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Let Them Eat Cake
February 4 - March 21, 2010 at the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery
Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, February 4, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
An Exhibition of Fine Sterling Silver Objects to Adorn the Home and Body
Susan Watson Ellis and Todd Jeffrey Ellis together have over 50 years of experience in the metal working field. Jovially named Let Them Eat Cake, the exhibition shows off individual directions in their works as they have evolved since moving from their cramped Toronto Studio to their creativity-inspiring, spacious new studio in the Haliburton Highlands where they play together nicely - most of the time! Although their works have different focuses Susan and Jeffrey are discovering a greater interchange of technical and design approaches in their larger and long dreamt of studio.
Susan’s pieces reflect her long time passion and expertise in chain making from the extravagant chainmaille top made from over 40,000 tiny silver links, to the grandiose chain curtain showcasing traditional and her own forged link designs. A regal gemstone encrusted sterling silver evening bag, and multi-gemstone and sterling fabricated neckpieces pay tribute to her love of natural stones which take on a central theme in many of her works. As a studio jeweller for over thirty years this exhibition has given Susan the opportunity to explore much larger and more significant pieces than her normal production work affords.
Jeffrey’s pieces explore many new combinations of the time honored techniques of silversmithing. Chasing and repousse have been taken to new levels as he skillfully makes use of them in a sculptural figurative series of fine art pieces. Wax carving expertise is applied through figures incorporated into candle sticks and a cake plate. His raising abilities are evident in his off-center martini pitcher, tea service and wine glass set that show his mastery of synclastic and aniclastic forms. Jeffrey’s forms also become organic as they extrude from natural wood specimens encrusted with natural rock formations to become elaborate candle holders, vases and center pieces.
Together the works strive to reflect a longing to create beautiful handmade works that will stand the test of time - a quiet revolution against mass produced soulless objects.
For more information contact Janna Hiemstra at email@example.com or 416-925-4222 ext 225.
Special thanks to Dufflet Pastries for providing an assortment of treats for the opening.
Craft: Shifting Directions
Thursday, February 11, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
OCAD, Room 230, 100 McCaul Street
Join us for a panel discussion where five perspectives come into play to discuss craft, its relationship to art and design and the shifting directions of the disciplines.
Melanie Egan, Head, Craft Studios, Harbourfront Centre
Eric Nay, Associate Dean and Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies, OCAD
Julie Nicholson, Design product retailer, Co-owner MADE, Toronto
Lily Yung, Craft artist/researcher in computer aided design and manufacturing, Toronto
Susan Warner Keene, Moderator, Studio artist, and instructor
Attendance is free. For more information please contact Janna Hiemstra at firstname.lastname@example.org , or 416-925-4222 ext 225.
Calls for Entry
Quilt of Possibilities
Celebrating Ontario's Greenbelt
Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday January 29, 2010.
In celebration of the fifth anniversary of Ontario's Greenbelt, the Ontario Crafts Council and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation are working together to develop a community quilt celebrating this diverse and vibrant green space.
We are seeking submissions of a handcrafted quilt square from craftspeople, artists, community groups and guilds who are located in, have spent time in or have been greatly impacted by Ontario's Greenbelt. The completed quilt will be unveiled at the Greenbelt's marquee event in early March 2010, and will travel to various venues over the following year.
For more information and a full project description, please visit www.craft.on.ca/Programs/Greenbelt or contact Kate Busby, Project Curator, either by e-mail at email@example.com or 416-925-4222 ext. 228.
Eastern Ontario Workshops
The OCC and CARFAC Ontario present essential workshops for professional and emerging artists. Visit www.craft.on.ca/OCC_News/Eastern_Update for pricing and registration details, and check back for future news of workshops in various eastern locations.
Photographing Artwork and Basic Lighting Techniques with Janice Van Dijk
Friday, February 26, 2010, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
St. Lawrence College, 2288 Parkdale Avenue, Brockville ON
$25 + GST OCC or CARFAC members; $30 + GST non-members; refreshments included
Contact: Sara Washbush, OCC Eastern Regional Coordinator, 613-204-1391, firstname.lastname@example.org
Calls for Entry
Made of Wood Show
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 5, 2010
All woodworkers are invited to apply for the 9th annual Made of Wood Show, taking place in the village of Erin, Ontario from April 17 - May 9, 2010. This exhibition will highlight a selection of Canada's finest woodworkers and will run in conjunction with wood demonstrations, seminars and workshops in the community of Erin. The Made of Wood Show is proudly sponsored by the Ontario Crafts Council, the Erin B.I.A and the Burdette Gallery.
To apply, please sign up for a free Artist Front account at www.artistfront.com. The complete call for entry can be viewed at http://artistfront.lwcr.com/artcontest/billboard.aspx?id=2031
Contact: Jim Lorriman at email@example.com or Mary Calarco at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCC Awards & Scholarships Program 2010
*Now Accepting Applications & Nominations*
Apply for over $18,000 in Awards and Scholarships
For over 30 years now the OCC has been helping build craft careers through awards of excellence. It’s worth your time to apply; 27% of applicants last year won an award, scholarship or supply grant. Over 100 scholars have been the beneficiaries of OCC scholarships and more than 400 craftspeople have benefited from a grant or award.
Applications must be submitted to the OCC office by March 29th, 5pm ET. For more information on all 2010 Awards & Scholarships please visit www.craft.on.ca/awards.
The Ontario Crafts Council is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. The OCC would also like to recognize the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Henry White Kinnear Foundation and McLean Foundation for their support of the Growing Ontario's Craft Community.