Joanna Close, The Kitchen Stove, 2015

Joanna Close: Documenting the Farm

15 January - 28 February

Documenting the Farm is a series of textile works by Nova Scotia based artist Joanna Close that commemorate a farm that no longer exists as a physical place.

Hooked rugs and screen printed recipes on feedsack fabric, document the farm granted to Close’s ancestors in 1858. Where her mother grew up, this farm remained in their family until 2011 before being sold to a neighbouring gravel quarry, like many other small farms, as it is difficult to make a living from these rural New Brunswick farms.

The rugs capture the memory of Close’s family’s farm, pay tribute to and celebrate farm life and also speak the to a changing rural culture in the Atlantic Provinces. 

Image: The Kitchen Stove, 2015, Hand dyed rug hooked wool on burlap


Life's What You Make It Installation View

Life's What You Make It

15 January - 28 February

The paintings in this exhibition are from the Owens Art Gallery Collection. Some were acquired when the Owens was founded over a hundred years ago; others were purchased or received as donations as recently as this year. The selection reflects the breadth and depth of the Owens holdings which range from key 19th Century works by the British Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, to contemporary paintings by Canadian artists Alex Colville, Janet Werner and Joane Tod, among others.

This exhibition draws attention to the issue of representation in visual art, and asks viewers to consider the way artists respond to life through the act of making things.

The title for the exhibition was inspired by the song Life's What You Make It released by the British band Talk Talk in 1985 from their album The Colour of Spring. Life's What You Make It was a modest pop chart success, peaking at no. 16 in the UK.

Mary Pratt, Anne With a Compact, 1986, oil on board

Window Treatment

15 January - 28 February

The Owens Art Gallery collection is a valuable resource for teaching and learning at Mount Allison University. This exhibition was organized to support the work of students in Auditing 3161, a third year course in the Commerce department taught by Professor Brent White. For the third year, Brent White has collaborated with the Owens in developing a session that uses the Owens collection for interdisciplinary investigation.

This exhibition takes the idea of the window as a way to look across time and medium to consider a motif that is used by artists in various ways—from a formal framing device to one rich with symbolic meaning.

This exhibition includes works by Ghitta Caisserman-Roth, Carl Zimmernan, Mary Pratt, Erik Edson, Nancy Stevens, Gerard Collins and Christopher Pratt among others.

Image: Mary Pratt, Anne With a Compact, 1986, oil on board. Purchased with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Owens Art Gallery

A Virtual Companion to All Things Useful and Artistic: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University 1906-1960

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This Virtual Companion accompanies the exhibition All Things Useful and Artistic: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University 1906-1960. Serving as a legacy for the exhibition, this website provides in-depth features on selected objects, behind-the-scenes documentation of the exhibition installation, video footage of conservation treatments, archival photographs and oral histories from graduates of the Applied Arts program.

The Virtual Companion is made possible through funding from the Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation.

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