After taking a break for August, the First Friday Art Crawl returns on September 7th, representing a number of artists this month, with a show on at Acme Art & Sailboat Co. featuring seven prominent artists from the area. Michael Green will be showing at Evans Contemporary, Wayne Eardley at Star X Gallery, and Russell Banx at Coeur Nouveau. There will be local shops with doors open on the same evening, so if you are in the neighbourhood, check it out!
Also this month, the Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio presents the five-person show ‘Serving up Colour’. Farther afield, we have Jay Dart’s ‘Wecome to Yawnder’ at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery in Minden, Gerald Banting’s ‘If You Go Down To The Woods Today’ at the Visual arts Centre of Clarington, and the paintings of lifelong Warkworth resident Mary Hutchinson at the Arts and Heritage Centre of Warkworth.
Agnes Jamieson Gallery presents ‘Welcome to Yawnder’ by Jay Dart
Drawist Jay Dart brings the colourful magical world of “Yawnder” to us through his detailed drawings. The world of Yawnder, as seen through the eyes of his alter ego Jiggs, is full of colourful characters and dreamy surreal situations. The images are part of a larger narrative involving a series of interesting characters, and a plot which is forever unfolding as Jiggs explores more and more of Yawnder.
As you can see from the title, there is often a play on words which gives new meaning. For instance, ‘Would Be’ is based on the colloquial term ‘wood bee’ which is used to signify a gang of loggers. Jay has recently begun to create three-dimensional installations bringing Yawnder into the third dimension!
Find out more about Jay’s work at his website www.thedart.ca and, if you can make it, stop into the opening of his exhibit at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery on Saturday, September 8th from 2 to 4 p.m. The show will be on display there until Saturday, October 6th.
The Agnes Jamieson Gallery is located at 176 Bobcaygeon Road in Minden. For more information, call 705-286-3763 or visit mindenhills.ca/art-gallery/.
Arts and Heritage Centre of Warkworth presents ‘Mary Hutchinson: Life on Main Street’
Opening on Saturday, September 15th from 2 until 5 p.m., this series of paintings is a piece of Warkworth history. Born and raised on the main street, Mary Hutchinson eventually became a nurse in Campbellford, while helping to run the drugstore in Warkworth with her husband.
She never forgot her love of painting, though her busy life led her to put her brush down for a few years. In 1994, she got back to painting. Her work represents the community and surrounding area, reflections of a place and time from the brush of a lifelong Warkworth resident.
Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre of Warkworth 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, visit ahcentre.ca.
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington presents Gerald Banting ‘If You Go Down To The Woods Today’
On now until Sunday, September 23rd, this show by Bowmanville-born and Brighton-based artist Gerald Banting is comprised of painting and installation. Combining elements of abstraction with observational painting, these pieces reflect Banting’s regard for nature and the environment.
The paintings are supplemented by an installation in the Loft Gallery made from found materials — namely garbage — that he picked up in the Bowmanville Valley Conservation Area. Using this method, he is helping the environment through his art-making process.
There will be an artist walking tour and closing reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 23rd.
The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington is located at 143 Simpson Avenue in Bowmanville. Hours of operation are 9 a.m to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission to exhibits and artist talks is free. For more information, visit www.vac.ca.
Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio presents ‘Serving up Colour’
On Sunday, September 16th, drop by the Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio between 1 and 4 p.m. to meet the artists and enjoy the opening reception for ‘Serving up Colour’.
The show features the work of five artists from the area: Theresa Morris, Ann Talbot, Marilyn Simpson, Randy Woods, and Margaret Tough.
Otherwise, drop in during gallery hours to see the show.
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.
Acme Art & Sailboat Co. presents ‘Not So Up and Coming’
This September, Acme features not one, not two, but seven stellar artists! The show includes work by Dorothy Caldwell, John B. Boyle, Michael Poulton, Peter Barron, Ann Jaeger, John Moffat, and Joe Stable.
Together, they amass over 350 years of art making!
The show opens as part of the First Friday Art Crawl from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, September 7th.
Acme Art and Sailboat Company is located at 129-1/2 Hunter Street West, 3rd floor, in downtown Peterborough. Hours of operation are variable, please check Acme’s Facebook page.
Evans Contemporary presents Michael Green: ‘(Echo)incidence and the Observer’
Opening night for this new exhibition of work by Michael Green falls on Friday, September 7th as part of the First Friday Art Crawl. Beginning at 6 p.m., festivities will continue until 11.
If you are in the Peterborough area, drop in and enjoy the art crawl for a taste of arts and culture.
Coeur Nouveau presents ‘Russell Banx: New Paintings’
The latest series of striking paintings by multidisciplinary experimental artist Russell Banx will be on display at Coeur Nouveau this September.
Opening as part of the First Friday Art Crawl, a reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 7th.
Coeur Nouveau is located on the 2nd floor of the Commerce Building at 129-1/2 Hunter St. West in downtown Peterborough.
Star X presents ‘Wayne Eardley: Portraits’
Peterborough photographer Wayne Eardley has been shooting black and white portraits as part of his ongoing “The Relative Project” over a number of years.
“This project started out years ago with the idea that we are all genetically related, if not in recent millennium then certainly before and beyond,” Eardley writes on www.wayneeardley.com.
“We all share a humanity that is easier seen when context is taken away. Thus, I travel with a white sheet and set up where I can, in parks, on streets, in backyards, on soccer-pitches. Having the pleasure and honour of photographing all these people gives me a sense of our shared global community.
“When I need to feel alive I need only to visit my Relatives and have them show me hope, bravery, strength, vulnerability, joy and beauty. They are like brothers and sisters to me.”
These striking images of everyday people will be on display at Star X for the month of September. Drop in and meet the artist at the opening reception during the First Friday Art Crawl from 6 t0 9 p.m. on Friday, September 7th.
Star X is located at 129-1/2 Hunter St. West, 3rd floor, in downtown Peterborough. Regular hours of operation are Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m.