(Posted 2 p.m., Oct. 24)
galleries host pair of textile art exhibits
By Fred Sherwin
of the bandoliers in the Barry Ace exhibit
at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Fred Sherwin/Photo
arts is one of those mediums that has traditionally suffered
from a lack of appreciation when compared to other more
popular mediums such as water colour, pastels and sculpture,
but two new exhibits at the Shenkman Arts Centre hopes
to change that perception.
It is worn across the shoulder is a collection
bandolier bags designed in the fashion of the Anishinaabeg
culture by Odawa artist Barry Ace.
Anishinaabeg culture includes the Odawa, Ojibwa and Algonquin
nations which once inhabited the northern Great Lakes
is an Ottawa-based visual artist and band member of the
MChigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island.
collection of bandolier bags on exhibit in the Trinity
Gallery on the ground level of the Shenkman Arts Centre
incorporates traditional floral motifs sourced from reclaimed
electronic circuitry for what the artist describes is
a metaphor for cultural continuity, bridging the
past with the present and the future.
collection is just a small example of Aces mixed
media paintings and assemblage textile works which explore
what he describes are the various aspects of cultural
continuity and the confluence of the historical and contemporary.
work has been featured at various galleries around the
world including the Museum of Art and Design in New York
City and the Nordamerika Native Museum in Zurich. Earlier
this year, he received the KM Hunter Visual Artist Award.
You can meet the artist at a vernissage this Tuesday, Nov. 10from noon to 4 p.m. at the gallery.
next door to the Barry Ace exhibition is a textile sculpture
exhibit by Ottawa fiber artist and designer Maureen Ballagh
who is a graduate of Algonquin Colleges Fine Arts
and Craft program (Class of 82).
entitled Maureen Ballagh: Around to it, the
exhibit is made up of seven distinct pieces including
two wall hangings; two wardrobe pieces; two large table
top vessels; and a wardrobe sculpture.
often blurs the line separating fashion designer and visual
artist to the point where the line no longer exists. Those
pieces in the exhibit that are clearly not fashion still
make use of Ballaghs hand-dyed fabrics.
will also be available to discuss her work this Sunday
from noon to 4 p.m. at the gallery.
Trinity Galleries are located on the ground floor of the
Shenkman Arts Centre near the rear entrance.
exhibits currently on display at the Shenkman Arts Centre
include the 57th Annual Juried Art Exhibition by members
of East Central Ontario Art Association in the Lalande
+ Doyle Exhibition Space, and a selection of works by
members of Arteast in the Promenade Arteast.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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