I’ve noticed during COVID, anything to do with drawing, painting, watercolour and art in general is sold out.
You see something fantastic, get all excited, scroll down to register and SOLD OUT is more than likely to be your instant nemesis.
A recent airing of CBC’s Cross-Country Checkup asked the question, “Has Zoom made your life better or worse?”
About 98% of callers described why it had made their life better even if some of them were reluctant to admit that.
Here are some places I’ve been dropping into:
Virtual Walking Tours
It has now been 20 years since I’ve been to Paris but last weekend, I treated myself to a virtual and LIVE walking tour of the Montmartre district of Paris and it was great. It really came close to the feeling of being there in person following a guide through the streets, down the stairways, outside a famous drinking establishment, having him point out some of the places where artists like Camille Pissarro, Renoir, and Picasso lived. Redefine Essential Travel only and take a virtual trip.
CBC Hot Air and Marcus Mosely’s Black History Month stories and songs
It’s Black History Month and Marcus Mosely has been leading songs and stories of Black history on one of my favourite programs on CBC, Hot Air. I like nothing better than pouring a glass of wine, kicking back and tuning into Hot Air every Saturday afternoon at 5pm. Here’s Marcus Mosely. Check in on it tonight.
MARCUS MOSLEY: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1863465027897
CBC HOT AIR: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-183-hot-air
Out of Langley, visit Bez Arts Hub for live streaming music events.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico
If you know me, you know how much I love Santa Fe, Taos, Ghost Ranch and Georgia O’Keeffe’s art and the stories of her personal history. They are offering online art classes and talks.
Of course, you can also check out the courses being offered at Ghost Ranch at any time: https://www.ghostranch.org/things-to-do/workshops/
Whistler’s Audain Art Gallery Tuesday Night Talks
I’ve been checking into the Whistler Audain Art Gallery every Tuesday night for their Tuesday Night Talks between 8 and 9 pm.
Director and chief curator Dr. Curtis Collins facilitates a chat and visits the artists wherever they are at home to speak to images of their work.
Los Angeles Times Book Club
The Los Angeles Times Book Club is hosting free events with authors speaking about their fab books. The upcoming book is Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy and she’ll be live on February 24th. You must RSVP.
Portfolio Reviews – Diego Narvaez
While I’m at it, I will add a young Mexican artist I met at the Sooke Fine Art show, Diego Narvaez, is currently living in Sooke, B.C.. He’s doing the hard 24/7 work of being an artist in a new country, much different than his home nation, Mexico.
He’s hosting a portfolio review that you can participate in if you don’t have to work during the day. I don’t personally know exactly what that means but he’s an interesting person and artist so check it out:
Oh and one more. Now I’m really getting off topic. Someone I work with told me about this. A course from the University of Alberta called Indigenous Canada. Dan Levy of Schitt’s Creek fame has conversations about Indigenous history and issues with Indigenous people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hcBKumEbJg
So, yes, adding my voice to the “Zoom has made my COVID life way more interesting” camp.
Here’s an old post about travelling and yurts in case you need a trip experience: http://gaylemavor.com/2016/12/