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Small Works Too

Small Works Too

I am feeling pretty lucky. The exhibition, Small Works Too, is well received. The dozens of works by ten talented and unique artists are going to be celebrated again, with a midissage, this Saturday.

Alright. A midissage is like a vernissage. The difference is that it is in the middle of the exhibition’s dates. Sometimes you will see a finissage. I had thought of having one of those. However, this time I figured that would probably not be a good idea, as the show ends right when half the city’s population is away from the city, or is home recovering from holiday overindulgence.

If you cannot make it to the party this Saturday (December 15th at 7pm) there are other chances to see the show. I would like to mention, however, that Sunday the 16th isn’t one of those chances. I won tickets to a piano concert!!! I play piano, and love live music, and… well… come to the midissage on the 15th! Or please pop by Fleurbain any Tuesday-Thursday in between 3-6pm. You can also see it online here.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Let it be festive, bright, and full of love, music, and art.

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

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Alice Zilberberg, Lauren Trimble, and Elissa Baltzer

At Fleurbain, we are proud to present our current exhibition Fairytales In The City. Seven artists have responded to this theme and idea: Where myth and fact interact, we form our fairytales within the city.

A successful opening night last night launched this exhibit of works by Elissa Baltzer, Anna Grigorian, Natasha Henderson, Françoise Issaly, David Merk, Lauren Trimble, and Alice Zilberberg. Fleurbain Treats were happily nibbled, a wonderful herbal iced tea was sipped, as were the requisite wine and cheese. An intelligent and lively crowd enjoyed the art, conversation, and chance to meet new people and see old friends.

vernissage fun

As for the art, several themes have surfaced in the show. What is an urban fairytale? Are these the fairytales of our youth, reimaginings of the Brothers Grimm, or newly crafted events in a contemporary setting? What are the subjects of fairytales in the city: memory, childhood, nature, transient moments, or a persistent visual luck that could only be described as “magic”? How specific are we with what defines a fairytale?

As the show progresses, I will be sharing a few essays with you about these subjects (and more.) We will soon announce artist talks and presentations over the next month. In the meantime, come see Fairytales In The City at Fleurbain until October 13.

Fairytales In The City at Fleurbain

460 St Catherine West, Unit 917. Montreal

Tues-Thurs 3-6pm and Sat-Sun 12-6pm until October 13, 2012

Natasha Henderson and Françoise Issaly

On March 31, three artists from the current exhibition Art and Architecture graced our podium and ears with their insights into Architecture and Art, citing artistic inspiration as diverse as book gilding, Bauhaus textiles, dreams, and beyond.

Today (April 14) at 3pm the exhibition’s remaining three artists will inspire us with talks about their works. Please join us if you can! I will share videos from their talks here, too… but in person you can participate in lively discussions following the presentations.

Thank you Marc Chabot, Naomi Frangos, and Keivan Khademi Shamami for taking your time the other week in sharing your thoughts with us.

Today we will hear what Denise Buisman Pilger, Kimberley Mok, and Jennifer Himilton have to say!

Naomi Frangos:

Marc Chabot:

Keivan Khademi Shamami:

Natasha Henderson

This March 15 marked the exhibition opening of Toronto-based Abbas Akhavan’s work Beacon at the Darling Foundry. There was also an open studio opportunity for the public to see work in progress by international artists in residence.

We were first struck by the enormity of the open space that Akhavan’s work was in. Over time, though, a great deal of this space was filled by a slowly inflating (and then deflating) hot air balloon.

In the video, you will also see a very short glimpse of the second main element in “Beacon”. This is a lion-like form, made out of mortar. The form was made in reference to an Iranian sculpture, the “Stone Lion” of Hamedan. Even if the viewer did not understand this, it made the impression of replicating a relic (even though it was, obviously, crafted for the exhibition.)

The balloon felt like respiration. It noted the expanse of the available room. It was quite striking, and everyone kept a respectful distance from it.

Overall the work gave an impression of temporality, air, place, erosion, and impermanence.

In the working studio area of the Darling Foundry we had the fortune to meet, chat with, and see the work of Dineo Bopape. She is in the midst of a six month international residency hosted by the Darling Foundry and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is from South Africa. Her work is video-based, and also includes installation, sculpture, and painting.

Bopape’s video work (what I spent the most time with, outside of almost drooling on some of her painted sketches of patterns using mostly orange paint) uses pattern, narrative, and a keen and sometimes quirky sort of observation. The piece about green grass and blue sky was both simple and mesmerizing, and reminded me of the one time I fainted. Everything was crisp, simplified, out of breath, and hyper-real. The patterns in the overlapping grasses were overwhelming.

Other of her works used theatrical elements such as dance, storytelling, and singing. Forms of life and the natural word made their appearances, too… ducks, humans, patterns of sparkly water, and what looked like tulips.

When her work delves into the use of natural patterns, objects, and animals it still seems to reference the human body. It is the human take on these other things that comes across in the video. The feeling that I had of fainting, as well as the empathy within her other videos, that is maturity and sureness being expressed. I am excited to see what Bopape will present upon her finishing the residency in June.

We will announce her exhibition in our newsletter, so there is no time like the present to sign up.

Akhavan’s Beacon runs until May 27. The Darling Foundry is located at 745 Ottawa, in that funky neighourhood between the Old Port and Griffintown.

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

Art and Architecture is a group exhibition that brings together six artists. The work examines ideas about architecture, and ideas about our use of space, our cities, and our history. Some of the artists are also trained in architecture and are practicing architects as well as visual artists.

Burano - Denise Buisman Pilger

Denise Buisman Pilger shares three pieces with us… all mixed media acrylic collage on wood or canvas. These paintings take scenes and snippets of life from a specific place, and reconstruct them. They are like condensed visions of experiences.

Vers Brooklyn - Marc Chabot

Marc Chabot has three larger pieces, as well as two smaller pieces in the show. They are mixed media collage and paint on wood. All are ruminations on New York. They layer images from diverse sources, interwoven and infused into a new surface.

Naomi Frangos is displaying the Utopia series, as well as a single simple and lovely piece “of snow”. The Utopia series is a collection of four ceramic hand mono-printed tiles. They reflect upon ancient architecture, as well as ideas of weaving time and space through process. During the opening of the exhibition, she also shared her amazing and masterful Fig Vessel ceramic work.

of warp and weft 1 - Naomi Frangos

The Tower - Jennifer Hamilton

Jennifer Hamilton‘s piece The Tower is a large digital print of sacred places, transformed into one fantastical, imagined entity. For me it feels like a trip to Disneyland!

Mycelial Kingdom - Kimerley Mok

Kimberley Mok (some might recall her work from our Small Works show last December) is sharing five prints with us, three of which are available in a large and small format. Her work looks at architecture, nature, places, Montreal, and stirs in a healthy mix of fancy, fantasy, and wonder.

Room - Keivan Khademi Shamami

Finally, Keivan Khademi Shamami is showing two pieces that further walk into ideas surrounding history of place. They wonder at what has transpired before, asking about what layers of time and meaning are found in a place.

The exhibition is in Fleurbain at 460 St Catherine Street West, Unit 917 until April 17th. We are open regular gallery hours Saturday and Sunday 3-6pm, as well as by appointment, please email: fleurbain@gmail.com

See all the individual work online, too. All work in the exhibition is here. Note for collectors, all prices include taxes and shipping to anywhere in North America.

If you want a little taste of how the works in the show all relate to one another, you can enjoy the following video:

Artist Talks will be held on two days.

On March 31 from 7-9pm, Marc Chabot, Naomi Frangos, and Keivan Khademi Shamami will talk about their work.

On April 14 from 3-5pm, Kimberley Mok, Jennifer Hamilton, and Denise Buisman Pilger will talk.

Come meet the artists, and join in the talk about architecture, space, art, life in the city, and more.

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

It is the middle of winter.

Energy is a little low, “sigh…”

The weather is a little intimidating with all the snow and ice and icy cold mountains of slush.  It’s not just the ubiquitous boots, but the whole experience of walking down the street makes people scream, “Ugg!”

We see this and so, we thought we would make it a little easier to do something good for you!

All courses starting in February are half-price, even if they span into March.

Yup, half-price!  🙂  We knew this would add a little warmth to your winter!

Here is a list of what is going on in the next couple weeks.

Tammy Schmidt, CHT

A fleurbain mid-winter Cleanse

You may want to shed a few of the post-holiday pounds or you may want to improve your energy by eating better.  Find supportive and positive approaches to nourishing yourself and renewing for Spring.

Includes anti-inflammatory recipes, menus and plenty of helpful information.

Tammy Schmidt will be facilitating this support group. She is trained as a clinical herbal therapist. She also provides consultations and education on herbal remedies.

Monday February 6th – March 12th; 7:30pm – 9:00pm, $120 for the session.  Half price discount is $60, plus tax, for the six sessions.

Intro To Painting: Old masters Basics

In this eight-week course, students will learn about techniques used in both oil and acrylic painting. Students can choose to paint in oil or acrylics. Natasha will provide you with a list of supplies you will need, and advise on your choice of paints upon registration.

Instructor Natasha Henderson has taught art for several years, and has exhibited her paintings for over a decade. Her classes are supportive, fun, and informative. Please check out her website to see more of her work.

Play, colour theory, illusion… perspective, perception, and more will be covered in this class. The final day will be spent out of the studio, on a field trip to the Musee des Beaux Arts to look at, and talk about, painting. Great painting that will further inspire our hearts, minds, and souls… and art. We will learn by doing and making, and then revel in what we now know.

The class is held in Fleurbain, at 460 St Catherine Street West, Unit 917 H3B 1A7, close to McGill and Place des Arts metros, ts of nearby parking too. Class is scheduled for either Saturdays (February 11 to March 31) or Sundays (February 12 to April 1) 12-3pm. Cost is $320.  Half-price discount, the price is now $160, plus tax for 8 sessions! (If you join late in the session, class prices will be pro-rated.)

Four Weeks of Felt (aka “I ♥ Felt”)  

In I ♥ Felt, students will learn how to make felt in the wet-felting process.  Instructor Natasha Henderson is experienced in feltmaking, puppet-making, painting, and cartooning. Over the last several years, she has been inspired by seeing her students take felt-making to new levels.  This will be a fun, informative, and relaxed workshop.

We will make: *a flat project (the ever-popular scarf!)
* a simple form that can be crafted into a cell-phone case or small purse or other nifty little object
* a larger, more complex form using a resist technique (either a larger purse or a vase)
* jewelry, forms and decorative shapes

Classes will be held in Fleurbain Tuesday nights, February 14th to March 6th, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Cost of the four weeks of supplies and fun, is $160, plus tax. The half-price discount price which includes supplies and instruction is $80, plus tax.

Are you looking for affordable one-on-one instruction from a skilled painter?  Come explore your creative side at the Wednesday Night Drop-in Painting from 6:30pm-8:30pm, $35, plus tax, per drop-in.  For the month of February, Half-price discount is $17.50, plus tax. All supplies are included!

All classes are held in Fleurbain, 460 St Catherine West Unit #917. Please email us at fleurbain@gmail.com to register or for more information.

"Cantata" by Natasha Henderson

Intro to Painting: Old Masters Basics:

In this eight-week course, students will learn techniques used in both oil and acrylic painting. Students can choose to paint in either oil or acrylics. (For absolute first-time painters, acrylic is recommended.) Natasha will provide you with a list of supplies you will need to bring, upon registration.

Play, colour theory, illusionperspective, perception, and more will be practiced. The final day will be spent on a field trip to the Musee des Beaux Arts to look at, and talk about, painting. Great painting that will further inspire our hearts, minds, souls, and art.

We will learn by doing and making… and then revel in what we now know. This class will also increase a student’s art-appreciation and knowledge of how painting is created.

The class is held in Fleurbain, at 460 St Catherine Street West, Unit 917. Class is scheduled for Saturday February 4 – Saturday March 24, from 12pm to 3pm. Cost is $316, taxes inclusive. Second Option Announced: Sundays from February 5 until March 25, 12pm -3pm.

Please note class size is limited, so reserve your spot today by emailing fleurbain@gmail.com or drop by the space during Gallery hours, Tuesday-Sunday, 3pm to 6pm.  A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve a space in the class, with payment of remainder due on the first day. If you would like to pay a deposit via PayPal, check out this page on Natasha’s website.

Looking forward to painting with you!

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

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