This month at the Marilyn I. Walker School

The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts will be hosting a variety of events worth checking out during the month of January. Each sector of the arts community has something happening which fans of the fine arts will enjoy.

For the month of January, the Marilyn I. Walker School will be maintaining its RBC Foundation Music at Noon series wherein a recital is held every Tuesday at noon. Each event is free for all who wish to attend. They will be held in the Cairns Recital Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

In addition, the Encore! Professional Concert Series will be presenting the Canadian Guitar Quartet on Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.. This group has earned a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. The concert will be held at Partridge Hall in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and tickets are available through the box office.

Visual Arts:
In the visual arts world, the Elizabeth Chitty Confluence Field Trips/ Exhibitions will be continuing throughout the month from January 7 to 29. This event is a free way to earn a new level of appreciation for St. Catharines.

Rodman Hall Art Centre:
Rodman Hall will be hosting three art series this month, all of which are free to the public.
The first of which is the Brock VISA professor, Shawn Serfas’ Inland series, curated by Stuart Reid. It will be on display from January 9 to March 20 and the opening reception will be held on January 29 at 7:00 p.m.. The pieces created by Serfas address the growing environmental issues caused by various forms of pollution. Each piece reveals the unbalanced flux of the earth which has been caused by human tampering.

The second of the art exhibits is Visual Appropriations and Rewritings which is curated by Brock’s Director of French Studies, Catherine Parayre and Shawn Serfas. In this exhibit, the students in the “Intermediate Painting” and “Interpretive and Critical Writing in the Arts” courses at Brock University reflect on the writings of well-known artists while offering a visual and textual panorama of reinterpreted views. After the duration spent at Rodman Hall the exhibition will be going to the University of Innsbruck in Austria on the invitation of the Zentrum für Kanadastudien.

Finally, Rodman Hall will also be showing Amy Friend’s exhibit Assorted Boxes of Ordinary Life curated by Marcie Bronson. The opening reception will be held on January 28 at 7:00 p.m. and will be on display at Rodman Hall until May 1. The photography series uses composite images to explore and confuse history. This is used by Friend to understand and interpret the people around us.

Centre For Studies in Arts and Culture:
On January 29, there will be a panel discussion held in room 156 of the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. This free event is titled “Reinventing the Downtown through the Arts” and will focused on urban regeneration through the cultural activities in St. Catharines. The panelists will all be coming from various sectors of the arts world in the city and the moderator for the event, Sharilyn Ingram, is a faculty member of Studies in Arts and Culture.

Dramatic Arts:
In the Dramatic Arts world, Active Citizenship: Drama in Education and Applied Theatre Symposium will be held on Jan. 29 at 7:00 p.m.. It will be in room 156 at the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. This symposium will be discussing concepts of citizenship, community and care, their relationship with living with other people in various spaces, and the role of Drama in Education and Applied Theatre in exploring these. The keynote speaker of the symposium will be Kathy Lundy and the response will be given by Jonathan Neelands.

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