A new show debuted at the Station House Gallery on Thursday, March 17, with a return to regular openings, including snacks, wine, and some smiling, mask-free faces.
The show might not be what a person imagines to see when going to an art show about aging.
It is a vibrant and joyful display and included pieces contemplating time, friendship and outdoor pursuits. The descriptions accompanying each piece are often in depth, and many offer the wisdom of experience.
The show also includes a collection of recorded oral stories, but was not yet being played for the opening to allow for social interaction.
Artists whose visual pieces are in the show also recorded a narrative of their experiences around aging.
The stories “aim to present a positive and uplifting view of aging, providing a hopeful picture of the positive opportunities and prospects possible in this life stage,” says the show’s written description.
As we continue to live longer in our society, the artists want to highlight the interdependence of humans and bring hope to younger generations.
“We hope to change society’s attitude towards aging, including adjustments in how we see the changes in our own bodies, how we care for older people, and how we can change the concept of aging from one of decline and disease to one of challenges, opportunities and joys,” the description continues.
“It was fun to hang,” said Station House Gallery society director Marilyn Dickson, because of the sheer number of pieces in the show. The walls of the gallery are full, and the bright colours immediately engage patrons as they enter the space.
The travelling show is titled: Aging, Art and the Modern Elder and was facilitated by Cheryl Turner of the North Okanagan Federation of Canadian artists.
Sixteen artists over the age of 55 contributed to the show.
“A lot of us here tonight are seniors so we can really relate,” said Dickson, as she introduced the show at the opening.
The show can be viewed and heard during regular gallery hours, Monday to Friday 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Entry is free and the show will be up until April 23.
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BlackburnNews.com – Blyth Festival Art Gallery reopens – BlackburnNews.com
Blyth Festival Art Gallery reopens
May 16, 2022 5:18am
After a two year hiatus, art will once again hang on the walls of the Bainton Gallery at Blyth Memorial Hall.
The art at the Blyth Festival Art Gallery is to complement the four plays presented by the Theatre Festival on its outdoor Harvest Stage.
The summer’s Community Art Show will run from June 1 to September 24.
President of the Gallery Committee, Carl Stevenson, says art needs to be felt to be experienced, to be emotionally connected to the viewer.
Area artists interested in participating in the non-juried exhibition can get more information by accessing the Gallery’s Facebook page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of the art showcased will be available for purchase.
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Kang has exhibited at numerous galleries around the world. These include the New Museum, SculptureCenter, Helena Anrather Gallery, Interstate Projects and CUE Art Foundation, all in New York City; The Power Plant, Franz Kaka, Cooper Cole and Gallery TPW, all in Toronto; and Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran and Projet Pangée in Montreal.
Schwebel has become known for practicing a particularly direct form of situation-based institutional critique, undertaken through performances, withdrawals, delegated transactions and impostors.
Sergile works primarily with archives, including texts and books reflecting the post-colonial period from 1950 to the present day. Her artistic practice aims at understanding and rewriting the history of Black communities — more specifically, the history of women and marginalized peoples, through weaving.
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Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick holds henna art demonstration – CBC.ca
Much has changed since Madhu Verma, the founder of the Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick, first came to the province in 1963 as a young Indian bride.
Verma said she faced racism regularly when she first came to Canada.
Back then, when she wore cultural clothing — such as Kurtis — her looks would elicit unwelcoming glares.
Verma said: “They would stop me and say, ‘Oh. When did you come here? Why are you here?'”
But times are changing.
“I sometimes tell people that I am the first imported bride in North America … now things are very different. We are really enjoying with so many new immigrants, the new friends.”
Now Verma is proud to look out at a room filled with people from different backgrounds and watch them eagerly learn about her culture.
The Asian Heritage Society is putting on several events in honour of Asian Heritage month, including one in Fredericton on Saturday that allowed people to discover the intricacies of henna art.
Henna — also known as mehndi in Hindi and Urdu — is a maroon dye created from the leaves of the henna tree. The dye is used to create intricate floral designs that can last up to 20 days.
The origin of the designs dates back as far as 6,000 years and is traditionally done during special events in South Asian, Middle Eastern and North African cultures.
Priyanka Panwar came to New Brunswick seven years ago.
She is part of the society and has been helping put on events like this demonstration.
For her, the passion for henna came when she won a contest in university for her henna art.
Later, she spent six hours perfecting the henna tattoos on her hands and feet for her wedding. Marriage ceremonies aren’t the only special occasions where it’s used.
“I normally do it every year during Karva Chauth, it is a day when we ladies keep fast in our Hindu religion for our husbands to have a long life.”
For both Panwar, and especially for Verma, educating people about why they might see henna patterns adorning some people’s skin, goes hand in hand with trying to create more understanding and tolerance between cultures.
“The message we want to give is to make new friends, have communication, go visit, see other programs and also talk to us,” Verma said.
“If you want to ask any question about Asian culture we want to have a conversation with you.”
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