The current shows (four of them!) at ARTspace are well worth visiting. Between the four, there is a pleasing variety of work in the gallery…
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The Shows At ARTspace
The current shows (four of them!) at ARTspace are well worth visiting. Between the four, there is a pleasing variety of work in the gallery, which is at 165 King Street West in downtown Chatham.
The first show, called “Howls,” is by Port Hope artist Kelly Kirkham. You can see it from the sidewalk, in the big front window of ARTspace. Howls are brightly coloured creatures that were engineered with genes from owls, horses, macaws, and sharks.
If you read the three cards in the lower right-hand side of the window, you’ll see that Howls have had an unusual past.
You can see the creatures in the lit window 24 hours a day until December 1.
(The Shows At ARTspace continues below the photo of some of the Howls.)
The Book Borrowers
The second show, “The Book Borrowers,” is shared between Chatham-Kent artists Irene MacCreadie and Phil Vanderwall.
On walls and on tables there are handwritten pages, old printer’s type, paintings of pieces of wooden puzzles, library cards, drawings of an old toy typewriter—and as you’d expect from the title, bunches of books, some of them put to unusual purposes.
I don’t know what it all means, but it’s intriguing, fun to look at, and a little moving, like a memory of a fading world where handwritten and printed words were queen and king. “The Book Borrowers” is on until December 1, also.
The third (on the left when you go in, with some more at the back right) is an ongoing exhibition of ARTspace member’s work. There are depictions of pigs, bananas, fields, interior scenes, sunsets, and much more.
The Wall changes every five or six weeks.
Finally, there is the show of crafts at the back. There are vessels made of wood and clay, cards, jewellery, T-shirts, and other handmade things.
A Little Bit About ARTspace
Pretty much everything at ARTspace is for sale, often inexpensively. You can find Christmas gifts there.
The hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.