Selected from dozens of applications from across Canada, we are pleased to announce Jessie Buchanan, Evin Collis, and Becky Thiessen as the artists travelling with ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ. Each artist will connect people all over the country by creating art with communities along the way.
Jessie Buchanan • North to South Route
Jessie Buchanan’s ART EXPRESS’D project, Voices of the Landscape, will reflect the spiritual geography of the vast, northern Canadian landscape, found in both urban and natural spaces. She will explore the connections in each of the locations visited on the tour. From townscape to mountain and stream, the mobile art studio itself will come to represent Canada in the north. Working with Jessie, you will create acrylic paintings in response to questions: “How do you understand yourself as a Canadian?” and “Do you feel connected with your land and/or environment?”
Jessie lives and works in Guelph, Ontario. A member of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Jessie is inspired both by her Anishinabe (Ojibway) heritage and by her Euro-Canadian ancestry. Her paintings are guided by the Woodland style and by the work of Emily Carr, Daphne Odjig, Nathalie Parenteau, and Ted Harrison, as well as the landscapes of Lake Superior, the Yukon Territory, Algonquin Provincial Park, and around Guelph. A spiritual connection to the land drives Jessie’s work. She holds a post-graduate diploma from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute (2016), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Algoma University (2010).
In the news:
–Algoma U Alumna Headlines National Art Exhibit Art Express’d | SaultOnline
–Chippewa Tribe-Une Features Jessie Buchanan (page 53) | Chippewa Tribe-Une
–Jessie Buchanan’s Epic ART EXPRESS’D Journey | Guelph Arts Council
–River City 360 Radio Interview for ART EXPRESS’D | River City 360
For more on Jessie, visit artistjessiebuchanan.ca
Watch Jessie’s video
Evin Collis • East to West Route
During ART EXPRESS’D, Evin Collis will lead you to collectively transform the mobile art studio into a raucous, whimsical rail car by creating and animating the travelling Voyageur Express. A medley of characters will be built from papier mâché that can embody anyone or anything on a cross-Canada railroad journey. Evin will compile animations and images of drawings, paintings, photographs, and words he collects that are synchronized with audio recordings of participants’ ideas, stories, poems, songs, and anecdotes.
Evin is a multi-disciplinary artist and art educator from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He creates paintings, drawings, sculptures, and stop-motion animations that investigate the complexities of history, identity, survival, and the degraded landscape. Much of his fascination with these subjects stems from his past experiences as a porter on the Canadian trans-continental railroad, and while working as an interpreter at a historical Hudson’s Bay Company trading fort. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the OCAD University (2010).
In the news:
–Art in Motion | Winnipeg Free Press
For more on Evin, visit evincollis.com
Watch Evin’s video
Becky Thiessen • West to East Route
Becky Thiessen’s vision for ART EXPRESS’D is to connect communities using handmade stencils designed and created by the people she meets. Stencils will feature themes of cultural and ethnic identity, Canadian landscape, local animals, and vegetation. Working with Becky, you will have the opportunity to design your own stencil symbolic to your language, identity, and passions. A collection of images will accumulate as the project travels across the country, with each community sharing their stencils and images with the next.
Becky experiments through painting, drawing, textiles, assemblage, sculpture, and digital media. Her inspiration often comes from the enthusiasm of children in the communities in which she works. Becky has collaborated on large-scale group works with Art City Inc, Graffiti Art Programming Inc, The North End Arts Centre, and Art From the Heart. She has a certificate in cabinet and woodworking from Red River College (2013) and a certificate from September Harvest Moon Society in Permaculture Design (2011). Becky participated in Mentoring Art for Women Artists’ Foundation Mentorship Program with KC Adams (2009), and holds a Bachelor of Human Ecology from the University of Manitoba (2005).
In the news:
–Artistic Installation to Celebrate Canada 150 | Winnipeg Free Press
Watch Becky’s video
Snaps from Lethbridge!
ART EXPRESS’D Had a Special Guest Visitor
On Wednesday, July 5, the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Canada 150 Signature Project, ART EXPRESS’D / ART EXPRIMÉ was host to a very special event.
Minister of Canadian Heritage, Melanie Joly visited the project and created her own artwork. Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, Terry Duguid, and Canada Council for the Arts Board Member, Cheryl Sharfe were also in attendance. Joining our esteemed guests were children from the Orioles Community Centre.
Along with a tour of the sea-container-turned-mobile-art-studio stationed at the Forks National Historic Site, the group created some artwork of their own. Together they took part in a stenciling workshop lead by one of the artists travelling with ART EXPRESS’D / ART EXPRIME on the West route, Becky Thiessen.
It was a very fun day for all involved and resulted in some beautiful artwork!
If you want to participate in any of the upcoming workshops in Winnipeg, stop by on these dates as we celebrate Canada 150 and the Canada Summer Games:
July 29 & 30 – 4 – 8pm
August 2 to 7 – 4 – 8pm
August 10 to 12 – 4 – 8pm
See you there!
Postcard from Moncton
We were hosted by the Galerie d’art Louise et Reuben Cohen in Moncton, NB at the Université de Moncton. Throughout our stay we facilitated papier mâché, painting and stop-motion animation workshops out of the gallery. A massive sculpture was realized and we painted a section of the interior panels for the container as well as realized more stop-motion animations. We had many dedicated and passionate young participants who created many outstanding works and gave a huge contribution!
A great big thank you to Moncton and Dieppe and all who came out and participated.
Postcard from Charlottetown
July 14, 2017
It was a fun week in Charlottetown. We were giving workshops from inside the Guild Theatre in downtown Charlottetown and the city was quite busy with the Canada Day festivities. We created a giant papier mâché PEI Fox eating a hamburger and other smaller sculptures. A great series of stop-motion animations were created and we had a stream of participants from all around. The incredible folks from the C3 crew came through and made a fantastic animation about their adventure traversing across the Canadian waterways in an icebreaker. We were creating inside the theatre on Canada Day and here is a film that reflects that.
A big thanks to the Guild Theatre and all the great participants who contributed in Charlottetown!