Thursday, December 5, 2013

Basilique Saint-Anne-de-Beaupre

Of all the churches we visited this was my favourite.

The ceilings are covered in mosaics with lots of shiny gold tiles.

The floor mosaics are in cooler colours.
A woman doing science experiments.

There are lots of geometric mosaic patterns on the floors...

...and on the walls. All most inspiring.

In one of the chapels there is a coarser mosaic on each roof arch.

Not fine work but somehow very appealing by providing a human scale in this massive building.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Articulated Materials: Bridging Waters in Saint John Arts Centre

The 3rd Canadian showing of Articulation and Material Girls' bodies of work opened in the Frazee Gallery on November 8th, 2013.

ReBecca Paterson made it all happen.

Bay of Fundy work and the River Thames work was hung together.

Touching is allowed/encouraged

The exhibition is open until January 10th, 2014
Congratulations ReBecca, on presenting the work so well in the beautiful space you found.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Finally the exhibition is in The Maritimes!

Articulated Materials: Bridging Waters is opening in New Brunswick at the Saint John Arts Centre.

Articulation, a Canadian exhibiting art group working with textiles and fibre as a fine art medium, takes traditional fiber art techniques in new and contemporary directions. Since 2004 they have organised annual study sessions to unique places in Canada, which serve to unify the resulting individual bodies of work when shown in their group exhibitions across Canada.

A recent study of the Bay of Fundy coastline has generated a new path for Articulation leading to exhibiting internationally with another contemporary fiber arts group, Material Girls, based in London, England, who were inspired by their iconic River Thames. The resulting combined body of work, ARTICULATED MATERIALS: BRIDGING WATERS, consists of one 2D artwork each from ten Material Girls members and ten Articulation members. In addition, each group will have available more works to include in the exhibition while it is touring their respective country.

After a successful three-exhibition tour of London, UK, the work has arrived back in Canada and begins its cross country tour. Starting in Winnipeg it will be hung in time for the National Embroiderers’ Association of Canada’s annual May seminar. The next stop is a gallery on Vancouver Island that looks out over another historically important body of water, the Salish Sea. The work then travels to the Bay of Fundy where it will be exhibited in the Saint John Arts Centre, Saint John.

This exhibition will offer unique perspectives on both bodies of water encapsulating the local geological, environmental and social histories. In both groups there are members who have grown up living beside their waterway, while other members have responded as first time visitors to the shoreline. Articulation’s work reflects the experiences of seeing rapidly eroding fossil bearing cliffs, walking on the ocean floor and viewing the history of European settlement through distinctive architecture. Material Girls’ work explores memories of watching rowers competing, locks operating and days spent on the river’s beaches. It will remain for the viewer to make trans-Atlantic connections between places and people with long, interwoven histories.

Artist Talks: Nov 14th @ 1pm, Nov 27th @12pm, and Dec 11th @ 12pm.
Exhibition Schedule: Frazee Gallery, Saint John Art Centre, Saint John NB, November 8, 2013 - January 10, 2014

Friday, October 25, 2013

Museum of Civilization, Quebec City

Part of the Museum was closed when we were there, but there was still plenty to see. The first area I explored was Paris en Scene, Paris on Stage 1889-1914.  I particularly enjoyed the beautiful moth broach from Henri Husson, and a goblet by Rene Lalique made of silver and glass. Pieces of silver were cut out to reveal the glass and the whole thing was covered with intricate pinecones in relief. It was stunning. Unfortunately no photos as they were not allowed.  However, I managed to sneak a photo of this beautiful garment.  I didn't write down much information about it, but thought it so beautiful. There were many pieces from the Art Nouveau period.

The next area I went to was The People of Quebec Then and Now.  It was a great representation of Quebec from the arrival of Jacques Cartier in 1534 to the present time.  I was stunned to find how much I had been a part of the last part of the exhibition since I arrived in Montreal in 1967, in time for Expo, the start of Medicare,the speech by General de Gaul and the FLQ crisis.

The other exhibition that was going on was not really of much interest to me but it was Game Story - history of Video Games.  Judging by the number of people there playing Pong to the present day games, it was a very popular exhibition.

However, the exhibition I loved the most was Geometry of Space by Carolyne Bolduc.  I absolutely loved, loved, loved this exhibition.  Fortunately for me, the artist was there and spoke to me about her work.  She had taken the shapes from the surrounding roof tops and reflected these shapes in sculptures covered with a see through material.  You would go inside each sculpture and read a piece of poetry.  Another area had music playing and poetry that was spoken.  All in French unfortunately, so I understood the spirit of it if not the actual meaning.  The whole installation was on the roof garden of the museum.  It was a beautiful day and the flowers were out and the trees turning colour.  You were surrounded by shapes, music and poetry.  Her whole premise was that the sculptures represented the skeleton and she wanted us to go inside ourselves to find the poetry.  There was also a solitary maple tree turning beautiful shades of red and yellow where we could find solitude and have space to relieve the cares on our shoulders and replenish ourselves.  I just found the whole thing very inspiring.

Then we were rushing off for tea at the Chateau Frontenac! how much more perfect can a day be?!
Dress at the Paris exhibition

The sculptures that you step inside to read poetry

The artist Carolyne Bolduc - notice the patches of grass

This is the area where music and poetry emanated from the surrounding trees.

The place where you can find solitude and replenish yourself.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Study Session 2013 - part 3

What's more cultural than taking an English High Tea in a French Chateau?

Leann walking on the Dufferin Terrace towards Chateau Frontenac...

The High Tea menu...

Tea selection...

and lunch...

l to r: Lesley, Wendy, Ingrid, Donna, Leann...

top layer of sweets...

middle layer of baking...

bottom layer of sandwiches (shrimp mousse, duck pate, smoked salmon, asparagus, cucumber)...

Delicious day!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Study Session 2013 - Quebec City

The week we were together flew by, mainly because we were taking so much in! There are 29 churches in the old town, so they were an important part of our trip exploring history. Especially the stitching that the Ursuline Nuns were famous for.

The Holy Trinity church, one of the few Anglican...

The Ursuline Chapel...

The altar inside the Ursuline Chapel, the nuns are famous for their gilding of gold over wooden sculptures...

Marie de l'Incarnation - moved to Canada from France in 1639 to set up a girl's school - the first in North America...

A typical street in the lower Old Town...

The lovely roof lines of the Chateau Frontenac, a Canadian Pacific Railway hotel built around the turn of the century. (Open the link to read about the many across Canada.)

Articulation on the steps of the Frontenac(l to r: Leann, Lesley, Ingrid, Wendy).

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Articulation is in Quebec City!

Study Session is on for 2013...
We are currently in Quebec City for a week, and is the weather ever cooperating! The forecast for all week is sunny and hot, so our exploring has been phenomenal!

Going into lots of the 29 churches... Museums... Wandering up and down the cobblestone streets of the Old Town... Partaking in the cuisine of Quebec (crepes, poutine, maple syrup sponge cake, spruce beer, apple cider, local cheeses)... Having High Tea in Chateau Frontenac...

And it's only been the first two days!
More to come...

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Articulated Materials: Bridging Waters at Tulista Gallery, Sidney BC

Articulation and Material Girls' exhibition 'Articulated Materials: Bridging Waters' was installed in the Tulista Park Gallery, Sidney, BC.

It hung for 14 days....

...while over 900 people visited it.

Now it has been packed up and shipped across the country to the Bay of Fundy where it will be installed in the Frazee Gallery in the Saint John Arts Centre in Saint John, New Brunswick.
This is a well travelled exhibition.
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Victoria area EXHIBITION starts September 1, 2013

This show is getting around! After being in southern England in 2012 for three exhibits, the travelling show is now on its second Canadian leg.

Articulated Materials: Bridging Waters is opening in Sidney BC (conveniently located by the Victoria airport and mainland Ferry terminal) at The Arts Centre at Tulista Park.

The show has Articulation's work based upon the Bay of Fundy, and Material Girls' work based upon the River Thames.

Articulation travelled to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the fall of 2010 and spent a week studying locales including the seaside towns of St. Andrews, St. Martins, St. Stephens; walking tours of Saint John and Fredericton; self-directed walks down to The Hopewell Rocks; to the UNESCO site of Joggins Fossil Cliffs; the lighthouse at Cape d'Or; and the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro.

This is our resulting work...
As you can see by the schedule along the right side, the next show will be in the Maritimes, in Saint John NB.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

First Canadian Exhibition of Articulated Materials: Bridging Waters

Donna has just produced this great poster, using an image of Ingrid's work, to promote the 1st showing of  Articulated Materials: Bridging Waters. Didn't she do a great job.
Cre8ery is a contemporary gallery in downtown Winnipeg where the owner, Jordon Millar, works hard to ensure work shows well in her space.
The exhibition is planned to coincide with the national Embroiders' Association of Canada's annual seminar being held in Winnipeg in May this year
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Friday, March 1, 2013

World of Threads - Queen Elizabeth Park

Had a chance to speak with Dawn Rudman just before the opening of "Quiet Zone" at Queen Elizabeth Park Centre.  I asked what her criteria was for artists applying for the exhibition and she said there wasn't any specifically.  It was when she started receiving the work that she was made aware of the similarities between each work, and that was the soft, calm, quiet approach that was taken by each artist.  It was only then that Dawn named the exhibition, "Quiet Zone".

There is no doubt that the exhibition gives you a sense of serenity and calmness.  No loud or brash colours pervade the exhibition.  It's a refreshing visual pause in the whole exhibition of The World of Threads.

Here are three of my favourite works in the exhibition.  I chose them for their quiet simplicity and subtleness.

Vestige 1
Kelly O'Neill, Ontario       Washi paper, thread, ink, charcoal, smocking

Judy Martin, Manitoulin Island, ON       Repurposed domestic damask linen, silk, procion dye

Make Good, Make Better - Woven
Saidhbhin Gibson, Ireland        Sweet chestnut leaf, cotton thread