upcoming exhibitions

Context is Everything

Monique Martin

April 3 - June 5, 2020

Accidental Utopia

Sylvia Ziemann

Toured by OSAC

April 3 - June 5, 2020

Closing Reception

Friday, June 5th at 7pm.

Free admission, all ages are welcome to attend.

Both artists will be in attendance.

Context is everything; each moment, each decision and each relationship we have in our lives, all the experiences we have had, come together and affect how we respond to stimuli. This project merges the flora of the prairie landscape and the characteristic of judging people and events and circumstances too quickly without using our prior knowledge and insights. 
It touches the soul of any person that has ever been judged on any level, for their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, abilities, body shape and size, even what fashion they are wearing.  

Using the simple weed found in the ditch is the impetus for this exhibition. I encourage people to take another look, to not just swipe left or right,but rather consider the person or moments more deeply. Weeds can be beautiful, can be a source of nutritional value, and possibly even have medicinal properties.  What makes a weed a weed and not a flower, when is one preferred over the other? In some locations, what is considered a weed is a flower in another context.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “a weed is a plant whose virtues haven’t been discovered yet”. If humans took more time to get to know others would they be less racist, more understanding and less prone to generalizations. When do people become weeds? What makes us decide when a person is a weed?

Plants become weeds when they obstruct our plans, or our tidy maps of the world. A weed is “a plant in the wrong place.” Richard Mabey

- Monique Martin, artist statement.  (Taken from the website of the artist)

#bejane Installation - Jane Goodall Institute - Vienna, Austria - on the occasion of her 85th birthday

Taken from the website of the artist, www.moniqueart.com

    Sylvia Ziemann: Accidental Utopia is a monographic exhibition of new paintings by Treaty 4/Regina-based artist Sylvia Ziemann. In the world of Accidental Utopia, Ziemann paints a menagerie of fantastical characters- figures that are playful combinations of human, animal, insect, and plant- welcoming us into an imaginative realm. In this world, everything and everyone has its place. The artist affirms a philosophy of simplicity that is restorative, particularly in a contemporary context of pervasive social media and the often troubling news on tv. Ziemann has long explored the tension between dystopia and utopia in her art, and with Accidental Utopia she paints the unexpected moments of utopia that emerge when folks come together in the wake of a disaster. Physical, emotional, and intellectual labour are at the heart of Accidental Utopia, where creatures come together across difference to build community. In Ziemann’s Rabbits, for example, an orange rabbit and a white rabbit each hold an end of a lumberjack saw: wearing professorial-looking eye glasses, the rabbits embody both the working-class labourer and the bookish intellectual, revealing the two to not only be compatible but, in this world, coexistent. Working with oil and acrylic on wood, canvas, and board, Ziemann has made twenty-three paintings, bringing visions of community, collective world-making, and inner reflection to rural and urban communities around the province.

 

- OSAC website

 

Sylvia Ziemann, Rabbits, 9"x9", oil on board, 2017.

Keith Moulding

June 12 - August 8, 2020

Michael Bell

June 12 - August 8, 2020

Diana Thorneycroft

August 28 - October 30, 2020

Vancouver Biennale

August 28 - October 30, 2020

Zoe Schneider

November 30, 2020 - January 15, 2021

EAC 2019 Winners:  Cheryl Andrist & Marilynn Malo

November 30, 2020 - January 15, 2021

Titles to be announced

Exhibition dates may be subject to change.

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