||The City of Calgary Public Art Program and the Calgary Fire Department have commissioned artist Jennifer Stead to create site-specific artwork for the new Mount Pleasant Fire Station #7, providing a connection to the Calgary Fire Department and the citizens they serve. |
On Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 4–8pm, the public is invited to the North Mount Pleasant Art Centre (523 27 Ave NW) to meet the artist and share your ideas through video, photography and lino prints. There is no charge for participating in the event. Join community representatives who have worked together to bring the project to this stage, including residents, Firefighters, and the North Mount Pleasant Art Centre. Share and exchange stories about the Mount Pleasant community with the artist, creating vibrant resources to meaningfully inform the artist as the project moves forward. The program includes:
- 4 - 4:45 p.m.: an overview of the project
- 5 - 8 p.m.: participate in one or more of three activities:
- Video: explore and celebrate the community through conversation, telling and recording your stories.
- Linoleum prints: create images that celebrate your community with linoleum prints. Space is limited.
- Photography: build a vibrant narrative of your community that expresses the values and aspirations of the people who have, and continue to shape it.
The Calgary Fire Department is rebuilding the Mount Pleasant Fire Station
at 2708 Fourth St. N.W. A new fire station will allow the Calgary Fire Department to better provide emergency services to the community. The Mount Pleasant Fire Station 7 serves the communities of Bridgeland/Riverside, Cambrian Heights, Captial Hill, Crescent Heights, Collingwood, Greenview, Highland Park, Highwood, Hillhurst, McCall, Mount Pleasant, North Haven, Renfrew, Rosedale, Rosemont, Skyline West, Sunnyside, Thorncliffe, Tuxedo Park, Queens Park Village, and Winston Heights as well as the Greenview Industrial Park.
Jennifer Stead is an artist from Ottawa, Ontario with a significant connection to the City of Calgary. While developing the art for the fire station, she will focus on where culture and nature meet, looking for inspiration from the local environment, history, architecture, private gardens and public spaces, personal stories and cultural traditions.
Jennifer Stead received her BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and was a resident at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has an Arts Education degree from McGill University and an MFA from the University of Calgary. Her work is represented in various private, public and corporate collections nationally and she has been the recipient of many provincial and federal arts grants. Her practice, while based in drawing and painting includes large public art pieces that engage with her love of the landscape and connection to the specifics of place.
Short Story, by Jennifer Stead
The Artist Mentee
Jennifer Stead is working with mentee artist, Patricia Lortie. Patricia Lortie is a Calgary visual artist with a varied practice. She is a painter, a sculptor, a public artist, an art instructor and is involved in arts organizations. Her work speaks of entanglement and she is interested and finding and expressing what connects all of us to each other and to our environment. Patricia shared: “I am thrilled to take part of this public art project and collaborate with an artist who has worked in larger scale projects. There is so much to learn and this is such a wonderful way to do it.”