Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Roberts Creek Arts Festival * May long weekend

GORDON HALLORAN studio is featured in the first inaugural Roberts Creek Arts Festival, held during the May 19 - 20. 2 days of music, art, film & food at 7 Roberts Creek venues, showcasing local and international talent.

Within the hidden forests along the beaches of the Sunshine Coast in Roberts Creek are some of Canada’s foremost contemporary artists and creators: painters, musicians, sound artists, film makers, sculptors and designers. Surrounded by nature, equipped with technology, they contribute to the global, creative,social, and material culture.

Each of the 7 beautiful venues will be filled with creativity, performances, delicious local food & drink, and engaging people throughout the weekend.

Gordon Halloran is well known to world audiences as the creator of Paintings Below Zero. His monumental public art installations of non representational paintings in ice have fascinated audiences in Chicago (Millennium Park 2008), at Toronto City Hall (2007), at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and other international locations. In 2006, Halloran was Canada’s official representative to the Cultural Olympiad for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, where he created an enormous installation filling a deconsecrated church at the Fortessa di Fenestrelle (www.paintingsbelowzero.blogspot.com)

Invited to be feature artist for Public Art at the Miami International Art Fair and Art Palm Beach in 2010, Halloran recently installed Lotus in Motion, a site-specific series of floating paintings at VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver, Canada (2011) and Sun Yat Sen Gardens in Vancouver (2012).

For the inaugural Roberts Creek Arts Festival, at VENUE #4, art lovers can experience floating paintings in the garden pond plus a myriad of techniques and forms both abstract and representational in the many works of art at Halloran’s garden studio.

Featured on studio walls: HUNG JURY, 12 life-size portraits in mixed media surrounding the viewer as accused. Caitlin Hicks, playwright and performer will embody one of the quirky characters with a short performance. Also featured will be Jackie Allen Gye, jazz vocalist, accompanied by pianist Ken Dalgleish. Performance times: tba

Additionally, visitors can view floating paintings in the studio pond and see images from his Paintings Below Zero work in public art with Torino Collection. Books on his Italy installation will be for sale as well as small giclees of the floating paintings. Food, beverages and music will also be featured.