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To mark the occasion of Wendy Toogood's recent solo exhibition of new work at Stride Gallery in Calgary this past September 2008, that fibreQUARTERLY is taking the opportunity to present this brief profile of this textile artist and educator

Wendy Toogood : A Nakusp Narrative, September 5th – October 4th, 008 ,Stride Gallery 1004 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB


 This profile includes a brief biography, curatorial essay “Wendy Toogood’s A Nakusp Narrative: Autobiographical Memory and the Everyday" by Amy Gogarty,[reprinted with permission of Stride Gallery and Any Gogarty] there will be a list of links to  some on line reviews of Wendy's work including “things that interest me are so ordinary" Anthea Black's review of the show at Stride that was published in Calgary’s Fastforward

When I got in touch with Wendy for a "portrait" , being never satisfied with images of herself, she provided me one with her holding a Barbie doll in a zip lock baggie. This is slightly telling and like her art is an everyday thing or perhaps moment in time that has been capture. The mundane has been captured  


Wendy Toogood with Bagged Barbie

"My work primarily comes from my personal life; from issues that concern me at a particular time or from trips I take to different locales, primarily Mexico. Because the work is derived from these personal interests or experiences it also reflects my personal values which are embedded in both the form, and structure of the work as well as in the content of the work. The overarching value reflected in the work are ides that revolve around the concept of integrity ...

...The longer one works as an artist the work one produces becomes more and more integrated into one's life, one's being. Therefore, it becomes more and more difficult to state that one learns anything directly from one's work. With that said, I do feel that I have learned to trust myself and my judgements about work, and therefore, about life from my practice."

Excerpts from Toogood’s artist statement for her piece Resilient which was in the Alberta Craft Council’s September 2000 exhibition Speculations. This exhibition of fine Alberta Craft can be seen on line at the councils website.

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Artist Biography

Wendy Toogood was born in Bristol, England in 1947; she has lived in Canada since 1952 and she is a Canadian citizen. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art (Calgary) in 1969; she did post graduate work at the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 1970. Toogood lived in Toronto from 1970 through 1974; during this time she spent six months touring extensively in Europe --- she return to Calgary in 1974 and lived there until 2006 when she moved to Nakusp, BC. She was an Instructor at the Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD) from 1975 to 2006.

Toogood has received a number of awards including: Canada Council grants;  Alberta Achievement Award, 1984; Lieutenant Governor's Award, Winnipeg Art Gallery (Best in Show: Reflections Exhibition), 1984; Prize for Excellence, and, The Outstanding Entry Award; Canadian Guild of Crafts, 1971; Canadian Guild of Crafts Exhibition, Toronto; work chosen by the National Gallery of Canada for the Four Hangings Exhibition, which toured Canada, 1970; in 1987 she was nominated for the Saidye Bronfman Award by the Alberta Craft Council. In 2002 she received an Alberta College of Art & Design Alumni Award of Excellence.
She has also completed a number of public commissions including: City Hall, Edmonton, Alberta; First Alberta Place, Calgary; Nova Corporation, Calgary; Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta;  Expo 86 - Alberta Pavilion, Vancouver, British Columbia; Harry Hays Federal Building, Calgary.

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She has had one-person, or participated in group exhibitions in Canada, the USA, Mexico, Japan, Europe and Australia.She has work included in a number of catalogues including WENDY TOOGOOD: Cloth Constructions & Paintings, Muttart Public Art Gallery, Calgary, published in 1996.

She has presented a number of lectures, at various institutions, including: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Glenbow Museum, University of Calgary, Glendon College, Fanshaw College, Banff Centre, Museum for Textiles, University of Manitoba.

She is represented in numerous private and public collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.

To read Athena Black’s " things “The things that interest me are so ordinary at times " a review of Wendy Toogood : A Nakusp Narrative this was published on September 11, 2008 in Calgary’s fastforward click above  

Speculations. this exhibition of fine Alberta Craft also feature the quilt work of Martha Cole can been seen on line at the Alberta Craft Council's  website

Exhibition Catalogue: for her twenty-five year retrospective at the Calgary's MUTTART ART GALLERY (Sept.30-Nov.2) 1996 Wendy Toogood : cloth constructions & paintings (1971-1996). by Ylitalo, Katherine, 1952- Publisher: Calgary : Muttart Public Art Gallery, c1996. ISBN: 1895160197   DDC: 746.392  

Artists of Alberta:  By Suzanne Devonshire Baker, Published by University of Alberta, 1980, 97 pages ISBN 0888640307, 9780888640307
on-line sources:
Charlotte Townsend-Gault, New Image Alberta.  Vanguard, Vol. 12 #2, March 1983. at the Contemporary Canadian Artist Data Base @ York University

Bernice Gargus, Art Quilters, Albert Views Mar/Apr 2000 PDF

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Wendy Toodgood has been part of the Artist Trading Card  http://www.artist-trading-cards.ch/ and Mail Art Movements for a number of years check out this site http://gahlilmailart.blogspot.com/

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