H’art Centre is launching its national visual art exhibit, Connecting Canadians: Freshwater later this week. It will be the first public exhibit to be held in THE MIX, H’art Centre’s new 4,000-square-foot community outreach and gallery space adjacent to their 237 Wellington Street location.
“From the largest glaciers to the small tributaries that flow into tranquil freshwater lakes, colourful details come alive while you explore original work from inclusive art studios and allied arts organizations from across Canada,” the organization shared in a media release. “Together, the work of neurodiverse artists will celebrate freshwater and the way it connects us.”
According to the release, there will be over 50 canvases and sculptures from artists representing: H’art Studio (Kingston,ON), New Leaf Link (Harrowsmith, ON), Being Studio (Ottawa, ON), The Space (Vanier, ON), Creating Alternatives (Vaughan, ON), L’Arche Toronto’s-Sol Express (Toronto, ON), Reach Centre (Owen Sound, ON), Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts (Edmonton, AB), The National AccessArts Centre (Calgary, AB), Alternative Creations Studio (Vancouver, BC), and Cool Arts Society (Kelowna, BC).
The exhibit launches at a private, by-invitation opening on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. Connecting Canadians: Freshwater will then be open for public tours every Friday from October 28 to December 2nd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Individuals and groups can schedule a tour through the organization’s website: www.hartcentre.ca/events/ or by calling 613-545-1392.
H’art Centre said that the exhibit is sponsored by Bill & Nancy Gray. “We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council for this project,” the organization added. “It is also made possible by the many donors who recently supported H’art Centre’s expansion into The Mix.”
This national exhibit marks the culmination of a 2022 partnership with the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and to connect Canadians with the environment, inclusive arts, and our shared resources, according to the release.
As part of the 2022 partnership project, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston will launch their new community art installation developed by H’art Centre artist participants and the public during the Our Great Lakes: Celebrating our Freshwater Resource project. They will unveil the large-scale installation on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 55 Ontario Street. The installation is designed to share connections with the Great Lakes and encourage you to make your own connections, according to the release.
The Community Foundation for Kingston and Area supported the Marine Museum’s project. For details about this installation event, visit www.marmuseum.ca/ourgreatlakes