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Must-Sees This Week: July 13 to 19, 2017

Lots of great art exhibits and events are taking place across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for debuting shows and events, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. Visit our Exhibition Finder for more listings of worthwhile shows that are already open.


Tonight (July 13) at Parisian Laundry, rising Toronto painter Brian Rideout’s “Modern”—a series of paintings looking at 20th-century interiors and the history of taste—opens with a vernissage at 6 p.m. On July 15, Christine Nobel’s “Places” and the 13th edition of the emerging-artist group show “Fresh Paint / New Construction” open at Art Mûr with a reception at 3 p.m. The latter includes works by dozens of artists, among them Michelle Bui and Kizi Spielmann Rose. On July 16, there is a finissage for Kesso’s performance residency at La Centrale; drop by from 5 to 7 p.m. to find out more about the artist’s working through of grief, trauma and memory.

Scott Listfield opens his solo exhibition on July 13 with a reception at 6 p.m. at Station 16 Gallery. A closing event for the Atwater Market interventions staged by John Boyle-Singfield will be held on July 15 at DARE-DARE at 7 p.m. On July 18, “Vidéos de Femmes dans le Parc” begins at 9 p.m. at Parc La Fontaine in front of Théâtre de Verdure featuring films by SkawennatiStacy AbramsonSylvie Laliberté and more.


An alternative approach to the consideration of Canada and the embracing of multiple perspectives characterizes “AlterNation,” opening at 6:30 p.m. on July 15 at the Kamloops Art Gallery. Curated by Adrienne Fast, the exhibition includes work by Roy Arden, Rebecca Belmore, Aganetha Dyck, Farheen Haq, Tania Willard, Jin-Me Yoon and several other artists. Also opening at the KAG: Lawren Harris’s “Canadian Visionary,” circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery.


Nikki Middlemiss’s “Scaffolding for Minutiae” opens at the Kelowna Art Gallery on July 15 with an reception at 1 p.m, which also celebrates “A Legacy of Canadian Art from Kelowna Collections.” Middlemiss, who is based in Montreal, specializes in tactile, labour-intensive works on paper that “float from the walls out into the viewers’ space.” Meanwhile, the “Legacy” show features canvases from Cornelius Krieghoff to Jack Shadbolt.

Quebec City

In a rarely seen type of public gallery event, children will provide commentary on professional artists’ in-progress works on July 14 at 2 p.m. at Vu Photo and l’Œil de Poisson. The eight artists currently working on studio practice there include Steffie Bélanger, Émilie Bernard, OBV, Cynthia Fecteau, Mathieu Fecteau, Nathalie LeBlanc, Jean Michel René and Olivier Roberge, with works ranging from drawing to performance and beyond.


Tonight (July 13), the Musée d’art de Joliette is hosting a reception for the opening of a two-venue show of works from Jean-Paul Riopelle’s Bestiaire series from 5 to 7 p.m. At 7 p.m., the museum hosts a poetry reading by Érika Soucy andMarc-André Poisson on its terrace.

Vancouver and Area

The fifth annual Flats Block Party celebrates various galleries and exhibitions in that neighbourhood from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 15. For instance, “Flat-ish” opens at Gallery Jones at 2 p.m. that day featuring works by Erin O’Keefe, Fei Disbrow and Vishal Marapon. Also participating are Monte Clark Gallery, Winsor Gallery, Macaulay and Co. Fine Art, Chernoff Fine Art, South Main Gallery and more. Replacing his white cane with a megaphone, Carmen Papalia leads a White Cane Amplified walk on July 17 at 2:30 p.m. starting at VIVO Media Arts Centre. Later that evening, at 7 p.m., Papalia will give a talk at the centre.

Dane-zaa dream maps will be explored in an event at SFU’s Audain Gallery on July 15 at 2 p.m. Led by Making Culture Lab director Kate Hennessey, participants will read aloud from sections of Hugh Brody’s Maps and Dreams that relate specifically to dream maps. On July 13, Yue Minjun’s “A-Maze-ing Laughter”—originally installed in 2009 for the Vancouver Biennale—is being commemorated with an official Day of Laughter. The Day of Laughter will mark Chinese artist Yue Minjun’s first time in Vancouver and first visit to his sculpture in situ at English Bay. Mayor Gregor Robertson kicks the day off with a proclamation at 10 a.m. in Morton Park.

On July 18 at 6 p.m., curator Peter White will be at the Contemporary Art Gallery giving a talk on working with Nancy Tousley to produce “Levine Flexhaug, A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings” followed by a screening of the film Flexie! All the Same and All Different. “HOME | SHELTER | BELONGING” opens at the West Vancouver Museum on July 18 at 7 p.m. featuring photos by Hani Al Moulia—a Syrian refugee—as well as other artworks by Sylvia Grace Borda, Jim Breukelman, Germaine Koh, Annie Pootoogook, Itee Pootoogook and Gu Xiong.


The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is celebrating 30 years of the Art Gallery Paint-In on July 15 with more than 170 artists working on-site in front of the AGGV from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a family-friendly beer garden running until 9 p.m. The AGGV will be open free-of-charge until 6 p.m.


What might Trump’s proposed US-Mexico border wall look like? Quite something, if this group of artists has anything to do with it: tonight (July 13) “#ideasforawall” opens at Illingworth Kerr Gallery, including wall proposals by Mark Clintberg, Tania Bruguera, Adrian Paci, Elmgreen and Dragset and others. A reception will take place in ACAD’s main hall at 5 p.m. to kick off both the show and, an ongoing project accepting wall submissions from any interested artist. In closings, “The Stridents” by Andrea Roberts and “Still Life: An Animated Trilogy” by Elisabeth Belliveau close on July 15 at Truck.


On July 15, an exhibition of Dorothy Knowles’s landscape paintings opens at the Gallery / Art Placement Inc. in honour of the artist’s 90th birthday earlier this year. Celebrate at the reception at 2 p.m. Sound of the Mountain, a clarinet-trumpet duo comprised of Elizabeth Millar and Craig Pederson is playing 8 p.m. at the event space shared by AKA Artist-Run and Paved Arts with opening acts by Ellen Moffat and Muttering.


Tonight (July 13) at 7 p.m., the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is unveiling the AGSM Billboard which will feature four pieces honouring Indigenous land, beginning with Colleen Cutshall’s “The Crossing.” A block party will be held to celebrate on Rosser Avenue with bannock tacos, live music and more. Afterwards, the AGSM will be unveiling Meryl McMaster’s “Confluence”—the first survey of McMaster’s self-portraits—in the main gallery at 9 p.m.


What might it mean to see like a machine? Find out as the Vector Festival begins today (July 13) with the opening of its flagship exhibition “Pattern Recognition: Five Years of Vector” at InterAccess at 7 p.m. with works by Ben Bogart, Henry Driver, Samantha Fickel, Molleindustria and Jordan Shaw. Also part of the festival is the opening of “Local Host IRL” on July 13 at Black Cat Artspace and Alex Myers’s “Elders” at Loop Hole Gallery. Feheley Fine Arts celebrates the life of Inuk artist Tim Pitsiulak tonight (July 13) with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and remarks at 6 p.m.

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition kicks off at Nathan Phillips Square on July 14 featuring more than 320 contemporary visual artists, as well as tours, workshops and a “cascading beer garden.” Watch for roving performances by Meagan O’Shea and an installation by PLANT Architects, among other attractions, through the TOAE’s close on July 16. At Gallery 44, Sister Co-Resister’s “in another place, not here” opens with an reception at 6 p.m. on July 14 alongside the annual members exhibition “365” and “Borders,” an exhibition of young artists.

On July 15 at Angell Gallery, Colleen McCarten’s “Less is moiré” and the group exhibition “MINIMAL(ist) EFFORTS”—featuring new “minimal-ish” art by Neil HarrisonJean-Francois Lauda, Simon Belleau and Robert Taite—open with a reception at 2 p.m. Michael Pflug’s “Paintings” opens at Loop Gallery with a reception at 2 p.m. that same day.

“recurrence” wraps up on July 19 at 7 p.m with a screening of short videos on Black femme identity by Alli Logout, Zoma Tochi Maduekwe, Kim Ninkuru and Monika Estrella Negra at Xpace, followed by a post-screening discussion hosted by curator Maandeeq Mohamed. The screening accompanies a group exhibition of works by Kamika PetersFallon SimardAdrienne CrossmanKim Ninkuru and Alli Logout.


On July 14,“Future Shock: A Requiem of the Past,” a group exhibition of the centre’s members curated by Kiera Boult, opens at Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts with an reception at 7 p.m. Additionally, a reception is being held for Brandon Vickerd’s “Monuments to a Perfect Future” at the Assembly Gallery at the same time, July 14 at 7 p.m.


Frances Ferdinands’s “Connective Threads” opens on July 16 at 2 p.m. at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington.


On July 12, the event “Maawanji’idiwag – They Come Together” happens at Artspace with a panel featuring William Kingfisher, Dylan Miner, Thomas Olszewski and Olivia Whetung at 6 p.m., followed by a small community feast and the launch of Aanikoobijigan // Waawaashkeshi, an artist’s book produced by Dylan Miner. The event aims to have the artists discuss their respective practices, as well as the broader issues of food and territorial sovereignty from culturally specific Indigenous worldview.

Halifax and Area

On July 13, Etra Stick’s “Ritual Objects of Everyday Life”—featuring finely crafted hand-painted porcelain—opens at Mary E. Black Gallery with a reception at 6 p.m. As part of its “En Route Artist Talk Series,” Visual Arts Nova Scotia is hosting an artist talk with J.J. Lee on July 14 at 6 p.m. Cliff Eyland’s shows “The Queer Set” and “Opioid Wall Book” are having a reception the same evening at Hermes at 7 p.m., and are closing on July 19.

Emerging artists Alexis Vessey, Ben Mosher, Ryan Josey and Kate Grey give a talk at their exhibition “The Initial Show” at the Craig Gallery on July 15 at 2 p.m.

Annapolis Royal

AirBnB as muse? That’s at least part of the premise in Amanda Rhodenizer’s exhibition of paintings, “Parallel Play,” that wraps up at Artsplace Gallery on July 16. The series features some of the landscape views used to sell land and family properties in Nova Scotia in an “authentic” way for tourists both long- and short-term. If you’re in town, also make sure to check out Jennifer Angus’s insect-based art on view at Artsplace’s satellite space in the local library and a few other unexpected locales in the area.

South River

Celebrate World Listening Day on July 15 with a workshop and performance by Wendalyn Bartley at NAISA. From 1 to 4 p.m., her workshop Listening for New Ground, offers simple vocal techniques to guide participants though an exploration of how to deepen their relationship and communication with nature through sound-making with the voice. The performance at 8 p.m. features the premiere of Bartley’s soundscape work A Forest Oracle, as well as soundscape works on the theme Listening to the Ground, commemorating the contributions to soundscape research by the late Pauline Oliveros.

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