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  • Unsettling Nature

    Location: Toronto, ON

    An Exhibition at: The Garage Gallery Benmiller with Artists Jill Price, Leslie Putnam, Morag Webster..
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  • Unsettling Nature

    Location: Toronto, ON

    An Exhibition at: The Garage Gallery Benmiller with Artists Jill Price, Leslie Putnam, Morag Webster..
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  • Through the Eyes of a Child

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    Artists Statement: Ed Flanagan My wife had a career as an elementary school..
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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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Family Matters - Installation Review

By Gil McElroy October 20, 2003

} Family Matters - Installation Review May 24-June 28, 2003 WKP Kennedy Gallery North Bay, Ontario Family Matters comprised a gathering of bookworks, textiles and photo-based pieces by Canadian artists Cheryl Pagurek, Judy Martin and Lisé Melhorn-Boe, all of which thematically addressed issues related to the realm of domestic life and the adaptations it has undergone through changing societal and cultural mores. Installation of the Family Matters exhibition Cheryl Pagurek's photo-based work is centered around the messy intrusions of the larger world into the otherwise tidy domestic sphere. In Pagurek's work, the home is no refuge of order and calm; geopolitics has both literal and metaphorical places at the table, as in Albanian Refugees Leave Kosovo (2000). Here, a photograph of an open car door is contextualized by a baby's diaper bag resting on the ground in front of it. This is no ordinary diaper bag, however, for Pagurek has literally wrapped the entire object in an image-itself a photograph-depicting a group of Balkan refugees walking along a road pushing and carrying their few belongings. And in Aftermath of a School Shooting in Jonesboro, Arkansas (2000), the orderly world of an ordinary household kitchen is intruded upon by a milk carton constructed from an photograph depicting ambulance attendants pushing an emergency gurney across a parking lot in what we know must be the aftermath of the tragedy alluded to in the work's title. Between the leading note and the tonic Image courtesy of Judith Martin http://www.judithmartin.info/ Judy Martin works in the most traditional vein here, that of the pieced quilt. It's a medium that carries a heavy load of baggage, the bulk of it having to do with traditional expectations of a woman's societal place, so it's no real surprise that Martin's work goes directly to the heart of the matter. In When Asked: She Replied (1999), function and purpose are foregrounded issues as she redundantly uses a thick wool blanket as the actual backing for her quilt. Roughly outlined squares and rectangles each contain the simple shape of a heart, the bilateral symmetry of which is cleft by a row of buttons. Beneath it all is a textual element (a recurring motif in Martin's work) that reads "When asked how she managed to have children and make art .... she replied: 'What's the difference?'" In Between the Leading Note and the Tonic (1999), a quilt is gridded with the recurring image of a simple clapboard house. Images of trees with button leaves reiterate the suggestively cozy domesticity of the motif, and wavy lines of embroidery thread-perhaps the music alluded to in the work's title- emanating from each of the houses subtly underscore the idea of familial harmony within which quilts have long been culturally wrapped. Between the leading note and the tonic - detail Image courtesy of Judith Martin http://www.judithmartin.info/ Lisé Melhorn-Boe is known for her sculptural bookworks, the best of which cleverly satirize gender stereotyping in the mass media, especially the kind that appears in publications specifically marketed to women. The work she showed here, however, was of a more personal bent. A Sad Little Girl (1995) is one of a series of works in which Melhorn-Boe has borrowed autobiographical tales of growing up female from close personal friends. In this instance, it is the story of a little girl's self-loathing: "I desperately wanted to be a good girl and a popular girl and a pretty girl. Instead I felt that I was ugly and bad." The entire text of the story is written on a number of tiny, doll-like paper dresses that hang on miniature hangers within a handmade paper box that functions as a kind of portable wardrobe. The box opens to reveal a relief image of an infant girl on the interior cover directly opposite the hangers of paper dresses and their tale of despair. She seems a perfect fit for the both. With Those Damn Flies (2003), Melhorn-Boe works from personal family history to create an installational work in which she transposes the codex structure of her bookworks. The piece comprises a clothesline (which functions as a kind of book spine) from which hang eight large sleeveless t-shirts printed on both sides with text and images. Here, we encounter the story of her father, an immigrant who worked in the Canadian wilderness helping to "build powerlines through bush and swamp. Once he even paddled a canoe to a job where there was no road." On the surface it is the tale of her father's relationship with the indigenous mosquitoes, blackflies and horseflies-the bane of the Canadian woods- related in both factual form ("flying speed of mosquitoes: 5 km/h") and as personal anecdotes of a man whose own property in the woods was itself oddly devoid of the pests. But at the heart of it all, it is in fact a familial story of the relationship between a father and daughter. Aesthetically or otherwise, in the end, it seems, family cannot help but matter. This review originally appeared in Art Papers Magazine, September/ October 2003. ___________________________________________ 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.