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My interview with internationally known artist Andrew Salgado

Twenty-five years ago, at the age of 10, Andrew Salgado was just another kid who’d decided to take art classes at Regina’s Neil Balkwill Centre. Today he’s a celebrated and critically acclaimed artist whose last 11 solo exhibitions (in cities as diverse as London, New York, Miami and Cape Town) have sold out, and who has been interviewed by major magazines and newspapers around the world. In January and February, Salgado’s paintings were featured in a survey exhibition entitled TEN at The Canadian High Commission in Trafalgar Square, London, which coincided with the release of the first artist monograph (work published in book form) featuring his paintings. He’s even been ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:49, March 2nd, 2017 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The magazine article version of my interview with Atom Egoyan…

...has appeared in Refined Regina. Click on the image below to get a larger look at how it appeared.

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:31, November 29th, 2016 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

An interview with Atom Egoyan

Last week I interviewed world-renowned film (and stage and opera) director Atom Egoyan, in connection with the first North American showing of his art installation “Steenbeckett” at Regina’s MacKenzie Art Gallery. The 750-word article I wrote will appear in the next issue of Refined Lifestyles Magazine, but I thought I’d take advantage of my blog to post a lightly-edited (for clarity and continuity) transcript of our entire conversation. He was a pleasure to talk to and I highly recommend taking in the installation (and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, one of Canada's best) if you’re in Regina. You can read much more about it on the "Egoyan at the MacKenzie" website, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:57, November 8th, 2016 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Daily Toast: To Bohemia

  Background here.

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:43, May 7th, 2014 under Blog, The Daily Toast | Comment now »

Kingdom in Shadows, by Alice Willett, age 11

My daughter likes to write, too. Here's a recent piece, illustrated by the author. Kingdom in Shadows By Alice Willett The Kingdom of Averendel was dying. One girl looked out of her window, the rain drizzling outside. The girl was crying. Her little sister came in with a letter. The girl turned, wiping tears from her eyes. “You have mail!” the littler girl said cheerfully. The older girl forced a smile on her face. “Thank you,” she said. As her little sister left the girl opened the letter and read three words: Find. The. Cure. # Genevieve was going to the castle. She was sure that was where the letter ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:40, December 7th, 2012 under Blog, Writing and Editing | 1 Comment »

Go see Tafelmusik’s The Galileo Project…

...if you have the opportunity. We did, last night, and were blown away. The music, the playing, the images, and the text were all fantastic, and pretty much exactly in line with the things that interest me most: science and the arts, mingled together. Tafelmusik is, of course, one of the world's premiere period-instrument orchestras. The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres features poetic narration, choreography, and music by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel. Here is a sample: Most moving for me was a final quote from Galileo, taken from his Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. Although I prefer the translation used in The Galileo Project itself, here is the passage taken from an ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:35, December 1st, 2012 under Blog, Columns | Comment now »

Saturday Special from the Vaults: Andy Warhol: Everyone Will Be Famous for 15 Minutes

For this week's Saturday Special, another opening to another biography written for Enslow Publishers, this one about artist Andy Warhol. Like my biographies of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, it was for the series American Rebels. I actually studied a bit of art history and minored in art at university, and we make a point of visiting art galleries wherever we go, so this one was fun. Even more so since a Warhol exhibit passed through Regina while I was in the early stages of working on it. Herewith, the introduction and first chapter to Andy Warhol: Everyone Will Be Famous for 15 Minutes. But first: a link where ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:14, April 21st, 2012 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Saturday Special from the Vaults: A 1997 interview with Tolkien artist John Howe

John Howe is an artist particularly well known for his illustrations based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. He and Alan Lee served as the chief conceptual designers for The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, so you have well have seen his work without even knowing his name. But when I interviewed him for InQuest Magazine back in 1997, all that lay in the future. You can read all about his current work on his website, but 15 years ago, this was what he had to say... (Photo: John Howe, 2003, by Stefan Servos) *** Vital Stats Name:  John Howe Birth:  August 21, 1957, in Vancouver, B.C. Occupation:  Illustrator Base of Operations:  Switzerland Family:  Howe's wife, Fataneh, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:36, February 4th, 2012 under Blog, The Vaults | Comment now »

Atomic-oxygen art restoration

[podcast]http://edwardwillett.com/wp-content/upLoads//2011/02/Atomic-Oxygen-Art-Restoration.mp3[/podcast] Whenever you visit an art museum that houses really old paintings, you may find yourself underwhelmed by their appearance. Case in point: the Mona Lisa. Although I haven’t seen it recently, when I did see it, back in the 1980s...well. It was small, dark, and hard to see inside its climate-controlled compartment. That darkness dimming the famous smile dims many other old paintings. Over five centuries, the Mona Lisa has been plastered with layer upon layer of resin, lacquer and varnish that have darkened with age. Removing them has always been tricky, because each substance requires a different solvent, which in turn must not damage the paint that ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:13, February 25th, 2011 under Blog, Columns, Science Columns | Comment now »

My poster for Regina Lyric Musical Theatre’s fall show

I've been designing posters for Regina Lyric Musical Theatre (previously Regina Lyric Light Opera) for years now. I enjoy it. It's pretty much the only visually artistic thing I do these days, despite being an art minor in university. Here's my poster for this fall's production of The Times, They Are A-Changin', a 1960s folk revue created  and directed by Ryan Hicks, a music teacher here in the city with whom I used to sing in the University of Regina Chamber Singers. Oh, and tickets are on sale now, if you'd like to go see the show. You should!

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:07, September 22nd, 2010 under Blog | Comment now »