Arts Health News

Posted: May 12 2017 - 12:00pm

There’s a small sunset in the corner of one of Ryan Day’s brightly coloured collages. Cars, trains and airplanes dominate the canvas, almost bursting out of its borders.

That might be because Day is intent on going somewhere now. He has plans to make a career out of art. The soft-spoken 34-year-old says joining Les Impatients, a collective of artists who live with mental-health issues, changed his life.

His work and that of other members of the collective is on display at the Wellington Centre in Verdun until Wednesday, May 3.

Day’s mother, Maria Trudel, has watched her son’s self-confidence grow in leaps and bounds over the last few years. Day’s father died recently; Trudel is convinced her son’s involvement with Les Impatients is the reason he’s been able to deal with the loss as well as he has.

“Art is the tragedy of life suspended,” says Les Impatients founder and president Lorraine Palardy, quoting philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.


Posted: May 11 2017 - 9:00am

Think of an art institution on the scale of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and what probably comes to mind is a place to go for the respectful appreciation of great works. What you probably don’t tend to think of is creating art of your own within those same walls that exhibit Chagall and Warhol. But that perception is beginning to change. Art Hive, a worldwide network of community-access spaces dedicated to art-based inclusion, now has a space in the MMFA basement.      

Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos, associate professor in creative arts therapies at Concordia University, first hatched what became the Art Hive concept 20 years ago in Albuquerque, N. M., where she had moved from her native Baltimore. At the time, she was shifting from being a physical therapist to an art therapist; feeling disillusioned with the American medical managed-care system, she became more involved with colleagues involved in health care for the homeless.


Posted: May 10 2017 - 9:00am

The Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal is not only the largest healthcare construction project in North America, but when the 3-million-square-foot super-hospital is complete, it will also house the largest concentration of public art in Montreal since Expo 67, a half century ago.

A total of 13 large-scale artworks have been incorporated into the final CHUM site design, all of them in the building’s interior and exterior public spaces, of which there are many. Azad Chichmanian, of Neuf Architects, which partnered on the project with New York-headquartered CannonDesign, says the goal was a seamless integration of architecture and art that would be soothing to hospital visitors and welcoming to all.



Posted: May 9 2017 - 12:30pm

Some basic stats on Bryan Espiritu, this week's featured artist on Exhibitionists: He's 36, born and raised in Toronto. He's an artist, a designer — even a Juno-winning record producer — and he currently has a variety of projects on the go, including a May 13 pop-up project called "Cheap Art For Sale" that he's presenting with Legends League, the streetwear brand he launched 10 years ago. You won't get any of those Wikipedia-ready facts in these three new videos produced for CBC Arts, though. Instead, prepare to go way deeper.


Posted: May 9 2017 - 9:03am

Izzy Dempsey was busy working out of Local Jo’s Café when she grabbed a much-needed mindfulness break thanks to an initiative of Fusion Halifax.

To mark Mental Health Week, the non-profit organization has set up colouring stations at 10 cafes throughout Halifax. Five different, Maritime-themed postcards and a mug of colouring pencils are available for anyone who feels the need to take a mindfulness break.

“I am totally into it. You can’t go wrong with colouring… I find it’s so easy to just go overboard and constantly work, work, work, making to-do lists. It really wears down on you,” the 23-year-old Halifax resident said on Thursday.

“I should be doing more what is good for me in that moment, so something like this where I come into the cafe and I’m working and doing emails and all that, and then it’s like ‘Do you want to colour?’ It took me no time. Yeah. Yeah, I do want to colour. It’s great.”

The Fusion Halifax health and wellness team had no time getting 10 businesses on board to participate in what they’re calling the #CraftyCompliments project.