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Past Exhibitions: 2009 To view a complete list of past exhibitions, click here.
All the Clubs from Holyrood to Brigus
Gordon Laurin, Curator
left: Scott Walden, All the Clubs from Holyrood to Brigus #8, Holyrood, Conception Bay (2006)
right: Scott Walden, All the Clubs from Holyrood to Brigus #22, Brigus, Conception Bay (2007)
Never Far Inland: Paintings and Prints
Gordon Laurin, Curator
Tom Hammick, Motorway Trees, monotype, 36½" x 80¼", 2007
November 5 to December 31, 2009
Two new solo exhibitions will open at SWGC Art Gallery this month: All the Clubs from Holyrood to Brigus which features the photographs of Scott Walden; and Tom Hammick’s Never Far Inland: Paintings and Prints. Both exhibitions were curated by Gordon Laurin.
Born in Toronto, Scott Walden divides his time between Newfoundland and Labrador and New York where he teaches Philosophy at Nassau Community College. Much of his work is inspired by the historical and socio-cultural landscape of our province. All the Clubs from Holyrood to Brigus examines the role of the legion halls and clubs in the Conception Bay area play in social cohesion. The images are rich in light and colour and portray the subjects with warmth and dignity. Walden’s images have been exhibited widely, and have been reproduced in, amongst other publications, Prefix Photo, CVPhoto, and Maclean’s Magazine. He is author of Places Lost: In Search of Newfoundland’s Resettled Communities (Lynx Images, 2003). Walden’s work has been supported by multiple awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, including the 2007 Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography.
Scott Walden, All the Clubs from Holyrood to Brigus # 45, Brigus, Conception Bay (2006)
British artist, Tom Hammick, was the first artist-in-residence at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in 2005The work in the exhibition looks at our changing relationship with nature and focuses for the most part on coastal and insular life. Many of the fifteen small drypoint prints in the exhibition were drawn en plein air and have a sense of immediacy . The viewer can see how these sketches inform the larger vibrantly-coloured prints and paintings. Tom Hammick was born in Tidworth, England and currently works as an artist and Lecturer in Fine Arts in painting and printmaking at the University of Brighton and at Maidstone College of Art in Canterbury. Hammick’s art has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Great Britain and Europe, in Canada and the
Tom Hammick, Horse and Boy, reduction woodcut United States, and has been acquired by many collections throughout the UK, Canada and the United States including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland; British Museum, Prints & Drawings; Yale Center for British Art, CT, USA , and De Beers, London. His exhibitions have been extensively reviewed in publications in London and throughout England, Canada and the US.
Tom Hammick, Labrador Ferry, oil on canvas, 78½ x 121¼
Tom Hammick will give a one-day drypoint intagio workshop on Saturday, Nov. 7. For further information and to register, please contact Marilyn Forward at 709-637-6200 ext. 6207.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Canada Council for the Arts for both exhibitions.
SEVEN ARTISTS/SEVEN RESIDENCIES: SELECTIONS FROM ST. MICHAEL’S PRINTSHOP VISITING ARTIST PROGRAM
September 24 - October 25
Manuel Lau, Linda Quidi Vidi, 2003, lithograph, 22 x 30"
Seven Artists/Seven Residencies: Selections from St. Michael’s Printshop’s Visiting Artist Program, features the work of seven artists from across Canada, Europe and South America, who participated in artist residencies at St. Michael’s from 2001 to 2007. Artists in the exhibition are: Jennifer Barrett (St. John’s), Mark Bovey (Halifax), Helen Gregory (St. John’s), Vanessa Hall-Patch (Vancouver), Manuel Lau (Peru/Montreal), Peter Lazarov (Bulgaria/The Netherlands), Michael Robinson (Ontario).
Mark Bovey, Triangulating Time #1, lithograph, 30 x 22"
Peter Lazarov, The Teardrop 1", woodcut, 24 x 16"
Vanessa Hall-Patch, Garden Tapestry III, photo etching and silkscreen, collage, 20 x 15"
Situated in downtown St. John’s, St. Michael’s is a well-equipped printshop with a superb view of St. John’s Harbour. In addition to its various programs, every year St. Michael’s Printshop offers six residencies to international, national and provincial artists. Rather than including all the work produced in recent residencies, the co-curators, Michael Connolly and Charlotte Jones, decided to focus on seven artists who were very productive in the residency. They looked at ‘productive’ as the artists’ producing a substantial body of work; work with challenging ideas; work with complex images and imagery; work that undertakes new approaches and ideas. Many of the works have been obviously influenced by the Newfoundland landscape, history and culture.
St. John’s-based artist, Jennifer Barrett, speaks of the impact that her residency had on her and of her role as a St. Michael’s board member:
As a young artist (four years after graduating from SWGC), being selected for the residency program at St. Michael's in 2007 gave me the first opportunity to really immerse myself in printmaking since finishing my formal studies. Working at the shop nearly every day for a month was a great learning experience, and made me feel a step closer to becoming a professional artist. As many people know, it is very difficult to maintain a full time job and an art practice. It can also be financially challenging.
Being a member of the board at St. Michael's is not the same experience as working in the shop itself. Spending time printing there makes me realize what a wonderful and comfortable working environment we have at St. Michael's, and how important it is to keep it going. Joining the board in 2004 was also a great way to help me become a part of the artist community in St. John's, and has enabled me to meet and interact with artists from across Canada and abroad. It is also very cool to have a couple of my prints hanging on the wall there and in the printshop gallery (for the time being).
Jennifer Barrett, The Long Way, linocut, 6.5 x 5.5"
For more information about St. Michael’s Printshop and its programs, please consult the website:
Michael Robinson, An Ancient Story, 2001, etching, 18 x 11"
Helen Gregory, Plundered, 2001, mezzotint, 9 x 6"
Jennifer Barrett: is a painter and a printmaker who holds a BFA from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Corner Brook, NL. Barrett works as a commercial screen printer and has been a member of the Board of Directors of St. Michael’s Printshop in St. John’s since 2004. Her current work revolves around the extrapolation of blind contour drawings and the modification of autobiographical comics. Barrett is represented by The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art in St. John's.
Mark Bovey: is a mixed media print artist whose work has been exhibited internationally since 1998 and can be found in more than 15 public collections worldwide. Mark received a BFA in Fine Art in 1989 from Queen’s University and an MVA in printmaking in 1992 from the University of Alberta. Mark joined the faculty of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2004 where he continues to promote mixed media print to the next generation of printmakers.
Michael Connolly, co-curator: is a visual artist born in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Corner Brook, NL in 2002 with an emphasis on drawing and printmaking. Michael was awarded the Don Wright Scholarship at St. and later completed residencies in Terra Nova National Park and St. Michael’s Printshop. He began working at St. Michael’s as a technician in 2004, and became the full time Executive Director the following year. Michael maintains his art practice, creating works in printmaking, drawing and mixed media which explore the natural world, often in relation to humanity’s role within it. He is represented by the Leyton Gallery of Fine Art in St. John’s.
Helen Gregory: lives and works in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, and is currently studying towards an M.Phil in Humanities at Memorial University. Helen has exhibited across Canada, as well as in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Helen’s work explores notions of transience and permanence and nature and culture. Using painting and printmaking as a method of research, she examines how the image of the specimen can be re-presented in order to question our relationship with the natural world, and how classification and display systems used in the natural sciences can produce cultural meaning.
Vanessa Hall-Patch: received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta and earned her BFA from Queen’s University. In her art practice Vanessa applies a combination of printmaking, photography and collage to create multi layered large scale images. Vanessa has exhibited her work internationally in group shows in Germany, Russia, USA, Japan and the Netherlands as well as in solo exhibitions in Edmonton and Vancouver. Vanessa is currently a faculty member at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC.
Manuel Lau,: grew up in Lima, Peru and currently lives in Montreal, Canada. He studied printmaking at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Lima. Drawing on the cultural richness of his Peruvian, Chinese and Canadian background, Manuel produces work reflecting his "personal story in each of these cultures". Manuel has exhibited in Peru, Poland, South Korea, Japan, Yugoslavia, Thailand, Germany, France, Belgium, Bulgaria, the United States and Canada and his work can be found in a number of private and public collections including worldwide.
Peter Lazarov: is a Bulgarian/Dutch artist printmaker who has been living in The Netherlands since 1990. Lazarov’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including recently in Shanghai, China and his works can be found in prestigious collections around the world. Lazarov is a member of the British Society of Wood engravers and is a master of printing techniques. In 2002, Lazarov founded his own private press called PEPELpress, which prints limited edition handmade books.
Michael Robinson: was born in Ontario in 1948 and now lives in Keene, Ontario and Manitoulin Island. Michael worked as a glassblower from 1971 to 1986 but since 1985 has been working as an artist, printmaker and a poet. Michael attended Sheridan College School of Design as a glass major from 1969 to 1971. Michael's inspiration for his art is drawn from his spiritual beliefs. He believes that making people aware of the world around them is the only hope for the future. "It is important that we see the Earth as a living entity, only then can we understand where we fit in".
Barb Hunt, Antipersonnel, knitted wool Kent Jones, Aguathuna, DVD Brenda McClellan, Surf Along the Coast, oil on canvas
Time and Place
Third Annual LAWN Juried Exhibition
Tuesday, June 16 - September 12, 2009
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery is delighted to host L.A.W.N.’s (League of Artists of Western Newfoundland) third annual juried art exhibition. The exhibition will open on Tuesday, June 16 and continue until September 12. There will be a reception for the artists on Tuesday, June 16, 5 to 7 p.m. to which all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Noted West Coast (B.C., that is) artist, Roy Kiyooka, spoke about the importance and relevance of working from the local: that is, if one had intimate and honest commitment to one’s place and time, then that knowledge would translate into a more universal, genuine appreciation and understanding. In the exhibition, Time and Place, thirty-four artists province-wide explore these twin themes through diverse forms--painting, printmaking, sculpture, textile, sculptural installation, film and video--and approaches from representational to highly abstract. It is a lively and thought-provoking exhibition which demonstrates forcibly the strength of the visual arts scene across the province and particularly in Western Newfoundland. A catalogue accompanying the exhibition will be available in July.
L.A.W.N. and Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador through its Cultural Economic Development Program and the Deer Lake Airport Authority.
mulberry paper, mixed media, plywood
Jamie Lee Cormier Christine Koch
Encounters With Land and Sea Green Point (Nocturnes)
Sea salt, found objects lithograph
Within Cloud of Unknowing
SWGC Art Gallery is also exhibiting in the atrium, Minds, Hands and Magic: A Celebration of Learning through the Arts in Western Newfoundland Year 10. On display are artworks by Grade Two and Six students who worked with visual artists, Nancy Jacobsen and Brenda Stratton in the LTTA/WNL program. LTTA/WNL works with fifteen schools in the Bay of Islands, Humber Valley and Northern Peninsula regions. The program works on the basis that we all learn by doing. Teachers and artists work together to engage students in hands-on learning by using the arts as tools to teach core subjects like Mathematics and Social Studies. The program has been proven to motivate students and certainly enriches and invigorates the classroom experience. This program is supported by Western School District and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador through Cultural Connections. For more information on Learning Through the Arts, please go to www.wnlsd.ca/lttawnl.
Kirklynn Martin Brooke Preston Tara Hackett Nick Joy
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Jones, Acting Director
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building on the second floor of the atrium. Short-term parking is available in front of the Fine Arts Building. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Open Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Tel (709) 637-6200 ext: 6379