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Casa cautiously reopening after Covid

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Casa is slowly and cautiously reopening this month.
“I think people are getting tired of  doing things through a screen and are excited to have real life experiences again,” said the Allied Arts Council executive director Suzanne Lint.
“ But our priority is the safety of staff and patrons,” she emphasized, noting 168,000 people visited Casa last year, based on door counts. The University of Lethbridge Conservatory attracted 5,000 students last year.
“It’s a lot. It’s a very busy building,” she said.
“ We won’t be able to accommodate all of them at once,” she said.
 The Allied Arts Council is excited to present new , albeit limited programming in the first reopening phase..
 Registration for children’s summer camps  is this week.

“ But  while we had  40 last year, we’re down to seven now. We want to give kids an opportunity to make art”Lint said, adding the camps will teach single cohorts of children with one teacher per class. Each class  will  have between six to eight members.

“They’ll be working with both two dimensional and and three dimensional art,” she said, adding teachers will not be teaching more than one class and children will be  staying  in the same class throughout the week long camps.


CASA exhibits focus on photography

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Casa’s new exhibits feature photography.Darcy Logan examines Wes Bell’s exhibit On the Line, running at Casa until April 10. Photo by Richard Amery
“ We’re  featuring a series of photography exhibits which are here in conjunction with Exposure Fest,” noted curator Darcy Logan.
“So it’s a celebration of photography.”

U of L BFA graduate Angeline Simon looked into her family history for “With Warmest Regards” in the main gallery.
“Angeline explored archival photographs from her family history. She manipulated them to explore ideas of identity and culture,” he said, adding that examines the concept erasure.

“It’s about considering yourself while and your family while being separated by them geographically,” he continued.

“It’s about imagination and the effect of family moving,” he said.
 The other half of the gallery features four suites of photographs, which make up Wes Bells’ “ On The Line.”

“ it is four bodies of work that reflect impermanence,” Logan said.

 The first suite features stairs in various states of disrepair.
“He took these photographs of places people used to live in upstate new York,” said Logan, noting the Medicine Hat based  Bell was a fashion photographer in places like New York and Milan before he moved back to where he was born.
“ They are of place people used to live and then fell into a state of disuse and disrepair,” he said.


Mortar & Brick present “unsettling” images in False Positive

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Mortar & Brick gallery presents works from four different artists in their latest exhibition “ False Positive,” which runs until Feb. 11. The exhibit opened on Jan. 15.Mortar & Brick features foiur artists in “False Positive” Photo by Richard Amery
 False Positive features works by Calgary artist  Barry Russell Lorne, Kelowna artist Wanda Lock and Lethbridge artists Eileen Murray and Corinne Thiessen.
“The last chance to see it is Feb. 8,” said Mortar & Brick Arts & Events co-ordinator Courtney Green.
“It’s a collection of artwork that could be considered creepy. They are very unsettling,” Green said.

 The exhibit is “an exploration of the artists’ relationship to positive and negative space, the certainty that life is uncertain and  how they come together in a journey through the human body,” according to a press release about the exhibit.


New exhibits at casa explore nature

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Casa celebrates nature an abstract art with several exhibits running until Feb. 15.Darcy Logan  with Marianne Gerlinger}s Nature & Nurture Exhibit. Photo by Richard Amery
 In the entrance gallery, Eileen Murray examines  various still life items in paint.
“She Earned a BA from the University of Lethbridge and her MFA at the Uuniversity of Saskatchewan. She’s exploring the motif of  traditional still life,” said casa curator Darcy Logan.
The main gallery features two exhibits which also explore natural themes through abstract art.
“The whole exhibition is celebrating nature,” said casa curator Darcy Logan, noting Ashley Wolodka’s “Tide Change” is in the front half of the main gallery.
“She has created abstract paintings inspired by tide pools in Nova Scotia,” he said.

“Ashley recently moved to Lethbridge. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, so we’re excited to be hosting her first public exhibition,” Logan continued.
 Marianne Gerlinger’s Nature and Nurture in the other half of the main gallery also contains abstract works inspired by nature.

“ A lot of them are inspired by nature and elemental figures. Marianne is a well respected artist. So we’re excited to have this opportunity to showcase her work,” he said.
Just outside the main gallery, three University of Lethbridge students , Alicia Barbieri, Amber Saito and Chrystal Toth present tactile/textile.

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