Morning Coffee – By Aaron Hall

Weather forecast from Friday, April 13, 2018 to Sunday, April 15, 2018

A special weather statement has been issued in Chatham-Kent, as heavy rainfall is likely this weekend. Details, here.

Today – A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming east 20 km/h this morning. High 14. UV index 7 or high.

Tonight – Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Rain beginning near midnight. Amount 5 mm. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 near midnight. Low plus 4.

Saturday, April 14 – Rain at times heavy. Risk of a thunderstorm in the morning. Risk of freezing rain late in the afternoon. Rainfall amount 15 to 25 mm. Wind northeast 40 km/h gusting to 60. Temperature falling to plus 1 in the afternoon.

Saturday night – Periods of rain. Low 6.

Sunday, April 15 – Rain. High 10.

Sunday night – Periods of rain. Low plus 4.

Artist Talk – Indigenous Histories and Identities

The Thames Art Gallery presents In Conversation with exhibiting artist Patrick DeCoste and senior Anishinaabe artist/educator Bonnie Devine on Thursday, April 26, from 7-9 p.m.

In Conversation is offered in the spirit of advancing ongoing conversations about Canadian identity, and how together we might take responsibility for our past, present, and future. All are welcome to this free event.

13 Moons and a Canoe, currently on view at the Thames Art Gallery features recent and new interdisciplinary work by Patrick DeCoste, a Métis artist who lives and works between Toronto and Georgian Bay.

Organized and curated by the John B. Aird Gallery director Carla Garnet. The exhibition includes a series of acrylic paintings on polar bear, spirit bear, and other animal skins, along with paintings and studio objects that reflect the artist’s journey toward understanding.

The work is not so much a critique of colonialism as an attempt to grapple with the forces of history, culture, family, and identity.

Patrick DeCoste studied fine arts at Mount Allison University and OCAD University, where he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies.

He was also awarded a Chalmers Arts Fellowship in 2011.The Globe and Mail calls him ‘a young old master’ and Los Angeles writer Chris Kraus in C-Magazine describes his painting as ‘heroic and musty, strange and disturbing’. Recent exhibitions include shows at Galerie Youn, Montreal 2014 and Station Gallery, Whitby 2015.

When not in the city, Patrick spends time at his studio on Georgian Bay, near Lafontaine, canoeing with his dog Luca, and making art in the forest.

Bonnie Devine is an installation artist, curator, writer, and educator, and a member of the Serpent River First Nation of Northern Ontario (Anishinaabe/Ojibwa).

In addition to artistic practice Devine is an Associate Professor at OCAD University and the Founding Chair of OCAD U’s Indigenous Visual Culture Program.

Professor Devine has taught studio and liberal arts courses at York University, Queen’s University, and the Centre for Indigenous Theatre.

Her installation and video works have been shown in Canada, the USA, Russia and Europe. As an independent curator Devine has worked with emerging and established Aboriginal artists since 1997. From 2005 until 2007 she curated and organized “The Drawings and Paintings of Daphne Odjig: A Retrospective Exhibition” in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Sudbury and the National Gallery of Canada.

The Odjig retrospective, which was the first solo exhibition by a female Aboriginal artist at the National Gallery, opened in Sudbury in 2007 and toured Canada and the USA until 2010. The catalogue for this exhibition was the first publication by the National Gallery in the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwa) language.

Devine holds fine art degrees in sculpture and installation from OCAD and York Universities. Her work has been recognized with numerous scholarships and awards, including an Eiteljorg Fellowship for Contemporary Native Art in 2011.

Patrick DeCoste: 13 Moons and a Canoe will be on view at the Thames Art Gallery until May 13. The Thames Art Gallery is located at the Chatham Cultural Centre, 75 William St. N. Chatham.

Open Wednesday to Friday 1-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wallaceburg Branch hosting ‘Play Pack Party’

Discover Play Packs! Chatham-Kent Public Library, Wallaceburg Branch, invites you to check out Play Packs at a “Play Pack Party” on Thursday, May 24 at 10:45 a.m.

Play Packs are filled with goodies that encourage families to get up and move.

There are several themed kits to choose from, offering hours of movement and play time. Play Packs can be checked out with a library card from any branch of Chatham-Kent Public Library.

Play Packs are great resources for parents, grandparents, teachers, early childhood educators, day care providers, homeschoolers, and family reunions.

Play Packs are part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge initiative and brought to you by Super Kids CK and CKPL.

To find out more about programs and events at Chatham-Kent Public Library, visit www.ckpl.ca.

To find out more about Super Kids CK, visit www.superkidsck.com.

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