Reception Sat 30 June 2PM-4PM
Pop Goes the Mosaic
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
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!
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
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.
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
New Work by Sandy Middleton
On display from Sat 14 Oct – Fri 27 Oct 2017
Reception Fri 20 Oct 2017 > 7:30PM-9:30PM
COOLER THAN COOL (ICE COLD)
Katie Mazi + Jenn Judson
Opening Reception 23 September 2017
On display Friday 13 October 2017
Do you like art and do you like to laugh and/or cry?
Good. It’s a photo show. Two amateur photographers, ten plus+ amateur models and one new body of work. Some call the photos dumb, others call them sexy. It’s up to you to come to the show and decide for yourself.
Kate Mazi and Jenn Judson present to you: Cooler Than Cool (Ice Cold). A photobased exhibition that you have to see to believe.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 7-10PM, FOOD, REFRESHMENTS AND FRIENDS!
xo see you there!
Work by Colin Nun
Opening Reception Saturday 12 August at 6PM
Colin Nun is a Canadian artist working with text-based paintings. His work consists of carefully constructed typographic motifs deeply rooted in graphic design. Often his paintings are composed of a single word depicted in flat colour, constructed from his own geometric typefaces. Nun’s primary objective is to paint words that convey their meaning – simply put, to use words as imagery. He challenges how ‘normal’ letters and words are represented and questions what letterforms can become if pushed to their limits. Harnessing basic elements of typography, Nun focuses on line, shape and composition to create tension between the letterforms, an optical effect he calls “visual vibration”. With influences seeded in pop culture, cinema, advertising graphics and ephemera, Nun experiments how language is depicted and how the viewer perceives language.
Born Colin Andrew Nun on December 3, 1981 in Welland Ontario, Canada he studied at Niagara College of Applied Arts from 2000 to 2002 then pursued his degree in Halifax, Nova Scotia, studying at NSCAD University in 2003 and OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, from 2006 to 2009. Nun currently lives and works in his hometown.