News : Exhibitions
PUSH: Mentorship Exhibition - Nov 23, 2013 - Jan 19, 2014
posted: November 27, 2013
Gallery Exhibition: November 23, 2013 - January 19, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 28, 7 to 9 pm - RSVP
PUSH: Mentorship Exhibition
The Living Arts Centre hosts the culminating exhibition of FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association’s newly launched Glass Mentorship Program. It features new works by nine artists selected for the program under the direction of Koen Vanderstukken, a renowned glass artist and educator. In this exhibition artists capture a sense of balance, energy, and a close examination of the world around them.
The FUSION mentorship was a very unique experience in a sense that we got to work with mature artists over an extended period of time. It allowed us to approach complex subject matters and investigate the roots of creative thinking and making. It was a pleasure to see how everybody motivated and inspired each other and to witness the individual growth of participants. I hope they will continue this process and take their work to new heights.
– Koen Vanderstukken / Mentor
Featured Artists:Camilla Clarizio, Jerre Davidson, Valerie Anne Dennis, Marlene Kawalez, Debbie Ebanks Schlums in collaboration with Don Miller, Cheryl Wilson Smith, Laurie Spieker, George Whitney, Bridget Wilson
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 1 - 4 pm
Image credit: Laurie Spieker, Blue Burl. 2013
Jamie Gray part of The Lure of the Local: Women Artists in the Canadian Landscape - Vorres Museum of Contemporary Art in Greece - Nov 5 to Jan11
posted: October 25, 2013
The Vorres Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present The Lure of the Local: Women Artists in the Canadian Landscape, an exhibition curated by Caterina Pizanias, featuring works by Julie Cosgrove, Raina Enss, Sara Girletz, Jamie Gray, Kim Huynh, Andrea Kastner, Annie King, Eveline Kolijn, Galia Kwetny and Romy Straathof.
The exhibition will be the closing cultural event of a year’s long celebrations to mark the 70-year presence of the Canadian Embassy in Greece. It will bring to Athens a group of emerging and mid-career artists from Canada’s non-metropolitan areas: Central Alberta, Northern Ontario, and British Columbia.
The exhibition seeks to present alternate approaches to depicting the “land.” The artists will share with the viewers “scenes of a land” that is the backdrop of their lives; they capture, re-create and share fragments of Canada, a poetics of a territory that is in constant change.
There will be a bilingual catalogue (English and Greek) as well as a series of public talks by the artists and the curator.
Exhibition title: The Lure of the Local: Women Artists in the Canadian Landscape
Exhibition venue: The Vorres Museum of Contemporary Art, Diadochou Constantinou #1, Paiania, 190 02, Attica, Greece
Dates: November 5, 2013 to January 11, 2014
Artists’ and Curator’s talks: Vorres Museum, Saturday, November 9, 2013, from noon to 2:00pm
For more information: Caterina Pizanias: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teresa Burrows featured in the Globe and Mail as part of a piece on the Walking With Our Sisters Project
posted: October 15, 2013
Over 600+ native women in Canada have been reported missing or have been murdered in the last 20 years. Many vanished without a trace with inadequate inquiry into their disappearance or murders paid by the media, the general public, politicians and even law enforcement. This is a travesty of justice.
Walking With Our Sisters is by all accounts a massive commemorative art installation comprised of 1,600+ moccasin vamps (tops) created and donated by hundreds of caring and concerned individuals to draw attention to this injustice. The large collaborative art piece will be made available to the public through selected galleries and locations. The work exists as a floor installation made up of beaded vamps arranged in a winding path formation on fabric and includes cedar boughs. Viewers remove their shoes to walk on a path of cloth alongside the vamps.
Each pair of vamps (or “uppers” as they are also called) represents one missing or murdered Indigenous woman. The unfinished moccasins represent the unfinished lives of the women whose lives were cut short. Together the installation represents all these women; paying respect to their lives and existence on this earth. They are not forgotten. They are sisters, mothers, aunties, daughters, cousins, grandmothers, wives and partners. They have been cared for, they have been loved, they are missing and they are not forgotten.
Call for Submissions: First Fridays at MCC - Dec 13
posted: October 15, 2013
For the past year, the MCC has been opening its office/gallery wall to the public and featuring our members as part of First Fridays in the Exchange. With attendance at First Fridays growing (averaging in at around 70-75 visitors over the past 4 evenings), it's a great opportunity to get your craft work in the public eye.
The MCC is now inviting applications from its membership for the March-June 2014 period. If selected, your job is to install your artwork, be present on First Friday of your assigned month to greet visitors and talk about your work, and take it all down at month's end. Oh, and deposit the $100 artist fee into your bank account.
For more information about how to submit your work, please click here.
MCC - Call for Submissions :: For the Love of Craft Member Exhibition and Touring Opportunity - Dec 10
posted: October 15, 2013
The MCC's annual member exhibition and sale, For the Love of Craft, is happening February 7-18, 2014, at the Cre8ery Gallery.
All current Manitoba Craft Council members are invited to submit up to 2 recent pieces for the annual open (not juried) exhibition and sale of recent work. Original work (functional, decorative, conceptual) in any craft-based media are welcome (e.g. ceramic, fibre, metal, paper, recycled material, stone, glass and wood). In addition, mixed media and interdisciplinary works that are primarily craft-based in material and/or technique are welcome.
This year, the MCC is partnering with the Manitoba Arts Network (MAN) to tour a selection of pieces from the For the Love of Craft Exhibition for one year in Rural and Northern Manitoba following the conclusion of the show's run in Winnipeg. Only artists who indicate their consent will have their pieces considered for the MAN touring exhibition.
For more information on how to submit your work, please click here.
Glass Manufacturer Wanted - Montreal or Southern Ontario area
posted: October 15, 2013
I’m looking for a manufacturer that would be able to produce a unique novelty item. It’s a patented design for beverageware that I’m looking to bring to market in Canada and the US. Ideally, the manufacturer would be located somewhere near Montreal/southern Ontario area and would be able to mass produce.
The product, a very simply designed vase with a unique shape. It has a heavy, wider base, a thinner mid-section, and a wide top section. The vase would generally be cylindrical in shape, and would not require any coloring or special detail.
The Ontario Crafts Council's Biennial Juried Member Exhibition - Oct. 17 - Nov 30
posted: October 15, 2013
Please join us for the opening reception and awards announcement on
Thursday, October 17, 6 - 9 pm
Ontario Crafts Council Gallery
990 Queen Street West, Toronto
Since 1975 the Ontario Crafts Council has supported the development of contemporary craft through a biennial juried exhibition showcasing the best of member work. Congratulations to the following 26 members whose innovative work has been selected for the exhibition.
Special thanks to the Craft Ontario ‘13 jury: Lisa Pai, owner of L.A. Pai Gallery in Ottawa; Stuart Reid, Director and Curator of the Rodman Hall Art Centre in St. Catharines; and Virginia Eichhorn, Director and Curator of the Tom Thompson Art Gallery in Owen Sound.
Christopher Reid Flock
Eden Danielle Bender
Jin Won Han
Joe Han Lee
Ko Eun Park
Thomas Aitken & Kate Hyde
Images: Christopher Reid Flock, Untitled (detail, ceramic); Kate Jackson, Cheerios (detail, hand embroidered Honey Nut Cheerios); Paul McClure, Antibodies Rings (series of rings, detail, 3D printed laser sintered nylon, sterling silver).
For more information, contact email@example.com, or 416-925-4222 x 225.
Christine Cholewa - 'Observations' - Murray Bridge Regional gallery - October 27th to Dec 1
posted: October 7, 2013
25 Oct to 01 Dec, 2013
Jean Sims Gallery
Opening - October 27th -2:30 pm
An exhibition where glass, photography and drawing combine to create graphic wall installations that reflect on ordinary moments of everyday life.
27 Sixth Street
South Australia 5253
PH/ FAX: 08 85391420
Galerie Elena Lee - KASIA CZARNOTA and STEVEN TIPPIN - Oct 15 - Nov 5
posted: October 7, 2013
Opening - Tuesday October 15, 5 to 7 pm
For sculptor Kasia Czarnota glass is a constant source of inspiration, its qualities, transparency, fragility, malleability allow her to express a very feminine view of the world. Her present work is informed both by memories of childhood and the experiences of a young mother. Her glass dresses hark back to the joys of childhood, but also by its very material to its vulnerability. Bird motifs are coupled with figural plays on the Matryoshka form, commonly known as Russian stacking dolls. Kasia is trying to convey a sense of wonder, of childlike imagination and creativity. Her use of the lost wax casting technique allows for great freedom of expression, but also commits the artist to a slow process of gestation, fraught with constant danger, not unlike the growing of new life in a womb.
Steven Tippin, a young artist from Ontario undertook extensive studies in glass at Sheridan College, Toronto, as well as at Rochester Institute of Technology, N.Y. known for its excellent glass department. While working for his Master of Fine Arts degree at the latter institution, Tippin also taught hot and cold working techniques, in particular slumping. It is in this latter technique that he developed a knowhow and aesthetic all his own. He is using the basic technology for making murrini, the ancient venetian way of producing multicoloured three dimensional objects and totally subverts its aesthetics, creating flat panels in only whites, greys and blacks. In a way his work bridges the relationship between art and science, in that the murrini react in a specific manner due to the variables set upon them: the angle of firing the surface, the arrangement of different masses of murrini in a given order, displacement, reaction to heat and the dynamics of the flow and viscosity of the glass at different temperatures. Tippin’s experiments yield flat panels, generally no more than 1/4” thick. Yet they have incredible visual depth, movement and tonal values that seem to address basic human emotions in the viewer. Tippin’s innovative work creates the illusion of virtual worlds. It could be seen as an artist’s endeavor to interpret our century’s obsession with virtual realities.
Steven Tippin - Optic cbwc // Panneau de murrines de verre fusionnées (détail) / Fused glass murrini panel (detail)
Kasia Czarnota - Nestle // Cristal moulé (détail) / Kilncast Crystal (detail)
C2G2 - WAR: Light Within:After the Darkness,
posted: September 26, 2013
The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery proudly presents WAR: Light Within/After the Darkness, an exhibition of contemporary art projects that directly respond to the Holocaust and to other atrocities committed during the Second World War. The exhibition continues to January 5, 2014.
“This exhibition is distinct in its approach to the theme of the Holocaust,” notes Christian Bernard Singer, Curator of the Gallery. “These powerful and inspiring works explore the spirit of resistance, survival, hope and beauty that endured through the darkness.”
Curated by Singer, WAR: Light Within/After the Darkness features Hélène Brunet-Neumann, Chari Cohen, Laura Donefer, Mary McKenzie, Tina Poplawski, Oded and Pamela Ravek and Claire Weissman-Wilks. Many of these artists were inspired by family stories of those who survived the Holocaust.
Seven major projects poignantly evoke the realities faced by Jews and other innocent populations during the
• Mary McKenzie has created an installation of a portion of a house that was abandoned in haste. In this work, it is unclear whether the residents ran to hide or were forcibly removed.
• Chari Cohen evokes the forests in which Jewish partisans and other resistance fighters hid and operated against German occupation. This major installation of suspended porcelain trees hovers over cracked earth containing seedlings that will grow toward these trees over the course of the exhibition.
• Laura Donefer’s installation of cast glass footprints, some taken from actual Holocaust survivors, tells the story of the forced death marches of concentration camp prisoners.
• Oded and Pamela Ravek have created a sculptural glass memorial to the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust. The sculpture is also a tribute to Oded’s mother and her two sisters who miraculously survived the horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
• Tina Poplawski’s installation references the emotional reverberations caused by the enforced displacement of people from their homes by violent military assaults. Her grandfather was executed by the NKVD (the precursor to the KGB) and all of his known relatives were sent to the Gulags.
• Claire Weissman-Wilks’ sculptures and drawings, depicting love, kindness, compassion, caring and protection, were inspired by the personal journal of Etty Hillesum.
• Hélène Brunet-Neumann’s Caucus: Émergence, an installation of figurative sculptures created out of unfired clay and straw, represents an international council of peace. Installed in the Gallery’s courtyard, the sculptures will slowly disintegrate as they are exposed to the elements, reminding us that we do indeed forget.
Complementing this exhibition will be: What If? from the Permanent Collection. The Gallery’s permanent collection is comprised of nearly 1,000 contemporary artworks. This exhibition will feature key pieces from the collection that would have been deemed degenerate by the Nazis because the artists who created them are either Jewish, gay or politically outspoken. By exhibiting these works, the Gallery asks the question,
“What if these artists had been silenced by a regime like the Nazis and their works never created?”
A lecture and panel discussion related to the exhibition is being planned for October 10. Visit the Gallery’s website to find out more: www.theclayandglass.ca
For more information or to schedule a media interview, please contact Christian Bernard Singer, Curator at 519.746.1882, Ext. 230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.theclayandglass.ca
Image - Laura Donefer