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Art Gallery

Please note that the Art Gallery will be closed for installation from November 1- November 10 inclusive.



Chris Reid, Oozing Ground, 2013, chalk pastel on Stonehenge paper,  39.5” x 50”

Chris Reid: Truth in Repetition

September 5 – October 31, 2014

Brandon, Manitoba artist Chris Reid conjures a world of bleak, distorted landscapes populated by a cast of recurring characters. Despite their bright colours and cartoonish style Reid’s works evoke the nightmarish qualities of unsettling ambiguity and pervasive anxiety. Works in chalk pastel, pen & ink, soft sculpture and pysanky (Ukrainian decorated eggs) are informed by Reid’s personal and professional experiences: her small, interracial family, observations of the changing dynamics in her rural but increasingly culturally diverse community, and her role working with extremely marginalized individuals.

Read the curatorial essay.

Events & Programming

Friday September 5 

6:00 pm-8:00 pm: Opening reception for Truth in Repetition

Saturday September 6 

10:00 am- 12:00 pm: Storytelling/Drawing Workshop
Learn how line, shape, placement, color and mark making work together to tell a story in this hands-on workshop. 13 years to adult.

1:00 pm- 2:30 pm: Artist talk & Tea
Join Chris Reid for cup of tea and learn about her practice as an artist. Leave behind your used tea bag, which Reid will incorporate in her body of work as a memento of the exchange, and take your teacup home with you as a reminder of the occasion.

Wednesday, September 10

6:30-8:30: Pysanky Workshop
Workshop participants will use their own designs to decorate eggs using traditional Ukrainian techniques with a contemporary twist. 7 years to adult. Participants under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.

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AFCOOP 40th Anniversary Film Screening

November 13, 7:00pm

The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) was born at a smoke-filled bar in Halifax, 1973.  Before its creation, the art of filmmaking in Canada was mostly limited to major cities like Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.  The tide turned when AFCOOP was incorporated in 1974, and soon centres followed in Newfoundland and New Brunswick. In the forty years since AFCOOP’s creation, storytelling styles, politics, and technology have changed, but the Co-op remains member-driven and committed to helping artists make the films they want to make. This showcase of notable films from the past forty years aims to distill the essence of AFCOOP into one sitting short enough that your ass doesn’t get numb. Experimental, animation, documentary, and drama are all on display in a manic program that equally celebrates, mocks, and outright ignores Maritime culture.

WAKE OF CALUM MACLEOD (dir. Marc Almon, 2006, 8 mins) A lonely Gaelic storyteller will do anything to have his grown children return home – even if it requires staging his own funeral.

NOVA SCOTIA TOURIST INDUSTRIES (dir. James MacSwain, 1998, 12 mins) A copywriter struggles to pitch Nova Scotia as anywhere but a good place to kill oneself.

TELL ME (dir. Shandi Mitchell, 2004, 4 mins) Questions go unanswered in this intimate look at the filmmakers' inexplicit father.

8 FRAMES PER SECOND (dir. Chuck Clark, 1986, 11 mins) A kinetic portrait of the filmmaker's North End neighbor.

WHEN YOU SLEEP (dir. Ashley McKenzie, 2012, 11 mins) A rodent infestation forces a volatile teen couple to face a larger unspoken tension in their relationship.

JACKASS JOHNNY (dir. Alex Busby & David Coole, 1989, 25 mins) A frenetic travelogue across a troubled and paranoid Cold War era Canada. 

GLAMOUR GUTS (dir. Jasmine Oore, 2008, 3 mins) Instructions on how to live glamorously with intestinal disease.

ASSEMBLED (dir. Becka Barker, 2006, 5 mins) A scratch animation that weaves the confessions of three figures navigating the modern social spaces of being “together alone.”

CELLS AND STALKS (dir. Herb Theriault, 2012, 2 mins) A series of close-ups allows us intimate access to the delicate structure of leaves, ferns and water reeds.

PUSTULATIONS ON MODERN LIFE (dir. Lisa Morse, 2002, 8 mins) This animated exploration of acne will make you laugh and cringe.

Handmade Holiday

November 17, 2014

A Handmade Holiday invites the funkiest, most exciting local crafters to participate in a seasonal campus celebration. The market attracts students, faculty, staff and members of the broader community for an afternoon of complimentary entertainment & treats and a festive holiday shopping experience.

The market takes place on November 17 from 10am-4pm in the CBU Great Hall (just outside the art gallery).


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