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May 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
On Friday, May 3rd , 2019, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM we invite you to the opening reception of three new exhibitions at the Craft Council Gallery: in our main space Woven Woods by Lorraine Roy (BC) & In Our Hands by Wendy Shirran – This two-woman show combines the textile mandalas of Lorraine Roy and ceramic vessels by Wendy Shirran–both with a message of interconnectedness and consequence. In the Annex gallery Ice Flows by Clare Fowler, presents sealskin locked together with thread forms and evocative, suspended landscape, hovering in the gallery like ice on water The Opening Reception takes place at the Craft Council Gallery, 275 Duckworth Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.
In Woven Woods, Roy brings to our attention the life network found in the macro and microcosm of trees through her quilted wall hangings. Patterns on the circular quilts represent eternity, and are found throughout nature–even in a tiny spore. In Our Hands explores how we create, maintain and appreciate our province’s culture. Shirran uses imagery, texture and surface treatments as communication on her hand-made porcelain vessels. Wendy Shirran is a St. John’s based ceramic artist and Lorraine Roy is a textile artist based in Dundas, Ontario.
Clare Fowler says, “whenever I handle sealskin I am taken to that place where I am viscerally aware of how the ice flows impact my place…our place.” Growing up on Bell Island, Fowler recalls the impact of the ice floes on daily life–being isolated, the near empty grocery store shelves and the lack of mail delivery. Seals and sealing were equally impacted. Fowler uses quilting techniques to create lace-like compositions featuring sealskin that articulate our place, people and psyche. The audience moves through a delicate and beautiful landscape of suspended quilted sealskin, tracing a path through the “ice floes”. Clare Fowler is a St. John’s based textile artist seeking to maximize usage of seal fur.
Exhibitions run May 3rd – June 7th