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Cultivating Creativity: Claudette Boulanger’s art of ordinary things

December 28, 2018 — “Art is a passion. It’s compulsive.” By Kathryn MacDonald It is the first rainy day during Belleville’s hot, humid summer that I meet Claudette Boulanger. We are sitting in her living room across from a large pair of windows. Through them, Boulanger sees a rain-streaked painting: “There,” she says, “a woman pushing a stroller, holding…
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Cultivating Creativity: Matt Smith’s storytelling through music

December 21, 2018 —   “When I was growing up, I used to say to my uncle, ‘tell me a story with your guitar’.” By Jeanette Arsenault Smithpickins is Matt Smith’s music persona and it perfectly describes his guitar, banjo and mandolin style. Whether roots, blues, or world music, his fingerstyle and flatpicking have earned him a lot of fans.…
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Cultivating Creativity: Remembering J.F. Albert

December 13, 2018 — “To create something from nothing. That is a life well lived.” By Janet Jarrell Just over a year ago, family, friends and the art world at large suffered the sudden passing of this well-known Canadian artist. J.F. Albert (Jerry) was born ‘Jaroslav’ in the Medvednica mountain ranges (translated as bear mountain) of central Croatia. He…
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Cultivating Creativity: Spencer Evans, the “I’ve Been Everywhere Man Troubadour”

November 15, 2018 — By Jeanette Arsenault Will the real Spencer Evans please stand up? Judging from his wide ranging musical skills, it’s hard to pinpoint him down to just one. Self described keyboardist/clarinetist/accordion player/singer/band leader/entertainer/music director/recording artist/composer/arranger/ham (sic), Evans’ eclectic musical taste ranges from jazz to funk, salsa to blues, soul to klezmer and celtic to swing.  In…
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Cultivating Creativity: The Art of Emebet Belete

October 16, 2018 — “Creating art is constant reflection: I love finding the perfect colour to express a mood, or to balance a painting so that I can look at it again and again and lose myself in the scene.” By Kathryn MacDonald Emebet Belete is a world traveller, a woman who was born in Ethiopia where her career…
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