Home Grown - Elaine Funnell & Amanda McCavour

March 10 - April 22, 2018

Home Grown
In this exhibition, Home Grown, artists Amanda McCavour and Elaine Funnell use delicate materials, and wholesome, familiar subject matter to transplant feelings of comfort, nourishment and vitality to the hospital. Whether you feel warm memories of home, or in awe of the intricacies of nature, we hope that you escape to whichever place you need to be.

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Elaine Funnell (watercolors)
Nature’s abundance is accurately detailed in Elaine Funnell’s botanical watercolours.  Funnell works mainly from live specimens, in particular native Alberta plant life, reminiscent of early 18th century botanical illustrators. While her paintings are from a personal perspective, for Funnell they must be scientifically precise to be true to the origins of the genre.

The artist’s passion for flora is evidenced in luscious unpicked apples, fresh bursting pussy willows, and delicious verdant broccoli. The addition of small insects further enlivens the imagery and illustrates the environmental connection between the beneficial insects and the plants upon which they thrive. There is playfulness to Funnell’s watercolours as she encourages the viewer to find the ladybugs hiding amongst the leaves or the darting dragonflies in the cattails. Enjoy being transported out of the busy hospital, over a grassy meadow, and into the nearby gardens, forests, and kitchens. 

Amanda McCavour (embroidered installation)
Stand-In For Home is a thread rendering based on part of McCavour’s kitchen in her previous house. The piece is a recreation of home, a concept which has particular resonance in the hospital where patients are displaced from their homes for a period of time. McCavour explains: “I am interested in the vulnerability of thread in relation to the home as both things feel temporary and fragile. Making this piece required me to re-visit, remember and re-create a space that I called home but is no longer mine. This piece is a stand in, a synthetic, re-created version of home. The objects act as a trace or record of a space that used to exist. Part shrine or monument, the thread drawings act as tribute to a room that once was. This piece is meant to draw attention to the fragile nature and the memories of the spaces we call ‘home’.”

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This Art Makes Me Feel...

October 7 - December 3 2017
Opening Reception - October 12, 7-9pm

This Art Makes Me Feel... is a collaboration between Friends of University Hospitals & Alberta Foundation for the Arts celebrating 30 years of visual art supporting the healing experience. 

image credit: Doug Haynes, CIELO, 1995, acrylic on canvas, Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

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August 14 - October 1, 2017
Opening Reception - August 23, 7-9pm

The work featured in Comfort predominantly features clothing, and imagery of clothing. Artists Kirsty Templeton Davidge and Anne Billy have portrayed clothing to signify someone without directly or entirely depicting them. In this way, they use suggestion, symbolism, and personal narrative to frame the personal intimacy they feel, or attempt to feel, with their subjects.

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see me, hear me, heal me

June 22 - August 3, 2017
Opening Reception - Wednesday June 28, 7-9pm

Since 2015, artists, researchers and health care providers have been listening to, learning from, and collaborating with people whose lives have been impacted by head and neck cancer.

The artwork and stories from the project are displayed in McMullen Gallery.

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The Lake - Pamela Thurston

Pamela Thurston’s paintings are simple statements about the joy of being still; of simply seeing and being aware of a connection with place. The images speak in mystical tones, not only because of her own sense of wonder in the face of nature, but because of the time in her life when they were created. Viewers are asked to slow down and sense the inner peace that the landscape near the artist’s home provided during a time of stress and loss.

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Connections Made Visible: Visualizing Patient Connections through the work of Nancy Corrigan, Artist on the Wards

November 5 - December 4, 2016

Opening Reception: Wednesday November 9 12-2pm

This exhibition focuses on the work of the Friends of University Hospitals’ Staff Artist on the Wards, Nancy Corrigan, who has been working with the program since she helped establish it in 1999. TThe murals, sculptures, and individual drawings seen here were completed by patients under Nancy’s guidance – mostly in group scenarios. 

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