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EXHIBITION: Jan 25 - 27

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Hanging By Threads
Carolina Reis 

January 25th - 27th, 2019
Annex Art Centre - 1075 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario

Media Preview: Fri, Jan 25, 3-5pm
Opening Reception: Sat, Jan 26, 3-6pm

This exhibition presents an installation of knitted and intertwined textile works of art all interconnected by threads. Visitors are welcome to interact with the installation and the space, and to wrap themselves in the works. The connections that extend into the space represent the virtual links that unite us in a material and tactile way.

 Communications technologies take a lot from the textile vocabulary. We connect to the “network”, we browse the “web” and we read “threads” of news and updates. This project was born from wordplay on the subject. Over the knitted webs, I superimpose other concepts of nets, meshes, networks, and weaves. From this idea arises an aesthetic exploration where webs and connections are the common threads. With each intertwined loop, I build a new visual and tactile stor…

EVENT: Jan 18 - 27

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DesignTO Festival
Art and Design Festival

January 18th - January 27th, 2019
DesignTO - 1214 Queen Street West, Studio , Toronto, Ontario

DesignTO is where art and design meet from January 18-27, 2019. DesignTO, formerly the Toronto Design Offsite, brings you over 100 events, immersive installations, fantastic exhibitions, engaging talks, incredible prototypes, and so much more.

Plus, with an extra weekend, there's no reason to miss any of the amazing programming 2019 has in store for you. 10 days of art and design are coming soon!

 Visit the DesignTO website to view the complete Festival Schedule, and start planning your design week today! More Information

EXHIBITION: Jan 25 - Jan 27

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Manidoominensagemin Toronto
Beading Symposium

December 10th, January 25th - January 27th 2018
Textile Museum of Canada - 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Manidoominensagemin Toronto is a beading symposium organized by the Textile Museum of Canada and Lisa Myers. This symposium is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Beads, they’re sewn so tight, guest curated by Lisa Myers. The symposium is intended to contribute to and build on the scholarship around contemporary Indigenous art with a focus on beading techniques and quillwork; through making and learning together, opportunities will be created for the exchange of knowledge and the building of community.

 Hands-on workshops will include bead embroidery (Katie Longboat), quillwork (Brenda Lee and Jean Marshall), and moose hair tufting (Marie Brunelle). Alexandra Kahsenniio Nahwegahbow, Franchesca Hebert Spence, and Lisa Myers will lead sessions that engage with scholarship surrounding these activities. Participants will have t…

EXHIBITION: Jan 16 - Feb 10

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Intersection A ∩ J
Alice Yan and Jay Joo

January 16th - February 10th, 2019
JJStudio - 825 Bloor Street W Toronto ON Canada

Opening Reception- January 19th, 2019- 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Collaboration Exhibition.  More Information

EXHIBITION: Jan 4 - Feb 16

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Setting Afloat On A River in Spate
Brad Copping

January 4th -February 16, 2019
Shenkman Arts Centre - 245 Centrum Blvd. Orleans, Ontario

Meet the Artist (Orleans): Jan 4 to Feb 16 Artist talk and reception Jan 13, 1-3pm   More Information



EXHIBITION: Oct 25 - Feb 28

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Fate, Destiny & Self Determination
Schicksal, Vorsehung und Selbstbestimmung

October 25, 2018 - February 28, 2019
Museu Nacional de Brasília - Esplanada dos Ministérios, Brasília

Opening Reception October 25, 2018 19h-21h

An international tapestry initiative. Weavers and non weavers from all over the world are invited to participate. To date 443 people are from 39 countries have contributed a total of 743 shapes. It continues to grow by accepting shapes indefinitely.  More Information

EXHIBITION: Jan 19 - Mar 2

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Housewarming
Craft Ontario Juried Member Exhibition

January 19th - March 2nd, 2019
Craft Ontario Gallery -1106 Queen Street W, Toronto, Ontario

Setting up a home is an essential human experience, and includes traditions and customs that vary across different cultures, times and locations. With the movement of people across the globe, including growing urban centres and transitions to new countries, the establishment of new homes happens every day. Part of this process is defining the spaces we inhabit through the objects that we use. Housewarming explores these objects through examining what it means for an object to be both useful and meaningful, and how they can contribute to the many possible experiences of home.

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EXHIBITION: Dec 13 - Mar 3

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21 Pillows
Cheryl Wilson-Smith

December 13, 2018 – March 3, 2019
Thunder Bay Art Gallery - 1080 Keewatin St, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Opening Reception: Thurs. December 13, 2018, 7:30 pm

21 PILLOWS is an interactive installation featuring 21 pillows placed on the gallery floor. Cheryl invites visitors to enter the dimly lit gallery, reminiscent of dusk, and pick a glass rock – one from thousands all designed and kiln-fired by the artist – to place on the pillows. This collective shaping of the environment allows us to consider the passage of time and the vulnerability of both humanity and the natural world. Award-winning sculptural glass artist Cheryl Wilson-Smith lives in Red Lake, Ontario, on the Canadian Shield surrounded by the boreal forest. 21 PILLOWS is her first installation. It’s a prescient reminder of how we affect the natural world over time. With every addition, every move, every alteration, what was there before is forever altered.  More Information

WORKSHOP: Feb 23

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Papercutting Workshop
Mark Yungblut

February 23, 2019 - 12:00pm -2:30pm
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery- 25 Caroline St N, Waterloo, Ontario

$55 + HST per person

Participants will learn the basics of Japanese papercutting with artist Mark Yungblut who brings 10 years of experience. Mark will discuss various styles and techniques, and will guide participants in the creation of an artwork. Cost includes all materials.  More Information


WORKSHOP: Mar 9

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Wet Felting Workshop (Make your own Mittens
Sarah Badran

Sunday March 9th, 2019 - 12:00pm- 4:00pm
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery - 25 Caroline St N, Waterloo, Ontario

In this workshop local artist Sarah Badran will be teaching the technique of wet felting. Participants will learn how to make a pair of felted mittens. There will also be a lesson on needle felting, so that participants can decorate their mittens at home. All materials are included. No experience required.  More Information

EXHIBITION: Jan 12 - Mar 17

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Surrender
Kanika Gupta

January 12th - March 17th, 2019
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery - 25 Caroline St N, Waterloo, Ontario

In partnership with the Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington, the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is pleased to feature the ceramic works of Toronto artist Kanika Gupta. Gupta’s experience of working with clay has mirrored her personal journey of finding her way, following a brain injury that abruptly disrupted her life.

 Please join us at the Gallery for a reception and brief artist talk on Saturday, February 2 at 2:00pm. This event is free and all are welcome.

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EXHIBITION: Jan 12 - Mar 17

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Suburbia
Pattie Chalmers, Julia Hepburn, Jennie Suddick

January 12 - March 17, 2019
Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery - 25 Caroline St N, Waterloo, Ontario

With a cautious nostalgia, artist Pattie Chalmers borrows imagery from the mid 20th century to create ceramic tableaus that are simultaneously familiar and unsettling. Julia Hepburn creates small dream-like dioramas made of polymer clay and mixed media. Her works are distinctive for their strong psychological quality and elusive narratives. Remembering and re-creating the ‘magical’ spaces of childhood, like blanket and tree forts, Jennie Suddick opens up the definition of home to include communal, ‘do-it-yourself’ spaces whose distinction and power is in their impermanence.

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EXHIBITION: Dec 22 - Mar 17

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Fireworks 2017
FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association

December 22, 2018 - March 17, 2019
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery - 25 Caroline St N, Waterloo,

Welcome to Fireworks 2017, a celebratory exhibition of hand crafted works in clay and glass, organized by FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association. The talent and creative spirit of FUSION members is highlighted in this exhibition, which showcases diverse and unique works of art. The tradition of Fireworks Exhibitions started almost 40 years ago. Held biennially, the call for entry invites participation from across Ontario and beyond.

Fireworks has come to symbolize the best in contemporary clay and glass FUSION’s members have to offer and is displayed in galleries throughout Ontario for two years. Fireworks 2017 stands as a testament to the vitality, originality and inventiveness of today's practicing crafts community - a tribute to those makers who have chosen clay and glass as their mode of self expression, and in …

EXHIBITION: Jan19 -Mar 23

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Stitched: A Homecoming
Heather Dubreuil and Anne Kelly

January 19th - March 23rd, 2019
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum - 3 Rosamond St E, Almonte, ON

"Stitched: A Homecoming" Mixed media textile works.

January 19 - March 23, 2019. Vernissage: Saturday, January 19 from 2-4pm.

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Almonte ON. 613-256-3754

Works by textile artists Heather Dubreuil and Anne Kelly

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EXHIBITION: June 27-Mar 31

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Crosscurrents: Canada in the Making
Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Brenda Lee, Meghann O'Brien, Amanda Rataj, and Ovilu Tunnillie

June 27, 2018- March 31st, 2019
Textile Museum of Canada -55 Centre Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 2H5

This land has long been the meeting place of many cultures. Textiles and their stories move with people and reveal the ways in which cultural traditions adapt and evolve as diverse communities come in contact with new environments. Powerful symbols of identity and place, textiles hold strong spiritual and material connections to the land and people around the world.

 Crosscurrents explores ongoing cultural exchanges and interactions between Indigenous people, settler Canadians and newcomers over the last two centuries, and examines shifting identities, intersections and contestations that inform textile expressions alongside the stories of those who make Canada their home. Through collaborations and confrontations, memories, dreams and traditions converge to reveal a dynam…

EXHIBITION: Oct 10 - May 26

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Beads, they're sewn so tight
Bev Koski, Katie Longboat, Jean Marshall, Olivia Whetung

October 10, 2018 – May 26, 2019
Textile Museum of Canada - 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

OPENING RECEPTION All are welcome!
 Wednesday October 10, 2018, 6-7:30 pm

In beadwork, threads create structure and hold beads together, creating a seemingly invisible scaffold. As metaphor and as material, they unite form, design, and meaning. Beads, they’re sewn so tight examines social and political relations embedded in the visual language of pattern and surface design, including living traditions with an emphasis on family and community networks.
Beads, they’re sewn so tight features over 40 beaded works by Bev Koski, Katie Longboat, Jean Marshall, and Olivia Whetung, many of which will be shown here for the first time. From weaving to loom-work and embroidery, their artwork threads together formal aspects of artmaking such as colour and composition with critical issues such as language retention, ster…

WORKSHOP: Oct 19 - May 26

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Glass Blowing(Weekend)
Harbourfront Glass Studio Artists-in-Residence.

October 19th, 2018 - May 26th, 2018
Harbourfront Centre - 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario

This weekend course covers solid (i.e. paperweights) and blown forms (cups, bowls and plates), colour application, hot and cold techniques and use of studio equipment.

 Email craft@harbourfrontcentre.com for more information or to register.

 COURSE DATES Each session (approx. 19 hours) runs Friday 6:30 – 9:30pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6pm.

Course Instructors are Glass Studio Artists-in-Residence.

 2018
October 19–21 FULL
 November 2–4 FULL

2019
January 11–13
February 1–3
February 22–24
March 8–10
March 22–24
March 29-31
April 26–28
May 24–26.
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EXHIBITION: Sept 22- June 2

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Nordic Glass
Evelina Dovsten & Kristin Larsson, Bjørn Friborg, Mervi Haapakoski, Renata Jakowleff, Sini Majuri, Auli Rautiainen, Kirsten Vikingstad Storesund, and Ida Wieth

September 22, 2018- June 2, 2019
Harbourfront Center - 235 Queens Quay West,Toronto, Ontario

Nordic glass was at a high point in the mid-20th century. Famous glass factories like Orrefors, Iittala, Holmegaard and Kosta Boda; and designers such as Tapio Wirkkala and Alvar Aalto were synonymous with good design and refined taste. This heyday created distinctive identities for all four countries—Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland—and collectively added to the Scandinavian Modern aesthetic.

 Sadly, few of the glass factories remain due to market pressures and outsourcing. However, these economic realities have not lessened the association of well-designed and crafted glass within Nordic countries. The situation has given rise to a bright new generation of glass artists and designers; ones with independent spirits foc…