The traditional Members’ Day talk is, unsurprisingly, given by one of our artist members, and this year Jackie Rae Wloski spoke to us about her work and the ideas and processes behind her finished pieces. Jackie works in a wide range of mediums, improvising, experimenting, and using whatever techniques make the piece work. Many subjects are revisited, creating a theme and variations over the years. She showed us a great number of slides, covering highlights from a career that has included not just personal art work, but also design assignments with Import Bazaar and Pratt and Whitney. Here are a few pictures from the talk.
Last Tuesday was the new members’ luncheon in the atrium of the McCord Museum, our annual getting to know you get-together. Each new member had a chance to tell us a bit about her/himself and I have to say you couldn’t ask for a more interesting, active and talented group of people. Here are some photos…I confess that with so many new names, few of them are yet attached to faces but I look forward to getting to know you all during the year and don’t hesitate to jog my memory!
Annette Wolfstein-Joseph and Sandy Baylin, two of our artist members, have a terrific show up at the Mile End Gallery. Since this is right in my neighborhood I stopped by on Tuesday night and thoroughly enjoyed the works presented by the three artists who share a passion for the outdoors. The third artist, Richard Redwood, is an accomplished watercolorist (and perhaps soon to be member of WASM…). Sandy works in acrylics on canvas, and Annette is a printmaker.
Last week I visited the exhibit up in Loto-Quebec’s exhibition space (perhaps some of you noticed the article last weekend in the Gazette). The exhibit celebrates 30 years of collecting by Loto-Quebec,one of the largest corporate art collections in the province, and is divided into sections, each panel curated by an invited luminary from the Quebec cultural scene. This is a large show, full of wonderful works by many of the Quebec artists you are familiar with.
Loto-Quebec’s gallery is located just two blocks east of the McCord Museum, where we have our lectures, but most unfortunately it is not open on Tuesdays, so you would have to make a special trip down to visit the exhibition. Good news is that it is open on both Saturday and Sunday. Here is info for location and times (and, of course, some photos from the show):
500, rue Sherbrooke West
Wednesday 11am – 8pm
Thurs. Friday 11am – 6 pm
Sat. Sunday 12 – 5 pm
Louise de Tonnancour sent in these photos from the cultural outing last Thursday to the Schulich School of Music. Thanks also to Louise for providing information for all the photos.
Margareth Folkimer and Thomas Pryce welcoming us in Pollack Hall
Montreal painter Marion Wagschal titled her talk Seeing the Unspeakable which for her describes painting’s capacity to convey complicated, and sometimes contradictory, ideas without words. It is a silent language, and her dense, figurative paintings certainly have much to say. Throughout her thirty year career she has circled around issues relating to women — family, masquerade, rituals of beauty, the body as metaphor for experience. Her talk was richly illustrated with many slides of her paintings, including numerous portraits, and she privileged us with a glimpse into the working process surrounding these paintings.
You know you are in for a treat when the lecture begins with the speaker quoting the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam:
James Turner gave a fascinating talk on The Persian Carpet, touching on the main themes of his recently published book of the same title.
For Mr. Turner there is the obvious beauty of these carpets, the aesthetic thrill, but there is as well an inner meaning to be discovered. Many wonderful ideas woven into the talk….the persian mind which bends toward the metaphysical, Y.B. Yeats’ vision of a whole world, and (I particularly loved this image) the dervish belief that they can polish the human heart like a mirror…to reflect the divine reality.
Here are some photos from our first lecture of the season which was very well attended.