Thursday, 23 July 2015

Great Memories-Inside the Artists' Studio

Last night the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo's Artist in Residency (AIR) program, in partnership with Arts Council Wood Buffalo, hosted Inside the Artist Studio, a free arts workshop featuring the Artists in Residence: Renny Hua, Ruddy Tuneeko, Ruth Perry, and Luke Maddaford 

Each artist coordinated an activity, giving the participants the opportunity to learn four different art techniques.

The first activity was taught by Reeny Hua. She showed everyone how to create a layering effect on canvas using masking tape.

Ruth Perry taught the group how to create their own logos and designs that could be transferred onto a t-shirt or any piece of fabric using an iron. 

Luke Maddaford followed, teaching the participants how to create their own Zine.

Ruddy Tuneeko finished the evening by showing the group how to create their own sunset landscape.

Diana Moser, Special Projects Coordinator for Arts Council Wood Buffalo, successfully managed the evening, keeping the group on track while maintaining an easy flow between the activities while keeping a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

The participants were a collection of youth and adults who all shared an interest in creativity and art. They filled the room with laughter, made new friends, and thoroughly enjoyed each activity. The workshop allowed hardworking individuals the chance to escape their daily routines and enjoy an evening of creativity in a community setting. Each participant added their own creative flare to their pieces and each work was unique!

The results of the evening could be seen in the smiles of the participants and their creative works of art!

If you would like to participate in any of the upcoming AIR events or to learn more about the Artist in Residency program please visit our website at or contact Community Strategies Coordinator, Michael Beamish,, (780) 788-1498.   

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

igNIGHT – Request for Proposals

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) invites artists to submit proposals to stage temporary, light-based public art in downtown Fort McMurray. The RMWB seeks to capitalize on opportunities to reimagine, transform, and energize public spaces by showcasing igNIGHT-Art Illuminated. This temporary public art event will take place from October 23 to November 1, 2015, from sundown to midnight daily. Artists are asked to explore potential opportunities for using light to enhance, animate, interact with or re-contextualize natural and/or built environments. Existing artworks that have not been showcased in Fort McMurray will also be considered.

Budgets For Each Location

Project Location                              Budget
A            MacDonald Island Park       $30,000
B            Poplar Crescent Par            $25,000
C            Bus Transit Shelter             $15,000

Deadline for Submissions: 4:30 p.m. (MST) Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015.

For more information and to review the Artist Call visit or  contact Theresa Jolliffe at the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, (780) 743-7994,

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Free Arts Workshop

Register today for "Inside the Artists' Studio" a FREE Workshop with RMWB Artists in Residence, hosted by Arts Council Wood Buffalo. Email to sign up or for more information.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Volunteers Needed-Maskwa Drumming Project

Dear friends; 

Is drumming your passion? Here is a great opportunity for you!

The Maskwa Drumming Project is creating two performance pieces for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games. The assembly will consist of 250 children, youth and community members drumming, singing and dancing. The songs will be from Cree and Dene Nations to reflect and pay tribute to our region's Aboriginal People's History.

We are looking for volunteers, of all ages, who can join us on August 6th, 7th and 16th.

No prior Experience is necessary just willingness to learn and represent your community!

To register or if you have any question please contact:

Bill Bertschy


Sonia Burke-Smith

Artist in Residency Zine

Artist in Residency Zine, designed by Paul Jen

Hot off the presses, the new Artist in Residency Zine! Designed by Paul Jen, featuring Luke Maddaford, Reeny Hua, Ruddy Tuneeko and Ruth Perry. Get your copy at the Art Themed Urban Market, tomorrow, 10am-4pm, Jubilee Plaza, at the Artist in Residency table. Then stay for CardboART where you get to play and create pieces of art from recycled cardboard with the artists in residence.

If you would like some copies to showcase at your business or office please contact Michael Beamish,, 780-788-1498. 

"Ideas" created by Ruth Perry

"Roots" created by Reeny Hua 

"How Much Must I Pay to Live?" created by Ruddy Tuneeko
"Disaster Study 1" created by Luke Maddaford 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015


 The Artist in Residency program invites you to be a kid again at our community engagement activity, CardboART! Join our artists in residence as they transform recycled cardboard into creative masterpieces. CardboART will be taking place at the Art Themed Urban Market, Jubilee Plaza, 10am-4pm.
What can be created from cardboard…well…ANYTHING!!! Check out these amazing works by artists from around the world. Get inspired and come to CardboART this Saturday and let your creative juices flow!

Bicycles by Chirs Gilmour

Welcome to Cardburg by Cardboard Institute of Technology

Cartonlandia by Ana Serrano

Chuck Taylor by Mike Leavitt

Church St. Record by Mark O'Brien

Dress made from cardboard and recycled materials by Peter Clark

Cardboard Chicken by Mark O'Brien

Motorcycle by Chris Gilmour

Four art students at Strode College in the UK submitted this sublime octopus to “Cardboard Catwalk”, a cardboard-themed fashion show at their school back in 2009.

Palace of Westminster Desk by Jonathan Ro-Schofield

Suit made of recycled materials by Peter Clark

Queen Victoria by Chris Gilmour

Shoes by Mark O'Brien

Space Odyssey by Ferry Staverman

Violin by Chris Gilmour

Volkswagen Bug by Chris Gilmour

For more inspirational ideas check out these creative pieces posted on Pinterest.