may, 2020

06mayAll Day07junDawn MacNutt"A Fortunate Adversity" COVID-19 Edition(All Day)

Event Details

May 6 – June 7, 2020


Have a look at this CBC Documentary done in 1997 about Dawn MacNutt’s Art and Practice.


Take a virtual video tour of Dawn MacNutt’s Exhibit.


Dawn MacNutt is featured in Arabella Art, Architecture & Design magazine article.
Click here to view the magazine and her article.

Artist Statement

A Fortunate Adversity -(COVID-19 version)- Dawn MacNutt

This exhibition of sculpture was scheduled long before this virus pandemic existed. The theme of the show was first presented at Sunbury Shores, St. Andrews, N.B in 2017. The concept of good things coming out of bad situations has continued to inspire my work as it developed for this exhibition.

Titles such as ‘Soul Within’, ‘Spirit Within’, ‘Endurance’, ‘Protection’, ‘Alone Together’, ‘Lean on Me’ identify the emotions implied in many of the abstracted human forms, large and small. Some of the work is expressed in willow. Others are sculpted from woven copper wirecloth. A few of the works have been burned out and live on in bronze… stronger than ever.   A wirework series of ‘Muses’ represents the inspirational value of music, art, dance, storytelling and poetry, significantly needed in this Age of the Corona virus. Grieving, humble, courageous and brave postures of the work express emotions that we can all relate to. As anxiety converts to comfort; depression to courage; fear to generosity; despair to hope; loneliness to love, postures evolve that are jubilant.  They lend themselves to lyrical interpretation and joyful movement forward from adversity.

This theme is startlingly relevant today… magnified by the current catastrophic pandemic. Opening the exhibition to visitors at the Craig during this full blown pandemic period is unthinkable. The news is saturated with difficult truths and painful uncertainties. ‘Go home, stay home; do not gather, do not touch, avoid public places’.  However, we are finding creative ways to bring culture (including this exhibition) to people.

Until January 2020, the world seemed preoccupied with world wide conflicts, mass killings, senseless political infighting, loss of life and property born of climate change catastrophes.

Then came the unholy Corona Virus, the unseen enemy that threatened the entire population of the world simply by humans being in contact with one another, exchanging miniscule deadly particles a breath away.

Headlines of warfare, violence, natural disasters and political strife went largely quiet. The news is concentrated on how to mitigate the common silent enemy. Governments and leaders…in particular our own Canadian ones… have shown wisdom, co-operation, leadership and compassion. Though we must practice isolation and social distance, there is a warmth and intimacy in caring about family, friends and strangers, even though from a distance.

It is also unfolding that human kind are showing resilience, hope, acts of caring, courage, kindness, generosity and creativity. When business and cultural events were shuttered, we found new ways to be creative.  Repurposing machines and tools to provide much needed protective gear. Research focused on vaccine creation and treatment options in a heretofore impossible time frame.  We are recognizing our heroes: our health leaders, front line responders, food providers and transporters, and so many more. Someone has said, gratitude is the flip side of fear.  We are being thrust into creating a new purpose, a future intention. Some fortunate things are happening. A better world can… will… rise from this adversity. This is the message expressed by this exhibition.


May 6 (Wednesday) - June 7 (Sunday)


The Craig Main & Case Gallery