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AGM Appoints Four New Members to the Board of Directors

The Art Gallery of Mississauga is thrilled to announce the appointments of several new members to the Board!

On June 5, 2017, the members of the AGM supported the recommendation of the current Board of Directors to elect four new stellar candidates to the Board, bringing its total to 8.

Welcome new board members!

Catherine Hale, Curator, Creative Campus Galleries, Sheridan Campus
Zainub Verjee, Executive Director of Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG)
David K. Wojcik, President and CEO, Mississauga Board of Trade
Councilor John Kovac, Ward 4 Mississauga (Ex-Officio City Liaison)

“We are all impressed with the enthusiastic acceptance by all of the above to their appointments and look forward to working with them towards advancing the goals and the exciting direction of the AGM – First. New. Next – all of which enhance the cultural fabric of the City of Mississauga and beyond.”

– Stan Zigelstein, Board Chair, AGM Continue reading AGM Appoints Four New Members to the Board of Directors

Mississauga Selects Studio of Received Ideas to Create Canada 150 Legacy Public Art

The City of Mississauga has commissioned Hadley Howes & Maxwell Stephens (Studio of Received Ideas) to create a public art installation onMississauga Celebration Square in recognition of Canada 150.

Conference at the Council House will draw attention to the rich Indigenous history of the area and region that is now known as Mississauga. The artwork will feature an artistic replica of the tower that tops the historic Council House, built 132 years ago, on the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Reserve in Hagersville. Thirty birds cast in bronze and painted in vivid colours will be placed on and around the tower to signify the diverse community that inhabits the area today.

Conference at the Council House highlights this significant part of our history in both a meaningful and impactful way,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Canada 150 and the support of the Federal government provided an exceptional opportunity to learn more about our past and to foster deeper relationships with our community.”

Mayor Crombie added, “Public art brings people together and enriches neighbourhoods, residents and visitors. This new artwork will be another important way Mississauga pays tribute to the 150th anniversary of our nation’s founding.”

An open Call to Artists was issued in late summer 2016. The selection process involved an independent Art Selection Committee and feedback from more than 600 residents who participated in an online survey.

Hadley Howes and Maxwell Stephens are co-creative directors at the Studio of Received Ideas (SRI) based in Mississauga and Toronto. Their work has been exhibited around the world including Berlin, Dublin, Amsterdam and Vancouver.

“Mississauga Celebration Square is an ideal site for this legacy piece,” said Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac. “As a thriving location, it provides easy access and high visibility to this notable addition to the Square.”

The artwork is supported through a contribution of $199,000 from the Department of Canadian Heritage. The funding supports the City’s Canada 150th anniversary program with the theme of “Brilliance Together”. It will be used to support community programs encouraging residents to share their story about being Canadian and understand the importance of Reconciliation with Indigenous communities. Notably, the artist announcement comes at the beginning of National Aboriginal History Month.

“Canada 150 celebrates our diversity, encourages inclusion and continues our reconciliation efforts with Indigenous Peoples,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “The City of Mississauga’s Brilliance Together project will showcase the region’s cultural diversity through a piece of art and community involvement. I encourage all Canadians to take this opportunity to strengthen the ties that unite us and to reflect on what it means to be Canadian.”

Residents can be part of the design process and are encouraged to submit drawings of their favourite birds. These submissions will be used to create the artwork and will be accepted until Friday, June 30, 2017. More information is available on the Culture page of the City’s website.

An official unveiling will take place in November 2017.

An Evening Under the Stars with The Riverwood Conservancy

The Riverwood Garden Soirée takes place June 9

Enjoy an evening under the stars in support of The Riverwood Conservancy at The Riverwood Garden Soirée.

An enchanting evening fundraiser under the stars, surrounded by the beauty of Riverwood. Guests will enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, valet parking as well as live and silent auctions.

When:
Friday, June 9, 2017
6:30 to 11 p.m.

Where:
MacEwan Terrace Garden
Riverwood Park Lane
Mississauga, ON
Map

Tickets:
$170 per person or $1,220 for a table of eight
Purchase your ticket today

Event Highlights

  • MPP Harinder Takhar will recognize The Riverwood Conservancy as the recipient of a 2017 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant
  • The evening’s menu includes a local asparagus and strawberry risotto courtesy of Capra’s Kitchen by celebrity Chef Massimo Capra
  • The live auction features unique items including a trip to India, a fly fishing adventure and a wheelbarrow full of hand-selected wines
  • Entertainment will be provided by the talented local 10 piece band TaterVox

The Riverwood Garden Soirée is a wonderful opportunity to socialize with friends, enjoy the beauty of Riverwood and network, all for an excellent cause. Proceeds from the event will support TRC community programs in environmental education, conservation stewardship, gardening, therapeutic horticulture and volunteerism.

Sponsors for the Riverwood Garden Soiree include Capra’s Kitchen, Cooksville and Streetsville Hyundai (Proud members of The Humberview Group), Classical 96.3 FM, Scotia Wealth Management, Metal Works Production Group, Innovo Tax Advisors & CPAs, Rutherford Construction, Treeline Catering and EOE Group. For a full list of sponsors, visit our website.

About TRC

TRC is a volunteer-based not-for-profit that provides programming in stewardship, gardening, environmental education and volunteerism to the Mississauga community. TRC is located in Riverwood, a natural green space in the heart of the city [map] and is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily with free parking and admission.  For more information about environmental education programs, events and how to make a donation, visit: TheRiverwoodConservancy.org.

Arts on the Credit: Jewels

Arts on the Credit is launching an exciting event at the Waterside Inn, Port Credit, this June 18th, 11 – 5.

Arts on the Credit: Jewels will be the first show ever to focus almost entirely on original jewellery produced by jewellery artists in the area. The jewellers will present many different styles, using different metals, extraordinary beads and crystals and vintage components, in some cases.

Craig Ewing is a master at creating beautiful beaded pieces to wear. “Most pieces are built one tiny bead at a time,” says Ewing. Tammy Warren works in silver and says, “I want my jewellery to move with its wearer. It should always complement their style.

Along with stunning jewellery, there will be one of a kind fashion accessories, such as beautiful ostrich & fish skin leather handbags by Christine Vonbun. “I began an affair with handbags very early on and have always believed in an ethos of quality, beauty, balance, elegance and sustainability,” quotes Vonbun.

David Dunkley, official milliner to the Queen’s Plate, who studies regularly in Britain, is joining Jewels with his fabulous millinery creations. Dunkley will also be showing some of his bridal collection.

Joanne Jones will present handbags and other accessories, all from reclaimed personal items. All “mined reCREATIONS” are handcrafted and benefit young people in economically challenged countries, breathing in new life to create something wonderful. “Each bag holds a story and when you purchase one of my bags, it’s up to you to give that story many more chapters,” says Jones.

In total, Jewels on the Credit will present nineteen different art-based jewellers and makers of fabulous fashion accessories. These are pieces to embellish your wardrobe and last a lifetime.

Jewels on the Credit will take place one day only, June 18th, 11 – 5 at the Waterside Inn. Our launch this year will be FREE and we will be offering a fabulous draw prize donated by the Waterside Inn – a BFF weekend for two which will include a night’s stay in one of their 2-bedroom residential suites with breakfast or brunch the next morning.

VAM SHOWCASES THE CREATIVE ENERGY OF MISSISSAUGA’S YOUTH

Grab the kids and join the fun! Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood will stage a vibrant exhibition of emerging talent at its annual VAM Children and Teens’ Spring Art Celebration. All are welcome to the event featuring over 250 creative works by VAM students aged 6 to 18.

The exhibition will run Saturday June 3 and Sunday June 4, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm. VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga, Ontario.

FREE ACTIVITY: VAM will also offer free art-making activities for youth on Saturday June 3, 2017 (11 am to 3 pm) and Sunday June 4, 2017 (10 am to 3 pm).

“We look forward to the VAM Children and Teens’ Spring Art Celebration each year. The exhibition showcases the burgeoning creative energy of Mississauga’s youth,” explains VAM Arts Program Manager, Lisa Robinson. “This event gives artists as young as six an opportunity to proudly present their work to the public. It’s always a beautiful show and a wonderful chance to bring families and friends together to celebrate the artistic accomplishments of our youth. We look forward to seeing you all there!”

PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Family and friends will vote for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Three special Curry’s Prize Packs will be awarded on Monday, June 5, 2017. The First place winner will also receive a complimentary week at VAM’s Kids’ Summer Art Camp or a Summer Teen Art Course. VAM wishes to recognize its Award Sponsor, Curry’s Artists’ Materials.

Please call (905)-277-4313 or visit www.visualartsmississauga.com for more details.