Join us for RMG Exposed 2015 – a fundraising auction of juried photography in support of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery on Saturday 14 November from 7-10pm!
The evening’s entertainment will include a live and silent auction of photography, live music, disco-inspired nibbles, cash bar of fine wine and beer and a photo booth. Put on your 70’s glam style and we’ll see you there!
Jen Yearman – Big Beach
Proceeds from RMG Exposed support education and community programming at the RMG, while helping to increase awareness of contemporary photography.
Congratulations to our 2015 RMG Exposed Finalists! The juried photographs will be up for auction during the event.Thank you to the artists for their generous support of the RMG.
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Katrina Jennifer Bedford, SPIN, (detail), 2012. Courtesy of the artist.
Guests to RMG Exposed will be greeted by a special artist project by Katrina Jennifer Bedford in the RMG’s inspired lobby space. A limited edition artist print will be available for $50 in support of the RMG’s community outreach programs. The artist and the RMG thank Durham College, Ed Video and Posterjack for their support of this project.
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Join us for a special preview event with art consultant Holly Mazar-Fox on Thursday 12 November from 7-8pm. Holly will discuss collecting contemporary photography and what to look for in a photographic edition. She will also share her selections from the RMG Exposed Auction and offer advice for new and seasoned collectors.
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Tickets to RMG Exposed 2015 are $30. Your ticket includes entry to the event, all entertainment and the ability to bid on both live and silent photographs in the auction. Please note, RMG exposed 2015 is a cash bar service.
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Enjoy the captivating folk rock sounds of Jesse Parent and Birds of Bellwoods. Learn about the history of manipulated images as we open our Mindful Manipulation and glimpse into the spirit world with our Ghosts of The Gallery documentary. Also joining us will be our community partners – Culture Counts!
For more information:
Jesse Parent: http://www.jesseparentmusic.com/
Birds of Bellwoods: http://www.birdsofbellwoods.com/
On the first Friday of the month, join the RMG in celebrating local talent. The gallery buzzes with live musical performances, interactive art experiences, open gallery spaces, social mingling and more. Suitable for music lovers, youth, families, date nights, and culture-vultures.
Free to attend | 7-10pm | Cash Bar | All ages welcome.
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The RMG is grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support of this programming.
Donna Raetsen-Kemp is the RMG’s new Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining us, she was managing the Station Gallery in Whitby. Stop by and welcome Donna to the RMG!
The RMG: What were you up to before the RMG?
Donna Raetsen-Kemp: For the past ten years I spent my days leading the arts and culture charge at Station Gallery in Whitby. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work together with the community to transform the gallery to a thriving people place. We set our sights on creating a warm and welcoming cultural hub. A gathering place with opportunities for people to engage with art in ways that were meaningful to them – a place for everyone. I’m immensely proud of the work we did there.
RMG: What drew you to the museum sector?
DRK: There were fascinating local and global things at play. Globally, the museum sector was on the cusp of a sweeping change. I found that notion exciting. Locally, there was a small, once bustling art gallery that I took classes at as a kid that had become quiet. It had just undergone a significant renovation. The opportunity to breathe life back into Station Gallery was compelling.
RMG: What is your favourite museum?
DRK: In 2012 I was part of a Canadian delegation of arts leaders on an exchange to Venice and Florence. We visited more museums than I can count, but the museum that left its mark was the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. It’s one of those great museums that you’ve probably never heard of. Their approach is bold and innovative. They take a unapologetic stance about putting their community at the forefront of programming and redefining the museum experience. They invite the community to participate in simple and delightful ways. Palazzo Strozzi houses some of the most visited exhibitions — and has a reputation as the cool place to hang out. Their courtyard is open morning until evening with a wild array of activities that bring people together and connect them with artists and exhibitions. They bring stories to life. I still check in online regularly to see to what they’re up to.
RMG: What is your first memory of art?
DRK: It’s hard to pin down one defining moment. It’s a wonderful confluence of events and experiences.
RMG: What is one thing that you want to share with people about the RMG?
DRK: I simply want to invite everyone in. Our doors are wide open. Drop by for 5 minutes or stay for hours. Let’s get to know each other a little better. What would you like to see in your RMG? I can’t wait to get the conversation started.
Image: Donna poses a the RMG with Director of Finance and Administration, Olinda Casimiro.
I am not a particularly emotional person. Just ask my family, friends and colleagues who can attest to the fact that my stoic, Northern European roots run deep.
But this afternoon was different. Jason Dankel, the RMG Preparator, had installed the last work in the exhibition Moving Image. The lighting wasn’t done, nor the cards up, but the work was on the wall by mid-afternoon. I was in the space, on my own, and stood in front of Cuban-Canadian artist José Seoane’s Untitled oars that represented the experiences of those who risked their lives in small boats with handmade oars to make the treacherous trip across the open waters from Cuba to Miami. As I reflected on that work, the sound of avante-garde composer William Basinki’s video Disintegration Loop played behind me. Basinski had completed his composition on the morning of 9/11 and was playing it to a friend on the roof of his New York City apartment when the Twin Towers were hit. He set up a camera and recorded the waning hours of daylight with plumes of black smoke drifting across the sky as the sun set. He combined the music of the Disintegration Loops with the video to create an elegy to that unforgettable day.
Abdullah M. I. Syed, Rug of Flying Drones, 2009
So I listened to it, while looking at José’s oars, knowing that Abdullah Syed’s Rug of Drones, an installation of 107 planes in the exhibition Beyond Measure, and constructed of blades from box cutters—and which also clearly referenced 9/11, was on the other end of the gallery. And the oars were no longer specific to fleeing Cubans, but to the thousands of refugees who are risking it all to seek a safer and better life away from their homes in Syria, Iraq, Libya …
And the picture of a three year old boy flashed in my mind.
And how could one not be moved.
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
Above Image: José Seoane’s, Untitled