BOWLING: Thurs 1 June 2017 / 7pm-9pm

BOWLING
TO RAISE FUNDS FOR NAC

     Strikes and gutters,
     ups and downs,
     the Dude abides


Thurs 1 June 7pm-9pm
Fairview Lanes / Fairview Mall

Shoe-up at 6:45!

Sign-up in advance at NAC, email artists@nac.org, or pay at the lanes
$25 / bowler or groups of 5 / $100
>> includes shoes! <<

FUN(D) RAISE FOR NAC
COMPETE FOR TROPHIES!

 

NUTS II: A New Bag / Sheldon Rooney / Fri 26 May 2017

NUTS II: A NEW BAG
Sheldon Rooney

On dispay from 19 May – 2 June 2017

Reception Fri 26 May 5:30PM

“Nuts Two? I’ve never even heard of Nuts One! What’s your name? Never heard of ya.”

My name is Sheldon Rooney. Nice to meet you. Again, for the first time, perhaps. It’s been awhile. I’ll explain:

“Nuts: Another Mixed Bag” was a 2009 art show of mine at the forever revered CRAM Art Gallery here in St.Kitts. Tobey C. Anderson, Owner. I was welcomed into Tobey’s world after my first show “Private People” at the Niagara Artists Centre. He became my mentor and friend and we spent a lot of good times together. He’d let me crash on the couch and I’d dig him a coy pond. He’d give me endless encouragement and I’d help him pack a container to be shipped to artists in Cuba. He is now a beautiful memory and his art will live on. Tobe. We went to a Gentlemans Club once and you fell asleep. Watching your peacefully deep face that night as I swatted away the strippers I felt I had found family. Rest well. This show is dedicated to you.

It’s been six years since my last solo show. In that time I became a father to my son, Declan. I kept creating work but I had left the scene. My boy is a little man now and already a talented, and passionate art enthusiast. I want to show him what’s possible. Bring work out to the public and see what happens. Maybe make a couple bucks. Good stuff for young eyes to see in times like these, am I right?

This show is a celebration of perserverance through custody battle pain, depression, and fear. Everything we feel when things get heavy. I cope in colour. “Heavy Metal loud” colour as Tobey once described my work. Tears have fallen on this work but joy and love (Sara! Declan!) has raised it to the walls of the never dull, always delivering Niagara Atrists Centre.

It’s crazy! It’s a New Bag! Of Nuts! Something for everyone young and old!! Won’t you come get Nuts with me?

Hope you have a chance to come and see the work and join me for a cheers on Friday 26 May from 5:30-8:30 at NAC.

-Sheldon Rooney

DRONE DAY / Sat 27 May 2017

Saturday 27 May
NAC ROOFTOP
FREE

For too long the drone has been overshadowed by the tyrants of melody & rhythm.

We call upon all drones to come together annually to form a massive drone.

dr(((((((((((o)))))))))))ne

 

 

Pile On by Steve deBruyn / Friday 12 May 2017

Pile On > Steve deBruyn

Show Room Gallery at NAC
Opening Reception / Friday 12 May 2017 at 7PM

READ THE REVIEW by NAC Member Bart Gazzola HERE

On display until Saturday 22 July

An installation of large proportions, rooted in the abandonment of traditional approaches to art making.

stevedebruyn.com

Neon Bloom by Amanda McCavour April – Sept 2017

NEON BLOOM
Thread/Machine Embroidery Installation
Amanda McCavour
On display from 30 March – 26 August

Neon Bloom is a thread installation that transforms the gallery into a faux ecosystem as a means of considering reactive and adaptive strategies. Comprised of hundreds of suspended sculptural elements, this constructed ecosystem is further shaped by the artist’s imagination of how nutrient cycles, energy flows, and topologies might affect these blooming forms.

For this project the artist begins with a sewing machine to create three dimensional thread drawings. Stitched lines are made on a temporary surface by sewing onto fabric that dissolves in water. The crossing threads create strength so that when the fabric is dissolved the thread drawing can hold together without a base. These flat embroideries are then sculpted with heat to create a three-dimensional form.

During the installation period leading up to the opening of the show, Neon Bloom takes on a life of its own in the gallery space, hooking into ceilings, spreading across walls, wedging into corners and anchoring along ledges. Once the installation process is complete, hundreds of blooms cluster, float and spread through the space, creating an intensely coloured and immersive environment.

Neon Bloom investigates the sculptural potential of this embroidery process and explores the dualities that embroidery offers – the subtle qualities versus an accumulative and persistent presence and the structural possibilities versus the inherent fragility.


Amanda McCavour is a Toronto-based artist who works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. She is interested in thread’s assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.

McCavour uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations. By sewing into fabric that dissolves in water, she can build up stitched lines on a temporary surface. The crossing threads create strength so that when the fabric is dissolved, the thread drawing can hold together without a base. With only the thread remaining, these images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart, despite the works raveled strength.

Through an exploration of line and its 2-d and 3-d implications, stitch is used in her artwork to explore various concepts such as connections to home, the fibers of the body and more formal considerations of thread’s accumulative presence. Amanda’s work explores embroidery’s duality- it’s subtle quality versus it’s accumulative
presence and its structural possibilities versus its fragility. Through experimentation and creation within her studio, she continues to investigate line in the context of embroidery, drawing and installation.

McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and installation and has recently completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. McCavour shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with recent solo exhibitions in Gatineau (QB), Williamsport (PA) and Vancouver (BC). She has received awards and scholarships from the Ontario Crafts Council, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, The Ontario Crafts Council, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association and The Embroiderers Guild of America for her work.

amandamccavour.com