Friday, August 11, 2017

The 2017 Not a Bystander art project - Art Shows & Demonstrations



#194 #ArtAsActivism #Yeg Not a Bystander Final Weekend Poster Blitz-Vote Yes to Free Speech No to Hockey Fan Violence 

#167 Here I'm seated next to the ‘Poet of Churchill Square’ Kevan Lyons’ inside Sir Winston Churchill Square, the square where Kevan's office is always open. Last years 2016 Fire and Rain art project endured 3 verbal bans by officials who work for the Government of Alberta and was finally threaten with police action by a City of Edmonton employee on New Years eve.  I had already resolved my bans with the Alberta Government in 2016 but I had to delay starting the 2017 Not a Bystander art project until late March this because I was committed myself to picketing the City of Edmonton demanding they put it in writing why I cannot as a Canadian freely express myself with art on city public property. The City apologized March 10 after 36 days of picketing and I'm now allowed to freely paint and show my art in public. Kevan was one of many artists who stopped to sign my placard during my protest and he supported my 'Art is Freedom Picket Against The City of Edmonton' writing on my placard 'Art is a way to express ourselves as an artist, and its not something that others can simply take it away from us.' During this fall leading up to the Municipal Elections, I'll be lobbying Edmontonians in the streets and public squares while wearing my Oilers Non Violence Jersey to vote for candidates who will promise to defend Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms for all Canadians.  



#164 Not a Bystander : Standing next to horse mounted members of the volunteer unit of the Lord Strathcona Horse Ceremonial Mounted Troops, wearing First World War uniforms. 

#163 rd. outdoor art show... Not a Bystander Edmonton Oiler Non Violence Jersey corner of 102 street and Jasper Ave. 

#155 Th. outdoor art show... Not a Bystander Edmonton Oiler Non Violence Jersey standing next a Buffalo Saber fan in front of the war memorial in front of #yeg City Hall. 

(EPS) Edmonton Police Service obliged my request for this photo opt and shared my story behind my Edmonton Oiler Non Violence Jersey.

Not a Bystander: Today our Alberta Education Minister David Eggen confronted racism on the steps of the Alberta Legislature.

#149 "Walk About" starting inside Sir Winston Church Square tonight during the Lebanese Festival later ending at the #AbLeg during an anti racism rally.

Friday #147 Outdoor Art Show top on the noon hour #AbLeg 2016 Fire and Rain & 2017 Not a Bystander art projects 

Hate; I'm not afraid of you - Lewis Cardinal: YouTube by Doug Brinkman: https://youtu.be/fBAuK_t43k0. Tonight I wore my Edmonton Oiler Non Violence Jersey to Chevy Rabbit's 6th annual #H82Hope rally that promotes diversity in Edmonton. Lewis Cardinal gave a speech that offers real concrete solutions to countering with love.

Last night I attended a candle light vigil for the victims of violence and bullying "Don't Be A Bystander" at the Alberta Legislature and listened to many special guest speakers talk about this topic, They shared experiences, ideas and solutions of how we can stand up and counter violence and bullying by not being a bystander. I wore my Edmonton Oiler Jersey "Non Violence #1" and brought along from the 2017 "Not a Bystander" art project "She smiles after all that" and shared my goal with several people after the vigil of how I'm using my painting to inspire dialog about anger, violence and bullying with images of hope, healing, renewal, with love and beauty as suggested others from my surveys. Organizers Manwar Khan center (white shirt) next to his wife on his left who emceed tonight's Don't Be A Bystander candlelight vigil. Thanks to all the volunteers and Sheriff Harris who stood by on guard for everyone tonight. Tonight was my 130th outdoor art show and demonstration since the start of the year. http://www.ciactivist.org/ My project ends December 20, 2017.

147th art show: I made my first stop before the #ABLeg to the Edmonton General to visit my long time co-worker friend John Orfino and give him his own personal art showing of the "2017 Not a Bystander" art collection. A huge hockey fan we enjoyed each others company and he's invited me back next week to show some more paintings and share thier stories. Today I wore the "Non Violence" Oiler Jersey and shared the stories about the painting "She smiles after all that" both part of the art project...

 
The complete 2017 Not a Bystander art collection is laid out before the Alberta Legislature, Edmonton, Alberta on treaty 6 Territory, Canada.  On the bottom left of the photo a small painting from last years 2016 The Fire and Rain art project. Other smaller paintings were given away as gifts during public art shows.  


The 2017 Not a Bystander art collection that began late March was completed Canada Day and will continue to tour city streets and public squares of Edmonton until December 20, 2017. 


Anti-bullying activist Manwar Khan with Doug Brinkman

 On my way to the Alberta Legislature to do my 72 nd. outdoor art show of the 2017 Not a Bystander art project I was thrilled and honoured taking a picture of friends Paul Franklin and his pal Achilles next to my painting Vimy- Not a Bystander. Paul lost both his legs in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan and has since become a nationally known advocate for amputees. Achilles loves making his rounds getting petted and enjoys Mexican tacos at local eateries. Paul recently returned home from France after participating in the commemoration of (battle of) Vimy (Ridge)100


Next to the completed Vimy-Not a BystanderThe Honorable Ms. Nicole Goehring (ND) Government of Alberta’s Liaison to the Canadian Armed Forces. The painting is promised to Nicole. 
Next to the start of Vimy-Not a Bystander: Laurie Daniel Hawn PC CD is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from 2006 until 2015. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence from October 10, 2007 until May 24, 2011.

She just came up to me and smiled, took my paint brush and palette from me and began to paint. Her Husband looked shocked and I said "Its okay, this is exactly what I wanted to see happen with this art project, community participation!" 


A man who is a comic artist was also invited to add a few brush strokes to my painting "She smiles after all that..." part of the Not A Bystander art project that invites community input.

Other participants included these school children who suggested I paint something that represents  Ying and Yang, MLA (Wildrose) David Hanson suggested a crow known for it's intelligence and MLA (ND) Rod Loyola suggested a yellow star that he says represents hope. 

A man in front of Edmonton City Hall watched and kept me company as I added to the painting She smiles after all that.


Early April: First few days painting She smiles after all that inside Sir Winston Churchill square, Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory. Last year my 2016 Fire and Rain art project endured 3 verbal bans by officials with the Government of Alberta and was threaten with police action by a City of Edmonton employee. The 2017 Not a Bystander art project was delayed as a result because I had to defend my right to freely express myself with art in public. I used art as my placard to picket in front of City Hall and on public sidewalks for 38 days. On March 10th I ended my picket after a meeting with the city. I received an apology and we agreed to work together so I can freely express myself as a Canadian with art without duress.

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