Mamie’s Schoolhouse and the Inverness County Centre for the Arts are celebrating the first commercial harvest of natural dyes in Cape Breton!
The Schoolhouse will be holding an exhibition in the ICCA from August 12th to October 19th, with several demonstrations and workshops along the way.
Spinning, natural dye, and weaving demonstrations will be held during the exhibit on Saturday August 24th, 1-4 PM, and Saturday October 19th, 1-4 PM. Attendees will have an opportunity to observe skills involved in the production of the World Wide Weave, speak to local artisans, and try it themselves.
There will also be a workshop on October 11th, 10-4 PM. It will focus on one of the three plants being harvested, depending on the harvest. Details can be found at:
The World Wide Weave is a collaboration of 27 natural dyers from around the
In 2019 three classic dye plants are being grown on a commercial scale on Cape Breton Island for the very first time. The, first harvest workshop, run by Mamie’s Schoolhouse, will be a colourful and very fun introduction to various methods of working with one or more of these plants (which plants will be used will depend on the harvest results, but regardless, there will be lots of colour!). Entrance fee is 100$.
The rise of awareness of human impact on the environment and the emergence of a new paradigm in the humanities, which can be described as ecological humanities, drew attention to nature as an actor, witness, evidence and archive, which can be an important source of knowledge for those studying the past. If local ecosystems are the source of knowledge, evidence and data about past violence against people and nature, how can we make them visible? Speculative cartographies is an art project dedicated to uncovering the knowledge archived in landscape. Working with unmarked places associated with the Holocaust, Canadian artists – Angela Henderson and Solomon Nagler – work with different ways of mapping this knowledge, using data produced by non-invasive archeological tools, as well as traditional archives and subjective maps stored in local memory cultures. This work is accompanied by reflection on the very idea – and the possibility – of a monument. Speculative cartographies, extracting material traces of violence recorded in landscape, simultaneously reveal the connection between human conflicts and radical transformations of the natural environment.
Join resident artists Solomon Nagler and Angela Henderson to talk about their unique style of artwork at the ICCA.
Join us at the ICCA for a one-woman play starring Cindy O’Neill! Woman of Labrador chronicles the life of a woman on the edge of life in Labrador. Directed by Edmund MacLean and produced by Diane Mouland. Tickets are 20$ and PREBOOK ONLY, so make sure to contact productions email@example.com to make sure you have a seat before they run out. There are two performances on the 25th, one at 2 and the next at 7, both at the ICCA.
Join up for Hands Dancing 2019!
This year we are inviting our artist-members to be hands-on for Hands Dancing:
Become a 2019 member: $20 payable by cash, cheque, credit card or paypal.
Membership forms are available on our website and at the art centre. We can also email one to you.
Bring your artwork to the art centre July 2-4 and install it in the exhibition spaces. 2 works per artist. First come, first served! Make sure you have what you need in the way of hardware and tools to install. Plinths are available for 3-D pieces. 2 ladders are on hand.
Identify your work: labels can be attached to the wall or the artwork. Make sure the labels have your name, contact information, title, and price. Bring promotional material such as artist statements for visitors to read.
Get the word out: post about your work on social media, tell your friends.
Mailed-in entries will be accepted and hung for long-distance members as long as you include a label with your name, contact information, title, and price along with return postage and packaging.
All sales are handled directly between the artists and purchasers. The art centre will not take a commission on sales.
The art centre will host an opening reception on Friday, July 5 from 6 - 8. All contributions to the refreshments are welcome. Cash bar.
The building will be open and staffed Tuesday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm. The exhibition runs through July 28. All work must be picked up July 30 and 31.
We are excited about having you participate in Hands Dancing and look forward to a fantastic exhibition!
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org 902-258-2533
Exhibition Preview and Q and A
Exhibition Preview: Public Invitation
Friday, June the 28th, 17:00-20:00
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design MFA Candidates and Artists in Residence Sage Sidley and Merryn Tresidder will be exhibiting recent works made here in Inverness, followed by a brief Q&A. Over the past month, mixed media artist Sage Sidley, and abstract landscape painter Merryn Tresidder, have created two unique artworks for the ICCA, inspired by Inverness county, its people, and its landscapes. Both artists will be exhibiting their findings at the centre this Friday.
Begins at 7:30, June 22nd. Admission by donation.
Ruth Zaporah started dancing as soon as she could walk and 80 years later, she is still performing. Everything Moves, a new documentary film by Deborah Fort, explores the lifelong artistic passion and boundless curiosity of Zaporah, the founder and teacher of Action Theater, an improvisational style of performing that draws on dance and theatrical traditions. On June 22, Fort visits the Inverness County Center for the Arts for a screening of the film.
Fascinated by Zaporah’s risk-taking improvisational style, Fort began documenting her shows and classes and interviewing Zaporah and her international group of students. The project stretched over ten years, and Fort’s film debuted at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival earlier this year.
The one-hour film interweaves early and recent performances, classroom scenes, and interviews. It includes home movie footage of Zaporah as a dancing child and intimate scenes of the vigorously octogenarian Zaporah in her home, making an apple pie, and discussing the connection between her Buddhist practice and the rest of her life and work.
Hot Potato is a collaborative art project between young and adult artists. Each young artist was paired with an adult artist based upon the two artists' interests, methods, media and location.
Hot Potato will be accompanied by the annual Student Exhibition, showing works from schools across the county.
Come see our various local vendors who come to sell anything from wooden spoons to coconut cake. Its the perfect place to shop for the holidays. and if you’re lucky you could walk away with our amazing door prize made up of one piece donated from each of the vendors.
Help select the artists for the art centre’s June 2019 exhibition!
In a new and exciting partnership with NSCAD University, ICCA has invited students in the Masters of Fine Art program to submit proposals for artwork to be featured in a group exhibition in the gallery in June 2019.