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Immerse Yourself from Bliss to Abyss in Exciting New Fall Exhibitions at PAMA!

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Image above: Floating Garden by Amanda McCavour

This fall Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) presents a unique immersive art experience with the exhibition In her Garden, an epic narrative of humanity’s path from happy beginnings to eventual environmental devastation. This exhibition pairs Toronto-based artist Amanda McCavour with Montreal-based artist Jannick Deslauriers. PAMA’s new outdoor art installation from Niagara region’s artists Dillon Douglas and Chris Louiscontinue with the theme of looking at humanity’s journey on earth, combining their painterly imagery in Paradise Lost where a vibrant earth turns into a wasteland. Seize the opportunity to meet all the artists at the Opening Reception for our Fall Exhibitions scheduled for Friday, September 29, 7 – 9 p.m. 

In Her Garden: Amanda McCavour and Jannick Deslauriers

Sept. 30, 2023 – February 20, 2024

This exhibition brings together the delicate, sculptural installations of Toronto-based artist Amanda McCavour and Montreal-based artist Jannick Deslauriers. Each, through her own feminine lens, imagines a hybrid of quasi-real and quasi-fantastical realms of existence.

Using only thread in her stitched drawings of flowers, McCavour crafts a Floating Garden sprouting from above and suspended in mid-air. It is a colourful garden of romantic charm. Each strung flower, soft and slight, gracefully sways from side to side, in unison with its neighbouring blooms, as bodies pass by, disturbing them from their resting place and deceptively permeating their imagined fresh scent throughout the Garden.

Conversely, Deslauriers has created a world of black and white, devoid of botanical bliss, where colour, like life, has been sucked out. Her mixed media Phasmes (Phasmids) recalls an abandoned amusement park, a nuclear disaster zone of Chernobyl proportions, or a war-torn region. It is the sad conclusion of an environmental tragedy spurred on by human neglect, error, or explosive aggression. One enters this “contained space” through a plastic curtain at their own risk.

“Amanda and Jannick are two remarkable and successful artists in their own right. Bringing them together for this exhibition highlights the breathtaking installation work that they are making using traditional female-based textile craft.  When you leave the exhibition, you will hopefully consider the world we live in and what role we play to ensure its continuous health or its eventual destruction” said Sharona Adamowicz-Clements, Curator of Art at PAMA

Paradise Lost: Dillon Douglas and Chris Louis

Sept. 27, 2023 – March 10, 2024

Niagara region’s artists Dillon Douglas and Chris Louis combine their painterly imagery inParadise Lost, a tryptic digital composition (across three outdoor banners) where a healthy, verdant planet Earth turns into a wasteland. Packed with repetitive and overlapping motifs, both comical and strange, Douglas and Louis take us on a humbling journey of human failure (on a monumental scale) to caution us of a bleak future of our own making.

Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception

Sept. 29, 7 – 9 p.m.

You’re invited to the opening reception of our must-see exhibitions, In Her Garden: Amanda McCavour and Jannick Deslauriers and Paradise Lost: Dillon Douglas and Chris Louis.

Meet the artists, enjoy food and refreshments, and immerse yourself in art.

Free event, but donations are welcomed. RSVP to PAMAeventRSVP@peelregion.ca by Sept. 21, 2023.

Unique Workshops Inspired by In Her Garden

Prices vary, check our event calendar for all the details and reserve your spot today!

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