National Selfie Day!

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The BBC has officially named April 7th National Selfie Day! Let’s celebrate by taking as many “#SelfieInTheGallery”s as possible. Each time you post a selfie you took in the CBUAG and tag us in it, your name is entered to win a prize!

So make sure your cellphones are fully charged before you come out to the CBU Art Gallery!

To submit your selfie and have it featured here simply tag your Instagram or Twitter image as #SelfieInTheGallery, post it on our Facebook page CBU Art Gallery, or submit it through email to cbuag_collections@hotmail.com

We’re Back!

The CBU Art Gallery is officially open again after the Holidays! We hope everyone enjoyed a great vacation and is looking forward to all the great things happening in the gallery during 2016. We have two workshops left before Old Trout Funnies leaves us and ProletariART 2016 gets underway. Be sure to come on out!

Zine Talk and Workshop

Thursday January 14, 2016
Zine Talk | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Workshop (Age 14+) | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Complementing our feature exhibition Old Trout Funnies Guest Speaker, Paula Cameron’s talk entitled Marginal Media – Grassroots Print Publications as Cultural Community Development will explore historical uses of grassroots publications toward political ends, providing several examples of newsletters, zines and comics. In particular she will focus on the unique way rural communities engage with alternative print media, an exciting and underdeveloped area of research.

Dr. Cameron’s workshop will provide a brief overview of zines as grassroots print media. Several examples of zines will be shared with participants, who will then be invited to create their own “mini-zine” on a local community issue of their choice. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of the process and sharing our zines with the group.

The workshop is free but space is limited. To reserve a spot for the workshop please call 902-563-1342 or email john_mathews@cbu.ca with your name and contact information.

Dr. Paula Cameron is a zine maker, researcher, educator, and community development worker. She has facilitated zine workshops with over 100 youth and adults. She has facilitated zine workshops with over 150 rural community members, including people living with mental illness, youth leaders, art for health practitioners, university students, and more. She is a faculty member in the Masters of Adult Education and Community Development program at St. Francis Xavier University.

Comic Book Creation – From Beginning to End

Saturday January 23, 2016 | Workshop (Age 14+): 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Learn how to create your very own comic book / graphic novel. This workshop will show participants the “how-to”s, comic terminology, creating storyboards and sequential art, plus other aspects of how graphic artists produce their work. Instructor Rob Parsons, owner of Artisync Technologies, will discuss script writing, character development and how to create sequential art focusing on chronology and storyboards. The workshop won’t focus on drawing but learning the dynamic anatomy of a comic book/graphic novel.

The workshop is free but space is limited. To reserve a spot for the workshop please call 902-563-1342 or email karie_liao@cbu.ca with your name and contact information.

Reminder: Old Trout Funnies Curator Talk and Tour

Next Wednesday December 2, from 12 PM – 1 PM at the CBU Art Gallery, join Curator Dr. Ian Brodie for an exhibition talk and tour about his new publication, Old Trout Funnies: The Comic Origins of the Cape Breton Liberation Army, co-authored with artist Paul “Moose” MacKinnon. The book is available for purchase at the CBU Art Gallery and will be available for signing at the Curator talk and tour.

Book of the Month: “Old Trout Funnies”

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Every month we feature a book from our in gallery library. These books are available to visitors in the gallery. We have DVDs, Exhibition Catalogues, Biographies about artists, Art Magazines among other books. To view our entire catalog click the Library Thing button in the side bar.

This month however we are featuring a book that has just been released by Ian Brodie  and Paul MacKinnon and is available for sale in the CBU Art Gallery.

Old Trout Funnies: The Comic Origins of the Cape Breton Liberation Army is a collaborative work between Ian Brodie, the Associate Professor of Folklore at Cape Breton University, and Paul “Moose” MacKinnon, a native of Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, who was the initial creator of Old Trout Funnies. In this book Brodie “explores the themes and the legacy of Old Trout Funnies, providing the cultural and historical context for a project that was intensely esoteric and in-the-moment”. Included in this work are Old Trout Funnies Issues 1-3, rare unpublished editions, various CBLA calendars, and context and interpretive writing by Brodie.

 

The official book launch in the CBU Art Gallery is to be announced.

In the mean time be sure to check out the current exhibition in the Gallery surrounding these works which includes archival material from the Beaton Institute and pick up your copy of Old Trout Funnies: The Comic Origins of the Cape Breton Liberation Army!

365 Challenge Update: October

Here at the CBU Art Gallery we have joined the 365 Challenge and made it our mission to take one picture every day.

Today we bring you the October edition of our 365 Challenge! October has been a pretty busy month with the ending of our exhibition Witness Blanket and the opening of Old Trout Funnies. Not to mention the Halloween events hosted by our Art Gallery Society as well as the Blues Slide Guitar workshop (which was really fun to listen to even if you weren’t participating ☺ )! November will be just as eventful with the Handmade Holiday coming up as well as the upcoming Society events.

To stay posted on all the current events in the gallery you can sign up to the Gallery and the Society’s newsletters on the right side bar or save our Google Calendar by clicking here.

If you would like to have your photographs featured here or want to join in on the challenge simply tag your Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook image as #CBUAG365 or #CBUAG or submit it through our contact email. If you’d like your artwork, doodles, sketches, photography or any other art form featured in our community section either tag us in your picture or use the hashtag #CBUAG.

August

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Old Trout Funnies: Opening Reception

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Just a reminder that the opening reception for Old Trout Funnies is tonight from 6-8PM!

The curator, artist, and even a few members of the Cape Breton Liberation Army who are featured throughout the comic book series will be at the opening tonight!

Remember that all of our events are free and open to the public, not to mention there will be free food, tea, and coffee. We hope to see you there!

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Governors Book Pub: Old Trout Funnies

If you want to get a sneak peak at what our next exhibition, Old Trout Funnies, this Tuesday at Governor’s Pub where Ian Brodie will be giving a talk on his research.

Opening: Old Trout Funnies

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Old Trout Funnies

October 30-January 29, 2015

Opening Reception Friday October 30, 6-8pm

The Old Trout Funnies was an independently produced comic by Paul ‘Moose’ MacKinnon in the mid-1970s. Influenced by classic action comics, the underground comics of the late 1960s, and editorial cartooning, the issues are an esoteric presentation of MacKinnon and the circle of friends who populate this comic world and a depiction of Cape Breton culture at the ebb of its industrial glory.

Organized by Ian Brodie, Associate Professor of Folklore at CBU, this exhibition will present a selection of original archival material and will correspond with the release of an annotated reprint of the complete works, Old Trout Funnies: The Comic Origins of the Cape Breton Liberation Army.

 

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365 Challenge Update: August/September

Here at the CBU Art Gallery we have joined the 365 Challenge and made it our mission to take one picture every day.

Today we bring you the August/September edition of our 365 Challenge! September has been so busy with back to school and another exhibition open. August was super busy however with take down and set up so the gallery was closed for the most part. Hope you enjoy!

If you would like to have your photographs featured here or want to join in on the challenge simply tag your Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook image as #CBUAG365 or submit it through our contact email. If you’d like your artwork, doodles, sketches, photography or any other art form featured in our community section either tag us in your picture or use the hashtag #CBUAG.

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Upcoming Exhibition: Witness Blanket

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September 8-October 16, 2015
Opening Reception: September 18, 2-4pm

Inspired by a woven blanket, this sculpture is made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from Residential Schools, churches, government buildings, Friendship Centre’s, band offices, treatment centre’s and universities from across Canada. The Witness Blanket stands as a national monument that recognises the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, whilst honouring the children and symbolising ongoing reconciliation.

Artist Carey Newman travelled with a team across Canada over the course of one year talking with survivors and their families, and collecting artifacts. In all, 887 pieces are included in Witness Blanket collected from 77 communities, with a number of pieces from Nova Scotia, which were donated by survivors, and gathered from the Shubenacadie Residential School and Provincial government buildings.

Managing Partner: Victoria Native Friendship Center. With Contributions from: The Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, The Rina M. Bidin Foundation, Media One.

Nova Scotia Tour Sponsored by Nova Scotia Communities, Culture & Heritage

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To learn more about this installation and the stories behind it visit the Witness Blanket website here.