Reins of Chaos

Mary Anne Barkhouse
June 12, 2010 to July 17, 2010

The four horsemen of the apocalypse never rode one of Mary Anne Barkhouse's coin-operated equines. But you can. They're part of the latest show at Stouffville's Latcham Gallery, which opens Thursday, June 10 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the opening reception of the Reins of Chaos exhibition.

This show by the First Nations artist, who is a member of the Nimpkish Band, Kwakiutl First Nation, kicks off a new multicultural program at the gallery. It's the first annual Celebrating Diversity Festival, which will run for a month during June and July. The artist explores the concept of the apocalypse from a First Nations perspective using humour and familiar objects. She will talk about the inspiration and motivation behind her work during the opening reception.

First Nations art and performances will take place throughout Stouffville during the diversity festival. They include the art of Stouffville resident Dianne Green, who explores her First Nations roots with an exhibition at 19 on the Park in June; Metis artist David Hannan's highly unusual art will be on display at locations such as the Lebovic Leisure Centre and 19 on the Park. As part of the National Aboriginal Day celebrations, Mr. Hannan will lead a Free Family Art Day on June 19, where you and your children can learn more about native art and try a new way of making art. Another highlight is a performance by Tribe of One, which layers First Nations pow-wow drums, hand drums, didgeridoo, ocarinas, acoustic guitar and upright bass, to create a riveting performance, while an artist creates a painting on stage during the performance. Tickets for the Tribe of One performance at 19 on the Park on July 7, at 8 p.m., are $25. Ticket price is $20 for gallery members.