The Old Town Hall Art Gallery

Bringing the Visual Arts to Norfolk County

Upcoming Exhibit

Beverley Hawksley: Link – In the big scheme of things
May 1 – June 28
Reception: Sunday, May 5

Waterford Old Town Hall is pleased to announce its new art exhibition, “Link – In the big scheme of things,” by multimedia artist Beverley Hawksley. The exhibition, which arrives May 1, was created as a companion piece to Evalyn Parry’s SPIN, on stage at the Hall May 1-5.

SPIN combines elements of documentary, musical, and performance art to celebrate the story of the first woman to ride a bicycle around the world in 1895. “Link” will feature 2D mixed media canvases, sculpture, poetry, and a handmade book. The exhibit examines “the magic and power of our own becoming” through maternal generative power, and uses bicycles as a symbol of movement and journey. Hawksley has prepared a take-away in the form of a deconstructed bicycle chain for any students who attend the show and the exhibit, creating a “link” between the viewer and the experience.

The Old Town Hall is the only venue at which Parry’s SPIN and Hawksley’s art can be experienced together. This also marks the first time that the Hall’s gallery and stage space will be combined to create a unique and unified exposition that begins the moment patrons enter the Hall.

Hawksley’s work will be on display from May 1 to June 28, with an opening reception on Sunday, May 5, following the final performance of SPIN. The gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 12-4 PM, and Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM.

To schedule an interview or obtain hi-res images, please contact Claire Senko at claire@oldtownhall.org.

This exhibition is made possible thanks to funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Artist Statement from Beverley Hawksley:

“This exhibit considers the magic and power of our own becoming, built on the thought that we are all born of an egg that had its beginnings while our mother was still in utero, meaning we were all rocked in the cradle of our grandmothers, and our grandmothers were rocked in the cradle of their grandmothers and so on…

“My fascination with this speaks to me of a longing to feel connected to something eternal, sacred and wild. It is this longing that fuels the search for some cellular memory of that belonging…of some sense of cosmic place.

“I am inspired to use a bicycle as a symbol for movement and journey with its round wheels moving in tandem powered by the chain. It holds the promise of reaching a destination and so seems the perfect vehicle for this exploration.”

 

Thank you to Venture Norfolk for recognizing The Old Town Hall’s Art Gallery program through a matching fund grant. We have installed a state of the art hanging system that will serve artists showing their work in the Old Town Hall Gallery for years to come.

Old Town Hall
76 Main Street South
Waterford, Ontario N0E1Y0
Canada

Email: otha@oldtownhall.org
Phone: 519-443-0113

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