New Work by Geoff Farnsworth

New Work by Geoff Farnsworth
Opening Reception Thursday 25 April 8PM
Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery

DJ Stiles will be spinning cool tunes and Mahtay Cafe will be providing bar service

On display until 3 May 2019

 

HOWLS / Kelly Kirkham / Plate Glass Gallery

HOWLS
Kelly Kirkham
Plate Glass Gallery at NAC
February 2019-April 2019

Howls were engineered in the year 2030 with the genes from owl, horse, macaw and shark to subsist on all types of waste plastics. The earth was experiencing a plastics crisis, and this was one of the solutions. Things went well for a while, as howls were docile herd animals.  They could survive in most climates, and were quite abundant near cities and manufacturing centres. However, around 2050 the Howls (also prolific breeders) developed a genetic mutation in their gut bacteria, that along with their highly acidic saliva soon led to them eating all sorts of other materials. Worldwide damage to city infrastructures and vehicles followed, leading to a massive cull of free roaming Howls, with only a few thousand left in zoos.

The last howl died in the San Diego Zoo in 2104.

– Kelly Kirkham

 

Check out more of Kelly’s work here

 

UH-OH / Alexa Fraser at FLEA MARKET GALLERY

UH-OH
Alexa Fraser

Reception Sunday 3 February 2019 1PM-3PM
On display until end of April 2019
At NAC’s Flea Market Gallery
St. Catharines’ Factory Outlet Flea Market

“Uh-oh” is a reflection of the high level of anxiety and fear we are feeling at this time in history. Two figures dressed in business clothes hide in bushes behind a worried man trying to enjoy a day at the park; the marshmallows in his hot cocoa spelling out his feelings, like reading tea leaves, but sweeter. The hidden figures represent those in power and/or holding the world’s wealth who don’t have the safety and well-being of the people and the environment in mind.

Alexa Fraser is a Textile and Installation Artist, Puppet Maker and Puppeteer, Designer and Seamstress from St.Catharines, Ontario. Alexa holds a B.Des in Fashion Design from Ryerson University and has studied puppetry construction and performance with the Old Trout Puppetry Workshop at their New England Intensive and with the Puppetmongers and CLUNK Puppet Lab at the Humber College Puppetry Intensive and the Toronto School of Puppetry. Alexa has displayed work in many solo and group art exhibits, teaches textile art and puppet making workshops, makes and performs puppets for Theatre and designs costumes for Theatre.

Recent credits include puppet construction and performance of Birdwatching for Beginners a short puppetry piece as part of Carousel Player’s Culture Days 2018, puppet construction and performance for Canada 225, a historical play celebrating Canada’s 150 in 2017, puppet construction and installation at XPT Xperimental Puppetry Festival at the Centre for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia (with Clelia Scala as the Enormous Elsewhere) in 2017, puppet construction and performance at the Voix de Ville Extravaganza (with Clelia Scala as the Enormous Elsewhere) in 2016, watercolour + embroidery pieces at the Niagara Artists Centre Member’s Gallery for duo show with Katalin Koos in 2017, installation pieces the In the Soil Arts Festival and has been Head of Wardrobe for Carousel Players since 2015.  Alexa is very proud to be part of the Enormous Elsewhere, a puppetry performance and installation company with Clelia Scala.

 

Presented by the Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) in partnership with the St. Catharines Factory Outlet Flea Market