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Sarah Carlson: Perennial Threshold

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Over March Break, we and our partners at Algonquin Provincial Park were fortunate enough to host Sarah Carlson for the Perennial Threshold spring residency. She sent us her description of her time in the park, along with a few pictures of her experience.
Enjoy! 

The wilderness has always brought me great clarity and perspective. Along with a heightened awareness of my surroundings comes increased understanding both of myself as a maker and as a strand in the web of life. Hiking, paddling and climbing are frequent jumping-off points for the conceptual development of my work. Since the diversity of the landscape propels my investigation into human-environment exchanges, I immediately seized the opportunity of being the Perennial Threshold artist in residence at Algonquin Provincial Park.

Going into the Algonquin Art Centre residency, my plan was to cultivate a connection to place and to work on large-scale paintings in preparation for my April solo exhibition in Toronto entitled ReWILDING. This exhibition positions the Canadian Landscape as a site for questioning and (re)imagining relationships between humans and the natural world.

The beautiful yet unpredictable spring weather meant for multiple types of footwear, from snowshoes to traction aids to rain boots.  Hikes and plein air sketches were followed by hours in the studio/cabin translating my experiences onto canvas. I was listening and learning from the trickling creeks, rustling conifers and forest critters. It’s hard not to have multiple “Snow White” moments with birds landing on you and squirrels climbing on you while you’re taking a photograph or painting. I also had the privilege of learning from park naturalists and biologists. These conversations and experiences continue to resonate with me and I am excited for the new directions this residency has inspired!

It was amazing to watch Sarah at work. Her time was so productive she was able to finish some large-scale pieces, which are now on display as part of the ReWilding exhibit at Toronto’s Graven Feather gallery. For a special treat, we were fortunate enough to attend the opening last Friday!

If you’re in the Toronto area before May 1st and cruising around Queen West, we definitely recommend stopping in for the exhibit. These huge canvasses are striking in person, and you get pulled into her otherworldly colours the same way you’re coaxed into the landscape when you’re out in the wild.  Find all the information at Graven Feather’s website!
In the meantime, this was such a successful partnership between Algonquin, Sarah, and the Art Centre that we’re getting more and more excited for our next round of residencies. We can’t wait to get our next one under way, so stay posted!

Perennial Threshold Artist in Residence!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

We’re so excited to announce that we’ve selected an artist for our Spring 2016 residency, Perennial Threshold.! Friends of Algonquin Art Centre and lovers of all things art and nature… meet Sarah Carlson!

Sarah’s an artist from the GTA with a BFA from York University and a close relationship with the outdoors. She’s explored the backcountry in every way you can imagine, from cycling and paddling to hiking and scaling rock walls!
Her work straddles a number of different media including painting, printmaking, repurposed objects, and collage, while combining seemingly disparate techniques like representative portraiture and geometric abstraction. Just now she’s fascinated by mystical encounters between the realms of the human and the wild. Her work treats themes of growth, decay, symbiosis, and regeneration. You can see why she’s a perfect fit for Perennial Threshold!
Just take a look at this composite piece, “Canmore Caribou.”

From March 11th to the 21st, our partners at Algonquin Provincial Park have provided Sarah lodgings at their Clarke Lake cabin. She’ll be able to use that as a base of operations for her explorations, art-making, and the much needed time in the wild that every naturist-creator needs.
Sarah will also be leading activities and demonstrations at the Visitor Centre at various points throughout the week and they’re open to the public. So stay posted for exact dates and times.
In the meantime, congratulations to Sarah. We can’t wait to see what you get up to in this beautiful part of Ontario!

 

A Call for Submissions for the New Season

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Everything’s calming down for the winter up here. We’ve secured our little building in the heart of Algonquin, safe and warm for the season, and last year’s pieces have been shipped off to new homes. It’s a wistful feeling, closing everything down. But it’s also an optimistic one. We’re reflecting on the last year and looking forward to the next one, our new show, and all the things we’re passionate about accomplishing as we move forward.


“Spring Breakup,” David Lidbetter

With these changes and transitions in mind, as well as our new theme of Metamorphosis, we’ve got an announcement we’d like to make. In partnership with Algonquin Provincial Park, we’re sponsoring a spring residency. We’re calling it Perennial Threshold, and we’re looking for artists that want to address themes of continual transitions, be they seasonal, ecological, cultural, environmental, or anything else that might inspire them.
This residency includes lodging at Algonquin’s Clarke Lake Lodge from March 11th to 21st, the chance to spend unbroken time focusing on artistic practice in the park, and arts-outreach opportunities at the Visitor Centre. You can find all of the details and how to apply in the call for submissions: Perennial Threshold Call for Submissions.

We’ll be accepting applications until February 1st. Send your submissions or inquiries to alex@algonquinartcentre.com.
We can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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Announcing Our 2016 Theme

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

It’s been just over a month since we closed our doors on the amazing 2015 season. Since then we’ve been hard at work looking forward and into next year. Now our leadership team, Matt and Joel, have decided on a theme for 2016. We’re proud to announce that theme now…
So without further ado, here’s our introduction to the 2016 season’s show at the Algonquin Art Centre:
Metamorphosis!

 Hilary Clark Cole, “Marsh Mellow”

“All things change. Nothing remains the same.”
Since the philosopher Pythagoras said these famous words over two thousand years ago, artists from all walks of life have explored the concept of metamorphosis, how things change and transform through time.  Their creative efforts have provided us with some of the world’s most iconic works of literature, sculpture, and painting. In addition to its cultural significance, Metamorphosis also represents one of the most familiar and ubiquitous biological processes we know of, leading some thinkers to conclude that life itself is simply a series of metamorphoses.

In light of this concept’s artistic and biological significance, the Algonquin Art Centre has asked its artists to explore the theme of transformation for its 2016 show, Metamorphosis. Selected artists will explore these ideas as they apply to the landscape and wildlife of Algonquin Park and Canada’s protected lands, shedding new light on a rich, venerable, and still vibrant artistic theme.

Season’s End

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Hi friends! Matt and Joel, here…
Our last day of the season was this past Sunday, so we wanted to take a second, regroup, and talk to the people who’ve made this such a great year for us.

Lori Dunn, “Muskoka Morning”

This was our first season at the helm of the Algonquin Art Centre. Starting out, we have to admit were as nervous as we were excited. Embarking on any venture involves risk, uncertainty, unknowns…
It was more effort than we thought possible, and there were considerations we couldn’t imagine before we took over the gallery. That’s how these things work. They stretch you and challenge you, and then you grow. We’re happy to say that from the time we threw open the doors on June 1st to when we closed them on October 18th, we’ve remained just as in love with this place as we ever were.

David Lidbetter, “East Wind”

Ultimately, we have you to thank for all of that. Every time you stepped through the door you reminded us that Algonquin inspires not just love for all the things the park has to offer, but a deep appreciation of the artistic creativity that goes hand-in-hand with its landscape and wildlife. We loved getting to provide some of Canada’s most exciting artists with a platform to showcase their talent, and doing all that in the most beautiful setting we could imagine.
As you can see, this post is full of some very special pieces. They represent just a small selection of the works we’ve sold this year. That tells us one thing: the passion for Canadian art is  alive and well. We’re just grateful that we get the opportunity to be a conduit for this amazing tradition of capturing Canada through art.

Brent Townsend, “Through the Trees”

Even though the season’s over, we’ll still be in touch. We’re going to be featuring interviews with artists and conducting artist’s residencies throughout the off-season. We’re also already busy planning for next year, so stay posted for updates.
But before all that, our first step is to take a few days at the cottage, have a beer or two on the dock in the fall air, and look back on a season well-spent.
Thank you so much for that, and here’s to many more!

Off-Season Artists: Daniel St-Amant

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

It’s been a great season, and we’re starting to wind down for the end of fall. We can’t thank you enough for how amazing 2015′s been!
Just because our doors are closing for winter, that doesn’t mean our passion for showcasing Canadian art is any less. So over the next several months we’ll be posting quick interviews with our artists. It’s a chance for you to explore their personalities and their creative identities a little deeper. Who knows? If you get to know the artist in the wild, you might fall even harder for the work on the wall.

To start us off, you might remember that we announced our Golden Encore Artist’s Residency in partnership with Algonquin Park a few weeks ago. Daniel St-Amant, a  modern surface wildlife painter, will be housed at one of the Park’s lodges form October 14th-21st, giving him some time in the wilderness to work on his craft. He’ll also be conducting artist-demonstrations at both the Algonquin Art Centre and Algonquin Park’s Visitor Centre over the weekend. It’s going to be a great time, and you can find all the information here.
Daniel hails originally from Quebec, went to school in Halifax, and now lives and works in Toronto. Aside from his artistic practice he works in visual effects for film. He’s also just a lovely guy! So without further ado, here’s a bit of our chat with Daniel…

Daniel St-Amant

As someone from French Canada who lived a while in the Maritimes and now operates out of Toronto, you’ve got a lot of Canada in your personal history. What have you taken away from those experiences?
The biggest thing apart from the friendships and life experiences would be the landscapes . It is quite remarkable to think about the diversity you see in the landscapes from the Canadian shield through to the Laurentians and southern Quebec all the way up the east coast.

Your artistic practice is very unique, and also very specific. How’d you arrive at it? Any particular influences?
Throughout my life, and artistic career,  I’ve been privileged to have been surrounded by many talented individuals that both inspired and influenced me.  Teachers like Gerald Ferguson at NSCAD and lengthy conversations with fellow artists helped sculpt my art practice. But I feel my upbringing in rural Quebec particularly influenced me and my body of art as my love and respect of nature ultimately led me to my subject matter.

“Timber Land” Daniel St-Amant

You also work in visual effects for film (which is SUPER-COOL, by the way). How does that line of work influence your painting?
My work in the VFX industry has influenced my art practice quite a bit in terms of my initial sketching techniques and tools that I adopt. I use a lot of digital reference and photography to compose my images in addition to some of the techniques we use in film such as integration, colour adjustments and composition prior to the actual production of my art.

“Red Shoulder 2″ by Daniel St-Amant

It’s great to hear a little bit about the Canadiana that makes Daniel tick, and we can’t wait to get to know him better when he arrives this week. Stay posted for updates and media from the residency, and more interviews as we progress!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Hi all!
It’s the long weekend, we’re at peak foliage, and the weather’s going to be beautiful.
You really can’t stop by at a more perfect time…

Just wanted to let you know we’re open our regular hours, 10am to 5pm every day of the weekend, including holiday Monday.
If you’re in the park for Thanksgiving, we hope to see you!

Manon Labrosse: Gathering Inspiration

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Here’s the next update from our Summer 2015 Creative Residency! This one’s from our visual artist, Manon Labrosse. If you take a look at Manon’s previous work,  you’ll be able to see a current running through her painting that seems to manifest in fascinations with objects within–but set against–the wooded environment.
Read what Manon has to say about her experience and the exciting project she’ll be working on! 

From September 2 to 6, Rhiannon and I had the opportunity to spend some time at the Algonquin Wildlife Research station. Organized through the Algonquin Art Centre, this residency allowed us to experience the park like no one else! Because the station is not open to just anyone in the park, it makes it a unique location for an artist and writer to get inspired by the landscape.

 
The classic Algonquin lake-view

For four days, we were able to get to know the station, the park and the wonderful staff at the research station. We went on guided canoe trips on the surrounding lakes and got a glimpse at the local wildlife. We were also able to enjoy some of the trails around the station, as well as some of the interpretive trails in the park, such as the Big Pine trail and the Centennial Ridges trail.


The view from the Centennial Ridges Trail

And this is how our project will come together. The purpose of this residency was to accumulate experiences in nature. Our job now will be to interpret those experiences through our respective practices. For my part, I was able to make some journal entries and some quick sketches, along with about 280 photos, which will all be used towards the composition of a large format landscape painting of 7 feet by 11 feet.

In the meantime there will also be a series of small studies of all the various colours, textures and shapes, both natural and man-made, that we found in the park’s landscape. If you look at the pictures, you notice neon colours within the green natural landscape, and these come from ribbons and rope, but also from fungus and moss.

It was important for us to take our time and notice the small details in the landscape, to start a dialogue, take notes and a lot of pictures, since the project will come together post residency. We are very excited about the project and will follow up with the Algonquin Art Centre and the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station as it progresses, so stay tuned!

The Golden Encore Artist’s Residency with Daniel St-Amant

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

We have some exciting news!
This October we’re partnering with Algonquin Provincial Park to provide the Golden Encore Artist’s Residency from October 14th to 21st. We’re proud to announce that we’ve chosen Daniel St-Amant to take part in this fantastic experience during one of autumn’s most beautiful times!

Daniel and his work

Daniel originally hails from Sherbrooke, Quebec, and spent time in Halifax at the esteemed Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He eventually landed in Toronto, where he works as a visual effects artist for the film industry.

“The Noble Messenger”

Daniel’s artistic practice represents a blend of wildlife painting and a medium he describes as “modern surface.” He lays his canvasses on road-surfaces in areas of urban traffic or construction, and lets vehicles leave their impressions. Then, in the midst of those urban imprints, he paints wildlife that often seem poised in watchfulness, almost demanding that the viewer engage with them. You can see Daniel’s process here. It’s amazing to watch!

“Tácehubana”

Daniel’s work explores the the way human encroachment, driven by consumption, leaves its impression on the landscape and wildlife around us. His paintings’ sombre but resolute subjects stand out and confront the human gaze, forcing us to acknowledge our place within nature, not above it, no matter what indelible marks we might leave on the landscape.

There are a lot of exciting things planned for this residency!
The “Golden Encore” takes place after the main flush of autumn colours. Once the reds and oranges of the maples have gone to sleep, the blazing yellows of the birches, the poplars, and the tamaracks flame up amid the deep greens of the pines and make for shockingly beautiful views. You can read all about it here.
During this dramatic time of year, Daniel will be staying at a lodge inside Algonquin’s boundaries, on Clark Lake near the East Gate. He’ll get the chance to take in the peaceful setting around the lake, walk in the woods, reflect on his artistic practice, and spend some time on his own projects, some of which may be hanging in the Algonquin Art Centre next season!
Our friends at the park tell us that there’s often a wolf-pack in the area. Being in such close proximity to one of our most magnificent animals can’t help but inspire a wildlife-artist…

Clark Lake
Imagine getting to look out on this view, flushed with yellow amid the howling of the wolves!

Daniel will also be taking part in art-demonstrations that’ll be free and open to the public. On Friday, October 16th, he’ll be at the Algonquin Art Centre. Then on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th he’ll be at the Algonquin Visitor Centre at km 43 on Hwy 60. Each of those days you’ll be able to see Daniel at work from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM, ask him any questions you might have, and just hang out with a compelling artist in an inspiring setting.
Again, that’s all free and open to the public. So come in, see the park at its best, and engage with the creator who’s capturing it!

Congratulations Daniel!
We can’t wait to see what you’ll be working on.

2015 Creative Residencies!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

We hope you’ll join us in congratulating our Creators in Residence for the 2015 Summer Season: Manon Labrosse and Rhiannon Vogl!

The Algonquin Wildlife Research Station will be hosting Manon and Rhiannon from September 2nd to 6th. They’ll get the chance to work in collaboration as they soak up the Park’s landscape and the expertise of the AWRS’ naturalists.

Manon Labrosse is a Franco-Ontarian visual artist originally from up in Hearst, who now lives in Luskville near Quebec’s Gatineau Hills. Her work often focuses on fictionalized representations of her real-world experiences in the Northlands of Ontario, from the dreamy visual drone of telephone-poles as they pass by outside the car-window, to the stark visuals of  a clear-cut landscape. These memories are refracted through the lens of nostalgia, lending her paintings their unreal yet strangely familiar quality.
Take a look at her work here!

Photo-Credit: Rémi Thériault 

Rhiannon Vogl is taking on our writer’s residency. She works as an associate curator in contemporary art at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Her writing covers contemporary Canadian and international art. Rhiannon comes from Powassan, so she shares a strong connection to Ontario’s North with Manon. Her own work centres around landscape as a site of memory as well as a vessel for the psychological material that observers of nature bring within themselves.

Rhiannon and Manon want to take the chance offered by this residency to absorb the landscape in Algonquin Park. They’ll be using this time to construct their experiences in the Park into a kind of memory-document that they will later work up into a collaborative piece, dealing with the interplay between landscape, experience, memory, and nostalgia.
We can’t wait to see what they bring to the table, so keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks for updates!


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