Exhibitions

Vibrant pink flowers, lush greenery nearly fill the composition except for a narrow band of blue sky.

Alexandrya Eaton: Everything In Between

28 June - 31 August 2021

Curated by 3E Collective
Emma Hassencahl-Perley, Emilie Grace Lavoie, Erin Goodine

The work of New Brunswick artist Alexandrya Eaton is an emotional tribute to the self, working mothers, and women everywhere who have experienced the loss of significant maternal figures. Sharing moments of joy, pain, and sadness, this exhibition comments on personal histories, experiences of motherhood, social notions of femininity, and the power of self-discovery and self-determination. Everything that makes up life is celebrated in beaming colour. Eaton’s superpower has always been her radical expressions of love as she navigates the world with an open heart and confidently proves there is strength in vulnerability. This retrospective exhibition revisits her paintings, rug hookings, and weavings from the past thirty years.

Image: Alexandrya Eaton, Wild Summer, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 97 cm x 142 cm, courtesy of the artist

To the right a grey banner on a telephone pole reads 'waiting'. In the background a street is lined with parked cars in font of a large university building.

To the left a grey banner on a telephone pole reads 'still waiting'. In the background a residential street is lines with trees.

 

Yvonne Singer: Waiting… still waiting

1 June 2021

Waiting… still waiting is a temporary public art installation by artist Yvonne Singer. This project consists of six banners installed at intervals on Sackville’s York and Lorne Streets. Each banner sequence starts with the word “waiting,” in handwritten script, followed by a second banner that reads “still waiting.” These open-ends phrases, inspired by the phenomenon of subvocalization (silent, internal speech), evoke a wide range of associations.

In the artist’s words, “Waiting…. still waiting encapsulates the current moment of the pandemic and the feeling of being in a state of suspended animation; waiting to get test results, waiting for a vaccine, waiting for the end of the pandemic and the restrictions to our daily lives. So much of our lives involves waiting, from the mundane waiting in line at the grocery store or waiting for the rain to end, to significant waiting, like waiting for the results of a pregnancy test or a cancer diagnosis… We are endlessly waiting for something….

This project is a part of Umbrella Projects, a partnership between the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery designed to pool our resources, energies, and respective strengths in order to facilitate off-site, in-print, online, and onscreen programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A neon sign is light in a darkened window. The text reads Hot Tips On How Not To Be Bothered. The words Hot Tips and Bothered flash in red, while the rest of the text How Not To Be glows in white.

A neon sign is light in a darkened window. The text reads Hot Tips On How Not To Be Bothered. The words Hot Tips and Bothered flash in red, while the rest of the text How Not To Be glows in white.

 

John Haney: HOT TIPS

14 April - 31 August 2021

Using the medium of neon lighting HOT TIPS by Sackville artist John Haney draws on high-impact advertising techniques and is designed to be both funny and obtuse. The words spelled out in its flashing red-and-white neon tubes move rhythmically between nihilist acquiescence and campy shake-off, at once creating and diffusing tension. In the artist’s words, this project represents “a synaptic leap we must make between where we are and where we want to be as our lives begin to realign with…what? How will we be different?”

John Haney is a multidisciplinary artist who lives in an old farmhouse in Wood Point, New Brunswick. He earned a BA from Mount Allison University in 2001, and an MFA from the University of Guelph in 2016. He has exhibited in Canada, the US, and Germany. He was long-listed for the Sobey Award in 2011, and was a nominee for the Scotiabank Photography Award in 2012. In 2019, in order to make a home for art in the fields, forests, and shorelines that surround him, he launched Wood Point Art Projects with the multi-artist presentation titled the Ark. He is awaiting the outcome of a court injunction launched to forbid the existence of the word “impactful,” and has a pending copyright claim for the word ©Unique.

This project is a part of Umbrella Projects, a partnership between the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery designed to pool our resources, energies, and respective strengths in order to facilitate off-site, in-print, online, and onscreen programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Deatil of a lanscape painting and the text YOU ARE HERE in bold type

YOU ARE HERE: Seeing Sackville through the Owens Art Gallery Collection

Online now: www.youareheresackvillenb.ca

This map will take you to places that no longer exist, landscapes that have transformed over time, and locations that you might know well. Through a selection of work from the Owens Art Gallery’s permanent collection, you can discover and rediscover Sackville.

Since time immemorial, artists have lived in Siknikt, the district of Mi'kma'ki in which Sackville is located, and many more have passed through on short or long visits. These artists have seen Sackville and its surrounding salt marshes as gifts from the Creator, a scenic setting, a subject, an idea, or a question. Through their work we can reflect on what it means to be “here” and how “here” has changed. We can open a window to the past, respond to the present, and consider the future. We can also take a moment to consider our connections to this place and the land on which it is situated. With this in mind, we acknowledge, honour, and pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians—from all four directions—of this land. Mount Allison University and the Owens Art Gallery are built upon the unceded, ancestral lands of the L’nuk (Mi'kmaq). This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship,” which the Mi'kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, and Peskotomuhkati first signed with the British Crown in 1726.

You Are Here was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary closure of the Owens Art Gallery and Colville House. This project activates the gallery’s collection through works that connect to the local Sackville environment. Bridging online and physical space, You Are Here encompasses historical and contemporary perspectives, encouraging participants to engage with their immediate surroundings.

 

Bright yellow and orange weaving with honeycomb like patterns

Warps, Heddles, Shuttles and Sheds: The Art and History of Weaving at Mount Allison University

26 July - 10 October 2021
Vernissage: Friday 17 September, 7:00pm

Curated by Jane Tisdale

The Art department at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick, was housed within the Owens Art Gallery for 70 years. Classes were offered in Fine and Applied Arts, including woodcarving, leatherwork, jewellery, metalwork, basketry, porcelain painting, ceramics and weaving.

In the 1930s, the University gained recognition as a centre for weaving when the Mount Allison Handicraft Guild was formed and affiliated with the Canadian Handicraft Guild. In 1960, the Applied Arts program was terminated and weaving was no longer included in the curriculum of the Art Department. However, former students continued to share their knowledge and expand their own weaving practices.

The exhibition focuses on the innovation and remarkable diversity of handwoven work created during the careers of former Mount Allison University Applied Arts students: Patricia Pollett McClelland, Harriet Campbell Meacher, Carolyn Manzer McMullen, Joyce Chown, Dawn MacNutt, Ann Pickard Langley, and others.

Image: Joyce Chown, wool textile, c. 1995, 85 x 81 cm. Collection of Sue Schlatter.

Large cube like building against a sunset

Umbrella Projects

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The ever-changing reality of COVID-19 makes it difficult to program future exhibitions, performances, symposia, and residencies with any sense of certainty. The need to ensure the safety of audiences, and adhere to ever-shifting restrictions regarding travel and crowd sizes leaves most in-gallery projects in doubt.

With this in mind, the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre are excited to announce Umbrella Projects, a new collaborative venture designed to pool our resources, energies, and respective strengths in order to facilitate new, innovative, off-site programming for the next twelve months.

In a town the size of Sackville, these types of collaborations were already frequent and fruitful; now they feel essential—part of the age-old tradition of neighbours pulling together in a time of crisis. Rather than retrofitting existing programming to suit an online platform, we aim to entirely reimagine the possibilities—to expand not retreat. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for artists to realize unusual or strategic projects and, in the coming months, we will roll out a series of new platforms coupled with calls for submissions soliciting proposals for exciting off-site, on-paper, and on-screen projects.

Image: Alan Kong, 2020

Homepage of the Virtual Companion

A Virtual Companion to All Things Useful and Artistic: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University 1906-1960

Online now

This Virtual Companion accompanies the exhibition All Things Useful and Artistic: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University 1906-1960. Serving as a legacy for the exhibition, this website provides in-depth features on selected objects, behind-the-scenes documentation of the exhibition installation, video footage of conservation treatments, archival photographs and oral histories from graduates of the Applied Arts program.

The Virtual Companion is made possible through funding from the Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation.

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