National Touring Exhibition

Patricia Coates, President Windsor Printmaker’s Forum and director of the Sense of Place project.

Sense of Place: A Cross-Border Print Exhibition is a juried exhibition organized and circulated by Windsor Printmaker’s Forum. Patricia Coates, president of Windsor Printmaker’s Forum and director of the Sense of Place project discusses the exhibition’s focus:

Sense of Place goes far beyond a literal interpretation of its theme; after all it has been some time since the Group of Seven first broke this trail. The work investigates universal ideas and concerns through a broad range of both traditional and experimental mediums: life’s daily questions, its mysteries, archetypal forms, courage, and belonging, the heritage of time, man’s place in nature and the place of nature in our world.  The shift from traditional printmaking to digital methods mirrors our place in time – not just as printmakers – but as a society. Place has evolved from specific geographical location through that of regions to the threshold of a new concept which is global and virtual. (Sense of Place exhibition catalogue)

The works investigate place through an immense variety of print media from the more traditional etching, relief and lithography on paper to digital light boxes, multimedia and three-dimensional objects providing a comprehensive overview of the art of contemporary printmaking.

The jurors for the exhibition were Windsor-based artist, Iain Baxter&, James Patten, Director of the McIntosh Gallery at the University of Western Ontario, and Nancy Sojka, Curator, Detroit Institute of Arts.

Guest artists and writers for the tour include Alistair MacLeod, Nino Ricci, Iain Baxter&, Rebecca Belmore, Jessica Grant, Randall Maggs, Lisa Moore, Audrey Feltham and Dr. Stephen Pender.

There are 34 artists represented in the exhibition: Joseph Banh, Nadine Bariteau, Mark Bovey, Yael Brotman, Dacia Celeste-Faute, Patricia Coates, Meena Dhar, Lisa Driver, Christopher Durocher, Erik Edson, Joel Fullerton, Sue Gordon, Dieter Grund, Libby Hague, George Hawken, Liz Ingram, Hannamari Jalovaara, Melody Krauze, Bill Laing, Tara Lynn MacDougall, Judy Major-Girardin, Adam Medley, John Montminy, Rory O’Connor, Gary Olson, Terry O’Reilly, Kenneth Pattern, Shannon Phair, Dianna Rae Borel, Victor Romao, Carol Rowland-Ulmann, Dan Steeves, Michele Tarailo, Susan Turner, Terry Vatrt.

Sense of Place has been exhibited in several galleries across the country since first opening in Windsor in 2007: University of Toronto Art Centre, Yukon Arts Centre, Thames Art Gallery, McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, Art Gallery of Sudbury, Cape Breton University Art Gallery, Grenfell Campus Art Gallery, Memorial University NL.

Sponsorship and Publicity

July 2008, the Ontario Arts Council awarded the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum a Touring and Collaborations Grant for the Sense of Place exhibit. The provincial tour was successfully launched to a sold out audience at the University of Toronto Arts Centre May 5th, 2009. The exhibition travels to the Thames Art Gallery, Chatham Ontario, April 9th, 2010 and runs until May 9th 2010 with an opening reception April 17th.

July 10th, 2009 the Ontario Arts Council, in recognition of the merit of the Sense of Place project awarded a National & International Touring Project grant to the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum.

November 5, 2009 the Ontario Trillium Foundation approved a grant for the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum to tour the Sense of Place exhibit in Chatham, Sudbury and Thunder Bay. Panel discussions, “the role of place in art and literature” and printmaking workshops conducted by guest artists were be made possible through the grant.

Through the OAC and the Ontario Trillium Foundation the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum and the 36 Sense of Place exhibition artists from across Canada and Michigan have received tremendous exposure via the Provincial and National tour. The Windsor Printmaker’s gratefully acknowledges the generous spirit of special guests Alistair MacLeod, Iain Baxter& and Nino Ricci for their contributions in the Sense of Place catalogue and throughout the tour.

Patricia Coates travels the Yukon.

Press for Sense of Place

TheSense of Place exhibition at the University of Toronto Art Centre was reviewed in The National Post, and the University of Windsor Daily News.

 

 

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Sense of Place: at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby, On. April 12 – May 19, 2013
Opening reception: Sunday April 14 , 2- 4pm

Sense of Place is the result of an international juried call for entries initiated by the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum in 2006. Print artists were invited to consider the sense of identity inherent in their specific communities; the result is an exhibition that includes print works from across Canada and the U.S. in a broad range of both traditional and experimental media. Awareness of physical space is important in many of the works, but the exhibition goes far beyond a literal interpretation of its theme.The work investigates universal ideas and concerns, from life’s daily questions and eternal mysteries to archetypal forms and human heritage to the place of nature in the world and of human beings in nature. In the words of coordinator Patricia Coates, “the show celebrates the current momentum which flows through Canadian contemporary art”.

For the exhibition coordinators Windsor is their own special place. After searching the world for the right individuals to catalyze the creative processes into the exhibition, they recognized that “Windsor, itself, had two distinguished individuals, Alistair MacLeod and IAIN BAXTER&, who, if brought together with printmakers from across the country, could create something provocative and important.” When author Nino Ricci joined these two for a special presentation to open Sense of Place “Three creative minds gave one magical talk. The conversation played out almost like a good jazz performance. Flow and rhythm was picked up resonating through ideas of place, time, and memory.”All three of these men are prominent in the Canadian arts and literary worlds. All three are also particularly interested in the place where visual and written creativity interacts, especially as expressed by this notion of significant place. Furthermore, this fertile intersection of the visual and literary arts made Sense of Place extremely appropriate for the featured exhibition at the GPAG during Wayzgoose, our annual book arts fair.  (Article courtesy of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.  Full article here.)

Sense of Place: at the Grenfell Campus Art Gallery, Corner Brook, NL. September 22 to November 3, 2012

On November 2, 2012 the closing event  featuring readings by Jessica Grant, Alistair MacLeod, Randall Maggs and Lisa Moore, and a panel discussion with the artists, Iain Baxter& and Audrey Feltham filled the gallery to capacity.

Terry O’Reilly, Newfoundland Dreams, 2007, woodcut, 24 x 24”

Sense of Place: at the Grenfell Campus Art Gallery, Corner Brook, NL.

Alistair MacLeod reads from his short story, “In the Fall”.


Director Charlotte Jones introduces guest artists and writers: Iain Baxter&, Jessica Grant, Audrey Feltham,

...Lisa Moore, Randall Maggs and Alistair MacLeod.


Sense of Place at Grenfell Gallery

Sense of Place at Grenfell Gallery

Sense of Place: at the Cape Breton University Art Gallery, Sydney, Nova Scotia – March 20th to June 8th, 2012

 CBC interviews Patricia Coates on the Sense of Place national touring exhibit.

CBC interviews Patricia Coates on the Sense of Place national touring exhibit.

On March 20th, 2012 at the Cape Breton University the Sense of Place exhibition officially opened with a panel discussion that included Alistair MacLeod, Nino Ricci, and Iain Baxter&. News coverage for the Sense of Place artists talks at the Cape Breton University Art Gallery was filled with glowing reports on the event. The CBC, and Cape Breton Post interviewed and reported the various events of the week. Please see the Cape Breton Post article here. Listen to CBC’s radio interview of Ian Baxter&, Alistair MacLeod and Nino Ricci here. Listen to CBC’s radio interview of Patricia Coates here.

 

Guest artists Iain Baxter&, Alistair MacLeod, Nino Ricci.

Visitors enjoy the exhibition at Cape Breton University Art Gallery.

Visitors enjoy the exhibition at Cape Breton University Art Gallery.

Guest writers: Alistair MacLeod and Nino Ricci.

Iain Baxter& at the exhibition reception.

Iain Baxter& conducts a seminar for Cape Breton University media students.

Nino Ricci signs an exhibition catalogue at the exhibition reception.

The exhibit will be on display at the CBU Art Gallery until June 8th.

Gallery Director, Laura Schneider and preparator Graham Iddon.

National exhibit coming to CBU

Published on February 22, 2012
Cape Breton Post
Author: Laura Jean Grant

SYDNEY — Three Canadian cultural heavyweights will visit the island next month, in conjunction with the opening of a new exhibit at the Cape Breton University Art Gallery.

Alistair MacLeod, Nino Ricci and Iain Baxter&, who all wrote segments for the Sense of Place exhibition catalogue, will be at CBU for the exhibit’s Atlantic Canadian debut, March 20-21.

Sense of Place is a national touring exhibition from the Windsor Printmakers Forum, an artist collective based in Windsor, Ont. It has been presented at several art galleries including the University of Toronto Art Centre, the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, and the Art Gallery of Sudbury.

The exhibit includes the work of 34 printmakers from Canada and two from Michigan, and includes all types of printmaking, from traditional styles like etching and lithograph, to contemporary forms like digital prints and light boxes. All pieces are focused on the Sense of Place theme.

“The works in the show are pretty conceptual, they’re not just landscapes or pictures of people’s homes. They focus on how our sense of place is linked to our identity,” explained Laura Schneider, CBU art gallery director and curator.

The CBU Art Gallery has numerous events, presentations and discussions planned in conjunction with the exhibit, including a public presentation and official opening reception March 20, and author readings and presentations for CBU students and local writing groups March 21.

MacLeod, who divides his time between Windsor, Ont., and Dunvegan, Cape Breton, is the author of “No Great Mischief” which has received many accolades, including the 1991 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Trillium Award for Fiction. He is also internationally-acclaimed for his collections of short stories “The Lost Salt Gift of Blood,” and “As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories.” He is an officer of the Order of Canada and an English professor at the University of Windsor.

Baxter&, an international pioneer of conceptual art, is a Governor General’s Award winner in visual and media arts, and has won both the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize, and the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation Prize. Baxter& is also an officer of the Order of Canada, and a professor at University of Windsor’s School of Visual Arts.

Ricci is a two-time Governor General’s Award winner for fiction. His novels include “Lives of the Saints” and “The Origin of Species.” Ricci was the recipient of the inaugural Alistair MacLeod Award for Literary Achievement in 2006. Ricci is a member of the Order of Canada and he lives and works in Toronto.

Schenider said the gallery is thrilled to have the three men coming to the university for the exhibit launch.

“It’s pretty exciting. They’re well known, not just in Canada, but around the world,” she said.

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January 27, 2012 Sense of Place Featuring: Nino Ricci, Alistair MacLeod, and Rebecca Belmore in Thunder Bay

Article courtesy of The Walleye by Tiffany Jarva

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Nino Ricci, Patricia Coates and Alistair MacLeod with Windsor artist, Victor Romão's Linocut, "Family Vacation, Algonquin Park, 2006"

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photo by Alastair MacKay. Special Guest performance artist Rebecca Belmore during the Sense of Place tour at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Alistair MacLeod, reads from his short story "The boat"

photo by Alastair MacKay. Alistair MacLeod reads from his short story "The Boat."

Nino Reads

photo by Alastair MacKay. Author Nino Ricci reads from The Origin of Species, winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction.

Photos by Alastair MacKay

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery audience was silent as acclaimed Canadian author Alistair MacLeod, in his soft lilting voice, read from his short story “The Boat,” in amongst the pieces of the touring Sense of Place printmakers exhibition. The award-winning MacLeod, author of two short story collections and the critically acclaimed 1999 novel No Great Mischief, was here along with fellow writer Nino Ricci and internationally known performance artist Rebecca Belmore.

The powerful sense of place is at play in the work of all three artists. Ricci, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction twice, opened the night with a reading (off his iPad!) from The Origin of Species, taking us back to the 80s and the place we all know as The Galapagos. Originally from nearby Upsala in northwestern Ontario, Belmore shared a couple of her videos documenting her live performances which she referred to as works made in a very “particular” place. 2008s Making Always War was performed on the UBC campus in response to the dead soldier count climbing to 100 in Afghanistan. Victorious was created during Hive 2, a theatre festival in Vancouver, just days after Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s official residential schools apology.

MacLeod, considered by many to be one of Canada’s greatest prose writers, ended the formal part of the evening with his reading from his compelling short story “The Boat,” which creates a strong sense of place and the emotions tied to the harsh realities of a fishing family in Cape Breton. When Ricci responded during the Q+A as to why small towns work so well in fiction, he mentioned that he thinks an “intimate sense of place” can be created when we travel back to the small places, villages and towns of our roots. And during this evening, thanks to the artists sharing their works, an intimate sense of place was created for a few hours, with memories lingering for much longer.

Visitors at book signing meet with authors Nino Ricci and Alistair MacLeod

Thunder Bay audience gathers to hear Readings from Nino Ricci, Alistair MacLeod, and talk from performance artist Rebecca Belmore

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Sense of Place at the Art Gallery of Sudbury – September 28th, 2012

The event was a great success with more than 85 people in attendance.
(Left) Alistair MacLeod reads from No Great Mischief at the Art Gallery of Sudbury.
(center)Nino Ricci introduces his reading The Origin of Species.
(right) Iain Baxter& presents an artist talk to a full house at the Art Gallery of Sudbury.
images © Patricia Coates

Alistair MacLeod and Nino Ricci share thoughts on writing and their work with the students at Laurentian University. Windsor Printmaker’s thanks Professor Laurence Steven for hosting the student event at Laurentian.
images © Patricia Coates

(left) Sense of Place guests celebrate the success of the evening as well as Nino Ricci’s recent appointment to the Order of Canada in high style and high spirits at Buzzy Browns.
(right) Iain Baxter& seizes the opportunity at Buzzy’s to create a provocative installation capturing the flavour of the Sense of Place national tour: Sense of Place has now shown in Windsor & Toronto & Chatham & Whitehorse & Dawson & London & Sudbury & . . . . .
images © Patricia Coates

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Sense of Place in Canadian Geographic July/August 2011 Issue

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Image © Canadian Geographic, used with permission.

Windsor Printmaker’s Forum wishes to thank Canadian Geographic for generously promoting the Sense of Place project. Dan Rubinstein, Managing Editor invited Nino Ricci to write an article for the July/August issue. In this article Nino explores the genesis and ambitions of the project and the myriad connections between the artist and the place they are from. The article also channels the voices of some of the project’s key participants and highlights past and upcoming exhibitions.

Canadian Geographic is published by the not-for-profit Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The magazine has a circulation of approximately 200,000 and an audited readership of roughly 3.3 million people every issue — it’s the fourth most-read magazine in Canada.

Congratulations to the Sense of Place artists whose work, selected by Canadian Geographic, is featured: Dan Steeves, Free to ignore moments of restlessness in the mind. Adam Medley, Secrets of Ventriloquism, Patricia Coates, Quarry, Dianna Rae Borel, Roots, Erik Edson, Muskrat, Kenneth Pattern, Jamu Di Condo.

Windsor Printmaker’s also extends a warm thank you to writer Linda Goyette. We met Linda while she was staying at the Pierre Berton House as Dawson’s writer-in-residence. On a sunny fall afternoon, Linda showed us parts of Dawson we might have otherwise missed, and it was Linda who later shared the idea of our project with her colleague Mr. Rubinstein.

It continues to be a pleasure meeting and working with gifted and generous artists throughout the tour. Windsor Printmaker’s would also like to congratulate Nino Ricci on his recent appointment to the Order of Canada.

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Nino Ricci
image © Patricia Coates
Writer Nino Ricci’s books include his Lives of the Saints trilogy, which was adapted into a miniseries starring Sophia Loren, as well as a biography of Pierre Trudeau. His most recent novel, 2008’s The Origin of Species, won him his second Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction.

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Sense of Place at McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario January 6th to February 19th 2011

 

McIntosh Director James Patten with Patricia Coates, Alistair MacLeod and Nino Ricci. (Photo by Dave Chidley)

Patricia Coates joins a captive audience at McIntosh Gallery.

A captive audience at McIntosh Gallery.
(Photo by Dave Chidley)

Nino Ricci
(Photo by Dave Chidley)

Alistair MacLeod and guest. (Photo by Dave Chidley)

Sense of Place at McIntosh Gallery featuring the work of George Hawken,

...Patricia Coates and Libby Hague.

 

The McIntosh Gallery hosts The Windsor Printmaker’s Forum National Touring Exhibition, Sense of Place. The exhibition is on view from January 6 to February 19, 2011. Congratulations to the participating artists.

Sense of Place: Alistair Macleod and Nino Ricci

Sunday, January 30th 2011 at 2:00 P.M.
Conron Hall, University College
The University of Western Ontario

On January 30, 2011 The McIntosh Gallery will host, in conjunction with the Sense of Place exhibition, a special event with Alistair McLeod and Nino Ricci, guest writers for the Sense of Place publication.

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The McIntosh Gallery in spring with Ed Zelenak’s painted steel sculpture Under Construction 1965 (Gift of the Ontario Arts Council, 1967)

The McIntosh Gallery invites you to a reading by Alistair Macleod and Nino Ricci in memory of Dr. Suzanne Kaufmann. Canadian author Alistair MacLeod was the 2001 winner of the prestigious IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel No Great Mischief (1999). He has also published The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1976), As Birds Bring Forth the Sun (1986) and Island: The Collected Stories (2000). In 2008 he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Nino Ricci won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction twice: in 1990 for Lives of the Saints (also a Books in Canada First Novel Award winner), and in 2008 for The Origin of Species, which also appeared on the long list for the Giller Prize. In 1997, Ricci’s novel Where She Has Gone was short-listed for the Giller Prize.

MacLeod and Ricci were guest writers for the publication Sense of Place: A Cross-Border Print Exhibition, organized by Windsor Printmaker’s Forum. The exhibition is on view at the McIntosh Gallery from January 6th to February 19th 2011.

McIntosh Members: Join us at the Gallery after the reading for a private reception to meet Alistair and Nino and to tour the Sense of Place exhibition with Patricia Coates, President of Windsor Printmaker’s Forum. (Memberships will be available at the door).

Sense of Place Artists:

Joseph Banh, Nadine Bariteau, Mark Bovey, Yael Brotman, Dacia Celeste-Fauth, Patricia Coates, Meena Dhar, Lisa Driver in collaboration with Milky Way, Christopher Durocher, Erik Edson, Joel Fullerton, Sue Gordon, Dieter Grund, Libby Hague, George Hawken, Liz Ingram, Hannamari Jalovaara, Melody Krauze, Bill Laing, Tara Lynn MacDougall, Judy Major-Girardin in collaboration with Briana Palmer, Adam Medley, John Montminy, Rory O’Connor, Gary Olson, Terry O’Reilly, Kenneth Pattern, Shannon Phair, Dianna Rae Borel, Victor Romão, Carol Rowland-Ulmann, Dan Steeves, Michele Tarailo, Susan Turner, Terry Vatrt.

Organized and circulated by the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum, Sense of Place was judged by artist Iain Baxter&, Nancy Sojka, Curator, Detroit Institute of Arts, and James Patten, Director, McIntosh Gallery.

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Sense of Place Travels to the Yukon September 9, 2010 – October 29, 2010

Organized by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in partnership with the Windsor Printmaker’s
Forum.

In the Yukon, Sense of Place guests, Alistair Macleod, Nino Ricci and Iain Baxter& continued to ‘spread goodness and wisdom throughout the land’. Artist talks, readings and a panel discussion on the sense of place in art took place in Dawson at the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre and the Tombstone Interpretive Centre.

Windsor Printmaker’s wishes to thank the special guests for their engaging work in the Yukon. Windsor Printmaker’s would also like to acknowledge Karen Dubois, Executive Director, Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture who coordinated the memorable events in Dawson.

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Sense of Place Opens at the Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse. Thursday September 9, 2010 until October 29, 2010

Yukon Art's Centre
September 9 to October 29, 2010

YUKON ARTS CENTRE OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, September 9
7:30 pm – 6:00 PM:

FORUM
with Alistair MacLeod, Nino Ricci, Rebecca Belmore, IAIN BAXTER&.

YUKON ARTS CENTRE GALLERY HOURS
Tuesday to Friday:
10 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 12 pm to 5 pm

Behind the Scenes at Yukon Arts Centre.

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After its long journey from Windsor to Whitehorse, YAC gallery framer Steve
Brewis works with precision and care to reframe Joseph Banh’s work The Unknowable.
Photos courtesy of Jessica Vellenga of The YAC gallery

The Show, Selected Views:

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Taylor’s Bull – Saskatchewan, Gary Olson

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Plume, “Ledge Suite”, Mark Bovey,

Family Vacation, Algonquin Park, Victor Romao (left image)

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What the Cat Brought Back, Lisa Driver (in collaboration with Milky Way)

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Sécurité, Nadine Bariteau

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Everything Needs Everything:
Rehearsal for Disaster,
Libby hague

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Gordon and Janet, in Their Garden, George Hawken

Above selected images of the show are courtesy of Jessica Vellenga of The YAC gallery.

Sense of Place - Windsor Printmaker’s Forum

Organized and circulated by the
Windsor Printmaker’s Forum with guest speakers
Alistair MacLeod, Nino Ricci, and Iain Baxter&.

Sense of Place gathers works by thirty-six artists from across both sides of the Canada-USA border around the theme of place through printmaking. Ranging from traditional techniques on traditional surfaces―such as monotypes, etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, and silkscreens―to digital prints and found objects, the show maps out the broad field of contemporary printmaking. The theme is largely conceptual; while there is some landscape imagery in the show, the works focus more on how our sense of place is linked to our sense of self.

Windsor Printmaker’s wishes to thank Director, Mary Bradshaw and her outstanding team at the Yukon Arts Centre for their work in presenting the Sense of Place exhibition and opening event in Whitehorse.

The Yukon Arts Centre is located at:
300 College Drive
Whitehorse, Yukon

Mailing Address
Box 16
Whitehorse, YT
Y1A 5X9 Canada

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Artist talk by IAIN BAXTER&

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Sense of Place opens at the Yukon Arts Centre. Nino Ricci in conversation with Alistair MacLeod and IAIN BAXTER&: A Discussion on the role of place in art and literature.

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Iain Baxter& Alistair MacLeod survey the menu at Klondike Rib & Salmon,Whitehorse.

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Fish Lake, Whitehorse

On route to Dawson:

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Alistair MacLeod, Five Finger Rapids

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Portrait of IAIN BAXTER& at Fox Lake

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Nino Ricci views the Yukon River at Five Finger Rapids

In Dawson

Alistair MacLead and Nino Ricci recall Jack Londons classic "Call of the Wild" 182

Alistair MacLead and Nino Ricci recall Jack London’s classic Call of the Wild

Patricia Coates, Director of the Sense of Place project, drinks from the pure waters of Wolf Creek, Tombstone Territorial Park. 316

Patricia Coates, Director of the Sense of Place project, drinks from the pure waters of Wolf Creek, Tombstone Territorial Park.

The Troupe at Tombstone Interpretive Centre:  Alistair MacLeod, Patricia Coates,  IAIN BAXTER&, Louise Chance-Baxter, and Nino Ricci

The Troupe at Tombstone Interpretive Centre: Alistair MacLeod, Patricia Coates, IAIN BAXTER&, Louise Chance-Baxter, and Nino Ricci.

Sense of Place guests: Alistair MacLeod, IAIN BAXTER&, Nino Ricci and Tuktu

Sense of Place guests: Alistair MacLeod, IAIN BAXTER&, Nino Ricci and Tuktu

At Tombstone Interpretive Centre, Nino Ricci reads from "The Origin of Species", winner of the Governor General's Award

At Tombstone Interpretive Centre, Nino Ricci reads from The Origin of Species, winner of the Governor General’s Award

Alistair MacLeod reads from the short story, "The Closing Down of Summer" at Tombstone Interpretive Centre, Tombstone Territorial Park.

Alistair MacLeod reads from the short story, “The Closing Down of Summer” at Tombstone Interpretive Centre, Tombstone Territorial Park.

 

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The Demspter Highway winds through Tombstone Territorial Park

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Dawson from above – the dredges.

 

 

Iain Baxter& at the wheel on the way to Dawson. “To the & of time.” Iain Baxter&
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Sense of Place at University of Toronto Art Centre

JOIN US FOR Sense of Place

Featuring Alistair MacLeod and Iain Baxter& in a conversation facilitated by Nino Ricci

“It will make you happy, thoughtful people and enable you to spread goodness and wisdom throughout the land.”

Alistair MacLeod

Our three speakers need little introduction. They are internationally renowned, and we are incredibly delighted to present this event as part of the opening celebrations for the exhibition, Sense of Place, Organized and Circulated by the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum.

Alistair MacLeod is the author of No Great Mischief which has received multiple accolades including the 1991 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and The Trillium Award for Fiction. He is also internationally acclaimed for his collections of short stories “The Lost Salt Gift of Blood”(1976) and “As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and other Stories” (1986). He is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor.

Iain Baxter& an international pioneer of conceptual art has been nationally celebrated with the 2004 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, the 2005 Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize, and the 2006 Gershon Iskowitz Foundation Prize. He is Professor Emeritus at the School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor.

Nino Ricci is the winner of two Governor General’s Awards for Fiction. His 1990 novel, Lives of the Saints was followed in 2008 with the award winning, The Origin of Species. Nino Ricci is the recipient of the 2006 inaugural Alistair MacLeod Award for Literary Achievement. He lives and works in Toronto.

The evening will also be the occasion for the launch of the Sense of Place exhibition catalogue which is co-published by the University of Toronto Art Centre, the University of Windsor and the Art Gallery of Windsor.

This is how our evening will unfold:

6:30 pm Cocktails: Meet the authors and artists

7:00 pm Alistair MacLeod and Iain Baxter& in a conversation facilitated by Nino Ricci

9:00 pm Exhibition Opening Reception (Cash Bar)

Tickets for complimentary cocktails and conversation: $10 for UTAC Members and $20 General Public. Limited Seating. Non-Members can take this opportunity to join and apply $10 of the ticket price to the UTAC Membership Fee. Cocktails are complimentary until the Opening Reception.

To purchase tickets please contact Maureen Smith 416-946-7089 or maureen.smith@utoronto.ca

Sense of Place Exhibition:

5 May to 1 August 2009

Sense of Place is a cross-border print exhibition organized and circulated by the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum and juried by Iain Baxter&, Nancy Sojka and James Patten. The show brings together works by 30 artists from Canada and Michigan exploring the theme of place through printmaking. Ranging across traditional print techniques on traditional surfaces (such as monotypes, etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, and silkscreens) to digital prints and found objects, the show maps out the broad field of contemporary printmaking practice.

The works’ approach to the theme is largely conceptual. While there is some landscape imagery in the show, the works selected focus more on how our sense of place is linked to our sense of self. As cultural geographers explain, place is a way of describing meaningful space; one of the ways of converting space into place is developing a sense of belonging or connection. For some, a sense of place is inevitably connected to home, for others, who start from a fundamental sense of displacement; it entails movement and the search for a fit. This disjunction in the experience of place is foregrounded by the works’ engagement with printmaking. By drawing on printmaking’s capacities for reproducibility and circulation through the production of images by impression or transfer, the works in the show move from an engagement with rootedness and the anchoring of belonging to an evocation of loss, distance and longing. The use of reproduction to create a singular image or the creation of multiple and circulating images of an intense and personal engagement with the specific opens up the experience of place as an ongoing process rather than a fixed and natural given.

Participating Artists:

Joseph Banh, Nadine Bariteau, Mark Bovey,Yael Brotman, Dacia Celeste-Fauth, Patricia Coates, Meena Dhar, Lisa Driver in collaboration with Milky Way, Christopher Durocher, Erik Edson, Joel Fullerton, Sue Gordon, Dieter Grund, Libby Hague, George Hawken, Liz Ingram, Hannamari Jalovaara, Melody Krauze, Bill Laing, Tara Lynn MacDougall, Judy Major-Girardin in collaboration with Briana Palmer, Adam Medley, John Montminy, Rory O’Connor, Gary Olson, Terry O’Reilly, Kenneth Pattern, Shannon Phair, Dianna Rae Borel, Victor Romão, Carol Rowland-Ulmann, Dan Steeves, Michele Tarailo, Susan Turner, Terry Vatrt.

Photo Credit: LtoR: Kevin Kavanaugh Photography (A. MacLeod and I. Baxter&); Paul-Antoine Taillefer (N. Ricci)

The Sense of Place event and exhibition are supported in part by Peter A. Allen as part of the UTAC Art with Insight Series, Manulife Financial, UTAC’s 2009 Supporting Sponsor, the Ontario Arts Council and our Event Sponsor à la Carte Kitchen Inc.

Conversations on Sense of Place

From the University of Toronto Art Centre, three video recordings of conversations between Alistair MacLeod, Nino Ricci and Iain Baxter& at the UTAC opening of the Sense of Place touring exhibition.

From the University of Toronto Arts Centre, Patricia Coates, President of Windsor Printmaker’s Forum launches the Sense of Place Catalog, and Lyndsay Green, Chair of UTAC discusses the Sense of Place exhibit.

People, Places and Prints

not my photo
Photo by Nick Kozak/Torontoist

Torontoist has a fantastic article on the Sense of Place exhibition opening at University of Toronto Art Centre. Read it here.

The work pictured is “I Guess I Need More Grace Than I Thought” by Toronto artist Yael Brotman.

Sense of Place Exhibition heading to Toronto

The works for our Sense of Place touring exhibition are all packed and ready to be shipped to the University of Toronto Art Centre. The exhibition at UTAC will run from May 5 to August 1 2009, with guest speakers Alistair McLeod, Nino Ricci and Iain Baxter& in attendance for the opening gala on May 5th.

Sense of Place exhibition, ready for shipping

Sense of Place exhibition, ready for shipping

Sense of Place exhibition, ready for shipping

WPF Board of Directors members Marna Vacratsis, Patty McCoy, Sandra Ellis and Jodi Green generously gave of their time to clean and repair the framing on the artwork and package and label each piece for the journey to Toronto.

Stay tuned for a sneak peek at the exhibition catalogue, currently at the printers!

Sense Of Place Gala: A complete success

The opening night for Sense of Place (Friday, November 16th, 2007) was a complete success. The studio was filled with guests that were eager to see the show. Here are some pictures from the evening.

Settling in before the talk

Settling in before the talk

Settling in before the talk

Settling in before the talk

Settling in before the talk

Settling in before the talk

Sense Of Place: A Crossborder Juried Print Exhibition

This exhibition will coincide with a reading by author Alistair MacLeod and an artist’s talk by Iain Baxter& whose works have been inspired by their ideas of place. All submitted work must be based on the theme of sense of place; however, any interpretation of this theme is acceptable. Artists must include with their submission, a brief description of their work and its relation to the proposed theme.

For more info on this event feel free to download the event brochure.

Click here (3.6Mb PDF)