🌈 PRIDE Colour Facts: Purple

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July is Pride Month and today marks the beginning of Sydney Pride. As strong allies, the CBUAG launched a brand new column here on our blog where, for the past 6 weeks, we brought you fun facts about each colour in the pride rainbow! These facts could be anything from their symbolism to their origin in paint production. Click here to learn all about the colours: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, PURPLE. This is our final week and we are going to look at Purple and its place in history.

Here are 7 interesting facts about the first colour of the Pride Rainbow, PURPLE.

1. How We See It

While violet is often thought of as a type of PURPLE, and is sometimes thought to be interchangeable, if we look at the light spectrum, that actually isn’t the case. PURPLE isn’t actually a colour in light, it is merely the mixture of two wavelengths (red and blue). The only “purple” that is on the spectrum is violet. The human eye can actually detect many colours that don’t have their own wavelengths. All the colours that we consider PURPLE exist along the “line of purple” that lies between red (630-740) and violet (380-420 nm). This means that pink is actually in the PURPLE family and not the red family like many think. Also, indigo is actually part of the violet family.

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🌈 PRIDE Colour Facts: BLUE

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July is Pride Month and as strong allies, the CBUAG is launching a brand new column here on our blog where, for the next 6 weeks, we will be bringing you fun facts about each colour in the pride rainbow! These facts can be anything from their symbolism to their origin in paint production. Stay tuned to learn all about the colours: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, PURPLE. This week we are going to look at BLUE and its place in history.

Here are 7 interesting facts about the first colour of the Pride Rainbow, BLUE.

1. Expressions and Symbolism

In English, saying someone looks like a colour can have a lot of meaning. Green can be envious or sick, red can be enraged, and BLUE means sad or down. BLUE means very different things across the world, however. In Germany if you say someone looks BLUE, you’re saying that they are drunk. “This derives from the ancient use of urine (which is produced copiously by the human body after drinking alcohol) in dyeing cloth blue with woad or indigo.”

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🌈 PRIDE Colour Facts: GREEN

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July is Pride Month and as strong allies, the CBUAG is launching a brand new column here on our blog where, for the next 6 weeks, we will be bringing you fun facts about each colour in the pride rainbow! These facts can be anything from their symbolism to their origin in paint production. Stay tuned to learn all about the colours: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, PURPLE. This week we are going to look at GREEN and its place in history.

Here are 7 interesting facts about the first colour of the Pride Rainbow, GREEN.

1. The Name

GREEN, the colour of  vegetation, growth, and nature, is derived from the Old English word “growan” which means “to grow.” It can also be traced back to the Old Frisian  word “grēne” which meansfresh.” In many cultures around the world green is the symbol of growth and vitality so it is no surprise that it was named after it.

Like many things, GREEN symbolizes two things that are opposites. In some sense is can mean that something is expired or rotten,

1994   D. Nixon Hero of Beecher Island (1997) iv. 85   “When the men went to cut some flesh from the dead horses, they found that the meat was green and filled with maggots.”

However, it also represents a freshness. GREEN, in people, symbolizes a youngness, a naivety even. In other things it can mean something full of vitality, something not weathered or worn by time.

1583   P. Stubbes Anat. Abuses sig. Hviv,   “The remembrance wherof is yet green in their he[a]ds.”

In a way GREEN is like an old growth forest. The balance between decay and life.

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🌈 PRIDE Colour Facts: YELLOW

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July is Pride Month and as strong allies, the CBUAG is launching a brand new column here on our blog where, for the next 6 weeks, we will be bringing you fun facts about each colour in the pride rainbow! These facts can be anything from their symbolism to their origin in paint production. Stay tuned to learn all about the colours: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, PURPLE. This week we are going to look at YELLOW and its place in history.

Here are 7 interesting facts about the first colour of the Pride Rainbow, YELLOW.

1. Popularity

Based on various surveys across the world, 40% of people say that blue is their favourite colour while YELLOW is among one of the most disliked colours.

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🌈 PRIDE Colour Facts: ORANGE

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July is Pride Month and as strong allies, the CBUAG is launching a brand new column here on our blog where, for the next 6 weeks, we will be bringing you fun facts about each colour in the pride rainbow! These facts can be anything from their symbolism to their origin in paint production. Stay tuned to learn all about the colours: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, PURPLE. This week we are going to look at ORANGE and its place in history.

Here are 7 interesting facts about the first colour of the Pride Rainbow, ORANGE.

1. The Name

The color we know as orange was referred to in Old English as “geoluhread,” which means yellow-red. It is easy to think that the popular fruit, ORANGE, would have gotten its name because of its vibrant colour. However, this is the one instance (in the traditional rainbow spectrum) where the colour actually gained its name from the object. The color we know as orange was referred to in Old English as “geoluhread,” which means yellow-red. The word “ORANGE” was adopted after the eponymous fruit was introduced to English via the Spanish word naranja. That’s right, the fruit came before the colour!

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🌈 PRIDE Colour Facts: RED

pride colour facts

July is Pride Month and as strong allies, the CBUAG is launching a brand new column here on our blog where, for the next 6 weeks, we will be bringing you fun facts about each colour in the pride rainbow! These facts can be anything from their symbolism to their origin in paint production. Stay tuned to learn all about the colours: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, PURPLE. This week we are going to look at RED and its place in history.

Here are 7 interesting facts about the first colour of the Pride Rainbow, RED.

1. Prehistoric RED

RED was one of the very first colours ever made. The oldest pigments used in cave drawings were red and black. Early people’s would have used clays, rich in iron minerals, and charcoal in order to create wonderful depictions of wildlife on the caves of their walls.

Image of a bison from the cave of Altamira in Spain, painted with red ochre between 16,500 and 15,000 BC.

Image of a bison from the cave of Altamira in Spain, painted with red ochre between 16,500 and 15,000 BC.

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The Night Watch

Did you know that Google has an Arts and Culture section?This is a great way learn more about the arts and discover new artists. It is almost like a digital museum!

Today’s story is all about one of Rembrandt’s most famous paintings “The Night Watch”. This piece is known for being revolutionary for its time. The lighting, the movement and placement of the subjects,  are all atypical for this time which makes “The Night Watch” a truly spectacular piece. Read more below:

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“The Night Watch” 1642 (detail)

The Night Watch

The Night Watch (1642) by Rembrandt van Rijn is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Rembrandt was the first to depict the figures in a group portrait in action, showing the civic guardsmen taking up their positions in order to march out. His manipulation of light was also unprecedented.

And if you are interested in learning about the music Rembrandt would have been listening to while creating his pieces check out our past article: Rembrandt’s Playlist.

Meet Our New Student Employee!

At CBU I concentrated mostly on the social sciences. I came here and basically filled up my schedule with as many interesting course as I could. I really really enjoyed it. I love learning about social issues and just issues from a societal perspective in general. I think that the degree I got from CBU has really prepared me for life and it has taught me critical thinking. After graduating from CBU I went on to MSVU to study public relations. I am now in the second year of my program and got to come back to CBU for the summer to complete my co-op placement as the CBU Art Gallery's Education and Outreach Coordinator. I'm starting to put together art camps for Cape Breton's youth, seeking news coverage for the current art exhibition, and researching new ways to get the word out about the gallery in the community. I am absolutely loving my experience so far. It has given me a look into what my career will be, and it's great. -Jillian MacDonald, CBU Grad 2015, Bachelor of Arts with concentration in Sociology #MyCBUStory

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An open letter / Une lettre ouverte

In light of the tragedy in Orlando, Florida, the staff here in the CBUAG wanted to say that the Cape Breton University Art Gallery will always be a safe and supportive place for the LGBTQ+ community. We are proud to have a pride flag at our front desk all year round and we are absolutely heartbroken over the events of this past weekend.

Après la tragédie à Orlando, en Floride, les membres du personnel dans le CBUAG voulait dire que la galerie d’art de l’Université du Cap-Breton sera toujours un endroit sûr et soutien à la LGBTQ + communauté. Nous sommes fiers d’avoir le drapeau arc-en-ciel à notre réception tout au long de l’année et nous avons un immense chagrin des événements de ce week-end passé. 

To our LGBTQ family here in Cape Breton and across the world, our hearts are with you.

Pour notre famille LGBTQ ici au Cap-Breton et dans le monde, nos coeurs sont avec vous.

-CBUAG Staff

National Selfie Day!

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The BBC has officially named April 7th National Selfie Day! Let’s celebrate by taking as many “#SelfieInTheGallery”s as possible. Each time you post a selfie you took in the CBUAG and tag us in it, your name is entered to win a prize!

So make sure your cellphones are fully charged before you come out to the CBU Art Gallery!

To submit your selfie and have it featured here simply tag your Instagram or Twitter image as #SelfieInTheGallery, post it on our Facebook page CBU Art Gallery, or submit it through email to cbuag_collections@hotmail.com