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Alana Bartol

One ten park becomes a working space for four UWindsor artists

Four artists with ties to the University of Windsor’s School of Visual Arts have teamed up to open a working studio in the city’s downtown.

Alumni Arturo Herrera (BFA 2011), Collette Broeders (BFA 2009) and Alana Bartol (BFA 2004) and professor Susan Gold Smith have established their collective enterprise at 110 Park Street West, in the base of Victoria Park Place.

“We were all looking for studio space and we all wanted a space where we were in close contact with other artists—where we could be stimulated by the creative energy of others,” says Bartol.

Crop circle to grace community garden

Rose petals arranged in the Campus Community Garden Project on Saturday, May 5, will symbolize Windsor and pay tribute to the Bread and Roses strike, says organizing artist Alana Bartol (BFA 2004).

She is encouraging members of the community to bring organic materials -- flower petals, pinecones, pods, berries, rocks and seeds – to incorporate in a mandala to be created between noon and 4 p.m.

“A mandala is generally to be used as a symbol of peace and offering,” says Bartol. “After the mandala is created in the garden, it will be left to decay, becoming compost.”

Art grads occupy local gallery for Mayworks exhibition

Several alumni of the School of Visual Arts are participating in collaborative projects now on display in the Artcite gallery.

A free public reception on Friday, May 4, will celebrate Occupy This! The exhibition features the “Occupy Windsor Documentation Project” by Alana Bartol (BFA 2004) and Collette Broeders (BFA 2006) and “The Break Room” by Teresa Carlesimo (BFA 2011) and Michael DiRisio, an MFA candidate.

The show will be up through May 26; Friday’s reception begins at 7:30 p.m. Artcite is located at 109 University Avenue West.

Artists-in-residence to discuss practices

The five artists participating in the School of Visual Arts’ Emerging Artist Research Residency will discuss their work and practices in free public presentations, May 3 and 4 in the LeBel Building.

The residents will have access to the school’s facilities through the month of May so that they might cultivate new ideas through research, studio production, and the exploration of the Windsor-Detroit border region.