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Printed Flight // Lisa Matthias
Exhibition Dates: March 1 – April 5, 2024 Opening Reception: Friday March 1 @ 5 – 8 pm Artist talk: Saturday March 2 @ 1pmIn-person and livestream via Zoom
This talk is free to attend and open to the public. Exhibition Text by Blair Fornwald // Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Printed Flight, a solo exhibition by Lisa Matthias (AB). Printed Flight explores the worlds of songbirds, insects, and landscapes, through the media of woodcut printmaking, ecological soundscape, and stop-motion animation. Matthias not only highlights songbirds but also brings attention to insects in this exhibition. The fusion of printmaking and time-based intermedia is evident in an animated video piece that offers a unique depiction of moth-watching as a form of wildlife observation. The captivating soundscapes presented were recorded during two artist residencies undertaken by Matthias in 2023, providing an immersive auditory experience complemented by woodcut print landscapes. Printed Flight features Matthias’ largest work to date, The Ornithology Collection, a 15-foot woodblock print. This piece, part of a series depicting bird nests of various species, arose from the artist’s in-depth study of natural history specimens at the Royal Alberta Museum.  Matthias, who is also an ecologist, seamlessly integrates her scientific knowledge into her creative practice. The result is a collection of contemporary visual artworks that challenge and engage viewers, emphasizing the critical themes of biodiversity and our environment. // Artist Statement As an interdisciplinary artist and trained ecologist, my work revolves around natural history, conservation biology, and the environment. After working for over a decade as a botanist and wildlife biologist in western Canada, I switched career paths to pursue the visual arts full-time, completing a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking. The foundation of my creative exploration lies in observation and inquiry. I document and study nature and the environment
Seasoned Ground // Martha at Galerie Buhler Gallery
Exhibition Dates: November 30, 2023 to January 28, 2024. Opening Reception: November 30 from 6 to 8pm at Galerie Buhler Gallery in St. Boniface Hospital Spanning intimate interiors and expansive environments, Seasoned Ground burrows into the intimacies of place and space and finds nourishment in the small corners of familiar rooms and cozy diversions. Through radical explorations of colour and shape, Seasoned Ground express faith in the power of sustained looking and thoughtful contemplation. From the Escher-like paradox of an endless yet self-contained staircase, to playfully inquisitive arrangements of matchsticks, Seasoned Ground reveals a depth that sustains us. Meandering through a diverse range of printmaking techniques, from the soft subtleties of intaglio and lithography to the sharp shouts of linocut and relief printing, Seasoned Ground carries reflections and meditations through 35 years of printmaking at Martha Street Studio into the dynamic currents of today. Photo Documentation by Bramwell Enan.
Martha Street Studio Member’s Show + Sale 2023
Member’s Show + Sale 2023 Call for Submissions Exhibition Dates: November 3 – November 24, 2023 Submission Period: October 17 – November 1, 2023   Get your brayers busy – this year’s Member’s Show + Sale is going up for the month of November! All current members are eligible to submit one print-based work, made within the past five years. • Works larger than 11”x17” must be submitted with a digital image file. • A submission form with didactic information, including title, medium, year, dimensions and price, must be included with all submissions. • All work will be available for sale, unless otherwise specified. Download the submission form below and fill it out before dropping off your work: 2023 members show submission form Works can be dropped off at the gallery during office hours 10-5 Tues-Thurs and 12-5 Saturdays. Questions and submissions forms can be sent to Not a member? Click here to become one today!
Echoes // Alana MacDougall
Exhibition Dates: September 8 – October 20, 2023 Opening Reception: Friday September 8, 2023 @ 5 – 8 pm Artist talk: Saturday September 9, 2023 @ 1pm
In-person and livestream via Zoom
This talk is free to attend and open to the public. Exhibition Text by Sonali Menezes // Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Echoes, a solo exhibition by Alana MacDougall (MB). Echoes explores remembered, reinterpreted, and reimagined imagery generated by medical imaging technology. The schematization of forms allows them to defy easy categorization, simultaneously suggesting the cells, organs, geological formations, or the celestial. In addition to reflecting on the abstract nature of medical imagery, the work explores mortality, and the vulnerability of our bodies in the context of illness and western medical intervention. The artist draws on her experience as a patient to explore psychological impacts of cultural and systemic norms on communication and agency. Echoes investigates this schematic imagery through linocut embossing, silkscreen printing, drawing, and ceramic sculpture (often in combination). MacDougall combines a plurality of methods of production in this exhibition. Sometimes beginning by drawing before scanning, printing, and reworking with drawing again, MacDougall also uses materials and processes connected to linocut printing to emboss images onto porcelain clay. Print strategies are explored in three dimensions through hand-altered cast-porcelain multiples. // Through sculpture, installation, drawing, and printmaking, MacDougall reflects on mortality, and the vulnerability of our bodies in the context of illness and western medical intervention. 
Drawing on her experience as a woman and patient, MacDougall explores the psychological impacts of cultural and systemic norms on communication and agency. Often, information is withheld and decisions are made without patient consultation. In her essay Illness as Metaphor Susan Sontag writes, “Karl Menninger has observed (in The Vital Balance) that “the very word ‘cancer’ is said to kill some patients
INKubator Showcase 2023
Documentation photos of this year’s INKubator showcase are featured below. Participating artists:  Juca Shanski de Aquino Natalia Cassan Kielamel Siebal Jenna Li Kat Derbecker Hanna Reimer Sammi Campbell-Mymko Bronwyn Watson // Photos by Sarah Fuller.
Summer Song // Shogo Okada
Exhibition Dates: January 12 – February 16, 2024 Opening Reception: Friday January 12, 2023 @ 5 – 8 pm Artist talk: Saturday January 13, 2023 @ 1pm
In-person and livestream via Zoom
This talk is free to attend and open to the public. Exhibition Text by Steacy Easton // Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Summer Song, a solo exhibition by Shogo Okada (QB). Working within a multi-disciplinary practice reverberating between art-making and music-making, Shogo Okada explores playful visual expression through the print works in Summer Song with intuitive, empathetic consideration. Building the exhibition from individual motifs the way a DJ builds a set, Summer Song takes its title and inspiration from a Dave Brubeck Quartet song of the same name. With precision and vibrant colour, Okada curates a warming ensemble of works that resonate with memories and impressions of summer. From the lushness of a tomato plant in full red bloom, to suggestions of an incomprehensible giraffe on a lazy dog day, Summer Song crafts an enigmatic view of warmer days. Resisting a linear reading in favour of exploring spatial relationships between each work, Okada doesn’t want you to think too much. Instead, he wants you to feel the rhythm and the relationship of each work, then experience them all like one playlist. // Artist Statement I predominantly work in screen printing and also make music, and both disciplines influence each other. I like making a composition out of subjects I encounter. The motifs vary from natural objects to artifacts and traditional works but I always pick something that has interesting shapes, colours and structures. I start from a theme, distill the essence of the subject and create my composition that works with the nature of the motif. As I process the image, I explore all kinds of composition possibilities and combinations.
Martha Street Studio Annual General Meeting
Martha Street Studio will hold its Annual General Meeting on December 13, 2023 at 7pm. Join us in person at 11 Martha Street or online through Zoom. A Zoom link will be available on December 13.
INKubator Showcase and Holiday Fundraiser Party
Martha Street Studio is excited to announce this year’s INKubator Showcase and Holiday Fundraiser Party! Our INKubator Showcase opens from 5 to 9pm, Thursday December 14, 2023, featuring all new print works by this year’s INKubator program graduates! Martha’s Free Holiday Fundraiser Party From 6 to 9pm, Thursday December 14, 2023, join us at 11 Martha Street for an evening of celebration and community, and catch the launch and raffle of two new studio editions: // Sanguine by Paul Robles // Lifeline by Tracy Peters Featuring // Studio Edition Raffle Patch Buffet by Louis Stevens @all_you_can_patch BYOT (Bring Your Own Tee) + $10 Woodblock Printing:> choose from 3 designs by Charlie Rae Walker, Joseph Pilapil, and Peter Graham Letter Peddler Press by Sean McLachlan Plus // Martha Street Studio 35th Anniversary Tote Bags / and more! Studio Edition Raffle One framed and numbered print from each new studio edition (valued at $600 each) will be raffled off on Thursday, December 14, with two draws beginning at 8pm! Each winning number will receive one framed and numbered print. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase through our webstore from 12:30pm November 15 to 7:59pm December 14, 2023. 200 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available for $30 each. Raffle License # LGCA 6164-RF-42377        
Martha Street Studio Seeks Executive Director
Deadline Extended Deadline to apply: October 16th, 2023, 4:00 p.m.MARTHA STREET STUDIO SEEKS AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR To apply: submit CV and cover letter to 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 35th year of incorporation, and its 23rd year at 11 Martha Street. Martha Street Studio (MSS) is unique within the artist-run centre community, owning our building at 11 Martha Street mortgage-free since 2018. The studio is split across 2 floors; the basement comprises 2,000 square feet of studio space for courses and rentals, including a custom screen printing area, and facilities for etching, lithography, letterpress and relief printing. The top floor is also 2,000 square feet, housing our gallery, project space, archives, promotions area, The Print Shop, screen printing studio, digital suite and administrative offices. MSS supports innovation in national and international print-based art by collaborating 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 facilities are fully wheelchair accessible and ASL services are available upon request. We offer options for low-income artists to pay for studio rentals and courses through volunteer credits. MSS is a member of the Manitoba Artist Run Centres Coalition (MARCC). THE POSITION The Executive Director is part of an engaged co-planning team yet takes overall responsibility for all aspects of the management of Martha Street Studio’s gallery, services and programs. This extends to strategic planning and development initiatives to fulfill the organization’s vision, mission and mandate. More specifically this includes:• operational and project-based grant writing and fundraising;•
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