Avril Lopez: Made-Up Orchard
2019 RISE Emerging Artist Program

  October 29, 2019 — November 29, 2019

Program Fee: FREE!

Enter a magical make-believe world where different visual narrations grow together like trees. This exhibition explores the use of creativity as a healing process, and uses pretend-play to bring to light issues related to childhood and memory.

From Avril: "Made-up Orchard is a mischievous installation that uses different mediums and techniques such as; large scale drawings, variable sized fabric sculptures, experimental costumes, and a video installation. The exhibition addresses concepts like the use of creativity as a healing process and the notion of pretend play. Therefore, through the development of imaginary worlds, I seek to create a community engagement where together we can connect, and address issues related to childhood, memory, and human relationships." 

Avril Lopez moved from her hometown of Morelia, Michoacán, in Mexico to Calgary two years ago for educational purposes. She completed her Master’s in Fine Arts at the University of Calgary last September. During the second year of her MFA studies, she became a Gallery Coordinator at the Art Department. During these last two years, she explored working with various mediums such as fabrics, video/performance, drawing, and installation. 

As an emering visual artist, Avril discovers a fascinating connection between making art and the process of healing, “creative self-therapy”. She hopes that with this exploration she can offer an opportunity for her community to engage in a broader conversation about the significance of childhood memories and mental health.


RISE Emerging Artist Program

RISE is an annual exhibition and mentorship program developed by artsPlace to offer Alberta artists the opportunity to educate, exhibit, sell, and promote their artistic practice within the Bow Valley. The goal of RISE is to cultivate Alberta’s emerging artists by pairing an exhibition opportunity with mentorship by a local art professional. Participating artists build experience in exhibition design, installation and professional practice. RISE fosters a strong community awareness of contemporary arts practices and prepares new-generation artists for a professional career in the arts. RISE exhibitions are held at the artsPlace Hub Gallery, and are free and open to the public.  

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