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In this edition of The Bulletin:

  1. Studio Sale: Sat 6 Dec 11AM-5PM – Bond Street
  2. UN-SEND: Fri 11 Dec – Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery
  3. The Curse of Clara: Thurs 17 Dec 7PM at NAC
  4. NAC’s Annual General Meeting: Sat 19 Dec 2PM at NAC



Saturday 5 December 11am – 5pm
3 Bond Street, Middle Door

Please join us for our 6th annual studio sale at 3 Bond Street in downtown St. Catharines.

I will have a variety of paintings for sale alongside drawings by Ernest Harris Jr., print work by Stephen Remus, and customized leather and hand-sewn goods by Mike and Carol Todd of Cyril Leather & Such.

Everyone participating in the sale is a resident of 3 Bond Street.

Bev will be offering a cornucopia of baked delights and Steve will be mixing up rum & ‘nog while playing for your pleasure odd, unheard, and irresistible rock ‘n’ roll.

Sale starts at 11am sharp and runs until 5pm.

– Mel


Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC
Opening Reception Friday 11 December at 7PM

UN-SEND Is an International Collaboration Project created by Ivana Blanco Gross on January 15, 2015. The project functions as a forum in which artists communicate with one another through an exchange of small works.

The collaborative process has minimal constrains, besides a set of pre-arranged rules which regulate the mechanics of the exchange. One artist begins the process and the second one finishes the work.

Un-Send origins were influenced by the colour exchange between John Berger and John Christie as published in “I send you this cadmium red”. Even though Un-Send uses the post (mail) as a mean to attain its products, the resulting works are not Mail Art per se, but an expression of collective conceptual work.

The nature of collective work brings forward the question of aesthetic boundaries as understood by geographical location and cultural parameters.

Meaning changes according to individual context; you can cut, paint, wipe out, obliterate, partially erase, burn, add light whatever you send or receive.

During this process, the meaning of the work is being altered and influenced by the changing world view and the social reality of each participating artist.

This layering of meaning is what ultimately defines the prima fascia dialogue between artists.

When the pieces are shown side by side, the individual aesthetic value of each small work reverts to second stage; it is the final set that gives the ultimate meaning to the groups collaboration. It is important to be able to apprehend the message of the joint artistic effort since the final product is not necessarily defined by conventional aesthetic parameters but by the cultural un-edited dialogue between the artists.


The Curse of Clara
Special Niagara Screening
Based on the autobiographical short story by Vickie Fagan


When small-town girl Vickie is accepted into the prestigious National Ballet School and selected to play “Clara” in the Company’s holiday production of The Nutcracker, things look like they couldn’t get any better. And they can’t, because that’s when Vickie finds out about the mysterious Curse of Clara. Thankfully, she’s got a good friend, the 1972 Summit Series and an imaginary mentor (in the form of Phil Esposito) to keep her “on pointe.” Starring Saara Chaudry, Sara Botsford, Sheila McCarthy, Karen Kain, Bob Cole, and Phil Esposito.

THE CURSE OF CLARA: A HOLIDAY TALE is a new original animated special airing on CBC-TV in December as part of its holiday programming lineup. A young dancer’s dreams come true when ballet, hockey and the holidays converge.

Inspired by the autobiographical short story “The Curse of Clara or My Big Fat Disappointment” by Vickie Fagan, the 30-minute special is set against the backdrop of The National Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker and the 1972 Summit Series, a Canada-USSR showdown that shaped hockey history.

THE CURSE OF CLARA: A HOLIDAY TALE stars Hockey Hall of Fame inductees Phil Esposito and Bob Cole (Hockey Night in Canada) and National Ballet of Canada Prima Ballerina Karen Kain as themselves with Sheila McCarthy (Little Mosque on the Prairie, Emily of New Moon) as the narrator, Sara Botsford (E.N.G., Legal Eagles, Still of the Night) as the ballet mistress and Saara Chaudry (Max and Shred, Degrassi) in the roles of Vickie and Clara.

NAC’s Annual General Meeting
Saturday 19 December at 2pm
At the Niagara Artists Centre – It’s a potluck!

All members are encouraged to attend this scintillating review of the activities of the last year. Highlights include power point, motions, election of the board directors, and adjournment. A bag of chips has sufficed as a contribution to the buffet in the past, but some members actually try.