Bleeding Heart Temporary Space Series launches with "Artifact of Place"

We’ve moved out of our space at the top of the stairs to pursue new options for public art displays and events along the Avenue, with a series called “Bleeding Heart Temporary Space”.

We loved the intimate nature and natural lighting of our previous space, as well as our great neighbours, but we struggled with the space’s lack of accessibility and visibility.

This year, we will be investing in moments of creativity and connection, rather than using our resources to manage a year-round space. We’re ready to see how art and faith can dance together in new corners of our neighbourhood, and are excited to have found some wheelchair accessible, street-front, community spaces to set the stage!

The inaugural exhibition of this series will be Artifact of Place, by Deltra Powney.

“These sculptures are a reflection of experiences processed through the filter of anthropogenic responsibility, and are artifacts of a place that exists between what was and what is yet to be.”

- From the Exhibition Statement of Deltra Powney’s Artifact of Place, October 2019

This October, Deltra’s sculptures will be presented in 2 different contexts simultaneously: at a main gallery site at 11807 92 St, and in St.Faith’s Anglican Church - our Bleeding Heart headquarters. Deltra will be installing a few works in our narthex: the indoor “porch” space that leads people towards the sanctuary from the main entrance of the building. It has old wooden architectural elements and liminal aspects that speak in unison with her creations.

The space at 11807 is also a place of transition, but in a much different way. The space is owned by one of our Avenue neighbours, and has been a few different things in its past life, including a restaurant. Now, the old, decaying interior has been ripped out and is being remade into a safe and usable environment for the community. Our neighbours are pausing construction for the month of October and have generously agreed to host Artifact of Place in the midst of their revitalization work. We think it’s the perfect time and place to display the main collection of Deltra’s Artifacts, and we invite you to come experience the work on Saturdays from 11 AM - 3 PM (or other days by appointment) from October 5th - 27th.

Opening Reception - Artifact of Place

October 5th, 11 AM - 3 PM, with Artist Talk at 1 PM

11807 92 St (main gallery site)

Admission-free. Refreshments provided. All are welcome.

Image courtesy of the artist


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Bleeding Heart Art... Temporary Spaces?

This fall, we’re moving outside the box and into different places.

Sharing new creations and old stories...

...inhabiting the in-between...

…Seeking out beauty and wonder...

…Gathering together.

Why?

Increased accessibility. Increased visibility. Increased community.

Because healthy things adapt, develop, and grow.

“Before we ever opened a gallery, we were a movement. We still are, and this is our Manifesto. Our reason for existing. Our map.”

This fall, we invite you to gather with us. To share with us. To seek with us. To find and create beauty with us. To grow with us. To follow the map with us and see where it leads.

The details are coming soon, and we can hardly wait to share them with you.

Stay tuned!


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Blended Realities: healing cultural scars

Relationship. Control. Agency. Hope.

At the core of Tamires Para's creative process lives a relationship between artist and model that pushes beyond visual representation and opens up a space for healing to begin.

The relationships that Para develops with the subjects of her paintings begin with personal connection, as survivors of insidious trauma. As mutual trust grows between model and artist, the images begin to take shape.

A crucial aspect of this relationship is the control that the model has over the image. It is important to Para that her models possess and maintain agency over how their bodies are being represented at every stage. Para invites the models to pose in any manner, then reviews each sketch, photograph, and painting with them, only using the images that are OK'd by the models.

The paintings that are currently on display at the Bleeding Heart Art Space are products of a partnership. The works are not only visually compelling in their own right, but they testify that art can be a powerful social, emotional, and mental tool for building bridges between people of different cultures and establish pathways out of self-loathing and feelings of deep shame.

We are honored to be hosting Blended Realities: healing cultural scars in our Space until May 4th, and invite you to come see it for yourself.

Following this exhibit, Tamires Para will be showing a larger body of paintings and process material at her MFA thesis exhibit at the U of A's FAB Gallery, May 14 - June 8. Exhibit description: Tamires' art depicts the multiple facets of her experience growing up in Brazilian patriarchal society. Her painting practice focuses on reflections about the scarring that patriarchal society has imprinted on herself and how it shaped her world views and self-esteem; a small sample of the sustained trauma women have to endure under patriarchy. This body of paintings is the result of working from the imagery of herself and from the model. She sees their bodies as clay for her to digitally shape, distort, and scar; they are the bridge that gaps our experience of trauma. Through art, she seeks to engage in a cathartic process which she shares in this exhibition.


image credit: Their Body Through Me by Tamires Para, courtesy of the artist


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A Behind the Scenes Podcast of "Limited Time Offer"

The following is a repost from The Creative Throb by Brittney Roy.

My good friend Carly Greene sent me a message saying, “Hey maybe this is a crazy idea but would you want me to do a guest interview of you about your show for the Throb site?”

Anytime a sentence starts with “Hey maybe this is a crazy idea but…” I’m in!

Carly is a sculptor who currently works from Edmonton, Alberta and recently finished a year long internship at the Banff Centre. Check out Carly’s work here.

Carly was interested in discussing my work at the Bleeding Heart Art Space but more so she wanted to capture the entire process of what goes into an art installation. 

In this interview we talk about the proposal, the acceptance, the process leading up to install, install itself and the strike, among other topics!

https://soundcloud.com/user-929202027/introduction-to-the-creative-throb-a-podcast

or check out the original post on thecreativethrob.ca: https://www.thecreativethrob.ca/2019/01/22/introduction-to-the-creative-throb/

YOU'RE INVITED!

“Limited Time Offer” closing reception

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

11AM – 3PM

Artist talk at 1:30PM

Come say hi & enjoy some refreshments 


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Creating Community, Connection through Art Workshops

Community, connection, and creativity - three c’s that keep the Bleeding Heart beating - come together beautifully through the workshops we host at the Art Space. It’s also something that got me involved with the Bleeding Heart Art Space, believing that we are all created to be creative and it’s important to give ourselves room to explore that in community, regardless of what our skill level or experience is.

Over the years, small groups have been able to gather at Bleeding Heart to learn or hone existing skills from local artists, creating a space that celebrates, encourages, and coaxes people further into their artistic and creative selves.  I am so happy that workshops are a part of who we are.

We have made a change to how we organize workshops in the hope that it will connect us with a wide variety of artists who also value this sort of creative space.

You can read more about what it means to be a Workshop Facilitator in our space here . And after reading that, if you think this is something you would like to be part of, please fill out an application form. Applications will be considered by the Bleeding Heart lead team.

Hoping to connect & create with you soon!

Heather

Workshop Coordinator, Bleeding Heart Art Space

(image by Annie Spratt on Unsplash)


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Bring your inspiration and heart to our (first ever!) Town Hall meeting, June 14

Another great season of creating art space, sacred space, and community space is fast approaching, and we need your help to continue the vision.

Artists, volunteers, patrons, community residents, social-media-followers, and Bleeding Hearts of the past, present, or future - you are all invited to this gathering at the Space on June 14 at 7 PM to brainstorm ideas, enhance our spirit energy, and enliven how we produce this upcoming season's shows.

Everyone is welcome. No RSVP necessary.

Questions? Please contact Travis at Rev.enright@gmail.com.


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So Long and Welcome to the Future

So Long and Welcome to the Future

I have big, exciting, and difficult news for you today.

And the end of June, I will be leaving Bleeding Heart Art Space and my position with St. Faith’s Anglican Church as Arts Chaplain. I will step back for at least a year. I may then have the time, capacity and desire to return, but those decisions are for another time and context. 

Today, the heart of it is this; I’m tired and I may be in the way. 

To survive and thrive, Bleeding Heart Art Space must be a team-led, community-driven, supporter-funded movement disconnected from any one person.

I have hope.


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Beneath the Surface: The Art of Tattoos

Beneath the Surface: The Art of Tattoos

Tattoos are a personal form of art, often containing meanings that go deep beneath the surface.

My story starts at the young age of sixteen, when I got the first of what would eventually be four tattoos. I had known by around the age of twelve that I wanted a tattoo one day, maybe because of seeing my father’s forearm tattoo daily, my love of art, or the beauty in the ink. Whatever the influence or reason, I knew that I wanted one, which led to getting four before my nineteenth birthday. The reasons behind my tattoo choices ranged from wanting a daily reminder of ‘balance’, to a tribute for the passing of a dear friend.

Everyone has their own reasons for deciding to get inked, and sometimes, as we grow and change with time, our reasons can shift as well.

This leads me to my current tattoo journey – getting them removed.


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New Creative Retreat Option and Small, Slow & Beautiful Updates

New Creative Retreat Option and Small, Slow & Beautiful Updates

Our Small, Slow and Beautiful Retreat is less than 2 months away and we've got some big news today.

First, we have decided to cancel our dedicated painting option. We are sad to do this because Jennifer Berkenbosch, our guide for the sessions, is awesome. The short story we didn't have the registration numbers we needed to proceed and we'd rather cancel now than wait and perhaps still cancel last minute.

This change gives us an opportunity to refocus on our Poetry Workshop with Stephen T Berg, and retool our 'open retreat option' into something much more exciting - a brand new Creative Retreat option, at the same low price! 


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"Pressing for Progress" by Filling in the Gaps of the Historical Record

"Pressing for Progress" by Filling in the Gaps of the Historical Record

On this International Women’s Day we’re gearing up for Regarding Mary, a brand new exhibit by Marlena Wyman that is scheduled to open March 10th.

Marlena has served on the board of the Women’s Art Museum Society of Canada and worked as the Audio/Visual Archivist at the Provincial Archives of Alberta for 28 years. She has always created art, even when she was a single mom and working full-time.


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