I am very excited to be part of OFAA in 2017! There are so many events and activities planned for Canadians to celebrate our 150th birthday. Closer to home, Orillia 150th Anniversary events will allow OFAA to be on the giving end of the birthday celebrations. We are preparing for the Art Park Event on May 20th; the City is providing this free space to artists, makers, and performers for a day of creative exploration in the form of an Artists’ Market. We will be joining Orillia’s cultural community by showcasing our art, but more importantly by having the opportunity to reach out to the public (specifically children) with an interactive workshop.
With the help of an honorarium from the City, we will have white fridge magnets (with OFAA’s logo on the bottom) available for the public to express themselves. We are giving a workshop on making “thumbprint art on the magnets. The ideas are endless and super cute!
It is extremely important to give children the opportunity to explore art practice. Studies have shown that exposure to art-making affects other aspects of learning by strengthening the ability to analyze and problem solve. And as we know, making something makes you feel good!
In keeping with this spirit, OFAA is once again enriching the lives of children by sponsoring a class of local students to participate in an OMAH project this year. Students will be treated to a bookmark memento designed by Jesse Strong to let them know that OFAA funded their visit.
For anyone who missed it, award-winning artist Kal Honey gave a fantastic presentation on composition on November 29th. He demonstrated how we can add new and interesting dimensions to our artwork. I was inspired to go home and put Kal’s principles into practice in two “Postcards” paintings for the Peter Street Gallery exhibition for December. And I know I’ll use this valuable new knowledge in my future work.
We have a great line-up of presenters this winter, and I hope everyone will be able to make it out for an evening of inspiration, encouragement, and friendship!