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Guelph Arts Council and University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music Present Fractured Remnants: An Emerging Artist Mentorship Project Exhibition

Guelph, ON July 10, 2018 – This summer, six emerging Guelph artists and curators have worked with local mentors in the fourth round of the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project. Fractured Remnants is an exhibition of work created and curated by these artists, and a culminating event for the summer round. Works by visual artists Christine De Vuono, Katie Owen, and Ahmri Vandeborne, co-curated by Peter Flannery, Carolyn Hickey, and Ross Jennings, will be exhibited at the Boarding House Gallery. The exhibition runs from July 23 - 27 at 6 Dublin St. S, Guelph, with a reception on Thursday, July 26 from 7 - 9 pm. GAC and SOFAM are grateful for project support from the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

Fractured Remnants considers the intersections between humans and material impressions. Together, the work of the three artists examines the driving force of humanity through an exploration of cultural remains and our interactions with materials.

The Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project supports emerging artists in the critical transition from academic to professional life. Emerging musicians, cultural managers, and visual/media artists work with local established-artist mentors to develop the professional networks and business skills they need to build careers as creative entrepreneurs. In 2017 the project was launched with support from Ontario150 Partnership Project, and has continued in 2018 with RBC support. Over four rounds, the project to date has supported the careers of 32 emerging artists, including senior students and graduates of SOFAM as well as other Guelph artists, and engaged 20 artist mentors.

Artists interested in the program are invited to contact Guelph Arts Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.

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About Guelph Arts Council:
For over forty years, Guelph Arts Council has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating and promoting arts and culture in Guelph. Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by The Guelph Community Foundation and City of Guelph. We also acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and our annual sponsor Meridian.

About University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music:
The School of Fine Art and Music’s BA programs in Music, Studio Art and Art History, and the MFA in Studio Art and MA in Art History and Visual Culture, are renowned for their excellence and for the success of their graduates. SOFAM curricula in all areas, delivered by acclaimed faculty, are designed to combine critical thought and creative practice with crucial opportunities for experiential learning.

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Rain Fails to Dampen Spirits at Art on the Street 2018

Despite the raindrops and cloudy skies, thousands still flocked to Quebec Street for one of Guelph's most anticipated summer events.

White exhibitor tents bloomed like mushrooms in the rain while artwork, exhibitors and fans flooded the area with activity and high spirits. Street performers wowed crowds with entertaining feats of balance, agility, and showmanship. Musicians roved on stilts and popped up at various tents to serenade.

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Under colourful umbrellas and jackets - or simply embracing the wet - visitors roamed from tent to tent taking in sights and taking home treasures from impressive displays of ceramics, jewellery, paintings, photography, sculptures, textiles and more artwork that is less easily described but no less worth seeing and buying.

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GAC Welcomes Emily Hearn

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Guelph Arts Council is thrilled to welcome our new Communications and Event Assistant for summer 2018, Emily Hearn.

Emily is a Métis woman from the Manitoba prairies who came to Ontario with her mother and older sister as a child. The stark contrast of the provinces’ landscapes sparked a deep love for the world among the trees and animals. Depictions of this natural world make repeated appearances in her stories and poems.

Emily has written poetry for much of her life to explore her self-identity and place in the world. She frequently uses natural themes to discuss psychological and sociological issues that arise throughout her life – and the lives of others – such as discrimination, mental health, sense of identity, and self-worth. Emily strongly believes in the value of every living being as an integral part of Earth, and hopes to share that belief with others through writing and storytelling.

She hopes to soon return to learning other art forms such as beadwork to help promote Métis culture and solidify her roots.

Emily is looking forward to becoming immersed in Guelph’s creative community, hearing the stories of other artists with different experiences, and learning about how to effectively tell her own story through art.

Call for Exhibition Proposals from Artists and Curators

One of many amazing things about GAC’s relocation to 10C Shared Space is our new access to space for exhibitions. Our first exhibitions in the space celebrated the work of the emerging artist participants in the Guelph Young Artist Mentorship Project, our partnership with the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art & Music. In 2018 you can expect to see GAC-hosted exhibitions in the first-floor community gallery space in August, September, October, and December. In 2019 we have the space for July, August, November and December.

10C Street ViewWell lit, accessible, centrally located and with lots of foot traffic from really
diverse audiences, 10C Shared Space is a unique place to host an exhibition.
Images courtesy of GAC.

Watch for details on what is happening in the space in August and October. For September, December, and the 2019 months, GAC is now inviting exhibition ideas for solo or group shows from member artists and curators.

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Jennifer Ronan-Vander Veen: The Heart and Hands Behind Sage & Balm

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Jennifer Ronan-Vander Veen is the owner and founder of Sage & Balm - a curated retail outlet for both photography and refinished furniture creations. Her enchanting, nature-inspired photography and unique display methods have been showcased around Guelph and rural Ontario where much of her creativity and inspiration has blossomed. Her signature style in furniture refinishing has allowed her to gain happy customers all over North America. She lives in Guelph with her husband, daughter, and one child on the way. 

In an interview, Jennifer speaks with Petra Nyendick, board member with the Guelph Arts Council.

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