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Casa kilns fired for 1000th time

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Aaron Hagan is pleased to see the pottery program take off at Casa.Aaron Hagan shows off some of the works produced  from the 100th firing of Casa's kilns. Photo by Richard Amery
 On Wednesday, he fired up the kilns for the thousandth time since Casa opened in 2013.

“We started with three kilns and now we have six,” Hagan said, adding a variety of students, adults and arts groups, with a core group of 75 active members using the kilns the most,though he estimated over 500 people have used the kilns including school groups, a special needs program and much more.

“ We have a lot of different programs o for pottery and object production. They’re probably among our most popular classes,” he said.
“We fire  the kilns up two or three times a week,” Hagan observed, adding last year he predicted they would reach the milestone about this time.


CASA exhibits celebrate spring and gardening

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Casa celebrates Spring with new exhibits running until April 13.
Darcy Logan examines a piece from Cultivating Creativity at Casa. photo by Richard Amery“‘Cultivating Creativity‘ is a group exhibition on the theme of gardening,” said curator Darcy Logan, noting 17 artists submitted a variety of works in a variety of mediums including clay, textile and, painting and drawing. They are in the back half of the main gallery as well as in the main foyer.

“There is also an installation of photographs suspended from the ceiling,” Logan continued.

 The other major main floor exhibition is Beany Dootjes’s ‘Gardens III’ in the front half of the main gallery.

“She’s a sustainable gardener. She grows her own produce, fruits and vegetables and even grapes and berries and her art is inspired by that,” Logan said.


U of L students reflect on body and space in new exhibit

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The University of Lethbridge is pleased to present  a new exhibit of U of L students artworkChloe Gut and Soloman Ip ccurated the latest U of l student art exhibit at the Penny. Photo by  Richard Amery, in the new curated exhibit From Where I Stand: Annual University of Lethbridge Student Art Exhibition , which opens with a reception, March 8 at the Dr. Foster Penny building (324-5th Street South) .

“It’s part of our museum studies program,”said professor Devon Smither.

“The students learn how to curate and organize and exhibition and how to do an installation as part of their course credit,” Smither said.

  Curator and student Chloe Gust is excited to present a variety of works from 28 different artists reflecting on the theme of the body, subjectivity and identity relating to the surrounding world.
“I’m impressed with the breadth of the submissions. There’s ceramics, oil paintings, photographs and sculpture,” Smither said.

“We received almost 50 submissions. Lots of people  submitted more than one pieces,” Gust said, adding it was a tough job to trim down the works for the exhibition.


Casa opens new exibits focusing on paper manipulation

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Six new art exhibits open at Casa tonight, mostly featuring different ways the artists have altered  and manipulated paper.Katie Bruce’s unsaid/unseen is one of several new exhibits opening at casa tonight. photo by Richard Amery
Angeline Simon explores some of her favourite Lethbridge locations in her Passage Gallery exhibit “ gently passing by.”
“ There are photos I bought from the Galt Museum. I wanted to feature some of the places in Lethbridge that are special to me,” said Katie Bruce.
They’re all locations from 1890 to the 1950s,” she said.

 She manipulated some of the images to make them appear three dimensional.
 There are two big exhibits  in the main gallery.

 David Hoffos, who is known for larger, three dimensional installations and sculptures, many of which are on display at the Owl Acoustic lounge, narrows his focus to photos in “Anamorphic Arrays and Other  Variations.”
“This exhibit is two dimensional. He’s scanned mostly old advertising material, cut them up, scanned them, cut them up and scanned them again,” described Casa curator Darcy Logan.

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