March 9 (Saturday) - April 27 (Saturday)
When art and science come together, the breathtaking results provoke discussion, illumination and discovery. Enjoy an exhibition that is a collaborative outcome between the Simcoe Watershed Art Project and scientists
When art and science come together, the breathtaking results provoke discussion, illumination and discovery. Enjoy an exhibition that is a collaborative outcome between the Simcoe Watershed Art Project and scientists from Lakehead University. A variety of mediums, including video installation, paintings and jewellery.
“It is my hope that Watershedsci encourages lively conversations about the quality of water in our streams, rivers and lakes; and brings an awareness to how our human activities affect the balance.”
Jennie Clark, Founder
Simcoe Watershed Art Project
12 participating artists in Watershedsci
Luci Dilkus & Heather Driver Kerslake
Bewabon Shilling & Tanya Cunnington
Joanna McEwen & Anton Pickard
Judith Gibson-Vick: Watershedsci
Jennie Clark: Founder of the Simcoe Watershed Art Project
Scientists: Sreekumari ( Sree ) Kurissery, is the founding chair of the Department of Sustainability Sciences at Lakehead University.
Debbie Balika, water quality specialist at Kawartha Conservation
Ways of Seeing: associated free public programs
Saturday April 13, 2019 | 1 – 4 pm
All welcome with light refreshments in Red Gallery, main floor.
With special guest Debbie Balika, Water Quality Specialist from Kawartha Conservation.
Wednesday March 20, 2019 | 6 – 7:30 pm
In Conversation with Bill Thompson
Bill Thompson, Manager of Watershed Planning and Strategies at the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority will speak about the importance of the Lake Simcoe Watershed and the impact of human activity, followed by a Q&A.
Wednesday April 17, 2019 | 6 – 7:30 pm
In Conversation with Jennie Clark
Collaborations between artists and scientists have a long history. Watershedsci artist Jennie Clark will speak about the inspiration gained from her experience with the Couchiching Conservancy and introduce some contemporary artists who inspire her process. All welcome.
March 9 (Saturday) - May 25 (Saturday)
A figure, formed from manufacturing footprints slowly takes shape on the canvas; outlined in neon it appears from the shadows of the dirt left behind. Placed within an undistinguished landscape,
A figure, formed from manufacturing footprints slowly takes shape on the canvas; outlined in neon it appears from the shadows of the dirt left behind. Placed within an undistinguished landscape, the figure’s identity, a wolf, a polar bear or owl extends itself forward, challenging the viewer to a conversation on the nature on how it was created.
Daniel St-Amant’s paintings always start out in the streets and not in the studio. Using roadways to emphasize our global footprint he captures tire tracks from climate-affecting technologies by laying them out on the street for vehicles to run over, leaving their literal markings across the prepared canvas. Once in the studio, using these distinct markings as the backdrop, animal portraits and landscapes are formed and painted. Running Forward is a showcasing exhibition of new paintings alongside older pieces presenting a timeline of the artist’s unique process.
Industrialism, urbanization, and the over-use of resources are changing people, animals, and habitats everywhere. The method of creation, deliberately including the fingerprint of the subject matter, situates the paintings as a reflective community challenge on these themes. Within the conversation, the paintings are the spotlight in addition to the highlighted subject.
The paintings often include found objects in nature such as twigs, leaves and moss that are mixed into the paint creating beautiful textures and natural palettes. Yet, the presence of the motorized vehicles – no matter how ghostly – remains as a scar and reminder of the power, influence and responsibility humans have moving forward.
Curated by: Stephanie Nicolò
About the artist
Majoring in Fine Art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Daniel St-Amant completed his BFA degree in 2005, and shortly thereafter went on to receive a graduate diploma in Visual Effects for film and television from Seneca College at York University. Daniel currently divides his time between teaching as a professor at Max the Mutt College of Animation, digital painting at visual effects studio Soho VFX, and working on his own practice.
Ways of Seeing: free public programs
Friday March 22, 2019 | 6 – 8 pm
All welcome with light refreshments in Great Hall Gallery.
Saturday May 11, 2019 | 12 – 2 pm (rescheduled from March)
Artist Demonstration with Daniel St-Amant
Experience the artistic process and challenges of Running Forward‘s artist Daniel St-Amant with an impromptu studio space created in the gallery.