A-Luring Object(s) by Anne Steves
February 20, 2020 - March 28, 2020
The Fort Gallery is pleased to present A-Luring Object(s), an exhibition by Cumberland-based artist Anne Steves. This is the second of a series of four exhibitions that explore the social, cultural, and environmental significance of the Fraser River and the gallery’s location on its shores.
Anne Steves does not make ordinary fishing lures. The Welsh-Canadian artist draws together contemporary craft with traditional lure-making practices to create playful sculptures that explore our relationship to the land and other species. For Steves the lure becomes a point of connection between the human and non-human world. Since immigrating to Canada twenty years ago Steves’ art practice has been occupied with discovering how we connect with a new place. This project has taken her to communities across Canada to make new lures, facilitate community workshops and explore how craft and play facilitate connection with place.
Steves has a long connection with the Fraser River having spent her first years in Canada exploring its waters with her Lower Mainland born fisherman husband, living a stone’s throw from the river in South Vancouver and later, along its shores in Hope. Over the first days of the exhibition Steves will be in the gallery creating a brand new lure sculpture specifically for the Fraser River. Viewers are invited to engage Steves in the gallery as she works on the new lure and join her on the opening weekend for a lure-making workshop.
A-Luring Object(s) runs February 20-March 28 at the Fort Gallery. An opening reception and artist talk will be held Friday, February 21, 7-9pm. Steves will lead a lure-making workshop at the gallery February 23, 2-3:30pm, see fortgallery.ca for registration information. All are welcome to attend these events.