Mother Earth is ready to cleanse. The natural shape is a circle, our cells are a circle, stars are a circle, the sun, the moon, the earth. The mothers womb is a circle... I don't believe we should be living in these squares." - Chief No Tribe, September 13, 2016
#2 Vimy-Not a Bystander: Painted early morning April 9, 2017 inside Sir Winston Churchill Square. Completed April 11 next to the Alberta Legislature. Promised to MLA Nicole Goehring.
#1 She smiles after all that...
The 2017 Not a Bystander art project Blog
#2 VIMY - Not A Bystander
The 2017 Not A Bystander art project draws on community feedback and participation while focusing camera and canvases on the issues of anger, violence and bullying.
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project Blog
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project was planned in 2015 following the news stories about wildfires that burned throughout Western Canada. The first painting was completed January 25th, 2016 and 23 more paintings followed throughout the year. Paintings were displayed and their stories shared. This art was banned 3 times from public shows by officials with the Alberta Government and threatened police action by a City employee.
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Art Shows, Demonstrations and Pickets since March 2015
🍁📢My art project The 2016 Fire and Rain was banned 😬and threatened police action😒
On January 23, 2016, I competed my first wildfire practice painting next to the ice rink by Edmonton's City Hall. I would create 24 more paintings over the year for my art project that focused my canvases and camera on the wildfires of Alberta. During the month of February 2016, I was verbally banned by the facilities manager of the Alberta Legislature grounds over her concerns of liability, painting and showing art on the grounds. In response I picketed (protested) the Alberta Government in an attempt to defend my right to freely express myself with art on the grounds. This resulted with a letter of written permission from the same facilities manager to paint and show my art. June 2016 the Sergeant-of-arms Brian Hodson came to meet with me during an art show and verbally banned me from continuing showing my art on the grounds claiming the Legislature grounds was inappropriate for showing art. When I told him I had a right to be there based on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, he said they don't apply on the Legislature grounds, only he does. In response I protested the Alberta Government a second time defending my right to freely express myself with art, lasting 2 days before I was able to resume with my art project after I was reminded by Shirriffs that I already had an agreement to paint and show art with the facilities manager. During one of my July outdoor art shows the Visitors services manager said I was no longer allowed to share leaflets about my project but only business cards. This prompted a 3rd picket that lasted a day after Shirriffs again reminded me that there were no rules in place against handing out leaflets on the grounds. Today the Alberta Legislature's Sergeant-of-arms Brian Hodson remains unapologetic, so I have taken steps asking the Honourable Robert E. Wanner, M.L.A to remove The Sergeant-of-arms from his post claiming he does not respect Albertans or Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 😄Today I continue freely express myself with art outdoors in public. On New Year's eve during my 160th and final showing of a single painting 'Escape from Fort McMurray' I was approached by a City of Edmonton manager next to the same ice rink by City Hall where I had first began my art project. She said "We know who you are, you were not invited, you'll have to leave." When I refused she threatened me with police action. In response I started picketing the City of Edmonton January 3, 2017 for 36 days demanding the City of Edmonton put it writing the reasons why I could not freely express myself with art on City public property when it's guaranteed in our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. On March 10, 2017, I met with City officials and they apologized, allowing me to once again paint and show my art by City Hall. During that meeting the City official claimed that the manager who threatened police action against me on New Year's Eve now feels threatened by me because I took action to defend my rights. 🍁📢Today I continue my Civil Information Action pickets.
"Freedom is important, especially today"-B.K., "True North Strong and FREE, a line straight from our anthem"- E.K., "Escape is freedom from judgmental civilians who should mind their own business - and help those /encourage them who try to get a happy lifestyle..." -A.C.R.L.W.-B, "Freedom is Honesty, Being Honest is Love"-C, "Free The Art"-W.C., "Freedom is our right. In any form express it with art. If art was a crime Leonardo would have been doing the time"-E.B., "Sovereignty is Freedom"- Dene Warrior, "Edmonton Ward 7 candidate"-S.P., "Lets make Edmonton the City of Art and Imagination"-D, Art is Expression, Freedom is Art"-V, "Keep Fighting to Speak your Piece"-N.R., "Freedom is my right as a human being..." - C.A., "Freedom, Art and Honesty"-M.M., "If freedom is the child, then understanding is the mother and determination is the father"- R.K.A., "Art is a way to express ourselves as an artist, and its not something that others can simply take it away from us"- Kevan Lyons “Poet of Churchill Square”. "Art is Freedom"- Love A.L., "自由" S.L., "Fight the power, art is freedom" - K.C., "Art is freedom"- A.A., "Freedom, art and honesty"- M.M., "Freedom is a Right" - M.O.S., "Freedom for All Canadians"- G.W. Edmonton Ward 10 candidate, "The choice is ours", "To be who we want to be"-J.U., "Freedom seems almost unachievable", "Live your life how you want to, with love in your heart" -J, "We stand together" - V, "Art is freedom, our freedom", ... Art is Freedom Picket Continues...
Defending Freedom of Expression
Free News Sharing & Social Artistry
#3 9 Afghan Boys Gathering Firewood
Alberta Legislature Gardens🍁📢Freely Expressing Art Canada 150
Paintings are not for sale, but are donated to charity, given away as gifts or painted over for future social art projects.
I'm presently seeking part time work offering my unique skills of social artistry and news reporting.
#4 Flower Power 🌻
All Lives Matter
Honorary lifetime member of UNIFOR
B.C./Alberta (Media) Local 780G
Freedom, Beauty, Truth 💖Love Gallery
Over 500,000 views and over 1 million minutes watched on YouTube
Flowering bushes by Prospect Point, Spring
Gift to elder Wilson Bearhead for his wisdom and advice.
2007 Civil Information Activism 🍁📢2017
'Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy'
John F. Kennedy - Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, April 27, 1961
From March 30, 2015 to May, 2017 this painting was shown freely with it's story shared in the public. The painting was used to defend a street preacher's right to free speech and used to defend myself to freely express art in public. I gave 'The Poet & the Judge...' to Elizabeth Potskin, a true warrior who inspired me and many others with her poem, 'thank you Elizabeth for your courage and strength.'
Free News Sharing - Social artistry YouTube
#1 First public art show
March 30, 2015 Free News Sharing YouTube
How I told a news story by expressing it through art and sharing it freely with others
2015 The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit art project
Freedom, Beauty, Truth 💖Love Gallery
Promised to Sogand Zakerhaghighi
2014 'Mom got her voice today'
March 30, 2014 Free News Sharing YouTube
March 30, 2015: I did my first outdoor art show in the streets of Edmonton beginning in front of the downtown Shaw Conference where I was inspired to paint my first social art painting titled The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit and ending my show on the Alberta Legislature grounds. After the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Alberta National Event March 30, 2014, I published a YouTube 'Mom got her voice today' that featured Elizabeth Potskin reciting a poem with the Chair of the TRC Murray Sinclair standing behind her and encouraging the crowd outside the Shaw conference center to listen.
The Hockey Non-Violence Jersey was added as part of the 2017 Not a Bystander art project that focuses camera and canvases on anger, violence and bullying. It's purpose is to promote public dialog to help find solutions to counter violence and bullying after hockey playoff games. Edmonton hockey fan says she was punched for wearing San Jose jersey' Global News 'young San Jose Sharks fan was bullied at Edmonton Oilers game' Global News No one wants to see headlines like these in the City of Champions.
Young citizens of Edmonton add messages of freedom to the Art is Freedom picket sign. The picket sign is used to help promote and defend freedom of expression in Edmonton, Alberta.
City of 🍁📢'Non(Fan)Violence' Champions
'I never go out at night after a game' - Female hockey fan
The 2017 Not a Bystander art project challenge to the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club and the City of Edmonton. Purchase 99 Oilers Jerseys with 'Non (Fan) Violence' placed on the back. Give away to the first 99 fans who go on record saying why they believe hockey fan violence has no place in the City of Champions.
“I think it’s a responsibility for any artist to protect freedom of expression and to use any way to extend this power." - Ai Weiwei 艾未未
“Artists, by their free expressions, encourage others to be free.
This is the quality that makes works of art enduring.” Marty Rubin
#1 First outdoor painting 2016,
wildfire practice painting
#yeg City Hall ice rink.
#160 Final outdoor art show 2016,
' Great Escape from Fort McMurray'
#yeg City Hall ice rink.