Cross Cut: traditional Ontario folk songs revisited at Lang Pioneer Village Museum

Lang Pioneer Village Museum hosts the launch of a song book, double CD and exhibition under the title ‘Cross Cut’ on Friday, May 13, 2022 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building at 146 Lang Road, Keene. During the opening reception artist Rob Niezen will introduce the Cross Cut project and exhibition, Dr. Allan Kirby will give some background on traditional music in rural Ontario, and Backwoodsmen will perform some songs.

The exhibition runs from May 24 until June 4, 2022. The museum also offers exhibition pre-viewing with artist Rob Niezen present on Saturday April 30 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. As part of the exhibit, Lang Pioneer Village Museum will be hosting “Artist on Site” days with Rob Niezen from 12 noon to 3:30 pm on April 30, May 28 and June 4. Rob will be at Lang Pioneer Village Museum to discuss the Cross Cut exhibit and display his linocuts.

CBC’s Edith Fowke collected folk songs in rural Ontario during the 1950s—many in Peterborough County. Traditional music came to Ontario with European settlers. Lyrics and tunes were adapted to local experiences and the personal preferences of the players, and these offer a reflection of society at different moments in history. The underlying themes are of a timeless nature, as they deal with human existence: love, deception, politics, war, immigration, work, leisure, murder, death, etc. Musician and music historian Dr. Allan Kirby, visual artist Rob Niezen and traditional music group Backwoodsmen selected and revisited just shy of two dozen folk songs from rural Ontario. They created contemporary arrangements and adapted lyrics, resulting in a double CD and an illustrated songbook. The song book presents the songs with lyrics and chord progressions, an introduction by historian and musician Dr. Allan Kirby, and Rob Niezen’s linocuts.

Rob Niezen created a series of linocuts reflecting on the narrative of the songs with a contemporary perspective by applying the concept of ‘crosscutting’. Crosscutting is a technique borrowed from film editing used to illustrate a narrative action that happens in several places at the same time, or in one place at different times. In creating his artwork Rob Niezen uses both the traditional method of lino carving, and contemporary and experimental ways of mark making, including laser engraving, etching and collage; going against the grain, or ‘cross cutting, as it were.

Rob Niezen gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Art Council for its support of the exhibition.

Rob Niezen again participating in the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour

Sandy MacFarlane and Rob welcome you to their studios during the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour on September 25 and 26, from 10am to 5pm, for a view of what they have been up to the last few years.

Last year we could only do this by appointment, so it is a relief to be able to open up. To make everyone feel safe and at ease, we will follow COVID-protocols as laid out by the Peterborough Public Health Unit and the Government of Ontario.
• Masks are required while visiting the studio
• Physical distancing measures will be in place
• Hand sanitizer will be available
• Maximum capacity for the total of our studio spaces is 12 persons
• Visitors are required to complete COVID-19 screening questions and contract tracing prior to entering the studio

As always the event is curated and organized to perfection by the Art Gallery of Peterborough, and you can find all you need to know about the studio tour, including an interactive touring map and a printable map, as well as artist links and bios on the gallery’s website.

Rob donates 50% of sales to Jamaican Self-Help on November 28 and 29

Jamaican Self-Help’s 14th annual Artisan Show & Sale will look a little different. This year, the organization invites you to shop online for local, handmade gifts, and I’ll donate 50% of all sales of linocuts and oil paintings to Jamaican Self-Help (JSH) during the two-day event. Email me at or call me at 1-705-933-9988 for any purchases, and mention JSH. My website includes all available work.

Want to know more about the good work JSH does in Jamaica? Visit  Jamaican Self-Help

Rob Niezen at Artspace Book + Zine Fest

Rob Niezen will participate in the 5th Annual Artspace Book + Zine Fest that takes place at the Peterborough Public Library on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 10 am – 5 pm.
This event will feature artist-made zines, comics and graphic novels, letterpress prints and cards, the work of small presses, woodcuts, screen prints, handmade books and other types of book and paper arts by thirty artists.

Rob Niezen opens studio during 2019 Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour

Sandy MacFarlane and Rob Niezen invite you to their studios in Douro, just east of Peterborough. Get the brochure issued by the Art Gallery of Peterborough, that you can pick up at the gallery and at many other locations, and  map-out your itinerary.
We hope for some fine fall days for a drive in the country, and are looking forward to seeing you Saturday September 21st or Sunday the 22nd.

December shows

 

December is the month of gifting, and a good time to give some art. Rob is participating in three shows with a range of affordable art.

FUEL for Hibernation at Studio22 Open Gallery in Kingston is an exhibit of art under $500, that helps while away the dark hours of winter. The show runs from November 3 to December 8.
Art Emporium by the River in Port Hope hosts its Great Art Contest that runs from November 2 to December 2, 2018. Rob has three paintings in this exhibition and sale

You can meet Rob at The Art of Gifting: Holiday Sale at LAUNCH Shop & Gallery in Peterborough on Friday art Crawl on December 7 from 6 to 9pm and on
Saturday, December 8 from 10 to 4pm. He’ll be there with smaller  paintings and printmaking pieces, including new mixed media works combining linocut , blind emboss and postage stamps.

New work featuring Peterborough

Wet street after heavy rain reflects red, yellow, orange, purple and white lights from traffic and commercial signs. On the left we see a modern four-story building, opposite an older building, both in orange and brown hues. The sky is filled with dark blue clouds, and breaking up, showing light blue and light purple
Transition

Transition – oil on canvas, 30 x 30″, 75 x 75 cm

It was a late afternoon early December and the rain poured down on Peterborough. Just when I stepped outside on Aylmer Street the sky started to clear; the rain would soon be over.

The Aylmer and Hunter intersection features the old and the new. A recent apartment building on the west side across from vintage Sandy’s Variety that bookends Hunter Street’s entertainment stretch, a part of town very much in transition.

Leitmotif: Winter at Hexagon Studios, Peterborough

Three Paintings and a photograph at Herxagon Gallery on the black walls of the theme room 'Winter'. From left to right a painting by Rob Niezen of three cross country skiers and a dog on the trail in a foggy landscape, (2) painting aof a pine cone by Megan Ward, (3) on top a black and white photo by Roz Hermant of a a line of trees in the snow, and underneath (4) a apainting of an island with pines in a North Kawartha lake

Mixed media artist Roz Hermant, painter, printmaker, scratchboard artist and illustrator Lisa Martini-Dunk, painter and printmaker Rob Niezen, multi-media artist Victoria Wallace, and painter and mixed media artist Meg Ward make up Leitmotif: This collective is presenting a winter themed exhibition at Hexagon Studio.

November 18 – December 31
Opening: November 19, 6 – 10 pm
1179 Chemong Road, Peterborough

Visit the Leitmotif-art.com for more information

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