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Call for Artists from the Tett Centre

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July KA&L News

A New Book from Rick Revelle

On October 10th 2015 Dundurn Press will be releasing the second book of the Algonquin Quest Series written by Rick Revelle of Glenburnie.

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‘Years after a devastating battle, Mahingan and his tribe struggle to recover a lost loved on

Art Show in Belleville

Thee is a great new show being set up at Gallery One Twenty One in Belleville.  Anne Ireland, who many of you know from “the county”.  Jeff Mann with his masks and Liz Schell who makes delightful planters and tables from pieces of recycled stage sets.

This show runs from June 23rd until August 1st


Artists Round Table

July 7th at Carolyn’s home…as usual… share coffee and talk about the business of being an artist. Carolyn will be in Artfest in City Park this coming damp week so we can look at that and other Summer shows and endeavours. If the weather is nice we get to sit outside as is our Summer wont! or 163-545-5986

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June Events & News.

Open Call for applications to Modern Fuel Board of Directors

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Modern Fuel is seeking candidates who are passionate about contemporary visual, time-based and interdisciplinary arts, and are excited to offer leadership and insight as members of the Board of Directors. Volunteering with the Board offers the opportunity to gain understanding and experience with an artist-run centre, as well as various occasions to engage critically and socially with the arts community in Kingston. Board positions are for 2 year terms, with the exception of the student position of 1 year.

The role of board members is to provide active leadership, stewardship, direction, and assistance to Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre in accordance with Modern Fuel’s mission and mandate.

In addition to the other board officers positions we have available, we need a student representative. This s a unique opportunity within the board structure. It allows us to foster relationships with post secondary arts oriented institutions and gives students opportunities to see the world of art from an industry perspective.

Roles and Responsibility of Board Members:

+ All members of the Board of Directors must be members of Modern Fuel in good standing as per the Modern Fuel bylaws.

+ Board members are elected by members at the Annual General Meeting, and serve a two-year term. The Board, by majority vote, may fill vacancies that occur between AGMs due to resignation or removal from office of elected directors. Board members cannot serve more than three consecutive terms.

+ Attending board meetings. They are currently held once a month on the third Wednesday, starting at 7 pm. Board Members should read the material provided before each meeting (minutes, agenda), and pass on any items to be added to the agenda to the Secretary in a timely manner. According to the bylaws, board members who miss three consecutive board meetings shall be deemed to have resigned from office.

+ Board members are asked to sit on two committees. Time commitment can fluctuate between approximately 5-15 hours/month.

+ Volunteering in at least one aspect of fundraising (as needed by the committee), and receiving charity bingo training.

+Participating in at least four events a year (openings, workshops, screenings) is encouraged.

+ Preparing for and attending the Annual General Meeting.

Please email Phoebe Cohoe at with your letter of interest and CV by May 30th A nominations committee will review all applications.

Our AGM is scheduled for Wednesday June 17th at 7pm at Modern Fuel in the Tett Centre (Suite 305, 370 King St. W.)

Now this just in from Kaaren & Julian Brown…..

We would like to share this poster for a June 7th recital in Kingston featuring Nils Brown and organist / pianist Matthew Larkin, sponsored by Olivea Restaurant, the Chef of which is Stev George. All of these men grew up in Kingston!

A hip after-party at Olivea follows the show. Nils will bring his guitar and continue to sing your favourite Neapolitan and Venetian songs long into the evening. The food at Olivea is just extraordinary! (Don’t forget to reserve – 613.547.5483.)

Allora..VERDI, WAGNER, VENEZIA! Hope to see you there!

Nils poster 7 Jun 2015

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KA&L Donation


Michele Casey, Tina Bailey & Carolyn Barnett

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For artist Pat Shea, it was a 1920s black and white snapshot of a few members of the Group of Seven. Intrigued by what the painters were discussing, how unvarnished their dialogue must have been, Shea started to consider the value of a society where artists of every vein unite for a dose of discourse.

Pat wanted to bring to Kingston what journalist Augustus Bridle (and subsequently the Group of Seven) brought to Toronto in 1908 — an arts and letters club.  In 2007 he launched The Kingston Arts & Letters Club”.-A History Of Gathering by Ashleigh Gehl

With this vision Pat gave life to the Kingston Arts and Letters Club, which flourished for 7 years. The Club attracting art supporters, many established and emerging artists from all disciplines to meet monthly in a salon-type setting… sharing conversations and networking  in local pubs and restaurants, most recently at the Kingston Yacht Club.

Featured in these gathering were art presentations,  announcement of gallery openings, art classes, and related events, theatre production details, lectures, music performances, well known art columnists/critics who shared art reviews, writers who launched newly released novels, and  issues important to keep Kingston vibrant and focussed…reminding everyone that the arts are a  major source of revenue and tourist attraction.

Now after concluding its seventh year, the current team of Carolyn Barnett and Michele Casey, have  brought the curtain down for the last time with a vision toward the future… donating the remaining membership funds into the Kingston Community Foundation’s Arts and Culture Category, leaving the spirit of the Club in perpetuity through this generous contribution.

Cathie's KA&L Workup

Last year we put out a call for a new logo…..we got one response…from Cathie Hamilton. We used Cathie’s work up for the front of the card in which we presented our donation.

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Saturday May 2nd Rick Revell is helping celebrate Authors for Indies Day in Canada at Novel Idea in Kingston Ontario from 3 PM to 5 PM.
Novel Idea is at 156 Princess Street Kingston Ontario. 613-546-5594. He will be there along with another 10 or 12 authors to sign our books and smooze with whoever wants to talk about our novels.

This Saturday is a day to show all our Independent Book Stores how much we appreciate them.

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April Showers….

…bring Farewells…as it did to the Kingston Arts and Letters Club’s last gathering at the Kingston Yacht Club on April 14th.

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Mingled with a twinge of sadness (and a touch of arthritis from our ‘Shuffle of to Buffalo’ exit…you had to be there…) is a sense of accomplishment and completion.

Carolyn & Michele announced our remaining funds will be donated to the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area in the Arts and Culture category which ensures that the spirit of the Kingston Arts and Letters Club will continue in perpetuity.

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Shannon Brown, Community Engagement Coordinator, and Paul Vernon, Board appointed Community Member, brought us up to date with the ‘goings on’ at the Tett Centre since it’s grand opening ‘The Whole Shebang’ at the end of January. The Tett is an alive and a ‘happening’ place, with gallery space, dance, music, fibre, ceramics, lapidary,  individual studios and events galore.

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Mark your calendars for a KA&L Club Members’ ‘hail & farewell’ to the club at a fun Pot Luck on June 9th at 6pm.
More information to follow.

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Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Here are some of the photos Michele took of our March speakers who came to give us the low down on the coming season of theatre in the Kingston and surrounding area.

Amanda Henderson - 1000 Islands Plhouse

Here is Amanda Henderson of 1000 Islands Playhouse

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Brett Christopher of Theatre Kingston.

Frances Berry - Domino

Frances Berry of the Domino Theatre.


Katie Flowersmith - Domino

Katie Flowersmith of the Domino Theatre

Trisha Baldwin (Isabel Director

And last but by no means least … Trisha Baldwin Director of the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts.

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Not only….

Our next and final gathering at the Kingston Yacht Club is Tuesday April 14th 7pm.

We will learn about how the Tett Centre has been doing and all the goings on since it opened with The Whole Shebang.

…but also…

Office Contents Sale to benefit the Kingston Chamber Ensemble  was fun on Saturday morning but as there is lots left the office will be open for the last time Monday March 30th 9 – 12.

464 Princess Street….Upstairs.

A file cabinet went to a musician who fixes amps to store tubes, some clamps went to a fisherman who ties fishing lures and a bucket of gauze went to a multimedia artist……

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April Notices

Kingston Arts and Letters Club April meeting will mark significant milestones… First having the folks from the Tett Centre revisit with Club members to fill everyone in on the latest events and happenings since it’s Grand Community ReOpening, January 31….’The Whole Shebang’.

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The building is humming with sounds of dancers,  musicians, theatre, potters, weavers, lapidary artists producing excitement in the halls and studios. Gallery spaces are getting filled with fab visual artworks. The Kingston Arts Council holds information sessions to advance the Arts, business and art business with standing-room turnouts.

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The second note of interest… Early in 2015 Carolyn & Michele announced their combined decision to step down as of June 2015. A survey and questionaire were delivered by Mail Chimp and email to all KA&L members, asking for volunteers to oversee the continuance of the Kingston Arts and Letters club, without success.

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Carolyn and Michele expect to see you come out to greet the Tett Centre presenters and bid adieu…IN PERSON, PLEASE!

Let’s thank David, James, Brett and members of the Kingston Yacht Club for opening their doors to us for the past years, for monthly Club gatherings.

Come toast the accomplishments and each of us, together as club members.

*There is NO May gathering!!!! Carolyn & Michele invite you to a potluck dinner in lieu of the club’s June end of season bash.

Save the date of June 9th and the place is Carolyn’s home in Portsmouth Village…more details to follow.

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Artists Round Table + Announcements

Hello all, as I’m not around for the next two weeks I will not be hosting our Artist Round Table on Tuesday morning. I didn’t want Reg struggling for a parking space or Cathie taking a flying skid down my driveway so I’ve run away….you can find out where on Facebook.

We’ll get together in April when I’ll be back for both the ART & the KA&L.

Meanwhile…here’s a couple of announcements…

Encaustic Workshop

Explore!  Create!  Enjoy!
What fun to work with brilliant colours and
create lively images with fragrant wax and oil paint.
Use hot wax and vibrant colours AND
Use encaustic iron and stylus.
You will be amazed at what you can do.
You can complete several works of art in just one day!

Saturday March 7 and/or Sunday March 8,
From 10-4

Just $120.00 for one full day
Or $200.00 for two full days.

NGB Studio #1, 12 Cataraqui St. Kingston, K7K 1Z7

Contact: Cathie Hamilton


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Passionate Artisans, which opened for the Christmas Holiday 2014 season is reopening March 1st at their location at

28 Bath Road, Kingston      (across from Canadian Tire Gas bar)

Many of the original artisans and also new ones will have their wares for sale.

There will be Sunday demos again and also an Artisans market on Sundays in the warmer weather on the forecourt.

And…remember to join Michele on March 10th for Theatre night…KA&L at KYC 7pm.

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March – The Theatre’s The Thing

Friends, Romans, countrymen/women, lend us your presence (to paraphrase the Bard just a smidge!) as we draw your attention to centre stage…
…at the Kingston Yacht Club for March 10th’s gathering with a Theatre twist.


Carolyn is awayso Michele is left up to her own devices and will ‘act’ as MC. Come see what the Ides of March deliver.

The Play’s the Thing/Theme with a full house of dynamic theatre folk who will regale the members with highlights and tantalizing theatre tidbits for their upcoming seasons.

On stage will be Brett Christopher, Artistic Producer Theatre Kingston; Katie FlowerSmith Play Reading Committee Chair Domino Theatre with Frances Berry – Costumes (Carolyn is pea green with envy that she’ll miss that!). Tricia Baldwin, Director of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Ashlie Corcoran, Artistic Director of The Thousand Islands Playhouse and Mike Shepard, Blue Canoe.

After standing ovations, thunderous applause (and money being thrown…ha!), encore announcements of your events and happenings will bring the curtain down for the evening.

We need to have a Standing Room Only audience to support our colleagues in arts. Our presenters go to a lot of trouble to prepare, and give up their time to come and share information with us. Members & Guests are welcomed PLEASE!

Usual time:7pm

 Usual Place: 1 Maitland St, Kingston

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