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Drawing on Air: A live drawing event with Leah Garnett and Lianne Zannier
Friday, 29 May, 4:00 pm Atlantic Daylight Time (Sackville/Halifax)

Join artists Leah Garnett and Lianne Zannier for Drawing on Air, a coast-to-coast drawing event presented by the Owens Art Gallery in partnership with Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre and Mount Allison University Campus/Community Radio Station CHMA 106.9 FM.

Broadcasting live from Sackville, NB, and Vancouver, BC, Leah Garnett and co-host Lianne Zannier will lead participants in a series of drawing exercises that will explore language, perception and imagination. Drawing on Air is a collective experience, one that connects socially distanced friends and neighbours and far-flung towns and cities. No matter where you are in the world, you can take part.

First presented in 2002, Drawing on Air is a radio-broadcast project in which Garnett invites listeners to generate drawings based on verbal descriptions. As a child who grew up without a television, Garnett stretched imaginative muscles listening to nightly radio dramas and read-aloud programs that required her to “draw” all the visuals in her mind. This experience inspired Drawing on Air, which has been performed in various iterations with a host of collaborators. Lianne Zannier, who co-hosted Drawing on Air when it was a regular program on CHMA in Sackville from 2007-2009, will reunite with Garnett for this special broadcast in which listeners will explore what they hear through drawing. The event will feature ASL interpretation and CART transcription.

Drawing on Air is an all-ages event that will run approximately 45 minutes. We are pleased to feature this project on Field Trip (https://www.fieldtrip.art/), a national platform promoting contemporary art in Canada.


For this event, you will need a comfortable space to draw; 3-5 sheets of paper or a sketchbook; and a selection of your favourite drawing materials, which could include pencils, pens, markers, or crayons.

May 29, 2020 04:00 PM in Halifax

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