Join us on Sunday April, 30th from 2-4pm for an in-store appearance from Toronto author and urban observer, Shawn Micallef. We’ll be celebrating the launch of his new book, Frontier City and also discussing The Trouble With Brunch and Stroll. After the talk, we’ll head out for a small walk around James St. North. This is sure to be an engaging conversation. We’ve wanted to being Shawn into town for a while now. Really honoured to present this to Hamilton. Event is free to attend and Shawn’s books will be available for purchase.
We’re getting the gallery room all set up with lots of prints from some of our favourite artists:
2. A new addition to the shop, Ralph Heather‘s woodblock prints feature local landmarks.
3. We’re happy to see new work from Newfoundland printmaker, Graham Blair. His hand-pulled prints are graphic, bold and full of personality.
4. Ryan Berkley is another artist you’ll find regularly in the gallery. His colourful animals morphed into human personalities will leave you with a smile.
5. The art making family known as the Jelly Brothers are making sure our map selection is filled to the brim with local and not-so-local neighbourhood maps this Christmas season.
Disclaimer: We love mason jars! We know others do too based on the amount of interesting ways developed to adapt these humble glass containers into functional and stylish on-the-go vessels. We’ve stocked up on all our favourite: Cuppows, BNTOs, Mason Taps and Recaps – all made in the USA. They make great stocking stuffers or pair them up with a jar and a cozy and you have an instant and unique gift!
Here’s what she sent us:
Dear Art Lovers, Friends, Students & Colleagues,
I wanted to let you know about a great Pinhole Photography Workshop offered by the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, October 4 & 5 (Saturday and Sunday), in conjunction with “Revenant,” an exhibition of work by internationally known photographer Dianne Bos. Dianne grew up in Dundas, and returns with her mysterious and beautiful large-scale photographs. This show will inaugurate our new “TBA” artspace in the Atrium of the Carnegie Gallery. The exhibition opens with a reception for the artist the Friday evening before the Workshop, October 3, 7-9:30pm. Come meet Dianne and see her wonderful work! Her exhibition continues through November 23.
As for the Workshop: We are fortunate that Dianne is able to offer a hands-on, 2 day Pinhole Photography Workshop at the Carnegie! Learn to make a pinhole camera out of almost anything, to shoot photos with it, and process the photos in our on-site darkroom! No experience necessary, but space is limited. To sign up, call (or stop by) the Carnegie Gallery,905-627-4265. Cost for the 2 days is $125 and includes all darkroom supplies. For more details about the workshop, see here.
I am happy to say that Dianne’s is the first of a number of shows I will be curating in the Carnegie’s new “TBA” (it stands for “The Barber Atrium”) artspace. This contemporary addition to the Carnegie’s 100-year old building, and 30 year old artist-run gallery, offers wonderful new possibilities for shows and programming, with its soaring, light-filled spaces. Hope to see you at the TBA, at this and future shows!
News broke earlier today that the developers who own most of the buildings on the south side of King St. between James and Hughson are going back on a promise to delay any actions and instead are readying the site for swift demolition.
There have been a flurry of emails calling on Hamilton councillors and provincial ministers to step in and designate the 19th century buildings. Mixed Media firmly believes that a renewed and prosperous Hamilton will require a mix of heritage, culture, arts and new economic ideas to make this place hum again. This includes adaptive reuse of buildings like the ones threatened in The Gore.
Here’s some local links to get you caught up on what is happening:
– The Spec
Here’s our ever-growing image collection of The Gore. As a city we once felt so proud of this place it appeared on postcards and figured prominently during celebrations. These historical buildings have been a part of Hamilton for a long time – let’s keep it that way!
We’re well into January 2013 and many of us are back into a regular routine after a busy December holiday season. We are thankful and appreciative to all our customers who chose to shop locally in search of something unique and creative. Not only was our store busy, but many of our neighbours on James North saw an increase in pedestrian traffic as more and more people rediscover our historic stretch of storefronts.
While Christmas was a top priority for many – the other big topic of conversation in the shop was whether or not we all should be worried that a Casino would locate in the downtown core. I was encouraged by the fact that everyone who we talked to felt the same way we did. That a casino in the downtown core will only harm the many positive developments that are taking place on James Street North and in downtown Hamilton.
I still can’t believe we’re entering our 8th year in business. To think, when we opened in 2005 most of our friends and family thought we were nuts to locate on James Street North. We heard it all. That the “downtown was dead”, “no one shops downtown anymore” and “you’ll be lucky to last one year”. We’re proud to say that along with our hardworking friends and neighbours, we helped to change what was once an unloved and forgotten neighbourhood into a lively and exciting destination. What continues to happen on James North goes against decades of the same-old downtown large-scale renewal thinking. One has to just look at Jackson Square, Copps Coliseum and the Hamilton Convention Centre to see that that the guarantees of a renewed core through mega projects will never achieve the vitality or economics as promised. The idea of James North wasn’t brainstormed around a boardroom table or made possible by millions of dollars in civic grants and loans. The reason James North happened is that Hamiltonians wanted it to happen. Whether it is the thousands of people who frequent the monthly Art Crawl, the regular shoppers in search of a good coffee and unique finds or the Saturday night crowds enjoying live music at This Ain’t Hollywood and The Brain. The James North that is being written about in national media is what makes Hamilton special and different. Clearly we are being seen as something other the “armpit of Canada” and that is something we can all be proud of.
For the first time in a long time, there is a buzz about the city that is loud and positive. A downtown casino does nothing to enhance that. It creates a blackhole of economic stagnation and creates short-term gains for the operators and long-term pains for the community that hosts it.
This will hurt Hamilton. As life-long Hamiltonians and passionate supporters of this city, we ask you to say NO to a Downtown Hamilton casino!
Escarpment Greetings photo courtesy of Hamilton Artists Inc.
Many thanks to all for shopping local and unique this holiday season! We continue to be amazed by your support and enthusiasm for our little shop. See you all in 2013!