Ice Follies opened this past Friday to curious audiences with nine installations to explore off Marathon Beach in North Bay. Check out this article from the Baytoday.ca about our opening night. Warmed with chili, hot chocolate, and by gathering in the heated prospector tent or by the fire in the tipi, community members took in the show with temperate weather. Artist were on hand to talk about their work, and visitors got to interact with some of the pieces first hand.
Ice Ollies, a snow skate park, had a crew of skate and snowboarders getting maximum air while checking out the scenery. Reece Terris’ piece invited visitors to come inside and get a peak down into the depths of the lake in the Darkhouse. Aylan Couchie’s formidable netted ice house sculture now is time to see the truth lit up from within as night fell on the shoreline. Aanmitaagzi’s interactive four piece installation series The Serpent People, allowed visitors to experience storytelling as form, and add their own experience to the pieces. Visitors peaked their head into the every expanding vista of Eric Robillard’s Infinite Patterns. Andrew Ackerman and Chris Kosloski’s Embodied Terrains as seen upon entering the site, appears as floating orbs of light and motion, only to be revealed on closer inspection as buried pipelines to surreal projections. Melanie Atkins’ She Spoke Peace set further away toward the expansive vista of the lake, invited audiences to reflect on what peace means to them. Part performance, part live action install – Northern Ontario’s Drew Gauley penned his mark in the snow via snowblower to reveal Frozen Messages for Nipissing.
Check out these photos of the event below:
The sixth biennial Ice Follies exhibition opened on Feburary 13th just off of Marathon Beach on Lake Nipissing to record setting temperatures reaching a windchill of -45 at times. Artists, volunteers and supporters bundled up and made the opening come together despite the intense cold snap as dusk fell over the frozen vista.
Special thank you to all who came out to celebrate the opening of another awesome festival! Art will be display until Febrary 28th at Marathon Beach in North Bay. A special performance of Serpent People by Aanmitaagzi Storytellers has be rescheduled to February 20 at 6:00pm at the Ice Follies site. All are welcome to this free event.
The postponed performance of Seprent People by Aamitaagzi Storymakers is now scheduled for Saturday, Feburary 20 @ 6:00pm at the Marathon Beach site.
All are welcome to this free Ice Follies event. Warm refreshments will be served.