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Conflict Studies: An artists-residency and exhibition with Justin Langlois 7:00 pm
Conflict Studies: An artists-residency and exhibition with Justin Langlois @ Oxygen Art Centre
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: August 25th – September 30th Opening Reception: Friday August 24th, 7-9pm Artist Talk: Saturday September 8th, 7-9pm Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 1-5pm    Oxygen Art Centre is excited to be hosting Vancouver-based visual artist, educator and organizer Justin Langlois,[...]
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Public Talk and Workshops: Critical Writing on Art 7:30 pm
Public Talk and Workshops: Critical Writing on Art @ Oxygen Art Centre
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm – Sep 16 @ 5:00 pm
The first of two weekend-long workshops will be led by curator Melanie O’Brian at Oxygen Art Centre following a free public lecture. The Lecture will be at Oxygen Art Centre on Friday September 14, 2018[...]
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Beginner Ukulele with Catherine McGrath 6:30 pm
Beginner Ukulele with Catherine McGrath @ Oxygen Art Centre
Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The course is designed for people who have no or little experience playing ukulele and will begin with the very basics – how to tune, hold, and strum the ukulele – followed by the introduction[...]
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Singing the Blues with Bessie Wapp 7:00 pm
Singing the Blues with Bessie Wapp @ Oxygen Art Centre
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Singing The Blues with Bessie Wapp 9 classes: Sept. 27 – Nov. 29 (no class on Oct 18 and 25) 7 – 9pm Thursdays Course Description: Life is the only experience required to growl, groan,[...]
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Angie Abdou Book Launch 7:00 pm
Angie Abdou Book Launch @ Oxygen Art Centre
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Angie Abdou Book Launch @ Oxygen Art Centre
Join Angie Abdou on Friday, September 28th at 7:00 pm at Oxygen Art Centre (#3-320 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC) for an evening of discussion on her latest book, Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey[...]
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Beginner Ukulele with Catherine McGrath 6:30 pm
Beginner Ukulele with Catherine McGrath @ Oxygen Art Centre
Sep 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The course is designed for people who have no or little experience playing ukulele and will begin with the very basics – how to tune, hold, and strum the ukulele – followed by the introduction[...]

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Conflict Studies: An artists-residency and exhibition with Justin Langlois @ Oxygen Art Centre
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm

Exhibition Dates: August 25th – September 30th

Opening Reception: Friday August 24th, 7-9pm

Artist Talk: Saturday September 8th, 7-9pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 1-5pm

  

Oxygen Art Centre is excited to be hosting Vancouver-based visual artist, educator and organizer Justin Langlois, who will be in Nelson this summer as our artist-in-residence followed by an exhibition. Langlois has a BA Honours in Communication Studies and an MFA in Visual Arts / Integrated Media both from the University of Windsor in Ontario.

He is the recipient of many grants including Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. He is the co-founder and research director of Broken City Lab, the founder of The School of Eventual Vacancy and the curator of the The Neighbourhood Time Exchange. He is also the lead artist on Locals Only with AKA Artist-Run in Saskatoon funded by the Canada Council of the Arts New Chapter initiative. He is currently an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Integrated Learning in the Faculty of Culture and Community at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

 

Justin Langlois will be in residence at the Oxygen Art Centre from August 20-24th where he will be interviewing select participants around the nature of disagreement for his proposed project, Conflict Studies. In conjunction with this project, Torchlight Brewing Company is bottling a Conflict Brew special beer for the month of August. The beer will have a blank label in which the participants will be invited to embellish with their own text or design during their interview. Langlois takes an interesting view on disagreement, noting. “The act of disagreement is a core part of everyday life, so learning to disagree is a civic exercise. Disagreement is difference. And difference is the spark of civic life.” Through this project, Langlois hopes to encourage community members to indulge in challenging conversations, with text-based artworks and documentation displayed for the month of September in the gallery.

 

The Exhibition, Conflict Studies opens with a reception for the artist on Friday, August 24th from 7-9pm, with an artist talk to follow on Saturday, August 25th at 2pm. The exhibition will then run from August 25th to the end of the month, closing with Cultural Days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 28th, 29th and 30th. Gallery hours are Wednesday thru Saturday from 1- 5 pm. Oxygen Art Centre located in the alley way behind Hipperson’s Hardware, at 320 Vernon Street.

 

Langlois often draws on conversation, social interaction, and the format of the interview to generate new work. As Vancouver’s inaugural artist in residence, in 2016-17, Langlois focused on key social, environmental and political issues facing the city at the time, culminating in a giant neon sign reading,  SHOULD I BE WORRIED? installed near Olympic Village along False Creek. Typical, across much of his art practice,  Langlois uses text-based signage installed in public spaces, hopes to inspire diverse possibilities and ways of thinking. His clever signage and text draws from slogans,  everyday expressions, and advertising campaigns, inverting or distorting the text to offer new expressions that grow in depth as one ponders them. His works are often installed outside the confines of the gallery space catching the viewer off guard and thus drawing unconscious material and associations to the surface. This sort of tapping into the collective subconscious is akin to spotlighting the elephant in the room and leaves an uncanny presence in the mind the unsuspected passerby. Working outside the white cube allows Langlois’s work to reach an audience that may or may not enter a gallery space and places his art in a broader, more civic context.

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Beginner Ukulele with Catherine McGrath @ Oxygen Art Centre
Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The course is designed for people who have no or little experience playing ukulele and will begin with the very basics – how to tune, hold, and strum the ukulele – followed by the introduction of two simple chords and a number of catchy two-chord songs. Additional chords will be added gradually and song complexity will increase. The course will also cover a variety of strumming patterns and some very basic and useful music theory.

Course Fee: $110 + Material fee: $10

TOTAL FEE: $120 

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Singing the Blues with Bessie Wapp @ Oxygen Art Centre
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Singing The Blues with Bessie Wapp

9 classes: Sept. 27 – Nov. 29 (no class on Oct 18 and 25) 7 – 9pm Thursdays

Course Description:

Life is the only experience required to growl, groan, wail and moan! Each week we’ll learn a blues song, and explore the rich swamp of the human voice in a relaxed & supportive environment. On the last class we’ll sing with a live band for invited guests.

Course Fee: $310 + Material fee: $5

TOTAL FEE: $315

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Angie Abdou Book Launch @ Oxygen Art Centre
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Angie Abdou Book Launch @ Oxygen Art Centre

Join Angie Abdou on Friday, September 28th at 7:00 pm at Oxygen Art Centre (#3-320 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC) for an evening of discussion on her latest book, Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom. In what promises to be a lively discussion about parenting, hockey, the ethics of memoir and more, Abdou will be interviewed by Nelson authors (and parents) Deryn Collier and Roz Nay. Entry to the event is free, but a donation of $5 at the door is encouraged and will go to Oxygen Art Centre for the use of the space. Books will be available for purchase from Otter Books.

In her latest book, Abdou combines revealing personal stories with careful research on issues such as cost, gender bias, concussions, and family pressures to offer a thoughtful look at the struggles, joys, and strains of having a child in amateur hockey. Praised by Booklist in a starred review as “a first-rate memoir” and “a must-read for parents with youngsters who play organized sports,” Home Ice offers a compellingly honest insider’s view of what it is like to parent today’s young athlete in a competitive, high-pressure culture.

About Angie Abdou:

Angie Abdou is the author of five novels, including, most recently, In Case I Go, a finalist in the fiction category of the Banff Mountain Book Competition, also named a best book of 2017 by CBC Books and Rogers Writers’ Trust. The Bone Cage was a CBC Canada Reads finalist, defended by NHL star Georges Laraque, and was awarded the 2011/12 MacEwan Book of the Year shortly after. Angie is an associate professor of creative writing at Athabasca University.

About Deryn Collier and Roz Nay:

Deryn Collier is the author of the Bern Fortin novels. Originally from Montreal, she now lives in Nelson, British Columbia, with her husband, sons, and cats.

Roz Nay is the author of Our Little Secret. Having grown up in England, she now lives in British Columbia with her husband and two children.

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For more information about the event, please contact the Oxygen Art Centre at (250) 352-6322.

For more information about Angie Abdou, her book, and interview opportunities, please contact Susannah Ames, susannah@ecwpress.com, 647-991-5349 ext. 154.

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Beginner Ukulele with Catherine McGrath @ Oxygen Art Centre
Sep 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The course is designed for people who have no or little experience playing ukulele and will begin with the very basics – how to tune, hold, and strum the ukulele – followed by the introduction of two simple chords and a number of catchy two-chord songs. Additional chords will be added gradually and song complexity will increase. The course will also cover a variety of strumming patterns and some very basic and useful music theory.

Course Fee: $110 + Material fee: $10

TOTAL FEE: $120 

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Meet Your Clown – A Playful Introduction to Clowning with Marya Folinsbee @ Oxygen Art Centre
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet Your Clown – A Playful Introduction to Clowning with Marya Folinsbee

8 classes: Oct. 2 – Nov. 20 6 – 8pm Tuesdays

Course Description:

The clown is an ancient, archetypal character, channeling trickster taboos and the provocative divine! In this class we will tap into the clown energies in all of us through play, movement and story. Activities include improvisational theatre and movement, mask, costume and make-up creation, meditation, story-telling/story-building, and wild self-exploration. No theatre experience necessary. This work supports performers, artists, parents, and anyone plagued by seriousness. Reject your preconceptions about clowns! This will be weirder.

Course Fee: $215 + Material fee: $35

TOTAL FEE: $250

Oct
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Singing the Blues with Bessie Wapp @ Oxygen Art Centre
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Singing The Blues with Bessie Wapp

9 classes: Sept. 27 – Nov. 29 (no class on Oct 18 and 25) 7 – 9pm Thursdays

Course Description:

Life is the only experience required to growl, groan, wail and moan! Each week we’ll learn a blues song, and explore the rich swamp of the human voice in a relaxed & supportive environment. On the last class we’ll sing with a live band for invited guests.

Course Fee: $310 + Material fee: $5

TOTAL FEE: $315

Oct
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Meet Your Clown – A Playful Introduction to Clowning with Marya Folinsbee @ Oxygen Art Centre
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet Your Clown – A Playful Introduction to Clowning with Marya Folinsbee

8 classes: Oct. 2 – Nov. 20 6 – 8pm Tuesdays

Course Description:

The clown is an ancient, archetypal character, channeling trickster taboos and the provocative divine! In this class we will tap into the clown energies in all of us through play, movement and story. Activities include improvisational theatre and movement, mask, costume and make-up creation, meditation, story-telling/story-building, and wild self-exploration. No theatre experience necessary. This work supports performers, artists, parents, and anyone plagued by seriousness. Reject your preconceptions about clowns! This will be weirder.

Course Fee: $215 + Material fee: $35

TOTAL FEE: $250

Oct
11
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Singing the Blues with Bessie Wapp @ Oxygen Art Centre
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Singing The Blues with Bessie Wapp

9 classes: Sept. 27 – Nov. 29 (no class on Oct 18 and 25) 7 – 9pm Thursdays

Course Description:

Life is the only experience required to growl, groan, wail and moan! Each week we’ll learn a blues song, and explore the rich swamp of the human voice in a relaxed & supportive environment. On the last class we’ll sing with a live band for invited guests.

Course Fee: $310 + Material fee: $5

TOTAL FEE: $315

Oct
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Beginner Ukulele with Catherine McGrath @ Oxygen Art Centre
Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The course is designed for people who have no or little experience playing ukulele and will begin with the very basics – how to tune, hold, and strum the ukulele – followed by the introduction of two simple chords and a number of catchy two-chord songs. Additional chords will be added gradually and song complexity will increase. The course will also cover a variety of strumming patterns and some very basic and useful music theory.

Course Fee: $110 + Material fee: $10

TOTAL FEE: $120 

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