While 2021 has opened with what has been a continuation of the hardship of isolation that we felt much of last year, we must persevere. For those of us residing in colder climes, the winter blues risk being further accentuated by ongoing lockdowns. Ever since our inception two years ago, we have operated with a mission of connecting people through art, and leveraging technology to enable meaningful interactions that go beyond the distance.
And since the distance seems greater than ever during this stage of the pandemic, we have explored creative solutions to bring some joy back in our lives. To many of us, art is the ultimate source of joy and hope, which is why we are pleased to announce a series of monthly studio visits that connect us virtually while allowing us to experience art while in lockdown.
Introducing The Studio Visit Series
These free visits are the first of several collaborations that further deepen our growing partnership with Egyptian-Canadian artist and cultural connector Yafa Gowaily. Yafa operates under the moniker of Yafa Arts & Crafts. She is also an active member of the art community in her hometown in nearby Cornwall, Ontario.
January: “Music Of The Soul” with Nicholas Scott
The first studio visit in this series is schedule for Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1 PM EST.
This event is titled “Music of The Soul” and features musician Nicholas Scott. Nicholas is a Music Therapist Accredited (MTA) through the Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CMAT). Music has always been an important part of Nicholas’ life, with vocals being one of his main instruments. This has evolved to include the trumpet, piano and guitar.
Learn more about Nicholas through his website.
You can RSVP to this free event through the Facebook event linked below.
February: Garfield Morgan
Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1 PM EST – 1:30 PM EST
Garfield Morgan is a Jamaican multidisciplinary artist who has been making art professionally for over 30 years. His acrylic paintings, mixed media collages, installations and reconstructions are an ongoing cycle of investigation of humanity, our engagement with our fellow human beings and our relationship with the environment. The discarded materials and objects that he uses are a metaphor for marginalized, oppressed peoples and cultures that he attempts to resurrect from destruction and near invisibility to re-engage now.
You can learn more about Garfield through his website.
You may sign up for this free event through the button below.
March: Pierre Giroux
Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1 PM EST – 1:30 PM EST
Pierre Giroux is a Canadian painter based in Cornwall, Ontario. He has exhibited his works in several galleries across Canada.
Pierre’s educational background includes a degree in Drawing and Painting from Toronto’s celebrated Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), which he obtained with honours in 1994. His run at OCAD culminated in a year-long residency in Florence, Italy as part of OCAD’s aptly-titled The Florence Program.
Pierre’s full resume and recent works are on his website. You can also sign up for for a free studio visit where you’ll be among the very first to see his latest artworks by clicking the button below.