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Local artists explore motherhood at Casa

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New mothers Laura Ajayi and April Matisz drew artistic inspiration from being isolated from the artistic community while raising their children. So they developed “Mommy, Mama, Mother , Mum.”April Matisz and Laura Ajayi set up their exhibit at Casa. Photo by Richard Amery
“We each have a five-year-old and a three-year-old,” said April Matisz.

“ This exhibit is about integrating all of the work of motherhood with being part of a community,” she continued, noting she collaborated with Ajayi on several of the pieces.
“For example I sent her a picture of a child I drew and she added things like gold stars and even pasted sugar on one piece,” Matisz said, adding she started thinking about the exhibit after the birth of her second  child.

 One wall is dominated by Matiisz’s coloured pictures of children.
“ Some of them are pictures of my children, but most of them are composites of my friends‘ photos of their children from social media,” she said.
“They are interesting and different based on the experiences of motherhood,” she said.
Ajayi’s work is mostly textile art including a piece of a umbilical cord.


Marian Godfrey explores motherhood in art exhibit

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Marian Godfrey has returned home to Lethbridge from Victoria for a few days to share her new art exhibit Wire Mother at the Lethbridge Public Library.Marian Godfrey premiered her new art exhibit Wire Mother last week. It runs until Nov.30. Photo by Richard Amery
“They are all works I did in about the last two years, but most of them were done in the past month,” said Godfrey. She recently started painting in water colours.
 The exhibit features several of of her works.

“ Most of them are self portraits. But there are also  the Floating Franny series,” she said, adding they are of her beloved beagle but with an umbilical cord. There is also a portrait of Shaela Miller.


Intimacy features fem positive artists for FLIPFest

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FLIPfest has added an artistic component to this year’s festival, which runs all over downtown, Friday, Aug. 24-Aug. 26 with a market and a performance by Amy Nelson.Kylie Fineday with some of the art for the intimacy exhibit. photo by Richard Amery
 The exhibit, ’Intimacy,’ runs at The Dr. Penny Foster Building, Aug. 25-Sept, 14.
 It features female and non binary artists from as far away as Montreal.
“It’s an artistic celebration of femme and non binary artists who are exploring the themes of body image and self love,” observed curator Kylie Fineday.

 The exhibit features the works of 19 artists who have submitted approximately 30 pieces including textile art, paintings and photographs.
 Winnipeg artist Mahlet Cuff is the featured artist of the exhibition who submitted a series of four photographs.


Casa brings “Beloved” exhibit to gallery

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A canoe painted with hands dominates one half of the main gallery at Casa forKari Lehr and  Karen Tamminga-Paton’s exhibit “Beloved.”Kari Lehr and Karen Tamminga-Paton's Beloved opens at Casa tonight. Photo by Richard Amery
“‘Beloved’ is about the feelings of disconnect and fracture,” said Casa curator Darcy Logan.

“Karen has focused on  all of the people who have supported her in her life,” observed Casa curator Darcy Logan, looking at the canoe adorned with huge painted hands on either side.

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