The Ting Festival

Attention all Londoners!  Right now, from April 25 to May 13, the fourth annual Tingfest is in full swing at the Arts Project, downtown London.

Named after Merle ‘Ting’ Tingley, the editorial cartoonist for the London Free Press from 1948 – 1986,  Tingfest is a celebration of his work and influence on multiple generations of artists.

Tingley’s artwork always impressed me.  Simple drawings, but such style — bold lines that could capture expressions so perfectly.  What an eye!  What a hand!  Ach!  Be still my envious heart.

Tingley had a remarkable skill that stands the test of time.  He captured the essence of complaining about local politics without getting transfixed in specific issues.  The cartoons skewering local politicians from the sixties could easily be supplanted into today’s paper.  Same feelings, different road work.

There are all kinds of events and workshops being offered as part of the festival.  If you are interested, I invite you to follow the link.

Alas, I can only hope that some day there will be a MilneFest!  This week’s episode of Contentment is for Cows has been posted.   

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