The Estevan Art Gallery & Museum (EAGM) is inviting the public to attend a reception for the two upcoming exhibits.
The first exhibit will be Mapping Narratives by Maria Michails, and the other will be EAGM Makerspace – Community Art Studio.
According to a press release for the EAGM, Mapping Narratives is a series of installations that tell the story of two cross-border communities connected by a railway line.
“The motif of the train is seen throughout as one travels from room to room, experiencing images mapped on surfaces and audio-recorded oral histories embedded in objects,” states the news release.
The transporting of crude oil from one location in Estevan to the other in Albany, N.Y., is not the only product connecting these two very different communities. From the rural, sparsely populated canola fields of Saskatchewan to the industrial zones of the poor neighborhoods of south end Albany, the air poses challenges to the well-being of residents in both places.
Working co-creatively with the artist, multi-generational participants in Estevan and Albany, lend their stories and their creativity to this exhibit, inviting the visitor to reflect and join the dialogue about the issues of fossil fuels and the multi-layered benefits and consequences.
The EAGM Makerspace exhibit is an opportunity for citizens to come to the EAGM, experiment with various art mediums and materials, and create their own piece of art to hang in the gallery.
Created works will be hung salon-style in the EAGM’s Gallery II space for the duration of the summer. The show will also feature pieces created in workshops with local schools and residents of senior care homes.
The EAGM invites the public to pop into the gallery this summer to make, explore and create in their makerspace.
The exhibits will open on June 25, and will continue until Sept. 6.