September 7, 2018 — October 4, 2018 | Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 7 at 6 pm
Program Fee: FREE
The canoe is a symbol of the journey many of us make to call the Bow Valley home. Lesley Russell's "Spirit of the Community" public art piece transcribed the names of more than 700 Canmore residents in a canoe to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. “Community Gathering” interactive art installation in artsPlace's Hub Gallery is a continuation of this project; however, it also leaves space for current additions along the walls of the gallery – a time capsule of the past, present, and future of the town.
Join artist Lesley Russell for the opening of this interactive art installation on September 7 - enjoy a wine & cheese reception, hear more about the project, and add your family name to the town’s timeline on the gallery walls! The opening is free and open to the public.
“Community Gathering” evolved from the public art piece “Spirit of the Community” produced for Canada's 150th birthday and celebrating the wonderful diversity of the people of Canmore. The emotional response to “Spirit of the Community” was overwhelming with residents past and present reaching out to share their passion and memories of this beautiful mountain town, planting the seed of this interactive installation. Using a varied visual language, “Community Gathering” continues to engage the community while exploring the concept of belonging, home and the passage of time, just a few of the themes that define all of our communities.
Educated in Scotland where she obtained her Masters in Fine Art, Lesley Russell continued to exhibit around Europe until emigrating to Canada over 20 years ago. As a conceptual artist with an avid interest in history, her work has continually addressed the concept of community, home and the passage of time, while exploring internal and external containment. She has had the pleasure of producing several public art pieces in Canmore over recent years using her extensive visual language to help create an emotional connection. She is also a founding partner of Russell and Russell Design Studios in Canmore.