Bittersweet: Pierre Lassonde School of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition 2024

May 11 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

Bittersweet: Pierre Lassonde School of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition 2024.

Shivanya Ra | Lily Beamish | Ranz Jaren Tayo Bontogon | Bailey Cameron | Mackenzie Chase | Jonah Dysart | Ella Graham | Kiernan Hastey | Jolie Jeddore | Sarah Rogers | Autumn Martin | Marilyn McDonough | Nasya Owens | Lydia Paterson | Eva Pestrin | Olivia Searle | Bex Steinberg | Bingbing Wang

April 20 – June 2, 2024
Official Opening: May 11 @ 2:00 pm
Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, NB

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Sweetest Little Thing Art Auction ❤️

February 14 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Celebrate art and community at the 25th annual Sweetest Little Thing!

At the heart of The Sweetest Little Thing is a silent auction featuring artworks donated by local, regional, and national artists. Emceed by Quinn Waylaing and Tori Weldon, this year’s event will feature karaoke with Graeme Patterson, a scavenger hunt, a raffle for an epic cake donated by Cranewood on Main Bakery and Café, and other fabulous prize packs… plus a few other surprises! Gather in your fanciest dress, snap a photo at the Instant Lovin’ Photo Booth, and get ready to partake in some dancing!

Valentine’s Day
Wednesday 14 February @ 7:00 PM
Owens Art Gallery
Admission by donation
Masks encouraged

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New Exhibition by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky 🔊

January 13 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

January 13–May 5, 2024
Vernissage, January 13 at 2pm
Curator: Lucy MacDonald

Artists Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky have worked collaboratively since 2004. Their work has increasingly incorporated communal aspects of making, such as DIY tutorial videos, and virtual crafting bees, in the context of economies of appropriation, trade, and the gift. Their exhibition at the Owens features two works: the new video installation Solaris, and a special Sackville presentation of the Pom-Pom Jam Mobile Hub.

Solaris originates in a series of collaborative workshops the artists gave at Marshview Middle School and the Owens Art Gallery in 2023. Participants made single-line drawings, small relief sculptures, and evocative soundscapes exploring the ways water connects all living things. The artists then cast the resulting sculptures in ice, filming each one as it melted into a puddle of water. Through this process of transformation, the sculptures appear to rise like monumental icebergs from the sea only to melt again, suggesting both the beginning and the end of the world.

The Pom-Pom Jam Mobile Hub uses craft yarn sourced on eBay. Commonly made using leftover yarn, pom-poms are flourishes requiring no special skills, tools, or financial means. Each pom-pom bin in the Hub contains a pom-pom making kit with distinct colour pallets of yarn that are identified by their source location. Echoing abandoned craft projects, the yarn is taken up anew by participants, as an internet-enabled collaboration across space and time.

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Manuel Mathieu

Manuel Mathieu: World Discovered Under Other Skies 🌏

October 7, 2023 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

Manuel Mathieu is known for vibrant, colourful paintings that seamlessly merge abstraction with figuration. His work reflects on our intertwined lives, in which the boundaries between the past and present or the personal and political are often blurred. Sharing recollections that depict everyday scenes, Mathieu also blends into his canvases an interrogation of the complex history of his familial homeland, Haiti. By unearthing the traumas of state violence, he addresses issues that remain as urgent today as they have been throughout Haitian history.

Manuel Mathieu

This exhibition features a collection of new and past works—including paintings, drawings, and ceramics—shedding light on Haiti’s relationship to the world. Positioned at the fault lines of modern political and environmental crises, Haiti epitomizes a global longing for liberation, and grassroots resistance to imperialist and capitalist exploits. At the centre of this exhibition is an examination of the long-lasting repercussions of Haiti’s pioneering revolt—launched in 1791, challenging slavery and colonialism—and its quest for self-determination, which have led in more recent decades to embroiling the nation in the intrigues of the Cold War. In Zapruder/313 (2016), Mathieu borrows from footage capturing the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy to raise questions about American support of Haiti’s ruthless dictatorships in pursuit of neo-colonial interests.

Other paintings delve into memories of the Duvalier dictatorships (1957-1986) to bring harrowing incidents back into contemporary consciousness. Fort Dimanche 2 (2017) hints at the atrocities committed at the infamous prison where countless political opponents vanished. Mathieu’s work is a reminder that commemorating the tragedies of the past does not fall solely on the shoulders of a nation’s local or diasporic communities. Instead, it is part of our collective responsibility. His works suggest a distinct understanding of Haiti’s history—a history defined by global currents, which occasionally collide to erupt in frenzied episodes of mass violence. Mathieu, therefore, proposes that the dynamics of the world might manifest themselves in one place, like Haiti. Underlining common links and struggles that unite us despite national borders, he invites us to enter a world discovered under other skies.

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Welcome Back BBQ and Closing for Endless Return 🍔

September 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

Meet us at the Owens next Friday for a BBQ to celebrate the start of the fall term and the current exhibition Endless Return.

We’ll be cooking up hamburgers, hotdogs, and vegetarian burgers. Snacks, sodas, and gluten-free buns will be available. If it rains, we will have sandwiches in the Lobby of the Owens. All are welcome!

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Endless Return

On view 23 June – 8 October 2023
Curators: Emily Falvey and Jane Tisdale

Inspired by the lifecycles of plants, this exhibition explores themes of impermanence, regeneration, and resilience. It presents the work of artists Kaeli Cook and Roger J. Smith in conversation with a selection of work from the Owens’ permanent collection, including early botany studies by students from the Mount Allison Ladies’ College and artists such as Lizzie McLeodAmy McLeod, and Violet A. Gillett. It also features Diaspora Series (2015), a recently acquired work by Innu/English artist Melissa Tremblett, in which she returns to her roots in Sheshatshiu, Labrador.

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Online Panel Discussion: falling through our fingers 🖐🏽

September 13, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

13 September @ 7:00 pm ADT
This is a free event and open to the public
Live automatic captions will be available

Featuring artists Excel Garay, Daze Jefferies, B.G-Osborne, Racquel Rowe, Kelsey Street, Faune Ybarra and exhibition curator Emily Critch, this online panel discussion will explore issues and themes raised in the exhibition falling through our fingers, which considers the complexities of preservation and the possibilities of archives. Each of the artists included will discuss new work that mediates institutional, personal, and familial collections to engage with intergenerational dialogues, undocumented labour, diasporic histories, historical erasure, grief, and joy. In locating and weaving threads between archival interstices, the exhibition acknowledges the interconnectedness of past, present, and future.

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Art + Feminisim Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 🌐

March 30, 2023 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Thursday 30 March
10:00 am–4:00 pm

Join us as we host our second annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon! We’ll be turning our lobby into Wikipedia central, complete with computer workstations and a comfy zine zone where you can read zines about Wikipedia and encounter subjects and voices outside the mainstream.

Art + Feminisim Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

This event is part of a global initiative to close information gaps related to gender, feminism, and the arts. The focus of our work will be on women, LGBTQIA+, and racialized artists who have exhibited at the Owens or whose work is in our permanent collection.

Edits to Wikipedia make meaningful and immediate change, helping to shape the world’s largest reference and one of the most-visited sites on the Internet. Anyone can write and edit articles in Wikipedia and there are many ways to participate in the Edit-a-thon, from smaller actions like building bibliographies and adding category tags to help make articles more findable, to bigger tasks, such as expanding an article or even starting your own!

We will provide training and support for new Wikipedians. We’ll also have a list of suggested articles to work on and reference materials to get you started. You can bring your own laptop or use one of ours.

It’s helpful to create a Wikipedia account ahead of time, but we can help you do this too! You may also want to review this handy Quick Guide for Editing on Wikipedia developed by Art+Feminism.

We welcome people of all gender identities and expressions. By attending this event you agree to uphold the Art+Feminism Safe, Brave Space Policy.

Masks are required at the Owens and in all buildings at Mount Allison University

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Images of people embracing in Polariods surrounded by hearts. Text reads: The Sweetest Thing

The Sweetest Little Thing 💖

February 7, 2023 @ 9:00 am 11:00 am

The Sweetest Little Thing: Fundraising Art Auction
Valentine’s Day
Tuesday 14 February @ 7:00 PM
Owens Art Gallery

(Bidding opens February 7th, 9am)

Images of people embracing in Polariods surrounded by hearts. Text reads: The Sweetest Thing

We are thrilled to announce the return of the Sweetest Little Thing live and in-person! We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Owens this Valentine’s Day to celebrate art and community. At the heart of this event is a silent auction featuring artworks donated by local, regional, and national artists. For the first time in two years, artworks will be on view in the Owens’ second-floor gallery.

This year’s event will be a little different than before the Covid-19 pandemic, but it is sure to feel as warm and fuzzy as always. You can expect a chance to gather in your fanciest dress, to snap a photo at the Instant Lovin’ Photo Booth, and partake in some dancing. We’ll have outdoor refreshments of hot chocolate and apple cider served by Mount Allison’s Flame snack cart.

While there won’t be a cakewalk this year, there will be a raffle for an epic cake donated by Cranewood on Main Bakery and Café and other fabulous prize packs.

Masks continue to be mandatory at the Owens and Struts and in all buildings at Mount Allison University. We will have extra special pink, magenta, and red KN95 masks to keep us looking festive. Available for free in both child and adult sizes.

Admission to the event is by donation. Capacity is limited.

This year, bidding will take place entirely online, so remember to bring your device of choice. Bidding opens on 7 February @ 9:00 AM AST at www.sweetestlittlething.ca. Artworks will be available to preview in-person beginning 7 February at the Owens.

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Text reads: fast forward to july. i felt like soaring and breathe in a short burst of fresh air

Each Ending in a Choice: An Online Exhibition 🖥️

March 10, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Each ending in a choice

Text reads: fast forward to july. i felt like soaring and breathe in a short burst of fresh air

Online Exhibition
27 January to 23 April 2023 
Game Night: 10 March @ 7:00 pm 

Works by David Clark, Ronnie Clarke, Elizabeth LaPensée, the Oshkii Giizhik Singers and Sharon M. Day, Amanda Low, Emily Short, Kara Stone 

Life is not a continuous line from the cradle to the grave. Rather, it is many short lines, each ending in a choice, and branching right and left to other choices.
—Doris Webster and Mary Alden Hopkins, Consider the Consequences!, 1930

Bringing together online works of interactive, non-linear storytelling, this exhibition explores how embodied experiences are created through sensory interactions. With each click, keystroke, swipe, or choice, you are taken deeper into webs of poetic hypertext, interactive narratives, and games. There is no winning or losing, and numerous endings are possible. Serving as a means to re-examine and expand our understanding of both the digital and physical world, these works create personal, intimate interactions where we interact, touch, and converse with code. 

Curated by Rachel Thornton

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