Since last year's show Space Invader artists have been busy making their marks in the art world all over the world. From Barcelona to New York, read the following and click on links to read about a few of the exhibitions that you may have missed and some that you can still catch.
First of all we are thrilled to see Oshawa's Olexander Wlasenko's new piece "Churchill's Daughter" on the cover of SLATE gallery guide. Olex tells us that Churchill's Daughter did indeed come to Brampton and you must as well to see this piece at the Peel Art Gallery opening June 14th, 2-4.
Olex as you may know is also the curator of Station Gallery in Whitby and has just put together an exhibition entitled FILMIC by the IRIS GROUP. Artists taking part who have all been part of Space Invaders are: Rowena Dykins, Laura M. Hair, Holly McClellan, Judith A. Mason, Janice Prebble, Mary Ellen McQuay, Margaret Rodgers, Sally Thurlow and Wendy Wallace. This wonderful exhibition is on until July 5th.
Another RMG show that is opening soon that ties in with Boxing: The Sweet Science, Motor City Stories includes the art of Oshawa's Dani Crosby. The exhibition runs July 14th - Aug. 2nd with an opening on Sunday July 19th, 1 - 3 p.m.
We'll get back to some happenings at the RMG's Art Lab and Gallery A further down.
Let's catch up with some Space Invaders who are showing outside Durham. When in New York always check for new work by Pickering's Iwona Dufaj at the Ward-Nasse Gallery. Her works are being sold and finding homes as far away as Honolulu.
Claremont's Claire Falkenberg continues to live and make art in happening Brooklyn, New York and we hope she sends us work in the future.
We've heard that Oshawa's Tyler Tilley is based in Barcelona but is making some art in Bangkok right now. Hope all is going well Tyler!
Another Oshawa artist, originally from Italy, Toni Hamel is part of an upcoming exhibition at Gallery Youn in Montreal, Stories of the Familiar Transformed, June 18th - July19th. Local bearded wonder Jay Dart is also represented by Galerie Youn. Uxbridge's Daniel Colby is making a name for himself in Montreal too. Watch for Daniel and other Uxbridge Space Invaders at the Propeller Gallery in Toronto later this summer.
Their is more to take in while in Montreal this July - Brooklin's Darlene Cole will be having an exhibition from July 4th - 14th at Galerie de Bellefeuille. Note that she is in the company of some of the very best international artists. This includes Oshawa , O'Neill CVI Alumni Shaun Downey . We are happy to see his work On the Stairs in the Permanent Collection show GO FIGURE at the RMG. (Look for him in the great video with curator Linda Jansma by clicking GO FIGURE.)
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery has a renewed commitment to the local scene with Gallery A and the Art Lab downstairs at the RMG. I believe every artist that has taken part so far has been a part of OSI in 2013 or 2014. They include Pete Smith, Toni Hamel, Ruth Greenlaw, Ramune Luminaire, Judith A. Mason, Eric Rosser and Monique Ra Bent who is starting her residency in early June with a Gallery A exhibition June 23rd - July 12th. Matthew Catalano another O'Neill CVI Alumni is showing Arbour Nimbus with his accomplished artist father Joseph Catalano from August 5th until the 30th. The opening is August 7th during RMG Friday. Another Space Invaders participant Marnie Packman is the new Gallery A Coordinator. Marnie has been hard at work helping Lynne McIlvride mount her "How a tornado turned into a cat: the unfolding of a long-winded metaphor."
Lynne's show which features the above work, which was shown at OSI2013, with many new tornados along with her incredible new cat works. Find out the secret of the metaphor on Sunday, June 7th 1-3 at Gallery A.
Lynne collaborated with Francis Muscat in the spring at Charlotte Hale's Gallery in Mirvish Village with WAKE UP!. Local writer and arts supporter Will McGuirk's colourful review on his Slow City blog totally captured the spirit of the show. We were excited enough to adopt Francis' Dwarf Planet #5 for our present branding.
The William Lishman book "Oak Ridge's Moraine from Above" is complete and drawing attention to the importance of this beautiful and environmentally sensitive part of our Region. Have a look at the images in articles by Canadian Geographic (click on photo) and a cover story in the Toronto Star Oak Ridges Moraine as you've never seen it before. Watch the video on his crowdfunding site - video.
Another Space Invader that has been putting out books is Ingrid Ruthig. We would like to congratulate her on having The Essential Anne Wilkinson named a 2014 "Book of the Year" by CNQ Canadian Notes & Queries!
Many groups and artists that have taken part in Oshawa Space Invaders have events coming up including:
The LivingRoom's Second Annual Secret Art Sale Fundraiser - Little Art -BIG DIFFERENCE on Thursday, June 11th at 7p.m. I guess it isn't a secret anymore.
Broken Arts are back with another festival this summer. Broken Arts Fest is on July 18th at Memorial Park in Oshawa.
Local artist musician Jeff Morrison is having an opening event with lots of art and music at the Open Vault on Saturday, June 13th at 7 p.m.
As you can see the incredibly talented Space Invader artists are everywhere! Keep your eyes and ears open to find out where they may be landing next.