I am a 20-year veteran YMCA swimmer who was greeted at the pond this morning with a question. Are you taking any time off over the break to rest?
It got me thinking... do I ever really take a moment to take in the enormity of what the past year really was? Do we give ourselves an opportunity to reflect, to even acknowledge all that has taken place?
|Amanda Onchulenko, 'Reflection,' Connected Heritage, New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli MB|
|Leann Clifford, 'Ripple and Frond,' Forest and Sea and the Place Between, Portals Gallery, Duncan BC|
|Wendy Klotz, 'A Blanket for my Grandfather,' War: A Personal Response, Sidney Museum, Sidney BC|
|Ingrid Lincoln, 'Cherry Orchard,' War: A Personal Response, Sidney Museum, Sidney BC|
The Salish Sea and environs inspired our reverence and interaction, giant old-growth forests and timber cathedrals inspired awe, and that reverent theme continued with our experience of Tofino and Canada's rugged natural coastline.
|Wendy Klotz, 'Kelp,' Forest and Sea and the Place Between, Portals Gallery, Duncan BC|
Our membership spans the west from Manitoba to Vancouver Island so our opportunities to gather communally are limited. In 2019 however, multiple opportunities arose. At an artist reception on April 13th, local, Lesley Turner was joined at Portals Gallery by Ingrid Lincoln of Winnipeg and Wendy Klotz of Calgary. The work was diverse in technique and expression and much admired by a very active and textile savvy community who declared our work to be of international quality.
|Lesley Turner, 'Dialogue 1,' Forest and Sea and the Place Between, Portals Gallery, Duncan BC|
|Donna Clement, 'Vinarterta,' Connected Heritage, New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli MB|
Manitoba also had the pleasure of hosting Ingrid Lincoln, and Lesley Turner of Articulation, along with Laura Feelus and Louise Lamb in a show called Dualities at the Cre8ery Gallery, Winnipeg, May 9-21, 2019.
|Ingrid Lincoln, Dualities, The Cre8ery, Winnipeg|
|Lesley Turner, 'Soldiers Heart' and 'Battle Fatigue/s', Portals Gallery, Duncan, BC|
|Donna Clement at the Alberta University of the Arts for a summer residency.|
|Lesley and Donna and a new friend at the Esker Foundation with Nep Sidhu's 'Divine of Form, Formed in the Divine'|
Calgary's new Central Library, architecture as sculpture, accommodated our need for creative discovery. It is a must-see for anyone visiting the west and is host to some amazing art pieces too, among them Articulation member Donna Clement's daughter-in-law Brittany Bear Hat's work.
|Interior Calgary Central Library, Calgary, AB|
Articulation's focus in 2019 was not restricted to group shows. Wendy Klotz and Donna Clement again partnered in a Contextual residency through the summer at the Alberta University of the Arts. I mounted two solo shows, hosted the Wave Interlake Artists Studio Tour in June and September at our cottage and published my first book, 'Wisdom at the Crossroads,' fittingly on Australia Day. Everyone of us has continued with our creative explorations and looks forward to an adjusted paradigm for future Articulation group shows that focus more consistently on our private studio practice.
|Tofino Study session, gathering ideas prior to the Forest and Sea and Place Between show|
|Articulation Textile Group spends a lot of time behind the scenes getting these shows off the ground and their work on display. Annual gatherings aim to find a balance between work and play while still attending to the business at hand.|
|Leann Clifford, 'Keeping the home Front,' detail, War: A Personal Response, Sidney, BC|
The New year looks to be an exciting, inspiring and action-packed year for us all and we look forward to celebrating it in fibre with you.
Happy New Year from all of us.
All the best,
Amanda Onchulenko, on behalf of Articulation Textile Group.