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Outsider art and modern drawing: Two new exhibits at AGS

Art Gallery of Sudbury launching two new shows on the same day
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View the work of artist Alma Rumball at the Art Gallery of Sudbury starting this Friday. Supplied image.
The Art Gallery of Sudbury opens its two latest exhibits at a reception starting at 6 p.m. this Friday.
 
In Gallery 1 is "Assemble: Five years of contemporary Canadian drawing (2011-2016)."
 
Since its inception in 2011, Line Gallery, an independent gallery dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Canadian drawing, has produced 25 solo exhibitions of emerging and established artists working in drawing from across Canada. Based in North Bay, Line Gallery is currently the only gallery in Canada with a mandate focused exclusively on drawing.
 
Over the past five years, Amanda Burk and Paul Irwin, co-owners of Line Gallery, have been actively developing a collection of Canadian drawing that reflects a broad range of contemporary drawing practices taking place nationally.
 
Assemble presents a cross-section of drawings from this growing collection and features the work of some of the most exciting and significant artists working in drawing today.
 
Also opening at the same time in Gallery 2 is "Starry Stairs: Alma Rumball’s Atlantis."
 
Rumball (1902-1980) was known as a quiet woman and she lived most of her adult life in a small cottage by Huntsville’s Fairy Lake.
 
In 1955, Rumball received a vision accompanied by a voice that instructed her to draw the story of her past life in the lost city of Atlantis. From this point forward, Rumball gave herself over to a prolific automatic drawing practise.
 
Rumball is described as an outsider artist because she worked in isolation and credited her drawings to the voices, visions and spirits that guided her hand.
 
Rumball’s abstract landscapes are psychedelic spectrums of pinks and purples. They are unapologetically feminine, explains the exhibition’s curator, Vanessa Nicholas, who is a student in York University’s PhD Art History and Visual Culture program. "Starry Stairs: Alma Rumball’s Atlantis" features works from York University’s extensive collection of Rumball’s drawings.
 
Both exhibitions run from April 15 until June 19.
 
The Art Gallery of Sudbury is located at 251 John Street. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.artsudbury.org, or phone 705-675-4871.



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