Fingers itching to create?

Great Art for Great Lakes (GAGL) has announced the first two workshops in the series for this year’s artist projects on May 8 and May 13.

GAGL 2020 artists Layla Black, Paul Chartrand, Thomas Anderson & Richelle Miller, Gina McIntee, and Heather Smith have been commissioned to host a series of live, interactive workshops – dubbed GAGL TV – as they work towards the completion of five new public art pieces.

GAGL TV will bring together artists and community members to celebrate the water that surrounds and connects us all. Through a series of weekly online streams, GAGL TV will lead participants through art-making workshops, artist talks, and musical performances that will culminate in publicly installed art pieces throughout Norfolk County, Haldimand County and Six Nations of the Grand River.

Upcoming GAGL TV workshops:

Rug Hooking with Heather Smith
Friday, May 8, 2:00-3:00pm
Free zoom webinar, visit here for more details and registration.

Sign up today, get your materials ready, and connect with Heather as she guides us through the process of rug hooking, all while sharing stories on the importance of Lake Erie and the Inner Bay to life in Port Rowan.

Ideal for beginners to advance, this online workshop is all about learning, connecting and sharing. Heather and her mother, Marlene, hold a great connection to rug hooking and the Bay, and will use this participatory workshop as a gathering space to gain deeper insights on the water.

As part of the Great Art for Great Lakes project, selected pieces completed by participants will be featured in Heather’s “Hooked on the Bay” installation, to be publicly installed later this year.

Sanding pine with Gina Mcintee
Wednesday, May 13, 3:00-4:00pm
Free zoom webinar, visit here for more details and registration

In this online workshop, Gina will guide participants through the process of connecting with the white pine of paddles through sanding. White pine is the foundation for Gina’s project “Water Wheel”, as its warmth and beauty are highly regarded by local Indigenous people as the tree of peace.

Join her for this participatory workshop as we reflect and share stories about the bodies of water we live on: Lake Erie & the Grand River.

Are you a resident of Haldimand County or New Credit of the Mississaugas First Nation? Gina has 28 paddles for sanding that can be shipped to those that sign up before May 10. However, if you want to just drop in and enjoy the positive vibes and storytelling with Gina, you are also very welcome.

As part of the Great Art for Great Lakes project, the 28 paddles completed by participants will be featured in Gina’s “Water Wheel” installation, to be publicly installed later this year.

For full bios and GAGL TV workshop schedules, please visit the Great Art for Great Lakes website. Sign up here to receive updates on how to participate in these interactive workshops. GAGL 2020 encourages all to work together to support one another during these challenging times, and stay connected through GAGL TV. Follow along on our Instagram (@greatartforgreatlakes) and Facebook pages for updates.

GAGL 2020 is a community-engagement art initiative sponsored by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and in partnership with Haldimand County and Six Nations of the Grand River to strengthen our relationship with Lake Erie through participatory art.

GAGL is creating works of art in Ontario communities across Lake Erie to celebrate the grandeur and importance of the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth. GAGL is funded by Greatness: The Great Lakes Project, Waterlution and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Greatness: The Great Lakes Project is an initiative dedicated to making the Great Lakes a powerful symbol of “greatness” for the 40 million residents of the Great Lakes basin. The initiative was born out of a 2015 roundtable convened by Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell.
“In these challenging times we need to band together more than ever, and the Arts are a wonderful place to do just that. Through the power of community, the Great Art for Great Lakes Artists will offer participants a space to contemplate, unite, and narrate our complicated relationship with one another and our natural environment. I hope you can join them.” – Christopher McLeod.