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January 2014 e-newsletter
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January
Holy smokes it's 2014! We hope everyone is happy and healthy for the new year. Please take your vitamins and rest well because we have several plans for this year and we want your input! Some highlights for this year include:
 
  • the opening of our new hallway project space
  • three new exhibition openings on Thurs. Jan 23rd
  • Harcourt membership surveys!
  • Snow sculpture's, hot chocolate and goodies this Saturday from 1 - 4pm
  • Life Drawing and Sculpting is in full swing!
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Exhibitions this month: January 23 - February 28, 2014
Opening Reception: 7pm - 10pm
Artist Talk for Clare Samuel begins at 7:30pm. Please allow 15 min for seating.
MAIN GALLERY, Clare Samuel: All the World
FRONT ROOM GALLERY, Emilie St. Hilaire

HALLWAY PROJECT SPACE, the Edmonton Wayfinding Project


Current Exhibitions on until January 17, 2014
FRONT ROOM GALLERY,  A retrospective of GEORGE BOTCHETT, CURTAIN CALL
MAIN GALLERY, JILL HO-YOU, Below the Mantle 


Image Credit:
Edmonton Wayfinding Project, road signage, 2013 - 14
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UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
On Thursday, January 23, 2014 Harcourt House presents three exhibitions linked by the process of mapping.


The Main Gallery features a photographic portraiture series from Toronto based artist, Clare Samuels. This exhibition and body of work explores the notion of perception and representation. Each photograph depicts an individual in their domestic setting, with a self drawn map of ‘their world’ in front of them - ‘as though questioning or challenging how much our internal and external worlds correspond’. Clare will give an artist talk at 7:30 PM.
 
The Front Room Gallery will host Déjà Vous, an ongoing self portrait project from local MFA student Emilie St.Hilaire. This large scale installation work features samples from the artist’s notepads, journals and sketchbooks. These samples capture moments of struggle, curiosity, inspirations and more.  Emilie will lead an interactive workshop on Saturday January 25, from 1 – 3pm in the gallery.

This year we also have a Hallway Project Space, which will feature ongoing project development from local artists and collectives. Starting on January 23 2014, The Edmonton Wayfinding Project will take over the hallway space for six months. This initiative has been called ‘a conversation about getting lost and getting found as pedestrians in Edmonton’. The project calls on citizens to engage in a conversation about wayfinding in the city. It is about imagining a better city.


 
Please, come explore these exhibitions - each offers a unique experience and perspective on mapping and how it can manifest.
 
All of our exhibitions and openings are free to attend.
THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 18TH FROM 1 - 4 PM
Silver Skate Festival and Harcourt House Snow Carving Workshop

Get your woolies on! Silver Skate and Harcourt House pair up in the new year! This FREE workshop will take place on January 18th, 2014 from 1-4pm to gear up for Silver Skate Festival on February 14th - 23rd, 2014. The workshop takes place on the front lawn of Harcourt House, and is open to anyone over the age of 11. Dress warm and bring your friends for this exciting winter activity.

For more information on the Silver Skate Festival please visit:

http://www.silverskatefestival.org/
 
Upcoming Education Classes 2014:  

Portrait Drawing, Face-to-Face (Almost full!)
Instructor: Patrick Higgins
6 Thursdays, February 6 to March 13, 2014
6:00pm – 9:00pm
$150 ($120 members)
**Supplies NOT included**
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Exploring the Model Through Drawing 
Instructor: Ross Bradley
6 Tuesdays, February 18 - March 25, 2014
6:00pm - 9:00pm
$250, $230 (members)
**Supplies NOT included**
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NEW! Open Workshops, Drawing From Life, Collage, Zines, and much more!
Instructor: Megan Stein 
Thursdays: March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24
6:00pm - 9:00pm
SINGLE CLASS: $20, $15 (members)
SIX (6) CLASSES - SAVE 10%

option 1: Early registrations for punch pass (debit or credit available)
option 2: Drop-ins, cash or cheque only
Members please present your membership card at the door.

March 20th: Collage & Mixed Media 
March 27th: Zines, using collage, drawing exercises and exquisite corpse
April 3rd: Figure Drawing, an instructed class with a live model
April 10th: Acrylic I, mixing, glazing and washes
April 17th: Acrylic II, develop a painting from a still life or from a photo
April 24th: Inks and Watercolour, Calligraphy using the two pencil method/writing out a quote or phase of interest, transition to designing a page with calligraphy/graphics using inks.

**Supplies Included**
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Bookbinding & Collage Workshop
Instructor: Sara French
Saturday & Sunday: March 22 & 23, 2014
11:00am - 4:00pm
$110, $80 (members)
**Some collage materials included**
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Pinhole Photography, Indoor & Out
Instructor: Wenda Salomons
Saturday & Sunday, May 24 & 25, 2014
10:00am - 3:00pm
$200, $170 (members)
**Supplies Included**
The hallway project space is a new experience for Harcourt House. This space focuses on housing local experimental and developing projects. It is located on the 3rd floor of Harcourt House building just outside the Main and Front Room Gallery spaces.

Our first project for this space is The Edmonton Wayfinding Project. This project aims to create a space and context for a conversation about wayfinding infrastructure in Edmonton’s urban spaces.

Starting on January 23rd, 2014The Edmonton Wayfinding Project will be taking over the hallway project space to present the ongoing evolution of their work and the conversation. Come get lost. And found. And lend your voice and ideas to building a better Edmonton.
MEMBERS: LETS BRAINSTORM

Since our AGM is going to sneak up on us in May we want feedback from our members. How has your experience been with us? Lets brainstorm on how to improve! 
Surveys will be out next week and we hope you can take the time out of your day to give us your input.

If you are not currently a member being a member of Harcourt House supports the visual arts in Edmonton and offers your a chance to have a say in how we run. We also have many perks, including, discounted classes and art supplies at select locations, a vote at our AGM, a chance to show at our annual members show and more!

Check our website for more details:
Membership info
Membership - Paypal

We love our members!

Brittney Roy
Education Coordinator
harcourteducation@shaw.ca
780.426.4180
 
2014 SCHEDULE
Drop in drawing is uninstructed with live models.
Payment can be made upon arrival to a drop-in session.


Payment Options:
option 1: debit or credit: in the gallery or over the phone 
option 2: cash or cheque only: at the session
 
Fee: $10 per session
$70 for block of eight ($63 members)
No Class on holidays

First Drop in for 2014: Mon. January 13

Life Drawing: 
Mon 1 - 4pm, Wed and Fri 7 - 10pm 
Sculpture Drop-in:
Mon 7 - 10pm
Long Pose:
Sun Feb 2, March 2, April 6, 2014
Check the website for updates!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Gallery Attendant: 
Mondays, Noon - 4pm 
Tuesdays, Noon - 4pm

Responsibilities: Greeting visitors, answering phones, taking payments & other gallery tasks.
All volunteers are expected to complete a short training session. 

Please contact Nika Blasser, Volunteer Coordinator for information on scheduling.
HarcourtVolunteers@gmail.com
780.426.4180
office hours: Friday 11 - 3pm
HARCOURT HOUSE MEMBERS!

As a reminder we will be running our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 8, 2014.
We welcome all members to attend.

SAVE THE DATE: 
THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014, 7PM 
JAN JAN JAAAANURAY!

It feels so great to be back in the office! I am happy to announce that I am now Education Coordinator at Harcourt House. With a bit of shifting and shuffling Connor Buchanan will be taking the reins for the Exhibitions. Stacey, Connor and I we will be collaborating to develop challenging programming ‘in gallery’, ‘in studio’ and out in the community.
Beginning this month Harcourt House will be offering tours, artist workshops, lectures, scheduled discussion groups, professional development opportunities and much more!
 
Also, we hope to see you out on Saturday for the snow sculptures! Come learn about our new programming and exciting exhibitions that will be starting next Thursday (the 23rd). 

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Brittney, Education Coordinator and friend at HH.
harcourteducation@shaw.ca
 
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