Articles tagged with: Walker Cultural Leader Series

  • MEMORIES KNOWN AND UNKNOWN: exhibition opens Jan 9, 2018 / lecture on Jan 31

    William Bell and Grandma, from the Bell-Sloman Collection of the James Gibson Library, Brock University

    A Walker Cultural Leader Series and Canada 150 Exhibition and Public Lecture:

    MEMORIES KNOWN AND UNKNOWN

    Visual Arts faculty have selected photographs and ephemera from the Bell-Sloman Collection of the James Gibson Library, part of a remarkable collection donated to Brock University by Rick Bell in 2010. The collection features more than 300 photos and various papers spanning more than a century that document the Bell and Sloman families, who descended from former slaves in the American south. The exhibition at the Visual Arts gallery will showcase some of the material presented at the Walker Cultural Leader series lecture on January 31, when we are pleased to welcome Dr. Julie Crooks from the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her research situates the Bell-Sloman Collection as a “fugitive archive,’ built with defiance and resistance, in order to preserve, salvage and recover the histories of African Canadian communities whose stories and material artefacts are often left untold or subject to erasure.

    Exhibition: Monday, January 9, 2018 to Friday, February 9, 2018
    Regular visiting hours are Tuesday through Saturday 1 to 5 pm.
    To check viewing times of the exhibition please see the webpage.
    Location of Exhibition: Visa Gallery and Exhibition Space, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University

    Note: The date of the exhibition reception is Wednesday, January 31 at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    The lecture follows at 7:00 p.m. A free community event. Please see below for more details.

    THE BELL-SLOMAN COLLECTION AT BROCK UNIVERSITY: A FUGITIVE ARCHIVE

    Dr. Julie Crooks of the Art Gallery of Ontario

    Dr. Julie Crooks is our second Walker Cultural Leader in Visual Arts for 2017-18. Her public lecture will draw on current research that examines the ways in which black communities, by the mid to late 19th century, in settlements throughout Southern Ontario, used photography as a critical and powerful tool for self-representation. Crooks’ research situates the Bell-Sloman Collection as a “fugitive archive,” built with defiance and resistance, in order to preserve, salvage and recover the histories of black communities whose stories and material artefacts are often left untold or subject to erasure. The exhibition at the VISA Gallery and Exhibition Space (above) will showcase some of the material presented in the lecture.

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Preceded by a reception for the exhibition at the VISA Gallery and Exhibition Space.
    Location: Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, Brock University (second floor, above the VISA Gallery)
    This is a free community event, but tickets are required and are available at wcl-bell-sloman-crooks.eventbrite.com

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  • The Department of Music on stage!

    Pictured above is a previous season performance of the Guitar Extravaganza (top), The Walker Quartet (left to right: Anna Hughes (2nd violin), Faith Lau (viola), Gordon Cleland (cello) and Vera Alexeeva (1st violin)), and pianist Dr. Karin Di Bella (bottom right).

    This weekend the Department of Music is presenting two spectacular concerts that will surely be among the highlights of the fall season.

    On Friday Nov. 10, as part of the Walker Cultural Leader Series, Encore! Professional Concert Series presents: The Walker Quartet with faculty pianist Karin Di Bella. The Walker Cultural Leader Series was generously founded by Marilyn I. Walker.

    Now in its second season, the Department of Music’s resident Walker String Quartet and Karin Di Bella present a program of two of the most iconic works in the string quintet repertoire, the Piano Quintets by Schumann in E-flat Major and Shostakovich in G Minor.

    This concert takes place on Friday Nov. 10, 2017 in the Partridge Concert Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, starting at 7:30 pm. For more information, please visit the Department concert events webpage and the ExperienceBU page.

    Then on Saturday Nov. 11 as part of our continuing celebration of Canada’s 150 year of Confederation, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is once again the venue for the ever-popular Guitar Extravangaza III including a special Canada 150 performance of Carpe Noctem.

    Brock University’s annual celebration of the guitar commences at 7:30 pm on Saturday Nov. 11 in the Cairns Recital Hall.  An orchestra of 60 guitars comprised of Brock students, local amateurs and professionals will be directed by Brock University Guitar Instructor, Timothy Phelan. Special guest soloists include Matthew McAllister (Scotland) and Emma Rush (Canada).  The concert features a tribute to the late Warren Stirtzinger with George Kane (USA) and James Bryan McCollum (Canada), music composed by Timothy Phelan and the World Premiere of Carpe Noctem – a six-movement work written especially for this occasion by Niagara composer Floyd Turner.  For more information, please visit the Department concert events webpage and the ExperienceBU page.

    Tickets for both events can be ordered from the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office (905.688.0722) or from their website.

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  • Speaker provides chilling reminder of Canadian slave history

    Charmaine Nelson, far right, spoke on Colonial Print Culture and the Limits of Enslaved Resistance on Oct. 19 as part of the Walker Cultural Leader Series. She is pictured here with Department of Visual Arts Professors and event organizers, pictured from left, Keri Cronin, Linda Steer and Amy Friend.

    (Source: The Brock News, Thursday, October 26, 2017 | by: Alison Innes)

    Charmaine Nelson worked to paint a picture for the audience, one that detailed the experiences of Canadian slaves and the horrors they endured throughout history.

    The renowned scholar, known for her groundbreaking contributions in the fields of black Canadian studies, visual culture of slavery, and race and representation, delivered the first 2017-18 public lecture of Brock’s Walker Cultural Leader Series on Oct. 19.

    Her address drew more than 150 people who gathered at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines to listen to her presentation, Colonial Print Culture and the Limits of Enslaved Resistance: Examining the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century Fugitive Slave Archive in Canada and Jamaica.

    A professor of Art History at McGill University, Nelson has published seven books and held a number of prestigious research chairs across North America. She is currently the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University for 2017-18.

    As the first and currently only black professor within the discipline of Art History at a Canadian university, Nelson, through her website, is an advocate for the field of Black Canadian Studies.

    Her latest research, which she shared in her talk, attempts to understand the black experience in Canada by examining fugitive slave advertisements for details about the process of creolization in slave minority (temperate) and slave majority (tropical) locations in the British Empire.

    Nelson explained how she reconceptualizes fugitive slave ads — once produced by slave owners seeking to recapture their runaways — as portraits of enslaved people. The ads can provide information on a group of people who often leave no record of their own, she said.

    These portraits, however, are imperfect, since the subject is an unwilling participant and the depiction is written by the white slave owner. In addition, only slaves considered sufficiently valuable were pursued through advertising.

    Fugitive slave ads provided detailed racialized descriptions of enslaved people, including complexion, hairstyle, clothing, language, accents and bodily marks. In some cases, the ads offered rewards for the recapture of a fugitive slave, encouraging white participation in the criminalization of fugitive slaves.

    While the ads provide a portrait of enslaved people, they are also a lop-sided truth, Nelson explained. Some owners maligned fugitives with sweeping generalizations about their character, while others detailed specific crimes the enslaved person was alleged to have committed. Such descriptions helped associate blackness with slavery and criminality.

    Nelson draws on a variety of archival sources in her research to flesh out these portraits, tracing fugitive slave stories through estate ledgers, bills of sale, poll tax records and workhouse and jail ledgers.

    Nelson’s talk also explored the link between print and slave culture. Printed newspaper ads in the 18th and 19th century permitted white slave owners to assert their ownership over long distances.

    Although printers facilitated slavery by asserting rights of white people to own slaves, the abolitionist movement eventually used the same fugitive slave ads, with their references to injuries, scars and branding, to show the horror of slavery.

    As Nelson pointed out, many Canadians are unaware of Canada’s history of enslaving black and indigenous peoples.

    “Slavery is not a black history,” she explained, “but a multi-racial, transatlantic history. Who were the slave owners, the ships’ captains, the printers, the jailers?”

    The narrative of the Underground Railway, which Canadians eagerly embrace, spanned a period of about only 30 years, Nelson explained. She went on to challenge listeners to consider why the preceding two centuries of slavery in Canada have been erased from history.

    In concluding her talk, Nelson encouraged the audience to change the lens through which they see history. The opportunities in the field of Canadian slavery history are immense, she said, while directing her words to students. Since so few people are studying the black Canadian experience, there are many contributions to be made.

    The talk is part of the 2017-18 Walker Cultural Leaders Series, organized by Professors Keri Cronin, Linda Steer and Amy Friend the Department of Visual Arts and funded by the generous legacy of Marilyn I. Walker.

    The author, Alison Innes, has assembled her live tweets about the lecture at Storify.

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  • Celebrated scholar Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson visits Brock University

    Walker Cultural Leader Series and Canada 150 present:

    Colonial Print Culture and the Limits of Enslaved Resistance: Examining the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century Fugitive Slave Archive in Canada and Jamaica, 

    a public lecture, reception, and book signing by Dr. Charmaine Nelson

    Dr. Charmaine Nelson is a Professor of Art History at McGill University. Her current research project juxtaposes fugitive slave advertisements, portraiture, and genre studies from Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Jamaica, to examine differences in the visual dimensions of creolization between slave minority and slave majority sites of the British Atlantic world. In 2016, she was named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. Most recently, Nelson has been appointed the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University for the 2017 – 2018 academic year. Dr. Nelson will present her research in a public lecture as a part of Visual Arts’ Walker Cultural Leader Series programming.

    The lecture abstract and presenter’s bio is available at Eventbrite.

    See the article in the Brock News.

    Thursday October 19, 2017

    Lecture Time: 7:00 pm.

    Note: The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

    Location: The FilmHouse, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

    This is a free community event. Reserve your seat with tickets available at Eventbrite.

    Groups are welcome! Contact Professor Linda Steer lsteer@brocku.ca for orders of more than 10 tickets.

    The event is presented by the Department of Visual Arts for the Walker Cultural Leader Series, generously founded by Marilyn I. Walker.

    The Walker Cultural Leader series brings leading artists, performers, practitioners and academics to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University. Engaging, lively and erudite, these sessions celebrate professional achievement, artistic endeavour and the indelible role of culture in our society. Please join us. This education program is generously founded by Marilyn I. Walker.

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  • RBC Foundation Music@Noon – March 7

    RBC Foundation Music@Noon
    Our Tuesday Music@Noon series is generously sponsored by the RBC Foundation. This free concert series takes places most Tuesdays at noon throughout the academic year. Held in the acoustically excellent Cairns Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, our Music@Noon series provides ample opportunities for artists to display their creativity.

    Performing: Walker String Quartet: Vera Alekseeva and Anna Hughes, violins, Andrée Simard, viola, & Gordon Cleland, cello

    The Walker String Quartet (WSQ) is the Department of Music’s quartet in residence. The group gives prominence to the department through public performance and working with students in high school string programs to share in the joy of music and promote Brock’s music program.

    Quartet members include Music instructors Vera Alekseeva (first violin), Andrée Simard (viola), and Gordon Cleland (cello), along with second violinist Anna Hughes who hails from Guelph. All members of the WSQ are also regular players in the Niagara Symphony Orchestra.

    WSQ workshops with secondary school students over a number of weeks, developing closer ties between the schools and Brock while working together towards a public performance.

    “With this high-level ensemble we are able to bring a new energy to our performing presence in the region, on top of the vital work they are able to do in high schools with students, giving them a sampling of what Brock has to offer,” explains department chair Professor Karin Di Bella.

    “Prospective students will have the experience of having worked with their future teachers, and once they are at Brock they know they will receive the very best instruction possible.”

    In 2016 members of the quartet worked with music students from Laura Secord and Sir Winston Churchill Secondary Schools. At both schools the quartet performed a short program of standard repertoire, talked about Brock and its music programs, and distributed music parts to the students to work on in their classes. A number of weeks later, the quartet returned to the schools and held sectional workshops with the students to work on their parts.

    Finally on November 25, 2016, the high school students came downtown for a day of workshops and tours at the Marilyn I. Walker School of the Fine and Performing Arts, followed by a combined rehearsal and short public performance in Cairns Recital Hall. The gathered audience was appreciative, and the initiative forged closer ties between the two schools and the Department.

    The WSQ also held a similar event with Ridley College students, with a performance by the quartet, combined rehearsals, and a public performance.

    Concert performances are another important aspect of the quartet’s activities. In November, paired with strategic timing of the invitational workshop, the WSQ performed as part of the Department of Music’s Encore! Professional Concert Series in Partridge Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

    The WSQ was formed in 2016 through funds from the Walker Cultural Leaders Series endowment. The series brings leading performers, artists, practitioners and academics to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

    Discussions are underway to build on this success for the 2017-18 season, when the quartet will expand their activities further afield into the Hamilton/Burlington region.

    The Walker String Quartet’s performance takes place on Tuesday, March 7th from 12 noon to 12:50 pm in Cairns Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. This is a free community event!

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  • The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Announces their 2016/17 Season: Breaking the Surface

    MEDIA RELEASE
    Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
    Brock University
    16 September 2016

    “Breaking the Surface” promotes creative and intellectual activity in the heart of Niagara

    Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) announces Season 2016/17 Breaking the Surface, that celebrates the bond between the community and our arts centre in downtown St. Catharines. This year we build upon the relationship between the arts and the public realm, seeking to broaden the community’s understanding of how the arts relate to urban issues and contribute to cultural development in the Niagara region.

    This season consists of more than 45 dynamic events from performances, exhibitions, concerts and artist talks – on stage, in studios and galleries, and at regional venues.

    Some highlights of the season include:

    • The Ash Mouth Man presented by Stolen Theatre Collective and Brock University’s Department of Dramatic Arts
, runs Sept. 15-18 & 23-25, 2016, held at the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, MIWSFPA
    • Culture Days Open House, runs Sept. 30 – October 2, held at the MIWSFPA. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/2cu8ksl
    • Guitar Extravaganza II, 
Oct. 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm, held in 
Cairns Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
    • In Light and Darkness Exhibit, 
Nov. 22 – Dec. 9, 2016, held in the Art Gallery, MIWSFPA

    Now in our second year at 15 Artists’ Common, we are thrilled by the investment of the community in this incubator of creative expression and critical reflection. We invite Niagara to join us in a celebration of our students, faculty and guest artists’ achievements in the fine and performing arts, said David Vivian, MIWSFPA Director.

    The full program of events can be found on our MIWSFPA website, or you can download the “Breaking the Surface” Calendar of Events in pdf format.

    Stay connected to the MIWSFPA on social media by following @miwsfpa on Twitter and Instagram.

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    For more information or to arrange interviews:

    Marie Balsom, Communications,
    Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts,
    Brock University
    mbalsom@brocku.ca,
    905-688-5550 x4765

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  • Imagining the City (part of the Walker Cultural Leaders Program, 2015/16)

    The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts presents Imagining the City, part of the Walker Cultural Leaders Program, 2015/16.

    In September, Brock University opened the doors to its new downtown campus dedicated to the arts, the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA). To celebrate this new location and the bond between the Brock and downtown arts communities, the departments in the MIWSFPA (Dramatic Arts, Music, and Visual Arts), the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture, and Rodman Hall Art Centre present Imagining the City, part of the Walker Cultural Leaders Program. This festival will run throughout the 2015-16 academic year, and consists of performances, exhibitions, concerts, and conferences, all themed around ideas of the urban, and the relationship between the City and the University.

    Imagining the City will bring the Brock, downtown, and greater Niagara communities face-to-face with leading arts professionals and educators, with events happening at the MIWSFPA, Rodman Hall (109 St. Paul Crescent), and venues within the developing creative arts hub of St. Paul Street in St. Catharines. Highlights will include performances of First Nations writer Marvin Francis’ epic poem City Treaty, adapted for the St. Catharines setting (September); a Guitar Extravaganza concert featuring faculty, alumni and aficionados of the classical guitar in the local community (November); Confluence Field Trips, a walking project and virtual reconstruction by acclaimed artist Elizabeth Chitty offering the student community and public an opportunity to explore the environs beyond our new building (January); a staged adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play Major Barbara, entitled Major Predictions, Barbara (February); a concert by the Department of Music’s Wind Ensemble in St. Catharines’ Market Square (March) and much, much more.

    Stay connected on social media by following @miwsfpa and #itc on Twitter and Instagram.

    Want to keep track of our events? Click the link to download our Imagining the City Calendar of Events in pdf format.


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    Event hosting legend:
    D: Department of Dramatic Arts; M: Department of Music; V: Department of Visual Arts; S: Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture; RH: Rodman Hall


    Events

    September 2015

    D: Exhibition: DART@PQ2015
    September 2015 – April 2016
    Opening: Alumni Homecoming and Grand Opening, September 18, 2015
    Location: DART Theatre Lobby, 2nd Level, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines
    Exhibit of DART’s participation in the Canadian PQ2015 (Prague Quadrennial) exhibit Elevations, including parts of national collective project Totem. Theme: MUSIC. WEATHER. POLITICS. Also including: Fault Lines: digital exhibit of Brock students’ work.

     

    V: Confluence Field Trips – Walking Project
    Walking Project: Tuesday, September 8 – Sunday, November 15, 2015
    Location: Downtown locations
    Exhibition: Thursday, January 7 – Friday, January 29, 2016
    Opening Reception: Friday, January 8, 2016, 7-9 p.m.
    Location: Art Gallery
, 15 Artists’ Common
    See confluencefieldtrips.ca for more information and how to participate.
    The site of the MIWSFPA is rich with cycles of wilderness, settlement, industry, abandonment and reclamation. Confluence Field Trips is a website, walking project, and exhibition. It is about time and the places below the new school and performing arts centre. It is walking, seeing, listening and contributing if you choose. The artist invites the school community and public to claim space, see and be seen, hear and be heard.

     

    V: Shifting Practices, Department of Visual Arts Alumni Exhibition, Curated by Emma German
    Thursday, September 10 – Saturday, October 10, 2015
    Opening Reception: Friday, September 18, 2015, 5 – 11 p.m.
    Location: Art Gallery, 15 Artists’ Common
    Timed with the unveiling of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Shifting Practices follows the work of six alumni from the Department of Visual Arts. Upon graduating from the Visual Arts Honours program, these artists have established their careers through exhibitions, artist residencies, graduate degrees, and national awards. This exhibition explores how their individual practices have evolved, from the time when the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts was first imagined, until its realization. Artists: Sarah Beattie, Candace Couse, Alicia Kuntze, Ben Mosher, Carrie Perreault, Bruce Thompson.

     

    M: citySounds
    Friday, September 11, 2015, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Raceway behind the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines
    Percussionist Devon Fornelli will converse in real time with the city soundscape using traditional instruments and found materials.

     

    M: Pop Up Performances
    September 11, 14, 15, 16, 2015, 12 – 1 p.m.
    Location: Various Downtown Locations
    Musical Performances by Colin Maier, Oboe (and other instruments), and Alexander Sevastian, Accordion.

     

    RH: Hot Talk: Sarindar Dhaliwal
    Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7 p.m.
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines

     

    D: City Treaty
    Saturday, September 19, 2015, 5 – 9 p.m.
    Sunday, September 20, 2015, 12:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    Location: In and around the DART Theatre and lobby, 15 Artists’ Common, Other Downtown Locations
    Saturday: 5 p.m. Opening Ceremony
    5:30 p.m. Dance, Drumming & Vendor Fair
    6:30 p.m. Historical Talk with Rick Hill
    7 p.m. City Treaty Presentation
    Sunday: 12:30 p.m. Perpetual Peace Project Concert
    2 p.m. City Treaty Presentation
    3 p.m. Workshops
    5 p.m. Closing Ceremony
    5:30 p.m. Celebration at Rise Above, 120 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
    Featuring a stage adaptation of Marvin Francis’ epic long poem City Treaty, art by multi-disciplinary artist Shelly Niro, a historical talk with Rick Hill, workshops, dance demonstrations, music, food and more. The event wishes to honour the land the new theatre is built upon and open its doors to all peoples.

    To register for workshops and/or performances, please visit: http://discover.brocku.ca/city-treaty

     

    RH: Hot Talk: Maggie Groat
    Saturday, September 26, 2015, 2 p.m.
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines

     

    RH: Hot Talk: Derek Knight
    Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 12 p.m.
    Location: Mahtay Café, 241 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

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    October 2015

    M & V: Cello and Drawing Performance
    Friday, October 9, 2015, 7 p.m.
    Location: Visual Arts Painting Studio (Rm. MW416), Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines
    Cellist Gordon Cleland will perform in our new Visual Arts studio surrounded by students and professional artists, who will be creating works of art. Cleland is principal cellist with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and an instructor in the Department of Music.
    Free community event, limited seating.

     

    RH: Donna Szőke: Cloud, Curated by Stuart Reid
    Saturday, October 10, 2015 – Sunday, January 17, 2016
    Opening Reception: Sunday, October 25, 2015, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines
    Cloud is an assemblage of limited-edition prints and objects that explores relational meaning. Donna Szőke has created a collection of works that convey messages that are sometimes absurd, often humorous, never singular, but existing in relation to other parts of the whole. The materials chosen for the prints usually have an association with the text or message. For Decoy, the artist made a series of 3D-printed, trompe l’oeil Tim Horton’s doughnuts. The relationship between the doughnut and the hole, the original and the copy, the single and the baker’s dozen, may be confounding or irrational, but serves to point out how ideas are ephemeral structures. The artist writes: “Absurdity, irrationality, immanence, failure and anachronism are the unifying themes of Cloud… Ideas arise and are fleeting. They form, peak and disappear in sets of relationships to other ideas. Insights echo across instances of ideas.”

     

    V: Donna Szőke: Satellite, Curated by Stuart Reid
    Monday, October 19 – Saturday, November 28, 2015
    Opening Reception: Friday, October 23, 2015, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Location: Art Gallery, 15 Artists’ Common
    Satellite is the collected media art works by Donna Szoke, from 2011 to present. It is literally a satellite show of the exhibition Cloud, installed at Rodman Hall Art Centre. While Cloud coalesces print, sculpture and multiples into one body of work, Satellite presents digital drawings, single channel video and media art works that speak to the ethereal regions of digital art practice. These digital artworks investigate the invisible, elided and mysterious.

     

    RH: Hot Talk: Julia Haimburger
    Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 12 p.m.
    Location: Mahtay Café, 241 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

     

    RH: Hot Talk: Bill Burns
    Sunday, October 25, 2015, 2 p.m.
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines

     

    RH: Bill Burns: Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us, Curated by Stuart Reid in collaboration with Jennifer Matotek, Director/Curator, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan
    Sunday, October 25, 2015 – Sunday, January 3, 2016
    Opening Reception: Sunday, October 25, 2015, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines
    This survey exhibition of recent work by Bill Burns deals with longing, particularly longing for success, for assistance, for recognition, for a different type of world. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Burns makes overt pleas to art world celebrities, critiquing the politics of power that support them. The artist creates small-scale models of the world’s great museums with rooftop signs spelling out his request to curatorial luminaries. The pleas take the form of a litany: “priez pour nous”, “protect us”, “délivrez-nous”, “hear us.” Burns has met and worked with many of the curators he references through his expansive career in conceptual art in São Paulo, Toronto, London, and New York. In another nod to his powerful peers, the artist has created a series of small bobble-head likenesses that directly address notions of commodification within the contemporary art ecology.

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    November 2015

    S: Harvest Time by Renée Baillargeon
    Saturday, November 7, 2015, 8 p.m.
    Location: Studio A (MW 251), 15 Artists’ Common
    The Centre for Studies in Arts & Culture will present dramatic readings of 4 short plays by 4 established local playwrights touching on “Harvest Time” in St. Catharines. Directed by STAC instructor Renée Baillargeon, each play will be preceded by a photo collage from STAC student Alex Craddock, scored against music by STAC Alumni Jon Link. The dramatic readings feature Brock students Mark Dickinson, Naomi Richardson, Alex Li Tomulescu, Michael Fusillo, Naomi Mitchel and Keegan Cahill.

     

    D: Engaging Possibilities/Joining The Fires
    November 17-19, 12-5 p.m.
    Location: Studio A (MW 251), 15 Artists’ Common
    Presentation of transdisciplinary workshops including the Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) community and DART scenography students.
    Workshops will be in the afternoons. Workshops open to participants ONLY. Contact David at dvivian@brocku.ca for more information.

     

    RH: HOT TALK! Donna Szőke in conversation with Emily Rosamond
    Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7 p.m.
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines
    In conjunction with her solo exhibition Cloud, Brock University Visual Arts professor Donna Szőke discusses her work with visiting artist-researcher Emily Rosamond, Commonwealth Scholar in Art at Goldsmiths, University of London UK.
    HOT TALKS! are generously supported by Partridge Wealth Management RBC Dominion Securities Inc., St. Catharines

     

    M: Guitar Extravaganza
    Saturday, November 21, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Cairns Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
    Brock University students, alumni and faculty perform with regional guitarists, guitar teachers and composers, and special guests in an evening of solo and small ensemble performances. The grand finale will be “The Mighty Niagara Guitar Orchestra” performing the North American premiere of The Journey, composed by Brock University guitar instructor Timothy Phelan.
    The Guitar Extravaganza is a free community event, with donations gratefully accepted on behalf of Pathstone Mental Health.

     

    S: Her Voice in Black: Black Female Narrative in Lyric Theatre by Carla Chambers
    Sunday, November 29, 2015, 3 p.m.
    Location: DART Theatre, 15 Artists’ Common
    Directed by Virginia Reh, and featuring accompanist Brahm Goldhamer, Her Voice in Black explores some of opera’s black female characters. The concert is 45 minutes and consists of selections from operatic repertoire exploring intersections between the social and personal meanings of identity and representation in art. With art direction by visual artist Bob Chaylt Jeffreys, the set list includes musical selections from Giuseppe Verdi, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, and new work by American composer Nkeiru Okoye.
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    December 2015

    V: ART BLOCK 
    Tuesday, December 1 – Friday, December 18, 2015
    Opening Reception: Friday, December 11, 2015, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Location: Art Gallery, 15 Artists’ Common
    Celebrating our new school in downtown St. Catharines, ‘ART BLOCK’ is hosted by the Brock Art Collective, and showcases the works of over 45 Brock students on 6×6 inch wood panels in a variety of media. Pieces will be available for purchase starting at $40. Treat yourself, or find a holiday gift at this free community event!

     

    M: Christmas Carolling
    Saturday, December 12, 2015, 1- 3 p.m.
    Simultaneous Locations: St. Catharines Public Library Atrium & FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Lobby
    Join us in spreading some holiday cheer! Enjoy a festive treat of traditional Christmas carols performed by members of the Brock University Choirs and Avanti Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Harris Loewen.
    Free community event!

     

    S: The Exquisite Vine
    Thursday, December 17, 2015
    Location: The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce Education Centre, 1 St. Paul Street.
    The Exquisite Vine is a collaborative mentorship Art project between downtown St. Catharines’ creative professionals, and fine and performing arts students. This exhibition is a public event to showcase the artistic concepts and designs the students are developing into final works of art.
    Free community event!

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    January 2016

    V: Elizabeth Chitty: Confluence Field Trips Exhibition
    Thursday, January 7 – Friday, January 29
    Opening Reception: Friday, January 8, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Location: Art Gallery, 15 Artists’ Common
    This installation is part of the artist’s project which includes a website, walking project, and performance, in which the public was invited to CLAIM SPACE | SEE AND BE SEEN | HEAR AND BE HEARD through walking in Canal Valley. The “confluence” of the title is that of Dick’s Creek and Twelve Mile Creek. The project was predicated by the opening of two arts buildings in St. Catharines that overlook Canal Valley, marking a new phase in a site rich with cycles of wilderness, industry, abandonment, and reclamation.

    RH: Shawn Serfas: Inland, Curated by Stuart Reid
    Saturday, January 9 – Sunday, March 20
    Opening Reception: Thursday, January 28, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Crescent.
    Swirling, thrusting marks traverse complex surfaces in this new body of large-scale abstract paintings called the Inland Series by Shawn Serfas. The artist explores the toxic potential of oily black as it infuses the ground, almost extinguishing the incendiary bars of hot red and yellow that burn like a furnace in the bottom quadrant of several of the paintings. Manipulating the liquidity of paint, the artist creates wet layers and crackling surfaces that illustrate the alchemic properties of the material. Serfas addresses environmental issues in these works, the uneasy pollution of materials seeping into the unspoiled cells of pure colour. This world is in dramatic flux, churning and changing; each painting evidence of an arrested state of human-made unbalance.

     

    RH: Jim Verburg, Curated by Marcie Bronson**Postponed
    Saturday, January 16 – Sunday, May 1
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Crescent.
    This event has been postponed until 2017.

     

    RH: Visual Appropriations and Rewritings, Curated by Catherine Parayre & Shawn Serfas
    Friday, January 29 – Sunday, February 21
    Opening Reception: Thursday, January 28, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Crescent.
    Students in the Brock University courses “Intermediate Painting” and “Interpretive and Critical Writing in the Arts” reflect creatively on well-known artists’ writings and offer a visual and textual panorama of reinterpreted views. The exhibition will then travel to the University of Innsbruck, Austria in June, 2016 on the invitation of the Zentrum für Kanadastudien.

     

    RH: Amy Friend, Assorted Boxes of Ordinary Life, Curated by Marcie Bronson
    Friday, January 29 – Sunday, May 1
    Opening Reception: Thursday, January 28, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Crescent.
    Inspired by a small found archive of personal photographs, documents, and objects, Amy Friend presents a new body of photo-based work that considers how identity comprises both fact and fiction. Composing images by overlaying fragments of the archive with anonymous secondhand photographs and her own original photographs, she infers narratives from the minimal details the remnants provide. Ambiguous and morphing, these composite images at once explore and confuse the history they reference, and Friend uses this to reflect on how we understand and interpret the people around us. So little can say so much, and even greater is the unexplored mystery of the spaces in between what is known.

     

    D: Drama in Education & Applied Theatre Symposium on Active Citizenship
    Friday, January 29, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Keynote by Kathleen Gould Lundy, with a response by Jonothan Neelands
    Location:  Dramatic Arts Theatre, 15 Artists’ Common
    A symposium on the role of Drama in Education and Applied Theatre in exploring concepts of citizenship, community and care as they relate to living with others in structured and unstructured spaces. The Keynote Address (“Pedagogy of Time and Place”) and Response on January 29 are open to the public, and admission is free.

     

    S: PANEL DISCUSSION: “Reinventing the Downtown through the Arts”
    Friday, January 29, 2 – 4 p.m.
    Location: Lecture Praxis Room, Rm. MW156, 15 Artists’ Common
    A public panel discussion to present successful examples of urban regeneration through cultural activities. The participating panelists represent a variety of sectors within the arts community. Studies in Arts and Culture faculty member Sharilyn Ingram will moderate this illuminating public talk.

    PLEASE NOTE: This event was originally scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., but has been moved to 2 p.m.
    Free community event.

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    February 2016

    S: Black History Film Festival
    Friday, February 5 & 26 at 6 pm
    Saturday, February 6 & 27 at 1pm
    Location: Lecture Praxis Room, Rm. MW156, 15 Artists’ Common
    Discover cinematic narratives by filmmakers and authors from the African Diaspora. Films to be shown include Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing”, Biyi Bandele’s “Half of a Yellow Sun”, and Sherry Hormann’s “Desert Flower”, among others.
    This event will also feature guest speaker and Brock faculty member, Dr. Tamari Kitossa.

    PLEASE NOTE: This event was originally scheduled to take place on 4 Mondays in February, but has been rescheduled to the first and last Fridays and Saturdays in February. Plan to join us on these dates!

    Free community event.

     

    V: Forever After: Painting And The Eye That Touches, Co-Curated by Cory Dixon and Joshua Gale
    Tuesday, February 2 – Saturday, March 5
    Opening Reception: Friday, February 5, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Location: Art Gallery, 15 Artists’ Common
    Forever After: Painting and The Eye That Touches is a curated rebuttal to the MOMA’s recent survey of contemporary painting. Despite being highly criticized, Laura Hoptman’s exhibition Forever Now started a critical conversation with poignant and important aesthetic questions about how the act of reading and creating paintings has radically changed in a world where the internet is almost seamlessly integrated in daily life. Assembling artists from Canada and New York in this new exhibition, Forever After: Painting and the Eye That Touches is an alternative proposition on what great painting can be in light of the radical changes in our relationship to history, images and the craft of constructing and viewing paintings.
    Participating Artists: Emily Davis Adams (USA), Dana James (USA), Daniel John (USA), Zachari Logan (Canada), Shawn Serfas (Canada)

     

    D: POOR by Essential Collective Theatre, co-presented by FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre with production assistance by DART
    February 18 – 28: Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.
    Tickets: Available at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
    Location: Robertson Theatre, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
    A new one-woman play by Vancouver playwright Suzanne Ristic, this darkly comic piece was first produced in 2014 at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Essential Collective Theatre’s production will be performed by DART part-time faculty member and ECT Artistic Director Monica Dufault, and is directed by Karen Wood.
    The play centres on an ultra rich Canadian woman, Shelly Cormorant, who pretends to be homeless in order to better understand the plight of the 99%. A contemporary Marie Antoinette in her ignorance, Shelly unwittingly offends everyone she meets in her attempt to empathize with the “poor”, all the while taking advice from a vision of Scarlett O’Hara.

     

    D: Major Predictions, Barbara
    Tuesday, February 23, 7:30 p.m.
    Location: DART Theatre, 15 Artists’ Common
    Workshop and reading of a new play by David Fancy, written in response to George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara, directed by Lezley Wade. Major Predictions, Barbara features a cast of DART students and current and past members of the Shaw Festival ensemble. It takes place in our contemporary world of “killer code,” TED talks, and predictive surveillance; Fancy’s text is intercut with passages from Shaw’s original text.

     

    M: Music Ed Plus Jazz Ensemble
    Friday, February 26, 3 p.m.
    Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre lobby, 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
    Please join us to hear some great jazz favourites performed by Brock’s music majors in the beautiful lobby of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.
    Music Ed Plus gives music majors at Brock University practical experience in a variety of music settings. This unique experiential program includes practical learning opportunities through professionally-coached ensembles and community volunteer placements, as well as workshops and lectures by experts in diverse musical careers. Participation in the program gives students a strong edge in their preparation for their future musical endeavours.
    Free community event!

     

    RH: Hot Talk: Amy Friend
    Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m.
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines

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    March 2016

    M: Music Ed Plus Vocal and Woodwind Chamber Ensembles
    Friday, March 4 & 11, 3 p.m.
    Location: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre lobby, 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
    Please join us to hear some great classical favourites performed by Brock’s music majors in the beautiful lobby of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.
    Music Ed Plus gives music majors at Brock University practical experience in a variety of music settings. This unique experiential program includes practical learning opportunities through professionally-coached ensembles and community volunteer placements, as well as workshops and lectures by experts in diverse musical careers. Participation in the program gives students a strong edge in their preparation for their future musical endeavours.
    Free community event!

     

    V: A Field Guide to Nowhere, Curated by Amy Friend
    Tuesday, March 8 – Saturday, April 9
    Opening Reception: Friday, March 18, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Location: Art Gallery, 15 Artists’ Common
    A unique international perspective provided by artists Susan Dobson (Canada), Marja Pirila (Finland), Byron Wolfe and Mary Ellen Bartely (United States), this exhibition explores photography’s uncanny ability to transport the viewer beyond the bounds of their physical locale.
    Free community event!

     

    RH: Hot Talk: Shawn Serfas
    Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m.
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines

     

    M: Brock University Wind Ensemble in Market Square
    Friday, March 18, 12 noon – 1 p.m.
    Location: Market Square, 91 King Street, St. Catharines
    The University Wind Ensemble will delight the lunchtime crowd with great music. Brock students are joined by talented community volunteers in this rousing ensemble. There may even be a chance for an audience member to conduct the band.

     

    V & RH: #trynottocryinpublic – Brock University Department of Visual Arts Honours Exhibition, Curated by Marcie Bronson and Stuart Reid
    Saturday, March 26 – Sunday, April 10
    Opening Reception: Friday, April 1, 7 -9 p.m.
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines
    Presented in two chapters, this exhibition displays the work of selected graduating Brock University Visual Arts students. Occupying Rodman Hall’s third floor studios during the academic year, students in the Honours Studio course are mentored by gallery staff and professors Shawn Serfas and Donna Szőke, and learn to develop a focused body of work from concept to public exhibition.
    Such exhibits from the Department of Visual Arts are a key part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts’ mandate to build connections between the community and the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock University

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    April 2016

    V: Back and Forth, Brazil/Canada Exhibition
    Thursday, April 14 – Saturday, May 28
    Opening Reception: Friday, April 22, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Location: Art Gallery, 15 Artists’ Common
    This group exhibition includes work by two Brazilian artists, Jefferson Kielwagen and Nilton Santo Tirotti, and two Canadian artists – Duncan MacDonald and Ehryn Torrell. The exhibition explores compassionate conceptualism, public engagement, gifting, listening, neo-sincerity, and conceptual mapping.

     

    D: Engaging Possibilities/Joining The Fires
    Tuesday workshops, April 12 – May 10, 12 – 5 p.m., May 17, 9 am – 5 p.m.
    Location: Location: Studio A (MW 251), 15 Artists’ Common
    Workshops for Community Members who use Alternative, Augmented Communication (AAC) and Open Studio on May 17.
    Presentation of transdisciplinary workshops including the Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) community and DART scenography students.
    Workshops will be in the afternoons (exact timing TBA). Workshops open to students and the DART community; possible final public outcome (TBA).

     

    V & RH: #trynottocryinpublic – Brock University Department of Visual Arts Honours Exhibition, Curated by Marcie Bronson and Stuart Reid
    Saturday, April 16 – Sunday, May 1
    Opening Reception: Friday, April 15, 2016, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines
    Presented in two chapters, this exhibition displays the work of selected graduating Brock University Visual Arts students. Occupying Rodman Hall’s third floor studios during the academic year, students in the Honours Studio course are mentored by gallery staff and professors Shawn Serfas and Donna Szőke, and learn to develop a focused body of work from concept to public exhibition.
    Such exhibits from the Department of Visual Arts are a key part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts’ mandate to build connections between the community and the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock University.

     

    S: The Exquisite Vine
    Friday, April 29
    Location: Rm. MW 406, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines
    The Exquisite Vine is a collaborative mentorship art project between downtown St. Catharines’ creative professionals, and fine and performing arts students. This exhibition is a public event to showcase the multidisciplinary works of art, inspired by the growing creative community based downtown. Disciplines include painting, sculpture, installation, and new media. Find out more information at theexquisitevine.ca.

    Free community event!

     

    RH: Hot Talk: Jim Verburg **Postponed
    Thursday, April 7
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Crescent.
    This event has been postponed until 2017.

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  • Art is in the City

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    2 September 2015
    Brock University — Communications & Public Affairs

    Art is in the City

    As Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts opens a new era in its new urban setting, it is launching a performance series to celebrate the bond between the community and the new arts centre of excellence in downtown St. Catharines.

    The series Imagining the City – part of the Walker Cultural Leaders Program, 2015/16 – consists of performances, exhibitions, concerts and conferences, all themed around ideas of the urban, and the relationship between the City and the University.

    “Our goal is to invite the community to engage with us in a series of celebratory events, 40 or more, that run the course of the academic year,” said Derek Knight, MIWSFPA Director. “Formal or improvised, these activities will take place in our dynamic new building and in venues across the City, from the café to the concert hall, the theatre to the gallery, the outdoor environs to the street itself. What a wonderfully immersive way to bridge between our communities and to strengthen our ties.”

    Knight said events will build on the creativity and vision of faculty, students and the professional talents of many sister organizations and collaborators. “The idea that the city is a crucible for creative interaction and collective reflection, is a powerful concept and demonstration of the arts at their most compelling,” he said.

    The series will be dynamic and original and appeal to a variety of people, whether they are fans of theatre, musical performances, exhibitions or discussions.

    Imagining the City will bring Brock, the downtown and the greater Niagara community face-to-face with leading arts professionals and educators, with events occurring at the MIWSFPA, Rodman Hall, and venues within the developing creative arts hub of St. Paul Street.

    “At this crucial moment in the revival of our downtown the vitality of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is manifest in programs such as the Walker Cultural Leader Series,” Knight said.

    The series will consist of more than 40 wide-ranging events, including:

    • performances of First Nations writer Marvin Francis’ epic poem City Treaty, adapted for the St. Catharines setting (September);
    • a Guitar Extravaganza concert featuring faculty, alumni and aficionados of the classical guitar in the local community (November);
    • Confluence, a walking project and virtual reconstruction by acclaimed artist Elizabeth Chitty offering the student community and public an opportunity to explore the environs beyond our new building (January);
    • a collaboration between the Shaw Festival and the Department of Dramatic Arts on a staged reading of George Bernard Shaw’s play Major Barbara, entitled Major Barbara/Major Predictions(February);
    • a concert by the Department of Music’s Wind Ensemble in St. Catharines’ Market Square (March).

    The full program can be found here. Stay connected on social media by following @miwsfpa and #itc.

    All events for Imagining the City are free, and open to the public (the only exception being Poor by Essential Collective Theatre, co-presented by FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre with production assistance by DART).

    For more information or to arrange interviews: Marie Balsom, Communications Coordinator, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University mbalsom@brocku.ca, 905.688.5550 x4765

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  • The Walker Cultural Leader Series 2014-15

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    The Walker Cultural Leader series brings leading artists, performers, practitioners and academics to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University. Engaging, lively and erudite, these sessions celebrate professional achievement, artistic endeavour and the indelible role of culture in our society. Please join us.

    This educational program is generously funded by Marilyn I. Walker.


     

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    Brett Polegato

    Brett Polegato is a renowned Canadian baritone, celebrated for his musical artistry and rich, nuanced voice.

    For Niagara-born Polegato this is a homecoming…on two counts! Growing up in Niagara Falls, as a teenager he studied with Brock University voice instructor Deborah Linton, before going on to the University of Toronto for his undergraduate degree. In ‘coming home’ to Niagara, he will not only perform An Evening of Song for the public, but will also coach a private masterclass for Linton’s students, as well as a second masterclass for invited performers from the region.

     

    Sept. 25

    • Group Coaching with Voice Students: Music students, 3–5 pm, TH 147 (closed session)

    Sept. 26

    • Public Performance: An Evening of Song, 7:30 pm, Sean O’Sullivan Theatre
      (free to MIWSFPA students; adults $15.04; seniors and students $8.85;
      eyeGo high school program $5; prices do not include HST)
      Tickets available at the Centre for the Arts Box Office
      905.688.5550905.688.5550 x3257 or visit Arts.BrockU.ca

    Sept. 27

    • Voice Masterclass: Music students, 10 am–12 noon, Sean O’Sullivan Theatre (closed session)
      MIWSFPA students are invited to attend as audience members.

    CONTACT: Prof. Karin Di Bella, Music, kdibella@brocku.ca

    Brett Polegato’s artistic sensibility has earned him the highest praise from audiences and critics: The New York Times has praised him for his “burnished, well-focused voice,” which he uses with “considerable intelligence and nuance.” He appears regularly on the world’s most distinguished stages, including those of Lincoln Center; La Scala; the Opéra National de Paris; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Houston Grand Opera; the Teatro Real; Roy Thomson Hall; the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. He has collaborated with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Andris Nelsons; Bernard Haitink; Seiji Ozawa; Jeffrey Tate; Marc Minkowski; and Martyn Brabbins. Polegato can be heard as soloist in the Grammy Awards’ Best Classical Recording of 2003 – Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony (Telarc)with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Robert Spano. His official biography can be found at brettpolegato.com/bio.html

     


     

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    Janet Werner

    Janet Werner is an acclaimed Canadian painter with an international reputation who teaches at Concordia University. 

    Werner will develop a project for senior Visual Arts students based on the portrait. From the works submitted she will select works to be exhibited in the upcoming exhibition From likeness to fiction: the portrait inside out. During her visit, Werner will give a public presentation entitled Painting the Imaginary Portrait.

     

     

    Mar. 5

    • Public Presentation: Painting the Imaginary Portrait, 7 pm, Rodman Hall Art Centre,
      109 St . Paul Cres., St . Catharines, ON (free community event)

    Click here to view on the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Event site

    Apr. 1 – 26

    • Exhibition: From likeness to fiction: the portrait inside out, Rodman Hall Art Centre,
      109 St . Paul Cres., St . Catharines, ON (free community event)

    Click here to view on the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Event Site

    May 24 –June 6

    • Exhibition: From likeness to fiction: the portrait inside out, Exhibition Hall, Department of Creative and Festival Arts,
      The University of The West Indies, St . Augustine, Trinidad W.I.

    CONTACT: Prof. Shawn Serfas, Visual Arts, sserfas@brocku.ca

    Born in Winnipeg, Janet Werner lives and works in Montreal where she teaches in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University. She holds an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. As a participant in Oh, Canada staged at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in 2012-13, Werner’s presence and the impact of her portraits signaled her as one of our leading painters. “In Werner’s current practice […] an argument erupts between beauty and the grotesque and the figure itself becomes the site of contest.” (“Janet Werner: Earthling,” Parisian Laundry, 2012) Werner has shown widely in Canada at public and private galleries as well as artist-run centres. Selected solo shows include the SBC Gallery, Montreal; Art Gallery of Windsor; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Ottawa Art Gallery; and the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg. Internationally, her work has been featured in solo presentations in Cape Town and Cologne. Her work can be found in the collections of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Musée du Québec, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Owens Art Gallery, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery and numerous corporate collections. Her biography can be found at parisianlaundry.com/en/artists/janetwerner/bio/

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  • Walker Cultural Leader Series caps successful season March 28

    (Source: The Brock News, Tuesday, March 25, 2014)

    The Walker Cultural Leader Series caps another successful year March 28 with a performance from Ensemble Vivant.

    The group consists of pianist, founder and artistic director Catherine Wilson, as well as Sybil Shanahan (cello), Don Thompson (acoustic bass, vibraphone), Erica Beston (violin) and Norman Hathaway (violin, viola).

    Championing a unique genre-diverse repertoire in their concerts and recordings since the group first came on the scene in the late 1980s, Ensemble Vivant has received critical acclaim for its work in the classical piano-trio literature, as well as for its forays into the worlds of ragtime, jazz and tango.

    It has recorded for such labels as Fanfare, Pro Arte, Doremi, SPY and Opening Day/Universal and Opening Day Entertainment Group, and its recordings are heard on classical radio around the world.

    The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.

    Tickets (not including GST) are free for Marilyn I. Walker School for Performing Arts students, $15.04 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $5 for the eyeGo high school program.

    Tickets are available at the Centre for the Arts box office (905-688-5550 x3257) or online.

    For more information, contact Matthew Royal.

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