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Artist Shayne Dark begins residency at the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum

June 25, 2013 -

Sculptor creates original work on site July 1, invites youth to join him this summer

The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum is pleased to host its first ever artist-in-residence, featuring Kingston's own Shayne Dark.  Over the course of six weeks beginning July 1, Dark will create a series of large-scale sculptures in wood on the museum grounds. This residency provides an opportunity for visitors to meet the artist and to experience the creative process first-hand.

Shayne Dark is one of Canada's most sought-after creators of major works of public sculpture. He won a public art competition for the prestigious X The Condominium, at Charles and Jarvis Streets in Toronto. His work ‘Into the Blue', which once stood outside The Edward Day Gallery in Toronto is now installed beside the venerable Albright-Know Gallery in Buffalo. In 2004, Dark was one of three Canadian artists selected to participate in 'ARTiade 2004 - Olympics of Visual Arts' in Athens, Greece, in parallel with the XXVIII Olympic Games. He won the 'Juror's Choice Award' by Phyllis Braff, art critic for The New York Times at the EXPO XX Competition in April 2001. And his ‘Free Form in Blue' sits in a tree outside the City's Pump House Steam Museum.

Youth Invited To Create Dark-Inspired Sculptures

While Dark and his team are on site at the MacLachlan, themed programming will be offered, including:

July 1:

  • Over the course of the day, Dark will recreate his piece ‘Red Tide' on the Museum lawn.
  • Free Arts Team programming inspired by Dark's work
  • Great to Create Youth Programming: Create a Dark-inspired sculpture using found wood

July 18:

  • Great to Create Youth Programming: Create a Dark-inspired sculpture using found wood

August 8:

  • Great to Create Youth Programming: Create a Dark-inspired sculpture using found wood

August 10:

  • Free Arts Team programming inspired by Dark's work
  • Designs in Wood Show & Sale

August 22:

  • Great to Create Youth Programming: Create a Dark-inspired sculpture using found wood

Participants in the Great to Create program may enter their sculptures into a juried contest, and Dark will choose the winners.

Dark's recent work is also on display at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre from June 27 to November 3. For more about the exhibition, entitled Critical Mass, visit http://www.aeac.ca/exhibitions/upcoming/CriticalMass.htm

The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum is located at 2993 Highway 2 East., 613-542-0543 or visit www.woodworkingmuseum.ca

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For further information please contact Stephanie Earp at (613) 546-4291 ext. 1377 or searp@cityofkingston.ca