Friday, April 6: Members Show
Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina Street South, Waterloo
Members of Button Factory Arts, the uptown Waterloo community arts space, hold their annual show. “Awaken yourself to new growth this spring,” says Heather Franklin, the executive director. “Create and explore in all kinds of media, attend a gallery opening, come to an artists’ talk, meet your community and be inspired…” [buttonfactoryarts.ca]
Saturday, April 7: Irene Frolic (RCA)
7:30 – 8pm Artist Talk
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, 25 Caroline Street North, Waterloo
Irene Frolic, one of Canada’s most respected glass artists, speaks about her body of work and career. Frolic has been creating glass sculptures for 30 years and her work is exhibited internationally in many public and private collections. Frolic is one of six acclaimed artists in the upcoming exhibition, Then, Now and Next, opening Sunday, April 8. [Facebook]
Sunday, April 8: Mira Wasilewska | Reflections (KWSA Spring Exhibition)
1-4pm Artist Talk and Tour Drop-in
Homer Watson House & Gallery, 1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener
The work of Mira Wasilewska, 2017 winner of the Curator’s Choice award, will be featured as this year’s KWSA solo artist in her exhibit Reflections. Mira is a realist painter that focuses on creating the illusion of three dimensional objects onto a two dimensional surface, leaving her finished work room to breathe and adapt to the viewer’s interpretation. [homerwatson.on.ca]
Join us April 8 at 2 p.m. for the opening reception of our 25th anniversary exhibition, Then, Now and Next. This show features six acclaimed Canadian artists, Samantha Dickie, Susan Edgerley, Irene Frolic, Zachari Logan, Audie Murray, and Peter Powning. This exhibition celebrates artists making their mark in contemporary ceramics and glass. @samantha.dickie.studio @susanedgerley1 @zachari_logan @pandaodds #ccgg25 #canadianartist @explorewaterlooregion @uptownwaterloo #contemporaryart #contemporaryglass #contemporaryceramics
Sunday, April 8: Then, Now and Next
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, 25 Caroline Street North, Waterloo
Sheila McMath curates this exhibition of six acclaimed Canadian artists at different points in their careers. Established artists Susan Edgerley and Irene Frolic both participated in the gallery’s inaugural exhibition, and deliberately use the literal fragility and delicacy of glass to explore “the ethereal qualities of life”, the human condition, and the natural world itself. These poetic qualities are echoed in the work of the other artists:
- Peter Powning’s “elemental” approach to ceramic, glass, stone and bronze
- The “quiet power” Samantha Dickie imposes through her “immersive” ceramic installations
- The intricacy of Zachari Logan’s “meditative” ceramic flowers
- The “fragility and resilience” of Métis artist Audie Murray’s floral bead work.
Thursday, April 12: MFA Thesis I (Eryn O’Neill, Tess Martens)
University of Waterloo Art Gallery, 263 Phillip St, Waterloo
GALLERY ONE: RESTRICTIONS OF ROUTINE. Inspired by Eryn O’Neill’s “co-dependant” relationship with running and painting, this series of paintings looks at our visual connection with the complex systems of the city. Urban spaces are in a continuous state of flux, under constant construction that makes it difficult to navigate once familiar streets, particularly for pedestrians. The paintings are the product of months of repetitive outings, in all conditions, to gather enough information to create sensory charged paintings that suggest figures navigating unsettled environments.
GALLERY TWO: 1, 2, 3, 4: spoken word performances by Tess Martens.
- Thursday, April 12, 5-8 pm: Announce It!
- Saturday, April 14, 1-4 pm: A Second Hand Emotion
- Saturday, April 21, 1-4 pm: Slow Change
- Saturday, April 28, 1-4 pm: Portrait-Self-Portrait
Monday, April 16: Projects Review: Questioning the _____
Design at Riverside Gallery, 7 Melville Street South, Cambridge
The gallery’s annual Projects Review exhibition celebrates Waterloo Architecture’s 50th anniversary by integrating with the exhibition Questioning the Canon. Featuring graduate and undergraduate projects from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, elements of the exhibition critically question the environment we live in. [ideaexchange.org]
Friday, April 20: Thinner Skin, Thicker Hide
Queen’s Square Gallery, 1 North Square, Cambridge
Artist duo DaveandJenn kick off an exploration of the weird and the wonderful through sculpture and installation. Through their organic-seeming, tactile work in bronze, plaster, plastic and resin, the artists “focus on the shifting boundaries between the real and the imagined in everyday life and how these can distort our sense of ourselves, of others, and of the world around us.” [ideaexchange.org]
Sunday, April 22: Expressions 43 (Recalibrate)
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 101 Queen Street North, Kitchener
This annual exhibition of student work was made by students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 also includes work from KWAG’s Permanent Collection, “highlighting the way art expresses the ideas of the past, present, and future.” Also part of the exhibition is the installation “RE:”, which showcases the collaboration between artist-in-residence Catherine Mellinger and local students. [kwag.ca]
KW & Area Visual Arts News
Special Earth Day roundup:
- April (all month): The City of Kitchener is offering supplies and support for groups who clean up a park or public space in the month of April.
- Friday, April 20, 2pm: If you’re short on time, consider joining the 20-minute makeover, where individuals and businesses do a quick cleanup outside of their home or workplace. Register your group for supplies and support from the city of Kitchener.
- Saturday, April 21, 12:30 – 8:00 pm: The businesses at Regina Street Commons i uptown Waterloo will host their second Earth Day Festival “Connected.” [Facebook]
- Saturday, April 28, 1-4 pm: Kiwanis Park hosts a family-friendly Earth Day event with a live birds of prey show featuring the Canadian Raptor Conservatory, as well as kids activities and native tree planting. [City of Kitchener]
- More kids activities at the Waterloo Public Library,
Kitchener artist Meghan Sims has designed the coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. [CBC]
Artist Meghan Sims, @paintingmeg, says she’s very proud of how her design for #CNIB100 is now featured on a new fine silver coin and bronze medallion set from the @CanadianMint pic.twitter.com/8qbcdBcEI9
— Royal Canadian Mint (@CanadianMint) March 21, 2018
KWAG is hosting The Big Bang, its annual after-dark party on Saturday, April 7, with installations from local artists Charlena Russell and Bernie Rohde. Tickets are $25 plus HST (19+) and the festivities go from 8pm to 12am. [kwag.ca]
Button Factory Arts is hosting a secondhand art fundraiser, “Owner of the Lonely Art” (OOTLA) on Tuesday, April 27, from 7-10 pm. [buttonfactoryarts.ca]
The Clay and Glass Gallery’s Empty Bowls event in support of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region takes place on Thursday, May 17th, with both a lunch (12-2pm) and dinner (4:30-6:30pm) option. Tickets are on sale now at $50 each and include a handmade soup bowl, gourmet soups and fresh bread (wine and beverages extra). [theclayandglass.com]
The City of Waterloo’s annual cash grant program has been allocated for 2018. The program allows volunteer groups and nonprofits to put on all sorts of activities for the city’s residents, from festivals to sports. This year, $36,080 has been allocated to arts and culture, and $16,350 to community festivals. The program awarded a total of $68,000. Applications for 2019 will be available on the city’s website in mid-October. [waterloo.ca]
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