Category Archives: Accomplishments

I Love Oshawa

*UPDATE: Emporium of I and I Mugs

“I Love Oshawa”, for some residents its too hard to say, because they seem to have joy about calling Oshawa ‘The Dirty Shwa’ or ‘Armpit of Ontario.’ Language is a big part of culture, its how society understands or identifies with itself, other communities, towns, Cities, etc. I Love Oshawa I guess is a campaign for the City to love itself and be whole. I worked with a friend to create an “I Love Oshawa” design I want to have on t-shirts and mugs. The original design (see below image) was created at The Open Vault, 2014, with my design concept, by MoxArt. I will update in another blog post with a preview of the new “I Love Oshawa” design. Stay tune.

Opening of Gallery 67

The Oshawa Art Association worked with Rick Kerr on his event called The Cycle. They asked him to help them find a home. The Holiday Inn Express has a vacant space for a big restaurant tenant. Rick pitched the concept for a pop-up art gallery. The OAA Board and the Inn together, they liked each other. Days later, Rick brought the decision-makers together along with Sue Lupton from Economic Development. Long story short, the OAA has got their home called Gallery 67.

The OAA founded in 1967 are launching their new art space called Gallery 67. An Exhibit and Grand Opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 13th at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please join us at 6 p.m. and take a tour of the Holiday Inn Express! Ribbon Cutting and Official Opening Ceremonies to follow immediately at 7 p.m.

Thank you to all OAA volunteers who helped get the space ready for this opening, and to the collective effort of Oshawa’s Economic Development department, the facilitation of Councillor Rick Kerr, Oshawa BIA, Local Businesses and the full support of the hotel’s General Manager Sita Gardiner.

Contact information:

OAA Gallery 67 Manager – Tricia Van Oostveen
oaagallery67@gmail.com

OAA Gallery 67 Workshops Manager – Mary Gartlan
mary.gartlan123@gmail.com

Phone: 289-991-1067

Adding RSS to eoii.org

As I fill out eoii.org with content, I want to utilize tools to make the distribution of information easier and user friendly.

In the WordPress theme I’m using, InkHive, I have te option to add 5 social icons to link to social media. RSS is a new format to me I wanted to experiment with.

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. It is a way to easily distribute a list of headlines, update notices, and sometimes content to a wide number of people. It is used by computer programs that organize those headlines and notices for easy reading.

I receive Charity Village newsletters called “Village Vibes” and it had a RSS tab I copy and post on a webpage. So, I Google Searched “Embed RSS” and found an articled called HOW TO EMBED AN RSS FEED IN YOUR WEB PAGE.

Embedding RSS feeds in a web page is certainly doable. However, it requires generating a JavaScript that will format how the RSS feed (the content sent out by the RSS source) is presented in your page.

A number of online resources are available for creating code to display RSS feed pages. One is RSSinclude. One advantage of using RSSinclude instead of other online RSS page-generator resources is that you can choose what kind of embedded code to use, and you also get the option of an iFrame tag.

RSSinclude offers free as well as pay-to-use templates for presenting RSS feeds. You do need to register with RSSinclude although you just need an e-mail address. After you register, follow these steps:

The article details a 9 Step process to embed a RSS feed. I follow them and that is how I got my RSS icon to link to Village Vibes RSS feed.

Website Improvements, A Labour of Love

Since the jumpstarting of eoii.org. on Monday September 11, 2017, I been spending time everyday relearning how to tweak EOII.org using WordPress to be a great portal of capturing happenings, stories and knowledge about arts and culture movement downtown.

Some improvements into eoii.org worth mentioning are:

-Social media icons on top centre of page, linking to EOII Facebook page, eoii Twitter and personal Instagram account and RSS Feed for Village Vibes.
-Social media share buttons on top right column
-Font enlarger widget in Top right column
-Moon phase widget to bottom right column
-adding hypertext to blog posts
-adding more content to “Resources” page
-enbedding Google Maps into my blog post

I wish I could change the font colour on Menu Titles to a bold yellow or light green. The customization meni in themes doesn’t list that function. I also like to revise the “About EOII” to add EOII’s values, “Earth Love” list of propose projects, and “Knowledge Cafe” with list of proposed learning/teaching topics.

Since moving to Oshawa in November 2010, I been been dreaming and half living in an’Intentional Community‘ in Downtown Oshawa. Its being apart of a variety of grassroots events, happenings and joining community based organizations. I post these moments to the Gallery.

I am happy about the journey I’m on how its bought me back to EOII to focus on sharing experiences about a growing arts and culture movement in Oshawa and Durhamn.

Jumpstarting EOII

Monday September 11, 2017 – Brian C. Rideout helped me to jumpstart www.eoii.org again. I love the idea of posting and tweaking this website to mirror the community experiences that my friends and I are having in Oshawa. I plan on forming this webspace as an arts community hub and knowledge marketplace. I’m excited to EOII back online and sharing community happenings.