Win­ter at the CoOp Gallery

The Goderich Signal-Star - - Opinion -

Tra­di­tion­ally, dur­ing the win­ter months, the Goderich CoOp Gallery has of­fered our Guest Artist wall for com­mu­nity out­reach projects, giv­ing a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity groups a venue to share their mis­sions and ac­com­plish­ments with the pub­lic.

This year, we are of­fer­ing our space in a slightly dif­fer­ent man­ner. One of our mem­bers, Laura Browne, is a re­tired art teacher, and she con­tin­ues to be in­ter­ested in help­ing young peo­ple express them­selves, and learn about art at the same time.

Laura has in­vited teach­ers of local grades 4 and 5 chil­dren to spend some of their art classes this win­ter at the gallery.

The plan is to en­cour­age the students to feel com­fort­able in the gallery, to learn what they like, and to feel free to chat about art.

What is it they like, or dislike? The colours? The de­sign? The sub­ject? How do they see art in their daily lives? The plan is to in­tro­duce them to an art gallery, do a walk­a­bout of the gallery look­ing at the art, learn­ing about colour, com­po­si­tion, tech­nique, while feel­ing free to com­ment, and choose their favourites.

Then, us­ing dry me­dia, such as pas­tels, pen­cils, crayons and pa­per, the chil­dren will have an op­por­tu­nity to make their own draw­ing/paint­ing of their favourite art, or style of art.

Af­ter all the classes have vis­ited, the chil­dren’s art will be mounted on Bris­tol board, hung on our guest artist wall, and we will have a re­cep­tion for the chil­dren to share the gallery and their art with their friends, fam­ily, and gallery vis­i­tors.

Per­haps your visit to the gallery at some point dur­ing the early win­ter will over­lap a day when the chil­dren are hard at work, it should prove to be an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The Goderich CoOp Gallery mem­bers be­lieve that this is a very im­por­tant func­tion for a gallery, to give young chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to be in­tro­duced to art, to feel wel­come and com­fort­able vis­it­ing an art gallery, so that it be­comes a nor­mal oc­cur­rence to in­clude art in their lives.

In ad­di­tion to all the chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, the CoOp has some­thing for adults as well, award win­ning rug hooker, Mar­jorie Duizer is of­fer­ing a be­gin­ner’s rug hook­ing class on Fri­day, Jan. 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The class in­cludes all sup­plies and in­struc­tions for you to ‘hook’ a small project, and learn how to in­cor­po­rate the piece into a small pil­low, tablemat, or wall hang­ing.

The sec­ond class to fin­ish the project will be held at a mu­tu­ally agreed time. Cost for this op­por­tu­nity is $100.00 for in­struc­tion, and all sup­plies.

For fur­ther de­tails, or to regis­ter, please con­tact the CoOp Gallery at 519 440 5023.

We are also is­su­ing a re­minder to all local artists - it’s ex­po­sure time. It’s time to get out your paints, your brushes, your cam­eras, your stitch­ery, your sculp­ture, what­ever your medium - it’s time to start work.

Move that art out of stor­age, get your artis­tic juices flow­ing, if your art needs fram­ing El­iz­a­beth is of­fer­ing a fram­ing dis­count for art be­ing en­tered for Ex­po­sure 2019. Time to get busy, no ex­cuses, we will be call­ing for your sub­mis­sions in about 10 weeks, you have lots of time. Don’t for­get, it will soon be time to ex­pose your art.

The Goderich CoOp Gallery will be­gin win­ter hours Jan­uary 2, 2019; we will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wed­nes­day to Fri­day.

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