Submitted by Huntsville Festival of the Arts
The Huntsville Festival of the Arts (HfA) is pleased to present The Mending Circle Project, a free exhibit of original art inspired by the theme of “mending”, running September 16-October 3 at the HfA Studio in downtown Huntsville.
In the spring of 2020, Huntsville-based artist Beverley Hawksley reached out, looking for a group to join her in The Mending Circle Project. Since September 2020, six makers—Beth Ward, Elspeth Wood, Marilyn Daniels, Vicky Mathies, Vera Samarkina, and Beverley—have been meeting online to explore the concept of mending.
This “circle” resulted in an incredibly successful art show that premiered at the Waterford Old Town Hall this summer, and will now be presented in Huntsville at the HfA Studio (58 Main Street East, Unit 2 – entrance across from River Mill Park) from September 16 to October 3. The HfA Studio is open Thursdays and Fridays from 12-6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free.
The art exhibit features original creations by the six artists in response to the theme of mending.
The artists note, “Since mending can mean many things and its definition offers layers of interpretation—to mend can mean to restore, repair, renew, amend, heal, recover, to grow back together, to rebuild—it can evoke a variety of responses.”
They go on to say, “No matter where we were from in the world, we had childhood memories of learning to keep our clothing in good repair, to mend so that these items lasted; we also discussed how working with our hands facilitated all these things, and simultaneously gave us contemplative time and space to consider the more complex ways mending moved through us.”
Community members, visitors and local students will have the chance to participate in the exhibit and offer their own responses to the question “what does mending mean to you?” Throughout the exhibit, a number of activities are being planned including discussions and art-making activities (details to be announced soon). No experience necessary, and all ages are welcome to participate.
For more information on this event, visit huntsvillefestival.ca or call 705-788-2787.
The Mending Circle Project
September 16-October 3, 2021
HfA Studio, 58 Main St. E, Unit 2 (The entrance is across from River Mill Park)
Studio Hours: Thursdays & Fridays 12pm-6pm | Saturdays & Sundays 10am-4pm
Cost for admission: free
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