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Mortar & Brick present “unsettling” images in False Positive

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Mortar & Brick gallery presents works from four different artists in their latest exhibition “ False Positive,” which runs until Feb. 11. The exhibit opened on Jan. 15.Mortar & Brick features foiur artists in “False Positive” Photo by Richard Amery
 False Positive features works by Calgary artist  Barry Russell Lorne, Kelowna artist Wanda Lock and Lethbridge artists Eileen Murray and Corinne Thiessen.
“The last chance to see it is Feb. 8,” said Mortar & Brick Arts & Events co-ordinator Courtney Green.
“It’s a collection of artwork that could be considered creepy. They are very unsettling,” Green said.

 The exhibit is “an exploration of the artists’ relationship to positive and negative space, the certainty that life is uncertain and  how they come together in a journey through the human body,” according to a press release about the exhibit.


New exhibits at casa explore nature

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Casa celebrates nature an abstract art with several exhibits running until Feb. 15.Darcy Logan  with Marianne Gerlinger}s Nature & Nurture Exhibit. Photo by Richard Amery
 In the entrance gallery, Eileen Murray examines  various still life items in paint.
“She Earned a BA from the University of Lethbridge and her MFA at the Uuniversity of Saskatchewan. She’s exploring the motif of  traditional still life,” said casa curator Darcy Logan.
The main gallery features two exhibits which also explore natural themes through abstract art.
“The whole exhibition is celebrating nature,” said casa curator Darcy Logan, noting Ashley Wolodka’s “Tide Change” is in the front half of the main gallery.
“She has created abstract paintings inspired by tide pools in Nova Scotia,” he said.

“Ashley recently moved to Lethbridge. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, so we’re excited to be hosting her first public exhibition,” Logan continued.
 Marianne Gerlinger’s Nature and Nurture in the other half of the main gallery also contains abstract works inspired by nature.

“ A lot of them are inspired by nature and elemental figures. Marianne is a well respected artist. So we’re excited to have this opportunity to showcase her work,” he said.
Just outside the main gallery, three University of Lethbridge students , Alicia Barbieri, Amber Saito and Chrystal Toth present tactile/textile.


New art exhibits opening at Dr. Penny Foster Building and Casa

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University of Lethbridge New media 1000 classes are taking over the Dr. Penny Foster Building downtown  beginning Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. The classes will be exhibiting their favourite photos, 3-D animation and posters created this semester. The exhibit runs Nov. 4-15, but  get a sneak peak on Nov. 1. Rebecka Johnston will be performing some live music. There will also be an animation showcase, Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

Casa opens several new exhibits, Nov. 2 Jeanne Kollee explores “Why Are We Here” in the concourse Gallery, The Textile Surface Design Guild  features “You Can’t Get There From Here” in the concourse showcase.

 The Main Gallery features Freyja Patton”s “1984 Cranes”, while David Miller presents “New Borders. Harley Morman’s Disorientation is in the  project space.

Mike Jensen explores Hstorical Lethbridge in  the Digital Gallery and Lorraine Lee’s “ Geez, it‘s Cold Outs!— Ooooh Looks Sparkly in the main floor showcase.
 The opening reception is 7-9 p.m.. The exhibits run from Nov. 20-Dec. 21.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Fill your heart with art during ArtsDays

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The Allied Arts Council kicks off the sixteenth annual Arts Days celebration with Word On The Street, Saturday, Sept. 21.
 ArtsDays  continues with a variety of  events happening the following week.

Megan Wittig is one of the performers at the ArtsDays SOAR cabarets. By Richard Amery
“We’re sponsoring a tent this year,” said Allied Arts Council communications manager Kelaine Devine, adding it won’t be the music tent, which begins at 11:30 a.m. with Calgary blues rock band the Eric Braun Band followed by local country musician Tyra Whitson, more blues with the Steve Keenan Band at 1:35, local folk/ blues band In Cahoots, Willy Big Bull and winding up with Fred Penner at 4 p.m.

“We’re sponsoring the cartoon and comic stage with Eric Dyck and Carson Morton,” Devine continued.
 Word On The Street features a variety of authors writing teen fiction, non-fiction like cook books,  science fiction, Canadian authors and much more.

 “But the next day, I’m really looking forward to  Mimosas, Muffins and and  Movies in Casa. We’ll be showing the Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King. You’ll really enjoy it if you like stop motion animation,” Devine continued. It begins at 10 a.m.. There will be coffee , food and mimosas for $5. Admission is by donation.

The ArtWalk quilt show begins at City Hall on Monday, which also features Dawn Leite’s walking theatre tour of downtown Lethbridge.
“It’s hard to believe there used to be 30 theatres in Lethbridge,” Devine said.
 there are plenty of exhibitions opening throughout the week at the Trianon, Mortar and Brick and the SAAG. The seven new exhibits at casa continue for ArtsDays as well. You can see them all during th Gallery Stroll, Sept. 29.

There are a couple of changes this year.
“ We’ve moved  the SOAR Emerging Artist Cabarets from May to September because we found most of the students  had left in May,” Devine  observed, noting they will be at Casa on Sept. 25 and 26 featuring  works by Ashley Thomson, Austin Culler, David Gabert, Garrett Mallory Scott, Integra Contemporary and Electro Acoustics (ICE). There will also be performances by Megan Wittig, Marigold, Michael Bartz, Sydney Murdoch and Zach Pollis. There will be a different lineup both nights. The cabarets run from 7-9 p.m.

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