EVE-LYNN SWAN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Durham West Junior Farmers’ Association brought documentary filmmaker Dylan Sher and his project to the Roxy Theatres of Uxbridge, on a recent Saturday afternoon, filling the small theatre with farmers and consumers eager to communicate about a subject dear to them all: Food.
In charge of a prestigious restaurant kitchen, on the 54th floor of a downtown Toronto office tower, cameras follow Chef John Horne, as he designed an entrée, based on ten ingredients available within a 100 km radius, then met the producer of each item.
Produced by Sher, a city dweller taking his agriculture degree at the University of Guelph, the film drew chuckles from farmers, gasps from consumers and groans from everyone during the screening. No one liked thinking of honey as “bee vomit.”
Promoted by the Junior Farmers’ as a fundraiser for a food bank and an agricultural education organization, film-goers were invited to a question and answer session at a local brewery following the film. Crop, dairy, beef and pork farmers donned named tags and made themselves available to answer questions about their livelihoods.
Comments from viewers ranged from nods, the “fair treatment of animal welfare and plant engineering issues” to “awe at the amount of propaganda for industrial agriculture on display.”
Readers wishing to view the film, Before the Plate, can rent it online, at www.beforetheplate.com, or see it at upcoming events listed on the website.
KAWARTHA LAKES: The work of the Kawartha Arts Network, an artists’ cooperative based in Kawartha Lakes, will be displayed throughout March at City Hall.
All are invited to visit City Hall, at 26 Francis Street in Lindsay, to enjoy more than 30 beautiful pieces from the group.
The Kawartha Arts Network strives to promote awareness of the importance of arts and culture in the Kawartha Lakes community and beyond. The group meets monthly, to exchange ideas and look ahead to the future of art in the Kawartha Lakes area.
“The Kawartha Arts Network encompasses the beauty of our municipality,” said Mayor Andy Letham. “Their organization does so much for the art and culture of Kawartha Lakes, so it’s an honour to showcase their work at City Hall.”
The exhibition at City Hall includes 35 oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings, as well as photography and mixed media artworks.
“We love pursuing our vision as artists in Kawartha Lakes,” said RoseMarie Condon, an artist from the Kawartha Arts Network. “We find its natural beauty and relaxed way of life inspiring to us.”
Kawartha Arts Network is involved with many exhibitions and shows throughout Kawartha Lakes each year. The show at City Hall will continue until March 29th. In order to showcase the work of many Kawartha Lakes artists, the artwork at City Hall changes approximately every month.
If you would like your work to be featured, please contact Christine Briggs, Executive Assistant to Mayor and Council, at 705-324-9411, extension 1310.
DURHAM: This dynamic duo will entertain us with an amazing array of musical styles including Cajun, western swing, rockabilly, jigs, reels and English/Canadian folk, all with an 'east coast' flair. Along with rich vocals, instruments played will include fiddle, accordion, keyboard, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, jaw harp, bodhran and Irish bouzouki.
Between them, they have performed on over 85 CD's including Stompin' Tom Connors, Irish Descendants, Mark Haines, Naming the Twins, Nancy White and Ron Hynes.
Come join us for a fantastic night of music and fun. The concert happens on Saturday, March 23rd at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at Claremont United Church, 5052 Old Brock Road, Claremont.
Tickets are $20 at the door or email to the following address: email@example.com, or call Tracey May at 647 982-4649.
SCUGOG: Port Perry resident Jeff Bardeau uses his imagination to create unique acrylic paintings and woodwork art pieces.
“I’ve been doing paintings since 1982, when I really started. I use my imagination, not trying to do anything realistic,” Mr. Bardeau told The Standard. “I always was a bit of an artistic kid doing things, so I just decided one time, I would start doing some art. I took a one semester painting course. That’s when it all kind of started.”
Mr. Bardeau and his wife Carol moved to Port Perry a few weeks ago. They had previously lived in Oshawa.
“I’ve always liked Port Perry because there is a nice arts community down here,” he said.
Mr. Bardeau shared that people have compared his works to those of Vincent van Gogh and Salvador Dali.
“I think of myself as Salvador Dali meets aboriginal,” he said.
Carol said her husband doesn’t usually start out with a full vision for his pieces when he starts getting to work on them.
“He doesn’t know what he is painting until he is finished. Somebody else’s hand is guiding him,” she explained.
Mr. Bardeau told The Standard that he can find inspiration everywhere.
“Inspiration comes from everything. Anything in this room could be an inspiration for a painting like that lamp. I could take that and abstractly change it into something,” he said.
During his process of creating art works, Mr. Bardeau commonly listens to suggestions from his wife.
“She gives me hints, she makes suggestions. She’ll tell me things that she sees and I’ll go ‘hmm,’” he explained.
Mr. Bardeau puts a lot of work into making his pieces as perfect as they can be.
“When I’m done I’m spent emotionally. I become drained when I’m done a piece. Sometimes after I look at a piece, I go ‘wow, did I really do that?,’” the local artist said.
Mr. Bardeau feels his works are open to interpretation.
“I don’t really like to name my items that much. I usually try to use a one-word title, only because I don’t want to take away from somebody seeing something different. I don’t want them to only see what I see, I want them to see their own imagery,” he said.
Mr. Bardeau is also constantly looking to add to his art skills repertoire.
“I always study other artists’ work to see if there is something I can apply to my art,” he said.
For more information, to see and purchase Mr. Bardeau’s works, search ‘Bardeau Art’ on Facebook or email this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.