Just to give you a quick update.
1. The Shifting Patterns show went really well. Lots of amazing press, fantastic feedback, and the artists were just pretty much adored. People seemed to understand the deeper themes and meanings, which was nice to see. What an honour to work with the artists and the staff at Profiles Gallery in St. Albert.
2. Summer seems to have finally arrived.
3. I got married to a smart, sexy, funny woman who adores me and who I adore. She is telling me at this exact moment that we need to start doing sit ups. Umm…what? It’s beginning people. It’s beginning. Next thing you know we’ll be picking out matching sweaters!
4, Weddings cost a lot! Buy some t-shirts (see the sidebar) or give yourself the gift of art, because wow, it would help! (For all you reading who feel pressured, embrace that pressure! heh heh heh) Or just send me your good, happy thoughts: something that is always gratefully accepted.
So, off we go to unexplored realms (by us, anyway). See you later, alligators.
First stop: Contemporary Art Exhibit in mysterious locale.
I’ll take pictures.
I’ve been working with the really amazing women at St. Albert’s Profiles Gallery to curate a new show. Here’s the info:
From artifact to craft to contemporary artwork, Canada’s First Nations have been breaking the molds history has placed on them and are claiming their right to their past and their future. World-renowned artist Alex Janvier set the stage for generations of new artists, pioneering a stunning new direction in Canadian painting. George Littlechild’s poignant explorations of family and identity take us forward into this new world. His paintings give voice and pride to a more open view of Euro-Indigenous relations. Bert Crowfoot – publisher, writer and photographer – captures the world through his lens in his stunning photographic work. Dianne Meili engages in an exploration of clay work and sculpture, putting a modern twist on an ancient artform. Paul Smith, painter and curator, challenges our notions of communication and personal meanings. Finally, Heather Shillinglaw takes us back to her roots with mixed media paintings that bring to mind the patterns on a kokum’s dress, the medicines from the land, and the flowering of a new era.
From past to present and looking to our shared future, these artists are part of a growing voice that embraces our history and reclaims our purpose, strength and unity. Shifting attitudes, shifting perceptions and shifting thoughts. They reflect the changing pattern of our society and light the way as we go forward together. ~Aaron Paquette, Guest Curator
Please join us for the Opening Reception and Art Exhibition on Thursday, June 3rd from 6 to 9pm. Musical entertainment provided by Visionary Entertainment Inc. Opening Reception takes place with the 8th Annual St.Albert Artwalk.
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