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Box and Paintings
A 2-in-1 event at NAC
Saturday 9 May 2015 6PM-10PM

6PM – Book launch
Figuring It Out: Disfigurement in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Art and Literature (Catherine Parayre, Leslie Boldt, Derek Knight, Natasha Pedros, Stephen Remus)

“Go figure!  This unique portfolio contains insightful and thought-provoking texts and images referencing wide-ranging yet vivid moments in contemporary art and recent literature that probe the transfigured, disfigured and mediated body.” (Stuart Reid, Director, Rodman Hall Art Centre/Brock University)

7PM – REMNANTS by Kristi McDonald Opening reception
Remnants (9-22 May 2015), an exhibition by Kristi McDonald (presented by the Department of Visual Arts, Brock University)

Remnants explores the process of mixing traditional and non-traditional mediums with India ink in order to document the evolution of reactions. This series embodies the residual marks left behind through the creative process, showing remains of the materials after the reactions have occurred.


Kristi McDonald

Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery
Opening Reception
Saturday 9 May 2015 7pm-9pm
On display until Friday 22 May 2015

Presented by the Department of Visual Arts at Brock University


A Nihilist Spasm Band documentary by
NAC Member Don Alexander
Wednesday 13 May 2015 at 9PMA screening of Don Alexander’s half hour doc on the Nihilist Spasm Band (NSB) will be screened at NAC Wednesday 13 May at 9PM.

The screening of “Why Are You Making All That Noise” is also an advance promotion for the appearance by the NSB Band coming up this summer on NAC’s Rooftop Terrace!  The Nihilist Spasm Band is on its “50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR”
There is a parallel of Canadian Nationalism and Regionalism in the founding influences of both the noise band and the Niagara Artists co-op.
The band formed in London at about the same time NAC was being gestated here in Niagara.
In the documentary the noise-music  and lyrics are punctuated by interview and work of artists in the band.  NAC founder John Boyle who plays kazoo, thumb-piano and some percussion, was also in the founding group of the band —inspired by London artist Greg Curnoe.
The documentary has a re-enactment of a famous St. Catharines concert in the late 90s when the band played at a child-care centre. (No children were actually deafened by the concert, but were confused). On that same tour the band played at Rodman Hall, shocking staid patrons who had been attracted by the Nihilist Spasm Band promotion piece that cited “world capitals” on their tour.
Actually London, Paris, etc were the Ontario versions.  NAC later shamelessly adopted the “world capitals” theme for the NAC Miniature Show and Ego Exposition tour of similar Ontario namesake communities.
NAC founder John Boyle discusses a lot of the linkages between the Nihilist sense and the 1970’s NACsense.
Some of the interview footage was shot here in conjunction with an NSB concert at NAC at the turn of the century.
Documentary maker Don Alexander will introduce the video and its making as well as fleshing-out the apparent NAC and NSB ties.


With Joanna Dormady

Hello NAC members. Come and get your yoga on.
Bring water, a towel, a mat, and a smile!
7, 14, and 21 May 6PM – 7PM @ NAC

Come grow with me!

Much love Joanna.

Be a part of the big night!

We need YOU to help us make the Arts Awards a night to remember. We are looking for individuals who are experienced or interested in Arts & Culture, Events, Technical Production, Hospitality and Food & Beverage.

Volunteer shifts are between 1 – 5 p.m. and 6 – 10 p.m. on the day of the awards and you must have transportation to and from the event.

For more information, please contact Catriona Macfarlane at or 905-688-5601 x5229

Call for Artists
Participate in the first “Art Walk in the Forest”
Circulated on behalf of NAC member Lis Hilton

Share the joy of your art and join us in this first Art in the Forest Event. Art and Nature … a natural fit. Squirrel House Gardens includes a forest in a valley … a perfect microclimate. Consider this garden as your gallery for the day. It will be a special day for everyone as they meander through the expansive gardens experiencing art and the garden as one.

How did this all come about?
Squirrel House Gardens has been asked to participate in , a celebration of gardens. It is intended to encourage families to spend time together on this special Father’s Day weekend 20 and 21 of June. We are a private garden rarely open to the public. Passionate about gardening, and the environment we believe that showcasing artists and their work here as an opportunity to strengthen art appreciation, and share our love of the garden. Please submit 2 images of your work. You can schedule a specific time to show your work or you can show all day.

Feel free to sell it. You must be willing to talk about your passion. Space is limited… There is no fee. Please put “Forest Art Walk” in the subject line of your email or call Info 905-685-1608.

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June from 10:30AM to 4PM
Entry donation $8, second person 50 percent off. Wear a stunning hat and get in FREE! Pre-register receive a surprise treat. For more info visit Squirrel House Gardens on Facebook.