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mycelium rising
submit your art to Underbrush: Mycelium Rising by Oct 22, 2020

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Malaspina Art Society is happy to announce our autumn 2020 group art show titled ‘Underbrush: Mycelium Rising’ now set to open in early November either as a regular in-person exhibition at The Malaspina Exhibition Centre in Vancouver Island University’s Powell River, BC Campus’s foyer with an online gallery as well, OR if COVID-19 precautions prevent this, then as an online show only.

We are inviting all artists in the qathet region to submit new work produced within the last 2 years in any medium that reflects our theme as developed by Giovanni Spezzacatena. Here is a very recent link to a Zoom Discussion with lots of film clips from the feature film Fantastic Fungi to get your creative juices flowing (scroll the timeline to see the film clips).

APPLY BY FILLING OUT THE ONLINE FORM BELOW.

**Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus or fungus-like bacterial colony, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae or shiro. The word mycelium literally means “more than one”, and refers to the thread-like body of a fungus; it is the main part of the fungus. The mushrooms that we eat are actually just a small visible part of the organism – the fruiting bodies, like the apple off a tree: the tree, leaves, bark, and extensive root system give birth to the visible fruit.

https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycelium

FAQ’S

  • What:  “Underbrush: Mycelium Rising” is a Group Art Exhibition based on the concept and cultural manifestation of Mycelium – and their fruiting bodies: mushrooms. While open to interpretation, the title of the show encourages a point of view that focuses beyond simply representing mushrooms, but into the function and form of mycelium (and mushrooms) also as a metaphor for social issues. Any medium will be accepted (photography, painting/illustration, collage, sculpture/ ceramics, fibre-based work, video, animation, interactive work, sound pieces, installation, written works, etc.) Works must be safe to display in a public space and some restrictions may apply; art may be offered for sale (MAS will extend its waiving of a 20% commission on sales at the Malaspina Exhibition Centre/ VIU gallery through to June, 2021). As for the title, the ‘Mycelium Rising’ part of the title is in reference to this famous mushroom book by Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running.
  • Where: Malaspina Exhibition Centre at Vancouver Island University if it is available to us, as well as online through www.artpowellriver.com and associated social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter accounts – see side panel for links) Some of the submissions may be displayed online only if space issues or technical requirements make this necessary.
  • Why: To encourage local and non-local artists to produce work in chosen media, on our given theme, and to provide a catalyst for interesting work that may be political in nature (think ‘grassroots’).
  • Who: Local qathet regional artists, including emerging artists and craftspeople.
  • When: Show will open in November 2020 either at The Malaspina Exhibition Centre at VIU and online, or simply online at http://www.artpowellriver.com
  • HOW? Apply below: Deadline Oct 22, 2020 – fill out the form below and/or email this info to giovanni@rabideye.com

Once you have sent the form information in please prepare a digital representation of your work (file size between 300KB-1MB) to email giovanni@rabideye.com with your name.

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What the Plus (+) Group Art Exhibition by 17 local LGBTQ2+ (& allied) artists. Guest curated with online content by Rabideye

Presenting

Alfred Bolster Fiona Tyler
Amber Friedman Giovanni Spezzacatena (rabideye)
Andrea Bennett (guest speaker) Jazz Rico
Angelica Hamilton John Hewson
Blossom (Maia Wade) Karin Birch
Chris Roberts Kathryn Neun
Daniel Rajala Kevin Wilson
Earle Thompson Prashant Miranda
and Sophia Sanford

 Although LBGQT2 stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Queer/Questioning and 2-Spirited, the plus (+) that is usually included after the initialism encompasses a list of other identities that fall under the queer umbrella. Our group art exhibition features 17 local artists ranging in age from 12 to 65+, working in various media, focusing on the ‘+’ itself, as it indicates a range or ‘gradient’, representing the fluid spectrum of human gender and sexuality.

theartcentrepr@gmail.com

JUNE 20 – JULY 25, 2020

Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 12pm-5pm


theyday - a talk with andrea bennett and nola poirier with Q & A

Online Interview and audience Q&A  “Theyday” on

Friday, July 17th at 7pm

 An exploration of the way queer identities have evolved over time, including the initialism LGBTQ+ and its additions and spaces and everything in-between, with author Andrea Bennett. Access through www.whattheplus.ca

Sponsored by: qathet Community Justice – BC Arts Council – Malaspina Art Society, Powell River Council for Arts & Culture – PR Pride.

More Info: www.whattheplus.ca  email: whattheplusart@gmail.com or 604.485.4278

 

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CALL FOR ARTISTS

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! You are invited to an optional,  free outdoor ‘Inspiration and Information Session’ to help generate ideas for your group show submission for “Intertidal Impressions”, with your host and educator Janet May: Saturday May 9, at 1PM at the Westview Viewpoint along hwy 101 (where the totem poles and flags are between Kamloops and Lytton Streets on Marine Ave). We will  be descending the footpath to the intertidal zone, so if you have difficulty navigating the path down at the viewpoint, please park and descend on the path just south of there. And as backup we have another possible date: Saturday May 23, at noon.

Please check our homepage (www.artpowellriver.com) or our social media points on Facebook (also here) or Instagram for any updates. It would be great if you can RSVP by May 1st at  giovanni@rabideye.com

Summer 2020 MAS Group Show title: Intertidal Impressions

  • Deadline to submit interest and details is May 20, 2020 [with your name, title of your piece, its size, medium, cost (or nfs) and any message you’d like to attach up to 50 words] to giovanni@rabideye.com
  • Deadline to submit work is June 2nd, 2020 

Opening JUNE 4 – SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 Intertidal Impressions: Exploring the space between land & sea through various media- The Malaspina Art Society’s Summer Group Show features qathet region artists exploring the changing sights, sounds, smells, motion, textures, plants and creatures of our northwest intertidal zones: the area of the marine shoreline that is exposed to air at low tide, and covered with seawater when the tide is high; its dynamic nature serving as a metaphor for resilience and adaptation.

  • Qathet Region artists are welcome to submit work in any medium reflecting the changing sights, sounds, smells, motion, textures and tastes of our northwest intertidal zones. The intertidal zone is the area of the marine shoreline that is exposed to air at low tide, and covered with seawater when the tide is high. Its resiliency and ever-changing nature can serve as a metaphor for visual, sound and text-based works. 
  • All the plants and animals that inhabit this zone are marine, but they have adapted to survive in this often challenging environment. At low tide they must be able to survive prolonged exposure to the air, large fluctuations in sun exposure and temperature, shifting salinity due to rain and snow or river run-off , extremes in wave action, as well as predation from land animals during low tide, and marine predators like sea stars and fish when the tide is in. 
  • Short NFB film on intertidal zones https://www.nfb.ca/film/intertidal_zone/ 
  • Site with inspirational mixed media works on tidal zones  https://tidalcultures.wordpress.com/tidal-art-works/