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Restless creation

Shelley Niro produces art through painting, photography, beadwork and filmmaking and her retrospective exhibition ‘500 Year Itch’ at the Art Gallery of Hamilton pays homage to her prolific work and its hope for the future. Huddled in a coffee shop on the first properly cold day of winter,…
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Labour’s new stories

Tara Bursey, executive director of the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, has shifted the non-profit from a place of permanent exhibits to one built around the views of local artists and the community about the present and future of work. From its start as a hub for…
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Waterfront art is a soaring, thoughtful ode to Indigenous ways of thinking

All Our Relations features luminous hand-blown glass beads in intricate depictions of animals, trees, healing plants, earthly elements and celestial beings. Hamilton’s latest public art commission All Our Relations rises from the freshly paved James Street Plaza in a space that is still in the process of…
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History teaches the stubbornness of the Hamilton artist

This year has brought three exhibitions about the city’s artistic past at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, McMaster Museum of Art and Hamilton Artists’ Inc. There is a special place on my bookshelf for Climbing the Cold White Peaks, a book produced by Hamilton Artists Inc. in the…
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Crafting a creative hub

Hamilton Craft Studios offers an affordable and fun space to artists, along with woodworking, textiles and ceramics classes, in a sprawling former 1920s-era wire factory. Dayna Gedney and Joseph Bauman tripped over the former wire factory at 121 Princess St. during an online property search.
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Art in the everyday

Textile artist Amanda Rataj is intrigued by the enduring quality of fabric, combined with how it inevitably changes over time. Amanda Rataj brings a thoughtful spirit and a keen eye for light and shadow to a self-taught weaving practice that she has now been pursuing for over a…