Kicking Cadaver / Daniel Romano

KICKING CADAVER
daniel romano

opening reception / sat 11 aug 6pm

Daniel Romano is a talented producer, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist, and graphic designer. He’s a hell of a singer, and one of the greatest songwriter’s working today. He’s a leader and a piper and a thief. He’s a young man with an old mind and some nice suits. He’s earned a platinum record for his production work with City and Colour and has been nominated for a Juno for graphic design. He is a former member of Attack in Black. He founded You’ve Changed Records in collaboration with Steven Lambke. Daniel Romano lives in Fenwick, ON.

Circular Text / Canan Demir

CIRCULAR TEXT
Canan Demir

Closing Reception Fri 3 Aug 5:30PM

One of the socio-cultural aspects of traditional handicrafts is to be used as a means of communication.
People used handicrafts to decorate and to be decorated while at the same time reflecting their emotions. They attributed different meanings to the motifs in the carpets, rugs, socks, knittings, weaves and engravings

In our traditional culture, young girls prepare their dowry with their own hands while preparing their marriage from very early ages. The dowry is the wealth and safety that the young girl takes from her father’s house to her husband’s house. In the past, new brides could not talk at any time and any way in their new home. For this reason; they used the language of their colors and motifs in their handicrafts.

Motifs are a kind of communication and speech tool. Another factor in the appearance of motifs is nature.

Nature has always been an inspirational resource for humanity. When the Four-Leaf Clover is luck and wishes, Life Tree symbolizes the universe, paradise, immortality, eternity, proliferation, water-rain, fertility and progeny.

The rose motif has a distinctive appeal both in world culture and Turkish culture. Rose is the symbol of beauty and beauty as much as it is love and love. Rose is sometimes a longing, sometimes a thank-you, sometimes an offer, sometimes an apology, an interpretation of emotions that can not be expressed… Because It is associated with Spring, it symbolizes the resurrection, revival and eternity. With a very different color of Rose, people symbolized the expression of their feelings towards each other.

The artist focuses on the universal dimensions of motifs used in traditional handicrafts that affect people. At the same time, prefers to use waste materials during the artistic production process. Dogadaki dongu gibi, insanlarin urettikleri urunlerinde bir dongu icerisinde dogaya zarar vermeden donusebilecegine inanmakta ve dogadaki donguye oykunmektedir. The artist believes that, like the circle in the nature, the man-made products can also turn around in a cycle, without harming the nature, and emulates the nature.

S/he does not choose to create an artistic product from new materials he produces. Every material s/he uses is reusable. S/he is not the first owner of any material. This irony is a starting point that influences the artist.

It is important to emphasize spirituality within the past in preference to the idea of producing something new in the past. Aging materials, even if they are materially new at the old times, have new uses, new owners. According to the artist, the story of each of the old items is carried on the memories of the things they know or their memories of a time. In this sense, each reused product acquires a new memory at its new location, its new location.

Canan DEMİR

DOUBLE ONE DOUBLE / Katie Mazi + Jenn Judson

D O U B L E  ONE  D O U B L E
Katie Mazi + Jenn Judson

KNOCK KNOCK!
WHO’S THERE?
JENN AND KATIE!
JENN AND KATIE WHO?
JENN AND KATIE ARE HAVING ANOTHER ART SHOW!! DUH!!

Your Pepsi Gals have been working night and day to bring to you a delicious taste of images. If you like celebrities, colours, balloons, friends, garbage, trash, art, or any of the above you’re guaranteed to LOVE this show. A little bit of this and a little bit of that – mostly collage with a few surprises! It’s summertime and it’s time to P-A-R-T-Y!

Twice the FUN
Twice the FOOD
Twice the FRIENDS
Twice the BOOZE
Twice the SURPRISE BAGS (yes, there will be surprise bags!)

And most importantly…
TWICE THE ART!

Partly funded by OAC
Fully sponsored by PepsiCo©

FIGURE AND GROUND / Gord Sisler

FIGURE AND GROUND
Gord Sisler
Reception Sat 30 June 2PM-4PM
 
Making paper by hand the long history of the blank slate or Tabula Rasa is questioned as stucture, form and order are revealed at every level of craft and material. Pressing inked letters into paper to print words an interface is created privileging foreground against background in the production of legibility. In 2017 I was fortunate to engage with Brock students in Professor Maria del Carmen Suescun Pozas’ undergraduate History classes. FIGURE AND GROUND explores issues raised in these workshops using the medium of handmade printing and letterpress printing, asking “Why do we attend to the things to which we attend?”

Pop Goes the Mosaic

Pop Goes the Mosaic
Tony Cepukas

Sat 9 June 2018 > 3PM-5PM
On display until Friday 22 June 2018

Growing up in the sixties and seventies, I was exposed to a transformation of society and all the aspects to it.  Music, fashion and art exploded with colour and pyschedelia.  Being an avid music fan, pop art first came to my attention through album art,  rock magazines and movies.  Out west in California there was hippie movement and flower power going on  and out of it came  bands such as Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother and the Holdling Company.  With it came great album art and posters from such seminal  venues as The Fillmore West and The Avalon Ballroom.  Back east brewing in New York was a new underground, “The Velvet Underground and Nico”, an avant garde band being groomed by Andy Warhol.  I guess that was my first encounter with “Pop Art”, the decaying banana on their first album cover done by Andy.  Other artists like Lichtenstein were active from the fifties onward and also started to come into view via music and other media. Many of the images from this era have become iconic  images and pop art has become one of the most recognizable styles of modern art.  With “Pop Goes the Mosaic” I have tried to emulate and celebrate the zeitgeist of pop art from that era with my mosaic and multimedia creations.

Expressions of Today / Expressions d’aujourd’hui

Expressions of Today / Expressions d’aujourd’hui
Opening Reception 
Thursday 8 March 6PM

Students in Studies in Arts and Culture as well as in French Studies at Brock University explore contemporary expressions in art and literature and create unusual stories mixing narrative and art-making. Their starting point is a graffiti artwork by artist Mat Vizbulis. /

Des étudiants en Etudes en français et en Studies in Arts and Culture à l’Université Brock explorent des expressions contemporaines dans l’art et la littérature, et construisent des histoires inhabituelles mélangeant narration et création d’art. Leur point de départ est un graffiti de l’artiste Mat Vizbulis.

Exhibition: Saturday Mar. 3 to Friday Mar. 16 / samedi 3 mars à vendredi 16 mars

Gallery hours: Wednesday 10-5, Thursday 12-9, Friday 12-9, and Saturday 12-5 / mercredi 10-5, jeudi 12-9, vendredi 12-9, et samedi 12-5

Opening Reception: Thursday Mar. 8 from 6-8 pm / jeudi 8 mars 6h-8h en soirée

Location: Niagara Artists Centre (NAC)

354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, ON

This is free community event!

So Invisible by June-Etta Chenard Sat 9 Dec 2017

So Invisible
June-Etta Chenard
Saturday 9 December 2PM-4PM
Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC

In my first solo exhibit since about 2010, I invite you to come and view many of my new works as well as some restrospective pieces. Beverages and light refreshments will be served. There will be a prize draw at the opening. Watch this space for updates and perhaps even a sneak peek at the piece! I’m very much looking forward to seeing everyone there.

For those unable to attend the opening, the exhibit will run until December 22

Pandora / Dr. Ron Clavier / Sat 25 Nov 2017

PANDORA
Paintings by Dr. Ron Clavier
Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC
Saturday 25 November 7PM

RON CLAVIER’S NEW ARTWORK
OFFERS A HUMANISTIC CHALLENGE TO CULTURAL MISOGYNY

Pandora was Greek mythology’s the first mortal woman. Created by male gods, she lived with her husband in a paradisiac setting. One day, Pandora was presented with a box, which she was forbidden to open under any circumstances. But she did open the infamous box; and in so doing, it is written that she unwittingly unleashed sorrow and misfortune for humanity. Told this way, the Pandora myth portrays women as weak and impulsive troublemakers. Niagara psychologist and artist Dr. Ron Clavier strongly disputes this degrading characterization, and casts Pandora in the light of the women that have influenced him most.

“My wife, my mother, my sisters, my daughters and my female colleagues and friends are strong, intelligent and courageous. Assuming that Pandora herself was such a woman, I asked myself why she would have opened the box. When the answer came to me, I knew I had to re-invent the myth on canvas.”

The result is Clavier’s exhibition of 20 original oil paintings, collectively entitled PANDORA, which offers a new, egalitarian interpretation of events. http://ronclavier.com/studio/pandora/

Clavier’s paintings expose the “framing” of Pandora by predominantly male gods, and present a storyline in which powerful female gods turn the tables on their misogynistic counterparts. Aphrodite and Athena prepare Pandora for her ordeal by equipping her with strength, intelligence, curiosity, and compassion. Clavier gives those positive characteristics transcultural authority by weaving aspects of both the Iroquois Creation Myth’s “Sky Woman” and Buddhism’s female “Tara” into his images. Seen in this feminist context, Clavier’s paintings transform Pandora’s painful, but insightful opening of the box into an act of heroism. Though she suffers wrath and humiliation for opening the box, Pandora is secure in the knowledge that what she did was right. She emerges with hard-earned respect; equality with men; confidence; and inner peace.

PANDORA, opens in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at the Niagara Artists Centre in St. Catharines on Saturday 25 November at 7PM.

The public is invited to view the works of art during regular gallery hours: https://nac.org

Dr. Clavier will donate 33% of the revenues of this exhibition to GILLIAN’S PLACE, St. Catharines.

 

Woodland Tales by Alexa Fraser + Katalin Koos / Sat 11 Nov 2017

WOODLAND TALES
Watercolour + embroidery pieces by
Alexa Fraser and Katalin Koos

Opening reception at the Niagara Artists Centre Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery Saturday 11 November 3-6pm

The show is up until November 24th during NAC gallery hours

Florida Noir by Melanie MacDonald: Saturday 28 October 2017 2PM

FLORIDA NOIR
New Paintings by Melanie MacDonald
Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC
On display 28 October – 10 November 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday 28 October 2-4pm

 

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday 10AM-5PM
Thursday – Friday NOON-9PM
Saturday NOON-5PM