The Estevan Art Gallery and Museum (EAGM) is inviting the public to its upcoming opening night reception on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.
Two new shows will be featured at this opening: Sheltered by Janet Shaw-Russell, and Ligaments and Ligatures by Karina Bergmans.
Shaw-Russell examines the desire for permanence in an ephemeral world in Sheltered. Her current focus is the art of aging. With graphite or coloured pencils in hand, she draws on the translucent membrane of vellum or the delicate tissue of sewing patterns.
“Home and the body are metaphors for fragility and resilience,” states a news release from the EAGM. “Her multi-media art practice includes drawing, printmaking and sculpture.”
A resident of southwestern Manitoba since 1903, she works from her 1906 heritage home in Brandon.
Her work has been exhibited at venues throughout Manitoba including the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, the Martha Street Studio and the Wasagaming Community Arts Centre. Sheltered was previously on display at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery.
Shaw-Russell Janet is a founder of the women’s art collective, Drawn Together, serves as an art mentor and has received numerous grants.
The intersection between art and science is the crux of Bergmans’ art practice. By converging the themes of communication and the body, she creates cross disciplinary installations merging art and science. Bergmans works in sculpture, installation, performance, public art and public interventions.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the country, including her hometown of Ottawa. She has been involved in residencies in Alberta and Quebec, and she has received multiple grants.
Both exhibits will remain on display until March 20.
The Jan. 24 reception is free to attend and all ages are welcome.