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A Handmade Assembly returns to Sackville

Pictured above are workshop participants in 2012's A Handmade Assembly.
Pictured above are workshop participants in 2012's A Handmade Assembly.

Organized collaboratively by Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre and the Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, A Handmade Assembly invites artists, curators and others from the region and away to lead discussions, facilitate workshops, initiate projects, open exhibitions, and share in a common thread, the handmade.

Participants this year include Daniel Barrow (Montreal, QC), Andrea Beverley (Sackville, NB), Melanie Colosimo (Halifax, NS), Sarah Evans (Sackville, NB), Erik Edson (Sackville, NB), Shamus Griffith (Sackville, NB), Danielle Hogan (Fredericton, NB), Megan Ingman (Sackville, NB), Myung-Sun Kim (Toronto, ON), Lucy MacDonald (Sackville, NB), Clint Neufeld (Osler, SK), Claire Ellen Paquet (Montreal, QC), Vicky Sabourin (Montreal, QC), Roberto Santaguida (Hamburg, Germany) and Tara K. Wells (Sackville, NB).
Assembly activities begin with an Opening Night Roundtable Discussion moderated by Lucy MacDonald, with Daniel Barrow, Melanie Colosimo, Myung-Sun Kim, and Roberto Santaguida on Wednesday October 21st, 7:30 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, 15 Lorne Street. The Opening Night Roundtable Discussion is an opportunity to gain some insight into how A Handmade Assembly came together, meet the participants, and find out more about what you can expect to see during the four-day event. This discussion and all other events are free to attend and open to the public.
On Thursday October 22nd at 9:30 am, all are invited to the Royal Canadian Legion as artist Claire Ellen Paquet shares a presentation about her studio practice and current project titled Habit. Following her talk, at 11:00 am, What Are Zines For? is a discussion on independent print culture in Sackville facilitated by Dr. Andrea Beverley and Sarah Evans. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be offered. That afternoon, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Erik Edson will facilitate a workshop titled Gum Transfer Printing in the Purdy Crawford Center for the Arts, and Megan Ingman will lead a workshop titled Knit a Hitch Hiker Shawl, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion. Both workshops are free to attend, although space is limited and pre-registration is recommended (see below from information on workshop registration).
Ideal for drop-ins, Tara K. Well’s Trading Cards workshop will run from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Thursday and Friday at Struts & Faucet Media Arts Center. No registration is required.
On Friday October 23rd at 9:30 am, Vicky Sabourin will give an artist talk titled Living with Horses in my Bedroom, followed by an artist talk by Melanie Colosimo at 11:00 am titled Unchained Melanie. In the afternoon two workshops will be presented: Explore Evolving Food Culture and History with Myung-Sun Kim and Book-in-a-Day with Roberto Santaguida from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Both workshops will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion and are free of charge. As space is limited, interested participants are asked to register in advance.
If you are not participating in any workshops on Thursday or Friday, but you wish to get involved with the Assembly, drop by The Work Room at Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre, 7 Lorne Street, any time between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm each day. Here you can work on any projects you have on the go, or start something new, and mingle with other Assembly participants and presenters. Coffee, tea, snacks, and music will set a casual and social atmosphere.
A Gallery Crawl is planned for Friday evening, with five exhibitions opening in three locations throughout Sackville. The Gallery Crawl is an annual event and a true Assembly highlight. Beginning at the Owens Art Gallery from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, an opening reception for Dark Watercolours: Daniel Barrow. From 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre will host a performance by Vicky Sabourin titled Warmblood. Afterward, all are invited to Thunder & Lightning Ideas Ltd, 23 Bridge Street, from 10:00 pm to midnight for the opening of the exhibition Frontier Shadow: Shamus Griffith.
The Heart & Pocket Revue Crafters Market, a much-anticipated independent craft sale, will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday October 24th. Here you will see an array of handmade textiles, cards, house wares, prints, books, and more by local and regional crafters. The Heart & Pocket Revue is great place to look for unique gifts or to treat yourself to something special.
Saturday October 24th at 9:00 am Clint Neufeld will lead a workshop on Two Part Plaster Mould Making: For when you need a lot of one thing at the Purdy Crawford Center for the Arts. As space is limited, we ask that you register in advance for this workshop. From 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm that same day, join Daniel Barrow for an afternoon of Drawing Games at the Owens Art Gallery as part of the Handmade Study Break: With just the simplest of tools—paper, pencils and pens, take part in a playful, sometimes collaborative drawing event. No previous drawing experience is necessary. Handmade Study Breaks are informal, artist-led workshops for everyone.
A Handmade Assembly comes to an end on Saturday evening at 8:00 pm with a Closing Address delivered by Danielle Hogan at Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre. After taking in the events of the Assembly she will share some of her thoughts and observations with us. All are welcome. Karaoke at Struts & Faucet will follow.
To register for workshops please email info@strutsgallery.ca or call (506) 536-1211. For more information and for full event details please visit www.handmadeassembly.com.
A Handmade Assembly is made possible through support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage, and Culture, and the Town of Sackville.

Participants this year include Daniel Barrow (Montreal, QC), Andrea Beverley (Sackville, NB), Melanie Colosimo (Halifax, NS), Sarah Evans (Sackville, NB), Erik Edson (Sackville, NB), Shamus Griffith (Sackville, NB), Danielle Hogan (Fredericton, NB), Megan Ingman (Sackville, NB), Myung-Sun Kim (Toronto, ON), Lucy MacDonald (Sackville, NB), Clint Neufeld (Osler, SK), Claire Ellen Paquet (Montreal, QC), Vicky Sabourin (Montreal, QC), Roberto Santaguida (Hamburg, Germany) and Tara K. Wells (Sackville, NB).
Assembly activities begin with an Opening Night Roundtable Discussion moderated by Lucy MacDonald, with Daniel Barrow, Melanie Colosimo, Myung-Sun Kim, and Roberto Santaguida on Wednesday October 21st, 7:30 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, 15 Lorne Street. The Opening Night Roundtable Discussion is an opportunity to gain some insight into how A Handmade Assembly came together, meet the participants, and find out more about what you can expect to see during the four-day event. This discussion and all other events are free to attend and open to the public.
On Thursday October 22nd at 9:30 am, all are invited to the Royal Canadian Legion as artist Claire Ellen Paquet shares a presentation about her studio practice and current project titled Habit. Following her talk, at 11:00 am, What Are Zines For? is a discussion on independent print culture in Sackville facilitated by Dr. Andrea Beverley and Sarah Evans. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be offered. That afternoon, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Erik Edson will facilitate a workshop titled Gum Transfer Printing in the Purdy Crawford Center for the Arts, and Megan Ingman will lead a workshop titled Knit a Hitch Hiker Shawl, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion. Both workshops are free to attend, although space is limited and pre-registration is recommended (see below from information on workshop registration).
Ideal for drop-ins, Tara K. Well’s Trading Cards workshop will run from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Thursday and Friday at Struts & Faucet Media Arts Center. No registration is required.
On Friday October 23rd at 9:30 am, Vicky Sabourin will give an artist talk titled Living with Horses in my Bedroom, followed by an artist talk by Melanie Colosimo at 11:00 am titled Unchained Melanie. In the afternoon two workshops will be presented: Explore Evolving Food Culture and History with Myung-Sun Kim and Book-in-a-Day with Roberto Santaguida from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Both workshops will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion and are free of charge. As space is limited, interested participants are asked to register in advance.
If you are not participating in any workshops on Thursday or Friday, but you wish to get involved with the Assembly, drop by The Work Room at Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre, 7 Lorne Street, any time between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm each day. Here you can work on any projects you have on the go, or start something new, and mingle with other Assembly participants and presenters. Coffee, tea, snacks, and music will set a casual and social atmosphere.
A Gallery Crawl is planned for Friday evening, with five exhibitions opening in three locations throughout Sackville. The Gallery Crawl is an annual event and a true Assembly highlight. Beginning at the Owens Art Gallery from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, an opening reception for Dark Watercolours: Daniel Barrow. From 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre will host a performance by Vicky Sabourin titled Warmblood. Afterward, all are invited to Thunder & Lightning Ideas Ltd, 23 Bridge Street, from 10:00 pm to midnight for the opening of the exhibition Frontier Shadow: Shamus Griffith.
The Heart & Pocket Revue Crafters Market, a much-anticipated independent craft sale, will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday October 24th. Here you will see an array of handmade textiles, cards, house wares, prints, books, and more by local and regional crafters. The Heart & Pocket Revue is great place to look for unique gifts or to treat yourself to something special.
Saturday October 24th at 9:00 am Clint Neufeld will lead a workshop on Two Part Plaster Mould Making: For when you need a lot of one thing at the Purdy Crawford Center for the Arts. As space is limited, we ask that you register in advance for this workshop. From 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm that same day, join Daniel Barrow for an afternoon of Drawing Games at the Owens Art Gallery as part of the Handmade Study Break: With just the simplest of tools—paper, pencils and pens, take part in a playful, sometimes collaborative drawing event. No previous drawing experience is necessary. Handmade Study Breaks are informal, artist-led workshops for everyone.
A Handmade Assembly comes to an end on Saturday evening at 8:00 pm with a Closing Address delivered by Danielle Hogan at Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre. After taking in the events of the Assembly she will share some of her thoughts and observations with us. All are welcome. Karaoke at Struts & Faucet will follow.
To register for workshops please email info@strutsgallery.ca or call (506) 536-1211. For more information and for full event details please visit www.handmadeassembly.com.
A Handmade Assembly is made possible through support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage, and Culture, and the Town of Sackville.

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