A big dose of art might have health ben­e­fits

New ex­hibits open­ing at Art Gallery of Peter­bor­ough

The Peterborough Examiner - - Arts & Life - NAOMI STOCK [email protected]

Did you know that vis­it­ing an art gallery might be good for your health? So good, in fact, that some health-care providers can now write pre­scrip­tions for free ad­mis­sion to a va­ri­ety of gal­leries, in­clud­ing the Royal On­tario Mu­seum in Toronto and the Mon­treal Mu­seum of Fine Arts.

These so­cial pre­scrip­tions, which are quite dif­fer­ent than the tra­di­tional drug and med­i­cal ther­a­pies, are thought to pro­mote so­cial con­nec­tions and strengthen com­mu­nity bonds, which can as­sist in the treat­ment of de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety, and lone­li­ness, as well as other ill­nesses. The Art Gallery of Peter­bor­ough (AGP), al­ways has free ad­mis­sion, so why not do some­thing good for your health and well­be­ing, and go for a visit?

There are two new ex­hi­bi­tions open­ing this week­end at the AGP, Shel­ley Niro: Women, Land,

River and Arnold Zageris: Antarc­tica. An Open­ing Re­cep­tion for these ex­hi­bi­tions takes places Satur­day from 2 to 4 p.m. Both ex­hi­bi­tions will be on dis­play un­til March 31.

Shel­ley Niro is a mem­ber of the Tur­tle Clan of the Kanien’ke­haka Na­tion and her work ex­am­ines ex­pe­ri­ences from a Mo­hawk woman’s per­spec­tive. In this ex­hi­bi­tion, Niro makes con­nec­tions be­tween the land, the river and the women in her life. Her work in­cludes paint­ing, sculp­ture, bead­work, in­stal­la­tion, pho­tog­ra­phy and film and in 2017 she was awarded the Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Award in Vis­ual and Me­dia Arts.

Cana­dian artist Arnold Zageris has trav­elled to Antarc­tica five times and is fas­ci­nated with the chal­leng­ing op­por­tu­nity to dig­i­tally cap­ture its beauty on 4 x 5 film. Zageris has won many awards for his work and has ex­hib­ited in pub­lic and pri­vate gal­leries across Canada, in­clud­ing the Cana­dian Mu­seum of Na­ture and the Na­tional Gallery.

The AGP is lo­cated at 250 Cres­cent St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tues­day to Sun­day. If you have any ques­tions or re­quests about your visit or need to dis­cuss an ac­ces­si­bil­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion, please con­tact Sarah Mackil­li­can at 705-743-9179 ext. 2024 or smackil­li­[email protected]­bor­ough.ca. More in­for­ma­tion is also avail­able at www.agp.on.ca.

Trent Film So­ci­ety

A free screen­ing of the movie Akira (1988) is pre­sented by the Trent Film So­ci­ety on Wed­nes­day at Mar­ket Hall Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, 140 Char­lotte St. Akira is a Ja­panese an­i­mated post-apoc­a­lyp­tic film di­rected by Kat­suhiro Otomo. The film screen­ing be­gins at 8:30 p.m. and all are wel­come.

Book Launch

Smokii Su­mac will be read­ing from a new poetry col­lec­tion ti­tled You Are Enough – Love Poems for the End of the World, Mon­day Jan. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Artspace, 378 Aylmer St. Su­mac is a mem­ber of the Ktu­naxa na­tion of Bri­tish Columbia and a PhD can­di­date in Indige­nous Stud­ies at Trent Uni­ver­sity. All are wel­come. For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact smoki­[email protected]

Neu­ropa­thy Sup­port

The meet­ing of the Pe­riph­eral Neu­ropa­thy Sup­port Group sched­uled for Mon­day Jan. 21 has been can­celled due to lack of meet­ing space.

Ice­berg Vari­a­tion #9, 2014 by Cana­dian artist ArnoldZageris, is one of the works you can see on dis­play at the Art Gallery of Peter­bor­ough be­gin­ning Satur­day. The Art Gallery of Peter­bor­ough is open Tues­day to Sun­day and ad­mis­sion is free.

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