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Oxygen Art Centre

CALL TO ARTISTS Oxygen Art Centre is currently accepting proposals from artists and collectives for an alternative exhibition space entitled “O2.”   We accept submissions to this call from professional and emerging artists and collectives who live and work in the Columbia Basin region. Oxygen Art Centre encourages applications from BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, and persons with disabilities. Artists will be paid CARFAC fees. Installations will be on view for two-months. Oxygen’s window project is entitled O2O2 is a window. O2 is Oxygen Art Centre’s off-site gallery.Located on the Stanley Avenue side of the Nelson Trading Company building (430 Baker Street) in downtown Nelson, B.C., O2 is a window-turned-gallery. Window Dimensionsexterior: 44″ W x 45.5″ Hinterior: 42.5″ W x 45.5″ H x 15″ Ddoor window: 37.5″ W x 43″ HNote: The window is secured by a lock. It does not feature electricity or lighting.  Applicants can submit proposals via Google form.
Please review submission guidelines for more information. Deadline to apply:   September 20, 2023 by 12 PM Midnight PSTContact info@oxygenartcentre.org with questions or how to apply via alternative method.HOW TO APPLYApplications are to be submitted by Google Form and should include the following: 
Artist Bio (up to 150 words) Please provide a summary of your practice history, training, and any contexts that inform your work. We value diverse forms of arts education and arts practices and invite you to note lived experiences, mentorships, employment, exhibition histories, and any learning experiences that have led you to cultivate the work you are proposing.Include artist(s) website or social media where applicable.
Project Proposals (up to 500 words)Please describe your current artistic practice and/or your project proposal for the window site. The project proposal does not need to be the final iteration of the project or artwork, rather a possible vision for the window installation. Please include any logistical installation details, as necessary. For further framing, please refer to the guiding questions above. 
Documentation (up to 10 images/media)>> Any media or content that demonstrates your artistic practice.*Unfortunately, due to the limited space of our window display, we are not accepting digital media or large sculptures at this time. **1 MB file size each (.jpeg format with a resolution of 72 dpi at 1024 x 768 pixels)>> Images must be labeled as number_title_lastname (example:01_Untitled_Oxygen). >> Documentation list: For images, please include image numbers, artist name, title of work, year, medium, and dimensions.
The FormPlease use this Google Form to apply. The bio and statement are submitted as text responses and can be prepared in advance and copied and pasted. Documentation is to be uploaded. Please refer to the above guidelines for more information on file sizes, etc. ***Due to the exhibition site, please make sure your proposal fits with the window’s measurements. 
DEADLINEWe are accepting until submissions until September 20, 2023 by 12 PM MidnightNeed support or to apply another way? Please get in touch with info@oxygenartcentre.org 
LEARN MOREOPEN HOUSEJoin us on Friday, September 8, 2023, for an Education program Open House from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The public are invited to meet the artist instructors, take part in demonstrations, readings, and art-making activities, and learn more about the upcoming classes and workshops! Stop by to renew your membership or become a member, too!
Everyone welcome to attend. Admission is free or by donation.Light refreshments will be available.YOUTH EDUCATIONROCK /PAPER / SCISSORS /IN PERSON @ OXYGEN ART CENTREWhen: 6 classes: September 18 – October 30, 2023 (no Class Oct. 9)
/Mondays, 4:15 pm – 5.45 pmWho: Youth, 11-14 yrsWith: 2 artist instructors:// Brian Lye – Filmmaker// Rayya Liebich – Poet & Writer
What: Join filmmaker Brian Lye, and poet Rayya Liebich on a multidisciplinary adventure to create a stop-motion animation film using an altered book as a springboard for story.  Rayya will demonstrate how to write blackout poems, create book folds, and use decoupage techniques inside a hardcover book.  Brian will then show you how to bring objects, words, and drawings to life using stop-motion animation. The culminating project will be a short movie of your chosen figurine/narrator literally jumping out of your book to tell a story through voice, image, and fun filming techniques.  Come ready to learn, explore, and be amazed!
Student Fee:  $60 (All materials included)NOW FULL! Register for waitlist.REGISTERWORM /HOLEIN PERSON @ OXYGEN ART CENTREWhen: 8 classes: September 22 – November 10, 2023 (no Class Oct. 6)/Fridays, 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm (2 hours)Who: Youth, 15-18 yrsWith: 3 artist instructors:// Catherine McIntosh – Visual Artist// Myra Rasmussen – Multi-disciplinary Artist// Marcus Dénommé – Printmaker
What: Join artists Myra Rasmussen, Marcus Dénommé, and Cath McIntosh on a journey into printmaking. Students will learn a variety of techniques and printmaking practices including monoprinting, lino printing, screenprinting, dry point + experimental low-tech methods. In the final session students will combine these techniques in a printmaking marathon to create unique art books, portfolio pieces, printed bags and clothes or posterzines. You choose! Enter a new spacetime continuum with a fun group of artists and fellow students to explore the dimensions of printmaking!
Student Fee:  $85 (All materials included)NOW FULL! Register for waitlist.REGISTEROxygen’s youth arts education programming is generously sponsored by the Nelson & District Credit Union and the Urban Systems Foundation.FALL SEMESTERPlan ahead! Oxygen’s Fall 2023 Semester is now open for registration. Continue learning a medium, explore a new one, dream, sing, and gather together, make your own screen printed artist book, and learn to paint!

Learn about the classes, instructors, and how to register via our website. Spaces limited. Contact Natasha Smith (Education Coordinator) with questions or registration support.LEARN MOREFigure Drawing #3  (no instruction)IN PERSON4 Classes: Sept 17, 24 Oct 1, 8Sundays: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Drawing sessions will provide the opportunity to draw from a model with poses ranging from 1 minute to 20 minutes. No instruction is offered. Students are expected to provide the drawing materials of their choice.TOTAL FEE: $60Registration Deadline: SEPTEMBER 8CLASS FULL Register to be on the waitlistREGISTERArt Speak – Peer to Peer Work Sharing Facilitated by Emilie Leblanc KrombergIN PERSON4 Classes: Sept 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12Thursdays: 5 – 6:45pm
Artists of all disciplines (professional or not) are invited to share their work in a safe space and engage in contemporary art dialogue with other open-minded art loving individuals. Themes will be proposed as a potential starting point for exchanges and artistic practices to grow collectively. The objective for this workshop is for artists to make, share, discuss, and learn together. TOTAL FEE: $40Registration Deadline: SEPTEMBER 14REGISTERDreaming into Poetry with Rose NielsenIN PERSON8 Classes: Sept. 19, 21, 26, 28, Oct. 3, 5, 10, 12Tues. & Thurs.: 10am – 12pm
This course offers a poetry-writing approach that looks through the lens of Jungian dreamwork as we search for images, symbols, and metaphors in our dreams, bringing unconscious material into consciousness. In the process, we will explore a variety of fixed form and free verse poetry to learn which forms might best serve the dream’s tone and theme. TOTAL FEE: $230Registration Deadline: SEPTEMBER 12REGISTERBalkan Choir with Bessie WappIN PERSON8 Classes: Sept. 21 – Nov. 9Thursdays: 7 – 9pm
Add your voice to the bold dissonance and clear sweetness of ancient multipart Eastern European a cappella songs of love and lust, harvest and hearth, wartime, badly arranged marriages, and drunken husbands. No prior experience required. In the last class we will enchant an audience with what we’ve learned. Material Fee: $10Course Fee: $230TOTAL FEE: $240Registration Deadline: SEPTEMBER 14REGISTERLino Printing – Making Greeting Cards and Exploring Colour with Myra RasmussenIN PERSON1 Class: Sept. 24Sunday: 1-4pm
In this class we will explore a few different ways to use colour in lino relief printmaking including rainbow rolls, coloured backgrounds, and reduction technique.  Each participant will then carve and print one or two lino blocks (depending on time).  We will work with 4” x 4.5” blocks, which are a perfect size to experiment with new techniques and to make handmade greeting cards. No previous lino printmaking experience required.Material Fee: $15 (all materials provided)Course Fee: $50TOTAL FEE: $65Registration Deadline: SEPTEMBER 15REGISTERDrawing The Costumed Figure with Deborah ThompsonIN PERSON4 Classes: Oct. 4 – 25Wednesdays: 5:30 – 8:30pm
This four week imaginative and process-based course will focus on drawing skills through the study of the costumed figure. Staged poses with a costumed model will serve as the main prompt throughout the course. Review of primary drawing elements such as line, mark, value, and space will be covered as an introduction to the language of drawing. Specific exercises will explore compositional strategies, use of value or tonal range, and contrasting textures will be part of the curriculum. Studies will be used to develop a narrative drawing. Photographs taken of the model or from other sources will also be explored towards their use in developing a drawing. One-on-one and group critiques will be ongoing. Attention will be drawn to the use of the costumed figure throughout the history of art. Materials: graphite, coloured chalks, charcoal, conté, and a variety of papers.Note: This course is best suited to students with some previous drawing experience and an interest in exploring narrative qualities of the figure.  Material Fee: $20 + Material ListCourse Fee: $205TOTAL FEE: $225Registration Deadline: SEPTEMBER 27REGISTERThe Screen Printed Artist Book with Marcus DénomméIN PERSON4 Classes: Oct. 3 – 24Tuesdays: 6 – 9 pm
A “Part 2” of the Intro to Screen Printing course from the spring semester, The Screen Printed Artist Book will take on a more ambitious project involving many colour layers and the complex nature of publication design and bookmaking. Each participant will leave with a limited edition of artist books, which will be hand bound and printed. Participants will also have a chance to learn about the process of publication design that uses tools such as Adobe InDesign. Basic screen printing knowledge is an asset.2 classes @ Afko.Sérigraphie studio (807 Baker St.), and 2 classes at OxygenMaterial Fee: $60 (all materials provided)Course Fee: $175TOTAL FEE: $235Registration Deadline: SEPTEMBER 26REGISTERKeep on Keeping on with Susan Andrews GraceONLINE5 Classes: Oct. 4 – Nov. 1Wednesdays: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Sometimes the hardest thing is keeping on. This workshop is suitable for poets at all levels; it offers a new beginning and keys to a sustainable practice. Whether you want to begin new poems or finish a book manuscript this writing workshop will help you trigger new energy and habits in your poetry practice.TOTAL FEE: $180Registration Deadline: SEPTEMBER 27REGISTERGenerative Sound for Analogue Film Projection with Kyle WhiteheadIN PERSON1 Class: Oct. 7Saturday: 10 am – 4:30 pm (1/2 hr lunch)
Kyle Whitehead’s expanded-cinema projects IMMANENT UNION, Draft for a Scenario and Circles of Confusion leverage different approaches for creating generative soundscapes from analogue Super 8 film projections. In this workshop he will share strategies for creating custom electronic devices for the purpose of generating or modulating sound with light. Focusing on the use of Arduino and the powerful Mozzi synthesis library, workshop participants will learn how to build and customize their own light-controlled synthesizers to be used with projected film images, or any other light source.TOTAL FEE: $90 (All materials Included)Only 6 spaces availableRegistration Deadline: SEPTEMBER 29

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