View from the Inside: Courage Journey Exhibitions

We are pleased to present two exhibitions at This is My City Festival (TMC), in collaboration with The New Gallery (TNG), United Active Living, and TMC, as a result of our View from the Inside workshops.
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photo courtesy of Wanda Martin

TNG +15 Window at Arts Commons
205 – 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Exhibition runs April 3 – May 26
Closing Reception: Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 PM. The reception will be followed by drinks at the The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club (109 7 St SW) from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. All TNG reception guests will receive 15% off their bill when they present the exhibition postcard. Admission is free and all are welcome.

 

United Active Living at Fish Creek
51 Providence Blvd SE, Calgary (Formerly 146 Av SE)
Exhibition runs April 5 – May 17*
Opening reception: Wed. April 20, 6 – 9 pm, Light refreshments and short program.  Open to the public – everyone welcome.
*Apart from the opening reception, viewing of the exhibition should be made by appointment to: swheeler@unitedactiveliving.com

 

Participants from Circle of Supports at Boys and Girls Club, Studio C, United Active Living at Garrison Green, and Pathways to Housing at The Alex created a collection of mask-body puppets that reflect their sense of self.  The external mask represents the self we share with the world and the interior of the mask is face we protect, rather than project.

The participants of View from the Inside: Courage Journey may face barriers including homelessness, learning differences, or aspects of isolation, discrimination and division; yet the common thread that binds us all together emerges – the essential experience of human nature with all the highs and lows of mental wellness.  Some of them the artists consider their masks finished; others are ‘a work in progress’, a reflection of the journey of our lives. The title “Courage Journey” came from participant’s responses as they went outside their comfort zones, and were vulnerable in their art making experience.

This WPTS project is funded in part by the Community Initiative Programs and donors through Invest YYC.  TMC is a proud collaborator and partner in this initiative.

 

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Shaw TV
April 15, 2016