The Artist’s Way

Angela Walcott Flowerfield - beaded flowers in yellow and green colours

Angela Walcott is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist and arts educator who has a broad interest in sustainability, African-Canadian settlement/immigration patterns and community-building. She works with a variety of materials including media mixed media collage, clay, textiles, embroidery, watercolour and natural dyes. She has served as a jury member for the Workman Arts Mentor Selection Committee as well as a Visual Arts Youth Mentor for Project Humanity (PH 1:1) in partnership with Covenant House. Angela acts as a facilitator for Eco Art & Design: Reusing, Reducing and Upcycling Principles. The Workman Arts/North York Arts satellite program, aims to find creative solutions to waste management issues.

Her visual art has been exhibited at YYZ Outlet, Project Gallery, Propeller Gallery, ‘The Gathering Divergence’ ( virtual exhibit) and the AGOs Portraits of Resilience. Angela is a Spring 2022 Artist in Residence with Ontario Culture Days.

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In The Artist’s Way, Toronto-based freelance writer and visual artist Angela Walcott talks about her journey as an artist. She recounts memories as a student in the specialized art program at Central Technical School. After class, she would head over to Honest Ed’s to take advantage of the incredible deals. The iconic bargain store, which was located around the corner at Bloor Street and Bathurst Street in downtown Toronto (also known as the Annex), was a rich vibrant hub of activity — a multicultural epicentre for curious shoppers. Opened in 1948 by Ed Mirvish, this store came to represent more than just bargains. And while it has since been demolished to make way for a new development, its presence still lives on.

Toronto-based freelance writer and visual artist Angela Walcott continues her talk about her journey as an artist. As she prepares for an upcoming visual arts residency, she discusses one of her main sources of inspiration which is the garden. During the pandemic, she began planting indoors because it was accessible. And as the Spring thaw is well on its way, she is looking forward to planting crops in community gardens and visiting local farmer’s markets.

Credits

Writer, narrator and photographer: Angela Walcott
Audio Editor: Sebnem Ozpeta
Geolocation Mapping: Lorna Boschman
Mentors: Lorna Boschman and Sebnem Ozpeta

 

Created during grunt gallery’s 2022 Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen Digital Storytelling workshops. grunt gallery was founded in 1984 in Vancouver, BC with the vision to become an internationally renowned artist-run centre and further the practice of contemporary art. Through the exploration of our diverse Canadian cultural identity, we are able to offer public programming in the form of exhibitions, performances, artist talks, publications, and other special projects in the community. Our mandate is to inspire public dialogue by creating an environment conducive to the emergence of innovative, collaborative, and provocative contemporary art.

We gratefully acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.
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