As a complex construct, the definition of childhood appears to be at a crucial point where the sexualization and exploitation of young people has been amplified due to access to the Internet and media bombardment. It is a crucial now, therefore, to re-evaluate the visual representation of childhood. Heather believes her art has the ability to create visceral responses to imagery by drawing on personal memory and childlike thinking, offering moments where the audience can think about their past as well as the cultural narratives we are told. She hopes that above all her imagery opens a dialogue about what childhood can mean and what thoughts and feelings children experience.
See Heather's website for more of her work. Two of her pieces will be available to be bid on at the 6th Edmonton Timeraiser.
Heather Leier is an artist working primarily though print media. After completing a bachelors degree at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna BC in 2012, she moved to Edmonton to pursue a masters of fine arts degree in printmaking at the University of Alberta. Heather's artistic influence over the past 5 years has been the common childhood experience as a separate, more real version of the constructed idealized childhood. She is influenced by the drawings she made during her childhood and the stories she wrote in my journal. Heather's current body of work made through photo-lithography and chin-colé which allows the photos she has taken to degrade and simultaneously richen and seem as though they are photos of memories or nightmares.
Ottawa Timeraiser Non Profit Profile: Jer's Vision: Canada's Youth Diversity Initiative & The International Day of Pink
ICAfrica is going to be part of the 7th Ottawa Timeraiser.
Here is a little about them.
ICAfrica is a registered Canadian poverty alleviation social entrepreneur NGO with a mission to improve the incomes and well-being of poor families through micro-finance and business coaching through assisting, principally, women micro-entrepreneurs and small farmers to develop their revenue-generating capacities and becoming financially self-sufficient. ICAfrica is currently operated entirely by volunteers, keeping administration costs low and maximizing the potential of each dollar raised.
They are seeking Volunteer Website-Designer to build a more functional website that provides better focus on what we do and makes it easier for potential donors to make donations online.
They are also seeking Volunteer Fundraisers - for the following:
(1) Research local databases/sources, phone books and the internet to identify potential individual and corporations/firms in the Ottawa area and around Canada that could donate funds, materials and other resources towards ICAfrica's cause.
(2) Use Excel and or Ms-Word to build a Contacts database of potential donors.
(3) Compose and send out fund solicitation emails and or letter mails to potential donors.
(4) Make phone call to potential donors and solicit donations on behalf of the charity
(5) Keep proper records of daily office activities, actions and outcomes, and secure donor/client's information."
Don't miss the chance to bid on Kristen's work at the 7th Ottawa Timeraiser.
Maggie MacDonald attended the 2013 Edmonton Timeraiser and pledged 100 hours towards a beautiful piece. To complete her 100 hour pledge Maggie volunteered her time with several arts organizations and children's charities.
Although acrylic painting on canvas has been Robert’s major medium for the past forty years, over the past several years he has also been creating digital mixed media and photo-based digital works of art. These works are digital creations made from photographs he has taken and/or scans of his drawings. Robert works with these elements on the computer screen, manipulating and adding to them to produce the final composition. The finished works are then printed using an inkjet printer, onto either canvas or fine art paper.
Robert Arnold has been working as a professional artist since retiring from the Federal public service in 2007. Born in Windsor, Ontario, he grew up in London, Ontario where he graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours BA, Fine Arts major. From 1974 – 2007 Robert pursued a career as a fine arts conservator at the Canadian Conservation Institute, Department of Canadian Heritage.
During this time he had the pleasure of studying and treating a wide variety of art objects, primarily paintings and polychrome sculpture. In parallel to this career he continued through these years to produce his own artwork, primarily acrylic paintings on canvas, a continuation of his interest in this medium that started during his time at university.
Watch this video to find out more about Robert Arnold: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gV6TIvM798 or check out his website at: www.robertarnoldart.com
Kristen Keegan is visual artist based in Edmonton, Alberta. She received a BFA from the University of Alberta in painting and photography and has since participated in residencies in New York, Banff, and Iceland. Her work has most recently been shown at Botega Gallery, Banff, as part of Exposure photography festival, and at Latitude 53 Gallery in Edmonton. She has received support for her projects though the Edmonton Arts Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the AFA.
Justina was born in in Edmonton and has lived in various parts of southern and central Alberta. From childhood to college age she spend a lot of time drawing and dabbling in watercolor. While taking the Technical Theater program at Red Deer College (98-00) she got roped into helping paint sets and drawing on the large backdrops for various productions. After being shown how to create faux finished on sets and props (wood, marble, patinas, etc.) she began to take a real interest in painting.
Since 2008 Justina has travelled to many parts of Canada to paint. Haida Gwaii, Northwest Territories, Southern Ontario, New Brunswick, Quebec City and Newfoundland so far. Her work is inspired by the landscape, architecture, conversations and her experiences along the way. She uses watercolors when traveling while her main media in the studio is acrylic. She also writes about her travels and creative process on the blog on her website.
This year, Timeraiser Edmonton has paired up with artScene Edmonton to co-present the 6th Edmonton Timeraiser!
As a launch event for both the 6th Edmonton Timeraiser and artScene Edmonton's 2015 year, the two hosted an event last week focusing on young leaders on boards of arts organizations. The event featured panelists who have volunteered on arts organizations' boards.
Meet one of the panelists, Ellen Chorley!