Posts tagged Darcie Kennedy
Public Art Opportunity: Rain Garden, Fenelon Falls

Submitted by Darcie Kennedy

The Fenelon Arts Committee (FAC) invites expressions of interest from artists or teams of artists to design and install two sculptures to be mounted on large limestone bases at the Rain Garden, south of Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum. This opportunity is open to artists and artist teams with a connection to the Kawarthas.

The works should provide an engaging visual art aesthetic that is visible from all perspectives. The works should consider the context and character of the area: as the Oak Street Conservation District, the Indigenous use of the location as a portage and gathering place, the historical development of Fenelon Falls, or the natural heritage of the region and waterway. The budget for each sculpture is up to $25,000. All proposals must be inclusive of total costs.

Initial Submissions to be received by September 30, 2019. For further information and call for submission details, please visit fenelonarts.com.

Established in 2018, the Fenelon Arts Committee identifies opportunities for artists, strategizes on arts initiatives, and works to increase public access and engagement with art in the village of Fenelon Falls. The committee is made up of dedicated residents who share a common vision and passion for art and their community.

All inquiries should be directed to:
Fenelon Arts Committee
Attention: Darcie Kennedy
fenelonarts@gmail.com

The Swimming Pools at Colborne Street Gallery

Submitted by Darcie Kennedy

Colborne Street Gallery proudly presents Geoff Fitzgerald’s The Swimming Pools, a selection of photographs documenting public pools across Toronto, Hamilton, and Oakville. This SPARK Photo Festival Featured Exhibition can be seen at the gallery from March 27th - April 30th, and we invite you to join us for the opening reception this Saturday April 13th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm.

The swimming pool has been a source of inspiration for many artists. Matisse made a work titled The Swimming Pool in 1952, Hockney began painting his famous pools in the 1960s, and Edward Ruscha’s first book project in colour, Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass, was printed in 1968. 

Oozing with vibrant colours and a boldness typical of summer days, these images of a fleeting moment in the hot sun, also project the uncanny. One of Ruscha’s pools shows wet footsteps running off the diving board, yet no figures are present. It’s slightly off-putting. In a similar way, Fitzgerald has shot his photographs from an altered perspective; the bird’s eye view. His pools do not depict sparkling blue water and splashes in the sun, they are taken in the off-season; devoid of people and the warm tone of summer. They are empty, almost abandoned with a certain unease. Fitzgerald’s awareness and exploration of formal qualities combined with striking composition invites you to consider these spaces anew.

Fitzgerald is an award winning, Toronto-based freelance commercial and editorial photographer. He has worked with various clients including the Fairmont Hotels, Canadian Geographic, Ryerson University, and Habitat for Humanity. His most recent exhibition was held at Hashtag Gallery in Toronto in the Fall of 2018. 

SPARK Photo Festival is a celebration of photography in Northumberland, Peterborough, and the Kawartha Lakes regions. For the month of April, more than 50 venues take part in various photographic-related programming including exhibitions, workshops, talks, films, and other special events.