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(July 13, 2000, Gazette)

Robin Smith Peck: elsewhere there was witness to the warmth, 1998, xerox, intaglio, relief and stencil print collage 57cmx40cm. From the exhibition Robin Smith Peck: Tending to Elsewhere, running concurrently with two other exhibitions – Ted Pulford: Western Newfoundland and the Bay of Islands; and Angela Baker: Blue Serenity – at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery until Sept. 9.

Saturday, August 5
Open house –
The Botanical Garden invites the public to its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Activities such as pony rides, scavenger hunts, insect sweeps, microscope adventures, puppet show and more. A food concession will be available. For further information, contact Dianne at 737-3422.

ONGOING
ST. JOHN’S
Every Sunday is family fun day at the Botanical Garden. Nature hikes, puppet shows, face painting, arts and crafts, and garden tours are just some of the activities offered each week. Look for hidden creatures on the Discovery Trail. A different theme each week. Call 737-8590 for more information. The garden is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Paper + Finland = Art is on display at the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador until July 30. This exhibition consists of two gallery show of 2-D, 3-D and installation works showing experimental uses of papers by 19 Finnish artists. It is the AGNL contemporary counterpart to the province’s historical exhibition Full Circle. Full Circle is part of the Vikings 2000 celebrations. From the Visual Arts Foundation, Helsinki.

Taxonomies: Susan Wood runs at the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador until Aug. 27. In these unframed mixed media drawings, Susan Wood, who lived in St. John’s in the late 1980’s, “juxtaposes the imagery of museu-collected and catalogued bird specimens with the botanical images of her own garden. In the face of painting’s current pre-eminence, Wood’s work tells us that drawing is a vitally significant activity, fecund and alive with possibility.” Organized by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown, PEI.

CORNER BROOK

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery presents three concurrent exhibitions: Ted Pulford: Western Newfoundland and the Bay of Islands; Angela Baker: Blue Serenity; and Robin Smith Peck: Tending to Elsewhere, until Sept. 9, 2000, with a closing reception Sept. 7, 7-9 p.m.

For 30 years Edward (Ted) Berwyn Pulford taught visual art at Mount Allison University, where he helped to establish the national reputation of the school of fine arts. The watercolours being exhibited are selected from an extensive donation to Grenfell Gallery by the Pulford estate.

Robin Smith Peck was born in St. John’s and grew
up in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. She received a BFA degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MVA in printmaking from the University of Alberta. Tending to Elsewhere is a series of experimental collages incorporating a variety of papers, some hand-made, with digital prints, etchings, colour Xerox prints of her photographs, lino prints and mixed media artist’s materials.

Angela Baker is well known in Corner Brook as an art instructor with the Western Integrated School Board from 1977 to 1997. Blue Serenity is an exploration of her response to the mountains and the vast space surrounding Atlin Lake in northern British Columbia, contrasted with her paintings of the tropical croton plant of her native Jamaica.

Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.