When you walk into Angie’s, you are reminded of something familiar – Even if you’ve never been before. You’re greeted with a smile, easy-going conversation and the smell of freshly brewed coffee and recently made baked goods.
Waterloo Region is well known for its growing tech sector, but it is also home to a vibrant arts community. There are several galleries and museums, theatre companies, arts festivals, music and cultural festivals, and artists of various disciplines.
Let’s take a look at some end of the year arts and culture events.
Art$Pay launched in November 2016 and is an in-depth tool for the visual arts sector, focusing on employment, marketing, education, professional development and public awareness. This new non-profit initiative grew out of the BOX Art Show & Sale and connects visual art practitioners with opportunities, community, and advocates for fair pay. The first Art$Pay show features 50 local artists at the newly renovated Walper Hotel on November 10 & 11. Organizer and Project Manager Cathy Farwell has been working hard behind the scenes on this event for almost a year, and is looking forward to seeing people enjoying art together. A huge range of artistic styles and mediums will be represented at the show. The Art$Pay Art Show will be an excellent opportunity to get started on your Christmas shopping.
Paint by Munzy is a brother-sister art duo working out of an independent art gallery in Uptown Waterloo. Laura Munz is the Co-Owner and Curator, and Jonathan Munz is the artist. This annual event is held at The Button Factory in Uptown Waterloo, and is an opportunity for Jonathan to showcase his newest paintings. The evening will give guests an opportunity to party with fellow art lovers and do some holiday shopping. The Paint by Munzy Art & Community Calendar features an amazing group of independent Waterloo Region businesses, and will be available at various participating businesses throughout the region, as well as at the Paint by Munzy Art Gallery from November 18th, while quantities last.
CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area is a non-profit, artist-run organization that presents a free biennial exhibition of contemporary art in public spaces of the City of Kitchener and across the Region of Waterloo. CAFKA promotes art education through its public tours and workshops, videos, public lectures and other ancillary programs and events. CAFKA Rewind is a series of artist talks featuring guest speakers who have exhibited work over the course of the organization’s 16-year history. On November 20th, the final installment in the 2017 CAFKA Rewind series will feature Gorbet Design, creators of experiential and interactive art and design. Their work for CAFKA.02, “P2P,” situated at the entrance to City Hall, allowed the general public to access switches and create their own messages on the marquee. By engaging in the everyday unconscious activity of flipping a light switch, P2P allowed citizens to communicate directly, without the oversight of authority, within a public space. Literally and figuratively, P2P brought power to the people. The talk will be held at Waterloo Public Library on Monday, November 20 at 7 PM.
On December 2nd, New York-based art critic and Guelph native Paddy Johnson will come to Kitchener for the Big Ideas series to speak about issues in contemporary art. Paddy Johnson is a critic, curator and the founding editor of Art F City. She writes about art, the Internet, and animated GIFs, and collaborates with artists to produce image essays, objects and other unusual projects. Paddy lectures widely about art and the Internet at venues including Yale University, Parsons, Rutgers, South by Southwest, and the Whitney Independent Study Program.