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  • Exposition solo Lac-Mégantic

    Location: Lac-Mégantic, QC

    L'eau, une mine d'Art du 8 juillet au 8 septembre 2019..
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  • Exposition solo Lac-Mégantic

    Location: Lac-Mégantic, QC

    L'eau, une mine d'Art du 8 juillet au 8 septembre 2019..
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  • 13th Solo Art Series -

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 13th “Solo Art Series”..
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  • Call for Art | 3rd Annual Skies Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 3rd Annual Skies online art competition. For this..
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  • Carousel

    Location: Lethbridge, AB

    Mortar & Brick | Arts and Events July 18th - August 3rd Where..
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  • 9th Annual Online Exhibition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • NUDE - 2nd Avenue Gallery

    Location: Owen Sound, ON

    Laurel Pedersen, Robert Pointer, Gae Trinkwon, Lynn Skinner are featured in an exhibition..
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  • Sustainable Fashion Designer Looking for Studio Space in Mississauga

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    Hi, I'm Amanda, I am an emerging fashion designer starting my business designing..
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  • “Water” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline August 31, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Water nourishes, cleanses, and renews. A drop of water can save..
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  • Call to ARTIST- Exterior installation

    Location: Montreal, QC

    To highlight the 20th year anniversary of Association for the protection of Angell Woods [APAW] Board..
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  • Gallery Ring “Animal” Online Juried Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    Gallery Ring seeks art works of animals, in all shapes and sizes, including..
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  • 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • 32 Points- 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace

    Location: Toronto, ON

    32 Points - 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace International Exhibition September 6-27, 2019 Cedar Ridge..
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  • Call for Art | 4th Annual Waterscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Waterscapes online art competition. For this..
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  • Open Call to all Artists: AIRE

    Location: vancouver, BC

    Open Call to all Artists: The Annual International Representational Exhibition September 30 – October..
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  • Navigating Commissions with Kathy Traeger

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Monday 19th August 6.30 PM - 9.00 PM Navigating Commissions - Taking Fear out of..
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  • An Evening with the Sculpture Society of BC

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Monday 22nd July 6.30 PM - 9.00 PM Sculpture Society of British Columbia with David..
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  • Air

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    AIR: A mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and minute amounts of other gases..
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  • Vernissage: L'Éveil / The Awakening

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Archive Collective is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition, “The Awakening,” opening on..
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  • Artists Choice 2019

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists Juried members showcase their artworks at the Central..
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  • The Clock Show

    Location: London, ON

    CALL FOR ARTISTS ..
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  • Raw Materials

    Location: Humboldt, SK

    Raw Materials James M. Clow and Bony A. Conly Exhibition runs May 31st through August..
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  • The Yellow Forest

    Location: Calgary, AB

    TRUCK Contemporary Art presents The Yellow Forest by Jessie Rose Vala and Stephen..
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  • Clarington Outdoor Festival 2019: Call for Submissions

    Location: Bowmanville, ON

    Call all artists! The Clarington Outdoor Art Festival (COAF) 2019 is celebrating the..
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  • Beacon Original Art Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Beacon Original Art invites emerging, mid-career and professional artists to participate in our..
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  • 2020 Ducks Unlimited National Portfolio

    Location: Bracebridge, ON

    DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA – NATIONAL ART PORTFOLIO CALL FOR ENTRIES – DEADLINE JULY 31,..
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  • Walker Industries Juried Art Exhibition

    Location: Niagara on the lake, ON

    Daisy Fresh has been selected as one of 26 finalists in this juried..
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  • Surfaces Exploration and Experience Karen Colville Artist

    Location: New West Minster, BC

    In the Plaskett Gallery @ Massey Theatre Surfaces…Exploration & Experience Artist Karen Colville June 25th..
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  • Race, Ethnicity and belonging

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists (over 18) residing in Alberta..
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  • ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival ITSLIQUID GROUP,..
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Lynne Heller: Nine Sisters and 115 Unused Quilts

By Gil McElroy August 4, 2003

} Lynne Heller: Nine Sisters and 115 Unused Quilts Gil McElroy Nov 30, 2002 - Jan 14, 2003 Art Gallery of Cobourg Cobourg, Ontario In an exhibition of mixed media wall hangings that has been touring Canada for the last year, Toronto artist Lynne Heller elegantly argues a fecund relationship between the traditional craft of the pieced quilt, and the pictorial strain of fine art painting. Nine Sisters and 115 Unused Quilts takes it origin in the story of the nine Merkley sisters, distant maternal relatives of Heller's whose lives, spent unmarried (save for one) and in the Canadian countryside, spanned the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. After the death of the youngest in 1975, 115 unused quilts-all sewn by the sisters in preparation for the marriages that were expected of them but which eight turned their backs upon to pursue independent life paths- were found stored away in the family attic, unused. Drusilla / Red Rose, 2001 84 x 63in silk, cotton, wool, polyblends, linen, silk/metal organza, lace, heat transfers, embroidery floss, heritage quilt pieces hand appliquéd, hand quilted, heat transferred imagery, embroidery quilted by: Jolene Antle       photography: Janusz Wrobel The lives of the sisters-Anne, Drusilla, Edith, Ella May, Estelle, Maud, Josephine, Louise, and Sarah- provided Heller with corresponding points of artistic departure. In each of their names, she created large 84" high by 63" wide wall hangings that have, at their literal and metaphoric center, antique pieced quilts. In Drusilla/Red Rose (all works are 2001), for instance, that center is established with by an antique Art Deco fan quilt pattern, set atop layers of cloth -silk, cotton, linen- that, though comprising a supportive textile backing, have other more significant aesthetically contextual functions. The only rigidly rectangular element in this work (and all the others) is a final sheet of cloth backing with which the hanging is Drusilla ( Detail ) quilted by: Jolene Antle       photography: Janusz Wrobel attached to a wall. Within its field (and encompassing the core antique quilt), the multiple layers of textile are shaped and arranged so as to representationally establish a resonant thematic echo which reverberates through the Nine Sisters sequence. On either side of (and partially beneath) the antique center, two vertical strips of material form kinds of curving arcs that roughly mirror one another. Two squares of material (each made up of two triangles of different textiles) are set on either side of the antique quilt, attached about a third of the way down. The consequence of it all are a sequence of hangings within which lurks references to perspective and dimensionality, and which exhibit a decidedly figurative bent. Anne / Arm & Hammer, 2001 84 x 63in silk, cotton, wool, polyblends, linen, silk/metal organza, lace, heat transfers, heritage quilt pieces hand appliquéd, hand quilted, heat transferred imagery quilted by: Jolene Antle       photography: Janusz Wrobel This figuration is generic and anonymous, visually specifying nothing and no one in particular. But Heller individualizes it with the addition of some visual (and, indeed, titular) reference to staple items from the realm of the domestic of which the Merkley sisters were presumably a part. In Drusilla/Red Rose, for instance, it is packets of Red Rose tea. Heller has made heat transfer images of the packaging of said dry good onto small pieces of cloth, and inserted rows of them into each work, in the form of a framing device, used as trim or edging along a side. In Anne/Arm & Hammer, it is, of course, images of boxes of baking soda arranged in like manner. And in Louise/Sweet & Lo and Josephine/Twin, even artificial sweeteners find a place. Anne ( Detail ) quilted by: Jolene Antle       photography: Janusz Wrobel Artifice is, in fact, critical to Heller's work. In Anne/Arm & Hammer, she has incorporated two heat transfer enlargements of buttons, attached at points where the antique quilt engages its textile backing, and so metaphorically anchors the old to the new. Though dimensionality is pointed at in each of the works of Nine Sisters, in the end Heller takes a pass on the reality of the thing, as if the inclusion of an actual button would push things too far away from fine art and too close to the craft end of the artistic spectrum. Instead, she cleaves closely to a path which avoids outright aesthetic commitments either way. It's an openness that pays off. This review originally appeared in Art Papers Magazine, March/April 2003. See more of Lynne Heller's work online at: www.lynneheller.com. ___________________________________________ Gil McElroy is a critic, independent curator, artist, and poet currently living in Colborne, Ontario. His latest books are Gravity & Grace: Selected Writing on Contemporary Canadian Art (Gaspereau Press), and a book of poetry, Dream Pool Essays (Talonbooks). View Gil's curriculum vitae.