Foire d’Art Alternatif de Sudbury (FAAS) 5
Once again, Myths and Mirrors was part of the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario’s Foire d’Art Alternatif de Sudbury (FAAS) – or Fair of Alternative Art in Sudbury. The theme of FAAS 5 was ‘shelter’ and Myths and Mirrors’ contribution explored intimacy and safety in co-created spaces.
Artists: Sarah King Gold, Aédan Charest
Myths and Mirrors’ 4th annual Dance-A-Thon was held May 14th at Fromagerie Elgin. About 100 people attended the event, dancing from 7pm to 7am to raise almost $4,500 to help support Myths and Mirrors’ projects.
Big thanks to Fromagerie Elgin and our amazing DJs – Christian Pelletier, Paul Loewenberg, Connor Van Patate and Simon Goliath Lafontant – for keeping us dancing all night.
We’d also like to thank our sponsors: Northern Lights Festival Boreal, River and Sky, Up Here Festival, Upstairs After Hours, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Salt Cave Eco Café and Spa, Heal Sudbury, Tree of Life North, Sacred Designs Art and Tattoo Studio, Laughing Buddha, The Townhouse Tavern, The Hourglass Restaurant and Lounge, Peppi Panini, Vespa Panini, The Candy Store, Frubar Juicery, Toppers Pizza, Food Basics, Journal Printing
Throughout the summer, Myths and Mirrors’ Community Artist in Residence, Kayla Cornthwaite, lead free, drop-in arts workshops out of our Victory Park studio. Three days a week, children and youth from the Donovan neighbourhood came together to create masks, sun catchers, hand-bound journals, shadow puppets, and more. At the end of the summer, the kids celebrated the artwork they created with a party and were featured on the cover of the Sudbury Star and on Sudbury.com.
Visit the CAiR Space blog for more info.
Artists: Kayla Cornthwaite, Emily Perrin
Random Acts of Art-ness
Throughout the summer, Myths and Mirrors’ summer students, Emma Johnson and Liam Bursey, developed a series of micro-projects to beautify and brighten Sudbury’s downtown core. For one project, Emma and Liam hand-painted more than 100 pieces of slag that were then placed throughout the community and monitored to see how the public interacted with them. Another project saw the downtown core plastered with Take What You Need posters that included tear-away tabs for ‘courage,’ ‘luck,’ ‘strength,’ ‘peace,’ and more. Each tab contained a url that led to website with an uplifting message.
Artists: Emma Johnson, Liam Bursey, Jesse Brady
Kazzzam! kicked off Myths and Mirrors’ summer season with Canada Day celebrations at Bell Park. Dressed in elaborate costumes and masks, Kazzzam! stilt-walkers paraded through Bell Park, engaging Canada Day revelers in a unique arts experience.
Artists: Kayla Cornthwaite
Northern Lights Festival Boréal (NLFB) | Photos
As part of the NLFB’s Arts Village, Myths and Mirrors presented two projects – the Green Space Project and the Black Board Gallery. The Green Space Project invited festival-goers to share their memories of local green spaces on a large map of Greater Sudbury. The Black Board Gallery provided an opportunity for festival-goers of all ages to create their own chalkboard masterpieces that were then displayed throughout the festival grounds and rotated over the course of the weekend.
In addition – and despite bouts of heavy rain – Kazzzam! stilt-walkers performed throughout the festival and Myths and Mirrors’ artists provided live stage painting during musical performances.
This year, Myths and Mirrors was awarded the NLFB’s 2016 Jackie Washington Award. Named for famed Canadian blues musician, Jackie Washington, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to arts and culture in Northern Ontario.
Artists: Jesse Brady, Aédan Charest, Kayla Cornthwaite, Cora-Rae Silk, Emily Perrin, Emma Johnson, Liam Bursey, Dylan St. George, James Cook, Wallace Gillard, Katie Fenerty
Fierté Sudbury Pride | Photos
In 2016, Myths and Mirrors partnered with Fierté Sudbury Pride to offer a series of community-engaged art activities that included the public launch of Artistes Trans Artistry (ATA), with an art show at Sudbury Theatre Centre showcasing work by ATA participants. Other activities included a fundraiser BBQ in partnership with the Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury Manitoulin, where Myths and Mirrors’ community artist, Dylan St. George, collaborated with local youth to create a banner promoting safety and wellness for LGBT2SQ youth; the unveiling of the newest addition to the Donovan Memories Project, featuring the story of Diane “Ziggy” Seguin, one of the pioneers of Sudbury’s LGBT2SQ community; and a free, drop-in poster-building workshop to get the community geared up for the Fierté Sudbury Pride March.
Artists: Aédan Charest, Alexandra Dean, Cora-Rae Silk, Emma Johnson, Liam Bursey, Dylan St. George
River and Sky
This year, Myths and Mirrors offered festival-goers a chance to create personalized camp flags that could be used to identify their campsites. Using recyclable and found materials, the workshop supported the festival’s commitment to sustainability and was a huge hit with festival-goers of all ages. Kazzzam! also made an appearance and led an art-making activity for festival-goers to craft their own ribbon sticks.
Artists: Jesse Brady, Kayla Cornthwaite
For Up Here’s second year, Myths and Mirrors partnered with CBC to present Sudbury’s first Art Battle. The event was part of the official festival launch and saw four local artists face off in the middle of Durham St., with the audience determining the winning artwork. Myths and Mirrors also provided face-painting for the festival’s Big Family Day event but this year we added a unique twist – in addition to having adults painting kids’ faces, we decided to pass the paintbrush to the kids and have them paint adults’ faces with their own surprise designs.
Artists: Sarah King Gold, Dylan St. George, Nico Glaude, Johanna Westby, Jesse Brady, Aédan Charest, Kayla Cornthwaite, Cora-Rae Silk, Emma Johnson, Liam Bursey, Sadie, Michael, Masie, Emma
New Sudbury Days
Myths and Mirrors’ summer students, Emma Johnson and Liam Bursey, developed and led a community-engaged art project for New Sudbury Days. The project explored local history by having participants identify memorable events from their own lives on a large-scale timeline of the community’s 130-year history. Kazzzam! also made an appearance.
Artists: Emma Johnson, Liam Bursey, Jesse Brady, Kayla Cornthwaite
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Fundraiser Film Screening
To celebrate Halloween weekend, Myths and Mirrors hosted a fundraiser film screening of cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Approximately 75 people attended the screening dressed as the favourite Rocky character and more than $1,000 was raised to help support Myths and Mirrors’ projects.
Big thanks to Theatre Cambrian, SB Tuesdays Cult Classics, Starlite Music Service, Centre de santé communautaire de Sudbury, The Candy Store, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sudbury, and our amazing team of volunteers!
20th Anniversary Celebration
On November 19th, Myths and Mirrors celebrated 20 years of art and community with a free family event at Sudbury Secondary School. Nearly 100 people came together to re-visit past projects, view artwork, and share memories.
Big thanks to Laurie McGauley, Winnie Pitawanakwat, Al Sizer, and Christian Pelletier for speaking at the event, as well as our awesome team of volunteers!