The Ripoff Artists are cashing in on Canada’s 150th birthday! See them at work at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre July 11 through the 15 between 9 am and 3 pm. There will be a Confederation High Tea reception to open the show on Monday July 10 from 6 to 8 pm.
This year, the larcenous bunch decided to ransack the entire art history of this great country. Their challenge is right on the money! The entire group will use the ten-dollar bill with our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, as their image. Then, because this cunning gang can never do anything simple, each Ripoff Artist will do it in the style of a different Canadian artist. Enid Baker will render Sir John in the style of Ken Danby, Tara Hovanes is inspired by abstract painter Guido Molinari, Kurt Hutterli will use Jack Shadbolt, Terry Irvine is moved by Tom Thomson, Barbara Levant will work in the style of Joane Cardinal Schubert, Norberto Rodriguez de la Vega is honouring Daphne Odjig, Marion Trimble will follow Emily Carr, JoAnn Turner will emulate Myfanwy Pavelic, Russell Work is excited by Greg Curnoe’s art, and our Guest Artist Bethany Handfield will show us Sir John A. as he might have been painted by Maude Lewis.
And as an extra trick, each artist must somehow include “150” in their piece. Can they do it? Come to the Quail’s Nest during the week, and find out! The final reveal of all the purloined Canadian artistry takes place at 3 pm Saturday. Drop in during the week to see their progress, and find out about the artists they’ve chosen to plagiarize, uh, emulate.