Art and Culture

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The Mending Circle Exhibit

The Mending Circle is on display at Central Branch's Glass Case Gallery from May 17 to June 10. Discover the transformative power of art as Beverley Hawksley, Beth Ward, Elspeth Wood, Vicky Mathies, and Vera Samarkina explore the theme of mending.


Artist Statement

Since September 2020, five makers— Beverley Hawksley, Beth Ward, Elspeth Wood, Vicky Mathies, and Vera Samarkina —have been working together to explore the concept of mending. This “circle” resulted in an art show, exhibited at the Waterford Old Town Hall in Waterford (2021), Ontario and the Huntsville Festival of the Arts Studio (2021), and now in the Glass Case Gallery at Richmond Hill Public Library.

The concept of mending can evoke a variety of responses. In our group, we discussed the attempt to repair and restore relationships with the outdoors and with our larger world.  We discussed the need to rebuild and renew our family relationships, to make the community around us more equitable and stronger. No matter where we were from in the world, we had childhood memories of learning to keep our clothing in good repair, to mend so that these items lasted; but we also discussed how the working with our hands facilitated all these things, and simultaneously gave us contemplative time and space to consider the more complex ways mending moved through us. 

We invite you to add another layer (another mending, so to speak) to our understanding. Come and join our hands-on workshop circles. You will create a 4”x 6” (postcard size) piece for foldout books that are an integral and constantly growing part of the exhibit as The Mending Circle Project moves through different communities.

The Mending Circle Workshop on May 30 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. is sold out. Event details.

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