Upcoming Exhibition – Illuminations A Group Exhibition from the National Metal Collective. Opening Reception May 9 at 6pm

Lois Etherington Betteridge, Lyf so short, Crafts so long to lerne, 2017, sterling silver, glass, leather, weaving, pottery, wood, 23 x 19 x 19 cm


The Metal Collective

Mary E. Black Gallery

1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, Halifax, NS
Opening: Thursday March 7, 6pm
On view: March 8 – April 28, 2019
Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Artists from across Canada create unique works in silver to honour Canadian women in the arts
National tour launches at Boarding House Arts in Guelph on November 3

October 1, 2018, Ottawa — The new exhibition Illuminations, featuring artwork by 15 of Canada’s most renowned metalsmiths, will open in Guelph’s newly-restored heritage building, Boarding House Arts.

Fifteen unique silver candleholders were created for Illuminations from heritage silver. Each piece creatively reflects on art forms that generations of Canadian women have practised, including architecture, art, craft, design, fashion and textile, film and video, gastronomy, horticulture, music, photography, sculpture, theatre and writing.

The artists are 15 of Canada’s most renowned metalsmiths: Beth Alber (Ontario), Jackie Anderson (Alberta), Mary Anne Barkhouse (Ontario), Anne Barros (Ontario), Lois Etherington Betteridge (Ontario), Brigitte Clavette (New Brunswick), Charles Funnell (Ontario), Chantal Gilbert (Quebec), Elizabeth Goluch (Nova Scotia), Fiona Macintyre (Ontario), Mary K. McIntyre (Ontario), Myra Tulonen Smith (Ontario), Kye-Yeon Son (Nova Scotia), Anne-Sophie Vallée (Nova Scotia), and Ken Vickerson (Ontario).

“I am delighted to be part of this project,” says Guelph resident Lois Etherington Betteridge. “It is not only a celebration of the craft of metalsmithing but sends a strong signal that women count in the arts in Canada and always have.”

“We believe that through the work of artists, a material that mattered to past generations – silverware that was treasured and displayed in every dining room – can become newly relevant and exciting in the present,” says the exhibition curator Dr. Laura Brandon, a specialist in art, memory and commemoration who has written about Canada’s forgotten women artists.

The exhibition was inspired by Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Two families donated the heritage silver.

Anne-Sophie Vallée, Didascalie, 2018, sterling silver, brass, copper, gypsum-cement, pigments, powder coating, 32 x 13.4 x 13.4 cm​

For more information, contact Laura Brandon, exhibition curator, at: laura@laurabrandon.ca
(1) 613 915 4825 (cell)

Susan Charles
Director, Centre for Craft NS