May 22 to June 11 2019
An exhibition exploring re entry into community through collaborative art making, exposing who we are.
by Tanya Lyons
In collaboration with Jennifer Bennett Pond, Amber Flokstra-Radema, Joyce Burkholder, Diana MacAuley, Abigail Clapper, Anya Gansterer, Lesley MacDonald , Mary Crnkovich, Trish Stott, Jessica Poff, Rebecca Murray-Swick, Linda Archibald, Tamara Schimansky, Andy Trull, Katherine Blomquist, Scott Pond, Tao Organ, Sigrid Geddes, Gwen Stewart, Anna MacDonald, Megan Spencer, Steven Martyn, Rri Povey, Patricia Thurston, Ritsuko Honda, Nadine Raine, Julia Raine, Ellen Wyss, Lilly Calverley, Lucas Rosandic, Sebastian Hudder and Emmara Lyons Grodet
I have been working on this exhibition for over two years, dreaming, drawing, mentoring, making and trying hard to make more and more with others. Four and a half years ago I moved back to my home town community in the Ottawa Valley, a diverse community, made up of the Algonquin Nation, early settlers and back to the landers. Returning to this community has been an interesting transition back to something so familiar yet so distant at the same time, eye opening and enlightening.
This exhibition reflects on transitions, exploring the idea of opening yourself up and exposing the truth, revealing and lifting the layers that can cover a community, baring who we are and celebrating what we have to share.
The beaded dress in this exhibition is titled “We Bleed”, It celebrates women and the monthly cycles we share. For this piece I invited women to my studio to make red glass beads and sew them onto a wearable dress together. It was an inspiring time of meeting, sharing, learning and growing together.
Coming Home......to the enchanted land.
September 9th to October 30th 2016
Barry's Bay, Canada
In February it will be 44 years since I was born in Barry's Bay, during a snow storm and with and unexpected twin sister. Thanks to Mario Langlois we were not born in the drive way of Mimosa.
On September 9th my solo exhibition opened in Barry's Bay reflecting my life so far as a glass artist and the inspiration these magical hills have given me.
This exhibition will span both the upper and lower galleries. The lower gallery will show a selection of work that I have produced, reflecting my path as a glass artist for the past 20 years. The upper gallery will feature new work that explores, reflects on and is inspired by this enchanted land that I have returned to.
All pieces are available through the Railways Station www.southof60.com
until October 30th 2016