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143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville ON L1C 3K8 (Hwy 401 to Liberty Street in Bowmanville, Liberty to Baseline, E on Baseline to Simpson, N on Simpson to Soper Creek Park)
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Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
Jul 16-Aug 13, 2017 | opening reception Sun 16 Jul, 2-4pm:
Frances Ferdinands: Connective Threads brings together many past and recent painting projects for the first time. For three decades, Frances Ferdinands' paintings have explored food, cultural belonging, difference, and women in society. She incorporates elements of her Sri Lankan heritage and touches on themes related to colonialism, cultural identity and migration. As an accomplished painter, Ferdinands creates works that are sometimes ironic, allegorical or witty. She merges popular culture and art history with the world around her, and in so doing, heightens the discontinuities of life in Canada ... more
Frances Ferdinands: Connective Threads brings together many past and recent painting projects for the first time. For three decades, Frances Ferdinands' paintings have explored food, cultural belonging, difference, and women in society. She incorporates elements of her Sri Lankan heritage and touches on themes related to colonialism, cultural identity and migration. As an accomplished painter, Ferdinands creates works that are sometimes ironic, allegorical or witty. She merges popular culture and art history with the world around her, and in so doing, heightens the discontinuities of life in Canada.
Sir Lankan-born, Canadian-trained artist Frances Ferdinands has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Paris, Bogota, Honolulu, the continental U.S. and across Canada. Her work is found in corporate, private and public collections including the Royal Ontario Museum, the Judith & Norman Alix Gallery, and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Her paintings are featured in two art books: Rethinking Acrylic, and Acrylic Innovation: 60 Visionary Artists. Originally from Toronto, Ferdinands currently lives and has her studio east of Toronto in the Northumberland Hills. Recently the artist was the winner of the Royal Canadian Mint Competition to design the 2017 Diwali Commemorative Coin.
Sep 3-Oct 1, 2017 | opening reception Sun 3 Sep, 2-4pm:
Coming of Age: Mary Kainer, Ramune Luminaire, Judith A. Mason.
Coming of Age, as exhibition, reflects the deeply ambivalent social and personal perceptions of aging. Are the senior years a time of completion, reflection and serenity, or of impoverishment, loss and sorrow? Whether glorified or disparaged, aging is buried under a heap of preconceived ideas. Three accomplished female multi-media artists, Mary Kainer, Ramune Luminaire, and Judith A. Mason, each hovering around her 60th year, excavate this messy terrain. They consider age not only as a biological fact, but a cultural – and gendered – one.
Kainer's banner-like quirky mixed-media drawings combine data, collage, biomorphic forms and text. They address a range of health issues for the elderly: dementia, diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis and vision loss. In them, she confronts the related over-prescription for geriatric, oft ill-defined illnesses and draws attention to individual experiences of deprivation that challenge the formation of existing societal myths around aging. Her accompanying figurative sculptures twist and reach, achingly passionate in their struggle.
A larger than life-sized female form by Luminaire pirouettes and arches her naked body with abandonment as she defies the disparaging descriptive words on the pedestal beneath used, at times, to describe the aging woman. Across the gallery, her floor-to-ceiling full-wall wooden game board – replicating Snakes and Ladders – plays out in surreal drawings an enticing, chaotic game for the over-60s: fall in love, long hospital stay, travel to see Taj Mahal, Alzheimer's!
Mason's evocative, vibrantly rich abstract paintings and mythological drawings combine in triptych form to tell of the not-easily-articulated interior life of the older woman. These triptychs and the accompanying group of felted marionette-like figures restage her original ground – the psychic, physical and material space/places from which her feelings, sensations and sense of self emerged. Her evolving experiences of her familial intimate relationships as content are then exposed as she circumnavigates the terrain through these works (including an opening performance) showing collapse, emptiness, starkness, storms, pleasure, pressure and release.
The three, as generative makers, combine efforts in an attic installation where the detritus of their creative lives is reformed into seductive heaps of objects and materials exposed or partially hidden as memory boxes or illusive reminiscences. A contemporary triad of witches, they hover over a cauldron: oh, let the moment come when I may give myself over entirely to... to what? To art? To life? ... more
Coming of Age: Mary Kainer, Ramune Luminaire, Judith A. Mason.

Coming of Age, as exhibition, reflects the deeply ambivalent social and personal perceptions of aging. Are the senior years a time of completion, reflection and serenity, or of impoverishment, loss and sorrow? Whether glorified or disparaged, aging is buried under a heap of preconceived ideas. Three accomplished female multi-media artists, Mary Kainer, Ramune Luminaire, and Judith A. Mason, each hovering around her 60th year, excavate this messy terrain. They consider age not only as a biological fact, but a cultural – and gendered – one.

Kainer's banner-like quirky mixed-media drawings combine data, collage, biomorphic forms and text. They address a range of health issues for the elderly: dementia, diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis and vision loss. In them, she confronts the related over-prescription for geriatric, oft ill-defined illnesses and draws attention to individual experiences of deprivation that challenge the formation of existing societal myths around aging. Her accompanying figurative sculptures twist and reach, achingly passionate in their struggle.

A larger than life-sized female form by Luminaire pirouettes and arches her naked body with abandonment as she defies the disparaging descriptive words on the pedestal beneath used, at times, to describe the aging woman. Across the gallery, her floor-to-ceiling full-wall wooden game board – replicating Snakes and Ladders – plays out in surreal drawings an enticing, chaotic game for the over-60s: fall in love, long hospital stay, travel to see Taj Mahal, Alzheimer's!

Mason's evocative, vibrantly rich abstract paintings and mythological drawings combine in triptych form to tell of the not-easily-articulated interior life of the older woman. These triptychs and the accompanying group of felted marionette-like figures restage her original ground – the psychic, physical and material space/places from which her feelings, sensations and sense of self emerged. Her evolving experiences of her familial intimate relationships as content are then exposed as she circumnavigates the terrain through these works (including an opening performance) showing collapse, emptiness, starkness, storms, pleasure, pressure and release.

The three, as generative makers, combine efforts in an attic installation where the detritus of their creative lives is reformed into seductive heaps of objects and materials exposed or partially hidden as memory boxes or illusive reminiscences. A contemporary triad of witches, they hover over a cauldron: oh, let the moment come when I may give myself over entirely to... to what? To art? To life?
VAC Town Hall exhibitions, 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville ... more
VAC Town Hall exhibitions, 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville –
Jul-Aug 2017:
Greenbelt Photo Contest (Main Gallery) ... more
Greenbelt Photo Contest (Main Gallery).
Sep 2017:
Pete Smith. (Main Gallery) ... more
Pete Smith. (Main Gallery).
Jul-Sep 2017:
Angela Harris (Showcase) ... more
Angela Harris (Showcase).
(See also Community Courses – click here) ... more
(See also Community Courses – click here).