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to be held in two hands // Sonali Menezes & Snack Witch Joni Cheung
Exhibition Dates: July 12 – August 24, 2024 Closing Reception: Friday August 23, 2024 @ 5 – 8 pm Artist Demo Workshop: Saturday August 24, 2024 @ 1pm at Martha Street Studio.This demo workshop is free to attend and open to the public. Exhibition Text by Alana MacDougall Martha Street Studio is pleased to present to be held in two hands, a duo exhibition by Sonali Menezes (ON) and Joni Cheung (QC). // It takes two, hands to clear off a table wash a tower of dishes cut a mango serve a meal feed others nourish ourselves We are reaching, for a plate of food for connections to the lands and waters we currently call home to the places our ancestors cared for and flourished with We call back through food patiently waiting for our voices to intertwine over long distances Staring at bright marigold stains that are probably older than we are our minds wander to meals shared with family members While eating alone Something we have had to learn growing up in so-called Canada Getting lost in the messiness in the markings and spaces between are our (hi)stories and relations // Snack Witch Joni Cheung and Sonali Menezes grew up eating food. Often with two hands: to pull apart a steamed bun, to rip off a piece of bhatura to dip into channa; to offer a serving, to cut a mango. Sometimes the messiness was cleaned up with a good morning towel, marks revealing the history of what food was shared. Other times, haldi stains remain on skin, wooden spoons, and under nails. Both artists are part of Asian diasporas born here in so-called Canada, originating in Hong Kong, and Goa, India respectively. As they navigate the in-betweenness of being settlers and second-generation immigrants, they reach back to
Martha Street Studio is hiring this summer!
Office / Studio Assistant May 6 to August 21, 2024 (16 weeks) $17/hr for 30 hours a week (includes work on Saturdays) Deadline to apply: April 27, 2024 – 5pm   Martha Street Studio is offering a student the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of an artist-run centre, printmaking and arts education. The successful candidate will primarily work to assist Martha Street Studio (MSS) by reviewing our newly migrated shop system through the lens of usability and accessibility. It would be the task of the incumbent to review the presentation, content and processes, and to suggest changes or alterations of content or workflow. It is also important for the successful applicant to develop an understanding and confidence in the art of printmaking while working in the organization. There will be opportunity to become familiar with various printmaking techniques during their contract.   The successful candidate will have a keen interest in the visual and/or printmaking arts, arts education, artist-run centres, or the not-for-profit sector. Although academic or studio based studies in the visual arts may be given priority, students in education or arts education, design, social services, youth services will also be great candidates. The successful candidate will have a strong sense of community engagement and/or history of volunteerism, be outgoing, independent and responsible. They will be knowledgeable about arts and culture and have a willingness to become engaged in community building activities through the arts. This job is made possible by the Government of Canada and the Young Canada Works Program. The candidates must be under the age of 30 and returning to school in the fall of 2024.   Tasks and Responsibilities The Office/Studio Assistant will assist the office staff and studio technicians in a variety of tasks that include: – Assist in the review of a newly
Assorted Editions: SoA Takeover
Exhibition Dates: April 19 – May 31, 2024 Opening Reception: Friday, April 19, 2024 @ 5 – 8 pm Martha Street Studio is pleased to present Assorted Editions: SOA Takeover, a group exhibition by the University of Manitoba School of Art printmaking students. // Assorted Editions: SOA Takeover transforms Martha Street Studio into an exhilarating exploration of student artists and their creative visions in printmaking. Featuring new works from the School of Art’s printmaking students, Assorted Editions showcases the diverse practices of Winnipeg’s emerging printmakers, highlighting the skills and novel approaches developed under the guidance of accomplished educators and peers. Coming together at Martha Street Studio to amplify compelling new voices, these contemporary printmakers share exciting views of what it means to print. In Assorted Editions: SOA Takeover, Martha Street Studio is transformed into an overwhelming space filled with dynamic contemporary prints. Providing an intimate glimpse into the current landscape of the School of Art student printmakers, this exhibition bridges the gap between Winnipeg’s art and student communities. Opening a window into the School of Art’s industrious student printmaking community with emphasis on finesse and mastery of their craft, the works in this show range from intaglio to screen print and relief, each connected to the other by a boundless enthusiasm to create. Assorted Editions draws together the best of student work in a celebration of the Flat Land Print Studio’s new generation of printmakers. // Through a selection committee composed of various community members within the School of Art and faculty, the artworks showcased in this exhibition were carefully chosen with the intention of showing high quality works that fairly represent the School of Art and its printmaking community. Students included in this exhibition come from diverse range of backgrounds, uniting various undergraduate years and programs including the honours stream
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. // 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 through various
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