Visiting artist seeks community stories

Regina's Heather Cline is looking for participants to take part in her project: Quiet Stories from Canadian Places while she is in Vernon.

  • Nov. 16, 2014 8:00 p.m.

Heather Cline, the current artist-in-residence at the Caetani Cultural Centre, is looking for participants to take part in her project: Quiet Stories from Canadian Places.

Cline is looking for both historical and new stories, from all age groups and ethnicities, to connect life histories and how they relate to communities.

The work, which will result in a series of paintings and new media works, is being created for a touring exhibition in 2017 that will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

“I have started to describe the history I collect as quiet stories. They are recollections from everyday people who don’t think they’re important, but they are actually very important because their recollections create a different translation of the art for every person who views it,” said Cline. “I believe that it also opens a dialogue where the viewing public begins to reflect on their personal stories related to place.”

Recently awarded the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Award in the arts and learning category, Cline grew up in the Saskatoon community of Sutherland, where she witnessed a small town being consumed by a city.

This limbo between prairie past and prairie present continues to inform her multi-media practice.

Since completing her master’s in fine art at the University of Saskatchewan in 2001, she has continued to work in painting and new media, exploring narratives around place and personal history.

Cline is living and working at the Caetani Cultural Centre as part of a self-directed residency for November and part of December.

For more information or to participate in Cline’s project, contact the Caetani Centre at 250-275-1525 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday to Friday), or visit www.caetani.ca.