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J Walters

I curate visual arts under The Art Junkie banner and I write from time to time on Colder by The Lake. I am an accredited facilitator for Amherst Writers & Artists, which runs not-for-profit writing workshops.

Lake of the Woods – Islands

What a fascinating project. Artist Randolph Parker and gallery owner Bill Mayberry spent five years scouting remote Lake of the Woods for inspirational sites, resulting in 220 paintings of islands in its maze of inlets and bays. They covered 2,800 km, there’s an interactive map of painting locations, and […]

Ceramics: The Artifacts Series

From the Archives:  Republished because this series of works is a long-time favourite. See what you think.  Kenneth Baskin’s inspired mechanical objects are artifacts, derived from the advent of the industrial revolution.  The works may look like metal, but are almost entirely ceramic.  Baskin says our industrial roots […]

Collected at the Border

These photo works came immediately to mind after news yesterday that President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau reached a deal to close a popular but unofficial Canadian border crossing used by 10s of thousands of refugees seeking asylum. (See news item here and here) Photographer Thomas Kiefer’s decade […]

Sketchbook Saturday – Recipes

One of the great uses for a sketchbook or journal: draw your recipe. This one by Flickr artist neillyneil . Source From Anna Rastorgueva’s recipe journal. See her full post here. From Reims – le Filet Mignon de Porc See all the pages of illustrator Aliya Manakova’s recipe […]

Justin Ming Yong – Quilts

If you are aquainted with a quilter, you will know that the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky is recognized as one of the world’s top contemporary collections. That’s where Toronto multidiscilplinary artist Justin Ming Yong has a solo exhbition this year, through August. A photographer who picked […]

Malani – Crossing Boundaries

Nalini Malani: Crossing Boundaries, the first-ever Canadian solo exhibition by one of India’s most important contemporary artists, opens today at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition showcases the powerful works of Malani, who has been addressing social inequalities and violence for more than 50 years, giving […]