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….

Northumberland Art Lovers: Douglas Syrota

I admired a house under renovation – a typical Ontario 19th Century Gothic cottage near Cobourg’s West Beach. Going forward six months, on another walk, I passed the house again and noticed a “For Sale” sign. The renovation had been completed but the house stood empty. While standing across the street and looking at it,…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Rosie Riviera-Lopez

“The most challenging thing about painting is knowing when to stop.” Rosie Riviera-Lopez Rosie Riviera-Lopez spoke with NFOTA’s Cynthia Reyes. Rosie, an artist and educator, moved to Port Hope in 2020. In this series we feature interviews and discussions with Individual Artists, Leaders of Arts Groups and Organizations, Civic Leaders, and other Arts Lovers in our…

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…

Meet the Faces behind NFOTA: Katie Hoogendam

“Art to me is the ground of being–not a noun, but a verb; something primordial that defies and predates the bounds of language.”–Katie Hoogendam. Writer and artist Katie Hoogendam serves on NFOTA’s Program Committee. Who are you? Hi, I’m Katie Hoogendam (“Merkat”). I’m a local writer, poet, playwright and interdisciplinary artist. Why do you believe…