Current and Upcoming Exhibits
JOURNEYS WITH MY GRANDMOTHER
An Art Exhibit of Work by
April 4 – May 4 2018
Opening – Wednesday, April 4 @ 7 pm
Phyliss Burrell-Elyk is primarily known for her abstract painting, so this series marks a departure for the artist as she paints the stories and memories of aboriginal life in the time of her grandmother. Many of these large works are composite pieces with different locations providing the backdrop for the women as they perform their traditional duties to ensure their way of life is upheld. Burrell-Elyk has captured the essence of the natural world through her use of colour and and muted brush strokes.
“This exhibition is a nod to the memory of my Aboriginal Grandmother who was a close companion and an important influence in my early years.
Some of this body of work is painted from my memories, some from my Grandmother’s memories and some from photographs. In all ten canvases I tried to show the women I knew in my youth as part of the northern landscape.”
Phyliss Burrell-Elyk moved to Thunder Bay after living in Sault Ste. Marie for twenty years. She studied art at the University of Manitoba and Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She has exhibited in both Canada and the United States and has won many awards for her work. Her paintings can be found in numerous private collections internationally.
Please join us on Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm for the exhibit opening. The artist and her daughter will be in attendance.
Light refreshments will be served. Admission is complimentary.
MANY FACES OF MENTAL ILLNESS
An Art Exhibit Commemorating Mental Health Week
May 8 – 12 2018
Opening Night – May 8 @ 7 pm with special speakers, light refreshments and entertainment by Reilly Scott.
On display will be approximately 65 plaster and ceramic masks created by the students of the Keewatin Patricia District School Board and the Kenora Catholic District School Board.
The masks will, we hope, create a space for community conversations by highlighting the lived experience of mental illness and shining a light on the associated stigma. Discover this visual installation on mental illness as it brings forward the often hidden inner struggles of those living with it.