Burning Cold Travelling Exhibition

Scary DreamFrom January 11 to February 16, 2008, the Nanaimo Art Gallery is presenting Burning Cold as its first exhibition of 2008. The Yukon Arts Centre Art Gallery created this special art exhibition for the 2007 Canada Winter Games, using that event as an opportunity to promote an exchange between cultures through the arts. The exhibition is now travelling throughout Canada, with Nanaimo being its first and only scheduled stop in British Columbia on its way to the Oakville Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Windsor in Ontario.

The Burning Cold exhibition was organized by a panel of curators from across the country, and showcases some of Canada's finest young and emerging artistic talents - from both the north and south. It introduces and considers questions and concepts crucial to understanding Canada's national identity and history from a distinctively northern perspective. These exceptional works include both traditional and contemporary media, ranging from lithographic prints, to cutting-edge sculpture, to multi-media. Reproduced here is Scary Dream by Shuvinai Ashoona. The exhibition explores the unique cultural and social experiences of First Nations people living in northern Canada as juxtaposed with the shared realities of the Canadian south. It explores and promotes the diversity of cultures, and opens a discourse between visual artists and the general public.

Burning Cold will be on display in both the upper and lower levels of the Nanaimo Art Gallery located on the Malaspina University-College campus, 900 Fifth Street, from January 11 to February 16, 2008. An opening night reception will take place Friday, January 11, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Visitors will be able to witness the incredible array of experiences depicted by participating artists. This exhibition will enrich the Nanaimo community, and engage everyone in a dialogue on the similarities we all share and the differences that mould our experiences as Canadians.

An admission fee will be charged for this national, travelling exhibition as costs to present it are considerably higher than local exhibitions: $10 adult; $5 members, seniors, students; $20 family; and children under 12 free. Educational tours will be available. For more information, please call the Nanaimo Art Gallery at (250) 740-6350.

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