Beatlemania returns to Chatham-Kent

Saturday, June 23, the Thames Art Gallery and ARTspace present the fourth annual summer ARTcrawl!

Join us as we celebrate the life of Stewart Sutcliffe, also known as the ‘fifth Beatle’, who dropped out of the band to pursue an art career.  Come dressed in your best Beatles-inspired threads and check out some great art!  Begin your fun-filled evening at 6pm.

Meet fellow Day Trippers at ARTspace for the opening of Ben Payne’s new photo exhibition, “Necropolis”.  Ben spent many days in Havana, Cuba, photographing the cemetery, which is populated with vigilant biblical figures, crucifixions and angels who stand in the blazing sun surrounded by the white marble of the crypts and the blue of the sky.

At 7pm, do the Hippy Hippy Shake down King Street, led by the Beatles Baton, to Eve Chocolatier and the William Street Café.  You’ll be feeling Glad All Over as you enjoy peace and love and free munchies. At 8pm, take your Yellow Submarine to the Thames Art Gallery.  Alison Ouellette-Kirby and Noah Kirby will be present to talk about their sound-based, interactive exhibit, “ToneDeaf”.  The work started from a simple observation that became increasingly complex.  Perhaps because the artists came from different regions, they say the same things but somehow seem to speak a different language. Often they find themselves arguing the same side of an issue without initially knowing it. Not surprisingly, Alison and Noah are married.

Laurie Langford and Betty Sager will also be at the Thames Art Gallery, on-hand to discuss their traveling shadowbox exhibition entitled “Sacred and Profane”, which will be on display in the mezzanine.  These boxed assemblage works look at themes of feminism and various political topics in a post-industrial age as well as the solace offered by maternalism.

An example of a shadow box art piece in Laurie Langford's Sacred and Profane art show


After the opening, join Astrid and the Spelunkers in Studio One for some great Beatles tunes, as well as free snacks, and a cash bar.  The best Beatles-inspired costumes will win a prize! ARTcrawl is an all-ages, family friendly, free event.

ARTspace is located at 165 ½ King Street West in Chatham, and the Thames Art Gallery is in the Cultural Centre at 75 William Street North in Chatham.

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