Event Category: Exhibition

Community Day & AGM 2019

Promo image for "Community Day - How We Shape Our World" in black text on yellow with photos of people participating in dance classes

If you haven’t been to Propeller’s annual Community Day event, this is your chance! This afternoon has always been our favourite way to end the fall recreational term AND celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3).

This year’s theme is how we shape our world: come and let our inclusive art-making performances inspire, warm and cheer you! PLUS: This year we are bringing back a silent auction with prizes supporting local businesses, artists and featuring family friendly experiences!


11:30: Silent Auction bidding begins in Meeting Room, tea and coffee available
12:40: Doors to showcase space in Scotton Hall open
1:00-2:30: Recreational classes showcase
2:45-3:15: Annual General Meeting in the Cafe

Eastside Culture Crawl

“Utopia is Full of Goofs” installation by Rojia Dadashzadeh, Allison Hardy, Heather Craig, and Monica McGarry

Alternative Creations Studio is opening its gallery doors once again for the Eastside Culture Crawl. This year’s festival is a celebration and a call to action. With a special exhibition that tackles an important issue for Vancouver’s art scene, the focus of the Crawl is on the spaces that make the neighbourhood a vibrant community for artists.

Displacement is the central theme of this year’s Crawl and the name of the special exhibition now on display at multiple venues, including Alternatives Gallery. This salon-style exhibition features works by artists who have faced the challenges of eviction or found ways to survive displacement.

The exhibit includes paintings, sculptures, glassworks and other mediums. Some works deal directly with the themes of displacement and eviction. Others represent the range of art the city is losing because artists lack places to work. The display at Alternatives features works by: Jeff Burnette, Chantal Cardinal, Rojia Dadashzadeh/Allison Hardy/Heather Craig/Monic McGarry, Espiritu Design Studio, Lee Gerlach, Claudine Gévry, George Rammell, and Connie Sabo.

Alternative Creations Studio is dedicated to providing the space and opportunity for people with developmental disabilities to share their creativity. Being part of the East Van neighbourhood has provided opportunities to develop new relationships and partnerships within the community. As a Community Affiliate of the Eastside Culture Crawl, Alternatives is proud to welcome art lovers and curious guests into the studio for a closer look at what the artists are up to.

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More information on the Eastside Culture Crawl website

A Handmade Assembly

A pair of hands using scissors to cut out an images of scissors from a sheet of paper with multiple illustrations of scissors

A Handmade Assembly is a community event that brings together artists, curators, and others from the region and beyond to lead discussions, facilitate workshops, initiate projects, open exhibitions, and share in a common thread—the handmade. A Handmade Assembly is organized collaboratively by the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre with the support of the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Now in its ninth year, the Assembly is a response to the significant number of artists who have in recent years been using materials and processes that are laborious, often intimate, and usually associated with traditional craft methods. In the process, Sackville has become a centre for the appreciation of the handmade in contemporary culture and a venue for artists to discuss their practices and make new and necessary networks.

The Assembly interprets the ‘handmade’ in the widest terms, embracing interdisciplinarity and wide-ranging critical inquiry. Artists as diverse as Karen Reimer, Jerry Ropson, Séripop, Ray Fenwick, Sandy Plotnikoff, Janet Morton, Yoko Homareda, Daniel Barrow, Graeme Patterson, and others have participated. Curators, academics, and writers including Mireille Eagan, John Murchie, Sarah Quinton, Jayne Wark, Janine Rogers and Danielle Hogan have also participated, offering their reflections on the handmade in contemporary practice at a wrap-up session on the last night of the proceedings. Another important component of the Assembly is the Heart & Pocket Revue, a crafters market supported by artists and crafters from Sackville and around the region.

We are excited to present A Handmade Assembly for the 9th time in Sackville, New Brunswick. We hope you can join us.

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Organizing Committee:
Colleen Coco Collins
Emily Falvey
Amanda Fauteux
Todd Fraser
Adriana Kuiper
Lucy MacDonald
Jerry Ropson
Rachel Thornton

Body Farm

Illustration from Body Farm by Valentin Brown

About Body Farm
Is that a mushroom, or his “peen”? Is that a pile of leaves or a pile of bones? Is that the “trunk” of the body? Valentin Brown queers the human body by combining it with forms from nature to create what he calls “soft body horror”—a mythology of monsters that describe his story. Valentin’s story sits at a largely neglected intersection: he is an autistic, trans man who inherited a complicated history of intergenerational trauma. His grotesque guardians express how he makes meaning, through a gaze that is queer, trauma-informed, and on the spectrum.

Through the many eyes (or lack thereof) in the “soft body horror” world, which worms its way to you through the Body Farm, Valentin reframes the loneliness, disquiet, and grief that result from the tangled intersecting parts of who he is. This way of seeing embraces the in-between places, and the places outside the scales on which he has been taught to place importance and meaning. “Soft body horror” gives Valentin space to begin re-experiencing his story in bits and pieces, in a greater context of awe, humour, and hope.

About Valentin Brown
Valentin lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario and is a graduate of the Visual and Creative Arts program at Sheridan College. He has exhibited in group shows at Sheridan College, at the Durham Art Gallery, and in Art Spin Toronto’s 2018 project “Holding Patterns.” In 2019, he was awarded Tangled Art + Disability’s Won Lee Fellowship, and the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency. “Body Farm” is Valentin’s first solo exhibition.

This work was produced with the support of the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency and Steel City Studio.

More information on the Tangled Art + Disability website
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Launchpad 3.0 – Drawing Power

A person holding a large colourful rug against a white background, with "Drawing Power" in red letters across the image

Join us in celebrating our artists’ works before they travel to the Tracing Possibilities Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico! Launchpad 3.0 is a great opportunity to view the artwork being showcased in the Drawing Power exhibition, as well as meet the artists’ behind the work.

Drawing Power brings together ten recent works by artists working at Indefinite Arts Centre. Through reflections on landscape, popular culture, and symbols of power, this exhibition investigates the power of breaking down hierarchies and calling forward meaningful values.

Drawing Power features new work by Rene Boyer, Andrew Harding, Rachel Harding, Gwyn Howell, Donald Greenough, Roby King, Brad McCaull, Susie Meredith, Kristen Smith, and Amanda Varty.

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Art Show & Sale

Promo image for "The Willow Arts Community Art Show and Sale" featuring a painting by Amanda Plante

The Willow presents Art Show & Sale, featuring the work of Sarah Schulz, Lisa Forstinger & Amanda Plante.

Support emerging artists living with mental illness/substance use. Featured artists set and receive 100% of their sale price. An additional 15% has been added to this price to support the membership at Willow Arts Community.

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Sarah Schulz is the artist behind Rising to the Depth and Detailed Renditions. Born and raised in the Niagara Region, she is primarily self-taught and has been an avid creator since childhood. Sarah officially started her professional career as an artist in 2013 through her business Detailed Renditions which concentrates on commissioned realistic portraits in coloured pencil. After a successful placement as an Artist in Residence through the Willow Arts Community, Sarah shifted her focus to personal exploration of themes surrounding mental health and recovery and began an additional arts practice called Rising to the Depth. (R2D). Sarah now works primarily with Acrylics and Mixed Media but continues to pursue dry media technique through daily art journaling – a very important part of her creative process and recovery.

Through her artwork Sarah strives to:

  • Provide other individuals with lived experience visual proof that they are not alone;
  • Extend to individuals without experience a visual depiction of some of what individuals struggling with mental health, trauma and dissociation are dealing with and,
  • Foster connection, understanding and deepen compassion surrounding these often alienating experiences.
  • Sarah’s creative process integrates what she finds easy to create professionally (detail) with what can be difficult to demonstrate artistically (emotion). Her work can be found on social media @Rising2theDepth and @DetailedRenditions.

Lisa Forstinger is a self-taught artist, born and raised in the Niagara Region. She has been drawing and exploring her creativity since she was a child. Her focus as an adult has been illustrating with ink, balancing the many lines and details of her ink drawings with playful splashes of colour. Lisa has used her ability to draw and create things as a way to cope and heal along her mental health journey. These themes of mental health can be seen throughout her work, as she often processes difficult emotions by expressing them in some form of self-portrait. Lisa also has a passion for fibre arts, and is talented at knitting, sewing, and hand-embroidery. Her pen and ink illustrations were featured publicly for the first time in the Fall 2018 program for the Willow Arts Community. Since then, Lisa has continued to learn and grow as an artist through Willow’s professional arts training program. In the past few months, Lisa has adapted her artistic approach due to limitations in her battle with Lyme Disease. This unexpected process of evolution has proven significant to her growth as an artist. In pursuit of her passion, she has learned to replicate her style of hand illustrations in a digital, more accessible format and is now considering a career as a digital/graphic artist. To see more of her work, follow @lisa4stinger.art on Instagram.

Amanda Plante has lived in Thunder Bay her whole life and has moved here to St. Catharines very recently. Art has been a huge part of her life. After graduating from High school, she took multimedia production in hopes to be a 3D artist or a graphics designer, but found out sitting at a desk was not good for her mental health. Then went to school for culinary, and became a cake decorator/ baker. Baker by day, artist by night. Still new to the professional world of art, She have only recently had a piece featured at the piece of mind show displayed at the NAC. Before her move here in St. Catharines, she had pieces displayed and sold at a bakery called Sweet Escape back in Thunder Bay. She is both a traditional and digital painter, focusing on portraits and semi realism/ abstract realism. Her weapon of choice is between digital art and acrylics. Fascinated by the way we as humans display emotions through our bodies and features, Amanda portrays movement and emotion with paint. A simple stance or look can mean so much. Colour and figurism is something she always loves to explore on the canvas.

Expressions: The 4th Art Show

Flyer for "Expressions: The 4th Art Show" presented by the Addus Creative Collective with a painting of a face with open mouth and teeth, and "Expressions" in black hand lettering against a yellow streak

Returning for its 4th year, the art show has become a much-anticipated gathering for art-lovers of the Addus community and beyond. “Expressions” features over 30 original works by artists of the Addus creative collective, including paintings, ceramics, photography and more.

Admission to this event is free, and all proceeds go to support the artists with developmental disabilities at Addus.

  • Meet the artists.
  • Visit the shop for greeting cards, t-shirts, tote bags, and other products inspired by the creative collective.
  • A silent auction will be held.

More information on the Addus website


Promo image for "Cool Arts presents Layers" with white text over a background of a painting in reds, blues and yellows

The FINA Art Gallery (1148 Research Road, UBCO) will host the third annual exhibition in partnership with Cool Arts Society in their gallery space this fall. The exhibition, Layers, will run from September 30 thru to October 11 with an opening reception held in the same space on October 4 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. The exhibition and reception are free of charge to attend and will celebrate work by adult artists living with developmental disabilities in the Central Okanagan.

Layers aims to introduce more disability and outsider art to the general public. Though there are many gifted animators, sculptors, and fibre artists living with disabilities in the Okanagan, too often their work is considered amateur or unprofessional. With the increased popularity of the disability and outsider art movements around the world, Layers attempts to bring more visibility to the work created by artists who have traditionally been on the fringes of the art world. All work is representative of each individual artist, with video animations, wall hangings, and yarn-bombed furniture featured in the exhibition.

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O is for Orange

Fresh and dried oranges on a table beside two puzzle pieces; one is orange with a yellow O and the other reads "O is for orange" with an illustration orange with branch

‘O is for Orange’ showcases a collaborative meditation on the skin of the fruit body, through the act of peeling. To contemplate the aspect of touch in care work, the multiethnic orange body is chosen for how it gets held and peeled. For how its shape reminds the hands to create for it an enclosure, a coop. The relationship between the hands and the orange then forms a skin to skin relationship.

Now, there isn’t a hierarchy when we speak of touch, but perhaps one does emerge when we hold. Is the skin the protector or are the hands, as they unravel it? A group of care-workers and parents lend their voices and perspectives on care, comfort and control.

*An art & social practice initiative, in collaboration with posAbilities.

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Making Mad: How Expressions of Vulnerability Connect Us

A person wearing a backpack sprawled facedown on the red floor of a streetcar. Image from Devastation Portraits by Alison Crouse.

Featured Artists: Alison Crouse, Peter Dillman, Esmond Lee, Ben McCarthy & SpekWork, Sarah Trad and Véronique Vallières. Curated by Claudette Abrams.

Through humour and pathos, the artists in Making Mad explore the ways in which depictions of vulnerability in their work resonate on a human scale. Deep-diving into personal touchstones that go beyond the individual, these works relate in poignant and absurd ways to our condition as a collective of fallible, temporal beings.

Vulnerability is rarely associated with courage, yet it is central to survival. Happiness and contentment require little consideration—fitting well within our expectations and ideals—yet pain and uncertainty seem to demand justification in order to understand their purpose and meaning (especially in the absence of any explanation).

The artists in Making Mad unapologetically take cues from their own misgivings to draw attention to our universal susceptibility to harm. They attempt to debunk stigma equated with weakness, shame and isolation, to embrace the compassion, intimacy and intensity of the ways in which vulnerability teaches us to live with an awareness of the likelihood of change.

Image from Devastation Portraits by Alison Crouse.

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