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Exhibition will showcase work by visual art graduates and alumni from Algoma University

ART X Revive opens a new exhibition of work by current and recent visual art graduates from Algoma University, bringing together work by eight visual art students and alumni. Some of the art work will also be available for sale.

The show will run on June 2 and 3 at 498 Queen St. E. The exhibition will remain open for the rest of June by appointment and will be part of Summer Moon Festival on June 23 and June 24.

For more information, read the press release below:

ART X Revive is a group exhibition of current and recent Algoma University visual art graduates. It brings together work by eighth Algoma University visual art students and alumni. The ART X PROJECT is an on-going, interdisciplinary arts and culture exhibition located at the Rolling Pictures’ downtown facility at 498 Queen St. E. in Sault Ste Marie and hosted by community relations director Robert Peace.

“Over the past two years, our year-end thesis solo exhibitions and group exhibitions were moved online, as was the case for visual art students around the world,” said Andrea Pinheiro, department chair of Music and Visual Arts and Modern Languages at Algoma University. 

“An in-person exhibition is what we really wanted the students to experience, and this will give them a chance and for the local community to see firsthand their work,” Pinheiro added.

Revive is also a chance to celebrate the work of recent graduates, along with the current thesis exhibition students, Shemia Nelson and Naghmeh Dadgostar, who are both creating public installations as their thesis projects.

Desiree Watson, Irene Gray, Hilary Evan, Daryl Wier, Samantha Pine Bennett, and Angeline Castilloux were among the students who missed the chance for an in-person public celebration of their culminating thesis projects but will now be able to have their moment.

“We are very happy to be able to facilitate the arts once again in our studio here in Downtown Sault Ste Marie,” said Robert Peace, Rolling Pictures’ director of community relations. “With COVID restrictions lifted, we hope the community will come out and support the arts in full force.”

“I feel that the small, seemingly insignificant things often overlooked are the most interesting and unique subjects,” said artist Angeline Castilloux describing her work. “There is beauty all around us hidden by the overwhelming chaos we are regularly exposed to.”

“The artists in Revive display a wide range of creative approaches and ingenuity to realize their work within the constraints of the past couple of years,” Pinheiro said. “We are really excited to get back into our amazing studios full time where students will be able to access a wide range of tools and equipment and more easily access technical support for their work.”

Curator and local artist Annie King who has been involved with ART X since its inception, is encouraged by the talent on display in the show. 

“Art-making has an inherent capacity to foster community, and there is something special about the close-knit group that creates together at Algoma University, ” King said.”Each artist’s work is unique, yet there are subtle overlaps in their concerns and ways of highlighting that which is meaningful to each of them in imagining a more hopeful future.”

Refreshments will be available, and admission is free, although donations that go directly to the artists are appreciated. Most works will also be for sale. The show opening is on June 2 and June 3 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at 498 Queen St. E. using the Spring Street entrance.

The exhibition will remain open for the remainder of the month by appointment and will be part of the City of Sault Ste Marie’s Summer Moon Festival on June 23 and June 24.

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