For their second Slow Art Day, Northern Lights Gallery, based in Melfort, Canada and hosted by Sandra Dancy, focused on beauty as a temporary escape. Seven artists from Melfort – a city of about 6,000 in central Saskatchewan – offered one piece of their work for slow looking.
Dancy’s vision for the Slow Art Day was simple: slow people down to enjoy beauty and use art as therapy in a difficult world.
Slow Art Day is the perfect way to focus on the artistic beauty that is everywhere and to briefly escape the many things going wrong in the world. It reinforces how therapeutic art is for the artists and the viewers.
Northern Lights Gallery also produces slow looking events throughout the year including their mid-summer “Back Alley Tour,” which encourages participants to look slowly at the work-in-progress of local artists (as well as attend workshops and interactive art making experiences).
For their first Slow Art Day, the Northern Lights Gallery (located in Melfort, Canada, which is north-east Saskatchewan), invited visitors to try slow looking with artworks by five local artists: Linsey Levendal, Monica Daschuk, Al Jardine, Beth Bentz and Jim Mason.
Below are several photos of the artworks, plus information on their slow looking prompts and brochure.
Visitors were given a brochure with some information about the five artworks, and prompts to use for observation and discussion:
Which artist captured your attention first and why?
How does _____ (your choice) piece compare with your preferred style of art?
If you could bring one piece from today home with you, which one would it be and why?
What medium do you prefer – acrylic, watercolor, ink, pencil…Something else?
Do you like 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional pieces better?
When you stop and look at a piece for 5-10 minutes do you think you see things in it you otherwise might not have?
How much art do you have in your home? What pieces have special meaning?
Families who attended were especially encouraged to discuss how art is an important part of everyday life with their children.
Below is the brochure that the Gallery created:
The event was well received, and there was a steady stream of people during the day. Two of the artists, Al Jardine and Jim Mason, also attended and engaged in discussions with participants.