January 9 – February 17, 2019 |
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY JANUARY 12, 2019 from 2 – 5PM
Elements of Creation is a collaborative exhibition showcasing the Five Elements that help determine the outcome of the artistic process and the relationship of these energies between eight local artists.
Featuring original artwork by artists from the Elora Centre for the Arts Schoolhouse Art Cooperative: Leah Blagden, Megan Cleland, Julianna Cox, Emi Embrey, Carol Gregg, Teri Hranka, Nadine McEwan and Charlene Van Rees.
In their upcoming exhibition, Elements of Creation, the Schoolhouse Art Collective decided to utilize the five fundamental reasons why life exists to find commonality within their unique and varied approaches. The elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Space ultimately determine the outcome of their creative process. Whether its stone and earthy fibres, the fluid & flowing movement found in water, the energy source of fire, the expanding and free movement of wind, or the pure energetic space in the skies and heavens – each artist has found inspiration in one or more of these essential elements.
Elements of Creation expresses the very different personalities of each artist in various forms of expression. The exhibition includes needle felting, pottery, clay, found objects, watercolour, acrylic, pastel and oil mediums, communicated in styles ranging from traditional to abstract expressionism.
The Schoolhouse Arts Cooperative are an eclectic and diverse group of artists, but they share a life long love of creating, teaching and growing. Many of them have work featured in private and public collections both nationally and internationally.
Their distillations of real and imagined spaces navigate the threshold between observation & abstraction, the deliberate and the intuitive. Guelph artist Chris Ahlers’ acrylic and mixed media paintings employ geometric and geomorphic abstraction, colour play and the exploration of materials to invite interpretation both as scenes and surfaces. Toronto based artist David Brown’s abstract encaustic paintings utilize beeswax, oil, and spray paint to construct a multi-layered, multi-sensory experience. Guelph artist Laurie Skantzos’ process driven painting is largely inspired by the interactions of colour, shape and application. She works with oil and cold wax medium, layering shapes upon shapes, adding richness and textures to the surface.
To read artist bios in more detail, please view our Gesture and Geometry Exhibition at the Elora Centre for the Arts Press Release.
Dawn Owen, Curator of Guelph Museums visited each studio and wrote a thoughtful and insightful piece about the work in the Gesture & Geometry exhibition. To read it, please click here.
October 11 – November 18, 2018
In celebration of summer and our rich community of professional artists and art enthusiasts, the Elora Centre for the Arts presents a community art exhibition entitled “Backyard Botanicals”. Opening July 12th and running through September 3rd in the Harris Exchange, the exhibition will highlight the beauty of Wellington County’s diverse native flora.
The ECFTA encourages the participation of professional and amateur artists working in a variety of artistic mediums as long as works are created using the standardized panels provided by the Centre. The panel/shadow box accommodates both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional botanical works.
$25+HST per panel; maximum of 2 panels per artist
Panel is 10” x 24” x 2” Baltic Birch
Application for participation is now open.
Panels will be available beginning June 5th (Register early if you would like your panel on June 5th Additional orders may take up to two weeks from the time of registration to process
All works must be submitted by no later than Tuesday, July 10th
For further information, please contact email@example.com
CRITERIA | Images that represent your experience of growing up in Centre Wellington. Photographic genres can include (but are not limited to) the following: documentary, reportage, nature, music, sport, leisure, candid and street photography.
ELIGIBILITY | Must be a resident of Centre Wellington between the ages of 14 and 18
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS | Maximum of three (3) images | Images must be high resolution (4470 pixels x 2980 pixels) | Images must have a title.
YOUTH CULTURE | A Photographic Exhibition will run from June 6th to June 17th as part of the Elora Centre for the Arts Planet Youth Program.
The Opening Reception will be held Wednesday June 6th from 7PM – 9PM in the Minarovich Gallery at the ECFTA
SENIOR AWARD | Weekend Media Pass to Riverfest 2018 (August 17, 18, 19)
JUNIOR AWARD | $25 Gift Certificate to Henry’s Camera
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS |
| May 30th, 2018, by end of day
| Please email ALL submission materials to:
Curator, Exhibitions & Communications
A 4-person exhibition of exploratory work
Sunday January 14th – Sunday March 4th, 2018
Minarovich Gallery at ECFTA
Response (and Responding) features the work of Beverley Hawksley, Carmen Hickson, Supria Karmakar, and Tanya Zaryski. Exploring the theme of art as embodiment of mindfulness, these four artists working in a variety of mediums, challenge themselves to engage more deeply with their individual and collective creative process. Response (and Responding) addresses the space between action and reaction; the quiet reverberations moving from the creative source to the maker and from the maker to the viewer. Opens Sunday January 14th and runs through March 4th in the Minarovich Gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts.
In conjunction with the exhibition, “4 IN RESPONSE” (2017), a short film by Sandy McLennan exploring the collaborative art making process of Beverley Hawksley, Carmen Hickson, Supria Karmakar and Tanya Zaryski will be shown as part of the Elora Women’s Film Society Event on February 15th. Following the screening there will be a Q & A with the artists. Event begins at 6:30PM in the Harris Exchange at the ECFTA.
Creative Direction Shelley Carter
Curator Micaela Campbell
Friday January 12th – Sunday March 4th, 2018
Harris Exchange at the ECFTA
Friday January 12th, 7 PM
Sponsored by Awareness Yoga
The cyanotype is a 19th century photographic printing process named for its distinctive cyan blue hues. Circulation, a series of largescale cyanotypes by Toronto-based visual artist Tania Love, uses the process to map the cracks in sidewalks and roadways overlaying the Garrison Creek watershed; to bring to the fore both the intersecting language of and conflict between human made and natural systems. Love’s work calls forth the primacy of water and invites contemplation on the metaphor of circulation. Circulation runs through March 4th in the Harris Exchange. Creative Direction Bear Epp & Micaela Campbell
January 8th, 2018
Dear Art in the Yard Artists, Volunteers and Patrons,
The ECFTA would like to thank you for 15 years of dedication to Art in the Yard, and let you know that this year we will be moving forward with plans to reshape this beloved annual summer festival. In response to a market saturation in summer art shows in the region, it is with careful consideration that we are narrowing our focus to the fibre arts and will be rebranding AITY as Black Sheep Festival of Contemporary Textile Arts. AITY has been and remains a major source of fundraising for our not-for-profit art centre, and we see this transition as a means of expanding our artist and patron base by focusing on a growing niche market.
In the spirit of Art in the Yard, this festival will remain a community-centred art event. Carrying on the AITY tradition of art, music, food, and children’s activities, the Black Sheep Festival will feature a marketplace with dozens of exhibitors and demonstration tents, a community breakfast, old-time music concert, a petting zoo, and a weekend workshop series. We will of course be calling on our amazing volunteer crew to help with this event over the weekend of July 7 & 8.
The ECFTA will be posting a Call for Submissions very shortly and we look forward to welcoming for consideration new and returning artists working in the genre of textile arts. We thank you all for your past and future participation, and your support for the Elora Centre for the Arts as we embark on this new venture.
Bear Epp, Creative Director
Micaela Campbell, Curator & Communications
Jane Longman, Arts Administrator
The Board of Directors of ECFTA
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