Spotlight on Artists: Chance Mutuku – The Art of Finessing

 

It is no exaggeration to say that talking to Chance restored my faith in humanity.  In a world full of darkness and terror, people like Chance serve as a small glimmer of hope in a seemingly hopeless future.  Chance’s goal through his art is to connect with people of all backgrounds, help them understand the world around them and to show how art can be used to turn negatives into positives.  In his words, “To take negative experiences and finesse them into positives ones”

Originally from Waterloo, Ontario, Chance came to Brock University on a wrestling scholarship to study Kinesiology.  Through Brock’s “Both sides of the Brain” campaign, which is designed to encourage students to incorporate creativity in their academic studies, Chance was able to integrate his love for Kinesiology with his passion for art.  Most of Chance’s work centres around visual art and art instillations. He partnered with the Brock Athletic Department to create what he calls “The Perfect Athlete”. This piece is a visual art piece featuring compilations of photos of several athletes at Brock into one athlete; representing unity between Brock and its athletic community.  

Another piece to note is one he created in a troubled neighbourhood in Waterloo.  Chance spoke in detail about creating a space where kids of all backgrounds could come and create.  Within this installation, local kids were taught how to brain storm, paint, draw and use a camera for different forms of expression.  He believes strongly in the importance of expression.

Taking matters into his own hands, Chance has started his own company known as BBBBlanc*, with the four B’s representing moving forward towards the future and the asterisk representing the uniqueness of the brand.  BBBBlanc* is a collaborative platform aiming to assist in the creation of projects by youth and young adults, as well as providing services in brand strategizing.

Being a student in the Niagara Region, Chance noticed the lively and diverse culture that Niagara has to offer.  Unfortunately, many students return to their hometowns at the end of the school year and miss out on the opportunity to experience the culture in Niagara to its full potential. Chance hopes to encourage these students with his art to engage in everything region has to offer and make them feel as though they belong here.  Give them a place they can call home, just as he has.



About the Author:
 Valerie Fraser is a 21-year-old student from Hamilton, Ontario in her third year of Media Communications at Brock University. She comes from a very artistic family across all platforms, including: painting, theatre, opera, piano and other instruments. She has a great appreciation for art and music and has experience in theatre, voice, piano, violin and guitar. She has worked in the customer service industry for many years and enjoys engaging with her community in various capacities. Her hobbies include: photography, video games, spending time with friends, eating ice cream and hanging out with her dog Sophie.

Submissions close April 30th!

We need to make a major announcement to all ARTISTS, ARTISANS, INSTALLATION ARTISTS & MUSICIANS!!  You’ve got 1 & 1/2 DAYS LEFT to send us your submissions for The 2018 Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival!!  This years festival will be bigger than ever before with more workshops, more music, more art & more fun!  We are working so hard to bring you the best festival possible and it would be an honour to have you be a part of it.

ARTISTS & ARTISANS can apply HERE!

INSTALLATION ARTISTS can apply HERE!

MUSICIANS can apply HERE!

We look forward to hearing from you!


The Cultural Development Fund Grant!

Jazz singer Liberty Silver will be a key addition to this year’s Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival at Firemen’s Park this September. The event is among the recipients of this year’s Niagara Falls Cultural Development Fund. – John Law , Niagara Falls Review

We are so excited to have received the Cultural Development Fund Grant from the City of Niagara Falls!!  This year’s Festival will be the best one yet and a mark for the future festivals that will continue to grow and showcase the AMAZING talent that Niagara Falls & beyond has to offer!

Article reads:

Niagara Arts Showcase president Phil Lococo says the $10,000 for the Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival will help pay for new features at this year’s event, such as Juno-winning jazz singer Liberty Silver providing free vocal workshops. She will also be the headline performer for the opening night ceremonies.

“This support from the city helps Niagara Arts Showcase fulfill its mission to provide artistic and cultural experiences to the residents of Niagara Falls, and to our visitors as well,” he says.

“We are definitely on course to making this a very strong event for years to come.”

You can read the full article by clicking HERE

 

 

Using Art to Achieve Mindfulness

 

Art is arguably one of the most versatile modes of expression available to us today.  What is considered “art” is unique to each person.  Therefore, there is no universal definition.  For instance, if a person were to compare the Mona Lisa, one of the most famous paintings in the world, to a hand drawn picture that a young child has created, they may feel that the Mona Lisa is ‘art’ while the drawing is not.  The child on the other hand may be very proud of their drawing and hopes their caregiver will put it up on the fridge to show house guests passing through.  The difference between the Mona Lisa and the child’s drawing is that Leonardo da Vinci was a more established Renaissance artist at the time of the Mona Lisa’s creation.  Both pieces share a common theme that occurs in all pieces of art: a physical manifestation of expression.

The importance of art and expression is often overlooked.  Especially in the fast-paced world we live in now.  It is easy to be caught up in the desire to get ahead and feel as though you have to have the next great thing in order to live a fulfilling life.  If we spent some time slowing down, allowing our mind to be at ease, and channeling that moment into a piece of art, we may discover parts of ourselves that we never knew existed.  Taking the time to focus on mindfulness and channeling that energy into a piece of art is a step in the right direction towards living a healthier and happier life. 

Whether the finished product is a masterpiece such as the Mona Lisa, or simply a few scribbles on a blank page, it is as unique and as wonderful as you are! What are you waiting for? Grab a paint brush, a pencil, some crayons, whatever peaks your interest and start creating!



About the Author:
 Valerie Fraser is a 21-year-old student from Hamilton, Ontario in her third year of Media Communications at Brock University. She comes from a very artistic family across all platforms, including: painting, theatre, opera, piano and other instruments. She has a great appreciation for art and music and has experience in theatre, voice, piano, violin and guitar. She has worked in the customer service industry for many years and enjoys engaging with her community in various capacities. Her hobbies include: photography, video games, spending time with friends, eating ice cream and hanging out with her dog Sophie.