March 2017

March 2017

    • Speaking Events or Entertainment every second Tuesday from September to December then from March to May from 1:30 to 2:30pm at the McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke West
Arlene MCGIBBON

Arlene MCGIBBON

March 14, 2017
ARLENE MCGIBBON
Interior Designer
Title of Presentation: HOME as Canvas

Arlene McGibbon has had a successful career creating residential interiors with a wide range of clients at varying stages of life, living in all sorts of places…city houses, country retreats, seaside and lakeside cottages, lofts,condos, modern, traditional, eclectic…a full gamut of creative possibilities! Her work has been influenced by exposure to many places and cultures, from formative years in New England to Hawaii, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Montreal (which she has happily called home for many years now!) She often comments that a degree in Philosophy from Brown University seems an odd preparation for what evolved. Surprisingly, a career in broadcasting with radio and television shows of her own arose, but got side-lined by her passion for creating ‘home’. Without her realizing where it was going, this passion developed into a very full and busy career guiding her clients in the creation of their homes. She sees this as a joyous co-creative process which respects form, function, the artful, the practical, and the sublime. “After all”, she says, “we all need a safe and beautiful space to come ‘home’ to…a canvas that reflects who we truly are!”


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Sculpture by Zoya Niedermann

Zoya Niedermann

Zoya Niedermann

March 28, 2017
ZOYA NIEDERMANN
Sculptor
Title of Presentation: Reflexions in Bronze
www.niedermann.ca
Bio: Zoya Niedermann is part of a group of sculptors who cast in the very traditional material of bronze. Her perfectly formulated gestures strive to seek unity between organic and geometric lines, often using the solitary human form as her subject.
In 1993 Niedermann was awarded the Hakone Open-Air Museum Price at the prestigious Fujisankei Biennale for her bronze sculpture titled “Arch Figures”. This work now stands permanently at the museum in Japan where in previous years such well-known artists as Anthony Caro, Cesar, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Reg Butler have won.Niedermann’s first sculptures emerged years before her studies at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School and Concordia University in the 70′s. She traveled extensively abroad and in the early 80′s produced a series in welded steel on the theme “The City”. Then she spent several years in New York City where she experienced first hand the energy of the artistic community there. With the opening of La Maison des Cooperants in the early 90′s she initiated a conceptual project called “A Year in the Life of an Artist” and presented a new project each month to the public for one year and documented its progress. Always returning to Italy where she has been casting her work for over thirty years.
She has many exterior sculptures world-wide including Canada, at the Industrial Life Tower in Montreal; at the George Bernard Shaw Theater in Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario; and in private collections in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Australia, U.S.A., and Japan. Niedermann was born in Montreal in l954 and now lives and works in Montreal and Pietrasanta.