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OAC Exhibition Assistance, Motion Ensemble plays NAC, The Gallery Players improvise to the silent film The Crowd, Fibre Art Week in February, and a Free Funding Workshop for Musicians!

1. OAC Exhibition Assistance
Deadline Friday 24 January 5pm

Ontario Arts Council
Exhibition Assistance Programme

What is the Exhibition Assistance program?
The Exhibition Assistance program provides grants of $500 to $1,500 to assist individual artists with costs related to presenting their work in confirmed, upcoming exhibitions. Artists apply to third-party recommender organizations located throughout the province. The recommenders are public galleries, artist-run centres and other visual and media arts organizations that administer the Exhibition Assistance program and make grant recommendations to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC).

The program aims to reflect the range of artistic practices in the visual arts, media arts and craft communities and to support excellence, regional activity, linguistic and cultural diversity and Aboriginal and Franco-Ontarian identity.




2. Motion Ensemble presents Motion à Trois

Wednesday 22 January 8pm at NAC

New and experimental music for voice, violin, and clarinet by Canadian Composers. Featuring performances by Helen Pridmore, Nadia Francavilla, Richard Hornsby.

Motion Ensemble is a professional chamber group based in New Brunswick. Motion’s repertoire is an eclectic mix of
post-classical and experimental music and often utilize electronics or visual media.

Motion has toured extensively across Canada, reaching as far west as Vancouver and as far east as St. John’s, NL. The ensemble has been heard on CBC Radio and TV and has recorded CDs of works by Veronika Krausas (self produced) and John Cage, on the New York label Mode Records, as part of the monumental collection of the complete works of John Cage, curated by Brian Brandt.

>> Listen HERE

3. The Gallery Players of Niagara present
Saturday 15 February at 7:30pm at NAC

Discounted Artist prices available!

We continue our fascinating journey with improvised music accompanying silent film with The Crowd (1928) by King Vidor, (90 mins).

A jewel of style and narrative, the film features a marvelous scene of a young couple honeymooning in Niagara Falls!
Film critic Joan Nicks will introduce the film and lead adiscussion following the performance.

Douglas Miller – flute
Eric Mahar – guitar
Penner MacKay – percussion


Sunday 2 February – Thursday 6 February

Open Studio Sunday – FREE!
Sunday 2 February 2 – 6pm

Calling all fibre artists, fiberistas and istos, knitters, felters, spinners, weavers, quilters, stitchers, crazy crocheters! Calling all the creative curious future fibre addicts, come and play with us while we wool away the day. Join us as we kick off the Fabulous February Fibre Arts Week at NAC. Bring your spinning wheels, knitting and felting needles, bubble wrap (yes bubble wrap) quilting squares, and anything fibre related that you would like to play with at our first fibre art open studio. This is a spin in, a felt in, a knit in, so come on in! Meet and work with the experts in person and via webcast throughout the afternoon. Check out what all the fuss is about! This is a free afternoon with donations gladly accepted.

Knitting-in-the-round ($50)
Instructor: Cassie Leigh Clancy
Monday 3 February  6 – 10pm
If you’ve been knitting for a while, but can’t reach past the world of scarves and hats, why not attempt amigurumi, and really enjoy the fruits of your labor? I will guide you through the next step of knitting, with an emphasis on knitting-in-the-round with double-pointed needles, increasing and decreasing. Beyond the teaching of technique, I will be sharing my pattern to knit our very own apples, giving you the hands-on skills to take you into the future of tiny knitting. So dust off your needles and cast on that red yarn, because we are getting ready to knit tiny!

Embroidery for Beginners ($50)
Instructor: Debbie Arruda
Tuesday 4 February  6 – 10pm
In this beginner embroidery workshop you will learn a variety of embroidery stitches. From running stitch and French knot to chain and satin stitch, you will create a small stitch dictionary for yourself. We will also discuss projects you can work on with your new found embroidery skills.

Felting Basics for Beginners ($50)
Instructor: Tammy Jane Lepp
Wednesday 5 February 6 – 10pm
What the heck is this felting thing people keep talking about? This workshop will teach you the basics skills for creating your own wet and needle felted wool textiles. At the end of the workshop you will leave with a completed felted piece as well as the confidence and ability to continue to explore this amazing art form at home or in your studio.  All materials will be provided.

Intro to Drop Spindling ($50)
Instructor: Lisa Renee McKenzie
Thursday 6 February 6 – 10pm
Wish you could spin your own yarn? Its easier then you think. Before you take on the big wheel, learn how to use a handmade drop spindle and spin your own yarn. You get to take it home with you at the end of the night. This is the perfect introductory class to spinning, its fun, affordable, and addictive! All materials will be provided.

5. FREE Funding Workshop for Niagara Musicians & Music Presenters
Tuesday 14 January 2014 5pm-7pm

Are you a band or musician in Niagara? Do you have questions about the types of funding available to you through FACTOR or the Ontario Arts Council (OAC)?

IndoorShoes in association with MusicOntario & the City of St. Catharines will host a workshop with representatives from FACTOR & OAC. Learn more about the various funding programs offered by these two organizations, guidelines, and requirements straight from the source. These reps will also be joined by a grant writer and a local artist who has received funding for their music!

This workshop is open to all local artists and bands!


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