artNOW – March 2017

Featuring Artspace, Bancroft Art Gallery, Acme Art and Sailboat Co., Artists and Artisans Portrait Project, Kawartha Artists' Gallery and Studio, Arts and Heritage Centre, City of Peterborough Monument Project

A detail from one of the works at Olivia Whetung's show "tibewh", opening March 3 at Artspace (photo courtesy of Artspace)
A detail from one of the works at Olivia Whetung's show "tibewh", opening March 3 at Artspace (photo courtesy of Artspace)

Peterborough’s Artspace takes the cake this month: a gold star goes to Artspace for they have a lot going on during the month of March.

There are also openings at the Bancroft Art Gallery, Acme Art and Sailboat Company, Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio, as well as Warkworth’s Arts and Heritage Centre — including a project encouraging the public to submit stories.

Also, photographer Mike Taylor is seeking artists and artisans for a portrait project, and the City of Peterborough is looking for artists to design a monument for the new urban park planned for downtown.

No excuses now that the robins are back, and the weather is mainly bearable even to the most whiney of the winter complainers (you know who you are). This March, you can take in the sweet songs of spring along with some art shows.


Artspace Presents “tibewh” by Olivia Whetung

This beadwork by Olivia Whetung is a representation of bodies of water along the Trent Severn Waterway (photo courtesy of Artspace)
This beadwork by Olivia Whetung is a representation of bodies of water along the Trent Severn Waterway (photo courtesy of Artspace)

in Anishinaabemowin, the word “tibewh” refers to the shoreline if one is out on a body of water or in the water. It is a word that places the speaker in relation to the land. English does not have many, if any, words like this, being quite cut and dried in the sense that a shoreline is a shoreline, end of story. In English, the individual is generally separated from whatever environment they inhabit, in terms of basic wording and sentence structure.

This is a trick of language, yet this structure can say something about the culture itself. Of course, no one is truly separate from the rest of the world. We are all part of the world — inextricably so. There is a real beauty to relational words such as tibewh which include the speaker in the description of the scene.

Olivia Whetung’s latest work reflects the land and the water, and her own historical and cultural relation to these. This will definitely be an interesting show, with many ideas to ponder and beautiful beadwork to behold! You might even learn a few new words. Also, don’t miss out on the beading workshop to be held on March 25th.

The show opens on Friday, March 3rd, with a reception at Artspace from 7 to 10 p.m. In conjunction with this exhibition, Whetung will be leading a beading workshop and drop-in session on Saturday, March 25th from noon until 4 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Jon Lockyer, Director of Artspace, at 705-748-3883, or by e-mail jon@artspace-arc.org.

Artspace is an accessible space located at 378 Aylmer Street in downtown Peterborough. Regular hours of operation are Tuesday to Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Parking is available in the municipal lot on Hunter Street between Aylmer and George. For more information, call 705-748-3883 or visit artspace-arc.org.

 

“Ex Libris” at Artspace

Ex Libris displays the work of 14 contemporary printmakers (photo courtesy of Artspace)
Ex Libris displays the work of 14 contemporary printmakers (photo courtesy of Artspace)

Ex Libris, Latin for “library of”, denotes small printed plates used inside the front leaf of books to show who the owner is (or was, since they were largely used in the past by the well-to-do book owners of the day). Today, bookplate collecting is more the thing to do.

Artspace is currently hosting a show of work by contemporary printmakers Wendy Cain, Phoebe Cohoe, Rebecca Cowan, Josh Dannin, Genna Kusch, PamLoebb, Peter Mennacher, Chrissy Poitras, Otis Tamasauskas, Larry Thompson, Kyle Topping, Jessica Veevers, Terry Veeversm and Jan Winton. The work is on display until Saturday, March 11th.

This show is located in gallery 2, so please stop in before March 11th and see what they have to offer.

Artspace is an accessible space located at 378 Aylmer Street in downtown Peterborough. Regular hours of operation are Tuesday to Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Parking is available in the municipal lot on Hunter Street between Aylmer and George. For more information, call 705-748-3883 or visit artspace-arc.org.

 

Artspace Hosts Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Drop by Artspace and help set Wikipedia straight (graphic: Art+Feminism)
Drop by Artspace and help set Wikipedia straight (graphic: Art+Feminism)

Calling all feminists, women, and supporters of women to the 3rd Annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon! It turns out the content of Wikipedia is skewed because, shockingly, the number of female contributors is likely under 10%.

Artspace aims to help right this discrepancy in what is becoming an increasingly important repository of knowledge. On Saturday, March 4th, grab your laptop and power cord and head to Artspace for a group Wikipedia editing session. Don’t forget to bring along a few ideas of what you would like to contribute. The focus will be on entries related to art and feminism.

The session furns from noon to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be available, as well as references for the beginner Wikipedian. For more information call Bec Groves, Associate Director, at 705-748-3883 or e-mail Bec at bec@artspace-arc.org.

Artspace is an accessible space located at 378 Aylmer Street in downtown Peterborough. Regular hours of operation are Tuesday to Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Parking is available in the municipal lot on Hunter Street between Aylmer and George. For more information, call 705-748-3883 or visit artspace-arc.org.

For more information about Art+Feminism, visit www.artandfeminism.org.

 

"Homestead Winter Evening" by Allan O'Marra, Oil on canvas, 30"x45" (photo courtesy of Art Gallery of Bancroft)
“Homestead Winter Evening” by Allan O’Marra, Oil on canvas, 30″x45″ (photo courtesy of Art Gallery of Bancroft)

Allan O’Marra, born and raised just north of Bancroft, will reveal his new series of paintings “Magical-Mythical-Mystical” at the Art Gallery of Bancroft.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 3rd at 7:30 p.m. and the show continues until Sunday, April 2nd.

Allan will also be teaching a portrait painting workshop on Sunday, March 12th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Please contact the Art Gallery of Bancroft in order to reserve a spot. They can be reached by phone at 613-332-1542 or e-mail at agb@nexicom.net.

The Art Gallery of Bancroft is located at 10 Flint Avenue in Bancroft. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m from Tuesday until Saturday. You can find the gallery online at www.artgallerybancroft.ca.

 

The Arts and Heritage Centre of Warkworth presents artist Fred Gottshalk and the Cenotaph Project

Fred Gottschalk's exhibition "Bee-Cause and Effect" runs until March 26 (graphic courtesy of Arts and Heritage Centre)
Fred Gottschalk’s exhibition “Bee-Cause and Effect” runs until March 26 (graphic courtesy of Arts and Heritage Centre)

There’s a double exhibition happening this month at Warkworth’s Arts and Heritage Centre.

“Bee-Cause and Effect” is really a collaborative work between artist Fred Gottshalk and some bees. Gottshalk reconfigures deconstructed hives to emphasize the different characters of each hive, playing with the differences between the man-made exteriors and the fascinating interiors of the beehives.

This looks like it will be an interesting exhibit. Drop by the opening reception on Saturday, March 4th at 7 p.m. The show continues until Sunday, March 26th with an artist’s talk being held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 25th.

One of many Cenotaph photographs that will be on display from March 3rd until March 26th (graphic courtesy of Arts and Heritage Centre)
One of many Cenotaph photographs that will be on display from March 3rd until March 26th (graphic courtesy of Arts and Heritage Centre)

The Cenotaph Project is a beautiful series of Northumberland Cenotaph photographs and stories mapped out in the County of Northumberland, reflecting the generous spirit of the communitiy coming together to honour the memory of its soldiers.

Photography by the Northumberland Photography Club, on loan from the Art Gallery of Northumberland, will be on display and visitors will be encouraged to write down their own stories of connections to individual soldiers. These documents will be archived and donated to the Northumberland County Archives.

If you have some stories to contribute, please drop by and write a few lines about your own experiences. A good time to do this might be at the opening reception on Saturday, March 4th at 7 p.m. The show runs until Sunday, March 26th, with talks by special guest speakers to be announced.

The Arts and Heritage Centre is located at 35 Church Street in downtown Warkworth. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For more information, please contact Rebecca Baptista, Arts Administrator, at info@ahcentre.ca or 705-925-4450.

 

Mike Taylor seeks subjects for his Artists and Artisans Portrait Project

Painter Rob Neizen at work in his studio (photo courtesy of Mike Taylor)
Painter Rob Neizen at work in his studio (photo courtesy of Mike Taylor)

Mike Taylor is taking on the studios and workshops of Peterborough County to produce a series of photographic portraits featuring the artists and artisans in the area.

The project has just begun, and Mike is currently on the lookout for practicing artists and craftspeople within Peterborough County.

If you would like to be involved in this project please contact Mike Taylor at 705-931-9623 or via e-mail at miketaylorpics@gmail.com.

 

Acme Art and Sailboat Co. presents Cherlyn Greig

Check out the watercolours of Cherlyn Greig at the Acme Gallery, along with Joe Stable's most recent work in the Copper Closet (photo courtesy of Joe Stable)
Check out the watercolours of Cherlyn Greig at the Acme Gallery, along with Joe Stable’s most recent work in the Copper Closet (photo courtesy of Joe Stable)

Cherlyn Greig’s new watercolour paintings are on display at the Acme Art and Sailboat Co., artist Joe Stable’s gallery in downtown Peterborough.

There will be an opening reception for the show on Friday, March 3rd from 6 to 10 p.m., so drop on by and check out Cherlyn’s new paintings. While you’re there, have a peek into the Copper Closet to see some of Joe’s latest.

Acme Art and Sailboat Company is located at 129-1/2 Hunter Street West, 3rd floor, in downtown Peterborough.

 

"Raven Haven" by Dorothy Conlin, one of the artists whose works will be on display in the Diversity show (photo courtesy of Kawartha Artists' Gallery and Studio)
“Raven Haven” by Dorothy Conlin, one of the artists whose works will be on display in the Diversity show (photo courtesy of Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio)

On Sunday, March 19th, drop by the Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio for an opening reception for their “Diversity” show, featuring work by executive members of the Gallery.

The opening happens from 1 to 4 p.m. on the 19th and the show will continue until Sunday the 26th of March. This show will feature work by executive members of the Gallery.

Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio is a not-for-profit artist’s co-operative, located at 420 O’Connell Road in Peterborough. Hours of operation are Wednesday to Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.kawarthaartists.org.

 

City of Peterborough issues call for proposals for design of UN Peacekeepers monument at new urban park

Concept drawing of the planned Charlotte Street Urban Park in downtown Peterborough (illustration:  AECOM)
Concept drawing of the planned Charlotte Street Urban Park in downtown Peterborough (illustration: AECOM)

Here’s an exciting opportunity for artists and designers! The City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program has issued a call for proposals to design a United Nations Peacekeepers monument, which is to be installed near the entrance of the new Charlotte Street Urban Park in downtown Peterborough, planned to be completed in 2018.

The design competition is open to emerging and established professional artists and designers across Canada who are permanent residents of Canada. The budget for the project in $95,000, and the deadline for submissions is Monday, April 3rd.

Complete details, including submission guidelines, are available at www.akimbo.ca/akimbos/?id=104225.

If you have any questions about the project, please email Wendy Trusler, Public Art Coordinator for the City of Peterborough, at wendy@wendytrusler.ca.

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