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September 23, 2015

Last week was a tough one. The news of two people passing came unexpectedly.

Mike Star (1951-2015), was an independent purveyor of vinyl records in Oshawa since 1974. He’ll be greatly missed. See 2011 post on Star Records follow: https://curatorbyday.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/for-the-record/

Mike and Me (2011). Photo: Allan Frank

Mike and Me (2011). Photo: Allan Frank

Wallace “Wally” Brighton (1940-2015) served as Head of Art at Oshawa’s O’Neill CVI and local artist represented in the Station Gallery permanent collection. His work “Flying Figure Pines” (1980) continues to be an inspiration for younger artists in gallery programming. See obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ottawacitizen/obituary.aspx?pid=175849736

Wallace Brighton FLYING FIGURE-PINES, 1980 5/10 linoleumcut on paper 26 x 20 in., 66 x 50.8 cm.

Wallace Brighton
FLYING FIGURE-PINES, 1980
5/10
linoleumcut on paper
26 x 20 in., 66 x 50.8 cm.

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October 6, 2011

A visit to a record store is a lot like going to an art gallery. Album art has a way of sparking new, exciting ideas. Records have a special way of connecting audio and visual elements in a way that CDs and MP3 formats rarely can. Plastic and paper, vinyl and visuals; records are the perfect package.

I’ve been going to Star Records ever since I was allowed to hang-out on my own growing up in Oshawa. The record store is the perfect place to get a dose of nostalgia, hear some great tunes and get a few laughs as you can see in the photo.

Album of the Chipmunks (photo: Allan Frank)