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Port Hope studio with Other Echoes and Tangled Garden in Progress 2020.

Garden History (After Parkinson)

September 27, 2021 – October 26, 2021

 

Garden History (After Parkinson), Liz Parkinson, 2021

Every garden is a replica, a representation, an attempt to recapture something.
– Robert Harbison, Eccentric Spaces

Covid continues to slow us down and rethink our desires. Walking side-roads and revisiting my home library during the pandemic, I returned again to my battered reprint of John Parkinson’s 1629 Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris (Park-in-Sun’s Earthly Paradise). Seen as the first western garden manual, it collected woodcuts of a thousand known plants organizing them as “The Place, The Time, The Names, The Virtues.”

My walking and study merged in recognitions of local wild plants in historic prints and a rethinking of my relationship to the place, the time, the names, and the virtues of what I desire in my garden paradise.

Garden History

 

CMS Art Projects:  Wide Angle

August 30, 2021 – September 26, 2021

 

Images (left to right): Liz Parkinson, 2020; Catherine Heard, 2021; Penelope Stewart, 2020; Jenn Law, 2021; Yael Brotman, 2021

 

CMS Art projects is pleased to present our latest exhibition Wide Angle, a comparative observation of individual gallery artists’ material processes side-by-side. Featuring a curated selection of unique and editioned artworks by Yael Brotman, Nicole Collins, Anne Marie Cosgrove, Laine Groeneweg, Libby Hague, Catherine Heard, Jenn Law, Anne O’ Callaghan, Liz Parkinson, and Penelope Stewart.

 

Images (left to right): Anne O’Callaghan, 2021; Nicole Collins, 2021; Libby Hague, 2021; Laine Groeneweg, 2020; Anne Marie Cosgrove, 2020

March 2021

 

Covid-19 has changed all our lives. I am thankful that I have remained well, but long to return to normal activities like visiting with friends and family, and travelling for art and pleasure.

 

While self-isolating in Port Hope I have been working in my studio daily. In 2020 I produced Other Echoes, a collection

of works on paper examining home and memory.

 

Early in 2021 I completed the Canadian part of The Tangled Garden a large, long-term garden wall project. Hopefully in the future I will have the opportunity to travel and develop the imagined two remaining walls.

 

My annual summer canoe trip with the other artists of the Gibson Girls, was cancelled and our exhibition in Vilnius, Lithuania was postponed until 2022. The mail art exchange project we were to exhibit,

Where I'm at Now: A Conversation in Art has continued and provided some solace and connection. Go to our newly launched website gibsongirlsart.com to see the growing collection of collaborative postcards created by the group. Follow our activities and the project on instagram @5gibsongirls.

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