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The Grammys and Oscars allow us to trumpet the accomplishments of the arts, but rarely do we get such opportunities to chortle at the missteps as well as the masterpieces.Now that we are a full two months into 2019, enough time has passed to look back on the worst of the worst in 2018. There were plenty of lows in a truly tumultuous year, so let us take this opportunity to celebrate the fact that these debacles are behind us.

Worst celebrity: Logan PaulJonah Baker | ArgonautThis one comes without debate. Logan Paul had arguably one of the worst years of any celebrity in 2018, which is all the more impressive when you consider that Mark Zuckerberg continued to be Very Mark Zuckerberg and Roseanne Barr torpedoed her return to fame in no fewer than three separate instances.Paul had already set himself up for disappointment based on the fact that his target audience is 12 years old while his antics call to mind the most unhinged frat bro ever. Even with that disadvantage, Paul made a fool of himself in January 2018 by uploading a video in which he and his cronies found the body of a suicide victim in Japan and proceeded to make jokes and cause irreparable damage to Paul’s brand and even put a strain on U.S.-Japanese relations. Many lost subscribers and sponsors later, Paul proved to learn little and posted a video that included jokes about the tide pod challenge and cruel treatment of animals. YouTube temporarily suspended his advertising revenue and cemented his status as one of 2018’s worst.

Worst film: GottiFeel free to forgive yourself if you don’t remember this movie. I had to go back and sift through John Travolta’s latest comeback attempt, but I must admit even the briefest of research will suffice for this category.The movie received a perfect 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and led all 2018 movies in Golden Raspberry nominations with six. The film resulted in a $5.6 million loss for Vertical Entertainment and MoviePass Ventures, and just about everyone involved deserves blame.It certainly feels as if mob boss biopics are always chasing the “The Godfather,” but “Gotti” may be the furthest thing from an unrefusable offer.
It seems impossible to believe that Travolta played such a polished role in “American Crime Story,” but otherwise it seems impossible to bet on anything Travolta is involved in going into 2019.Worst album: RECKLESS by NAVWith an unmissable nasally voice, NAV spent most of 2018 trying to be taken seriously as another RB artist from Toronto, not as moody as The Weeknd and not as preposterous as Drake.

RECKLESS was the laborious result of his unfortunate approach. In an already overpacked scene, NAV brought nothing innovative to the table and clearly suffered without the co-authoring and producing help of Metro Boomin from his prior release.RECKLESS proves that there is no end to NAV’s moodiness, and no feature is going to save an album that will ultimately prove easy to leave in 2018.2019 has already brought us a fresh batch of controversy and conflict, but at least we can firmly say that the (relatively) new year will require zero attention paid to these works of ‘culture.’Jonah Baker can be reached.

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Art for Art’s Sake – Canmore artist Dana Roman

Silk painter Dana Roman found her way to Canmore on a road less travelled. Back in 1968, she was working as an architect in Prague, Back in 1968, she was working as an architect in Prague, in what was then called Czechoslovakia.
But she and her husband Paul immigrated to Canada to avoid the Russian occupation of her country.They both found work as architects in Toronto.
With a Masters degree in Architecture from Prague, she worked for 10 years in her field. But after their third baby, Dana stopped working as an architect and started to paint on silk.She took courses at the Ontario College of Art, Alberta College of Art and Vancouver Island School of Art.I started to sell silk scarves, Roman said.
It went so well that I never returned to architecture.The beauty of the Rocky Mountains drew Roman and her family to Canmore 21 years ago.
When we came to Canmore I started to paint on canvas, Roman said. In the beginning I painted pictures of mountains because I was thrilled with the mountains.
After 10 years I saw everyone was doing mountains here and so I started doing abstract.An avid hiker and skier, Roman has held the positions of Canmore Art Guild president once and she was twice the CAG gallery director.She also received the Canmore Mayor’s Spotlight on the Arts award in 2011.Her painted silk scarves are available at the Art Gallery of Alberta Gift Shop, Glenbow Museum, Whyte Museum and the Ontario Craft Council.
Her abstract artwork is sold in the Bow Valley and at Gallery Odin at Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon and several other galleries across Alberta.Her work is constantly evolving as she creates beautiful abstract images with bold colours.In the last year or two I started painting on see through organza silk and making collages with canvas and then mixing them with acrylics, Roman said. There are several layers.When you walk slowly by her abstracts you can see changes to the light and dark through the many layers of silk.When you look at an abstract you can imagine whatever you wish, Roman said.
Most of my images have kind of a horizon. It takes a lot longer to do than a realistic painting.She paints on the silk when it is hanging across two supports and says it is extremely messy work. Sometimes she will take a work in progress upstairs from her workspace to look at it for a few days.
You keep looking at it and adding different things you think would be better until you’re satisfied, Roman said.Roman is having a solo show called Layers’ at the Canmore Art Guild, (CAG) gallery in Elevation Place at 700 Railway Avenue in Canmore starting from Saturday, April 20 to Tuesday, May 7, 2019.She is the initiator and one of the curators for the Canmore Abstract annual exhibition, in its fourth year, and she is one of 14 artists in in the show. This year it runs from March 9 to 26 at the CAG Gallery.The opening reception is on March 8 at 7 pm.Her public art piece triptych River’ is hanging on the round wall of the Council Chamber in the Canmore Town Hall.Her designs are also on Canmore utility boxes including the one beside the Senior’s Centre and the one beside the bus stop behind the library.For more information please visit her website at

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