Thursday, May 24, 2012


De rerum natura (On The Nature of Things)
Common Thread International Exhibition

The exhibition will be called De rerum natura (On The Nature of Things). It will be a highly eccentric show where all the artwork is dealing with themes of nature, plants and animals. Environmental work is the most dominant theme I've observed in contemporary fibre art. I'm aiming for a lush and colourful environment with lots of really bold work. There is some very striking and sometimes bizarre work. The title of the exhibition is based on the Roman poem De rerum natura by Lucretius who's rediscovery was a major inspiration for Renaissance artists.

There are 35 artists in the exhibition. It features work in a huge variety of media and will include installation, sculpture and 2D work in a large variety of sizes.
Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, Oakville, Ontario

Curator: Gareth Bate, Toronto


Canada: British Columbia: Vancouver: Bettina MatzkuhnCarlyn Yandle, Manitoba:Winnipeg: Heather KomusIngrid LincolnNew Brunswick: Saint John: Sandra Betts,Ontario: Alliston: Amy Bagshaw, Kingston: Phillida Hargreaves, Robin Laws Field, Sylvia Naylor, Kitchener: Joanne Young, Mississauga: Pat Hertzberg, Toronto: Lizz Aston, karen darricadesLibby HagueJillian MacLachlan, Liz Menard, Leanne Shea RhemSheila Thompson, Tweed: Marta Mouka, Oakville: Sybil RampenIxchel Suarez, Ottawa: Sayward Johnson, Rockwood: Susan Strachan Johnson, Quebec:Montreal: Soufïa BensaïdEmily JanValérie d. Walker, St-Sauveur: Marjolein Dallinga, Saskatchewan: Meacham: June Jacobs, Denmark: Copenhagen: Birgitta Hallberg, United Kingdom: Liverpool: Sarah Martin, USA: California: San Francisco:Chris MotleyGeorgia: Atlanta: Leisa Rich, Massachusetts: Somerville: Jodi Colella,Oregon: Philomath: Laura G. BermanVirginia: Charlottesville: Lotta Helleberg.
Dates: Nov 2 - 18 (Oakville).

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre in Oakville, Ontario, Canada is an old barn that has been turned into a gallery. They were one of the main exhibitions in the 2009 festival. Joshua Creek is a vibrant arts complex in the countryside of Oakville. The farmland around the complex is very beautiful. The rustic nature of the venue is perfect for the theme of this show. See Venues page on the website for images:

Address: 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East, Oakville

Opening Reception
I would like all local GTA artists to attend the Opening Reception in Oakville. Sunday November 4th, 2012. 2 - 5 pm. If you are planning to travel from farther away to see the shows, please let me know. The other main Oakville shows will also be open on that day.

Momento mori
Common Thread International Exhibition

I'm setting up the De rerum natura show in opposition to Momento mori my other exhibition at The Gallery at Sheridan Institute in Oakville. That exhibition will deal with themes of death, mortality and grief. All the work is very dark and the polar opposite of the De Rerum Natura show. All the work engages with techniques or the aesthetic of fibre, but none of the work is actually made of fibre materials. This was based on the "Fibre Inspired" call for submissions.
The Gallery at Sheridan Institute, Oakville, Ontario

Curator: Gareth Bate, Toronto

Canada: Ontario: Barrie: Lisa Brunetta, Cambridge: Nancy Yule, Niagara-on-the-lake:Wendyth Anderson Breedveld, Stratford: Wendy O'Brien, Toronto: Carrie Chisholm, Nicole Collins, David Cumming, Robert Davidovitz, Camilla Geary-Martin, Susan Lukachko, Mary McKenzie, Lilly Otasevic, Rochelle Rubinstein, Oakville: Ixchel Suarez, Saskatchewan: Moose Jaw: Anna Hergert, USA: North Carolina: Raleigh:Megan Bostic.

Gareth Bate
Festival & Exhibition Curator

World of Threads Festival
Local, National & International Contemporary Fibre Art

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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