Friday 12 December 2014

 

JULIE AUBIN
Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC

Reception Sat 13 Dec 2014 2PM-4PM

The work in the show looks back at the past two decades of my art making. The primary focus is on the intricate yet intertwined relationship we have with nature. It also includes several works that feature architectural reliefs from buildings in St. Catharines.

The materials in the pieces include: clay, black & white photography, gum bichromate, cyanotype, oil pastels and mixed media.

– Julie Aubin


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NAC’s Annual General Meeting
Sunday 14 December 2014 at 3pm
At the Niagara Artists Centre

It’s a potluck!

Don’t look back–OK make it quick, then let’s eat. Also the election of the board directors, and the presentation of the prestigious volunteer of the year award.


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STUDIO SALE!
Saturday 13 December 2014 11AM – 5 PM
3 Bond Street (middle door), downtown St. Catharines

Please join me and my apartment-mates for our annual studio sale at 3 Bond Street in downtown St. Catharines. Drawings by Ernest Harris Jr., print work by Stephen Remus, and customized leather goods by Mike Todd will be for sale alongside some of my latest paintings. Everyone participating in the sale is a resident of 3 Bond Street.

Check out Mike’s leather wares: HERE

I’ll post my paintings a few days before the show (I’m still working on them!): HERE

Bev will be bringing her baking and Steve will be mixing up rum and egg nog. We promise there’ll be NO Xmas music!

– Melanie MacDonald


SexWorkers

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Wed 17 Dec 5PM at NAC

FREE EVENT – FOOD PROVIDED BY FOOD NOT BOMBS

This event will provide a space for sex workers to share their experiences, including responses to Bill C-36. There will also be a collaborative discussion including allies about what can be done to end violence against sex workers.

GUEST SPEAKERS
Naomi Sayers is a sex work activist and Indigenous feminist. She is the creator of www.kwetoday.com and founder of Southwestern Ontario Sex Workers. She is currently attending the common law program at the University of Ottawa. More details on the other two speakers to come!

Sarah M is a sex worker activist, student, and writer. Her work can be found in The Hamilton Spectator, Briarpatch, rabble.ca and on her blog at autocannibalism.wordpress.com.

Alex T is a sex worker, a student, and a cabaret performer. She has been active in the sex workers rights movement for more than 20 years.

Join the Facebook Event here

Donations will be accepted.
Please consider socks, underwear, chapstick, gloves, and Tim Horton’s gift cards.

Event sponsored by CUPE 4207, The Social Justice Research Institute, Sociology at Brock, Labour Studies at Brock, Women and Gender Studies at Brock, and Social Justice and Equity Studies at Brock.

Friday 5 December 2014

PICS OF STRUTT

Did you miss STRUTT? There but it was all a blur? Check the photos.

Runway show shots by Lauren Garbutt HERE. Brian Yungblut captured the wearable art backstage before heading down the runway HERE!


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JULIE AUBIN
Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC

Sat 7 Dec until Sat 20 Dec 2014

Reception Saturday 13 December 2014 2PM

The work in the show looks back at the past two decades of my art making. The primary focus is on the intricate yet intertwined relationship we have with nature. It also includes several works that feature architectural reliefs from buildings in St. Catharines.

The materials in the pieces include: clay, black & white photography, gum bichromate, cyanotype, oil pastels and mixed media. 

– Julie Aubin


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NAC’s Annual General Meeting
Sunday 14 December 2014 at 3pm
At the Niagara Artists Centre

It’s a potluck!

Don’t look back–OK make it quick, then let’s eat. Also the election of the board directors, and the presentation of the prestigious volunteer of the year award.


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INSPIRE ST. CATHARINES
Culture Plan 2020

The City of St. Catharines has a new draft culture plan and wants to hear from you before presenting it to city council.
 
The draft Culture Plan identifies the many cultural assets we enjoy and recommends culture-specific priorities to strengthen our future. The plan is designed to inform City decision makers when considering investments, programming, facilities and policies that affect the creative sector, our built heritage and our urban fabric. The Culture Plan connects the culture dots of our community with a fundamental goal to grow the “cultural vitality” of St. Catharines’ future.
 
Click here to read the new plan and complete the online survey. Follow StCathCulture on Facebook and Twitter as we share and discuss material from the plan.
 
Feedback from residents will be incorporated into the draft, which will be presented to City Council in early 2015. The online survey closes in early December. 


BondSTreet

STUDIO SALE!
SATURDAY 13 DECEMBER 2014 11AM – 5 PM
3 BOND STREET (MIDDLE DOOR) ST. CATHARINES, ON

Please join me and my apartment-mates for our annual studio sale at 3 Bond Street in downtown St. Catharines. Drawings by Ernest Harris Jr., print work by Stephen Remus, and customized leather goods by Mike Todd will be for sale alongside some of my latest paintings. Everyone participating in the sale is a resident of 3 Bond Street.

Check out Mike’s leather wares: HERE

I’ll post my paintings a few days before the show (I’m still working on them!): HERE

Bev will be bringing her baking and Steve will be mixing up rum and egg nog. We promise there’ll be NO Xmas music!

– Melanie MacDonald


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WINTER SOLSTICE SERVICE

Friday 19 December 2014, 7PM
Unitarian Congregation of Niagara, 223 Church St., St. Catharines Ontario

We welcome everyone to this annual event for the sexual and gender-diverse community of Niagara and to the broader community.
 
Music, Readings,Videos
 
Join us in friendship and in celebration of the return of the light
 
Refreshments Provided

For more information, please contact:
Gail egailb@sympatico.ca
Cathy jmackenzie25@cogeco.ca

Friday 28 November 2014


THE NOVEMBER WAS KRAZY STRUTT CONTEST

At NAC we pride ourselves on being a top-notch Artist-run Centre as well as a downtown community hub that reflects the diversity and interests of Niagara. Our own slate of programmed events is enhanced by the events brought to us by other community groups. To recognize the eclecticism of what happened at NAC this November we’re offering two FREE TICKETS to STRUTT 2015 to any NAC member who attended three of the following events:

  1. The Avant Canada Fraggle Rock Dance Your Cares Away Party
  2. The Herotica pornography for women screening/Safe BDSM practices workshop
  3. The 2014 STRUTT Wearable Art Show at WS Tyler
  4. One of the Sunday Quaker gatherings in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery

Email artists@nac.org if three-out-of-four makes you better than ain’t bad.


NAC will be closed for the weekend

We’re taking a break and shutting the place down this weekend.
Regular gallery hours resume Wednesday 3 December!


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Setting the record straight:

We’ve been trying to set the record straight this week in the wake of another STRUTT fiasco. Seems everyone’s convinced that STRUTT’s a fundraiser. It’s not. The STRUTT Wearable Art Show is a programmed event produced by the Niagara Artists Centre. All the visual artists, performers, and musicians are paid by NAC. Want to see how the money works? Check the pie graph.

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In the Soil Arts Festival
Applications due Mon 1 Dec 2014

Artists of all levels of experience are invited to apply. This year, In the Soil will present 120+ dance, film, media, music, theatre and interdisciplinary works over the 3-day festival. We are seeking out new artistic work and out-of-the-box ideas. We want you to dream big with us as we create a happening in downtown St. Catharines like no other.

Apply online at inthesoil.on.ca

Celebrating its 7th year, In the Soil Arts Festival brings new and unique art experiences to audiences with a special program of live theatre, poetry, music, dance, media and special streetscape and interactive art throughout the St. Catharines downtown core.
Last year over 500 artists and 4000 festival patrons came together to celebrate the arts of Niagara and beyond. This year, we continue in our aim to contribute to a Niagara that is self-determining and culturally distinct.

In the Soil Arts Festival is proudly brought to you by Suitcase in Point Theatre Company, along with partners at The St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre, Brock’s Centre for the Arts, Niagara Artists Centre, Greenbelt Arts and Yummy Recordings.

More information and applications are available for download at inthesoil.on.ca

 


holdinghandsHOLDING HANDS

Carrie Perreault and Alicia Kuntze warmly invite you to have your hand held, to help balance out those days when you just need a little extra support, guidance or reassurance.  One of the artists will be at YYZ Artists’ Outlet at 401 Richmond St. W., Toronto during gallery hours to offering hand holding to people in their intimate front window space.    

Sessions will run from November 22 – December 4.  Please call YYZ Artists’ Outlet at 416-598-4546 or visit them during gallery hours (Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 5pm) to book an appointment.  Lengths of appointments vary and are based on individual needs.  Recommended appointment durations are 15minutes – 3hours.

This is exactly as it sounds.

 

 


The Valley
Essential Collective Theatre

Continues until November 30
Get your tickets now!

Evening Performances at 8pm nightly, Tuesday through Saturday (doors @7pm)
Matinee Performance at 2pm, Sunday (pay-what-you-can ticket pricing)
Show closes Sunday November 30th

Admission: Adult $25, Senior/Student $20, Groups of 20 or more $15 each

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STRUTT: NAC Members + VIP get in at 7PM

 


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Forty-five years for NAC, Fifteen years for STRUTT
  …let’s PARTY at the Niagara Exotic Bazaar!

Doors open for NAC Members and Curator’s Ticket Holders at 7PM
Saturday 22 November 2014

WS Tyler: 225 Ontario Street, St. Catharines

NAC Members and Curator’s ticket holders are invited to a special preview event to toast all that’s weird, wonderful, and originating in Niagara.

This year’s STRUTT features the Niagara Exotic Bazaar. Exhibitors from across the region showcase their stuff. The Bazaar is produced in partnership by NAC and The Garden City Food Co-op and sponsored by Shannon Passero.  Check out who’s in: Oast, Steam Whistle, Creekside, Henry of Pelham, Dillion’s, Mike Weir, Redstone, Reif, Stoney Ridge, and Stratus! Culinary delights by El Gastrónomo Vagabundo, Rise Above, Tide & Vine, and The Wandering Gourmet. Local fashion by Blonde Potato, Lousje & Bean, Roly Poly, Shannon Passero. Imagine the future of downtown with an inside scoop on the new Performing Arts Centre.

Join us at 7PM to celebrate all that’s weird and wonderful about Niagara!


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STRUTT Wearable Art Show
featuring live music by Radio Radio and Paradise Animals

It’s the largest wearable art show in the nation…
…and there’s nothing like it, nowhere, nohow.

You can have your spectacles in all kinds of ways – catastrophic weather, arena rock, NASCAR roll-over wrecks – but there’s nothing like what you get when you tap the underutilized creativity of a mid-sized North American city, pack the energy dense and tight like a C4 charge and detonate it in a big old factory for one colossal night of mayhem.

STRUTT’s got provocative gyrations to smack down a Nicki Minaj menagerie and electromagnetic kinetics to rival the generators churning in the whitewater froth of the Niagara. Combined, it makes for something weirder than Portland or Austin would ever dare to dream. Forget the prevailing square imperatives, STRUTT is the single, annual occasion where Niagara surprises the hell out of itself.

The fifteenth edition of this orchestrated riot of art, music, and performance reaches its crescendo on Saturday the 22nd of November.

tickets
Tickets can be purchased through Centre for the Arts at Brock University
GA Tickets $40
NAC Members / Students $25
Curator’s Row  $85

Contact NAC to purchase a table!
905-641-0331
Tables of Eight  $1000

struttwearableartshow.ca

Wednesday 29 October 2014


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AVANT CANADA
Artists, Prophets, and Revolutionaries

EVENTS HAPPENING AT
Rodman Hall Arts Centre + Niagara Artists Centre
Wednesday 5 November – Friday 7 November

More than 85 national and international avant-gardists will descend upon Brock and St. Catharines next week for Avant Canada, a conference on the avant-garde in Canada.

The conference is the 28th installment of the Two Days of Canada conference at Brock University — the oldest Canadian studies conference of its kind.

The two-day conference takes place Nov. 5 and 6 at the University’s Rodman Hall Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines and will be followed by a one-day symposium on Canadian poet bpNichol at the Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) on Nov. 7.

Avant Canada will feature events every evening that are free and open to the public.

• A keynote talk by Lee Maracle, entitled “Two Days of Canada, 53,785 Days of Colonialism” at Rodman Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Maracle is an instructor at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto and was recently presented with a 2014 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

• A screening and artists talk on the Indigenous Futurist mini-series TimeTraveller by digital First Nations artist Skawennati at the Niagara Artists Centre on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m.

• Friday’s (Nov. 7) symposium on poet bpNichol includes a creative evening of poetry at the Niagara Artists Company at 7:30 p.m. Twelve poets will recite works inspired by Nichol. And it will also feature a digital interactive and real-time Twitter performance by writers from around the world. The event will crescendo with DJ Marinko‘s Dance Your Cares Away finale: an a/v dance party set featuring FRAGGLE ROCK.


The Realism of Jose Chavez
Saturday 1 November 8PM

I’m hosting my first ever art show featuring my own personal works. It will feature a variety of works from Wildlife to Lesbians.. Anyways not only will there be artwork, but a live band as well! THINK OF A NAME will be performing and doing their thing.

Show starts at 8:00 PM on Saturday, November 1st. So come check it out!

— Jose Chavez


 

Artist + Musician Seeking Assistance!

Seeking an assistant to help man with disabilities with exercise (easy training) and creative endeavours.
Approx. 7 sessions per week (flexible schedule, to be arranged)
1 ½ hour Sessions
Pays $25 per session
Niagara St. + Scott St. Area
Contact Kevin Page at 905-935-2908
(Please feel free to leave msg)

Sun 26 Oct 2014

ArtsVote Niagara Encourages you to VOTE!

NAC members and other volunteers from the cultural sector worked hard to survey candidates who are running in tomorrow’s municipal election. The results of the ArtsVote Niagara report card can be found HERE!

ArtsVote Niagara Encourages you to VOTE!

NAC members and other volunteers from the cultural sector worked hard to survey candidates who are running in tomorrow’s municipal election. The results of the ArtsVote Niagara report card can be found HERE!

 

NAC and ArtsVote Niagara encourage you to VOTE!

 

Wed 22 Oct 2014


Kokedama: The Fragmented Garden
Installation by Paul Chartrand
Closing Reception Sunday 19 October 1PM

Flea Market Gallery at the Factory Outlet Flea Market
46 Turner Cres, St Catharines

 

Kokedama is a form of bonsai which originated in Japan during the 1600s. A bonsai tree would be grown inside a pot until the root ball was tight enough that it could be removed and displayed without the vessel. Eventually moss became part of the style, covering the root ball with green growth, to be shown on a plate or bowl. This style has been appropriated by a growing number of artists and gardeners in a new format of hanging gardens, where the roots are wrapped with string before being hung in the air. These suspended plants are unique microcosms of larger ecosystems, taking fragmented elements and uniting them into delicate living orbs.

These common plants such as ferns, moss and vines have been brought indoors to encourage a tactile and sensory experience which is normally taken for granted. Despite their mundane appearances, they are all components in a greater living framework which supports and drives the biosphere. The installation is connected through a central support system reminiscent of a tree’s structure. This main trunk branches out and supports all of the smaller kokedama balls, representing the reactionary efforts of people to reverse the growing problem of ecosystem fragmentation. These gardens require the careful observation and maintenance provided by the artist and the support apparatus, or they risk dying off one by one, like the green spaces of southwestern Ontario and beyond.

Paul Chartrand is an artist living and working in Dunnville, Ontario. He recently graduated from the University of Guelph with a BA major in Studio Art and a Geography minor. He consistently investigates the combination of natural and man-made aesthetics in his works, resulting in sculptural and representational hybrids. Social Practice and live plants are used as metaphors for a range of environmental and cultural issues; both are elements that Paul has been exploring since his final year at Guelph in 2013.


SCRAPS

Painting from the Scrapbook Series
Melanie MacDonald
Reception on Saturday 18 October 2PM – 4PM
 
I’ve booked a homecoming exhibit in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC featuring select works from my ongoing series of scrapbook paintings. You’re invited to a reception on the afternoon of Saturday 18 October from 2:00PM to 4:00pm or to view the work during NAC gallery hours between Wednesday 15 October and Friday 31 October. There will be coffee, baked goods and liquor.
 

Melanie MacDonald lives in downtown St. Catharines and is an active member of the Niagara Artists Centre. She has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Niagara, Hamilton, London, Kingston, Toronto, Western New York and Quebec. Her work was selected to appear in Carte Blanche 2: Painting, Magenta Publishing’s national survey of Canadian painters. In 2009 she received a Trillium Excellence in the Arts Emerging Artist Award from the City of St. Catharines. She has been the recipient of numerous Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance grants.

www.melaniemacdonald.ca

 

– AND –
 

Pounce On the Now!
Beginning at 4:30PM

I’m slapping an incongruous get-together on the tail end of Mellie’s exhibit at 4:30PM, also on Saturday 18 October at NAC. I’m going to play for your listening and viewing entertainment best bits by two cats I dig very much. Stick around and celebrate the work of Lord Buckley and Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson.

The following anecdote, as told by Harry, will introduce the uninitiated to these seldom-heralded great artists of the Twentieth Century.

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Now we ain’t got no bread, little by little we’re runnin’ out o’ bread. Finally, we get the paper. We gotta get jobs, we gotta get some bread here. We’re walkin’ along the street and there’s a guy sellin’ ice cream out of a freezer on one o’ those big three-wheeler bicycles.

This guy’s a wino. I said, “Hey, man, where’d you get that gig? You can’t have any references!” He says, “Oh man, you just go down to the ice cream place, walk in, they give you a bike and some ice cream and you go out and sell it.”

So we go downtown the next mornin’! They said, “You guys got any experience?” I said, “Uh yeah, I used to sell ice cream up in the Bronx! This guy here’s from Chicago, he used to sell ice cream at the ballgame!” So, first thing we do is we take the bikes and we ride ‘em back to our pad and the kids are out there: “Hey, look at that!” “Yeah, we’re ice cream men now.” They thought it was really great—we’re handin’ it out.

We’re ridin’ down the street and we come to a big construction site with guys all over the place. But when they come over they say, “There ain’t no popsicle guys ever come around here! Smart guys carry wine, we buy wine from some of these guys for twenty-five cents.” “Ohhh yeah?!” “Yeah, you bring some wine around.” Man, what are we doin’ sellin’ ice cream?

Boom—we go to the store, we buy ourselves a couple o’ big jugs of wine, stick it in the ice thing—Boom—we come back, nice cold wine and some cups. Now we’re sellin’ wine for twenty-five cents a cup. The first thing you know, man, we’re just rakin’ in dollars, not a lot, a dollar here a dollar there. But what’re we gonna do with the ice cream?

We’re in a poor neighbourhood—a black neighbourhood—you know when the black neighbourhoods are poor down there, they’re dirt poor. They got beat-up old shacks and kids runnin’ around in the street, they ain’t got nothin’. “Anybody want some ice cream here? Here it is free! We’re gonna give it away!”

We start givin’ the ice cream away, we gotta get rid of it—Boom Boom Boom—and we gave all the ice cream away. We go back to the construction site—Bam—the guys are ready for some more wine. Boom—we sell ‘em some more wine. We get ourselves a pocketful of bread.

All of a sudden it’s five o’clock, we suppose these guys gotta split. We go back to the ice cream place. The boss comes out: “Hey, look at these guys. They sold all the ice cream! Hey, you guys must be some ice cream salesmen!” “Well, I was the best ice cream salesman in New York and this is the best ice cream man from Chicago. Sure we’re the best! How much we do owe?” Boom—we paid off the ice cream, we got bucks, we go back, we score. It ain’t like show business!

We’d be ridin’ along, some guy’d come up, big Continental car, pull up and say, “Hey, ain’t you The Hipster? Is that Lord Buckley over there? What are you guys doin’?” I say, “We’re retired—we don’t work no more. We quit show business. Yeah, we quit! We’re in business of our own now.”

Everybody in town knew us. I was writin’ a tune we used to sing: “Pop, Pop, Pop, Here Comes the Popsicle Man.” It just went on, but in the meantime, we’re still lookin’ for gigs. We’re livin’ in the Cigar Box and the beat-up storefront.

They finally got wise to us sellin’ the wine. The guy who checks up on the ice cream people happened to come drivin’ by: “Oh man, you can’t do that! That’s against the law!” He was afraid that he was gonna get put in jail for what we were doin’, we ain’t supposed to be sellin’ wine out of his ice cream carts, so we said, “Oh, in that case we quit!”

 

— Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson on the Miami scene in the late 1950s,
   interviewed by Kirk Silsbee, 1983


Ontario Arts Council – Exhibition Assistance
Friday 24 October 2014 5PM

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.

Application details are available here

Thurs 16 Oct 2014

 


 

STRUTT WEARABLE ART SHOW
Saturday 22 November 2014
WS Tyler: 225 Ontario Street, St. Catharines

Doors Open for Niagara Exotic Bazaar at 8:00PM
STRUTT Runway show at 9:00PM

You can have your spectacles in all kinds of ways – catastrophic weather, arena rock, NASCAR roll-over wrecks – but there’s nothing like what you get when you tap the underutilized creativity of a mid-sized North American city, pack the energy dense and tight like a C4 charge and detonate it in a big old factory for one colossal night of mayhem.

STRUTT’s got provocative gyrations to smack down a Nicki Minaj menagerie and electromagnetic kinetics to rival the generators churning in the whitewater froth of the Niagara. Combined, it makes for something weirder than Portland or Austin would ever dare to dream. Forget the prevailing square imperatives, STRUTT is the single, annual occasion where Niagara surprises the hell out of itself.

The fifteenth edition of this orchestrated riot of art, music, and performance reaches its crescendo on Saturday the 22nd of November. It’s the largest wearable art show in the nation, and there’s nothing like it, nowhere, nohow.

TICKETS
General Admission Seating: $40.00 Adults / $25.00 Students/NAC Members
Curators Row: $85.00
Tickets can be purchased through Centre for the Arts at Brock University

TABLES
Tables of Eight: $1,000.00
Tables can be purchased through the Niagara Artists Centre at 905-641-0331.


DOUBLE FEATURE SATURDAY NIGHT

[NO] VACANCY in the Show Room Gallery and
GEOFF FARNSWORTH in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery

Join us on Saturday 4 October at 8PM for the [NO] VACANCY Film Festival: Making stories of motels and life on the road. We’ll also be celebrating the closing reception Geoff Farnsworth’s exhibit in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery. It all starts at 8PM.

 

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[NO] VACANCY
Honeymoon Suites or By-the-Week: Motel Culture of Niagara

Photographs by Oliver Pauk and Zach Slootsky
Installation by NAC Members Adam Buller and Katie Webb of Brainkite

Closing Reception and Film Screening Saturday 4 October 8PM

The [NO] VACANCY exhibit was created for NAC members to shoot film works using the installation as a series of sets to evoke motel culture. Sets include a completely furnished motel room with a functional coin-operated vibrating bed and luxurious heart shaped hot-tub; a 60s era station wagon with green screen; and an outdoor swimming pool with lawn furniture and diving board.

 

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Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery
On display until Saturday 4 October 2014

My paintings explore a relationship between figurative and abstraction in order to meld unconscious probing and stylistic innovation with a meditative figural base. It is important to me that the paintings work well as collections of shape, colour, texture, and energy, while also building a compelling image. Working with people and objects from my personal world, I focus on maintaining a balance between plan and accident, known and unknown, restraint and exuberance. My figures look out as much into mindscape as landscape.

— Geoff Farnsworth, 2014


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ZOLF/BLONK: ADAPTATIONS II
Tuesday 7 October 2014 at 7PM
Niagara Artists Centre

An Evening of Adaptations, Appropriations, and other extra-literary Interventions featuring Jaap Blonk, Rachel Zolf and sound artist Radiodress.

Rachel Zolf and sound artist Radiodress perform a live sound-text adaptation of Zolf’s new book Janey’s Arcadia (Coach House 2014) – an aversive, conversive reckoning with the ongoing errors of North American settler-colonialism. Zolf will also screen her 11-minute video adaptation of Janey’s Arcadia, edited by Aleesa Cohene and with soundscape by Radiodress.

Jaap Blonk is a vocal improvisor, self-taught composer and poet. Inspired by Kurt Schwitter’s sound poem, Ursonate and American free jazz, Blonk has been performing since the early 70s and has worked with The Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, Michael Zerang, John Tchicai, Tristan Honsinger and many others.


 

Thurs 18 Sept 2014

FALL GARAGE SALE
Saturday 20 September 2014 9AM – 3PM

Corner of St.Paul and Bond Streets
Downtown St.Catharines
RAIN OR SHINE!

Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) and Suitcase in Point Theatre Company are teaming up for a BIG ole garage sale. We’re taking over the corner of Bond and St. Paul Sts and we’ve got LOADS of stuff up for grabs.

Furniture
Kitchen wares
Clothing
Records
Electronics
and more!!!

There are TONS of retro finds, great deals to be had.

Suitcase in Point will be moving to our new studio and NAC needs to unload some of their great finds so this is an everything-must-go type scenario.

Come for the deals, stay for no reason!

***RAIN OR SHINE***


SOCIALIST COWBOY
The Politics of Peter Kormos
By Larry Savage
Book Launch

Friday 19 September 2014 7pm at NAC

Join Brock University Professor Larry Savage as he discusses his new book, Socialist Cowboy: The Politics of Peter Kormos, at the Niagara Artists Centre in downtown St. Catharines. The book will be available for purchase at the event.


The Muted Note
Extensive Autumn Tour for Multifaceted Poetry + Music + Dance Project
Based on Poems by P.K. Page

Wednesday 24 September 7:30pm at NAC
FREE EVENT

The Muted Note is a striking accomplishment. It ultimately resonates like P.K. Page’s galvanized language itself.”  –Stuart Broomer, Musicworks

Montreal composer and trombonist, Scott Thomson, and dance artist and vocalist, Susanna Hood, will perform The Muted Note, a suite of songs and dances based on poems by P.K. Page, 40 times and in 9 Canadian provinces in the autumn of 2014.

Scott composed the suite, a hybrid of jazz and artsong, and Susanna subsequently choreographed the songs on three other dancers with live music by Scott’s quintet, The Disguises. Susanna’s dances, like Scott’s songs, are made to be extended through improvisation, and the creative input of their superb collaborators will animate and activate Page’s beautiful verse, the core of this provocatively unconventional Poetry + Music + Dance show. (See personnel below.)

The stage work will premiere with a run at Toronto’s Citadel Theatre, 5-7 September, and then at Montreal’s Monument National, Studio Hydro-Québec, 2-5 October, a co-presentation of Tangente and L’OFF Festival de Jazz.

Apart from these shows, throughout the autumn, Susanna and Scott will tour extensively throughout Canada to play The Muted Note as a duo, the unconventional combination of Voice + Dance + Trombone, performing in cafes, art galleries, bars, dance studios, theatres, classrooms, lofts, and even outdoors. Susanna and Scott will be touring to support their duo CD, also called The Muted Note (&records 2013), and their presenters range across the fields of music, dance, and literature, as well as in universities.

Susanna Hood is an award-winning dance artist renowned, especially, for her synthesis of dance and vocal improvisation, as well as her beautifully crafted choreography. In performance, she sings the song lyrics with tremendous poise and intention, and animates them with her singular improvisations characterized by both their focus and wild abandon. As part of their duo, Scott switches freely from accompanying Susanna to soloing in a vocal, extroverted style reminiscent of his teacher, the great American trombonist, Roswell Rudd.

Patricia Kathleen Page (1916-2010) is one of Canada’s most celebrated literary figures, and wrote some of this nation’s finest poems. She was also a visual artist, working as P.K. Irwin, whose artworks are in the collections of major museums including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.


 

Fri 12 Sept 2014

Cold Iron Is A Titanic Comedy
(The Neoist Beach Edit, 73 min)
Starring Istvan Kantor, Produced and Directed by Wesley Rickert
At the NAC, Tuesday 16 September
Screening at 8:30PM
Admission $5 or PWYC

Cold Iron Is A Titanic Comedy is an independently financed & produced project by artists living and working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This digital art film was written and directed by Wesley Rickert, and using temporary studio & outdoor locations, including Toronto City Hall, Kensington Market, Little Italy and the city’s bicycle lanes, as well as Florida’s sight-seeing coastal highway A1A.  These locations provide place and time references for an otherwise timeless kabuki opera film narrative crashed by absurdist poetry and elaborate costumes, stylized movements and an original sound-track by the electronic noise orchestra Burning Iceberg.

In the confusing words of the poet musician director Wesley Rickert, this film is a “tin-foil road-trip to Florida & the British Museum, in faster Chinese that dialogues over the electric kettle of Toronto’s City Hall and rotates in perpetual stillness towards a tsunami of row-boat performances”.

Floating, sinking and swimming in an ocean of culture where it is always 6’o’clock, forever broadcasting and radiating the infamous international art-criminal Istvan Kantor (as the Neoist Pied Piper), Art Szombathy (as Louis the IV), Ian Malone, (as Juan Ponce De Leon), and Christina Kozak (as the universe expanding Tally Aurora), all wisely guided by Henry Benvenuiti (as Captain Smith), tempted by The Hercinia Arts Collective (playing as Sirens), Sandra Fitzsimmons (as Liberty), joining Tonya Henry (as an old flame), and Eszter Jagica (as the fountain of youth), Olivia Roblin, (as Janus), the flowing Brooke Stubbings (as the swimming passengers), and Kirsten Webb (a groovy disco Gargon), Kathleen Reichelt (as the Ventriloquist), the plastic Amber X, (as the Captain’s Hallucination), and painting it all on the coldest waters, Ashley Zarowny (as the happy Vincent Van Gogh).


CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
NAC’s [NO] VACANCY Film Festival
Making stories of motels and life on the road

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Wednesday 24 September

Calling filmmakers, media artists, performers, musicians, motel lovers!

[NO] VACANCY, an installation in the Niagara Artists Centre’s Show Room Gallery, celebrates Niagara’s motel culture.

It has been created so that NAC members can shoot film works using the installation as a series of sets to evoke motel culture. The installations, created by Niagara Falls’ art collective Brainkite, and featuring contemporary photography by Oliver Pauk and Zach Slootsky, are available for use by NAC Members between Wednesday and Saturday from 12 noon until 4PM beginning Wednesday 30 July and ending Friday 19 September. Completed videos must be submitted to NAC by Wednesday 24 September.

Create work for any or all of the vignettes installed in the gallery:

  • A completely furnished motel room with a functional coin-operated vibrating bed and luxurious heart shaped hot-tub;
  • A 60s era station wagon with a rear-projected moving landscape
  • An outdoor swimming pool with lawn furniture and diving board

Participating artists will have access to the wide range of video making equipment listed here. All submitted films must be no longer than ten minutes.

A jury will select films to be screened on Saturday 4 October followed by a reception. CARFAC recommended artist-fees will be paid to selected artists or groups.

For more information or to schedule your session contact Natasha Pedros at natasha@nac.org.