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Art lovers take a walk on the artistic side

By Whitney Neilson, Special to The Enterprise-Bulletin

Art lovers check out work on display at the BMFA Arts Centre during Saturday night’s artwalk. Whitney Neilson/Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin

Art lovers check out work on display at the BMFA Arts Centre during Saturday night’s artwalk. Whitney Neilson/Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin

COLLINGWOOD — Organizers and artists are calling the first Collingwood Art Crawl a success, estimating 300 people attended the self-led art tour on Saturday night.

Warmer than usual weather saw couples and groups walking between the eight venues in downtown Collingwood. They sampled food and drink, met local artists in their studios, heard performances from Selina Ree’s vocal students, and ended the night at Andrea Rinaldo’s art gallery opening on Simcoe Street in the Press Gallery building.

Dragica Vidakovic, an artist at The Tremont, has been doing different forms of art since she was a teenager. She’s focused on life drawing now, but has done ceramics, quilting, and fabric design. She said there was a lot of interest in the crawl and she met lots of new people.

“It’s been busy, a lot of locals,” said Vidakovic. “I love that they come out on a night like tonight. People are saying nice things. It’s a super supportive little town.”

She’s also taught art classes, and would like to get back to teaching next year. Last year she made 250 small quilts for bassinets in the cardiac critical care unit at SickKids Hospital.

“It’s been a lot of diversity and I want to keep it that way, but I’d like to become confident enough with the figure, not necessarily portraits, but the figure, the gestures,” said Vidakovic.

She’s been in the space since Oct. 1 and said it has been a whirlwind. She also has work on display in the Collingwood Public Library, The Press Gallery (65 Simcoe St.), Andrea Rinaldo’s Tall and Skinny Show, and Glamapalooza in Thornbury.

“It’s been busy for sure.”

Kate Knox, a jewelry artist at The Tremont, has been in the studio since June and said she was fortunate to get the downtown space. She shares a studio with artist Jane Fleetwood-Morrow.

“It’s been really good, it’s been constant,” said Knox. “Thank goodness we have this great weather.”

Knox said she took a class a few years ago and has been making unique jewelry ever since.

“Like anything else it became a passion,” said Knox.

She said a lot of her work is African-influenced. She belongs to one of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s grandmother groups, who bring in kazuri beads from Swaziland, and she incorporates kazuri beads into some of her necklaces.

“Part of my proceeds goes through my grandmother group to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help support African grandmothers who because of HIV/AIDS are having to raise their grandchildren, because that whole generation has been lost,” said Knox.

Next year’s art crawl will be on the July long weekend and Rinaldo previously said there she hopes to include Huron Street businesses, buskers, and music along with the art.

 

 


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