GROUP OF SEVEN R.I.P. (Remembering Inc. Pioneers)
Curated by Brian Johnston and Bryce Kanbara, Remembering David Avon, Jewel Foster, Gleave Harris, Jackie Kay, Bob Mason, George Wallace, and Gord White With Artwork by David Collier, Owen Ford, Thea Haines, Bob Mason, and Gord Pullar
- / Cannon Gallery
Remembering David Avon, Jewel Foster, Gleave Harris, Jackie Kay, Bob Mason, George Wallace, and Gord White
With Artwork by David Collier, Owen Ford, Thea Haines, Bob Mason, and Gord Pullar
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 9 FROM 7:00-10:00 PM IN HAMILTON ARTISTS INC.’S ARCELORMITTAL DOFASCO COURTYARD
The seven persons we’re honouring were vital, individualistic, and passionate in their own ways about their involvement in the INC. If you met them, you wouldn’t forget them.
It’s our hope that some of you will recollect them with delight, and that others, particularly the younger generations of Hamilton artists, will be fascinated by this introduction to their personalities and times.
This exhibition was initially scheduled to commemorate the INC.’s 45th Anniversary in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions this show was postponed so that we could all celebrate together.
ABOUT THE Curators:
Born and raised in Hamilton Brian Johnston pursued fine art studies graduating at OCAD (Toronto, 1979) and the University of Guelph (Guelph, 1982). He joined the HAI in 1978 and was elected President in 1979-80. He later moved to Guelph to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree and married his wife Carol and together raised 5 children while continuing his artistic career in graphic design and fine arts. As a practising professional mixed media artist for more than 40 years he has participated in more than 100 exhibitions, locally, nationally and internationally integrating photography, painting, printmaking, drawing and sculpture in solo, invitational, juried and group shows.
Bryce Kanbara is a visual artist/curator/proprietor of you me gallery, Hamilton. He was a founding member and first Administrator of Hamilton Artists Inc. He held curatorial positions at Burlington Art Centre, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Art Gallery at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto). He was Executive Director of the Toronto Chapter, National Association of Japanese Canadians, Chair of the NAJC Endowment Fund and National Executive member. He was Visual Arts, Crafts & Design Officer at Ontario Arts Council, Member of the Governing Council, Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, and Co-chair of the Board of Directors, Workers Arts & Heritage Centre. In 2021 he received a Governor General Award for outstanding contribution to Visual and Media Arts.