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She smiles after all that...
2017 Not a Bystander art project
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project
An art project on anger, violence and Bullying
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project that focused my canvases and camera on wildfires of Alberta was banned 3 times on the Alberta Legislature grounds by officials, including the Legislative Assembly's Sergeant-of-Arms who said showing art on the grounds was inappropriate. I was later threatened with police action by a City of Edmonton employee on New Year's Eve for showing a painting from the Fire and Rain collection 'Escape from Fort McMurray.' I defended my right to freedom of expression by picketing both the Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton and won back my freedom. The City has apologized. These are some of the words of encouragement that were added by supporters on my picket line, 42 days picketing in total.
"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 against the City of Edmonton" - D.B.
August 26, 2015: Alberta Air Quality Worse than Beijing and New Delhi Globe and Mail
Non (HockeyFan) Violence Hockey Jersey Active since April 2017
"Art is made for people to react. Having a position means what you are doing is needed and it is creating change.
In the long term a lot of people are going to appreciate it." -Venezuelan woman, Alberta Legislature art show.
"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
The 2018 Status versus Motion art project began April, 2018 as an extension of Citizen Free News, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on the traditional lands of Treaty 6 Territory. It's purpose is to improve the outreach and trustworthiness of citizen free news reporting on protests, rallies and vigils by Albertans relating to environmental, human rights and political issues and follows up the business inside the Alberta Legislature and how the news media reports on it...
Citizen Free News Blog
July 11, 2018: March by residential
school survivors, Round Dance
July 10, 2018: (Alberta) Communists
Favour Working Class Power
June 30, 2018: Illegal migrants - Activists Protest U.S. and Canadian Laws
The 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
Active Citizenship, Social Artistry
"Standing together as individuals, they tried to tear us apart. So they could isolate us individually .... But we stuck together" - Alex Janvier
"We as artists must be careful not to fall prey to another form of colonization, for we are one of the most powerful voices of our people.... We must make our own work on our own terms" - Joseph Sanchez
"Your best work, when you do it, will always upset the general public – they're always a few years behind you." - Jack Bush
Sketch Studies of The Indian Group of Seven
Sketching hones my creative skills and builds confidence and understanding - Doug Brinkman
Paintings on this site are not for sale but are given away or reused for future art projects. News photos and videos are always free to share but please give me some credit.
Citizen Free News since 2007
A great credit to you & your professionalism.Your work affirms our values. Dr. Stephen Nicholas Xenakis
American psychiatrist and military officer
Press Pass Picket into The Alberta Legislature Press Gallery Cont...
Displayed in the streets and public squares of Edmonton
to help promote dialog on violence, inspire hope and healing
Freely expressing art in public since 2013
Art Shows, Art Demonstrations & Pickets
From March 30, 2015 to July 11, 2018
2015/120, 2016/160, 2017/240, 2018/104
Non (Fan) Violence Jersey was added to the project during the Edmonton Oilers playoff season. The Oilers eliminated the Sharks but during that series it was reported that a boy was bullied at the game and a woman was punched in the face after the game Both were wearing San Jose jerseys. These acts of violence and bullying seemed to end the team's winning streak and created a cloud of doubt over the City of Champions.
Last of the Alberta Caribou
From March 30, 2015 to May, 2017 this painting was freely shown with it's story shared to the public. The painting was used to defend free speech by those who shout, use bull-horns and loud speakers to express free speech. It was used to defend my own right to freely express art in public after I was banned and threatened by officials. The painting was retired and given to the poet.
March 30, 2015: With this art project, I did my first outdoor art show in the streets of Edmonton beginning in front of the Shaw Conference where I was inspired to paint The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit, ending this first 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, encouraging the crowd to listen...
2015 Truth and Reconciliation art project
Mom got her voice March 30, 2014 Citizen Free News YouTube
'The Truth will set you free but at first it will piss you off' - Murray Sinclair
March 30, 2014 TRC Chair Murray Sinclair looks back and reflects Mar. 31, 2018 YouTube
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1924, 1954, 2014 art project
City Noise Bylaw Proposal Defeated