After reading, The Art of Aging, a Celebration of Old Age in Western Art, Janet Shaw-Russell had questions. Out of the 114 art illustrations, why were only three created by women artists? Who are contemporary female artists that choose aging as their subject matter? How do they portray the elderly’s place in society? Can we embrace aging through art? Shaw-Russell will discuss The Art of Aging based on this book and her research.
Transitions experienced by our aging population is Janet Shaw-Russell’s artistic focus. Her solo shows have been exhibited throughout the province, including the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and Martha St. Studio. Shaw-Russell is a Manitoba Arts Council Creation Grant recipient and was a MAWA Foundation Mentorship mentee in 2010/2011. She is a co-founder of Drawn Together, a women’s art collective in western Manitoba.
Photo CaptionRosemarie Péloquin, “Rose Alba,” Hand needle-felted wool bas-relief on birch bark backing, 2016
Rosemarie Péloquin, “Rose Alba,” Laine feutrée à l'aiguille en bas relief sur une base d'écorce de bouleau rescapée, 2016.