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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.


Casa features costume themed art in new exhibits

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CASA  celebrates the body with a new exhibit combining the talents of guest curators  Jorge Sandoval and Brenda Brandley in their new exhibition “Mapping the Body: Wearing the Other” which opens tonight, SaBrenda Brandley with one of the Mapping the Body pieces which has been in all three exhibits. Photo by Richard Ameryturday, Nov. 3 at Casa.
“Mapping the Body is the third iteration of  a continuously evolving project combining  the efforts of students, and faculty of the Lethbridge College Fashion Design and Sustainable Production department and the University of Lethbridge drama department.

“It is the culmination of a three year project,” said Brenda Brandley, Lethbridge College lead instructor, fashion design and  sustainability.

The 20 works in the  were created through a variety of mediums using found items like plastic bags, textiles, digital photography and computer graphics.
The first exhibit was two years ago at the Penny Gallery downtown and at Lethbridge College the next year.
“ There are 20 different artists involved in this  exhibit. there were 40 at the beginning. Some of these pieces were in the last one and some of have been in all three. They‘ve evolved a lot since then,” Brandley observed.

“So it‘s been a really interesting process to be involved in,” she said.

“We wanted people to get a chance to express themselves and think about sustainability and to be able to visualize the body in their own way,” she continued.
“ I’m really passionate about sustainability,” she said.


miniSAAG allows children to explore their creativity

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Children aged 6-10 can take a journey into the depths their imagination and creativity with the miniSAAG program at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.Emily Promise Allison demonstrates what students do during miniSaag Sessions. photo by Richard Amery
“While the program, for kids age 6-10, officially began Sept. 7, it runs every Friday until Dec. 7 and drop ins are always welcome.

“The program allows children how to express themselves by creating an environment of freedom through abstract thinking,” summarized SAAG Public Engagement Co-ordinator Emily Promise Allison.

 She noted there are a a variety of colourful blocks, fabrics and accoutrements for the kids to create their own innovative environment to play in.
“I have three dimensional larger than life blocks and fabric of all kinds,“ she described.

“Every session involves a wide range of ways for them to engage with these objects. It is also dependent on the group dynamic,” she said, noting they must work with each other to create their own worlds and environments and costumes through the project.

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