A new tattoo parlour in Chatham has taken a different approach, Karolyn Pham and Kevin Urie want to push past the stereotypical barber style tattoo parlour, they are creating a space to share their passion of art and life through Left Wing Art Gallery and Tattoo Parlour. For so long tattooing was a taboo art form left to sailors, bikers, gang members and general low lives of society. The new generation is embracing tattoo culture as a new form of high class art and propelling an art form to it’s extremes. At Left Wing Tattoo you won’t find any flash art on the walls just clean white walls and beautiful paintings created by Karolyn and Kevin. “We are primarily a custom tattoo shop, so we prefer that you bring your ideas and your references to us and we like to draw up your piece that way” explained Karolyn during our talk.
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Just south of Highgate the Fourth Annual Carvapalooza is underway. Robbin Wenzoski the creator of this event sat down to talk with me about his passion for Chainsaw Sculpting and woodworking. He started Carvapalooza in Stratford Ontario but moved to Muirkirk (near Highgate) where the event has been held for three years now. Robbin explained to me how the art form started as a folksy craft but is becoming a highly respected form of fine art. Artists spend hundreds sometimes thousands of hours labouring over a piece. Starting with a freshly cut log and ending with a super smooth beautifully crafted piece of truly canadian inspired art. I mean nothing is more Canadian than making art with chainsaws right? Well apparently it’s not just a Canadian thing, artists from as far as Australia, Germany, Japan and Sweden come to our neck of the woods to learn from the best of the best.
Bob King the world renowned King of The Chainsaw is attending this year’s Carvapalooza and is teaching a few seminars. That’s what this event is all about world class artists getting together and sharing their skills with new and excited carvers. The event is only $2.00 for spectators who can walk about freely behind protective fences (I recommend bringing some earplugs and safety glasses if you’re sticking your face up to the fence like I was, it’s just too cool to stay away!) Carvers pay only $100.00 to take part in the event and Robbin and the crew provide meals, lodging, wood and with sponsorship from STIHL they provide saws and safety gear as well. On Sunday April 15th at 3:30 pm the finished pieces will be auctioned off to the public, 75% of the money goes to the artist and 25% helps to pay for the event. Robbin took me on a tour of the event and introduced me to a few of the artists, check out the video below to see a chainsaw sculptor’s point of view!
Open to public daily from 8am – 6pm $2 Admission
When- April 11th to 15th Where – The Ranch – 19361 Bury Rd. Muirkirk, Ontario
Auction – Sunday April 10th @ 3:30pm
Most of my readers are probably under sixty but let your parents or grandparents know that it’s Senior’s Appreciation Day on Wednesday March the 7th and the first Wednesday of every month following!. Tilbury businesses will be displaying bright orange “60+ shop with us” signs to let you know they are offering special discounts for seniors! So take grandma and grandpa out for lunch, they will appreciate the time together you rotten kids.
For more information check out www.TilburyOntario.com
If you aren’t aware, there is a leadership race taking place for the NDP right now and one candidate, Thomas Mulcair stopped by Coffee Culture in Chatham to speak with local residents on Thursday morning. Mr. Mulcair arrived at 8:30 am and greeted NDP members who arrived early to wait for him, once everyone had a minute to meet him he gave a short speech then continued conversations over coffee for almost an hour.
Listen to my interview with Mr. Mulcair here.
View the video of his speech.
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has announced that is had launched a new level of customer service and community information sharing. A new web site http://www.Chatham-Kent.ca makes it easier for citizens and municipal employees to quickly access the information they need.
One feature of the new web site is the Community Jobs Board it provides a space for businesses and job seeker to connect. “This service is available to businesses and job seekers as a hub for Chatham-Kent employment opportunities” said Valerie Colasanti, the municipality’s Director of Employment and Social Services. “Employers can post jobs free of charge in a user friendly format. The prominence of the Community Jobs Board on the new portal will help us to retain skilled workers”
Some of the new features highlighted are :
You can now search by topic and can sort alphabetically.
How do I?
This area is a sort of FAQ section for local residents, want to find out how to get a library card? or how to connect to the downtown wireless internet? You’re in the right place.
Business and Service Directory
Just as it sounds, a listing of businesses in Chatham-Kent.
Connect with CK tickets and the library catalogue.
Community Jobs Board
Post jobs or look for jobs.
Check it CK
A service provided by Chatham-Kent Health Unit to provide information on health and safety information on local businesses, parks, lakes etc.