Bee Kingdom

October 23, 2008

By Mike Landry
Ryan, Tim and Phillip (L to R) working in their "hive."

Ryan, Tim and Phillip (L to R) working in their "hive."

Ryan Marsh Fairweather, Phillip Bandura and Tim Belliveau haven’t yet come to blows or fallen apart like many communal households. For the past four years, like good worker bees, the three young men have¬† relied on good communication and dedication to make things work in their Calgary studio/home. And from Berlin to Tacoma, Washington people are talking notice.

Living and working communally, the trio of young glass artists started Bee Kingdom two years ago. Their studio was their kingdom, and the molten glass in their garage was their flowing honey.

“What’s worked is we all have a common understanding and a similar goal to where we want our glasswork to go. We all want this to work so we work together to make it happen,” says Fairweather.

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They Are Making Art

October 9, 2008

By Mike Landry
Daniel Wong and Mary-Anne McTrowe are ready to make some art.

Daniel Wong and Mary-Anne McTrowe are ready to make some art.

In the song “East Coast West Coast” Mary-Anne McTrowe describes herself as “an East Coast artist. I like systematic stuff, but I’ve never rally made anything because the ideas are good enough.” Her band mate, Daniel Wong, then chimes in, “I’m a West Coast artist. I’m a touchy feely guy. I like to watch all the birds and clouds as they float across the sky.”

A true art band, The Cedar Tavern Singers AKA The Phonoréalistes is the brainchild of art history buffs McTrowe and Wong. Under the guise of a folk duo, the pair aim to free art history from its no-fun, stiff-collared academic existence.

“Our attitude towards it is more like those obsessed fans who draw pictures of their rock idols and know every detail about them,” says Wong. “It just happens that our rock idols are people like John Baldessari and Yves Klein.”

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