On The Bus

WG on the bus

This is a portfolio of prints by an international group of print artists from around the world who were connected by their shared experience at a print exhibition in Qijiang, China. The folio includes Heather Huston (Calgary), Guy Langevin (Quebec), Wayne Crothers (Australia), Karen Brussat Butler (USA), Ema Shin (Australia/Japan), Marcia Rizzato (Germany/Italy), Wuon-Gean Ho (England), and Annika Romeyn (Australia).

In November 2011, artists travelled from around the world to participate in the 3rd Qijiang International Print Festival. Since the different destinations during the visit required miles of travel, everyone got to know each other on the bus. Many hours were spent discussing prints, China, our respective countries, enjoying the landscape, and of course wondering at the large amount of traffic and construction all while being serenaded with Chinese pop music. This portfolio is an echo of those experiences, conversations and relationships that we’ve formed. We will carry many memories from our trip and this portfolio allows us to come together again and reflect on those experiences.

The show is on at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, 205 8 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0K9 from 3 Oct – 3 Jan

(All I’ll say about my print is that I spent a lot of time half dreaming that I had got on the wrong bus, but that it was filled with strange and friendly creatures… A big thanks to Heather Huston for organising the exhibition!)