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Friends and Mentors: a group exhibit

Opening reception with artists’ talks: Saturday, April 5th, 2014
2:30pm to 5:pm

TRUCK’s Community Space (Upstairs)
2009 – 10 Avenue SW

Donations gratefully accepted at the door and online at Invest YYC.
Help us reach our Festival Fund goal of $5,000!

TMC artist-mentors are professionals who volunteer their time to share their skills and love of art with the homeless and at-risk. Enjoy insightful visual artwork by mentors, clients, and special guest artists. Talent and diversity of expression meet social justice. Exhibit continues to April 19.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm; closed statutory holidays

The exhibit will feature the flowing artists:

Bill, mixed media paintings
Max Ciesielski, photographs of the Calgary 2013 flood
Barry Credico, paintings on canvas
Linda Hawke, mixed media work on canvas
Eveline Kolijn, printmaking
Chester Lees, watercolour paintings
Patricia Lortie, acrylic paintings
Cat Schick, Digitally altered photographs
Margot van Lindenberg, textile applique

Friends and Mentors: a curator’s message

In 2008 when This is My City (TMC) first started doing art programming with the homeless community, I became a TMC artist-mentor because I wanted to figure something out. I wanted to understand the complicated feelings I associated with homelessness. With no real idea what ‘the homeless community’ was, I soon had my eyes and my heart opened up wide. And in the process everything changed.

I am still surprised by the talent and creative drive that is so prevalent in TMC programs. I shouldn’t be - whether someone owns a house or calls a shelter home does not determine their gifts - artists are people driven to create. In the best circumstances, the line between mentor and mentee is ambiguous. It’s kind of like Calgary’s 2013 flood when Drop-In Centre residents and people with tony homes in Elbow Park were all equally evacuated, some suddenly homeless and others simply more homeless than they were before. The flood and water theme running through this exhibit can be read as a metaphor for washing away the boundaries that separate ‘us and them.’ Perhaps in the aftermath of crisis, we can rebuild our community with fewer stereotypes and more humanity.

Together, Sally Truss and I curated this exhibition and we would like to thank the Calgary Drop-In Centre for its ongoing support of TMC programming and all the artists who work out of its Wild Rose Studio where so much creativity happens. Thanks also go to TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary for lending us this space so that we can bring these artworks together and share them with you.

Linda Hawke
Exhibition Co-curator

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