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"Great Lakes: An Exhibition of Artists, Poets and Writers"
2001-06-15 until 2001-09-16
Harbourfront Cenrtre
Toronto, ON, CA Canada

On June 15, 22 Canadian visual artists and writers unveil a multi-disciplined exhibition entitled Great Lakes, on view at two York Quay Centre venues: York Quay Gallery (through July 29) and Case Studies (through September 16, 2001), at Harbourfront Centre. Developed and organized by diverse representatives of the visual art and literary worlds, Great Lakes is a unique presentation for which each participant has engaged in a personal journey, exploring connections to the natural wonder of the North American Great Lakes. Environmental issues, industry and growth, shipping, mythology, tourism, history, cross-border relations, lake swims and the landscape are all examined in this multi-media exhibition. The results will fill York Quay Gallery's core, extending outside the gallery into the eight windows of Case Studies and out again to the exterior of York Quay Centre.

Participating artists, poets and writers are Shelley Adler, Kemeny Babineau, Joe Blades, Jane Buyers, Scott Childs, Sharon Cook, Michael Davey, Beverley Daurio, Sheila Gregory, C. Herbert, Penn Kemp, Eugene Knapik, Malca Litovitz, Lorna Mills, David Merritt, Mary Angela Nangini, John Porter, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Anthony Stagg, Edie Steiner, Terry Watada and Robert Wiens.

Great Lakes acknowledges the support of The Writers' Union of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council and the League of Canadian Poets.

Also in York Quay Centre, across the hall at The Photo Passage, Toronto artist Steve Payne presents two bodies of work. The first, seas of leaving, is a series of landscapes and urban scenes that, on the surface, can be viewed as representing those snapshots we create as tourists or immigrants, and on another level may be seen to represent those expectations we travel with on our journey through life. The second series is the blithe country, Payne‚s most recent project, consisting of colour photographs, mostly landscapes, that suggest a summary memory of his childhood in Newfoundland. Payne‚s exhibition will be mounted at The Photo Passage from June 15 to September 16. He will also be present during the opening reception.

Located in York Quay Centre's West Arcade, Uncommon Objects will display Wall Paper, an exhibition by textile studio graduates from Sheridan College of Crafts and Design. Participating artists are Tricia Burney, Jennifer Angus, Alyn Luffman, Anita Fenton, Jennifer Langdale, Andresa Sisson and Heather Smith. Curated by Melanie Egan, Craft Studio Coordinator, the exhibition is on view from June 8 to July 29, 2001.

A public reception will launch all three of these York Quay Centre exhibitions on Friday, June 15, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Great Lakes theme is addressed in an informal talk during the reception in York Quay Gallery at 6:30 p.m., with well-known poet, visual artist, community radio programmer and book publisher Joe Blades plus poet Margaret Christakos, poet Robert Priest, writer and editor Beverley Daurio and poet Paul Dutton.

Described as Fredericton's avant-garde poet and the region‚s most daring published author, Joe Blades has published his poetry and prose in more than 110 periodicals, 35 anthologies and countless chapbooks and broadsheets since 1980. In 1988, he wrote a book-length poetry manuscript while on a five-poet cross-Canada reading tour to promote the Open 24 Hours anthology.

C. Herbert,
All Eyes Were On The Divers,
from Great Lakes

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