You are invited to McMullen Gallery’s third annual Show & Sale (December 12-20), just in time for the Holidays. Buy a unique gift for someone (or yourself!) and support local artists and the Friends’ Arts in Healthcare Program.Read More
We know and understand ourselves and others through our faces. We read facial expressions to appreciate the range of human emotions that others are feeling—hesitation, honesty, sadness, excitement, concern, joy, pain, loss, relief. We observe slight articulations on peoples’ faces or something in their eyes to see what they are thinking (even things they are trying to conceal). We also assess facial characteristics to determine aspects of identity, such as age, gender, and culture. And these characteristics develop as we do, from childhood into adulthood, and from middle age into the older years—always retaining the distinguishing facial features we were recognized by as children.
Edmonton Artist Gillian Willans’ paintings of the domestic realm capture her interest in social role-playing and her own struggles to define her belonging. With a focus on creating mood through dramatic use of light and shadow, the private living rooms become a stage in which a range of social interactions have played or could play-out.
Can we find meaningful symbols in our every-day activities and in the spaces in which we reside?
May 5 - June 24, 2018
Opening Reception - Saturday May 5 12-2pm
The two artists in Aura of the Land, photographer Blake Chorley (Calgary) and sound artist Ben Globerman (Ottawa), have exposed their creative practice to the energy of the wilderness; to see, hear and experience its gifts.
March 10 - April 22, 2018
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.
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’.”
21st Century Nesting Practices from Edmonton artist Sydney Lancaster considers the human penchant for investing significance in objects in the material world. This work explores the tangible reality of nest objects and its relationship to what those objects may signify psychologically or emotionally to people.Read More
December 7-December 21, 2017
December 7 3-5PM
McMullen Gallery is hosting our second annual Show & Sale, just in time for the Holidays. This exhibition is a fundraiser for the Friends' Arts in Healthcare Program.
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
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.Read More
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.Read More