THIS MONTH AT THE FOYER GALLERY:
March 3rd – April 6th, 2020
Walls & Cases: Women’s Art Show Project
Honouring International Women’s Day (IWDAS)
‘Provocation’, Group Exhibition, various media
Special Celebration Reception: Tuesday, March 10th, 6 – 8:00pm
By Toby Jaxon
Foyer Gallery Curator
To Be Creative Is to Be Provoked!
In honour of International Women’s Day, show coordinator Amber Gould has gathered 30 creative women creatives to share their talents at the Foyer Gallery in the Squamish Public Library. During this 6th annual exhibition, female creatives celebrate individuality and reveal their interpretation of ‘PROVOCATION’ in a variety of art mediums. The intention is to affirm and encourage a feminine perspective through an inclusive theme-based show. The spirit of the exhibit is one of revelation, collaboration and co-operation, open to all women who create.
Gould affirms, “As we are entering a new fresh experience, there is so much possibility in the air, and perhaps some unanswerable, consciousness raising questions…This year’s theme is meant to stir a variety of responses. What does it mean to be provocative? How are we provoked? What do we provoke? What and who might we be afraid to provoke? These are all question that the artist can ask themselves – good open inquiries that will help support an incredible creative answer on the canvas, in the sculpture, the multimedia garment or photograph…whatever form it takes.”
This exhibit provides a powerful public platform for women to present visual and written creations, touching others by provoking emotions and perhaps having an impact on changing the world. Artists are exploring a variety of topics such as those that are soft, encouraging personal growth while other subthemes are more inciting and aggravating, related to the coronavirus, climate change, the #MeToo movement and a world flipped up-side-down!
For some who have never shared their art publicly, this is an act of bravery, exposing their love of creativity with the community. Their written words tell stories of what they experience in life, the process of art making or how the theme personally touches their lives. This deep personal sharing provides women a voice that longs to be heard.
‘Woman of the Deer Clan’ painting by Pat – She comes, staff in hand, strong, determined, soft, compassionate having left the depths of the woods. Woman of the Deer shares that her tribe learn to love one another unconditionally, however, the first lesson they learn very young is to hold compassion for ones self. It is taught by the Elder Women of the Clan in mythology, deer often turned into women to avoid being hunted…and still they are hunted.
Immanance Mandala by Sarah Rose – “To achieve transcendence is to enter the realm capable of embracing the whole. To bring that divine state of awakened consciousness down into our bodies and TO ACT upon it is to experience Immanence.” ~ Anodea Judith. This mandala is an immanent journey. Beckoning and provoking you to connect with your deepest truths. To view it is to let the universe emanate from within you, outwards. The ultimate realization is to not merely connect but to become.
Aphrodite’s Cauldron by Ilena – The three-legged cauldron – symbol of the witch, the hearth and home – the brewing of love potions, poisons or simply soup. And the pitcher – long associated with the female form – pouring forth her gifts. What will you pour from this tiny waisted, delicate legged form? Salt of the earth, rich golden oil, or sweet honey?
Giving back to the community is an important part of the project’s objectives. Thanks to the support of Squamish Savings, Nesters, Be Clean Naturally, and Pearls Value and Vintage for show expenses and necessities, the Squamish International Women’s Day Art Show will have given almost $7000 to community groups and projects in the past six years. These organizations included, the ‘Better at Home’ program for Squamish First Nations, MESY where school children transform their school yard into edible gardens, Helping Hands ‘From the Ground Up’ and this year all profits and donations will be presented once again to the Howe Sound Women’s Centre.
Happy International Women’s Day 2020!
Please join us in celebrating the art and written word of inspirational local women who are making a difference in our community.
On Tuesday, March 10th, 6 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. come out and meet the artists at their fantastic and fun Special Celebration Reception that will include nibblies, refreshments and some unique performances. Everyone welcome!
The Foyer Gallery is located in the entrance to the Squamish Public Library. Purchases can be made through the staff.
Mon Tue Wed Thu 10am–8pm
Fri Sat 10am–5pm
Call for Artists
The Foyer Gallery at the Squamish Public Library is a contemporary space dedicated to the exhibition of excellent artwork. It is located in the entrance to the Squamish Public Library. Purchases can be made through the staff. The gallery supports large wall works as well as smaller works suitable for display in three elegant glass display cases. Submissions from artists in all disciplines are invited for future juried exhibitions in the Foyer Gallery at the Squamish Public Library. We are booking now for the 2018/2019 season.
Artist’s request for displaying artwork is available at the Squamish Public Library or download the form here. Artists accepted for exhibition must sign a contract and pay the gallery fee to secure their exhibition. Selected artists will be contacted well in advance of their show dates.
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