Northumberland Art Lovers: Melody Crowe

Whenever I teach indigenous people–our own people–the language, I see it as a relearning. I always feel like that language is there. It just needs to be able to be relearned. Melody Crowe NFOTA’s Felicity Sidnell Reid interviews Melody Crowe, elder of the Alderville First Nation, artist, educator, change-maker, and dedicated preserver of Ojibway culture….

A Residential School Memoir: a review by Diane Taylor

We first posted this review August 13, 2021. A shorter version subsequently appeared in The Globe and Mail. “A book should be the axe for the frozen sea within us,” said Franz Kafka. Such a book is The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir published in 2015 by the University of Regina Press….

Three Women’s Takes on The McMichael Collection’s Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment

Olinda Casimiro, Executive Director of the Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cynthia Reyes, author, former journalist and producer-director with the CBC, and Kim Aubrey, writer and art enthusiast, share their reactions to Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment, curated by Sarah Milroy and currently on exhibit at the McMichael Collection. Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists…

Celebrating Resilience by Jennifer Trefiak

“For some of us, the past two years have been a blessing, and for others, it’s been a time of struggle. For the arts sector it has been both.”–Jennifer Trefiak Today artist Jennifer Trefiak gives us her take on “Celebrating Resilience,” the theme for the upcoming Northumberland Festival of the Arts, September 16 – October…

The Arts Have Their Place by Wally Keeler

The arts have their places, everywhere, inside, outside. Great buildings host operas, orchestras, plays, music, and dance. Even literature has great buildings. Patrons take out nature books, dramas, mysteries, histories, biographies, while poetry wall flowers away and none take it out for a dance. Outdoors, there is theatre in the park, bandshells for music, dance…