artNOW – May 2019

Featuring Nicole Bauberger, Leanne Baird, Tia Cavanagh, Blandford Gates, Artspace 50/50, Peterborough Youth Arts Festival, Peterborough Arts Awards, and more

A detail from Nicole Bauberger's 'Highway 7 between Ottawa and Peterborough' (2018, oil on panel) from her "Get There from Here" exhibit currently on display at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Peterborough)
A detail from Nicole Bauberger's 'Highway 7 between Ottawa and Peterborough' (2018, oil on panel) from her "Get There from Here" exhibit currently on display at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Peterborough)

In May, the Art Gallery of Peterborough is showing two new exhibits accompanied by some fun workshops. Artspace hosts its annual 50/50 fundraiser, with a new exhibit by Tia Cavanagh coming later in May. Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre of Warkworth is presenting playful cat sculptures by Blandford Gates, and Leanne Baird’s ‘Up Came The Sun’ is showing at the Colborne Street Gallery in Fenelon Falls.

The Peterborough Youth Arts Festival is at PACE in early May, and the annual “Get your Art On” exhibit is happening over the Victoria Day weekend. Spring shows and sales include the Willow Spring Artisan Show and Market in Douro and the Artsanity Show and Sale in Lakefield on the first two weekends in May. Tickets are now available for the second annual Peterborough Arts Awards, which will be presented at the Mayor’s Luncheon for The Arts on May 24th.

And don’t forget the popular First Friday art crawl is coming up on May 3rd, featuring fun workshops and many different open studios and art exhibits in downtown Peterborough.

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A detail from Nicole Bauberger's 'Highway 115 south of Peterborough (from gas station parking lot)' (2018, oil on panel) from her "Get There from Here" exhibit currently on display at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Peterborough)
A detail from Nicole Bauberger’s ‘Highway 115 south of Peterborough (from gas station parking lot)’ (2018, oil on panel) from her “Get There from Here” exhibit currently on display at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Peterborough)

‘Get There From Here’ represents an ongoing painting project. Since 2008, Nicole Bauberger has been traversing the roads of Canada, stopping at intervals to paint the landscape of the open road. This series represents routes of travel across the country, from Newfoundland to Vancouver and as far as the Northwest Territories.

In conjunction with this exhibition, Nicole will be conducting a painting workshop on Saturday, May 4th, focusing on the ‘plein air’ method of painting outside on location. Visit agp.on.ca/programs/plein-air-painting-with-nicole-bauberger/ to register or call the Art Gallery at 705-743-9179.

There will also be a special Family Sunday, “Painting the Road with artist Nicole Bauberger”, on Sunday, May 5th. Nicole will be set up outside the gallery with a tent and a well-plasticked vehicle interior. Sit inside the vehicle and imagine what it would be like to use it as a mobile painting studio, as you create your very own painting of the road with tempera paint on matte board. Drop in anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. (first come, first served). There will also be other fun activities set up in the gallery and the studio.

Since 2008, Nicole Bauberger has been traversing the roads of Canada, stopping at intervals to paint the landscape of the open road. She will be conducting a painting workshop at the Art Gallery of Peterborough on Saturday, May 4th, focusing on the 'plein air' method of painting outside on location. (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Since 2008, Nicole Bauberger has been traversing the roads of Canada, stopping at intervals to paint the landscape of the open road. She will be conducting a painting workshop at the Art Gallery of Peterborough on Saturday, May 4th, focusing on the ‘plein air’ method of painting outside on location. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Finally, on Tuesday, May 7th from 6:30 to 8 p.m., join the artist for ‘Road Stories with Nicole Bauberger’ in the centre court at Lansdowne Place mall (645 Lansdowne St. W., Peterborough). There will be a meet and greet with Nicole at 6:30 p.m. featuring live music and food samples. Then, at 7 p.m., Nicole will give a 40-minute slide show presentation set around some of her favourite stories from the road, including a performance on ukulele of the waltz she wrote for her dog Itsy who accompanied her for many of the painting journeys. This is a free event open to all.

‘Get There From Here’ is on display until Sunday, June 2nd.

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is located at 250 Crescent Street in downtown Peterborough and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. It offers free admission, barrier-free access, and a gallery shop. Parking is available in the Del Crary lot. For more information, call 705-743-9179 or visit agp.on.ca.

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'Survey Party' (2016, inkjet print on vinyl, metal electrical conduit, aluminum) by David Campion & Sandra Shields, part of their "Grand Theft Terra Firma" exhibit currently on display at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Peterborough)
‘Survey Party’ (2016, inkjet print on vinyl, metal electrical conduit, aluminum) by David Campion & Sandra Shields, part of their “Grand Theft Terra Firma” exhibit currently on display at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Peterborough)

‘Grand Theft Terra Firma’ deals with the serious subject of injustice as experienced in S’olh Temexw, otherwise known as BC’s Fraser Valley, in a somewhat light-hearted way. Using fictional characters alongside accurate historical facts, David Campion and Sandra Shields weave a story depicting the colonization of Canada as an act of greedy thievery masterminded by criminals in London.

This story stands in contrast to the story of nation-building we are regularly told, which is known to leave out some of the less-pleasant details involved in the process. The story Campion and Shields tell encourages viewers to consider the impact these historical events have had, as well brings facts that may not be widely known to light. This kind of work opens up space for better understanding and communication between groups that have historically been divided in our society and moves us closer to understanding and reconciliation.

Curated by Laura Schneider and produced and circulated by The Reach Gallery in Abbotsford, the exhibit will be displayed until Sunday, June 23rd.

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is located at 250 Crescent Street in downtown Peterborough and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. It offers free admission, barrier-free access, and a gallery shop. Parking is available in the Del Crary lot. For more information, call 705-743-9179 or visit agp.on.ca.

 

'Red Leaves II' (2018, 60x40", acrylic on canvas) by Leanne Baird. (Photo courtesy of Colborne Street Gallery)
‘Red Leaves II’ (2018, 60×40″, acrylic on canvas) by Leanne Baird. (Photo courtesy of Colborne Street Gallery)

This new series of colourful and visually interesting landscapes Leanne Baird expresses the beauty of quiet moments of contemplation. Nature and the play of light in natural landscapes are constant sources of inspiration for Leanne.

Come out and meet the artist at the opening reception on Thursday, May 2nd at 6 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until Sunday, May 26th.

Colborne Street Gallery is located at 44 Colborne Street in Fenelon Falls. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the space or upcoming exhibits, visit colbornegallery.ca, email info@colbornegallery.ca, or call 705-887-0997.

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Artspace 50/50 Art Draw, Fire Sale, and Silent Auction in Peterborough on May 4th

Artspace 50/50 2019

Get your tickets! Artspace’s Annual 50/50 fundraiser and party is around the corner, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 4th.

This fun night of music, door prizes, food and drink, and of course the exciting Art Draw, Fire Sale, and Silent Auction will not disappoint.

For the Art Draw, you buy a ticket and wait for your ticket number to called at random, and then select a piece of art from the wall. Everyone with a draw ticket goes home with a piece of art.

Tickets are $25 for the party and $100 for the Art Draw, available online at artspace-arc.org/event/5050-art-draw-2019/.

Artspace is located at 378 Aylmer Street in downtown Peterborough and offers barrier-free access (to all but Gallery 2) and free admission during regular open hours: 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.

 

The Willow Spring Artisan Show and Sale in Douro on May 5th

The annual Willow Spring Artisan Show & Market. (Photo: Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism)
The annual Willow Spring Artisan Show & Market. (Photo: Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism)

The Willow Spring Artisan Show & Market, a carefully curated annual show taking place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5th, features natural and herbal products, jewellery, fibre arts, pottery, glasswork and visual art.

With more than 20 artisans from the region, this spring market is a great opportunity to find gifts for Mother’s Day and for a spring drive out to Douro. All proceeds from the $2 door fee goes towards Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

The Willow Spring Artisan Show & Market takes place at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall (299 County Rd. 8, Douro). For more information, visit www.facebook.com/willowspringartisans/.

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Second annual Peterborough Youth Arts Festival on May 5th

2019 Peterborough Youth Arts Festival

An annual celebration of young artists in the community, the Peterborough Youth Arts Festival was created in 2018 by Lydia Etherington and continues in 2019 in partnership with Arts for Awareness, a collective of experienced local artists who help encourage and nurture emerging artists in the city.

The 2019 festival, which takes place on Sunday, May 5th at Peterborough Alternative and Community Education (PACE), features work by more than 40 young artists, with visual art ranging from photography to painting and live performances including solo singers, two rock bands, a jazz ensemble, and a drumming group.

PACE is located at the Peterborough Collegiate Vocational School (210 McDonnel St, Peterborough). Doors open at 1 p.m. and the live performances begin in the auditorium at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 or pay what you can.

For more information. visit artforawareness.net/peterborough-youth-arts-festival or email peterboroughyouthartsfestival@gmail.com.

 

'La Doncella, the maiden Mount Llullaillaco, Argentina, 2016' by Bonnie Devine. (Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Peterborough)
‘La Doncella, the maiden Mount Llullaillaco, Argentina, 2016’ by Bonnie Devine. (Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Peterborough)

La Ràbida, Soul of Conquest: an Anishinaabe encounter documents Bonnie Devine’s exhibition of the same name (which was on display at the Art Gallery of Peterborough in 2016-17) in full colour and includes essays by Bonnie Devine, Deb O’Rourke, John G. Hampton and Davis DeLeary.

Join a celebration of the launch of the publication at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11th at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. This is a free event open to all.

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is located at 250 Crescent Street in downtown Peterborough and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. It offers free admission, barrier-free access, and a gallery shop. Parking is available in the Del Crary lot. For more information, call 705-743-9179 or visit agp.on.ca.

 

Artisanity Show and Sale in Lakefield on May 11th and 12th

 Artisanity Show and Sale 2019

If you are in the Lakefield area on Mother’s Day weekend, then stop in at the Artisanity Show and Sale and perhaps find a few treasures.

There will be gourd art, bird houses, baby blankets, stuffed animals, garden sculptures, kitchenware and much more — even kaleidescopes!

Presented by Artisans Centre Peterborough, the show and sale will be happening on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marshland Centre (4 Hague blvd, Lakefield).

Admission is a $2 donation to support the Artisans Centre’s programs.

 

Artspace presents Tia Cavanagh’s ‘jibwaa aawang / miiniwaa nongwa / baamaa pii’ opening May 24th

Tia Cavanagh's 'jibwaa aawang / miiniwaa nongwa / baamaa pii' exhibit runs at Artspace until July 13, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Artspace)
Tia Cavanagh’s ‘jibwaa aawang / miiniwaa nongwa / baamaa pii’ exhibit runs at Artspace until July 13, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Artspace)

Opening on Friday, May 24th at 7 p.m., Tia Cavanagh’s ‘jibwaa aawang / miiniwaa nongwa / baamaa pii’ is a multidisciplinary show explores process and materials through Indigenous research methodologies.

As an Indigenous woman, Tia brings her own perspective to the representation and exploration of the world though her artistic practice.

Stop in, meet the artist and enjoy some light refreshments during the opening reception. The exhibit will be on display until Saturday, July 13th.

Artspace is located at 378 Aylmer Street in downtown Peterborough and offers barrier-free access (to all but Gallery 2) and free admission during regular open hours: 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.

 

Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre of Warkworth presents ‘Cats: The fantasy world of Blandford Gates’ opening May 24th

One of Blandford Gates' whimsical metal cat sculptures on display at Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre of Warkworth. (Photo: Gary Mulcahey)
One of Blandford Gates’ whimsical metal cat sculptures on display at Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre of Warkworth. (Photo: Gary Mulcahey)

Come and see this fun new exhibit at Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre of Warkworth featuring the latest series of sculptures by Blandford Gates, a local resident who assembles playful cat metal sculptures using recycled tools, machine parts, plumbing, and hardware.

The opening reception is on Saturday, May 4th from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature some of his big cat sculptures outdoors, as well as a family-oriented interactive experience involving photographs and cat ears.

Curated by Sheree Rasmussen, the exhibit continues on weekends until Sunday, June 16th.

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.

 

Peterborough Arts Awards at Mayor’s Luncheon for The Arts on May 24th

Peterborough Arts Awards

The Electric City Culture Council will be presenting the second annual Peterborough Arts Awards on Friday, May 24th at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts.

Six awards of $2,000 each will be presented for outstanding achievement in the arts in Peterborough, as well as two Bierk Art Fund bursaries (from the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, established to honour the memory and celebrate the life of Peterborough resident Liz Bierk, wife of renowned artist David Bierk).

The awards are for Outstanding Emerging Artist (sponsored by Tim and Shelley Barrie of Merit II Realty Limited), Outstanding Mid-Career Artist (sponsored by Betty and Bill Morris), Outstanding Senior Artist (sponsored by Paul Hickey of Outpost379), Outstanding Achievement by an Indigenous Artist (sponsored by LLF Lawyers), Arts Champion (sponsored by Paul Bennett/Ashburnham Realty), and Arts Catalyst (sponsored by Kate and Alex Ramsay).

Award-winning author Charlie Foran is the guest speaker at the Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts. (Photo:  James Lahey)
Award-winning author Charlie Foran is the guest speaker at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts. (Photo: James Lahey)

The guest speaker is Charlie Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life & Times, which in 2011 won both the Governor General’s Literary Award for nonfiction and the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. There will also be performances by Dreda Blow, Justin Millon, Curtis Driedger, and more.

The luncheon, with a three-course meal provided by BE Catering, takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the McDonnel St. Activity Centre (577 McDonnel St., Peterborough). Tickets are $40, available at eventbrite.ca.

 

“Get Your Art On” at The Mount in Peterborough on the Victoria Day long weekend

 "Get Your Art On" takes place from May 17 to 20, 2019 at The Mount in Peterborough. (Poster: Hartley Stephenson)

“Get Your Art On” takes place from May 17 to 20, 2019 at The Mount in Peterborough. (Poster: Hartley Stephenson)

The 4th annual “Get Your Art On” exhibit takes place on the Victoria Day weekend (May 17 to 20) in the beautiful Austin Doran Hall (the former chapel) at The Mount Community Centre in Peterborough.

Drop in on the opening reception at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17th for light refreshments and meet other arts enthusiasts and artists from the community.

If you would like to participate, the call for artists is still open. Drop off will be between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 16th. Art pick up and an open house takes place all day on Monday, May 20th (Victoria Day).

The Mount Community Centre is located at 1545 Monaghan Road in Peterborough.

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