ONTARIO: What’s on at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives this February

BRAMPTON: Presenting our new winter exhibitions, highlights for Black History Month and family friendly line-up for February:
·         New winter exhibitions help illustrate stories about diverse figures in our community within our past and present lives
·         On-going highlights during Black History Month
·         Exciting line-up of programs and events for all ages including a P. A. Day drop-in activity, FREE Family Day event, celebration of World Yoga Day and a Life Drawing Workshop

New Winter Exhibitions

heather graham: Reminds me of M: Feb. 3 – March 18

Opening Reception: Feb. 11, 2 – 4 p.m.
Toronto artist Heather Graham’s mixed media art explores boundaries between seeing and experiencing art. Reflecting her interest in ideas about time, memory and the notion of perception, Graham’s art conveys a sense of the passage of time and the fragility of the human condition.
Artist Talk: March 4, 2 – 4 p.m.

Words to Pictures: Jan. 27 – March 18

Under the direction of artist Heather Graham, art students from Stephen Lewis Secondary School and Seneca College collaborated on pairing poetry and art.

Inuit Dolls: From Past Traditions to New Expressions: Feb. 3 – March 18

Opening ReceptionFeb. 11, 2 – 4 pm
The Inuit have practised the art of making dolls for centuries. Dolls serve many purposes; they are reflections of Inuit life, playthings, charms, tools of domestic training, and tourist souvenirs. Explore these timeless treasures and learn about some of the stories that they tell.

Beyond Sit and Stay: Dogs in Our Service: Feb. 10 – June 3

In addition to being our best friends, dogs serve us in many ways. They perform important functions, among them jobs like search and rescue, detection, therapy, and security. Visit PAMA to learn more about working dogs and their human partners. Try detecting scents at the sniffing station, or spend some time in the dog house with a furry friend! This exhibition is designed, produced, and owned by Halton Region and presented in partnership with PAMA.

Highlights during Black History Month

Exhibitions on now until Apr. 15:

·         Black Enslavement in Upper Canada
Most people don’t realize that Black enslavement existed here in Canada, but it did from the 1600s until it was abolished in 1834. This exhibition, presented in partnership with the Archives of Ontario, explores some untold stories that are important to our understanding not just of the past, but also of today.
·         The Black Community in Peel in the Late 19th Century
This small exhibition shares some of the results of our ongoing research into the history of Black residents of Peel in the 1800s. To date our research has tended to raise more questions than answers. But they are essential questions to ask, to better understand our history and our communities.

Program Highlights:

·         Kick-off Black History Month and move your body to Caribbean rhythms on Jan. 28, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at our Caribbean Dance Workshop, presented by Akoma Afro Dance. Members, $10, Non-Members, $15.
·         Join us for a Hip Hop Dance workshop with special guest In the MixSaturday, Feb. 17 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Families will learn Hip Hop dance moves in this high energy environment to create a one of a kind group music video using iPads. Caregivers need to accompany children and are welcome to participate. This workshop is included in the cost of admission.
Registration is required for both programs at pama.peelregion.ca

New Programs and Events

·         PAMA Kids P.A Day: Feb. 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Get physical with art and history in a day of art in motion. Open your heart and enjoy action art activities for all. This is a drop-in program which is included with the cost of admission and children must be accompanied by an adult.
·         Family Day (Free admission): Feb. 19, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
o   Play Outdoors Peel, Presented by Ecosource: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Play outdoor creative activities on PAMA’s historic grounds.
o   Family Fun Yoga: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (30 – 45 minutes)
Warm up from your outdoor adventures and have a family yoga experience.
o   Family Art Activities10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
All about combining creativity and movement. Plus early learning activities on the LION (Learning In Our Neighbourhood) bus.
o   Family Sing-a-long with Brampton artist Bayani Llagas: Performances start at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Sing-a-long and move to the music in the Courtroom with Bayani.
·         World Yoga DayFeb. 22, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Join in the world movement to harness the power of positive energy. Take part in World Yoga Day by supporting strength and positivity for a healthier lifestyle.
·         Life Drawing Workshop: Feb. 28, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Want to get creative, connect with friends and have an affordable afternoon out? Try an art workshop at PAMA. Explore the fundamentals of drawing while sketching a costumed model in our studio. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for public. Geared to all drawing levels, registration is required at pama.peelregion.ca.