Landed: Impressions of Prairie Landscape and Culture

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Prairie people have deep connections to the land. Its wide open spaces, demanding climate, and physical distances created challenges for settlers who wanted to call it home. Some loved the promise of a clean slate, a new home and land they could own. Others hated the lonely whistle of the wind, the backbreaking work and the struggle to survive. But love it or hate it, they endured—building a unique culture, social institutions and activities that helped them cope and thrive.

Judy Weiss and Sharon Willas Rubuliak present their personal perspectives on what it means to be ‘Landed’. Drawing on their own roots as descendants of homesteaders in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, their work incorporates collected stories and events of yesterday as well as personal travels and experiences of today. This exhibition is an ongoing collaboration. At each venue, we add or change pieces in the collection, keeping it new and fresh.

For the PAVA exhibition we have added an installation called Pink Tea, celebrating 100 years of women having the vote in Alberta. To go with the installation, I have created a new wall piece titled Breaking Ground: Log Cabin to Courthouse Steps. This piece plays on the traditional quilt block patterns of Log Cabin, and its variation, Courthouse Steps. It touches on major issues faced by farm women in the early 20th century: lack of property rights, inability to vote or elect representatives to government; the intersection of isolation, family violence and Prohibition; and the need for medical care, dental care, libraries and education for rural women and families.

Works in Landed combine traditional hand arts – quilting, stitching and felting – with modern materials and methods, including hand-dyeing and painting, discharge, block-printing, image transfer and collage.

Aug 15-Sep 29 Galerie PAVA, of the Société francophone des arts visuels de l’Alberta
9524 – 87th street, Edmonton
Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm Closed Sunday and Monday

http://www.savacava.com/programming.php

Abstracted Exhibition

Abstracted is an exhibition of the Fibre Art Network
http://fibreartnetwork.com/exhibitions/Abstracted/24

The show consists of 44 pieces by 40 artists, working in pairs. Each pair was challenged to create one realistic and one abstracted version of the same person, place or thing. The exhibition debuted at the LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum in LaConner, WA, USA, and was featured at Quilt Canada 2014 in St. Catherine’s, ON. The show will travel until the end of 2016. Additional venues are welcome. To indicate interest in booking the show, please contact the artist.

Upcoming venues:

July 3-Aug 29, 2015 Allie Griffin Art Gallery, Weyburn SK
Sep – October, 2015 Maple Ridge ACT Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC

Ties That Bind

Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition (TREX) Program,
Region 2 – Art Gallery of Alberta
Sep 2016 – Aug 2018

Margie Davidson, Diane Duncan, Matt Gould and Judy Weiss will present their unique interpretations of ‘Ties that Bind’. The exhibition will tour the northeast regions of the province of Alberta for one year, and will then tour two other regions for the remaining year. It will be shared in schools, libraries and public art galleries. Schedule and venues TBA.

Ekphrastic

Ekphrasis is a literary description or commentary on  a visual work of art. Participants in this exhibition are putting a slightly different spin on this process.  Twelve prominent Canadian poets were invited to create a new work, and four members of the Fibre Art Network have agreed to produce a new visual work based on each of the 12 original poems. In total, 48 fibre artists will interpret the 12 original poems.  “Ekphrastic” will debut at the Quilt Museum in La Conner, Washington in October, 2016, and will be available for exhibition until December 31,2019.

My contribution  is a visual response to the poem “raven” by Katherena Vermette, winner of the 2013 Governor General Literary Award for Poetry. Ms. Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction and children’s literature, and  she is a resident of Winnipeg, MB. Her work appears in literary magazines and anthologies across the globe. Although I can’t give away the poem’s content before the exhibition, I can tell you that it provoked a tremendous visceral response in me, and it presented an immediate vision for a fibre art response. It will be interesting for each of the three responding fibre artists, and for Ms. Vermetter, to see  our collective works.

For information about booking the exhbition in your gallery or local area, please contact me via my blog.