Saturday 29 August
EXCELSIOR! Reception & Artist Talk with Dave Gordon in the Showroom Gallery followed by SOUND SOUND on the Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace (ROOF!)
A survey of forty years of artwork by Dave Gordon
Opening Reception Saturday 29 August 2015 7PM
Showroom Gallery at NAC
(more info below)
Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at NAC
Beginning at 8:30PM
PWYC / Licensed Event
Sound by Joe Lapinski + Jeff Luciani
Visuals by Adam Vollick + Stephen Remus
SOUND SOUND is an improvised music series created and run by St. Catharines based musicians Jeff Luciani and Joe Lapinski. It aims at bringing together local and non-local musicians and artists in the spontaneous creation of sound. Both random and thematic inspirations are used to propagate a unique experience for both musician and audience member. In other words, everyone in the room can participate! SOUND SOUND currently has a monthly residency at Mahtay Cafe in lovely downtown St. Catharines.
A survey of forty years of artwork
by Dave Gordon
Saturday 29 August 2015 7PM
On display until Saturday 28 November
A survey of forty years of artwork, Excelsior! 1975-2015 is a testament to working in the ‘wilderness’. The paintings of Dave Gordon are idiosyncratic, humorous and above all display a perceptive eye to our surroundings: woodpiles outside a cabin, figures metaphorically “lost” in the wilderness and farcical political portraits—including many provincial and national politicians.
Especially incisive are a series of works produced during the bitter Mike Harris years (those aforementioned “lost years”), a perverse take on the Group of Seven, and a recent body of work documenting Gordon’s travels to Syria. In rejecting the spurious intellectualism of Conceptual art, Gordon found a way to document the local in a very personal manner. The works are simultaneously pastoral and political, finding solace in the landscape.
Dave Gordon was born in London, Ontario and has been active in artist-run activities since the early 1970s. When the 20/20 Gallery closed in 1970, he and Jamelie Hassan founded the Polyglot Gallery in a local bookstore, and both helped establish the Forest City Gallery. In the mid 1970s, Gordon relocated from London to Kingston and in this new setting helped establish the Kingston Artists’ Association, Inc. / Modern Fuel Artist-run Centre in 1977; his support for artists’ rights and artistic responsibility have been wide acknowledged, often overshadowing his artistic practice which continues to develop in compelling ways.
Dave Gordon’s work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Museum London, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, The MacIntosh Gallery, Agnes Etherington Art Centre – Queens University, and numerous private collections across Canada. He has participated in the International Print Exhibition at the Taller Cultural Centre in Santiago de Cuba in 2012, and the exhibition subsequently traveled to Havana and four Canadian venues.
This is exhibit is generously supported by Shannon Passero.
THE REGAN PEACOCK FUNG
MEMORIAL ART FUND 2015
Travel Assistance for Professional Visual, Media, and Craft Artists
Deadline for Submissions: Friday 11 September at 5PM
Regan Peacock Fung took tremendous joy in the world around her. Her courageous spirit, keen judgment and infectious laughter enriched the lives of those who knew her. Regan’s passing in September 2011, from Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, was a devastating loss.
– Claudia Peacock
The Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Fund has been established by Regan’s parents, Bob and Claudia, and brother, Erik, to honour her memory and two of the passions that enriched her life: art and travel. Money raised through the fund will provide assistance to professional visual, media and craft artists living in Niagara. Annually, an artist will be awarded $1000 toward their travel expenses artist in Canada or abroad to attend, or participate in, activities related to their work as an artist.
2013 – Carrie Perreault (Artist-in-Residence [AIR], Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan)
2014 – Mori McCrae (Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland)
Download application requirements here:
Submit proposals to
Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Art Fund
c/o Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines ON L2R 3N2
Brewery seeking artisanal products for retail store
Do you create artisanal one-of-a-kind pieces? If so, The Exchange would like to speak to you!
The Exchange Brewery (opening this fall in Niagara-on-the-Lake) is a super-premium brewery and tasting room looking to stock its retail store with unique, made-in-Niagara merchandise.
We’d like to connect with talented artists in the area who are interested in creating products that are (preferably) related to beer or beer production – e.g., candle holders made out of our beer bottles, beer cap wreaths, beer themed cards, painted beer bottles, etc, etc. We are open to ideas and suggestion – our primary goal is to stock interesting and creative products made by Niagara artists.
If this work is of interest to you kindly reach out to me at your earliest convenience. I can be best reached at the following: