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We have reopened our doors with new precautions.
We'd love to see you back in the (rearranged) studio! Please see below for our Covid-19 information.
Virtual artist talk with Yisa Akinbolaji
Join us on October 17, 2pm CT for a virtual artist talk with Winnipeg-based multimedia artist Yisa Akinbolaji.
Playground Chitchat // Bram Keast + Neah Kelly
Opening Friday October 30, This exhibition brings together a collection of artworks by Bram Keast and Neah Kelly who work with concepts of play, tactility, and interaction in their individual practices.
Members' Show + Sale
This year's Members' Show + Sale includes a virtual gallery and a rotation of featured artworks from September to January.
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Playground Chitchat // Bram Keast and Neah Kelly
Exhibition Dates: Friday October 30 – Friday December 4, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday October 30, 5-8 pmVisitors must bring and wear a mask while inside the building. Be prepared to wait outside the building if space is not immediately available upon your arrival. There will be no food & drinks at receptions until otherwise noted. Please review our COVID-19 procedures in full here. Virtual Artist Talks: dates TBAThe artist talks will be delivered via Zoom. You do not need to download Zoom ahead of time, but you may do so at https://zoom.us. ASL interpretation will be available by request. Requests must be submitted by emailing email@example.com or calling 204-779-6253. Deadlines for ASL interpretation requests to be announced. Exhibition Text by melannie monoceros These events are free to attend and open to the public. – – – – – – – – This exhibition brings together a collection of artworks by Bram Keast and Neah Kelly who work with concepts of play, tactility, and interaction in their individual practices. Through their two- and three-dimensional approaches, the artists create and break their own aesthetic rules, exploring how play and failure informs and generates conceptual practices. In Playground Chitchat, Keast draws from his body of work, Fourplay, while Kelly contributes works from various series. Both artists explore the materiality of print media, at times remixing it to a point where it is no longer easily identifiable as a screen print, a lithograph, or a monoprint. Conceptually, they also use print media in sculptural and painterly ways as they encourage viewers to engage in dialogue with them through form, imagination, and tactility. Bram Keast is an interdisciplinary artist whose work engages with a visual realm of instability that offers itself to continuous reinterpretation. Working playfully with the legacies of minimalism and hard-edge painting, his work expands the
Virtual artist talk: Yisa Akinbolaji
Join us on Saturday October 17 at 2pm CT for a virtual artist talk with Yisa Akinbolaji. This artist talk will be delivered via Zoom. It is free to attend and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided at this event. Attendees do not need to download Zoom ahead of time, but may do so at https://zoom.us. To access this virtual artist talk, join the Zoom meeting at 2pm on Saturday October 17 by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/97305071250 or by joining the meeting using this meeting ID: 973 0507 1250. Yisa Akinbolaji is a Winnipeg-based artist whose extensive practice includes working with acrylic, oil, printmaking, metal sculpture and installation for over three decades. His art career began in Nigeria, studying Fine Arts at the Yaba College of Technology and he holds an MFA from University of North Dakota. He has exhibited internationally with over 50 solo and group exhibitions, including one presently honouring Canadian Black Artists in the Senate of Canada, Ottawa. Before immigrating to Canada in 1997, Yisa was published in Nigerian Artists: A Who’s Who and Bibliography. He has been featured in many other art journals. Yisa’s African experience and Western education create the visual richness of his unique art technique. He uses his work to bring attention to social issues within his local community and globally. He has served on various boards, including the Manitoba Arts Council. Yisa is a recipient of several awards and recognitions, and is the founder of the Creative Foundation. To learn more about Yisa’s work, visit www.yisagallery.com andwww.facebook.com/yisa.akinbolaji.
2020 Members’ Show + Sale
We are glad to continue the Annual Members’ Show + Sale this year in a new format: this year, we will divide the artworks submitted by members into small groupings, featuring them in a virtual gallery as well as a weekly rotation of featured artworks at Martha Street Studio. Each member may submit one artwork that is unframed, two-dimensional, and up to 11×17″. The work-drop off period is now open until August 8. Download a submission form by clicking here. The opening reception for this year’s Members’ Show will be held in conjunction with the reception for Leigh Bridges’ solo exhibition, Solar Noon on Friday September 4, 5-8pm. Depending on the number of works submitted, the 2020 Members Show + Sale may be ongoing over a number of months, which means the opportunity to sell artwork submitted will run for the same amount of time. Please review our submission form for further details.
Martha Street Studio response to COVID-19
April 23, 2020 update: Hello members, artists, and supporters of Martha Street Studio, The board and staff have made the difficult but prudent decision to suspend all in-person activities until July 1st. Unfortunately, this means all of our current courses and workshops will be cancelled, the physical gallery and shop will remain closed to the public, public, and the studio will not be open to individual artists. Staff will be in contact with anyone who requires a refund in the coming days. In the interim we will continue to operate to the best of our abilities. We have begun featuring member artists’ work on our social media platforms and can deliver any works purchased within the city. We have also added a number of items to our webstore that can also be delivered within the city (or mailed further afield). Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber graciously allowed us to re-use their timely and eerily prescient design from our BYOT fundraiser as well; orders for shirts can be placed until May 30th, check out the design here. Over the coming weeks we will begin cautiously re-offering digital printing services to artists. Although the suite itself will remain closed, files can be submitted digitally to our technicians and orders for printing can be arranged via email. This will be a slower process than normal, involving more communication through email and delivery time, but we are confident that your patience will be rewarded by our outstanding service. Additional technical services for traditional print-media will also be made available on a case-by-case basis as our capacity and access to the space increases. Exhibitions, artists talks and residencies will all be postponed with the expectation that normal programming will recommence on a shifted timeline as soon as it is safe to do so. We remain committed
Solar Noon // Leigh Bridges
Exhibition Dates: Friday September 4 – Friday October 9, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday September 4, 5-8 pmVisitors must bring and wear a mask while inside the building. Be prepared to wait outside the building if space is not immediately available upon your arrival. There will be no food & drinks at receptions until otherwise noted. Please review our COVID-19 procedures in full here. Virtual Artist Talk: Saturday September 19, 2pmASL interpretation will be provided for this event via Zoom. This artist talk is free to attend and open to the public. To access this virtual artist talk, join the Zoom meeting at 2pm on Saturday 19 by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/97525705942 or by joining the meeting using this meeting ID: 975 2570 5942. You do not need to download Zoom ahead of time, but you may do so at https://zoom.us. Exhibition Text by Jaime Black These events are free to attend and open to the public. – – – – – – – – Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Solar Noon, a solo exhibition of work by Leigh Bridges (MB). Solar Noon is an installation of large silkscreened, laser-cut prints including pop-out designs that fold into paper sculptures, a series of offset printed die-cut posters, and a video animation. In this work, the subject of solar energy technology serves as an interface between Leigh Bridges’ ongoing investigation of atmospheric landscape, light, and colour in painting and experiments in use, imagination, and improvisation in design. Employing modes of production which range from highly precise commercial fabrication to intuitively composed hand-silkscreened monoprints, the work aims to express a love of material and to create dialogue between refined structural processes and the spontaneous agency to make, build, and connect. The exhibition synthesizes approaches central to design and painting through printmaking, framing, and reflecting landscape via overlays of
Patch, Mend, Piece Together // Suzie Smith
Exhibition Dates:Thursday July 9 – Friday August 21, 2020 Opening Reception: Thursday July 9, 5-8 pmArtist will be in attendance. At this time we are allowing up to nine visitors at a time in the gallery during opening receptions. Visitors must bring and wear a mask while inside the building. Be prepared to wait outside the building if space is not immediately available upon your arrival. There will be no food & drinks at receptions until otherwise noted. Virtual Artist Talk: Wednesday July 22, 6pmThis artist talk will be delivered via Zoom. To access this virtual artist talk, join the Zoom meeting at 6pm on July 22 by going to this link: https://zoom.us/j/93667519552 or by using this meeting ID: 936 6751 9552. Note that you do not need to download Zoom ahead of time, but you may do so at https://zoom.us. ASL interpretation is available by request. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on July 18 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 204-779-6253. Exhibition Text by Jean Borbridge These events are free to attend and open to the public. Please review our procedures regarding COVID-19 before visiting the gallery. Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Patch, Mend, Piece Together, a solo exhibition of work by Suzie Smith (MB). The screen printed works in Patch, Mend, Piece Together showcase Suzie Smith’s intuitive and spontaneous practice, engaging with the architecture of the gallery space. Described as an “antithesis” to the typical screen printing process, her process and concept are based on rules and rule breaking and focuses on the physical act of making Suzie Smith is an artist who works with printmaking and design that expands into sculpture, installation and video. Her work often incorporates the deconstruction and transformation of images and materials in an attempt to create new or multiple meanings. Smith creates systems and structures for her print process that act as a tool
Trace elements // Kelsey Stephenson
Exhibition Dates:Thursday February 20 – Friday March 20, 2020 Opening Reception: Thursday February 20, 5-8 pmArtist will be in attendance Artist Talk: Saturday February 22, 2pmASL interpretation available by request. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on February 19 by emailing email@example.com or calling 204-779-6253. These events are free to attend and open to the public. Trace elements includes a series of small edition and monoprint works developed over the last two years, using eight larger format etching plates as the basis for imagery and printing. While some works have been printed and editioned, many utilize the traces left by ghost prints and a spontaneous approach to combining prints and plates together to create new works as monoprints. The installation divining in this exhibitionuses both audio and visuals to create a sense of place within the gallery. “Alberta,” by Alex Gray, plays on a loop in the background, allowing both visual and sound to draw viewers in. As our bodies enter the landscape of the gallery, the fragile paper is disturbed, making it move and rustle. Combined, the individual etchings making up divining present as a single piece as though seeing an aerial view of landscape, observing impressions left behind by thousands of years, or a short period of flood of erosion from water. Kelsey Stephenson is an Edmonton based artist working with ideas of place-based memory and identity, and the changes imposed on landscape through human agency, intentionally or not. She works primarily with printmaking and print based installation in her practise. Kelsey’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions across western Canada and in the USA, as well as nationally and internationally within juried group exhibitions. Recent group exhibitions include the 37th Bradley International, at Bradley University in Illinois (USA), the 2nd International Print Biennial Łódz 2018, in Łódz (Poland), and the 2018 Okanagan Print Triennial, in Kelowna, BC. Kelsey currently teaches at the
Martha Street Studio Seeks Executive Director
Deadline to apply, January 20th, 2020. JOB POSTING: FULL-TIME EXECUTIVE DIRECTORApplication Deadline: January 20th, 2020To apply, submit CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org ORGANIZATION PROFILE Martha Street Studio (Manitoba Printmakers Association Inc.) is a not-for-profit charitable organization and Manitoba’s only printmaking artist-run centre, studio and gallery. It is currently in its 31st year of incorporation, and its 19th year at 11 Martha Street. It has 2,000 square feet of studio space and a custom printing area. Another 2,000 square feet houses additional studio space, the gallery, project spaces, archives, promotions area, The Print Shop, digital suite and administrative offices. Martha Street Studio (MSS) supports innovation in national and international print-based art. To do this, MSS works with other unique organizations towards a common goal of enriching the lives of Manitobans through the production and dissemination of the art of printmaking. MSS is artist driven and inclusive of diverse skill levels, it supports hobbyists, professional artists and everyone in between. MSS programming and facility are fully wheelchair accessible and ASL services are available upon request. There are options for low income artists through volunteerism. MSS is a member of the Manitoba Artist Run Centres Coalition. POSITIONThe Executive Director is part of a dynamic team and takes overall responsibility for all aspects of management and direction of Martha Street Studio’s gallery, services and programs, and for the implementation of organizational strategic planning and development initiatives. These initiatives include policy and procedure development and implementation; human resources and financial management; project design and development; capital projects, as well as marketing and fundraising. The Executive Director takes direct responsibility for: All public sector grants (municipal, provincial, federal) including identification, application, and reporting; all private sector donations and grants from foundations and corporations including identification, application, and reporting; all earned revenues – from courses, workshops, consignment sales, Studio Editions, digital
What’s on next: Traversing the line, with no fixed point // Briana Palmer
Exhibition Dates:Thursday January 9th – Friday February 7th, 2020 Opening Reception: Thursday January 9th, 5-8 pmArtist will be in attendance Artist Talk: Saturday January 11th, 2pmASL interpretation available by request. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on January 8th by emailing email@example.com or calling 204-779-6253. These events are free to attend and open to the public. Traversing the line, with no fixed point uses various printmaking methods and mixed media to question the use and position of the railway system in national memory and history. It can be a reminder of one’s heritage, while for others it is a symbol of slavery, genocide, and colonization. In this exhibition the artist creates a fictional world with objects in constant flux of meaning and interpretation. Briana Palmer lives in Hamilton Ontario, and teaches in the studio arts program at McMaster University. Originally from the West Coast, Briana received her BFA from the Alberta Collage of Art and Design and MFA from the University of Alberta. Her primary practice is in printmaking, sculpture and installation; creating works that reflect an intersection between perception, experience, and social ideologies taken from her own cultural practices, up-bringing and daily experiences. Using unusual combinations of media and materials, she arranges enchanted worlds where the objects and images are transported from their original source, relocating their history, and becoming poised between the uncertainly of what we know and understand, and what must be reconsidered. Palmer’s works have been exhibited in Canada, U.S and Europe. Her prints are in the collections of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Southern Graphics Council International, and the University of Alberta.
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