Quest Art Videos
Quest Art is pleased to share with you these opportunities to learn more about our exhibitions and programmes, and a chance to get creative – all from the comfort of your own home! Below you can view our Meet The Artist series, Quest for Sound, and view videos from our previous exhibitions.
Aliyah Beckles-Gaines is the editor and one of the authors of We Are Here: Stories of Southern Georgian Bay BIPOC Women. A book in which three BIPOC women have chosen to share their experiences from within the Midland/Penetanguishene community that were racist, micro aggressive, or demeaning and ultimately how their lives changed for the better in the end. The writers are: Cassidy Press Tatyana Drover and Aliyah Beckles-Gaines We all greatly believe that education is a tool to change how we are treated as BIPOC peoples. This book will hopefully be a tool for those who are not BIPOC to see how even small actions greatly affect someone’s well-being, and for BIPOC to see their experiences reflected.
Meet the Artist Series
In the summer of 2021, we set out to create videos that highlighted some artists in the area! Click the menu below to read a little about each artist, and watch a brief video where they talk about their practice and show off some of their work.
Meet The Artist – Michael Therrien
“Michael is born and raised in Penetanguishene, Ontario and has been based out of Lafontaine since the mid 70’s. He’s been turning bowls for as long as I’ve been alive; watching someone in their element, filled with passion and just pure enjoyment is hard to come across. Michael is one of the most genuine and pure people I’ve ever met. I can’t wait to share his story.” Documented by Alec Jordan Turnings by Michael Therrien Craftsman of Wooden Bowls 705.533.2379
Music: Paris Cafe by Wesley Thomas
Intimacy by Ben Winwood
Bee77 by Matt MacNeil
My Night With You by Wesley Thomas
Catie Raymond – Meet The Artist (Steampunk Festival)
In collaboration with the Coldwater Steampunk Festival, we’d like to introduce our newest episode of Meet The Artist featuring Catie Raymond. Catie Raymond is a true original. An expert at breaking conventions, the Coldwater based artist brings new life to vintage pieces that she collects at antique shows across North America. Combining semi precious stones, fire-polished crystal, and high quality hypoallergenic sterling silver with eclectic vintage finds like watch parts and one of a kind charms, Catie breathes new life into esoteric trinkets that might otherwise be forgotten. Like the dragonfly that is her signature, Catie changes direction on a whim, uses a variety of colour, and has incredible vision. To see her work please visit her website here!
Meet The Artist – Ash Randall-Colalillo
Ash Randall-Colalillo is a queer emerging interdisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto, Ontario currently studying at OCAD University. Ash also is a member of Mudcat Collective, an artist collective established in 2020 with OCADU alumni. The mediums used within her art practice is: performance, sculpture/installation, video and drawing/painting. Ash’s work acts as a window to invite viewers to look out into a new perspective of space that exists around us as well as within us. It represents a study of the self that reflects a transitional relationship of universal experience. This is a special session featuring one of our artists from our Virtual pride exhibition, which you can see here!
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Meet the Artist – Christian Bernard Singer – English
Quest Art School + Gallery is thrilled to continue our new initiative ‘Meet the Artist’. This is an ongoing video series, which will highlight the talent of local artists.
It is our pleasure to introduce our next artist as Christina Bernard Singer! Christian is an eco artist who works with creating sculpture and installation based on his environment. He is an artist, curator and educator who pushes boundaries, materially and conceptually, while opening pathways to meaningful and resonant experiences for viewers.
Meet the Artist – Christian Bernard Singer – French
Quest Art School + Gallery est ravi de poursuivre notre nouvelle initiative « Meet the Artist ». Il s’agit d’une série de vidéos en cours, qui mettra en valeur le talent des artistes locaux. Nous avons le plaisir de vous présenter notre prochain artiste, Christian Bernard Singer! Christian est un éco-artiste qui travaille à la création de sculptures et d’installations basées sur l’environnement. C’est un artiste, un conservateur et un éducateur qui repousse les limites, matériellement et conceptuellement, tout en ouvrant la voie à des expériences significatives et résonnantes pour les spectateurs.
Meet The Artist – Laurie Cochrane
Laurie J. Cochrane is a painter, photographer, and ceramicist who captures landscapes and abstracted natural views. Cochrane’s continual need to paint and search for new subject matter has led her to discover the world out there. Laurie studied art in Western Australia and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Her travels have influenced her artworks. Notions of colour and space make her work appealing and universal. She is presently using more collaging and textures in her mix media paintings. Also Laurie is very excited about her Vida x Design collection of wearable art. Laurie loves to teach fearless watercolour painting workshops to adults. Laurie Cochrane’s paintings are collected in Australia, Canada, England, USA, and around the world. Laurie believes that art can open minds and open doors to connecting us to new worlds of understanding.
Phill Holder – Meet The Artist (Steampunk Festival)
In collaboration with the Coldwater Steampunk Festival, we’d like to introduce our newest episode of Meet The Artist featuring Phill Holder! The Steampunk Factory is located at 20 Coldwater Road Coldwater Ontario Canada right on the main street! And please check out his website here!
Nathan Robertson (Yell) – Meet The Artist for the Steampunk Festival
In collaboration with the Coldwater Steampunk Festival, we’d like to introduce our newest episode of Meet The Artist featuring Nathan Robertson (Yell). Long-time drummer and birchbark crafter, Nathan Yell hails from Coldwater, Ontario and specializes in a mixture of alternative song writing and contemporary arrangements. His musical vision challenges conventions of genre while incorporating a balance of percussion, synthesizer, guitar and occasional words. Synchronized Stratification brings a mixture of improvised material and progressive sounds for multiple instruments.
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Here is the link to stream Nate’s music and follow his social media accounts.
Meet the Artist – Taylor Morrow
Quest Art School + Gallery is proud to introduce our ‘Meet the Artist’ video series, which will highlight the talent of local artists from the Midland and Midland-adjacent areas. We are very proud to introduce Taylor Morrow as our first guest! Taylor is a local mixed media artist who shares her mental health journey through her artwork. To see more of her work, go to https://tasteoftay.com/.
Quest for Sound
In the summer of 2021, we worked with a co-op student and partnered with Grounded Coffee in Midland to showcase local musicians! Click the menu below to read a little about each musician, and watch their acoustic performances.
Quest For Sound – Keegan (Opeongo) – Ep. 1
Opeongo is the moniker of Keegan Trumpour from Midland, ON. He currently resides in Toronto. His sophomore album “we’ll all go with (the-will-o’-the-wisp)” is set to be released late 2021/ early 2022. Hear the first single here!
Quest For Sound – Michelle Thibodeau – Ep. 2.
Michelle Thibodeau is a Pop Singer-Songwriter and Musical Theatre Performer, originally from Moncton, New Brunswick. She is currently living in Midland and working as the Marketing Coordinator at the Midland Cultural Centre. Michelle is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC and has also completed the Artist Entrepreneur Program at Canada’s Music Incubator in Toronto, ON. Some notable accomplishments in her music career thus far include performing solos for legendary composers Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (2012) and David Foster (2017), releasing 3 albums of original music, and performing in 4 professional Musical Theatre productions: The Sound of Music, Oliver, The Rocky Horror Show and The Wizard of Oz. Pre-Covid times, Michelle could be found playing guitar or piano while singing at events and restaurants in and around North Simcoe and the GTA. The best place to find Michelle’s music and visual art is on her website here!
Over the course of the pandemic, Quest strove to continue to bring art to the public – as a result, we held many virtual exhibition openings. Check out some of our exhibition teasers and openings below!
Christian Bernard Signer Virtual Exhibition COMING SOON! – English
Quest Art School + Gallery is thrilled to be working with Christian Bernard Singer on both a virtual and physical exhibition coming soon. Christian is an eco artist who works with creating sculpture and installation based on his environment. He is an artist, curator and educator who pushes boundaries, materially and conceptually, while opening pathways to meaningful and resonant experiences for viewers.
Titled From Scattered to Contained, this exhibition is a virtual retrospective of Christian’s work over the past 20 – 25 years.
Christian Exposition Intérieure – Français
THE NIGHT’S BREATH RESPONDS TO THE SEA ARTIST CONVERSATION
Quest’s Executive Director Virginia Eichhorn is joined by Alondra Ruiz-Hernandez and Kasia Latos for an artist conversation about the exhibition “The Night’s Breath Responds to the Sea.”
Inspired by the surrealist French poet, Joe Bousquet, the works in this exhibition deal metaphorically with ideas around loss, of looking to the past, and of using personal experiences as a means of connecting to the universal through symbolic and archetypal imagery
Maples and Other Delights: The Wonders of Wye Marsh Opening
NOT EVEN THE POET’S ARTIST’S CONVERSATION
Quest’s Executive Director Virginia Eichhorn is joined by Michelle Karch-Akerman, Jeanette Luchese and Tina Poplawski for an artist conversation about the exhibition “Not Even The Poets.”
The title comes from Zelda Fitzgerald’s quote “No one can measure, not even the poets, how much the heart can hold.” This exhibition deals with love, loss, memory, commemoration & healing.
The artists in this exhibition have encountered experiences as caregivers for loved ones, with the work being created in response to those experiences including the challenges and the moments of grace and love that transcend illnesses.
Christian Bernard Singer: Between Earth And Sky
Create At Home
Can’t make it to one of our workshops? Try some of these fun crafts below! Be sure to share your results with us – we’d love to see it!