Monday, January 21, 2013

January ends, February looms.....

Calls for Entry: (dates are in bold as some are very time sensitive)

Stride Gallery Call for +15 Window Proposals, Calgary Deadline: January 26, 5pm
Proposals received by 5:00PM Saturday, January 26, 2013 will be considered for +15 exhibition slots as early as June/July 2013. This special call is directed specifically to locally-based emerging and aspiring artists, but all interested artists are welcome to apply.
Artists exhibiting works in the +15 Window receive an artist fee and professional documentation of their exhibition, which is also included in Stride's Annual Catalogue. +15 Window artists receive complimentary copies of the Catalogue at the time of its launch.
 Stride's +15 Window Space is located in the public +15 walkways in the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts (205 - 8th Avenue SE). This deep vitrine space provides a unique exhibition venue well suited to presentations of three-dimensional works and carefully considered installations of two-dimensional artwork. The +15 walkways are accessible to the public at all times, and welcome a diverse audience. Stride prioritizes projects from Alberta-based emerging artists for the +15 Window Space programming, though all interested artists are encouraged to submit proposals. These exhibitions are two months in duration, totalling six per year. Click here http://www.stride.ab.ca/submissions.html for to review the submission guidelines and additional info.

Sacred Threads: This biennial exhibition was established to provide a venue for quilters of all faiths who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey. The first exhibit was held in 2001 and the exhibit is held in June of odd numbered years. 


 Talking Heads: A reminder to all SDA members  (and those who might consider becoming members): the Talking Heads exhibition promises to be an exciting display of work by fibre artists working in any media but inclusive of fibre or fibre techniques. At the recent meeting of local Vancouver members of the SDA there was a great deal of interest expressed, and we are hoping for many entries from beyond our own borders. Please let Jennifer, or Ros (rosaqed@shaw.ca) know if you plan to enter, and we would love to have a picture of your entry.. Remember, works must be inspired by a traditional headdress; they need not be wearable; they can be two or three dimensional.
Entry details may be found on the SDA BC blog (http://www.surfacedesignbc.blogspot.ca/) and website (surfacedesignbc.org). Entry deadline is May 4, 2013.

The Cherry Blossom exhibition, sponsored by FibreEssence and the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts, will take place at the Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver, from April 2 – 21, 2013. The deadline for entries is also early March, and this is an open call to all fibre artists. Please check the VGFA website (http://www.vgfa.org/NewWebsite/call2.htm) for further information. This is always a very popular and well-attended show.



If you are interested in learning how to submit to a gallery, specifically the Marion Nicoll Gallery, ACAD is having an information session at the college in the boardroom, Wednesday, January 23 at 12:15 . (This meeting might be good for general information on how to apply to other galleries with the knowledge you glean.)

EXHIBITIONS:

 (Information from Jennifer Love/SDA BC)



This is a preliminary notice for the exhibition INVOKING VENUS: FEATHERS AND FASHION which will take place at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC, February 7 to May 5, 2013.  The opening night is Thursday, February 7.

    Overview: The exhibition is comprised of photo-based images by Catherine Stewart and accessories from the clothing collections of Claus Jahnke and Ivan Sayers.  Using bird specimens from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Vancouver-based Stewart explores the role colour, patterning and adornment play in courtship and attraction. Through the juxtaposition of images of bird plumage with images of vintage fabrics and actual feathered fashion accessories, the parallels in human and bird behaviour become apparent. The lush and sensuous images magnify details in avian plumage and vintage fabrics, revealing a multitude of rich and varied hues that combine to create the colours, textures and patterns observed when viewing birds and humans at their finest.

    The exhibition opening and fashion show "A Passion for Plumage" will take place on Thursday, February 7.  Featuring historical clothing and accessories from the collections of Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke, this show will be hosted by Ivan Sayers and will explore the history of feathers in fashion.
    As there is only a limited number of tickets available for the fashion show portion of the evening (because of fire regulations), we suggest you purchase your tickets as soon as possible through this link:  http://beatyinvokingvenus.eventbrite.com/# . If you are unable to make the 7:30 PM launch, admission will be free after the fashion show wraps up (around 8:30-8:40 PM).

    Additional events during the course of the exhibition will include lectures by fashion historian Ivan Sayers and an artist's talk/tour by Catherine Stewart.  A schedule of these events (with descriptions) will follow. These will also be posted under News and Events on the museum website (http://beatymuseum.ubc.ca) later in January.

    Except for these special events, regular admission prices for the museum will apply after opening night for the duration of the exhibition. The Beaty Museum is a fascinating place through which to browse, so we encourage you to allow enough time to explore the other displays when you visit.

(A side note from arlee: having heard Ivan Sayers speak, this will be quite engaging--the man has an amazing amount of knowledge on past fashions and the cultural aspects of fashion.)

Workshops:

Gloria Daly has a plethora of workshops scheduled with well known textile artists in her Vancouver Island studio.  

Not really a workshop per se, but a request for particpation from Linda Hawkes:

Hello everyone, I hope you can join us as Dream Quilts - a collaborative creative quilt-making project on themes of sleep and dreams - continues.

For three days we’ll be publicly quilting the expressive art quilts we began last fall at the Women’s Centre.

Come add your stitches to these intriguing works of art.Join us on February 13 and 20, 11 am - 4 pm and February 23, 12-5 pm at the Central Library, 616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary.   

It would be lovely to see you there!







And a workshop and exhibition combined at the Leighton Art Centre, just outside of Calgary! Rachelle LeBlanc, known for her distinct style, technical excellence and for breaking new ground within the traditional craft of rug hooking. With a growing international reputation, LeBlanc’s work is sure to impress.   Exhibition and workshop.








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