Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Independent Project: Nostalgia, A Group Show, featuring works by Beaver Hall Artists’ Co-op members

Beaver Hall, circa 1888

Beaver Hall Gallery is pleased to present Nostalgia, a group exhibition of art works by Beaver Hall Artists' Co-op members. The exhibition runs from October 3, 2015 - October 10, 2015 opening on: 
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 
October 3, 2015 from 7PM-7AM 

The Beaver Hall Artists' Co-operative was founded in 1988. Located in the heart of Queen Street West's art and entertainment district, this housing co-operative was designed to meet the needs of working visual artists. Named after the Beaver Hall Hill Group — an association of artists who shared studio space at Beaver Hall Square (Montreal, circa 1920s) who sought to educate the public about Canadian art — the Toronto co-op became part of a nation-wide movement to secure live-work spaces for artists across the country.

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, eleven members are exhibiting works resonating with the theme Memory Lane with a focus on nostalgia for people, places, and processes.

These artists present their unique perspectives, translating their observations across disciplines - from works on paper, canvas, photography, sound, and multimedia installations to express their interpretation of Nostalgia. Exposing the elusiveness, intricacy and fallibility of memory with versatility and skill, Isaac Applebaum, Michael Alstad, Yvonne Whelan, Camille Turner, Addi "Mindbender" Stewart, and KD Thornton explore lost or inaccessible times and places. The works of Barbara Greczny and Sharron McLeod are inspired by remembrances of personal relationships.  Graham Roach, Albert Li, and Peter Brickell, are influenced by their interests in historic art processes.

The Snake Pit
Michael Alstad’s Snake Pit installation reconstructs & deconstructs the glamorous Nile Room bar that was situated in the basement of the Letros Hotel – Toronto’s only gay bar in the 1950’s that housed the famous original Halloween drag balls. The Nile Room’s walls were covered in imitation snakeskin and the bar was affectionately known as ‘the Snake Pit’ or ‘the Vile Room’. The Snake Pit installation will feature a cozy dirty martini bar alongside a series of fabulous short video docs exploring Toronto’s early gay bar history from storied drinking establishments the St. Charles Tavern, the Municipal, the Continental, The Chez Moi and others. The docs are a curated selection from Queerstory - a free walking tour app and interactive documentary that leads the audience through 37 intriguing sites that uncover the political, cultural and social history of Toronto’s LGBT community. Performance artist Keith Cole will be your fabulous all night host and vintage mixologist! 

Nostalgia will run through October 10, 2015. Many of the artists will be present on opening night Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Saturday, October 3rd from 7:00PM - 7:00AM. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday Noon - 5:00PM and by appointment (email the gallery).


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