AGSM opens two exhibits to public Thursday

Gallery in partnership with BU presenting “Between IV” featuring more than 20 works by 12 emerging artists working in a variety of mediums.

An exhibit in the Main Gallery of the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (AGSM) that explores themes of progression, strength, struggles and growth will open with a reception at the local facility this Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

“Between IV” features more than 20 works by 12 emerging artists working in a variety of mediums. The exhibit – which features paintings, drawings, prints, installations, sculpture, ceramic works and photography – was curated by Brandon University Bachelor of Fine Arts Program graduate Jessie Jannuska under a mentorship with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. The collective is a Canadian organization that works on behalf of national and international Indigenous artists, curators, critics and other stakeholders. 

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The exhibit includes work from Melanie Barnett, Lee Beaton, Tim Brown, Albyn Carias, Rebecca Driedger, Shannon Guimond, Mao Guolixuan, Annette Henderson, Kathy Metelski, Lori Ore, Franchesca Hebert Spence, and Linda Aleta Tame.

“‘Between IV’ is a part of a biannual series of shows and is the fourth one done in partnership with Brandon University,” said Kate Hill, AGSM’s gallery services coordinator. “(The relationship with BU) has been kind of a long-running one. BU Aboriginal visual arts students have their own campus gallery, but every two years, we like to open up our main gallery for past, recently graduated and current students to show their work.” 

“Between IV” will be on display until Oct. 20.

Meanwhile, the AGSM’s Community Gallery will host “Eye of the Beholder” until Sept. 29. This exhibit, which opens the same night as “Between IV,” features artwork created by students attending the AGSM Figure-Drawing Group. All of the pieces reflect each artist’s view of the human form. 

The group meets at the gallery every Thursday evening and contains members of all ages and skill levels. The 18 artists have been creating their work based on a live model, each determining their own perspective of the form through their pieces. Some artists worked in abstract, cubism, surrealism or symbolism, while others constructed impressionist images, worked in realism or cartooning.

“To my knowledge, this is the first time they’ve had their work in our Community Gallery,” said Hill. “(That gallery) is normally open to anything local we can highlight, but they usually come from different organizations. This is a new one for us and it’s nice to highlight what’s being created here.” 

The public reception that will open “Between IV” and “Eye of the Beholder: An Exhibit by Members of the AGSM Figure-Drawing Group” is free to attend. The gallery, located at 710 Rosser Ave., can be accessed either from the Town Centre parkade or from the first floor of the Town Centre Mall through the elevators near the Brandon Public Library.

The AGSM is open Mondays from 4 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturdays from noon until 5 p.m. Workshops, events and tours held after hours are available by appointment.

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