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In this edition of The Bulletin

  1. Hirings Announced for Studios
  2. This week at The Film House (PAC)
  3. Rodman Hall Alliance / The Barlow Report / Wed 7 Dec 7PM
  4. Don’t Read This if You’re A Woodpecker / Melanie MacDonald / Thurs 8 Dec 5PM
  5. Studio Sale / Sandy Middleton / Fri 9 + Sat 10 Dec
  6. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party / St. Catharines Museum / Fri 2 Dec 6:30PM
  7. Seeds of New Hope / Silver Spire United Church / Sat 3 Dec 7PM

Hirings Announced

NAC has hired two part-time positions for our studio venture at 443 St. Paul Street East.

Greg Berkhout and Jesse Matthews applied for the pair of part-time positions as a pre-existing team being both long-time friends, bandmates, and co-workers.

Greg began working as an artist assistant for Thrush Holmes in 2003. Jesse joined the Thrush Holmes Empire in 2007. Both Greg and Jesse were part of Holmes’ successful gallery at the corner of Queen and Dovercourt in Toronto. This artist-run factory, studio, and commercial gallery space was one of Toronto’s more innovative and interesting cultural enterprises.

Greg has a visual art’s degree from Brock University as well as retail experience. Jesse has a BFA in Inter-Media from NSCAD University in Halifax and has worked in a variety of capacities in the cultural sector. Both are NAC members and artists.

Greg will assume the responsibilities of the retail manager while Jesse will work as the studio manager.

They have commenced work on organizing an opening event and art sale to be held at the studios before Christmas.

This week at The Film House
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

USA 2016. Directed by Meera Menon. 100 min. 14A
Thurs 1 Dec 9:30 PM / Thurs 8 Dec 7:00PM / Fri 9 Dec 9:30PM / Sun 11 Dec 4PM

Equity’s main claim to fame is that it’s the first female-dominated depiction of the cutthroat dealings that define greed-is-good, ethics-are-overrated Wall Street.
-Susan Wloszczyna, Roger

My Left Foot
Ireland, UK 1989. Directed by Jim Sheridan. 106 min. PG
Fri 2 Dec 7:00 PM

My Left Foot is a great film for many reasons, but the most important is that it gives us such a complete picture of this man’s life. It is the story of a stubborn, difficult, blessed and gifted man who was dealt a bad hand, who played it brilliantly, and who left us some good books, some good paintings and the example of his courage.
-Roger Ebert

USA, Germany 2003. Directed by Jon Favreau. 97 min. G
Sat 3 Dec  1PM

The guy to get you through those midwinter woes is Will Ferrell’s Buddy in Elf. No one else could pull this off. Every year I introduce new people to Elf. They all love it.
-Kate Abbott, The Guardian

The Handmaiden
South Korea 2016. Directed by Chan Wook-Park. 144 min. 18A
Sat 3 Dec 7PM / Mon 5 Dec 8PM / Thurs 8 Dec 9:30PM / Fri 9 Dec 7PM / Sat 10 Dec 4PM / Mon 12 Dec 8PM

Exquisitely designed and sexually liberating, this is a hugely entertaining thriller that has shades of Gaslight, Les Diaboliques and last year’s Duke of Burgundy, but thankfully no grey.
-Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

The Harder They Come
Jamaica 1972. Directed by Perry Henzell. 103 min. R
Sat Dec 3 9:30 PM

The Harder They Come stars Jimmy Cliff, who is a Jamaican pop star, and parts of it seem to have been drawn from his own early experiences. They’re the best part; we meet a young, unsophisticated character who comes to the city and gets taken.
-Roger Ebert

USA 1973. Directed by Michael Crichton. 88 min. PG
Sun 4 Dec 7:00 PM

I am happy to report that this Westworld is a seamless marriage of western and dystopian sci-fi corporate thriller.
-Tim Dowling, The Guardian

Wednesday 7 December at 7PM / Oddfellows Hall 36 James Street

FREE EVENT / Register here

This event is an opportunity to learn about what has come to be known as The Barlow Report. At recent community consultations conducted on behalf of Brock University, it appears that this report – titled Rodman Hall: Planning the Future, a preliminary planning process – has been disregarded, despite it having been approved by Brock Board of Trustees in September 2015.  The Barlow Report offers a clear alternative to the controversial notion put forth by Brock’s consultant that a new art gallery to replace Rodman Hall should now be considered.

The report proposed to cultivate partners for Rodman’s four core businesses (public art museum; learning centre; historic site; public gardens) to sustain future operations, develop an endowment, and safeguard Rodman’s assets and enable fundraising through establishment of a community property trust. This event is an opportunity to listen to consultant Janis Barlow review the report, ask questions and engage in a community discussion about its recommendations.

Don’t Read This if You’re a Woodpecker
By NAC Member Melanie MacDonald
Niagara Falls History Museum
5810 Ferry St, Niagara Falls, ON

Opening Reception Thursday 8 December / 5PM-7PM

So happy that this show is gonna be seen so close to home and that the 36 foot piece (that is part of it), will be temporarily liberated from my ma’s basement.

As well, we are putting out a sweet catalogue to accompany the show. Best friend and amazing book designer, Ernest Harris Jr has been working away on this publication (that includes a couple of short essays by Dennis Soron and Roslyn Elizabeth Pivarnyik).

The catalogue is possible through the gracious support of Allie Hughes of Hughes & Co, Tammy Ziegler and the Out of the Past crew, and of course, The Niagara Falls History Museum. Please come out to the reception on December 8th 5-7pm!

– Melanie MacDonald

Studio Sale
NAC Member Sandy Middleton
36 James Street Oddfellows Hall studio #202

Friday 9 December 7-11pm
Saturday 10 December 12noon – 4pm

Stop by to shop, have a cocktail,
and a nibble.

Fine art Photography, plywood prints and encaustic mixed media work, something for everyone.

Check out her website HERE

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canal Centre
Friday 2 December 2016 / 6:30PM

The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre is proud to present the final installment of the 2016 First Fridays series, co-presented by the Museums of Niagara Association.

In 2016 First Fridays toured through 7 of Niagara’s museums with fun parties, music, art, and local food-legend Smokin’ Buddha.

First Fridays and the St. Catharines Museum hits the height of tackiness with an Ugly Christmas Sweater party, with food and drink by Smokin Buddha (cash only), with music by DRFTR/Oscar Anderson Shortt (7pm-8pm), and DJ Tanner (8pm-10pm).

Holiday themed prizes for best Ugly Christmas Sweater to be awarded at 9pm.

Tickets are $10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at:

Doors open at 630pm. Cash only.

“250 strands of lights. 100 individual bulbs per strand for a grand total of 25, 000 imported Italian twinkle lights.” – Clark Griswold describing the Ugly Christmas Sweater party.

See you there!

Saturday 3 December at 7PM

Seeds of New Hope, an event to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) which works to turn the tide of HIV and AIDS in Africa, is being held at  Silver Spire United Church on Saturday 3 December at 7:00PM.

The guest speaker is Ilana Landsberg-Lewis and performing artists are the WomEnchant Chorus and Drummers.  Landsberg-Lewis is a human rights lawyer and CoFounder/Executive Director of SLF.  WomEnchant Chorus and Drummers are directed by Laura Thomas.

Tickets are $20.00 each are available through Silver Spire church office, 905-682-8328, or by calling Elizabeth Agnew 905-684-9440.