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The mighty little boler

The mighty little boler

The boler (always lowercase b) was invented in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1968 by a used car salesman named Ray Olecko.  Elements of the origin story are hotly debated online.  Some claim the lightweight trailer was named boler because it resembles a bowler hat.  Others claim it was named after a previous invention of Olecko's, a hand held fibreglass slingshot, also named Boler (capital B this time).

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Iconic candy featured in art exhibit at 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery

Iconic candy featured in art exhibit at 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery

When Nova Scotia artist Mary Doane dropped off her contributions to this month's group show, DELICIOUS,  it included a cheeky little painting called "Chicken Bone Soup."  I had seen these candies before but I didn't know their story. A google search brought up this excellent article by Julia Wright of the CBC

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Visually Speaking: Being an Artist in the Shadow of the Pandemic

Visually Speaking: Being an Artist in the Shadow of the Pandemic

Wow. Our world has been shaken and things have changed very quickly. By the time you read this, the situation will no doubt be different again. We’ve all been affected by the pandemic in some way, and the cultural community is no different. Concerts and performances have been cancelled. Whole theatre productions have been put on hold. Movie releases have been pushed to later dates, and galleries have closed. As an artist myself, here is my story as one example of how artists are meeting the challenge.

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Picture Canadian art in your own home with new 14Bells.com feature

Picture Canadian art in your own home with new 14Bells.com feature

Technology has caught up with my wishes! You now have the ability to virtually place a painting from 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery right on your wall.  Many sites show you artwork in a generic room but this new app lets you see it in your own; with your own furniture, your own paint colour, the rest of your art collection.

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