July 9 to October 16, 2016
Susan Menzies is a mid-career painter is based in Calgary. She will be exhibiting a new series of small, beautifully painted portraits of porcelain dogs that were produced in the eighteenth century, mainly in the Staffordshire area of England. Her images were sourced from contemporary online auction catalogues. Underlying the sheer visual appeal of the work is a deeper/hidden level of content concerning conditions for workers and particularly child labour in Victorian England.
Susan Menzies studied art at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, obtaining her BFA there in 1981. She then received her MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax in 1988. Menzies has taught painting at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary since 2005. She has exhibited her work in galleries in various Canadian and American cities. Her most recent solo show was last year at Calgary’s Stride Gallery, titled Susan Menzies: Hare and Thistle.
Saturday, July 9, 2 to 4 pm
This is a free event, open to members and guests by invitation.