Attic Daddy + Charles J Hunk and the Trainwreck / Sat 23 Sept 2017

Attic Daddy & Charles J Hunk and the Trainwreck
Sat 23 Sept 2017
TCO Rooftop Terrace at NAC

Take a break from the streets and head up to the roof this Saturday for Attic Daddy and Charles J Hunk and the Trainwreck.

DOORS 8PM / SHOW 8:30PM-ish

$15 NAC Members / $20 Regular

Big thanks to our friends at Niagara Oast House Brewers, The Office, tap & grill, Rise Above, Mahtay Café & Lounge, and Long & McQuade – St. Catharines for their support of the Summer Rooftop Series!

We Aspire: An exhibit of work by Métis artists in Niagara / Sat 9 Sept 2017

We Aspire
An exhibit of work by Métis artists in Niagara
Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery / Niagara Artists Centre
Featuring work by Brian Kon, Sterling Kon, Amanda Pont-Shanks, and Julia Simone

Opening Reception Saturday 9 September 6PM
On display until Friday 22 September

 

Honoring the tradition of Métis dot art and bead work, We Aspire features work by four Métis visual artists living in Niagara. The custom of bead patterning was traditionally used by the Métis to adorn their clothes, equipment and animals.

“The Metis were known as the ‘flower bead people’, my art is intended to honor the skills and artistry of my ancestors by using traditional and historic bead patterns as the inspiration for my work,” says Brian Kon, one of the artists featured in the exhibit.

The exhibit opens on Saturday 9 September at 6PM in conjunction with Where the Weather Happens: An Exhibit of Contemporary Métis Art curated by Amy Malbeuf and Jessie Short in the Show Room Gallery.

We Aspire is presented by the Niagara Artists Centre with support from the Niagara Region Métis Council and in partnership with Celebration of Nations and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

 

About the Artists
Brian Kon
Brian is an indigenous artist with a passion for preserving the culture and history of Métis people. Brian creates modern versions of historic bead patterns traditionally used by Métis to adorn their clothes, equipment and animals. By replicating bead patterns using individual “dots” of paint he honors the tradition on canvas.

Sterling Kon
Sterling is a proud Métis artist and entrepreneur who grew up in the Niagara region after moving from Winnipeg at a young age with his family. In 2017 his work was displayed internationally at festivals in Canada and as far away as Ethiopia. Sterling finds inspiration from both the traditions of the Métis and modern works.

Amanda Pont-Shanks
Amanda has an Art and Design diploma from Niagara College as well as a diploma in Early Childhood Education and currently works for the Métis Nation of Ontario as a Family Wellbeing Coordinator. Her art is inspired by Métis traditions and memories of her great grandfather’s garden in Beamsville. She works in several mediums including painting, beadwork, drawing, and paper art.

Julia Simone
Julia is a 13 year-old emerging artist from École Notre Dame de la Jeunesse in Niagara Falls. She is currently the Artist-in-Residence for a not-for-profit organization called Seedling for Change.  She collaborated on a logo design, featured in this show, for one of their current projects, Share Peace, Discover Niagara River.

 

 

Development Proposal / Christopher Harms / Sept 2017

Development Proposal
Christopher Harms

Plate Glass Gallery at NAC

Development Proposal is an installation that looks skyward to what will be, by starting at the foundation.  Creating vibrant sculptures with plexiglass, the artist uses a light and colourful ascetic to represent the heavy construction excavators that shift and shape our urban landscape.  The viewer is invited to discover the unique reflections, surfaces, and layering in the work as this rough and messy ordeal is now transformed by a luminous filter of wonder at what the future may hold.

Chris Harms is a self taught, Toronto-based artist. In 2012, Chris began working with acrylic plastics and was captivated by their transparency, electric edges, and colourful shadows.  All pieces are hand-cut and riveted together, lending a precise yet human touch to the work.

Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Art Fund 2017

THE REGAN PEACOCK FUNG
MEMORIAL ART FUND 2017

Travel Assistance for Professional Visual, Media, and Craft Artists
Deadline for Submissions: Friday 29 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.

Regan had a love of art since kindergarten, when her drawing was published in the children’s section of our newspaper. She pursued her interest in high school and then attended Concordia University, earning a degree in studio art and art history. She had a studio at home and spent her free time, when possible, painting large canvasses. When she became ill, it was her painting that gave her focus and solace. Her art hangs on the walls of family and friends, proof of its enduring importance. We cannot think of a better way to honour her life than through an endowment for Niagara Artists Centre.
– 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.

Past recipients:
2013 – Carrie Perreault (Artist-in-Residence [AIR], Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan)
2014 – Mori McCrae (Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland)
2015 – Amy Friend (Havana, Cuba)
2016 – Janny Fraser (Zwolle, Netherlands)

Download application requirements here:
RPF-memorialartfund-2017

Submit proposals to
Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Art Fund
c/o Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines ON L2R 3N2

Where the Weather Happens: Jason Baerg, Jaime Koebel, Sheri Nault / Sat 19 Aug-Sat 28 Oct

Where the Weather Happens
Curated by Amy Malbeuf and Jessie Short
Featuring Work by Jason Baerg, Jaime Koebel, Sheri Nault

Opening Reception Saturday 9 September 6PM-8PM

The troposphere is a layer of the earth’s atmosphere in which human beings exist, connecting the land to the perceived sky. It is the place where nearly all of the weather on earth happens. The works of Jason Baerg, Jaime Koebel and Sheri Nault activate the land and sky, and all that is within, through their intimate and delicate expression of deep connection to this space of energetic flux. Where The Weather Happens is an expression of the relationship and interactions between the land and sky as beings who live within this space.

image: After winter // signs of life (1). Pastel and drawing paper. 2016. Sheri Nault

 

About the artists

JASON BAERG
Jason Baerg (Cree Metis / German) is an Indigenous curator, educator, and visual artist. Upcoming 2017 curatorial projects include exhibitions with Toronto’s Nuit Blanche and the University of Toronto. Baerg graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. He currently is teaching as the Assistant Professor in Indigenous Practices in Contemporary Painting and Media Art at OCAD University. Dedicated to community development, he founded and incorporated the Metis Artist Collective and has served as volunteer Chair for such organizations as the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition. Creatively, as a visual artist, he pushes new boundaries in digital interventions in drawing, painting and new media installation. Recent international solo exhibitions include the Illuminato Festival in Toronto, Canada, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and the Digital Dome at the Institute of the American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jason Baerg has adjudicated numerous art juries and won awards through such facilitators as the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and The Toronto Arts Council. For more information about his work, please visit Jasonbaerg.com.


JAIME KOEBEL

Jaime Koebel is of Nehiyâw, Michif and German ancestry. She is especially inspired by floral and natural imagery in Michif art. Koebel’s art practice encompasses beadwork, fish scale art, birch bark biting and ink drawing. She manages Prairie Fire, a dance group in which performs with her three children. Koebel runs Indigenous Walks Tours in Ottawa, and she is the Educator of Indigenous Programs and Outreach at the National Gallery of Canada.


SHERI NAULT
Sheri Nault is a multi-disciplinary artist of Métis and mixed European descent. Situated within personal and political contexts, her art practice and research are grounded in queer, feminist, and Indigenous world-views. Through her work she strives to elicit a sense of social and ecological responsibility to one another on a damaged planet, exploring the connections between humans and nature. She completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at York University in 2017, was an Indigenous Practicum Participant in The Banff Centres Visual Arts department from 2014 to 2015, and received her BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2012. Recent exhibitions include Kin, the presentation of her thesis work; Entangled Bodies at the Art Gallery of York University (agYU); Things Little curated by Vanessa Nicolas, and the exhibition art( i f)ACTS curated by Belinda Ho-Yan Kwan in response to the agYU collection. She is a member of the 2017 cohort of the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency based at Artscape Gibraltar Point (postponed to 2018 due to flooding).

Nault is a member of the feminist, queer, and (2/3) Indigenous artists’ collective No. Is a Complete Sentence alongside artists Sandra Manilla and Taylor Norris.

 

 

S U M M E R O N T H E R O O F

s u m m e r   p a s s

$88.50 +HST = $100 / Includes entry into all eight shows

entry
The rooftop terrace has a limited capacity, so please call ahead to reserve your spot. Otherwise entry is first come first served.

can’t make a show?
Pass your pass to someone else!

i n d i v i d u a l   t i c k e t s
$20 or $15 NAC members (all prices include HST)

 


l i n e   u p
Doors open at 8PM for all shows


Friday 30 June

Dance Party > JFM

Friday 14 July
Palooka + Bronx Cheerleader

Saturday 29 July
BA Johnston + Pizza Sharks

Friday 4 August
The Woodshed Orchestrap-tbdo of nola

Saturday 12 August
1914 + Ferns

Friday 25 August
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet

Friday 15 September
Strange Shakes + Planet Creatures

Saturday 23 September
Attic Daddy + Charles Hunk

 

++ line up subject to change / rain dates / location change ++

STILL ALIVE by Katie Mazi : Spring/Summer 2017

STILL ALIVE
Katie Mazi
On display at NAC’s Flea Market Gallery

Still life paintings and drawings were commonly created, sold, collected and showcased since the 1300s and continue to be used as source material for artists. The still life is a timeless way to construct a work of art. Common elements include plants, food, flowers, drapery, vases, and jewellery as seen above.

Still Alive is a collection of found, household objects assembled to create a still life scene. The items on display were gathered from second-hand sources including this flea market. They all have gone through a similar cycle beginning at a retail store, to a residence, discarded and then brought together to restore their value. Each item has been through the process of being desired at one time, then unwanted. The intention of including reused imitation plant material along with ceramics was guided by their long lasting and timeless qualities, which are juxtaposed with their fragility and outdatedness. We are reminded of our own fragility, as the things we use, lose, trade, discard and find will often outlive us, as we move in and out of this world. Those who are passing by will view and perhaps document the scene if they choose.
Katie Mazi is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Niagara region. Her installation work immerses viewers into subversive domestic environments, while her photos illustrate vivid and deceptive scenes. She also uses painting and drawing to communicate fluid and immediate ideas. Mazi is most interested in using everyday objects to represent the absurdity of human behaviour, especially in relationship to non-human animals and the natural world.

To see more work visit: katiemazi.com