The opening reception of a show is the perfect event for art lovers: you can spend time just thinking about and discussing art; the artists are on hand to answer questions; and it’s low-key enough that you can stop in for a half hour or so, check out the art and continue with your day.
September 2017 brings us shows about nature and conservation, heritage and photography, snapshots in time and painting, and a highly conceptual and collaborative exhibition. Send info on upcoming art openings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, September 17: Hidden Valley Revealed
2pm – 4pm
Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener
Hidden Valley Revealed is a juried exhibition honouring the late painter and environmentalist Daphne Nicholls, who fought for the environmental protections surrounding the residential areas and green space of Hidden Valley, Kitchener near Fairview Mall. Artists explore this “unspoiled gem of spectacular diversity” through an array of media celebrating the beauty of the landscape and its wildlife.
The exhibition is open from September 16 to October 22, 2017.
Thursday, September 21: Now/Then Youth Photography Project
7pm – 8pm
Waterloo Public Library, 35 Albert St, Waterloo
Seven photographers, ages 10 to 17, draw from local history archives and their own contemporary experience to examine Uptown Waterloo landmarks in the past and present. “In this journey into the past these young artists have compared landmarks as they have changed or endured, developing a greater appreciation for their surroundings in the process.” Meet the young artists and their mentor photographer, Jason Panda.
Saturday, September 23: Attitude
2pm – 4pm
Uptown Gallery, 75 King Street S, Waterloo
Featured artists Sanela Dizdar, Mary Guillaume and Mary Lou Hiller explore the soul of creativity through paintings and drawings at the Uptown Gallery artist co-operative.
Exhibition runs from September 18 – November 12.
Friday, September 29: Carry Forward with Lisa Myers
7pm – 8pm
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 101 Queen St N, Kitchener
Carry Forward explores ways “value” that isn’t bound up in money or property can change hands between people and generations. Guest curator Lisa Myers brings together artists that work in painting, documentary, installation, video and photography. Myers’s talk about the interdisciplinary project and its inspirations will be followed by the opening reception.
The exhibition runs from September 29, 2017 to January 14, 2018.
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Night/Shift 2017 is getting ready to announce its full lineup of temporary public art installations and performances planned for the November 2-4 festival. The official reveal takes place at an all-ages block party from 6:30-9:30pm on Thursday, September 14 in downtown Kitchener.
The last weekend of September brings us a big showcase of some Waterloo-based artistic talent:
- Friday, September 29 holds the final Final Fridays Art Market of the year, which can be found at the Waterloo Public Square from 6-10pm.
- For the rest of the weekend, the Mary Allen Studio Tour brings together 40+ artists at 18 locations within a 30-minute walk of Uptown Waterloo.
Finally, artist Barbara Hobot will be presenting the finale of her Waterloo Artist-in-Residence project on Saturday, September 30 in Waterloo Park, bringing together drawings and recipes from the community and distributing them in the form of a cookbook.
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