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Monday, January 29, 2007

Write - Cause - Reaction

Have you heard of Cause Reaction?

Cause Reaction is an online magazine featuring the latest and greatest of art and culture in Mississauga.

Okay, well... striving to feature the latest. Cause Reaction is in need of writers in touch with the activities, happenings and news-from-the-ground in Mississauga.

From Cause Reaction:

"What Mississauga lacks in many critical departments, such as public transit, late-night restaurants and adequate media, it makes up for in its people. Creatives, thinkers and people looking to have fun abound in this city, with artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, actors and musicians bursting at the city’s limits.

It is the goal of Cause Reaction to support this growing community by providing like-minded individuals with the information they need to stay abreast and get involved. While this is the primary objective of the site, it is also important to promote dialogue about important Mississauga issues and to inspire residents to try things they never thought were possible in the city.
If you have any suggestions on how we can make Cause Reaction better, please email us at"

I know you have something to say! Write for Cause Reaction! To become involved contact

Friday, January 19, 2007

Does art freeze?

The 905er wants to know, do you seek culture in these days of scarce sunlight, slushy walkways and icy roads? Do you prefer to stay cozy at home or enjoy skating and tobogganing?

What are you doing this winter and is art involved?

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Doris McCarthy Book Launch & Screening

Doris McCarthy: My Life
(Artist in attendance)

Date: Sunday January 28, 2007
Hours: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga, 300 City Centre Drive
Admission: Free

Doris McCarthy: My Life
By Doris McCarthy with Charis Wahl

“(Writing my) autobiography drove me back to the diaries that have sat idle on my shelves for years and made me relive the passions, the heartbreak, and the raptures. It gave me back my girlhood and the years when I was discovering my artist’s eye and the heady joy of creation. I suffered again through my thirties, when I was desperate with frustrated love and when, too briefly, I knew fulfillment. Writing gave me a second chance – not to change things, but to savor them. That is a great gift.”
~ Doris McCarthy

Join the Art Gallery of Mississauga on Sunday January 28th in celebrating the launch of Doris McCarthy’s newest publication. Doris McCarthy will be in attendance to greet guests and introduce the autobiography followed by a screening of the 1989 award-winning docu-drama Doris McCarthy: Heart of a Painter.

Doris McCarthy: My Life is an intimate glimpse into the life and work of a Canadian icon. At 96, McCarthy remains one of Canada’s great living artists. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Order of Ontario, Fellow of the Ontario College of Art and an Artist of Honour with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, her art has been exhibited around the globe. An avid traveler who taught art for forty years, Doris paints (and lives, and writes) with a joyful energy that is unparalleled.

Doris has ties with the Art Gallery of Mississauga extending back to her 1999 traveling exhibition of watercolours, The View from Here: A Retrospective of Watercolour Paintings by Doris McCarthy, curated by Stuart Reid. She was also the focus of a 1991 travelling retrospective exhibition Feast of Incarnation; Doris McCarthy, initiated by the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s current Curator, Robert Freeman when he was Director/Curator at the Gallery Stratford.

An essential piece of Canadian, artistic and women’s history, this memoir marries the best of McCarthy’s previous writings with exciting new material and traces a compelling woman’s life from energetic early childhood to reflective old age, summing up her observations of the world and her place in it. McCarthy is a woman utterly at ease with who she is and with the life she has led.

Black and white photographs
$19.95 CDN/$17.95 US ISBN: 1-897187-16-5
5.5”x8.5”, 240 pages, paperback

For more information on programming and activities at the Art Gallery of Mississauga please contact Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot at (647) 892-4603 or (905) 896‑5076 or
To view the Gallery’s website please visit

TELEPHONE (905) 896-5088 FAX (905) 615-4167

Art Gallery of Mississauga’s outreach programming is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Monday, January 08, 2007

A Workshop for artists!

Digital images are an easy & useful method of promoting and sharing your artwork. Learn how at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

Photographing Your Artwork Workshop
Saturday February 17, 2007 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday February 18, 2007 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Art Gallery of Mississauga300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ON L5B 3C1
Registration fee: Art Gallery of Mississauga Members/ Visual Arts Mississauga Members $30
Students $30
General $45
Click for registration form
Photographing your artwork is a two-day professional development workshop that will introduce participants to the tools and techniques in creating the visual components of a submission package. Participants will receive an overview and resource manual consisting of operating a digital camera to utilizing lighting techniques, equipment and correct exposure to achieve professional looking results.

Workshop 1: How to Digitally Photograph your Work
Saturday February 17, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Art Gallery of Mississauga
This workshop is a practical information session with hands on training to digitally photograph your work in creating documentation and submission proposal packages to galleries, funders and residencies. Focusing on lighting techniques the course will teach participants how to successfully document two and three dimensional work as well as capturing performances and events.

Workshop 2: Creating a Digital Submission Package
Sunday February 18, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Art Gallery of Mississauga
By providing professional portfolio guidance participants will enhance the necessary skills in creating a digital submission package. Exercises will cover the handling and organization of digital files from re-sizing and cleaning up images to the creation of the final CD.

Learning Objectives:
Examining the tools of the trade
Lighting and light sources
Camera techniques: How to utilize them
Discover the fundamentals of composition and shooting detail work
Working with digital files
Scanning from photographs
Creating a professional CD of images

Chris Blanchenot is an artist, communication assistant for Canadian Actor’s Equity and principle of Carte-Blanche Photography. After earning a BFA at the University of Windsor Blanchenot went on to study and teach at Louisiana State University.

Teaching photography, printmaking and framing courses for Dundas Valley School of Art and Burlington Art Centre for over five years Blanchenot has a breadth of experience and expertise.

He has documented events and exhibitions for such galleries and associations as The Power Plant, Mercer Union, Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (MOCCA) and Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) and as well as contributing to C Magazine and This Magazine.

To register or for more information please contact Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot at 647-892-4603 or 905-896-5088 or

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