Rare Birds Strut Their Stuff-Exhibition by BC Women Metal Artists

Owl Strix WingsFor Immediate Release – June 3, 2009

Vancouver, B.C. – Art and metal come together in an exciting and dramatic showcase at the first Rare Birds Art Exhibition. Metal sculptures and furniture designed by female artists and fabricators from B.C. will be on display from June 22 – July 4, 2009 at the Pendulum Gallery in the HSBC Building at 885 West Georgia Street in Vancouver. Open daily (except Sundays), the art show is free to the public, will showcase works of 11 women and celebrate the evolution of women’s roles and status. The artists featured are: Sandra Bilawich, Fia Cooper, Stefanie Dueck, Tam Harrington, Corrine Hunt, Mimi Law, Amber Lyn, Sage MacGillivray, Lori Mairs, Claire Murgatroyd, and Nancy Smith.

Along with showcasing exceptional works of art, an important goal for the Rare Birds Art Exhibition is to demystify the relationship between women and metal. This event will offer insight, knowledge and inspiration to all women who may be considering metal work as a trade, as a design material or as a skill to further their creative pursuits. Women are major contributors to the economy and culture of our society, and through this event, the artists want to stretch the boundaries of how women participate in using metal. The women featured in the exhibition are from diverse backgrounds in conceptual art, design, and the trades. Never before in B.C.’s history has a group of women metal workers come together for such a show. For more information on the exhibit and the artists please visit www.rarebirds.ca.

The Rare Birds Art Exhibition is proudly sponsored by companies such as Advance Bending, Dickies, Fasteel Industries Ltd., FlexyShop Inc., IMW Industries, Manly Marine, Marine Workers & Boilermakers Industrial Union, MBM Metal Fabricators Inc., North Star Metal Recycling, Rustan Metals Ltd., Sea Breeze Power Corp., Sigma Phi Design Metal Fabricators Ltd., and Viking Profiles Inc. Their sponsorship is a true reflection of how much support and appreciation there is in the community for the advancement of women’s roles and status.

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For more information or an interview of one of the artists, please contact Paul Holman of AHA Creative Strategies Inc. at paul@ahacreative.com or 604-303-1052.

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