THREADS OF MEMORY: a lifetime explored through textiles

May 31 to June 30, 2013

An exploration of memory through textile work made over four decades. Sandra Lou Weeks (nee Gailus) was born in Nanaimo threadsofmemin 1941 and died in Nanaimo in 2011.  She was an avid observer and collector of culture, colour and art.  From a practice rooted in feminism, she carried a strong sense of social justice, evident in her teaching, her friendships, and the body of work she created. Curated by her daughter, S. Lee Reidl, the exhibition includes quilts, sweater and woven blankets that illustrate the colour, influences and issues of our time.  Also included is artwork from Weeks’ personal collection and a process based installation by Reidl as a response to her mother’s story.

“The threads of life that surround us are many colors, many textures. They help define identity and create memory as they intertwine to produce pattern and form. As the hue of a fabric changes overtime, we weave regenerated stories; variations that incorporate new influences and old truths.”
S. Lee Reidl, Curator 

Threads of Memory – June events
Closing Reception: Tea and Happening
Tuesday June 25th 5-7pm
150 Commercial St.

Please join Nanaimo Art Gallery and artist/curator S. Lee Reidl in celebration of her mother, Sandra Lou Weeks (nee Gailus), through a lifetime of quilts, sweaters and pieces from Weeks’ personal collection. Tea will be served.

Movement of Memory: An Afternoon of Contemporary Dance in the Gallery
Saturday June 29th at 1pm
Please join us for an improvisational interpretation of Threads of Memory through the contemporary dance of Jennifer McLeish-Lewis.


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