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In this edition of The Bulletin:

  1. Harriet’s Legacies > Thurs 22 Oct + Fri 23 Oct
  2. BILD: Abstract Paintings by Aaron Thompson > Sat 24 Oct
  3. Dylan Horrocks and Seth at NAC > Fri 30 Oct
  4. CALL FOR ARTISTS: In the Soil Arts Festival > Mon 2 Nov
  5. McMichael’s Autumn Art Sale > Fri 23 – Sun 25 Oct


Harriet’s Legacies:
Race, Historical Memory and Futures in Canada
Thursday 22 and Friday 23 October 2015
Day events at Pond Inlet, Brock University
Evening events at the Niagara Artists Centre

Organized by Ronald Cummings, Natalee Caple, Gregory Betts, Kevin Gosine, and Tamari Kitossa

This important conference will highlight the historical presence of Black Canadians in Canada. The title refers to the crucial role that St. Catharines played in the Underground Railroad and the abolition of slavery. Harriet Tubman, who is recognized by UNESCO, as a freedom seeker, abolitionist and ‘conductor’ was the city’s most renowned participant in the Underground Railroad. Tubman and the Black citizens who helped to build St. Catharines are soon to be recognized by the opening of a new elementary school in downtown St. Catharines. The timing of the conference will help to connect the university and the broader community around shared goals of unity in diversity, the recovery and memorialization of Black history in Ontario and the promotion of general knowledge around the multiple accomplishments of Black Canadians.

dann j. Broyld, Carole Lynn Stewart, Jennifer Harris, Jessica Ratcliffe, Kate Siklosi, Victoria Partyka, Anique J. Jordan, Carla Chambers, Kaie Kellough, Jacqueline Valencia, Klyde Broox, Clifton Joseph, Lillian Allen, Paul Barrett, Cecil Foster, Carolyn Thompson, Leslie Sanders, Wilma Morrison, Natasha Henry, David Hemmings, Kit Dobson, Deanna Henderson, Ronald Cummings, Nalini Mohabir, Zainab AMadahy, Bonita Lawrence, Paula Madden, Ciann Wilson, Jane Andres, DJ Marinko Marinkov, Bill Ralph

THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER  2015 > beginning @ 8:30AM
A day of conference presentations, musical performances, and a catered lunch followed by keynote presentations by two-time Juno Award winning Dub poet Lillian Allen and Dr. Paul Barrett, author of Blackening Canada.

An evening of music, dub poetry, and a special living tribute to Austin Clarke at NAC!

FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER 2015 > beginning @ 9:00AM
A morning of conference presentations and roundtable discussions, followed by a guided tour of the Black history of Niagara Peninsula by Niagara Bound Tours. Evening events feature a discussion and demonstration of the vinyl history of Dub, Techno, and Hip Hop followed by a screening of NFB classic King of the Hill, featuring Ferguson Jenkins, the greatest Canadian baseball player of all time. Evening events take place at NAC!


A Collection of Abstract Paintings
by Aaron Thompson

Opening Reception Saturday 24 October 2015 7PM
On display until Friday 6 November
Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC

A collection of abstract oil paintings and installation by Niagara based artist Aaron Thompson.

My work is a reflection of life; it is a visual representation of current events, my perspective and the human condition through the absence of form. Through adding paint and erasure, choice of direction and circumstantial composition, the painting unfolds. Although I control the next step for the direction of the painting, the tools tend to do what they want, so I must constantly adjust and react to the painting in front of me. I believe that the most important factor for this abstract work is that the result during the process and the end composition is contrary to my intention, without this I doubt any connection will be made with the work. My work is circumstantial intent, much like life.


International Festival of Authors Ontario presents
Lit on Tour! featuring …
Dylan Horrocks & Seth
Friday 30 October 2015 7PM at NAC

>> pay-what-you-can // suggested $10 <<

DYLAN HORROCKS is the author of the award-winning graphic novel Hicksville and the comic book series Pickle and Atlas. Horrocks has also written for DC Comics and Vertigo, including Hunter: The Age of Magic and Batgirl. He presents his latest critically acclaimed graphic novel, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen, which explores the pleasures, dangers and moral consequences of fantasy.

SETH is the cartoonist behind the comic book series Palookaville, which started as a pamphlet and is now a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeneys Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker, the Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries. He was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which showcased the first public display of his model city Dominion. He is now a part of the Gallery’s permanent collection. Seth presents Palookaville 22, the latest in the series and a continuation of Part Four of the ongoing Clyde Fans serial.

Friday 23 – Sunday 25 October 2015
Featuring work by NAC Member Melanie MacDonald

The AUTUMN ART SALE is recognized as one of the most prestigious events to display original works from some of Canada’s most talented painters and sculptors. This sale is the major fundraiser of the McMichael Volunteer Committee in support of the iconic McMichael Canadian Art Collection. There is no better setting than the gallery’s stunning Grand Hall to showcase this year’s 50 top artists. This is your opportunity to invest in a beautiful piece of original Canadian Art that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment.

Complimentary entrance to Opening Gala: Friday October 23 from 6-10 pm
Sale continues Saturday October 24 & Sunday October 25 from 10-5 pm.
Free Admission to ART SALE

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