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J Walters

I curate visual arts under The Art Junkie banner

Quick Hits – The Memorialist

Andrew Downs’ Zoological Gardens opened in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1847, stretching over 100 acres that also housed regional and exotic animals. “The Memorialist” presents artist D’Arcy Wilson’s ongoing research into the gardens, which included viewing specimens prepared by Downs in natural history museums such as the Smithsonian […]

Landscapes for Film

The sharp geometry and condensed colour in the paintings of Stewart Jones draw parallels to how a set designer or director would seek out scenes for a movie, searching for a place that commands the essence of a location.

Flags we might have had

On this day in 1965, Canada’s red and white flag rose for the first time on Parliament Hill.  Artists, designers and the public submitted thousands of designs, including this rough hand-drawn suggestion by Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson.

Not so Vintage Postcards

I live on Georgian Bay so this vintage-look postcard drew me in.  Even better when I realized these cards depicting beloved places all over Canada are by artist Mitchell Fenton. (See a previous post on him here.)