So if you want to have some big, furry fun, make sure you check out the last couple days of “Lady Sasquatch” in the Gallery, located at W600 in University Hall.
The exhibit, several impressively large and somewhat frightening sasquatch figures created by Ontario artist Allyson Mitchell, ends on Friday, Oct. 30.
it has been running since Sept. 18.
The exhibit is a unique take on the mythical creatures rumoured to roam the forests of the Pacific Northwest. The exhibit features a half dozen of the towering creatures gathered around a bonfire in various striking poses. They are made of pieces of shag carpet, textiles and other found, furry objects.
“It’s been really, really well supported,” said University of Lethbridge gallery curatorial researcher and preparator Jane Edmundson adding the exhibit has attracted a conservatively estimated 80 visitors each day including a plethora of classes from local schools
“People have been responding in one of two ways. Usually they’ll say ‘wow, these are pretty scary’ or they’ll say ‘wow, these are pretty large.’ They’re surprised by the size of them,” she continued adding they are also getting lots of repeat visitors from people who are so impressed with the exhibit that they return with friends in tow.
“We have also done a reception with the on campus women’s centre, so we think that has brought a lot of people who might not ordinarily visit the gallery,” Edmundson continued, noting she is already busy setting up the next exhibit.
While “Lady Sasquatch” closes on Oct. 30, a new exhibit featuring the latest works of local artist Darcy Logan as well as some of his favourites from the University of Lethbridge’s collection.
“It’s about half of Darcy Logan’s latest works and half are works he’s chosen from the university collection,” Edmundson said, adding she just has to put a few finishing touches, such as labels. Most of the works include selections from his latest series, “Know/Gnaw/Naglefar which is based on the Norse myth of Naglfar. Naglfar is a ship built from the toes and fingernails of the dead. When the ship is finished it is one of the signs of Ragnarök and the end of the world.
The exhibit includes paintings as well as books and other items. It runs until Jan. 3. There will be an opening reception, Nov. 6 in the gallery, located next to the new library building.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor