14 Oct 2023

1 p.m.

Mini Galleries of Crescent Heights Rotary Park

Windows into Clematis: Artist talk & gallery walk

Clematis Collective Exhibition in the Mini Galleries of Crescent Heights Rotary Park

“Windows into Clematis: Uniting Through Art” is a collection of collaborative works that respond to Rotary Park and emphasize the importance of collaboration. Four galleries will showcase pieces that at least two members created, and two will showcase pieces that involved all collective members. The works address concepts of isolation, exploration of identity, the impact of our environment on mental health, and our connection to each other. A diverse range of artistic mediums, including painting, found objects, augmented reality and mixed media, are incorporated to explore these themes.

The exhibit will be on display from Sept. 4 to the end of October, with the artists’ talk and gallery walk scheduled for Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. 

Clematis Collective Bio

The Clematis Collective grew from a desire to build upon the knowledge and experiences we gained from the HEAR/D residency and to share these insights with a wider audience. The HEAR/D residency was the Alberta University of the Arts Student Associations' residency and exhibition program that supported students across multiple disciplines to safely explore mental health and resiliency themes. Expanding from the residency’s critiques, workshops, group discussions and individual studio time, the members of the Clematis Collective have continued to engage and reflect upon the issues that affect our mental health and well-being. 

As a group of women, queer, and/or racialized multidisciplinary artists, we have bonded through mutual experiences struggling with mental health and a desire to start a more open and honest conversation. We aim to be a framework where women and gender-diverse artists can connect, thrive and grow. Like the Clematis flower, we blossom when we support each other. 

Exhibiting Members of Clematis include:

 ● Natalie Melara @_miss_naty_ (BFA ’22, Painting)

 ● Elise Findlay @banffstudios (BFA ’23, Drawing)

 ● Laura Olive @lauraoliveart (AUArts student) 

 ● Vivian Smith @viviansmith.art (BFA’ 23, Ceramics)