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Call and Response: A Flash Exhibition

Craft Fibre & textile arts Interdisciplinary Painting Visual arts
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Common Craft

Elora, ON



Offered in English.

Has gender-neutral washrooms.


Saturday evening's flash exhibition, Call and Response, promises to be a lively night of art and entertainment. Watch as artists Alisa McRonald and Frances Hahn call and respond to each other's mark making; bringing together two distinct works, in real-time, to produce a series of mixed media pieces!

Alisa McRonald and Frances Hahn have been working on a call + response project for several years. Starting with a succession of two distinct visual pieces and culminating in co-creating several collaborative mixed media pieces. This form is borrowed from music, most notable in historical work songs and originates at its most basic from human communication. It has been used widely by artists as a means of discourse.

The artists set out with very few parameters; only that they each respond to the other’s mark making. Sometimes ideas and works in progress are shared, other times final works are revealed as complete. In the final phase this call and response project, they are working back and forth on the same piece, contributing small areas of colour and/or texture at a time.

During the course of the project, any sense of linearity has been lost and the pieces are cross-pollinating beyond the initial structure of the project creating a visual dialogue, as well as a private inter-personal dialogue.



Black Sheep Festival

Located in the heart of uptown Elora, common craft is a hub for creative exchange with a multi-use art studio offering a wide range of workshops for adults and juniors of all ages and skill levels. Dedicated to fostering creative commerce, the space also houses the innovative elbow room pop-up shop and hosts a curated night market highlighting the works and wares of emerging and established artists, makers, and vintage collectors.

With a background in Craft & Design from Sheridan and Niagara College, the Banff Centre for the Arts and Harbourfront Centre Craft Studios, Bear Epp has worked in the creative industry for over three decades as an artist, Creative Director of ECFTA, and Co-Director of the Black Sheep Festival of Contemporary Textile Art. She currently sits on the board of the Elora BIA. As founder of common craft, she is dedicated to connecting community through creative exchange.