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April Dean (Executive Director)

Morgan Wedderspoon (Communications Coordinator)

Amanda McKenzie (Printshop and Programs Coordinator)

General Inquiries:
Address: 10123 – 121 Street
Edmonton, AB T5N 3W9

Current Exhibitions

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Eyes Water Fire

Tomoyo Ihaya

Opening: Friday, February 23, 2018 7–9pm

Artist’s talk at 6pm in the Printshop.

Artist Tomoyo Ihaya says about her work:

“After many years of traveling and living abroad, particularly in India (sixteen visits since 2005), I have grown increasingly sensitive to people who have been forced to migrate. I have heard many stories of the loss of lives in struggle against suppression, lost homelands, escapes, and life in exile. There are many young and old friends with whom I have shared time together, who are refugees. Each of them possesses a story of hardship within his/her heart. They have not seen their families for many years. Some elder friends have passed away in the foreign land they escaped to, far from their native land. All these stories I have heard have made me think about what it is to be born and live. As a person who was born in a stable country (Japan) and who now lives in a stable country (Canada), my level of resonance/synchronization with these people and their journeys may not be able to reach the true depth of their despair. However, I do feel pain and I feel compelled to draw when I see the images and hear the stories of thousands of people escaping en masse over mountains, across great plains and oceans by any means possible. These works are the result of my direct and indirect experiences with people whom I have come to know.

Eyes Water Fire comprises videos, installation, and mixed media drawings that record my longstanding engagement with the lives and struggles of close friends who are refugees, with whom I have spent much time in India. The installation expands my art-making beyond the fixed dimensions of the prints and drawings with which I have long been identified. Eyes Water Fire utilizes layering and repetition to suggest narrative complexity and convey a sense of the cycle of life and death while allowing the possibility of folding new ideas and experiences into each site-specific interaction.”

Tomoyo Ihaya was born and raised in Tsu City, Mie, Japan, and has been a resident of Canada since 2000. After studying studio arts at universities across Canada, she obtained her MFA from the University of Alberta (2002). Her curiosity about other cultures and strong belief that art and one’s life should be intertwined has led her to travel and produce artwork through international artist-in-residency programs in India, Mexico, Thailand, the United States and Canada. She has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally since 1998 and is a recipient of numerous project grants and awards for artists. Since 2005, Ihaya has spent an extensive amount of time in India on independent art research projects. When she is not in India or elsewhere, she lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where she teaches and makes art.

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Caitlin Bodewitz

Opening: Friday, February 23, 2018 7–9pm

What do sea otters, polar bears, and caribou have in common besides four legs and fur? They are all listed as threatened or endangered on the Species At Risk Act in Canada. These animals act as keystone or indicator species, having imperative relationships with their environment, and have the ability to represent and affect the vitality of their entire ecosystem. The current state of these struggling species is directly linked to climate change and human influences; they require deliberate actions from humanity to paint a different future for them.

Through a juxtaposition of nature and geometry, Bodewitz explores the delicate balance between organic and structural, species and ecosystems, and humans and environmental impact. Bodewitz is interested in the space amongst the tension of these intersections where harmony can be achieved.

Caitlin Bodewitz‘s creative pursuit is deeply rooted in her unique upbringing in a secluded mountain community in northern British Columbia where a respectful and passionate relationship with nature was fostered. Bodewitz went on to earn her BFA with Honours in Studio Concentration from the University of Calgary and now resides in Edmonton, Alberta. She has shown in several group exhibitions, the recipient of arts council grants, and her work is in permanent collections in the Glenbow Museum and Nickel Museum.

Gallery Hours

Tuesday 12 – 6 pm
Wednesday 12— 6 pm
Thursday 12 – 7 pm
Friday 12 – 5 pm
Saturday 12 – 5 pm

Gallery Address

10123 – 121 Street
Edmonton, AB
T5N 3W9

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