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(February 7, 2002, Gazette)

Charlotte Jones demonstrates Japanese woodblock printmaking.

Charlotte Jones, acting director of the SWGC Art Gallery, recently gave a demonstration of Japanese woodblock printmaking during the opening reception of the exhibitions currently showing at the gallery. The three exhibitions, all featuring the Japanese woodblock method, are Ukiyo-e: Inside the Floating World -19th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints;
W. J. Phillips: Selected Woodblock Prints from the Banff Centre for the Arts; and Birds, Bugs, Beasts, Blossoms: The Contemporary Woodblock Prints of Suezan Aikins, Charlotte Jones and April Vollmer. The exhibitions will be open until Feb. 25. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 7
Cinema series — MUN Cinema Series presents Princess and the Warrior (Der Krieger und die Kaiserin) (Germany 2000). Rated R. English subtitles. Directed by Tom Twyker with Franke Potente and Beno Fürmann. Screenings are at 7 p.m. in Empire Theatres Studio 12 in the Avalon Mall. For more, see www.mun.ca/film

Monday, Feb. 11
History society — A meeting to re-establish the West Newfoundland Historical Society has been scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Glynmill Inn’s Grenfell Room. Guest speaker is Dr. Noel Murphy, who will talk about the medical history of the west coast. Refreshments will follow. All are welcome.

Tuesday, Feb. 12
Colloquium — There is a philosophy colloquium at 2 p.m. in room SN-4040 of the Science Building. B. Kiefte will present a talk titled Foucault’s Histories: Archaeology and Genealogy.

Wednesday, Feb. 13
Wessex lecture — The Wessex Society’s public meeting takes place at 8 p.m. at the Marine Institute, Ridge Road. Rev. Reg Frampton will speak on the title Gin Cove Memories. Everybody welcome.

Public lecture — The Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador is offering a free lecture series related to the ongoing exhibition Prints and Drawings of the Weimar Republic. At 8 p.m., Dr. Tom Gordon will speak on the topic Visions That Vibrate by the Nature Within: The Music and Paintings of Arnold Schoenberg. Call 737-2563 or visit www.agnl.ca for a complete schedule.

Thursday, Feb. 14
Cinema series — MUN Cinema Series presents Last Wedding (Canada 2001). Directed by Bruce Sweeney, with Benjamin Ratner, Frida Betrani, Tom Scholte, Nancy Sivak, Vincent Gale and Molly Parker. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in Empire Theatres Studio 12 in the Avalon Mall. For more, see
www.mun.ca/film

Friday, Feb. 15
Lecture — The Women’s Studies program winter semester speakers’ series returns at 3:30 p.m. in room SN-4087 of the Science Building with Sonya Foley and Una Hynes speaking on Oral Histories of the Women of Fogo Island and Salmonier.

Sunday, Feb. 17
Art workshop — Want to learn some fun and cheap ways to make your own cards and gifts? Register now for Explore Printmaking: An Art Workshop for Adults, from 1-4 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador. Cost is $15 with all supplies included. For more, call 737-2563.

Tuesday, Feb. 19
Colloquium — There is a philosophy colloquium at 2 p.m. in room SN-4040 of the Science Building. Dr. J. Scott will present a talk titled Plato in Sicily: Plato’s Seventh Letter and the Historicity of Philosophy.

Wednesday, Feb. 20
Public lecture — The Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador is offering a free lecture series related to the ongoing exhibition Prints and Drawings of the Weimar Republic. At 8 p.m., join Dr. Ursula Sampath for a lecture on Käthe Kollwitz - Her Life and Art. Call 737-2563 or visit www.agnl.ca for a complete schedule.

Thursday, Feb. 21
Cinema series — MUN Cinema Series presents Kandahar (France/Iran 2001). Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf with Niloufar Pazira, Hassan Tantai and Sadou Teymouri. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in Empire Theatres Studio 12 in the Avalon Mall. For more, see www.mun.ca/film

ONGOING
ST. JOHN’S

Prints and Drawings of the Weimar Republic runs at the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador from Feb. 1 to March 24, 2002. This internationally touring exhibition demonstrates the often conflicted relationships between art and politics, and between ideology and the everyday in the modern era. After the First World War the German monarchy had been dissolved to make way for a kind of liberal democracy known as the Weimar Republic (1919-1933). For information contact Gabrielle Kemp at 737-2370.

Are you a student/working parent trying to maintain a balance between personal, academic and family life? Wellness Education’s free Nobody’s Perfect Program can help. It offers parenting skills, safety/health/behaviour; stress busters; budgeting/relaxation techniques; support/networking. The six-week program begins Feb. 13 and takes place Wednesday’s from 1-2 p.m. in UC-1011. Call 737-2659 or visit the Centre for Student Life, UC-3005, for more information.

CORNER BROOK
The Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery will be exhibiting Ukiyo-e: Inside the Floating World, 19th century Japanese woodblock prints from the Gordon Collection. This exhibition is circulated by the Thames Art Gallery of the Chatham Cultural Centre. The 27 prints in this exhibition offer insight into the work of one major ukiyo-e artist, Kunisada. It includes the work of not only Kunisada, but also the artists who influenced him and artists who subsequently were influenced by him. The prints in this collection, with their dramatic, daring design, intricate patterns and jewel-like colour, demonstrate why these images were able to affect European artists so forcibly. Additionally, on exhibit will be a selection of woodblock prints by W. J. Phillips, Canada’s foremost practitioner of this art form. Phillips, a contemporary of the Group of Seven, brought a humane vision to the Canadian landscape. He was influential as a teacher and as an inspiration for artists of the Canadian Prairies. Both his writing about colour woodblock printmaking and his works were much admired internationally. These prints are on loan from the Walter Phillips Gallery, the Banff Centre for the Arts. Birds, Bugs, Beasts, Blossoms provides a look at three contemporary artists employing colour woodblock printmaking: Suezan Aikins, Charlotte Jones and April Vollmer. These three artists discovered one another’s art when they appeared in several group exhibitions together. Much in keeping with the historical use of the medium, all three pursue themes related to the natural world but in very different ways. The exhibitions continue until Feb. 25.