Rene Meshake - Songide'ewin: Ojibwe Narratives Art Exhibit
March 1 - April 15, 2015
Narratives Art Exhibit reflects the impact of my Residential School
experiences, and resonates with fellow Survivors and their families. It’s a healing tool for communities
and individuals. I believe that reconciliation, and healing will evolve and emerge from the art process itself.
What else is art other than the reflection of our deepest spirit, our souls, and the elevation of our rightful,
The dictionary defines reconciliation as ‘making friendly
again after an estrangement; to harmonize;
to make compatible’. SONGIDE’EWIN is a contemplative and cathartic experience for me, and seeks to
answer many questions that I am struggling with: Who am I reconciling with? What am I trying to reconcile?
How do I achieve this reconciliation? Reconciliation exposes many feelings and emotions: resistance,
enlightenment, remembrance, shame, pain, resilience, rejuvenation, healing, pride, identity, and finally
the restoration and integration of my Ojibwe arts and culture with my current urban life style.
integrates the traditional and the contemporary - to bring together the past
and future generations. SONGIDE'EWIN is ultimately a celebration of the resilient spirit and an example of
how art can heal, inspire, elevate and enlighten. Finally, SONGIDE'EWIN will bring closure, which will
liberate me to produce and create art and literary works in the future.
Jack Jackowetz - Exhibition No. 5
January 1 - February 15, 2015
I stimulate memories. My images capture the essence of evolution of places we recognize at one moment in time. My work is inspired by familiarity; places we grew up with, spent time or visited. Through the creative use of light and colour, I capture a mood that takes the viewer by surprise while confirming that although we may all be looking at the same object, we do not always see the same things. My images are precious because of the connection they make with the viewer. My subjects have strong local connection. I offer a glimpse into local culture and the energy of those who once lived or worked here.
Elizabeth Gosse - It's Your City
February 1 – March 15. 2014
Life is about creating yourself – a phrase which not only do I live my life passionately by, but also what influences my artwork. I love using paint and multi-media to create engaging pieces of work. To me, art is an extension of who we are and what we are thinking. In the world of art, it is imperative for the artist to embody the art with their message, feelings, and thoughts. This message we implant is not stagnated, because the viewer and the community’s response forever changes the message of that piece of work. Each piece from the community project “It's Your City” engages members from various cities to interact with art and express their love of their community and city.
PhotoVoice - Do You See What I See?
April 1 - April 30, 2014
Bharati Sethi is currently a PhD candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Social Work. She is specializing in Community, Planning, Policy, and Organization. Her research has earned her several prestigious awards including the Ontario Women's Health Scholarship (PhD - 2012 and 2013), Tutor-Primary Health Care Fellowship (PhD), the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (PhD), the Inaugural Hilary M. Weston Scholarship (MSW), and the Social Sciences Humanities and Research Scholarship (MSW). Bharati's master's thesis earned her a gold medal and Governor General Award Nomination. In 2013, her community advocacy efforts and research earned her the 'Citizens Award' by the Member of Provincial Parliament and in 2012 she was nominated as one of the 'top 25' immigrants to Canada.
Aaron Robbins - Field of Dreams
September 1 – October 15, 2014
The rural Canadian landscape is a vast and diverse wilderness, seemingly endless. I draw upon my travels, experiences, memories and exploit the tonality and aura of the landscape I’m painting, making it my own creating a journey for others.
My paintings are also about solitude and contemplation. Although there is no human presence in the paintings, there is an aura of something happening, a moving spiritual presence. Being in solitude, away from the distractions of modern life, your mind and soul are capable of being much more aware of God’s presence and creative touch in all things...it is my ambition to capture these moments.
Jessie Buchanan - Spirit Bear
November 1 - December 15, 2014
I am a painter. It is difficult for me to define my work precisely, however I would say that it is inspired by my First Nations heritage. Many colleagues have told me that they think of my work as being very ‘Canadian’. You may be suprised to discover that I consider this to be a complement, as I am inspired by many Canadian painters; the work of Emily Carr, Daphne Odjig, the Group of Seven. My painting is an attempt to capture the ineffable quality of spirit (manitouwabi in Ojibway) which can be perceived in all things. A spiritual connection to the land drives my work. My goal is to convey what I consider to be the transcendent aspects of ‘ordinary’ experience through colour and form in order to inspire others. I include Ojibway words in naming my paintings because they seem to further empathize and bridge the First Nations spiritual aspect in my work.
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