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UPCOMING : LECTURE - Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Inuit Graphic Art
October 25, 2014 - 1 : 30 p.m.
LECTURE : Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Inuit Graphic Art, with Mrs. Diana Perera, specialist in Inuit and First Nations art
Saturday October 25 at 1:30 p.m. - Free entrance.
The production of Inuit graphics is a relatively recent phenomenon dating only to the late 1950's. In this conference we wish to explore the historical perspectives and cultural insights brought forward by this influential community of artists and the longest running studio of its kind in the Arctic.
UPCOMING : WHEN A TREE SPEAKS
NOVEMBER 6 TO DECEMBER 6, 2014
Opening : Thursday November 6 2014 – 5 to 7 p.m.
Jim Lorriman is an independent learner and has been a professional wood turner for eighteen years. WHEN A TREE SPEAKS is the first time that he is presenting this selection of works simultaneously. Working from used materials, he resuscitates fallen branches found in the forest, old window sashes and historical woodworks.
The exhibition gathers twenty one of these creations, some of which were presented as far as the Canadian Pavilion of the International Crafts Biennial in Cheongju, South Korea in 2009, where he received an honorable mention. Three times a finalist for the Niche Awards, which underline outstanding work in Canadian and American craftsmaking, Jim Lorriman presents us the experimental work that he has accomplished over the last few years. He constantly attempts to reach new limits of expression with his favorite medium – wood.
2014 CAPE DORSET ANNUAL PRINT COLLECTION
SALE AND EXHIBITION
Oct. 15 to Nov. 1st 2014
LECTURE : October 25 2014 - 1:30 p.m.
LECTURE : Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Inuit Graphic Art, with Mrs. Diana Perera, specialist in Inuit and First Nations art at the Canadian Guild of Crafts - Saturday October 25 at 1:30 p.m. - Free entrance.
The artworks from the 2014 collection are inspired by traditional as well as contemporary themes, so as to create prints permeated with style and sensitivity. These authentic and well- researched creations evoke themes relating to Inuit culture and boast a very topical signature.
You are sincerely welcome to discover one of the most anticipated events of the autumn — the exhibition of 38 prints created by 15 Inuit artists:
Cee POOTOOGOOK – Itee POOTOOGOOK – Kakulu SAGGIAKTOK – Kudluajuk ASHOONA – Malaija POOTOOGOOK – Mayoreak ASHOONA – Ningeokuluk TEEVEE – Ohotaq MIKKIGAK – Papiara TUKIKI – Pitaloosie SAILA – Qavavau MANUMIE – Saimaiyu AKESUK – Shuvinai ASHOONA – Siassie KENNEALLY – Tim PITSIULAK
View the print catalogue online here : http://dorsetfinearts.com/images/downloads/2014_fall_images.pdf
NOW ACCEPTING YOUR REQUESTS!
From September 25 to October 25, 2014
This will be her first solo exhibition at the Guild. Christine Audet has been a professional ceramist for more than 35 years and has participated in more than a hundred exhibitions in Quebec, Ontario, the USA and in France. Trained at the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal and later at Concordia University, she specializes in a Japanese pot-making firing technique called raku. Over the years, she has built herself a strong reputation by creating large-scale crackled pieces. The size of the object increases the technical difficulty for this particular kind of firing.
CHRISTINE AUDET – ARTIST’S STATEMENT
Plurality falls within her pursuing interest of heritage, while also representing a new challenge, that of integrating other materials to her ceramic pieces. Some of these added elements come from objects that she found during her various trips. Each of these new creations is unique and reflects a vivid memory of travelling experiences or then again, of the places she wishes to visit.
“Plurality of cultures, plurality of media, mixing memories, altering, erasing one another and transforming them into new images.” – Christine Audet
ARTIST TALK WITH ERUOMA AWASHISH
Artist talk with Eruoma Awashish who has received her BFA in cross-disciplinary arts and has taken part in numerous exhibitions, both solo and collective, in major museums and galleries throughout the province of Quebec. She has also participated in the Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul and more recently, she has collaborated in the making of the documentary film Québékoisie, which has attracted her a lot of attention and an increasing demand for her work from both collectors and institutions.
Tuesday August 26, 2014 at 5 : 30 p.m.
Free entrance. In French only.
ANAÏS JANIN'S LECTURE
Saturday August 16th 2014 at 1 p.m.
MÉTISSAGE CULTUREL, SYMBOLISME ET SPIRITUALITÉ DANS L'ESTHÉTIQUE D'ERUOMA AWASHISH
Lecture by Anaïs Janin, specialist in Native art, curator of the Nikiwin exhibition and founding member of Artial, an organization dedicated to promoting contemporary Native art.
Saturday August 16th 2014 at 1 p.m.
Free entrance. In French only.
RELIQUES ET PASSAGES ERUOMA AWASHISH
July 17th to August 30th 2014
The Canadian Guild of Crafts is proud to present, in partnership with the Montreal First Peoples Festival, the most recent solo exhibition by artist Eruoma Awashish, Reliques et passages, which will be held from July 17th to August 30th 2014. The opening will take place on Thursday, July 17th 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For the occasion, the artist will be present to meet and greet the public starting at 3 p.m.
Eruoma Awashish’s artistic process emphasizes on updating traditional craftsmanship and on merging the ancestral lifestyle with contemporary realities. She enjoys playing with disruptions, duality and transculturation to create hybrid works where identity and memory are of utmost importance. In her solo exhibition Reliques et passages, she works mostly on the themes of rupture and wound and juxtaposes organic material with contemporary media and objects. Eruoma Awashish has received her BFA in cross-disciplinary arts and has taken part in numerous exhibitions, both solo and collective, in major museums and galleries throughout the province of Quebec. She has also participated in the Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul and more recently, she has collaborated in the making of the documentary film Québékoisie, which has attracted her a lot of attention and an increasing demand for her work from both collectors and institutions.
Our gallery features works by more than three hundred Inuit, First Nations and contemporary Fine Craft artists.
Please visit our permanent collection of inuit and first nations art. It holds more than 250 sculptures, prints and artefacts.
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