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jay verspeelt LANCE WRITER ______________________________
he fate of the Art Gallery of Windsor uncertain despite a city take-over and a failed proposal for the downtown library to move in to the space. After a year of discussion, on Jan. 4, the City of Windsor purchased the financially fledging AGW for $2.5 million. The City agreed to lease the building’s second and third floors to the gallery for free for the next 49 years. The first floor would be reserved for other City use. The main branch of the Windsor Public Library was set to fill the main floor, but a museum may fill the space instead.
“With the discussion of putting in a museum, I don’t know where we’re going to put in a library,” said Ward 10 councilor and former library board chairman Al Maghnieh. “At the last board meeting, we set a minimum of 40,000 square feet … 40,000-60,000 square feet is what we need to operate a library and there’s absolutely no room in the art gallery.”
The three-storey downtown library is 101,467 square feet; the total space of the art gallery is 77,500 square feet.
The first floor of the AGW has sat empty since the 2010 announcement that the library would move into the space, resulting in the gallery permanently closing its restaurant and gift shop and cutting vital funding for the institution. Money became so tight that the gallery laid off 12 of its 17 employees last November. Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis in the past has characterized the downtown library as being too big for its needs. Helga Reidel, City of Windsor’s chief administrative officer, said that there has not been a decision
The financial situation was obviously quite difficult for us, and so this gives us a fresh financial start
made to move the library into the gallery and there will still need to be more reports brought to city council before deciding whether to go ahead the proposal. “I think the library would like to be in that corridor that’s being created with the university and the aquatic centre and the art gallery and potentially a museum, but they are having a challenge with the amount of space on the first floor,” said Reidel. A report suggesting that a new museum be placed in the art gallery building will go to city council later this year. Reidel didn’t specify the type of museum sug-
“Libraries no longer need miles and miles of shelving and huge buildings. Although our mandate is similar to the one we had 100 years ago, providing information and materials to the community, in 2013 we deliver It differently,” said library CEO Chris Woodrow. Woodrow said using new technology such as eBooks and electronic databases can save the library a great deal of space, but he’s not anticipating any change until at least the spring.
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“The financial situation was obviously quite difficult for us, and so this gives us a fresh financial start,” said Mastin.
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With the downsizing of the AGW, Mastin is looking forward to implementing a new operating model. “It’s a smaller staff so we have fewer building issues to be responsible for now that we’re a lease tenant rather than a building owner,” said Mastin. “Our core staffing is focused on the delivery of the core functions of the gallery like the exhibition program, and the financial and administrative side of the gallery as well as focusing on our web and publishing program.” Mastin plans on bringing back some of the laid off staff but wouldn’t say how many or when those individuals will be recalled for work. No library layoffs are expected if the decision to move to the AGW is approved.
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natasha marar EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ______________________________
isitors confronted with Detroit’s blighted neighbourhoods may be quick to generalize the city as abandoned and devoid of opportunity. But those working in creative industries are increasingly calling Detroit home. “I think there’s no desert here as far as creative energies. There’s a lot of great art coming out of the city,” said Brandon Walley, a Detroit filmmaker. Detroit Creative Corridor Center boasts that the city has the “highest concentration of commercial and industrial designers of all U.S. metropolitan regions.” Jobs in the creative sector are expected to grow by nearly 12 per cent from 2010 to 2018, compared to overall employment at 7.6 per cent. “It’s no secret we have tones of problems. But what also comes along with it is really cheap real estate ... the proverbial $500 house,” remarked Walley. “I don’t even look at what’s happening in Detroit as the scary G word of gentrification yet. The creative people who are coming in are filling in gaps and they bring fresh ideas, but they also stimulate the local base and economy.” “There’s definitely resources here. There’s an attitude that’s very open and communal. ... But the cream rises to the top; you have to be good,” he laughed. Walley says there are plenty of investors for creative projects, as well as technology and business incubators to provide resources to creative entrepreneurs. Below is a brief introduction to some of the many arts projects and organizations breathing new life into Detroit. DETROIT CREATIVE CORRIDOR CENTER A partnership between Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for
Creative Studies, Detroit Creative Corridor Center is an economic development organization that connects and grows Detroit’s creative community. Located in the cultural hub of Midtown Detroit, the centre provides networking opportunities for artists through its annual Detroit Design Festival, Drinks X Design nights and CreativeMornings, a monthly breakfast lecture series. DC3, as it’s known, aides entrepreneurs through its year-long Creative Ventures Program and runs a gallery to showcase the work of local artists. It has a research division, Creative Industries Academy, that’s charged with developing strategies to help other organizations tap and develop creative potential in the city. For information: detroitcreativecorridorcenter.com THE IMAGINATION STATION A group of dedicated Detroiters started this non-profit to clean blighted historic houses on Roosevelt Park beside the abandoned Michigan Central Station in the Corktown neighbourhood. The group’s campus consists of two abandoned homes and three vacant lots, which are being transformed into public spaces for art and community events. “Roosevelt Park historically has been a very important block and area and I think it’s coming back around now. We’re just trying to do creative things with that land,” said Walley, director of development for The Imagination Station. The group’s most recent project was the creation of an 18-hole miniature golf course on their vacant land, created by students at Lawrence Tech University. The course will be free to the public when it’s completed in the spring. “It’s kind of the first phase for this idea we’re kicking around for a Detroit country club, where there will be other activities you can do,” said Walley, adding it would include ping pong tables, micro brewed beer and food trucks.
“One of the big proponents for Imagination Station is trying to be a support system to do things within the community that’s not necessarily on our campus.” For information: facethestation.com POWER HOUSE PRODUCTIONS In 2007, architect Gina Reichert and artist Mitch Cope founded Design 99, a retail design studio offering consultations and $99 house call specials. The duo purchased a foreclosed home for $1,900 in 2008. Two years later, the couple founded Power House Productions, a non-profit organization bringing art and culture to an east side neighbourhood. The first house, Power House Project as it was called, soon lead to the purchase of eight other houses and three vacant lots within a four block radius. The houses are being renovated and the neighbourhood has welcomed international artists to do site specific installations in the homes. For information: powerhouseproductions.org CORKTOWN CINEMA In 2009, four people opened an art house theatre in the Cass Corridor called Burton Theatre. But a dispute with the building’s landlord forced the team to close the doors on the theatre. Walley has now joined original members of Burton to relaunch the theatre as Corktown Cinema. “There’s a building we are trying to purchase now in Corktown. It’s amazing, it’s like my dream building. It’s an old bank with art deco stone facade,” said Walley. “We really thought we’d have this building last October and we’re still going through some problems.”
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be even better than the Burton.” For information: corktowncinema.com DETROIT PROJECTION PROJECT Walley and local artist Steve Coy head the Detroit Projection Project. The projections have also been shown on the nearby CPA building, in Corktown and off the Eastern Market. “We would do these huge things like fill up the front of the whole train station ... in that case, we had two projectors on top of each other.” Walley said they don’t own their own projection equipment, so each projection must be planned event. Both artists have been busy with other projects, but Walley hopes they can come together and purchase their own equipment to showcase visual projections in the future. “The idea is to have it more of a continuous thing where people stumble upon something projected on a building in Detroit,” said Walley. “Instead of looking at an advertisement, you’re looking at some video art.” For information: facebook.com/ pages/Detroit-Projection-Project/79742388317 OMNICORPDETROIT Located in Eastern Market, this hackerspace is comprised of designers, artists, engineers and musicians that enjoy building and collaborating on new ideas and projects. The membership-based group holds regular events and open hack nights twice a month.
He expects Corktown Cinema will open in a permanent location in spring 2014.
“There are doing some really creative things, mostly technology ... it’s a really cool collective of like-minded artists and creative types,” said Walley.
“I know we are going to reopen, we’ll have our own building and it’s going to
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john doherty SPORTS EDITOR ______________________________
t’s entirely possible that by the end of this year Windsor will be home to Canada’s largest comic book publisher.
Legacy Comics, the progeny of Windsor comic artist and writer Tony Grey, started out as a publishing house for The Windsor Star newspaper strip The Incredible Conduit. It will be releasing three new products in February and as many as five by the end of the year. The company was formed so that Grey could reissue the Conduit newspaper strips in a comic book format and distribute the books across the world to a much wider audience than the newspapers were reaching. “We were only reaching so many people with the newspapers,” Grey said. “So the immediate reason for forming the company was so that we could compile everything and have almost a digest of the comic strips. But, it’s evolved to a point where the comic and out-markets the comic strip.” With the comic book selling well, Grey decided to take the publishing business to the next step. “We’ve expanded our line,” said Grey, who will showcase his products for the first time at a local comic writers signing Feb. 6 at Cartoon Kingdom (2001 Provincial Rd.) starting at 4 p.m. A more mature, international-feeling version of The Incredible Conduit will be among the new books, said Grey, who wants the character to appeal to a wider market. The Conduit will still have his roots in Windsor but he won’t be completely localized as he appeared in The Windsor Star.
“It’ll be more of a generic place,” Grey said. “To the people of Windsor they’re still going to look at it and see all of the locations, the landmarks— Ambassador bridge, the University of Windsor, St. Clair College— all of these things will play a role. But it just won’t be as Windsor focused. It won’t be put so blatantly out there.” Grey will also be releasing the first book of a new comic science fiction super hero called White Plastic as well as the first issue of the Feral One, a story written by Legacy Comics coowner Daniele Palanca. Grey promises that the signing at Cartoon Kingdom will be a large one, showcasing Windsor’s surprisingly strong comic book talent.
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David Finch, quite possibly the most famous and well regarded artist in comic books today, will be there to promote his work on the Justice League of America, and Dave Fabok will be releasing his first major book in Detective Comics, the series that DC comics was named for. Also present will be Johnny Desjardins, who is currently working on Vampirella for Dynamite Entertainment and was the illustrator for the Last Phantom Annual. Further into the year, Grey hopes to open up the comic book market with a new series primarily for women. He’s also looking into new ways of distribution in order to keep the cost of his comics down to make them accessible and affordable to young kids. For more information about Tony Grey and Legacy Comics, visit legacycomicspublishing. com.
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“Somewhere, someplace and somehow, a fragile man saw right through me. His pale face and light eyes opened the walls of my soul. “What are we and how did us become this way?” she once asked him. The answer is not enough to exist. His silence had more power than the strongest of words; when he did speak she listened. Perhaps she was wrong, however, there are people who bring back what was missing. He brought it back, like a lost illusion, so far away and so hard to conclude; she missed him. Perhaps we hold on to memories as it is the only constant when everything else changes.”
J. Bondy originally appeared in The Lance Jan. 29, 1981
She remembers being trapped when they met, trapped in a past lost to unattained thoughts. These thoughts were real to her, as she stood in front of him that evening so long ago. When she saw him from a far she knew, knew she would never deepen the wound of his abandoned soul. Perhaps she was not perfect, perhaps she saw the promise. Perhaps we dream a path that does not exist or perhaps the dream are moments we blinked away. Can a glance manifest into what an eternity needs to survive? Can we believe in the taste of that angelic kiss? Somewhere on our journey through life, we meet people who enchant a moment once created, dreams of reality, dreams to believe, believe in the prayer once whispered on the darkest of days. “As I search my mind for you,” she whispered, “I am lost. I saw you one night, we spoke, our words different; same message. The moment I heard that soft voice I knew that if you promised to not take too long, I would wait a lifetime for you. I was never ashamed, yet proud to walk beside your silent soul. You showed me love and I heard your pain as I laid against your chest. Pain is the rose on the inside that tears pedals away. I never truly realized the damage until we met and you spoke.” In that moment of silence she wondered, can we become who we never were? As the tears began to pour down his face, he knew that without her, he would walk to nowhere. As he wept, she spoke, “You’re my favourite man and perhaps I destroyed my existence.” He glared at her hazel eyes and thick hips. With a trembling voice he spoke. “You taught me otherwise. When you are the same, you have no common. What can we learn staring at ourselves? Is safe to be with like mind or is life about letting go of vanity. Misery has plagued my life until you. You have saved me, and perhaps as a child, you knew no innocence and now as a woman I am here to open your confessions.” Somewhere the night ended, somewhere she found him and he her, somewhere their lives drew a line to each other.
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Smoked filled room, tired, dark eyes. Scary thoughts, whispering winds of death and life. Nothing changes, sorrow comes and goes as the cigarette burns, hearts swell, tears well up in those dark eyes of mine.
Eugene McNamara originally appeared in The Lance Jan. 7, 1970
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Pain is the same, same damn game, same shit different day, the clock ticks as sleep strikes. Embers burn bright, remembrance of those dark days, dark times, everything was dark in sight. Nightmares come, eyes afraid to close, air afraid to exhale, life scarred, limbs burn.
Marty (C.H.) Gervais originally appeared in The Lance Oct. 10, 1969
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Hardship never ceases, stresses never quiet, love trapped to tight, skin stretched, rippling, marked all wrong. Lips speak truth, mind runs too rapidly, heart screams, soul dwindles where light can’t hit it.
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Haters trudge on, yelling to “throw her in the fire,” drag her name through the mud, ears ring, as they speak hatred to thy name. Racing to the finish line, of life, to get away to walk away, faced with hurt feelings, concerned family, hurting friends, no words come, looks of despair blow with the winds. Lungs fill with confused air, wondering if they should fail, somehow stop, somehow they forgot to do their job.
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1. ARTCITE INC.
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Windsor’s only artist-run centre dedicated exclusively to the presentation and promotion of contemporary and experimental art forms, Artcite Inc. maintains a balanced and diverse program of visual art exhibitions and events. The centre features performance, film and video screenings, artist’s lectures and workshops and presentations of experimental music and interdisciplinary art production. Programs are set one to two years in advance and submission deadlines are March 10 and Oct. 10 each year. Completed proposals and submission packages should be sent in for review.
Rino’s offers a menu focusing on local ingredients and supporting local growers whenever possible including those growing local artistic talent. Book art shows through Facebook one to two months in advance. The gastropub won’t ask for a hanging fee or take commission, artists are asked to host an opening reception.
2. PHOG LOUNGE
Access the eyes and pocketbooks of Windsorites with the best hair in the city at the concept salon Pop Hair Gallery. The two-level multipurpose space takes a 25 per cent commission but connects artists with some of the most diverse culture savvy customers. Call to book. Open call submissions are three times a year with samples.
109 University Ave. W. 519.977.6564
157 University Ave. W. 519.253.1605 Phog Lounge, though known more for live music, is one of the easiest ways to present your art to many of Windsor’s arts scene as easily as possible. Phog requires artists or collectives to have enough art to cover the whole room with tags including titles and prices. No commission is taken and there is no charge to hang. Shows run in two week stints. Call and ask for Frank to book.
3. MILK COFFEE BAR
63 University Ave. W. 519.256.1414 Milk Coffee Bar has been hanging local art for almost 15 years and offers the attention of thousands of cultured caffeine craving eyes every week. Milk charges nothing to hang and takes no commission. Contact Angelo to book.
4. TERRA COTTA PIZZERIA 318 Pelissier St. 519.971.0223
131 Elliott St. W. 519.962.8843
8. POP HAIR GALLERY 973 Erie St. E. 519.915.0346
9.WINDSOR PRINTMAKERS FORUM 420 Devonshire Rd. 519.253.9493
As a non-profit arts organization and an artist-run production centre, Windsor Printmakers Forum offer facilities in lithography, intaglio, relief, silkscreen and letterpress printing to members. Membership is $50 and allows access to three free weeks of gallery space. Windsor Printmakers Forum takes 30 per cent commission on sales.
1942 Wyandotte St. E. 519.252.ARTS
Gourmet pizza tastes better with original art, don’t you think? Call Monika to book and be ready to provide samples. Terra Cotta takes no commission and requires no charge to hang, they like you to keep the whole pie.
Artspeak offers 570 square foot space and takes no commission of sales. The Walkerville gallery space of Arts Council Windsor and Region rents its space weekly for $150 or daily for $35. Contract for rental must be signed with a 60 per cent deposit.
5. COFFEE EXCHANGE
11. NANCY JOHNS GALLERY & FRAMING
Coffee Exchange makes cappuccinos and lattés for a great many of the downtown’s working professionals (you know those people with money to spend), making it one of the best places to sell your work. The coffee shop takes no commission or hanging fee and requires contact at least one month prior to your desired show time. Contact Ron.
Nancy Johns Gallery showcases local art including paintings, mixed media, intaglios, jewellery, both indoor and outdoor sculpture and glassware. Submissions to display are reviewed via e-mail with the artist contacted for an appointment/contract signing if the work is approved. Nancy Johns charges a $15 marketing fee.
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1 Maiden Lane 519.252.CAGE
The trendiest new spot downtown is a great spot to access Windsor’s trendiest folk. With a possible gallery opening in the basement, the art space is just getting bigger. There’s no commission and no charge to hang. Bring in samples or call for booking opportunities.
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The city’s newest store and exhibition space requires interested artists to pick up an application and submit samples for a jury process. Successful candidates pay a $40 to $67 rental fee and a onetime $25 member fee. The co-op takes no commissions.
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