Interview With Dave Kuruc @ Mixed Media 1) Can you tell us a little bit about your business? Mixed Media is a small independent art shop operated by Dave Kuruc and Teresa Devries that has been in business on James Street North since 2005. We feature quality art materials made in Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, France and the USA. What also makes us unique is … Continue reading 10 Minutes with Mixed Media
BY Terri Wallis I can’t remember how it started, how the idea to turn garden gnomes into zombies first came about. While wherever or however it manifested may have been forgotten, the idea has been turned into a creativity that is still going strong. Garden gnomes were my first victims, then came the Barbies and porcelain dolls, and now I’ll turn almost any figure I … Continue reading Creating Zombie Art
BY Jeanette Eby Continue reading “A Place Where Everyone Matters”
BY Taylor Pipe Walking towards the monthly Art Crawl on James St. North, I felt extremely nervous. It was my first gig as a writer and I was worried the artists would be too preoccupied selling their pieces or promoting their work to talk to me; however, the atmosphere of the famous Hamilton street surprised me. I was surrounded by people from different walks of life … Continue reading Gentrification And Art: It’s Complicated
BY Bryce Kanbara “What will the arts bring to economic development?” (“What will the arts bring to the table?”) (“What will the arts bring to the equation?”) (“What will the arts bring to the party?”) The arts always bring. The arts bring humanity to an inhumane world. The arts bring a mirror to our triumphs and our failures, the best in us and the worst. … Continue reading What Will The Arts Bring?
BY Tanya Day Ritchie and Tim Ritchie. Gentrification is a difficult subject. When we discuss it, we seem to be fighting about what it is, whether it’s happening, and whether it?s a bad thing. Where Hamilton is concerned, there is one thing that is indisputable: it used to be cheaper to live here. Five to ten years ago, it was commonplace to see houses for sale, especially in … Continue reading Displacement Checklist
BY Jason Brock There has been a considerable buzz as of late about the rapid pace of gentrification in this city. Heeding calls for an ambitious re-branding of Steel City by its cultural, political and business elite, an influx of private investment is currently reconfiguring Hamilton’s urban landscape. The resulting discussions have produced a mixed bag of recommendations on how the city’s development can best incorporate … Continue reading To Fight Gentrification, We Need a Fighting Tenants’ Movement