Monday, September 28, 2015

'All Beings Confluence' Martha Cole's Community Project

An exhibition we all enjoyed was 'All Beings Confluence,' an interactive community art project spearheaded by Saskatchewan artist Martha Cole. She runs workshops in different communities across North America giving guidance on how to make large, transparent panels. She then loans collections of panels, according to the number requested, to be hung in a wide variety of spaces in many different communities.

Viewers walk between the panels to enjoy works up close and to see the layered effects as different panels work together, such as these hens scratching beneath the flowers behind.

Each panel is about one living being. It was interesting to note how many weedy-type plants were chosen when so much of the landscape is covered in commercial crops. This female connection with 'weedy' plants is from the time when women gathered them to feed and care for their families. This ancient knowledge continues to surface in women's artwork today.

It is typical of women's intuitive work to show plants with flowers at all stages of development in the same work.

The scale of the panels and large-scale motifs give a feeling of  not only being immersed in nature but also feeling part of the living network of life.

The panel on the left shows 3 stages in a butterfly's life.
The centre panel is Matha's rhubarb plant. 
To find out more about this important ongoing project visit the All Beings Confluence website

Monday, September 21, 2015

2015 Retreat in Saskatchewan

Here is Articulation working hard on their 2015 Retreat - at Moose Jaw's Temple Gardens Hotel and Spa.
From left: Lesley Turner, Ingrid Lincoln, Amanda Onchulenko, Donna Clement, Wendy Klotz and Leann Clifford taking the picture. Unfortunately, Shannon Wardroper couldn't make it to this retreat.

Here we all are, off to our water yoga class in geothermal water with the same mineral composition as the waters in Bath, England.

After going through the yoga possess outside on the rooftop patio, we transitioned into the hot pool and moved through the poses again. We sipped an ice cold glass of water then rested.

One of the main activities of the week was to get an idea of the sort of fibre art currently being produced in Canada's western provinces. Weyburn was the perfect stop with its 'Fibre Art Destination 2015' event with 16 different exhibitions. We had to work hard to see them all over the 2 days we had in Weyburn.
The first stop was at the impressive Signal Hill Arts Centre  housed in a 1912 hospital. 'Join the Thread' showed a wide variety of small works by a large number of Saskatchewan fibre artists. It did well showing the wide range of techniques worked with the threaded needle.

The Art Walk was located all over Weyburn's downtown core in a wide variety of businesses. A postcard map had been produced but the telling sign of art up head was the yarn bombing outside every exhibition location. But we had local girl Leann in our midst to guide us efficiently in and out of each exhibition then on to the next one.
More next post.