Our AKA studio space is filling up!

Our previously pristine, plasticized white cube is now and active hub for political, social and creative engagement. It’s exciting to have big gallery walls to spread out, experiment with placement, and view our progress, and as Saskatchewan became the Covid capital of Canada, our work took on an urgency about the lack of government response locally. Along with the current local health crisis, Dawna continues to create signs depicting the many interconnected crises plaguing the planet; Betsy is working on a monumental dystopian cardboard altarpiece on the January 6th uprising in Washington D.C. called This is how democracy dies.

JOTPY takes it to the street!

On Saturday, November 6, we showed up with our signs for a demonstration at TCU Place in Saskatoon where Premier Scott Moe and the Saskatchewan Party were holding their 2021 AGM. We joined members of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour and Concerned Citizens for Covid Action in protesting policies that have led to an out-of-control fourth wave of Covid-19 and the subsequent collapse of our healthcare system.

JOTPY Goes to school!

Thanks to the Ely Center of Contemporary Art in New Haven, CT, Maxim Schmidt (workshop coordinator), and artist/presenter Carla Goldberg for a fun and inspiring workshop, “Finding Opportunities Beyond the Gallery.” Carla and the other artist participants opened our minds to interesting possibilities for exhibiting JOPTY outside the box—everything from installations in moving vans and storage containers to local banks and sanitation facilities.

Newfoundland follow-up – with birds!

After JOTPY lost our studio this summer, the fantastic work/live space at the Pouch Cove artist residency program was a true gift. Thank you, James Baird and the Pouch Cove Foundation for hosting us for the month of August. In addition to the time, focus, and quiet available for the work we wanted to do, it was so awesome to see Puffins, Black Guillemots, Northern Gannets, and other flora and fauna unique to this wonderful province. We got to add some of these beautiful birds to our 2.9 Billion Birds Gone project. We’re also grateful to D & L Convenience of Pouch Cove and Chad’s Place of Bellevue Beach for donating post-consumer cardboard to JOTPY because that’s what birds are made on.

JOTPY/2.9 Billion Birds on TV!

We’re on TV!

In response to a 2019 article ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/vanishing-1-in-4-birds-gone/ ) stating that since the 1970s, 2.9 billion birds have gone missing, we have been making birds on post-consumer cardboard. We invited other artists to join us and post their birds on our Facebook group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2.9billionbirdsgone

When we found out we’d be losing our studio (our personal habitat loss), Dawna decided to paint birds on her studio walls before the building was demolished. This project has been captured in a profile entitled “2.9 Billion Birds Gone,” made for maxTV Local. To watch the video, click on the image, or go to Sasktel’s YouTube page: 2.9 Billion Birds Gone – SaskTel maxTV Local on Demand

2.9 Billion Birds Gone is a creative response to research that 1 in 4 North American birds—a total of almost 3 billion—have disappeared since 1970. We are creating birds on post-consumer waste to spread awareness of their disappearance and to generate support for a solution. We welcome you to join us by making paintings, drawings, mixed media works, etc., and sharing them here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2.9billionbirdsgone

JOTPY Gets a Grant

JOTPY is delighted to announce that we received a 2021-2022 SK Arts Independent Artist program grant collective application to produce, tour and promote further exhibitions that build on the success of our installation, Journal of the Plague Year. As the installation is a time-based project, we will also add new work that continues to chronicle the pandemic: the politics, environment, social justice, and emotional temperature of the times.

We’re excited about developing this work-in-progress further, keeping it up-to-date, and re-imagining it for new audiences and settings. We will also produce a Journal of the Plague Year exhibition catalogue.

If you would like JOTPY to visit your city or you have a suggestion for a venue that might want to host it, contact us at info@rosenwaldrose.com

Established in 1948, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, now operating as SK Arts, is the oldest public arts funder in North America, and second oldest in the world after the Arts Council of Great Britain. SK Arts provides grants, programs, and services to individuals and groups whose activities have an impact on the arts in Saskatchewan and ensure that opportunities exist for Saskatchewan residents to experience all art forms. You can read more about SK Arts and its funding programs here.

Thank you to SK Arts for their support of this ongoing project!

JOTPY Artists in Residence at AKA in Saskatoon

Just as JOTPY returns from the Rock, we’ll be delighted to take up a second artist residency at the studio program at AKA Gallery in Saskatoon from September 1 through December 2021. Thanks to AKA for this opportunity.

AKA is the only artist-run centre in Saskatoon, and one of two artist-run centres in Saskatchewan, that present all forms of contemporary artistic expression in the visual arts. For more about AKA and its studio residency program, click here.

We lost our studio so…JOTPY Road Trip!

After losing our studio in June, it’s kismet that Rosenwald and Rose have been invited to be artists-in-residence at the Pouch Cove Artist Residency in Newfoundland for the month of August. While there, we will be adding new work to our work in progress.

Since its founding in 1990 by James Baird, The Pouch Cove Foundation (incorporated in 1997) has provided a retreat for more than one thousand visiting artists from around the world, at its facilities on the Northern Avalon Peninsula in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The PCF’s principal interest has been in hosting painters of all genres in its residency program, though the PCF has also hosted filmmakers, composers, musicians, sculptors, writers, poets, installation artists, architects, printmakers and curators. The PCF supports residencies of varying durations ranging from one to three calendar months. You can find out more about the Pouch Cove Artist Residency here: https://pouchcove.org/main/the-residency-program/

We’re grateful to the Pouch Cove Artist Residency for its support.