Owens Galley featuring Canadian Group of Painters

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Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor

The Owens Gallery in Sackville has a great exhibit opening today. It is called “A Vital Force: The Canadian Group of Painters” and it features work by The Canadian Group of Painters.

The group was founded in 1933 and it was the first group to aspire to cross-country representation of modernist artists.

Though it lasted into the 1960s, it was most influential in the first two decades of its existence. From 1933 to 1953, CGP exhibitions travelled across Canada and into the United States, stirring excitement, reflection and debate on the state of Canadian art and society.

Its engagement with modern life during the turbulent times of the Depression, Second World War and postwar reconstruction made it a vital force. Not only did women artists gain a powerful voice through the CGP, many young artists were given a platform to showcase new works.

A Vital Force will be up until June 1 and it features 48 works by 48 key members which were presented in CGP exhibitions.

Tonight, Duncan's Pub is featuring Steve Wells from 4 to 6 p.m. and Eric Fresia at 8 until 11 p.m. Bella's Cafe is hosting musicians Susan and Tony Robichaud.

As the weekend wraps up the Amherst Wesleyan Church will be holding a Country Gospel Open Mic in support of the Little Lambs Daycare on Sunday at 7 p.m. A free will offering will be taken to support Little Lambs.

You can take the Road to Bali at the Four Fathers Memorial Library on Tuesday night. The 1967 film is showing as part of the Classic Movie Night series at the library. It follows the adventures of two western song and dance men who leave Melbourne for an exotic island on the way to Bali.

While on the island they compete for the favours of Princess Lala. Treasure, bad guys, various hijinks and singing for no reason make this a classic edition to the Hope & Crosby ‘Road’ movies.

Road To Bali shows at 7 p.m. at the library on Acadia Street and admission is free

The Cumberland County Museum is hosting an exhibit on sports heritage called Sports in Cumberland County.

 It is a showcase of the many different sports throughout the ages in Cumberland County. Located on Church Street, the museum is house in the heritage home (c. 1838) of Robert Barry Dickey, Father of Confederation, Cumberland County Museum and Archives focuses on the industrial and social history of Cumberland County.

Exhibits outline the history of the County from Native American times through to the early twentieth century. The museum also houses an extensive archives, a collection of genealogical material, and a fine art collection by Cumberland County artists, all surrounded by beautiful gardens.

The Cumberland County Museum and Archives offers programs, exhibits, field trips, monthly speakers, special events, workshops, meeting space and gift shop. During the winter months the museum is open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Andrew MacGregor’s arts and culture column appears weekly in the Amherst News.


Organizations: Canadian Group of Painters, Cumberland County Museum, Amherst Wesleyan Church Amherst News

Geographic location: Bali, Sackville, Cumberland County Canada United States Country Gospel Open Mic Melbourne Acadia Street Church Street

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