Event Category: Exhibition

Spring – Free from Stigma

Promo image for Spring - Free From Stigma with original artwork by Romeo Valentine in green, orange, brown and black

This exhibition represents the work of 70 artists with lived experience of mental health/addictions who participated in our Spring 2019 multi-disciplinary Arts Training Season and Open Studio. This is made possible by our celebrated partnership with Rodman Hall Art Centre and Workman Arts, venue sponsors at Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) and Suitcase in Point Theatre Company, provincial and municipal grants, and generous donations made by our supporters, audience, friends, and families.

Please note: There will be adult themes explored and language used during the live performances.

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Journey / Identity

A painting in reds, blues and browns by Sarah Schulz and a paintin gin whites and greys by Colleen McTigue, with "Journey/Identity: August 17-30, 2019" in white block letters with a diagonal line across the middle

Colleen McTigue lives and works in St. Catharines. She has been a member of the Willow Arts Community since June 2018. Primarily self-taught, she began pursuing visual arts in March of 2018 as a way of filling time due to being on disability leave for major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Since joining the Willow, she has explored a number of different styles and mediums, and has increased her skill and confidence as an artist. Her art often explores LGBT issues through a social justice lens, although she also explores the beauty of nature and sometimes combines the two.

Sarah Schulz is primarily a self-taught artist, born and raised in the Niagara Region. Currently she divides her focus between professional commissioned portraits and a personal exploration of themes surrounding mental health and recovery.

In this series, Sarah strives to integrate what she finds easy to create professionally (detail) with what is often difficult to demonstrate artistically (emotion). Her focus was to portray the fragmentation of mind, body, and heart that often occurs as a result of trauma and deep internal struggle. “Pathway Through the Fracture” encourages an understanding of the ability to accept what we label as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ qualities of our “self” without trying to pass judgement, separate, or remove one from the other; to see that both are often intrinsically linked.

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Period of Adjustment

Close up of a woman's open mouth - she is holding a dental flossing pick against a pale blue background

Working primarily in sculpture and performance, Carrie Perreault balances resistance and restraint in onerous actions that recount long-term precarity. In making her work, she expends great effort to achieve minimal results. This isn’t about labour; she prioritizes process to reflect on systems of abuse and their connection to emotional and psychological experiences. Through gestural, often repetitive acts and narratives that resist closure, she alludes to complex trauma and its residual effects. By exploring, in a visceral way, failures, vulnerabilities, and the limits of her body, Perreault makes viewers keenly aware of their own.

Presented as part of Niagara Artists Centre’s Homecoming Series.

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Carrie Perreault is an artist based in Toronto and New York. Her work has been included in exhibitions and projects at Idea Exchange, Cambridge Galleries, curated by Iga Janik (2019); Deathnastics, as part of Gymsick, curated by Hazel Meyer and Lucy Pawlak, Toronto (2018); Hamilton Biennale (2017); Strange Beauty, Tangled Arts +Disability Festival, Toronto (2015); Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei (2014). Perreault has been awarded residencies at Open Studio (Toronto), The Banff Centre and Taipei Artist Village.


A row of framed artwork (record covers with records) on the floor against a white tiled wall with a yellow stepladder in the foreground

RE:RECORD is the latest collaboration between Cool Arts member artists and art educator, Shimshon Obadia. In this project, artists listened to dozens of vinyl records donated by Milkcrate Records. Once a favourite album was picked, each artist undertook a guided artistic journey with Obadia to bring their individual interpretation of the music to life. The result is a stunning series of re-imagined album art, re-bound as if re-recorded yesterday. RE:RECORD endeavours to share the powerfully unique perspectives each of the artists involved in this project has on these well known tunes; taking a new look at some old music. All art will be marked for sale and the art will remain on display through July and August at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

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Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario

A burlap sack with a purple tree and roots, with "Eugenics" across the tree in yellow and "Table Potatoes: Guelph, Ontario, 100 LBS" in red along the top and the bottom of the sack

Into the Light examines local histories and ongoing legacies of racial “betterment” thinking in Southern Ontario that de-humanized and disappeared those who did not fit the normative middle-class lives of white, able-bodied settlers.

In the early to mid 20th century, eugenics (race improvement through heredity) was taught and practiced in a number of universities throughout Southern Ontario, including Macdonald Institute and the Ontario Agricultural College, two of the three founding colleges that formed the University of Guelph. Educational institutions played a significant role in the eugenics movement by perpetuating destructive ideas that targeted Indigenous, Black, and other racialized populations, poor, and disabled people for segregation in institutions, cultural assimilation and sterilization.

While eugenics sought to eradicate those deemed as “unfit,” this exhibition centres the voices of members of affected communities who continue to work to prevent institutional brutality, oppose colonialism, reject ableism, and foster social justice.

Into the Light is co-curated by Mona Stonefish, Peter Park, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Evadne Kelly, Seika Boye and Sky Stonefish. This exhibition of artistic, sensory, and material expressions of memory aims to bring one of Guelph’s dark secrets, as well as stories of survival, out of the shadows and into the light.

In Conversation: Eugenics Retold
Saturday, October 26 – 2 PM – Civic Museum – Free admission

A conversation among eugenics activists and Into the Light co-creators and co-curators Mona Stonefish, Peter Park, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Evadne Kelly, Seika Boye and Sky Stonefish, who work to prevent institutional brutality, colonialism, ableism, and social injustice. The conversation event will have ASL Interpretation and CART Live Captioning.

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Tickets are available in-person at the Guelph Civic Museum. General admission is $6.00/person, and entry to this exhibition is included with the cost of general admission.

INCLUSION Art Show & Sale

A table displaying a variety of hand-painted ceramics in different colours and styles

posAbilities is proud to present its 15th Annual INCLUSION Art Show & Sale. October is Community Inclusion month in BC and we welcome you to join us for BC’s largest disability art show! This year, the show features:

  • 150+ artists with diverse abilities
  • Individual pieces and collections of photography, paintings, illustrations, pottery, glasswork, jewelry, fabric art and more will be exhibited and for sale
  • Live art demonstrations

Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome.

More information on the INCLUSION Art Show & Sale website

2 Exhibition

A geometric painting in oranges, reds, greens and blues with yellow circles

Cool Arts Society is partnering with The Portland Art & Learning Studio (PALS), based in Portland, Oregon, to celebrate work created by artists living with developmental disabilities. Both studios will host simultaneous receptions to mark the opening of the exhibition 2. Both exhibitions will feature art by individuals from both studios. The Cool Arts-hosted opening will take place on Sunday, June 30 at 12pm – 3pm at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, where a live-stream of the simultaneous PALS opening will be shared with those in attendance.

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A Museum for Future Fossils + Broad Topics

A large piece of crumpled grayish paper against a white background

Join us Friday, June 7 at the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre for:
An artist talk by Abedar Kamgari from 3-4pm
A Museum for Future Fossils’ Open House from 4-6pm
And a series of screenings presented by LOMAA

A Museum for Future Fossils is a series of events and projects, including exhibitions, a workshop, and a graduate summer school, bringing together a key group of people working on museums, contemporary art, the Anthropocene, and climate change. Since June 1, graduate students participating in the MFFF project have been using the Artlab as a laboratory and meeting place. This exhibition is a living archive of the discussions and learning taking place as they consider the transnational implications of ecological crises – and art worlds – that cross borders and Indigenous lands and waters.

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Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Writing Landscape, One-Channel Video, 4:15 minutes, 2010
Abedar Kamgari, Finding words for the feeling (The Walk Home), Two-Channel Video, 30 minutes, 2016
Aislinn Thomas, MOUNTAINS USED TO BE UGLY, Video, 36 minutes 40 seconds, 2018.

Home Made Visible – Whitehorse

A photo illustration on a magenta background, with cutouts from vintage photos of a person wearing glasses, a person in a hat and plaid shirt, a hockey team, and a person leaning against a vintage car, all with pale yellow outliness and light blue squiggly lines behind them. "Home Made Visible" is in the centre in white lettering with a dark grey drop shadow.

Indigenous, Black and People of Colour communities are disproportionately underrepresented in all media. How do past images unearthed from personal and institutional archives come to shape new stories? The Home Made Visible tour brings a personal lens to Indigenous and visible minority archives through FREE exhibitions, screenings, and workshops in libraries across Canada. Visit HomeMadeVisible.ca/Tour

Learn more about the artists at homemadevisible.ca/artists

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