TAC Emerging Artist

I'm thrilled to have received a Toronto Arts Council 'Emerging Artist' grant. This grant will provide space and materials for an ambitious new project that will start in the new year.

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Cards at Open Studio

'll have some greeting cards available at Open Studio starting November 30th during the Artist Proof Sale. The cards will be for sale throughout the year and are in support of Open Studio's operations.

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Field Recordings

I've started to record one minutes of audio each day and am uploading them here. Most of the recordings are from Toronto and St.Catharines.

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Tangled Art Kids Fest

This spring I was the Coordinator for Tangled Art + Disability's Kids Fest. This program was led by Luca 'Lazylegz' Patuelli and his network of dancers, DJs and drummers. The students at Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic High School and James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School worked weekly with a professional dancer to collaborate in creating a choreographed performance. Students presented their work at an interactive school assembly with a cohort of special guests.

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Open Studio Residency Complete

My residency at Open Studio has come to an end. The result was a Varied Edition of 15 + OSP + FP which are 15 x 22". The series is titled I Have Always Taken The Weather Personally. Images can be viewed here.

Hamilton Biennale Over For Another Year

Thanks to Andrew Mcphail and Stephen Altena for inviting me to participate in the Hamilton Biennale. It was a laborious joy to share, I Can't Do This On My Own. The Toronto Star had a few words to say about it which you can read here.

Open Studio Residency Progress

My residency at Open Studio has recently begun. So far I've made two etching plates, which if you haven't done so before, I cannot advise you enough about the time invested. Test proofs have all been pulled and now some experimenting with additional materials. 

I'm sharing my progress at Open Studio (and many other things) on Instagram

Hamilton Biennale

April 21 - 23, I'll be participating in the Hamilton Biennale, at Casino Artspace, 176 Mary St. My performance will take place on Sunday April 23, 1 - 3pm.

Additional information can be found on Facebook here. There will be live tweets.
 

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Dogs and Boats and Airplane Choir

This fall I worked with Big Pond Small Fish and their Dogs and Boats and Airplanes Children's Choir. The choir was made up of students from Lord Lansdowne Public School and da Vinci Alternative Public School. Over the course of 3-months, lead by Bill Burns, supported by Krys Verrall, Alan Gasser and scientists at the Royal Ontario Museum, the students researched, wrote and performed a 4-part libretto at the ROM on Sunday December 4.

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Grimsby Public Art Gallery

Untitled (for Elizabeth), will be part of the juried exhibition at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. Thank you to Ingrid Mayrhofer, Mary Reid and Gerrie Loveys for your support.

Opening reception is Friday August 5th at 7pm. Exhibition runs from August 6th to September 11th.

Jeannie Thib Mentorship Residency

Open Studio earlier this year announced the Jeannie Thib Mentorship Residency, as an opportunity for an artist in the early stages of their career.

I've been selected for this inaugural Jeannie Thib Mentorship Residency, which allocates studio access, materials and mentoring. You can read more about what I'm going to do here.

The Last Things

Materials sourced from the flea market play into the exhibition which draws inspiration from the 1987 dystopian novel by Paul Auster. Set in a speculative future of an urban post-industrial wasteland, it follows Anna, a collector who scavenges and sells useful found objects.

The text embedded in this work is a form of communication for those who come after. It reads, "General feelings of loneliness linger / you must get used to doing with as little / as you can lets see where the night goes".

Glenhyrst Biennial Juried Exhibition

I have two pieces, Absence Is Greater Than Presence and $$$$$.included in the Glenhyrst Biennial Juried Exhibition. Caitlin Sutherland, Director at the Hamilton Artists Inc. and Deirdre Chisholm, Director/ Curator at the Norfolk Art Centre, juried the show.

Exhibition runs May 28 – July 24th, 2016. Opening Reception is Saturday June 4th 7:00-9:00pm. Hope to see you there!

STO Union's Trophy at In The Soil

This weekend I participated in STO Union's Trophy at In The Soil in St.Catharines. STO Union is a multidisciplinary art and performance company from Ottawa bringing together artists from a variety of mediums in the creation of original contemporary theatre, installations, live art and video.

Trophy is an episodic performance and art installation built around 5 people from St.Catharines and their stories of transformation. Audience members are lead on a journey through 5 small, glowing tents, each with a person who tells the story about a moment in their life when everything changed.

What about Rodman Hall?

I'm included in the exhibition about Rodman Hall’s place in the consciousness of our community. I have two works in this show, a text piece Don't Make Me Spell It Out In Macaroni And Paint it Gold and a new video titled Missed Communication.

Group Show by Members of the Niagara Artists Centre 1 April – 2 July, 2016

ARTWORKS BY: Gregory Betts, Marcie Bronson, Brittany Brooks, Sandy Fairbairn, Geoff Farnsworth, Alexa Fraser, Janny Fraser, Amy Friend, Will Griffiths, Joe Harris, Marinko Jareb, Duncan MacDonald, Melanie MacDonald, Kate Mazi, Sandy Middleton, Ben Mosher, Catherine Parayre, Carrie Perreault, St. Catharines Arts & Letters Club, Donna Szőke, Matthew Tegal, Amber Lee Williams, Carolyn Wren

More info can be found here.

Canada Council for the Arts - Professional Development Grant

Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for the Professional Development Grant, which has afforded me the opportunity to take various printing workshops at Open Studio this spring and into the summer. Below is their blurb that acknowledges their fundamental support to the arts. I can't help but notice the last time I posted a thank you that their funding was 157 and not 153 million. Let's hope that their new funding strategy and the current government rectify this (which I think is in the works).

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseila investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Collagraph

I've just finished taking a workshop on collagraph printing. Instructor Loree Ovens taught us about plate making at Open Studio.