, especially when one is immersed in such an intense and satisfying creative process. 

ACC: How has your love of lore impacted your work? What is your favorite fairytale?

SR:
I have been obsessively reading myths and stories from all cultures my entire life, but I didn’t realize how much knowledge had accumulated until I took an English class at ACAD about myths. When the professor would ask a question, everyone would turn to me because I often knew the answer. This class helped me come to an understanding that I needed to do my entire fairytale collection.
My favorite fairytale is “The Goose Girl,” although I don’t have work inspired by this tale in my collection. A close second would be “Bluebeard,” which I have created entire exhibitions about.

Eros and Psyche / The Lovers (VI) (detail). Sleeping Beauty (II). Shona Rae

ACC: Was there an important event that helped shaped your career?
 

SR:
When I was studying jewellery in school, my instructor told me I had to make rings to make it in the industry, and I vowed never to make rings. But never say never. I had two exhibitions at the Alberta Craft Gallery (2006 and 2015) and both were part of a series of rings. I am thankful for the Alberta Craft Council for supporting my work, which navigates the boundaries between jewellery and sculpture. 


ACC: What is your favorite thing in your studio?

SR: I have wolf and bear skulls in my studio. People bring me skulls and bones all the time and I can be seen sporting a carved bone or two on my person.

Visit the Blackboard Gallery in cSPACE King Edward in Calgary, AB. Consider bringing a bone as tribute.
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Thursday
Jan102019

Honourable Senator Patricia Bovey Speaks at the CCF National Conference - October 2018

Honourable Senator Patricia Bovey
In October 2018, The CCF’s National Conference took place in three distinct sessions across Halifax and explored Placemaking: The Unique Connection Between Craft, Community + Tourism. Craft sector leaders from Provincial and Territorial Craft Councils gathered along with affiliate organizations and members from around the country from October 10 - 15, 2018. Alberta Craft Council Executive Director Jenna Stanton was a keynote speaker, exploring her personal journey into Placemaking. 
The feature speaker for the Lunenburg sessions was Senator Patricia Bovey, art historian and museologist, who gave a moving speech on the importance and economic impact of the Arts Sector in Canada and the work she is doing to advocate for the Arts in the Senate. 
The January - April 2019 issue of Alberta Craft provides a detailed look into the happenings of the conference, and as stated on Page 20, you can read Senator Bovey’s full speech here.
Monday
Nov262018

#GivingTuesdayCA ❤️ A Growing Legacy

Images (clockwise): Past Linda Stanier Award Recipients: Anna Rasmussen, Christian Barr, John Chalke, Sam Uhlick, Dawn Detarando and JoAnna LangeLinda Stanier Award & Endowment – a Growing Legacy

Linda Stanier was an artist, a potter of exceptional talent. She was prominent in Alberta's active ceramics scene as a maker, technician, teacher, juror, curator, and enthusiastic 20-year member of the Alberta Craft Council, volunteering and serving on the ACC Board of Directors from 1990-94. 

Linda touched the lives of everyone she met with her joyful giving spirit and her wonderful sense of humour. It was in honoring Linda’s generosity and devotion to her ceramics community that inspired her family to set up an endowment and award when she passed away in 2004 after her journey with cancer.

November 27, 2018, is GivingTuesday. What is GivingTueday, you ask? After BlackFriday and CyberMonday comes a global movement for giving and volunteering. Across Canada and around the world, GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. Today we celebrate and honour the giving spirit of Linda Stanier.

Linda's family worked with the Alberta Craft Council and the Edmonton Community Foundation to establish a permanent endowed award; the Linda Stanier and Family Memorial Award for excellence in ceramic arts.

The endowment for this award was set up with an initial investment from family and friends of $23,743.35 in 2004. The Edmonton Community Foundation manages this endowment, placing it in a range of investments, which averages about 8% in earnings annually. The award money comes from the interest accrued; the amount normally disbursed is 4% of the fund value at the end of the prior year. Approximately 1% of the interest earned goes to fund the operating of the endowment and the Edmonton Community Foundation, and the remaining 3% (on average) stays in the fund as a buffer against inflation or bad investment years.

l to r: Sam Uhlick, Dawn Candy

In the 14 years since the endowment was set up its value has grown to the value of $50,700, with interest accrued, and additional contributions including money raised from the sale of Linda’s ornaments at the ACC.  This growing endowment is now able to support an additional disbursement and the ACC is working with Linda’s family and the Edmonton Community Foundation to explore options of how to expand on the good work of this growing legacy.

To date, $14,000 have been awarded to deserving ceramic artists across our province in Linda’s honour.

2005 – Diane Sullivan, Calgary, $1000

2006 - John Chalke, Calgary, $1000

2007 – Katrina Chaytor Calgary, $1000

2008 – Judith Green, Pincher Creek, $1000

2009 – Christian Barr, Wildwood, $1000

2010 – Sam Uhlick, Edmonton, $1000

2011 – Dawn Detarando & Brian McArthur, Red Deer,  $1000

2012 - Jim Etzkorn, Medicine Hat, $1000

In 2012, ACC awards went to every other year, doubling the amount awarded

2014 - Anna Rasmussen, Dickson, $2000

2016 - JoAnna Lange, Edmonton, $2000

2018 - Dawn Candy, Red Deer, $2000

(Original article featured in Alberta Craft Magazine, Fall 2018)

 

Are you interested in learning more on how to set up an endowment with the Alberta Craft Council? Connect with us, send us a message to executivedirector@albertacraft.ab.ca

Wish to donate to the Alberta Craft Council? You can give to us through Canada Helps

 

 

Sunday
Nov252018

#GivingTuesdayCA ❤️ Time

Photo by Ryan HK

November 27, 2018, is GivingTuesday. What is GivingTueday, you ask? After BlackFriday and CyberMonday comes a global movement for giving and volunteering. Across Canada and around the world, GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.


Today we feature the gift of TIME
and ACC volunteer Jeff Yee. If you've seen any photos of the Alberta Craft Gallery events, chances are Jeff was behind the camera.
Time is an amazingly valuable contribution to most, if not all, non-profit organizations and Jeff is very well aware of it. Granting your time to contribute to success stories, to share your skills, and connect with your community is a great gift.

Jeff has been a volunteer at the Alberta Craft Gallery in Calgary since day one (about a year and a half ago) and is pretty much a staple at every event now! Jeff is a professional photographer who never shies away from sharing his talent with the arts and culture sector in Calgary. We asked Jeff Yee a few questions about what volunteering means for him.
  • ACC: How did you first become involved with the Alberta Craft Council in Calgary? (I know you are friends with Jill but you could have said 'no' 😊)
    J: My introduction to the Alberta Craft Council in Calgary was through Jill Nuckles, who I’ve been friends with through my wife Joanie for many years. Jill and Joanie were at ACAD at the same time. I have been photographing different events for Jill over the years, so when she asked if I could volunteer my time with the Alberta Craft Council here in Calgary, I couldn’t say no! As my wife is a fibre artist and many of our friends are artists. I want to help promote and support the arts and crafts community in any way I can.
    ACC: thanks Jill!

 

photo by Jeff Yee

  • ACC: What do you think makes Alberta fine craft special?
    J: What makes Alberta fine craft special, is the growth of the artists and how they support each other, by sharing their skills and knowledge with each other and the next generation. I also believe the uniqueness of the fine crafts that are created in Alberta reflects the diversity of the environment we live in and surrounds us.
  • ACC: Which event has been your favourite to shoot at the Alberta Craft Gallery?
    J: I would have to say that my favourite event that I’ve photographed was the ‘Light the Gallery’ event. This was the beginnings of the Calgary gallery, and brought so many of the artists together, along with the support of the community. It just had a fun-loving atmosphere about it, and everyone was having such a great time! There were just so many great moments to capture.

photo by Jeff Yee

  • ACC: Do you volunteer as a photographer for any other not-for-profit organizations?
    J: I [also] photograph events regularly for Theatre Calgary and Alberta Theatre Projects. I have a love for arts and crafts, but also for the performing arts, as I find live theatre to be very culturally enriching.
  • ACC: A secret of the trade…What’s your go-to icebreaker when photographing people?
    J: Well, that’s a hard question to answer. This is a skill that I’ve developed over the years as a people photographer and my interactions with 1000’s of people over those years. But if I had to offer up one thing in photographing people; that would have to be how you treat the people you’re capturing, just be yourself and treat them as you would treat your friends or neighbours. They have to feel comfortable with you and see you as a friend just taking a photo.

There's no question; an image is worth a thousand words. Thanks, Jeff, for helping us tell our story!

Are you interested in volunteering with the Alberta Craft Council? Connect with us, send us a message to volunteer@albertacraft.ab.ca
Wish to donate to the Alberta Craft Council? Give to us through Canada Helps

 

Friday
Oct192018

Meet the nominees: Tom McFall Honour Award 2018

Tom McFall-Honour Award is given to a volunteer, supporter, teacher, or craftsperson, making a significant contribution to Alberta’s Craft culture. 

◾️Irene Naested. Nominated for her commitment to teaching and education. Naested is a creator of arts programs, books and resource publisher, and develops opportunities for artists to exhibit their work. She received the Canadian Art Educator of the Year Award in 2014.

◾️Natali Rodrigues. Nominated for her commitment to her art, the education of others, and a leader of Craft. She is currently the president of the international Glass Art Society and the president of the Alberta College of Art and Design Faculty Association.

◾️Jennifer Salahub. Nominated for studying, researching, and telling the stories of Craft in Alberta. With a Ph.D from the Royal College of Art in London, Salahub expertise lies in contextualizing and critiquing form and materials across craft spectrums and was instrumental in the creation of MFA in Craft Media at ACAD

◾️Vikki Wiercinski. Nominated for her advocacy for home-grown artists. As the primary organizer of the Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair in Edmonton for the past eight years, her investment of time and energy continues to support craft artists, makers, and designers.

◾️Kari Woo. Nominated for her service to the promotion, education and advancement of the Fine Craft community. Kari Woo is a practicing artist and was the co-founder of the Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Collective in Vancouver, and the New Craft Coalition and INFLUX gallery in Calgary.

Wednesday
Oct172018

Meet the nominees: Alberta Craft Excellence Award 2018

This award celebrates an established craftsperson who excels in their area of craft.

clockwise: Ana Buzzalino, Linda Chow, Linda McBain Cuyler◾️Ana Buzzalino grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where sewing was part of her life at an early age. In early 1983, Ana moved to Calgary where she has been a teacher on a variety of quilting techniques for the past 30+ years. A frequent contributor to Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilting Arts TV, Ana has won several awards at local, national and international shows, including Quilter of Distinction at Heritage Park for 2019.

◾️Born and educated in Hong Kong, Linda Chow came to Canada to attend the Alberta College of Art where she studied with eminent jewellery artist Harold O’Connor. Establishing her goldsmithing business after graduation, she has won numerous awards in her 30-year career. Her work has exhibited in galleries across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom as well as in various private collections.

◾️Linda McBain Cuyler creates rich, textural fibre art focusing mainly on landscapes and garden-scapes, referencing the interaction between people and nature. A full-time artist for over 20 years, she is an active member of the art and textile art community. Highlights of her career include being selected for the 2009 Craft Biennale in Cheongju, South Korea and the Cultural Olympiad during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Monday
Oct152018

Meet the nominees: Linda Stanier & Family Memorial Award 2018

This endowed award celebrates the life of Linda Stanier and honours excellence in studio ceramics.


◾️Tanya Doody is a ceramicist with an evolving practice that likes to engage ceramics in new and unexpected ways. Working in ceramics for over twenty years, she designs and makes functional ceramics for daily use in under Tanya Doody Ceramics, while making poetic use of ceramic materials in her live performance art.

 

 ◾️Dawn Candy is a visual artist living and working in Red Deer, Alberta. Little Sister Pottery is her collection of functional ceramics inspired by pattern, rythm, and landscape, both wild and cultivated.

This endowed award celebrates the life of Linda Stanier, honouring excellence in ceramics. The nominees should work and reside in Alberta and be primarily a studio-based, full-time professional ceramic artist.