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Jamie-Lee Girodat explores reproduction in Pluck exhibit at casa

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Edmonton artist Jamie-Lee Girodat explores the issues of reproduction in her new exhibit, “Pluck,” opening at casa this weekend.Jamie Lee Girodat presents Pluck at casa. Photo by Richard Amery

It is one of four exhibits opening including Troy Nickle’s “Contours of Time, which shares the main gallery, Diana Zasadny’s “ Shadows From the Fire, which explores the aftermath of the Kenow fire in Waterton Park and High Notes in Low Lighting, 16 music photos by L.A. Beat editor Richard Amery turned 3 D and adorned with paint splashing.
“Pluck” is  an exploration of female autonomy related issues such as having children through a variety of mediums including hand painted glass and paintings.

“I’m 28 and most of my family are women most of them have children,” said Girodat, noting her exhibit explores changes in reproductive technology like genetic modification and genetic engineering

“ So there are a lot of issues like should I have children, or should I wait until they’ve cured certain diseases. There’s a lot to think about. It has to do with a lot of changes in reproductive technology and the choices you have to make  to have children,” she continued. She noted the art includes images of blasts cells.

“There  are also female body figures,” said Girodat who is studying for her masters degree in printmaking at the University of Alberta, and who completed her bachelor of fine arts at the U of L in 2016.

She has several animations she created running on a loop.


Casa kilns fired for 1000th time

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Aaron Hagan is pleased to see the pottery program take off at Casa.Aaron Hagan shows off some of the works produced  from the 100th firing of Casa's kilns. Photo by Richard Amery
 On Wednesday, he fired up the kilns for the thousandth time since Casa opened in 2013.

“We started with three kilns and now we have six,” Hagan said, adding a variety of students, adults and arts groups, with a core group of 75 active members using the kilns the most,though he estimated over 500 people have used the kilns including school groups, a special needs program and much more.

“ We have a lot of different programs o for pottery and object production. They’re probably among our most popular classes,” he said.
“We fire  the kilns up two or three times a week,” Hagan observed, adding last year he predicted they would reach the milestone about this time.


CASA exhibits celebrate spring and gardening

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Casa celebrates Spring with new exhibits running until April 13.
Darcy Logan examines a piece from Cultivating Creativity at Casa. photo by Richard Amery“‘Cultivating Creativity‘ is a group exhibition on the theme of gardening,” said curator Darcy Logan, noting 17 artists submitted a variety of works in a variety of mediums including clay, textile and, painting and drawing. They are in the back half of the main gallery as well as in the main foyer.

“There is also an installation of photographs suspended from the ceiling,” Logan continued.

 The other major main floor exhibition is Beany Dootjes’s ‘Gardens III’ in the front half of the main gallery.

“She’s a sustainable gardener. She grows her own produce, fruits and vegetables and even grapes and berries and her art is inspired by that,” Logan said.


U of L students reflect on body and space in new exhibit

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The University of Lethbridge is pleased to present  a new exhibit of U of L students artworkChloe Gut and Soloman Ip ccurated the latest U of l student art exhibit at the Penny. Photo by  Richard Amery, in the new curated exhibit From Where I Stand: Annual University of Lethbridge Student Art Exhibition , which opens with a reception, March 8 at the Dr. Foster Penny building (324-5th Street South) .

“It’s part of our museum studies program,”said professor Devon Smither.

“The students learn how to curate and organize and exhibition and how to do an installation as part of their course credit,” Smither said.

  Curator and student Chloe Gust is excited to present a variety of works from 28 different artists reflecting on the theme of the body, subjectivity and identity relating to the surrounding world.
“I’m impressed with the breadth of the submissions. There’s ceramics, oil paintings, photographs and sculpture,” Smither said.

“We received almost 50 submissions. Lots of people  submitted more than one pieces,” Gust said, adding it was a tough job to trim down the works for the exhibition.

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