Montreal Will Host Its First Major International Art Fair Next Year | artnet News

The Place Bonaventure in downtown Montreal will host the new ArtMontreal fair. Photo courtesy of ArtMontreal.

Art Toronto kicks off its 18th straight edition on Friday—but that’s not the only art-related news coming from Canada this week. ShowHamptons, the event producers formerly behind such fairs as ArtHamptons and the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, have announced that they will now be opening a new event in the northern nation: ArtMontreal.

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This Gallery Is Dedicated to Coal Miners’ Art | Smart News | Smithsonian

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In the 1930s, coal miners based out of Ashington, Northumberland, began an art appreciation class out of their local YMCA. The Ashington Group, as they called themselves, stuck to the philosophy “paint what you know,” and the group became a sensation, capturing a unique look at life in coal mines and coal towns. The life and times of the miners, dubbed the “Pitmen Painters” have been chronicled by art critic William Feaver and also adapted into a Broadway play. Now, reports Javier Pres at artnet News, their

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Poetry: It’s Far From a Dead Art | Marsha Mercer | newsadvance.com

I really appreciate the attitude of our current poet laureate, she is so forward thinking and wonderful at coming up with ways to integrate poetry (which in turn can inspire addition of other arts) into our daily lives.  I hope we listen to her – she’s so creative and sincere.  A lovely voice, I only hope we hear.

Smith said a few months ago that as poet laureate she would take poetry beyond the ivy walls of universities and urban literary festivals to places where it is seldom heard or read. She received invitations from communities struggling with addiction as well as from nursing homes, hospitals and hospices.

“Nursing homes are often overlooked” when we think of poetry, she said in a telephone interview Wednesday, before her inaugural reading at the Library of Congress. “Poetry can be very useful at the end of life.”

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A “centrepiece of the whole of 20th-century art”: rediscovered Francis Bacon piece to be auctioned at Christie’s

A rediscovered painting by Francis Bacon is to be shown for the first time in over 50 years at next month’s contemporary art sales in London. The 1955 painting of Pope Pius X11 seated on a golden throne, his hand raised in some enigmatic gesture, was last exhibited in 1962 and sold the following year in Turin. Since then it has been locked away in a very private collection.

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‘Art Gone Wild’: Oklahoma City Zoo marks eighth year of showing animal art for a good cause | News OK

The eighth annual “Art Gone Wild” exhibit will display artwork from alligators and anacondas, ocelots and okapis, snow leopards and sea lions throughout September in the south lobby gallery of the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Crystal Bridge.

Among the new artists who will be showing their work are the zoo’s 3-year-old Indian rhinoceros Rupert, two baby flamingos and a group of juvenile Galapagos tortoises. Returning favorites like the great apes and Asian elephants were provided a few larger canvases than last year, meaning that there will be even bigger paintings for their fans to admire and acquire.

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North Country revitalization through the arts – Sun Community News & Printing

More regions are seeing the benefits of supporting the arts…More regions are seeing the benefits of supporting the arts…

A group of art, history and business executives convened last week to talk about ways the arts can spur economic development in the North Country.

The panel discussion, attended by over 50 residents, was hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association at the Harrietstown Hall in Saranac Lake on Aug. 22.

Philip Morris, the CEO of Proctors Theater in Schenectady, gave a presentation on ways that his theater has worked toward revitalizing the city as a whole.

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​5 For Good: Public art initiative helps to transform downtown Lynn

This is a great example of how Public Art can build a community and help change attitudes. It does a good job of exampling some of the reasons I’ve often argued for more public art, especially in otherwise dark, lonely or dreary locations. Now I wish we would get more of a move this directions INSIDE our community buildings, places like schools, jails, nursing homes, hospitals, etc. Don’t forget to treat people’s souls when you treat their bodies – it’s a full life experience each of us are craving.

His nonprofit Beyond Walls aims to respond. The first phase was a mural project. Fifteen murals, in some cases building-sized, were painted in a 10-block area of downtown Lynn. They were completed in a 10-day period by artists from around the world. The goal was to reflect the cultural makeup of Lynn. Mayor Judith Kennedy says the murals are making a big difference for the city’s economy.

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