The Newsletter of the Arts Council Of Northumberland

 

he Arts Council of Northumberland encourages creativity and raises the visibility of the artist and the arts community through advocacy, communications and leadership.

 

This newsletter covers theatre, music, lectures, films, workshops and exhibitions.

A long-range calendar of events is available HERE.

A listing of member artists is available HERE

Arts and cultural organizations wishing to place events on the long-range calendar please notify Oliver Steins at soliver@cogeco.net


ACN Members Of The Week –

Stephen Snider - teaches art classes in Grafton, pleas see notice below.

 

From The Arts Council


Fleming College Launches New Arts Programs in Cobourg New Programs Added to Continuing Education Program PortfolioAspiring actors, photographers and other artists in Northumberland County won’t have to look any further than Fleming College’s Cobourg Campus for learning opportunities. Starting this semester, 28 Continuing Education programs and 20 workshops are available for people interested in photography, acting, painting, health and wellness and music.

“The new arts programs offered this winter at Fleming College in Cobourg aim to give people a launching pad for learning new skills in many different art forms - painting, writing, drama, music, design, and photography,” said Deborah Clifford, manager of the Cobourg Campus.

Professional artists and experienced designers like author Stuart Ross, photographer Cindy Taylor and artist Brent Townsend will be teaching a few of these unique programs.

“The instructors are skilled artisans eager to instill knowledge about their particular art form. These new programs are part of our college mission - to provide learning opportunities for as many residents of Northumberland County as possible,” continued Clifford.

The new arts portfolio complements new and existing career enhancement and lifestyle courses also offered at the Cobourg Campus. Programs start in early January. A complete list of programs available at the Cobourg Campus is available at www.flemingcollege.ca

For more information, or to register call 905.372.6865 ext. 5221.

 

The ACN website now has a map of cultural attractions – galleries, theatres, museums - in Northumberland. It is a work in progress with the possibility of including studios, arts supplies stores and other ancillary businesses. Check it out HERE

 

Exposure! Exposure! Exposure!Want Lots of Visitors on your webpage?

1,200 to 1,400 different people visit the ACN website each month.

For more info on membership, click HERE


Arts Headlines

Spirit of the Hills presents 'Mpumalanga Memories'

The spirit of South Africa will be coming to Warkworth this January. Join Spirit of the Hills at Warkworth's 100 Mile Diner for '...

Port Hope organist performs Bach concert series

 

Colborne Art Gallery debuts new show

 

Grand Ball to celebrate Victoria Hall's 150th anniversary

 

Art Gallery of Northumberland hosts art history lecture series

 

 

The Arts Northumberland Blog:

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What’s On – This Weekend And The Coming Week


 

Mysteries and More at the Cobourg Public Library. Free Friday films featuring classic crime and drama, tea and pastries All films start at 2:00 pm in the Rotary Room on the main floor. Entire fall schedule HERE

 

Northumberland Learning Connection presents Opera brown-bag-lunch talks. Bring your lunch and join us for opera talks one hour before the Metropolitan Opera HD broadcasts at the ©Cameco Capitol Arts Centre, 12:00–12:30 pm in the A.K. & Bob Sculthorpe Studio Theatre at the ©Cameco Capitol Arts Centre, Port Hope,

January 16, Marguerite Doritty on Carmen by Georges Bizet

 

Carmen – Georges Bizet, January 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm, 3 hours, 30 minutes,1 intermission. One of the most popular operas of all time, Carmen "is about sex, violence, and racism—and its corollary: freedom," says Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre about his new production of Bizet's drama. "It is one of the inalienably great works of art. It's sexy, in every sense. And I think it should be shocking." Elīna Garanča sings the seductive gypsy of the title for the first time at the Met, opposite Roberto Alagna as the obsessed Don Josť.

 

"Killer & the King" Saturday, January 16th, 8:00 PM, 17th, 2:00 pm at the Capitol, Port Hope. Award winning tribute artists Joe Passion and Michael John present a Vegas Style Tribute to Elvis Presley & Jerry Lee Lewis featuring the best of Rockabilly.

 

Film Monday Musical Matinees at the Cobourg Public Library at 2:00 pm – schedule HERE

 

Classic Movie Matinees at the Port Hope Public Library, Tuesdays 2:00 pm. schedule: Jan 19—Charade (1963), Jan 26—The Sting (1973), Feb 2—Invisible Man (1933), Feb 9—Red River (1948), Feb 16—First Love (1939), Feb 23—Without a Clue (1988)

 

Art History Lectures at the Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg.

Monday, January 18: - An Introduction to Joan Miro, by Andrew Gregg, 7 pm, AGN Cobourg

 

BACH 325, Randy Mills, organist will play the complete organ works of J.S. Bach on Wednesdays and Sundays, Jan. 6 to March 10. Wednesdays at 7:30pm (13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 24, Mar. 3, 10) St Mark's Church, King St., Port Hope.Sundays at 2:30pm (Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 21, 28, Mar. 7) The Memorial Chapel, Trinity College School, Ward St., Port Hope. Free admission. Info: www.tcs.on.ca/bach325<http://www.tcs.on.ca/bach325>

Mills, who is Chapel Organist at Trinity College School as well as Music Director at St Mark's Anglican Church, has used the programmes of one of his teachers, British recitalist Peter Hurford, as a guide for arranging the seventeen concerts.
Both the Hill, Norman and Beard organ at TCS, imported from England in 1965, and the 1986 Gabriel Kney (London, ON) tracker pipe organ at St Mark's are considered fine instruments for the interpretation of Bach's works. In particular, the Kney organ is based on small organs by Gottfried Silbermann, Bach's favourite builder, which Mills was able to study in Germany in 1992. Admission is free to all concerts, and further information is available at: www.tcs.on.ca/bach325<http://www.tcs.on.ca/bach325>

Classic Movie Matinees at the Port Hope Public Library, Tuesdays 2:00 pm. – schedule HERE

 

Movies at 8:00 pm at the Capitol, Port Hope ” - Tuesday, “Cooking With Stella”www.imdb.com/title/tt1479676/

 

It's painting time again!The Open Studio is Open again after a December break. Wear off the holiday ho-hum with a rousing painting session hosted by the Brighton Arts Council. The next event is on Wednesday January 20 from 9 to 12.The Studio is open to all, whether you're a member of the Brighton Arts Council or just want to paint in a crowd. The cost is $5.

Please email or call Phyllis Allison at jimandphyllis@sympatico.ca or 613.475.3481 if you're planning to attend. Also, the Golden girl is planning a demonstration on Friday February 12 with free samples and lots of instruction appropriate for beginners and experts. We can take up to 30 people, so again, please let Phyllis know if you'd like to attend. Remember, the studio is open to all artists. If you'd prefer to carve or knit or spin or weave, there's always room for you.

 

Stephen Snider drawing classes begin again at the Grafton Community Centre, Wednesdays 9-12:00. Drawing and introduction to pastels this session. 115.00 plus gst or payas you go. (905)885-7942, stephen@stephensnider.net; http://painterskeys.com/pal/stephen_snider

 

Port Hope's East Durham Historical Society welcomes noted restoration expert, Peter Rumgay, who will present a slide show "Heritage Homes: Looking for the Hidden Gem" Wednesday, January 20, 7:30 p.m. GRCA Millennium Building, 2216 County Road 28, across from the Comfort Inn, Port Hope.  Free admission.  Info: Ron Getz 905-797-2247  www.porthopehistorical.ca

 

Poetry and Wine and Music and Conversation 7:30 pm at Meet at 66 King Street East, Cobourg. January 21, Mark Clement, Wayne Schlepp, Guest Poet - Robyn Sarah. emcee - James Pickersgill

 

Movies at 8:00 pm at the Capitol, Port Hope Cairo Time” – Thursday, January 21stwww.imdb.com/title/tt0896529/

 

The Shelter Valley Folk Festival2010 Community Concert Series Event:Juno Award winner Old Man Luedecke & Montreal songstress Annabelle Chvostek, Thursday, January 21st, 8pm (supper seating at 7pm), The Northside (92 King St W., Cobourg) Tickets: $20 in advance ($22 at the door) Tickets available online at: www.sheltervalley.com/concerts.htm or by Visa/MasterCard order at 905-355-1244 or 1-866-612-SVFF

Additional concerts: Martyn Joseph – Friday, February 12th, 8pm, Venue TBA

James Keelaghan – Sunday, March 14th, 8pm, Venue TBA

 


What’s Coming – At The Lectures, Readings, Book Launches and Awards


Northumberland Learning Connection presents Opera brown-bag-lunch talks

Bring your lunch and join us for opera talks one hour before the Metropolitan Opera HD broadcasts at the ©Cameco Capitol Arts Centre, 12:00–12:30 pm in the A.K. & Bob Sculthorpe Studio Theatre at the ©Cameco Capitol Arts Centre, Port Hope

January 23, 2010: Ian Montagnes on Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach

March 20, 2010: Thais Donald on Simon Boccanegra by Guiseppe Verdi

Coffee and tea are on the house! $5.00 per person, at the door only

For more information, please call Joanne Bonebakker at 905-349-3402 or visit www.northumberlandlearningconnection.ca

 

Art History Lectures at the Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg.

January 25: Art History Lecture - Northumberland's Art Heritage, by Dorette Carter, 7 pm, AGN Cobourg

February 1: Art History Lecture - Orientalism: The Other in 19th Century Paintings, by Andrew Gregg, 7 pm AGN Cobourg

February 8: Art History Lecture - Make His Face to Shine: Depictions of God in the Judeo-Christian tradition, by Rev. Don Aitichsonth, 7 pm, AGN Cobourg

 

The Cobourg and District Historical Society -Illustrated Talk by Jean Rae Baxter, Acclaimed Author of The Way Lies North:UEL: THE FACTS BEHIND THE FICTION Tuesday, January 26, 8:00 pm. At The Citizens’ Forum Victoria Hall. Focusing on the two-year period that followed the defeat of the British and Loyalist forces at the Battle of Saratoga in October 1777, the author's goal was to present a piece of Loyalist history accurately and from a Canadian point of view. My book, though a work of fiction, was based on lengthy research which followed many side branches.

 

Heart of Northumberland Big Sisters Big Brothers‘Spring into The Garden Speaker Series’, held in Port Hope, Calvary Pentecostal Church at 401 Croft Street, On Thursday evenings in March at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00), Speakers: - Liz Primeau, Frank Kershaw, Marion Jarvie and Paul Zammit, and they are being sponsored by the Northumberland Master Gardeners.So, in addition to hearing wonderful speakers, you will be able to have your gardening questions answered by Master Gardeners who will be in attendance each evening of the Series. Helen Lackey.Helen can be reached at wlackey@cogeco.ca and by phone – 905 -377-9803 for further information. Tickets: $35 each for the series and will be available February 1st at the Big Sisters Big Brothers Second Helpings Store, 18 John St. Port Hope, or at two Cobourg locations, Jardiniere, 22 King St. E. and DGY (Days Gone Buy), 12 King St. E.

 


What’s Coming? - At The Theatre And Dance


Steel Magnolias, Produced by Garth Holloway and Doreen Page, Directed by Chris M. Worsnop DINNER THEATRE at The Best Western Cobourg Inn and Convention Centre, Cobourg January 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, February 5, 6 (matinee and evening) and 7, 2010. The story introduces us to a gaggle of gossiping ladies in a 1980's Louisiana small-town beauty parlour. The characters are familiar and engaging; truly hilarious in their joking as they cut up their local society with their biting yet honest insights, all the while fussing with their hair. The play swings between slap-your-sides comedy and dab-your-eyes tender moments. The ending is deeply moving; a skillfully crafted and lovingly evoked picture of kookiness and sisterhood.

 

The National Theatre, England presents On the Screen in High Definition, “Nation” Saturday, January 30th, 1:00 PM at the Capitol, Port Hope based on a novel by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Mark Ravenhill

Following His Dark Materials, Coram Boy and War Horse, the National Theatre's latest spectacular family production is an exhilarating adventure story of survival and self-discovery based on a novel by Terry Pratchett. A parallel world, 1860. Two teenagers thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau’s village and left Daphne shipwrecked on his South Pacific island, thousands of miles from home. One wears next to nothing, the other a long white dress; neither speaks the other’s language; somehow they must learn to survive. As starving refugees gather, Daphne delivers a baby, milks a pig, brews beer and does battle with a mutineer. Mau fights cannibal Raiders, discovers the world is round and questions the reality of his tribe’s fiercely patriarchal gods. Together they come of age, overseen by a foul-mouthed parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new Nation. Live music, thrilling dance and spectacular puppets combine to bring to life the spectacular and surprising world of Terry Pratchett's Nation on the National Theatre stage.

 

Richard Forget's Magic Stripped, Saturday, January 30th, 8:00 PM at the Park Playhouse, Cobourg. "Canada can lay claim to one of the best magicians in the world." The National Post. Richard Forget is an international award winning magician with a show that places him at the forefront of the magic world. He has created a magnificent magical experience that is inspired by his years traveling throughout the world and living in Toronto, Canada. Richard’s vignettes tell a fascinating tale about Richard’s experiences in an urban setting and in a modern world, with a magical twist. As a world class magician, Richard has performed in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia, as well as on live television in front of millions of viewers, mesmerizing a wide variety of audiences with his innovative, thought provoking and visually stunning illusions.

 


What’s Coming? - At The Concerts and Opera


The Shelter Valley Folk Festival2010 Community Concert Series Event:Juno Award winner Old Man Luedecke & Montreal songstress Annabelle Chvostek, Thursday, January 21st, 8pm (supper seating at 7pm), The Northside (92 King St W., Cobourg) Tickets: $20 in advance ($22 at the door) Tickets available online at: www.sheltervalley.com/concerts.htm or by Visa/MasterCard order at 905-355-1244 or 1-866-612-SVFF

Additional concerts: Martyn Joseph – Friday, February 12th, 8pm, Venue TBA

James Keelaghan – Sunday, March 14th, 8pm, Venue TBA

 

A Tribute to Frank Sinatra –m Featuring Vocalist Dave Statham and Swing Shift Big Band, Sunday January 24th, 2:00 PM, at the Park Playhouse, Cobourg, Tickets: $30 Plus GST

Swing Shift is firmly established as one of Ontario’s finest big bands and they have been wowing audiences with their “Tribute to Frank Sinatra” show, playing Frank’s greatest hits from his early days as a musical heart throb to his Vegas “Rat Pack” years, and they play Mr. Sinatra’s songs the way he intended them to be played.

Swing Shift Big Band was created in August, 1996 with the intent of preserving the timeless sounds of the big band era, and they have been entertaining all over Ontario from smaller intimate venues to crowds of over 6,000.Once you hear this powerful band you will agree that the combination of 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass, drums and guitar along with their exceptionally talented vocalist Dave Statham belting out timeless classics like Come Fly With Me, My Kind of Town, Theme from New York New York and Luck Be A Lady to name a few, will make for a show you will not want to miss.

 

Honeymoon Suite, Friday, January 29, 8:00 PM at the Park Playhouse, Cobourg. A special live performance from the band who charted a number of hit songs from the 1980s. Enjoy the intimate confines of Park Playhouse and sing along to your favorites including; “New Girl Now”, “Feel It Again”, “What Does It Take” and “Bad Attitude.

 

"Pavlo, Rik Emmett & Oscar Lopez" Mediterranean Magic, Triumphant Fusion, and Hot Latin Fire, Sunday, January 31st, 8:00 PM at the Capitol, Port Hope. For the first time ever, Pavlo, Rik Emmett and Oscar Lopez collaborate to form an acoustic trio of passionate, fiery guitars. These gentlemen have forged brilliant independent careers, garnering awards and winning the hearts of their respective fans, as well as international accolades and critical praise for their individual work. Their musical journey will go from tender, intimate melodies to solos that turn supernova, touching on, and lighting up, everything in between.

 


What’s Coming – Workshops and Auditions


It's painting time again!The Open Studio is Open again after a December break. Wear off the holiday ho-hum with a rousing painting session hosted by the Brighton Arts Council. The next event is on Wednesday January 20 from 9 to 12.The Studio is open to all, whether you're a member of the Brighton Arts Council or just want to paint in a crowd. The cost is $5.

Please email or call Phyllis Allison at jimandphyllis@sympatico.ca or 613.475.3481 if you're planning to attend. Also, the Golden girl is planning a demonstration on Friday February 12 with free samples and lots of instruction appropriate for beginners and experts. We can take up to 30 people, so again, please let Phyllis know if you'd like to attend. Remember, the studio is open to all artists. If you'd prefer to carve or knit or spin or weave, there's always room for you.

 

Choral Legacy is a women's choir that sings music in three or four part harmony. Our musical selections encompass a wide variety of styles, including jazz standards, show tunes, and popular music. The chorus rehearses on Monday nights under the direction of Shasta Morey, at Baltimore United Church starting at 7:15 pm.

We are always looking for women who enjoy the fun and friendship that come from singing together. If you are interested in joining our choir, please call Ann Knott 885-6534 or Shasta Morey 349-2188.

 

Acrylic painting and collage classes- with Carmel Bouzanne, Port Hope starting after Jan. 15th, 2010.Please call 905 885 9266, or email carmel.b@sympatico.ca----

 

This from ACN member Chrissy Poutras:I am the owner of Spark Box Studio, a new artist studio and residency program in Picton, Ontario. We have recently launched an Emerging Artist Residency Award which gives young emerging artists the chance to participate in an artist residency free of charge for up to one week. Along with this opportunity we have also started building a resource site for emerging artists called the Emerging Artist Guide. This guide can be viewed by going to www.emergingartistguide.wordpress.com.. Website: www.sparkboxstudio.com.

Pottery lessons with Susan McDonald at Practically Potty Studio -- Lessons start now! Call Susan at 905-753-2731 or see www.practicallypotty.com. Beginners to advanced, day and night classes available.

 

The Painted Tree, Cobourg has announced its schedule for winter/spring classes. Visit the Website HERE.

 

Northumberland Hooks and Needles Guild which meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at Regency Manor Nursing Home, 66 Dorset St. E., Port Hope at 7:00 p.m. Contact Yvonne O’Neill 905-885-4872. The 1st Thursday of each month is “Knitter-Knatter” (knitting news, designer of the month, show and tell).

The 3rd Thursday of the month is a workshop: Jan.21 – Brainstorming Fixes; Feb.18 – Favorite Scarves; Mar.18 – Stash Reduction; Apr.15 - Seam Sewing; May 20 – Shawls; Jun 17 – Knitting Challenge Finale.

 


What’s On And Coming – At The Shows, Exhibitions and Tours


Introducing Black and White, a theme show by the artists of the Colborne Art Gallery. Black and White opens January 23, opening reception from 2-4 pm, and runs until March 7. What happens when an artist is given a theme to work within, does this limit their creativity or push it to unexplored levels?The members of the Colborne Art Gallery are working with a theme in mind for their upcoming show, simply entitled Black and White.

 

Spirit of the Hills “A Northumberland Perspective” at the Campbellford Library, 98 Bridge Street East, in

Campbellford from January 14th to March 31. Opening Reception on Tuesday, January 19th from 6:30 pm8:30 pm.The show features photographer Tom Groot who has captured the various visual pleasures our Northumberland County has to offer “as seen through the eyes of a newcomer”.

 

Spirit of the Hills ‘Mpumalanga Memories’ and features photographs taken by Jane Osmond during two mission trips to Mpumalanga Province in South Africa in 2008 and 2009. at the 100 Mile Diner, Warkworth.

Osmond’ photography demonstrates a broad palette of imagery: startling beauty, inexplicable joy, and overwhelming contrasts.She saw startling beauty in the African people, especially the children, as well as in the wild animals in their natural habitat. Inexplicable joy burst forth in spontaneous a cappella singing and dancing even while these young people struggled to overcome adversity. There were overwhelming contrasts in the rich and the poor, in modern shopping malls and country markets, and in the beauty of the land. This African experience brought tears and laughter, sorrow and joy. Until February 28th.

 

Rod Straker – Then And Now AGN, 60 Walton Street, Port Hope. Until January 31st.

 

The Friends of Bon Echo Park invite all nature artists to the Bon EchoArt Exhibition & Sale at Bon Echo Provincial Park, Hwy.41, Cloyne, ON.The theme of this juried exhibition of original art is about Canadian Nature, Wildlife, or Countryside, and will take place on July 23, 24, 25, 2010.deadline for applications: March 1, 2010. For Applications & Information:Derek Maggs, Executive Director, Friends of Bon Echo Park, 16151 Hwy. 41, RR#1, Cloyne , ON, K0H 1K0.Phone:613-336-0830

Email: fobecho@mazinaw.on.ca†††††† Website: www.mazinaw.on.ca/art

 

ACN member Trish Pilon invites you to peruse the Teddy Bear Review Digital magazine. HERE Be sure to pause at pages 26 & 54 for some video action. (You can't get THAT in the print edition!!)

 

Susan MacDonald, textile artist. Her work is on display and for sale at the AGN gift shop at the Upstairs Gallery, Port Hope. .††

 

The Cobourg Art Club has a display of paintings upstairs at The Mill Restaurant, Cobourg --an eclectic mix of original work in all media and all members participate. The show is ongoing and changes seasonally.

 


What’s Coming?At The Movies


Fifth Annual Film Festival.January 29, 30, 31 Full details here: http://www.northumberlandfilm.ca/festival/

The line up is already getting compliments and series tickets are selling fast. Tickets at $45 include 5 films and a reception Saturday night at Victoria hall.If any singles are left, they will be sold for $9 “at the door”.

For the 2010 Festival, the Films are:

Creation - Friday 6:30 pm

Cairo Time - Saturday 1:30pm

The Young Victoria - Saturday 6:00pm - followed by a Reception in Victoria Hall at 8:00pm.

Broken Embraces - Sunday 1:00pm

Cooking with Stella - Sunday 4:00pm

Tickets are available at the Human Bean and at Victoria Hall.

 

 

Movies at 8:00 pm at the Capitol, Port Hope

“Cooking With Stella” – Tuesday, January 19thwww.imdb.com/title/tt1479676/

“TBA” – Tuesday, January 26th

“The Damned United” – Thursday, January 28th†† www.imdb.com/title/tt1226271/

 


What’s On – At The Competitions



Arts Blogs We Like

 

Neurartican eclectic blog by A.K. Collings, Port Hope

‘View On Canadian Art’ Your Cultural Concierge! VoCA offers critical commentary on the Canadian art scene, with a focus on Toronto. Featuring exhibition previews, critics’ picks, interviews and in-depth articles on art in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Halifax.

Art Daily – The first art newspaper on the net!

 

Members’ Billboard

ACN member Heather Stubbs has a website devoted public speaking and presentation skills. As a speaker and presentation skills trainer, shedraws on a lifetime of performing experience to provide a lively, insightful and thought-provoking presentation. Have a a look at http://www.skilltime.ca. She also issues a weekly newsletter.

 

 


Business Friends of the Arts

Dray Design Studio Website Design, Print and Graphic Design

Bart Hawkins KrepsWebsite Design, Print Design, Editing

Aye Lighthouse B&BBed & Breakfast

Ganaraska Art & FramingPicture Framing, art and photography lessons

The Human BeanCoffee shop, with live music and monthly artist exhibition

Meet at 66 King StreetFine dessert lounge

Northumberland ViewNews & Entertainment

Painted TreeArt supplies and classes

Scott's Barn Culture Centre

Where They Play ProductionsMusic Recording St

 


This newsletter is edited by Walter Luedtke.

Please send any notices or comments to wluedtke@cogeco.ca.