Small cocoon sculptures using found material and wire will occupy a given space as a commentary on nature versus nurture, and how subtle interactions from people sustain and promote healthy existence, or act as intrusions that begin to erode the spirit and environment. To capture both the essence of life and the collapse in humanity, the artist focuses on and identifies with bodies of work that stem from the earth.
Join Linda Oickle, who will demonstrate/show the printing of linocuts. You will be welcome to print an image to take home with you! Linda will provide ready-cut plates to be printed, paper, ink, brayers, etc. with a variety of images to chose from.
Linda has participated in Nocturn (Hfx), Lumiere (Sydney), 3 demos shows for NSDCC and NS Printmakers Assoc., and Mahone Bay Prinmakers Group.
Find You-Print Linocuts with LEO during Saturday evening and leave with your own linocut print!
Created by artists SWSR, Sally and Shawn Raab-Wolchyn, Overwinter, Overland is aseries of paper sculptures varying in size, but loosely referencing the dimensions of the heterogeneous human body. Suspended from the ceiling, each piece is made of handmade cotton paper covered in thousands of handmade paper butterflies. The structures are lit from within by amber LEDs, and illuminated through the heartbeat of the viewer via a medical heart rate monitor.
This work is inspired by the monarch migration, and the notable resting point on this migration in Mexico. During this massive migration six billion monarch butterflies gather in a small location in Mexico to sleep in festoons for a very brief period of time. This project makes use not only of the incredible forms in nature on a formal level, but also the ephemerality invoked by this event, and the metaphor of butterflies at large. The poetics of a multi-generational migration are quite profound - and monarch butterflies play a fascinating role in western myth and folklore, commonly thought of as embodiments of beauty and purity, butterflies have also been characterized as satanic throughout history as a symbol of the sexual and unbound female. Butterflies are creatures of paradox in biology as well; a delicate creature that undergoes a cross-continental migration, a gentle creature that's also poisonous, and neurologically bound to be erratic in flight yet able to navigate vast distances.
Check the program soon and make sure to check out this amazing project!
A fun, humorous and interactive arena for people (adults and kids – all ages) to come up
to a large panel of pre-drawn shapes of heads, faces on a board and either draw
themselves or draw a friend. The panels will then be installed as one continuous wall and then
put on display throughout the evening. The artist, Mary Garoutte will participate along with festival attendees in art-making of the faces of the South Shore!
We are SO excited to announce our special kick off evening of the Afterglow Art Festival in Bridgewater at the new Pijinuiskaq park on King Street. SQUID a percussion group from Halifax will come to entertain the crowd from 8:00 - 9:00pm. SQUID transforms traditional Bagpipe and Drum Band entertainment into a multi-sensory rush of excitement, featuring high energy bagpipes, electronic and world music, and visually stunning percussion!
Art Happening Bridgewater will also be there throughout the evening offering creative art activities for people young and old that will help illuminate the following evening-our full length program of events.
We are doubly excited for you to see the program - it's shaping up to be the biggest festival yet!
Check back here on the blog for teaser snapshots on what to expect!