Posts Tagged ‘visual art’

Art of Glass and Stone with Peter Rice

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

We’ve got a special event coming up this Friday! Peter Rice will be stopping in to do an artist demo… it’s Art of Glass and Stone!

Peter Rice is one of our long-standing artists at the Algonquin Art Centre. He was born in Toronto but spent most of his childhood in rural areas around the Canadian Shield. It was here, playing and exploring among that unique geology, that Peter became fascinated with rocks as an artistic medium. It wasn’t until his university years at Guelph that he discovered how to perfectly incorporate them into amazing sculptural tableaus. By combining minerals with the practice of setting stained glass, he developed his characteristic mode of depicting the landscape in sculpture.

As intriguing as these pieces are, watching them come together makes them even more fascinating.  Taking raw materials of wire and stone and twisting them into life as a unified sculpture takes patience, insight, and a strong vision of what you want to accomplish. And hearing Peter talk through his work is an extra privilege! He’s great to hang out with while he works his craft, and our visitors love speaking with him. That’s why, year after year, we’re delighted to have him back.

This special event will be taking place throughout the day this Friday, between 10 am and 4 pm. There’s no charge. We’d just love for you to stop in and engage with one of our artists! You can get all the details over on our site.
Join us and spend some time with a fantastic creator in his element!

David Grieve: Warm Shore

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

As the summer progresses and this season’s theme of Metamorphosis continues, we’ve got a new solo show! We’re proud to welcome David Grieve’s Warm Shore, which showcases light and landscape in his signature impressionist style.

David Grieve has worked with oils most of his life. He started out very young, accompanying his mother to her studio, and later attended Guelph University for fine art. All throughout his long painting career, he’s been captivated by landscapes, most importantly the Southwestern Ontario fields he calls home and the rugged woodland of our wilderness.

“Resplendent 2″

David’s style is based on broad bands of colour aligned into impressionistic renderings of the landscape. His technique has some surprising results. It makes you move in, step back, engage with the image, and interrogate the way the trees and hills resolve out of his form. By revealing his brush strokes so dramatically, he adds an extra layer of interpretation onto the already beautiful landscape.

“Warm Shore”

David’s solo show, Warm Shore, specifically explores his use of light. Sunlight’s animating presence transforms a dormant landscape into a kind of radiant wonder-world, brimming with possibility. The daily change of light between sunrise and sunset is among the most fertile territories for an artist to explore. That change reveals new regions overlaid atop familiar geographies. We all know the feeling of revisiting a favourite location at an unfamiliar time of day or year. It’s almost an entirely new place. David’s use of light captures just that experience in his depictions of the familiar Algonquin landscape…

“Wagi, Jumping Rock”

You can experience Warm Shore July 21st to August 15th at the Algonquin Art Centre, located at km 20 in Algonquin Provincial Park. Get all of our details over on the website, Stop by, and let these beautiful interpretations of the landscape guide your experience of Algonquin!

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!

Algonquin Art Centre’s 2015 Creative Residencies!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

We’re so excited to announce that applications for this season’s Creative Residencies are now open!

These residencies give one writer and one visual artist the chance to spend Sept. 2nd to Sept 6th at one of the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station’s lodges in the midst of the provincial park, surrounded by working naturalists. We’ll take care of the living-expenses and transport to and from Huntsville. We just want to give two creators the chance to benefit from the Algonquin landscape and work on whatever project they feel would benefit from that environment. Apply solo or as a member of a partnership between a writer and visual artist. A quick note: if you apply in partnership, both applicants must complete forms and submit them individually.

You can find more details in the application-forms we’ve attached. Submit soon, and we’ll see you in Algonquin!

Submission Deadline: August 12th, 2015

Writer’s Residency, 2015

Visual Artist’s Residency, 2015

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