Circle Arts - 50th Season - opening May 18, 2019 10am - 5pm
May 18, 1:00pm in Tobermory.
A new book by Circle Arts artist Allen Smutylo: The Mongolian Chronicles - A Story of Eagles, Demons and Empires.
Life with one of the last cultures on earth, shared by Circle Arts founding artist Allen Smutylo at our 50th anniversary.
Synopsis In the fall of 2016 and again in ’17 Smutylo traveled to the remote steppes of West Mongolia in the district of Bayan-Olgii to experience life with one of the last cultures on earth that hunt wild game on horseback using huge golden eagles. These are the legendary Kazakh nomads, the wandering pastoralists that live in the shadow of the Altai Mountains.
With fresh eyes, an inquisitive mind and an adventurous heart, Smutylo lived and observed life with seven eagle hunters and their families inside their iconic gers (yurts) – the result is a rare look at an extraordinary and disappearing culture. With vivid prose, historical photographs and powerful artwork, he portrays a rarified world, governed by the weather, by the wellbeing of their animals, by the threat of predators, and by ancient customs and shamanistic beliefs – not unlike the life of their forefathers in the time of Genghis and Kublai Khan.
History records that these rugged and resilient nomadic Mongolians were inextricably forged out of a blood stained past, marked by a century of unsurpassed power and world dominance, and centuries later, by a life of brutal servitude. Today, their culture exists far outside our technologically driven orbit, yet the story that emerges in Eagles, Demons and Empires - The Mongolian Chronicles carries surprising poignancy and relevance. What Smutylo found and conveyed on these highland steppes, at its core, is a thought-provoking questioning of how humans interact with the natural world, and how we interact with each other.
Shows in Toronto (Mira Godard, April 18 - May 9) and London (TBA) of the Mongolian work are planned for the spring of 2020.
Circle Arts is pleased to introduce the work of:
William (Bill) M. Franks: As a boy, Bill Franks used to row A. Y. Jackson around the Go-Home Bay area of Georgian Bay during sketching trips, and became influenced by his “plein air” technique. Jackson taught him how to make a sketch box and introduced him to the basics of colour. Franks has continued painting for over 70 years.
Irena Belcovski: Belcovski is currently a successful artist living and working in the Greater Toronto Area. She has been an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists since 2015. She has also been featured on the cover and centerfold of Professional Artist Magazine and interviewed for “Artist Spotlight” in Dec./Jan. 2014’s issue.
Phylis U'Ren: Phylis U’Ren creates mobiles (kinetic art) using a very eco-friendly, sturdy yet refined paper maché process. Her products are designed for delighting all ages. Her passion has always been for movement and rhythm in the third dimension. A self-taught sculptor from Nova Scotia, Phylis has called London, Ontario home for many years now.
Rosemary Sloot: We are delighted to welcome Rosemary back after a few years absence.
*We regret to inform you of the passing of Wayne Muma - woodworker.
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