We had some spare time between shows so we decided to spruce up the Gallery a little bit… well, more than a little bit. We’ve overhauled the entire space, starting with the floor and working our way up to the ceiling. If you haven’t had a chance to check things out, you should swing by sometime soon. It’s amazing what has been accomplished with a just little elbow grease and some awesome volunteers!
After a rigorous search the White Water Gallery is excited to announce the hiring of their new Executive Director, Serena Kataoka. The search began in February after Clayton Windatt, who has been fulfilling the role of Executive Director for the last seven years, confirmed that he would be leaving the position in June to pursue his independent arts practice.
Kataoka, a performance and video artist with a PhD in Political Science, has been active in the North Bay arts scene for the last three years. Since 2012 she has been a member of the Programming Committee for the Near North Mobile Media Lab and in 2013 she organized Why is North Bay a Creative City?, a panel discussion that featured several arts professionals from the North Bay area. In 2014 she worked with Aanmitaagzi as a performer in their presentation at Ice Follies and in their large-scale production Dances of Resistance. Kataoka is also a part-time faculty member in the departments of Social Welfare & Social Development; Gender, Equality & Social Justice; Political Science; and Criminology at Nipissing University.
The Dream Big Conference has officially arrived! We’ve got four days on non-stop arts activities including daily keynotes, a dozen panel discussions, workshops, performances, community arts and much, much more. There is still time to register, if you haven’t had the chance, but space may be limited so don’t delay. Registration can be for the whole conference, for each day, or for each keynote or evening performance. To view a complete list of all the conference events, please visit www.dreambignorth.com/schedule.
Come dream with us!
Marc Losier’s newest exhibition, Échange (Exchange)/Post(e) – North Bay, at White Water Gallery is a series of rediscovered images of our region found in archive collections from Toronto. Each of the works reflects a unique aspect of local history re-envisioned through the eyes of the artist. The exhibition is presented as a trading post, of sorts, where the values of the works are based on the individualized relationship between the audience member and the image. The trade is made through the exchange of reflective stories or expressions of interest in each piece of work, which are recorded in the exhibition’s receipt book. The records of the works and the documentation of the trade are both archived making the reflections as meaningful and valuable as the work itself.
Échange (Exchange)/Post(e) – North Bay will be on view at the White Water Gallery until May 30th, when the Gallery will hold a closing reception with the artist at 9pm as part of the Dream Big Conference.
Marc Losier is a French-Canadian artist and photographer, based in San Francisco and Toronto, whose work revives histories, documents, and materials as a means of destabilizing standpoints and perceptions. He has participated in visual arts residencies at The Banff Centre and the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California, and his works have been exhibited in the Toronto Images Festival, Open Engagement in Portland, Oregon, the Canadian Heritage Foundation, and in a solo exhibition at Dwinelle Hall Gallery at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2013, he was the recipient of a Toronto Arts Council emerging visual artist award, and in May 2014 was invited to participate in the FAAS 4 visual arts biennale in Sudbury, Ontario. He currently teaches at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts and OCAD University, and has previously taught at the San Francisco Art Institute.
White Water Gallery is once again hosting the annual juried exhibition of works by students in Nipissing University’s Fine Arts program. We hope you get the chance to come out and see some great works by NipU’s talented and creative emerging artists.