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Art Fx #1: "Repository of Memory" by Marni Martin – Huntsville Doppler – Huntsville Doppler

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Pablo Picasso once said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” We could perhaps all use some soul dusting right now.

So today, Huntsville Doppler is launching a new feature: Art Fx. Each week, we’ll share with you the work of a local visual artist. May their works inspire you, soothe you, make you think. If they resonate with you, be sure to visit the artists’ websites or social media channels to see more.

This week’s work was created by fibre artist Marni Martin.

“Repository of Memory” is a hand-dyed and woven tapestry measuring 36” x 24”.

“The swirling waters slowly shape and smooth the rocky shore and over the years the waters rise and fall revealing the rock that gives shape to the water,” writes Marni.

“I think of our memories, individual and collective, as a natural resource that we can use to guide and sustain us. Our memories can act as the water, shaping and transforming us or as the rock, giving shape and meaning to things around us.

“When weaving, I interpret my subject matter with textured yarns considering dimension and the way the light will fall across the surface and dance over the yarns.”

This piece has been selected for the American Tapestry Biennial 13. The exhibition was postponed due to COVID-19 but will open in Falmouth, MA from January 27, 2021 to March 27, 2021 at Highfield Hall and Gardens and will travel to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose, CA opening July 18, 2021 to October 3, 2021.  Juror Nick DeFord selected 37 tapestries from a total of 189 tapestries submitted to represent 10 countries.

Artist bio: In the solitude of her sunlit studio, Marni Martin weaves tapestries and other works in fibre directly inspired by the land she calls home. Huntsville, Ontario, situated in Muskoka, an area known for its natural rugged beauty and not far from Algonquin Park, offers endless visual metaphors to explore. It is this place that has shaped Marni’s work, and in her quest to embody its spirit, Marni has cultivated an aesthetic of her own using hand-dyed textured yarns that convey the qualities of the subject matter she is weaving. Within the perpendicular constraints of warp and weft, Marni creates undulating lines and expresses the energy emanating from the subject or place she is weaving. Marni graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1997 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and since 2000 has worked in her studio full-time creating works for commissions and exhibitions.

Her studio, at 725 N. Mary Lake Road, Huntsville, is open year-round by appointment. Find her online at marnimartinfibrestudio.com, on Instagram @marnimartinfibrestudio, or email her at marni@marnimartinfibrestudio.com.

Also see details on Marni’s newest creative endeavor, Indigo Rain Flower Farm, at indigorainflowerfarm.com.

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Chatham gallery creating art 'quilt' for Black History Month – CBC.ca

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An arts organization in Chatham-Kent is looking for contributions for a unique community project to mark Black History Month.

The theme of the project is “celebrating Black lives” and the Thames Art Gallery and ARTspace are seeking submissions from the public for original works of art on the theme. The art can be any media, including painting, drawing and writing.

The public submissions will be combined and set up in a pandemic-friendly public display.

“What we’re having people do is produce a piece of work and then photograph it and then send it to us and we will print it out and then assemble it in the form of a quilt,” Phil Vanderwall, curator of the Thames Art Gallery, said on CBC Radio’s Windsor Morning on Friday.

The completed work will be displayed in the window of the ARTspace gallery on King Street in downtown Chatham.

“So it’s a nice public space,” he said.

The ‘quilt’ format of the project allows for community participation while preventing close contact. Both ARTspace and the Thames Art Gallery are closed due to COVID-19.

 Vanderwall said quilt-making is currently undergoing a bit of a revival.

“This seemed like a good opportunity to explore that,” he said.

Submissions are already coming in and the deadline is Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m.

The quilt will be unveiled Feb. 5 and will remain on display until Feb 26.

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Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre receive new arts infrastructure funding – Nanaimo News Bulletin

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Two arts and culture groups in Nanaimo have received more than $100,000 from the provincial government to help improve their spaces and support arts programming.

On Jan. 22 the B.C. Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport announced in a press release that nine arts and culture groups on Vancouver Island and its adjacent islands received more than $440,000 as part of the B.C. Arts Council’s new arts infrastructure program. Among the local recipients are the Nanaimo Art Gallery, which got $75,000, and the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, which got $31,933.

NAG executive director Carolyn Holmes was thankful for the grant and said the funds will be spent on expanding the ArtLab studio.

“These renovations will make it possible to increase the capacity of our programs and involve more members of our community in art-making experiences,” she said in the press release. “This recent year has showed us just how important these creative outlets and learning opportunities are for our well-being.”

Other recipients on the Island include the Belfry Theatre, CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers and Victoria Baroque Music Society, all located in Victoria, as well as the Cumberland Museum and Archives. The Hornby Island Arts Council, Alert Bay’s U’mista Cultural Centre and the Sointula Museum and Historical Society also received funding. In all, 49 group from across the province received nearly $2 million in grants.

“Art and creative expression are so important for people to maintain healthy lifestyles, especially right now,” Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson said in the release. “We are supporting arts and culture spaces across the province and here in Nanaimo, assisting them through the pandemic and helping to make them better for the future.”



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Montreal art gallery vandalized by QAnon-inspired graffiti

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Vandals spray-painted QAnon-themed graffiti across the windows of a Montreal art gallery this week, prompting an investigation by the SPVM’s hate crimes unit.

Tuesday evening, just after 9, a man and a woman wearing black clothes and carrying cans of spray paint approached the BBAM! Gallery on Atwater Ave. in St-Henri. Surveillance footage shows the couple tagging the gallery, painting “pedogate” and slinking away when cars passed.

The pair then moved north, toward the downtown core, where similar vandalism appeared on a daycare centre. The Montreal police hate crimes unit is investigating both incidents, a spokesperson said.

“It’s awful,” said Alison E. Rogers, who co-owns and operates BBAM! with her husband, Ralph Alfonso. “It comes from hate and ignorance.”

“We’re still trying to process it,” Alfonso said.

They discovered the graffiti Wednesday morning, cleaned it and called the police, who, upon realizing the significance of the vandalism, became worried.

Source: – Montreal Gazette

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