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"Ontario Fields" is among the entries for Liz Pead's hockey-themed exhibit, "Breaking the Ice," which will be at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum, starting on January 16.

The Estevan Art Gallery and Museum (EAGM) is seeking donations of used hockey equipment that can be incorporated into a workshop in early 2014.

Liz Pead will be bringing her hockey-themed exhibit, "Breaking the Ice," to the EAGM from January 16 to February 28. Pead will be conducting a workshop on either January 15 or 16, and participating in an opening night reception on the 16th, to celebrate the arrival of her work in Estevan.

"She makes very large-scale two-dimensional work that goes on the wall like a painting, but it's made from old hockey equipment," said EAGM curator Ali King. "They kind of have the appearance of Canadian landscapes, like the Group of Seven would have made."

Her work is both a celebration of the famed Group of Seven Canadian artists, and a reflection on Canada's obsession with hockey, King said.

The workshop will see Pead team up with local children, and possibly members of the Estevan Bruins, to build tree sculptures out of used hockey equipment. And that's where the community comes in, said King and EAGM educator Karly Garnier.

"It'll really hinge on getting the equipment," said Garnier. "It's not just sticks. It's anything, like socks, gloves, helmets, all of it."

Broken sticks would be accepted.

If they don't get the equipment, they can't have the workshop.

"The trees are quite big – they're about seven feet tall – so we'll need a fair amount of equipment," said King.

The EAGM is closed during the Christmas holidays, but there is a box in front of the building so that people can drop off the equipment.

As part of the workshop, they said Pead does a performance in which she dresses up as a hockey referee, and offers instructions as if she were an official.

Also exhibiting at the EAGM in January and February will be "Hockey in a Small City" by Jennifer Durr. Durr is the current photographer for the Estevan Bruins, and some of her Bruin photos will be displayed at the EAGM.

Durr's photos of the Bruins appear in Lifestyles each week as well.

The EAGM is having the two hockey-themed exhibits due to the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.


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