Art by Locals - Doris Charest
St Albert artist, Doris Charest, has started a new website called Art by Locals, in hopes of getting local people to buy local Alberta art. The site aims to promote the arts and increase artists’ visibility. Here is the link: https://artbylocals.ca
The platform is free for artists to sign up, but members can pay a yearly subscription fee for additional features. The paid features include better visibility on the website and advertising through social media. With time, Art by Locals will add more content such as marketing tips and an education platform to teach artists how to grow their business.
The idea is a collaboration between Doris Charest and Connor Finlayson, a website developer and online marketer who recently moved to New Zealand to Canada.
“I was complaining that we, the artists, saw our opportunities for selling our work and our visibility disappear due to COVID,” said Doris.
Connor thought that an online platform dedicated to Alberta artists would be a good way to promote the local art sector. He developed this kind of platform in New Zealand for online freelancers.
Both artists and customers can now go to one location to find artists. Customers no longer have to search dozens of sites for what they want.
The greatest benefit is that Albertans can hire local artists for their projects. They no longer have to search outside of the province or country to find someone that meets their needs.
This project will enhance the artistic experience of diverse publics and encourage the participation and engagement of Albertans with the visual arts. Albertans learn more about the visual arts and the artists will have greater visibility in the community.
Invitation from Rick Rogers
Home, Home on the Brink is a new collaborative body of work by Pam Baergen and Rick Rogers, showing at The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse for the month of October.
Pam and Rick reconnected after a gap of a few years in a Zoom get together for artists in July. Their art had been paired by a gallery in a past exhibition and this Zoom discussion reminded them how compatible their art-making approaches were. So, when an exhibition opportunity was presented to Pam, she reached out to Rick to explore the possibility of collaborating.
It began with a discussion of how the pandemic had such a broad and deep impact on peoples' lives. They talked about the scarcity of clear choices while navigating new normals; about people being "out of their element"; about adapting to otherness imposed without warning; about the edges of being human. What are people willing to change or lose, to survive? And how gains in resilience can come at the price of a loss of natural habitat and habit/culture.
You are invited to take in this exhibition of collaborative mixed media (collage, acrylic media, and photography) works by Pam and Rick. And please support The Carrot by enjoying a coffee or tea while you do!
Below is a sample of our work 'Cliff Sitters.'