MAS News – Call for Artist Interest

Malaspina Art Society is co-sponsoring the planned What the Plus + Group Exhibition and Festival this summer 2021 in Powell River and we are looking for especially qathet region/Coastal BC LGBTQ2S+ artists interested in producing up to 3 NEW works on our ‘Creative Self Portrait’ theme in any media, and/or less formal works on the same theme (e.g. writing of all kinds, photography, illustrations, cartoons) with corresponding online content for our Q(uee)R Zine! DEADLINE to express interest is APRIL 15, 2021 (deadline to submit actual work will be mid-July, 2021).

Curated by Giovanni Spezzacatena : info? email: whattheplusart@gmail.com

SUBMIT CONTENT FOR OUR QR ZINE BY JUNE 15, 2021 :: EMAIL WHATTHEPLUSART@GMAIL.COM

Call for Artists! Challenge To Choose

TAP ON THE GRAPHIC ABOVE FOR MORE INFO – DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS MARCH 5, 2021.

The International Women’s Day’s theme this year is “Choose To Challenge”.

The Art Centre exhibition is called Challenge To Choose.

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We acknowledge the privileged position required in order to even begin thinking of challenging the world’s injustices – the challenge of making any choice. Thinking of this phrase and its reversal leads to multi-faceted interpretations. 

We invite your interpretation, in any art form. Artworks that discuss our challenges, or celebrates opportunities, instigating discussion and ongoing, open-ended dialogue. Some of us are able to challenge, on behalf of those that can not.

Artists and writers who create in any disciplines and mediums, please email us your work, along with a short artist statement about the work submitted.

2D, 3D, digital, text, website links, video files, audio files, performance pieces, social practice, art book, assemblage, collage, installation, outdoor works, online-only, mail art, poetry, essays, prints, maquettes, ceramic, etc, etc – all proposals welcomed.  

Underbrush: Mycelium Rising Group Show

Please enjoy a look at the creative process of Powell River artist Ursula Medley as she produced the wonderful triptych “Out of the Woods” for the group art show Underbrush: Mycelium Rising

Edible, poisonous, healing, destroying, feeding, transforming, nurturing, mind-altering, so tiny as to be invisible, and yet the largest single living thing on Earth,* mycelium cover much of the planet’s land surface, performing symbiotic tasks like providing underground networks inter-plant communication, crumbling rocks and minerals to make them bioavailable to plants, creating a true natural web.

When fruiting, via mushrooms, they create fantastical shapes, colours and patterns that have inspired artists forever; they really are magical in other ways as well, with their sometimes inherent psychoactive and medicinal attributes, industrial potential in removing toxins from our environment, and of course, as an important food source for creatures during the waxing and waning months in the spring and autumn.

As metaphor, mushrooms are to me like artwork is for artists: the manifestation of so much going on in our minds and souls; these precious and fleeting manifestations of a moment in time in our progress through our lifetimes. Enjoy our little online gallery of mycelium/mushroom inspired works by local qathet region artists.

Giovanni Spezzacatena/Rabideye, show curator.

* http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141114-the-biggest-organism-in-the-world
Many thanks to our participating artists for their beautiful contributions. It’s my hope that soon we will be able to display these pieces in a gallery setting as well.

Tap on the thumbnail images below to see the full/larger versions, with details on the work and how to purchase or contact the artists, just underneath the larger versions; you may also read or leave a comment at the very bottom of each enlargement.

(Featured image above: Sharon Dennie ‘Chanterelle’ 8”x8” oil on wood panel, NFS)

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Louise Gloslee

Kathryn Neun

Leslie Campbell

Dolores de la Torre

Barbara Langmaid

Evelyn Kirkaldy

Prashant Miranda

Autumn Skye Morrison

Sharon Dennie

Amy Price

Roy Schneider

Jackie L Hutchings  

Ginger Holland

Kaia Sherritt

Miel Creasy

Ursula Medley

Giovanni Spezzacatena/ Rabideye 


Image gallery above by Giovanni Spezzacatena/ Rabideye

In memory of Adam Cramb

It is with a very heavy heart that I try to find the words to convey my sorrow at the death of Adam Cramb.  I cannot help that my message is personal because Adam reached everyone on a personal level.  Adam was an artist in the true sense….his passion showed in his work.  His 2D, 3D and fibre arts were creative, inventive, curious, evocative, sensual, brave and often humorous.  His work challenged me to see a subject in a new way.  Adam was a prolific contributor to the local art scene, but more than that he was a lovely man.  He was generous with both time and spirit and above all a great listener.  His memory will always be a beacon to remind me to make art for the sake of art and to challenge myself to be authentic.  I will personally miss Adam and I think that the arts in Powell River will want for Adam’s flash of neon. The Malaspina Arts Society website will be hosting a virtual gallery in tribute to Adam and would appreciate receiving images of Adam’s artwork (with the owner’s permission of course).  Please send images to Giovanni at giovanni@rabideye.com Stay safe, and look after each other Lorna
Below, Adam’s poster for his solo show at Malaspina Exhibition Centre, in 2018. View the always expanding gallery.