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CORNER BROOK  With Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland being closed for much of this week an opening for a new exhibit at the university’s art gallery scheduled for tonight has been postponed until Monday.

The opening reception for Transformations a Dale Roberts/Dame Mailarta exhibition will take place at the gallery on Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with an artist walkabout at 6 p.m.

The exhibit, curated by Ingrid Mary Percy, brings together the two main streams of Dale Roberts artistic practice — his textile-based sculptural work and his performance/mail art embodied by his alter ego, Dame Mailarta.

Roberts uses knitting, crocheting, painting, sculpture, weaving, collage, performance, assemblage and social engagement to explore ideas of play, home, culture, tradition, religion, identity and sexuality.

Roberts was born in Point Leamington and attended Grenfell’s school of fine arts. He was part of the first graduating class in the visual arts program in 1992.

He went on to complete a masters in fine arts at Purchase College, State University of New York in 1995 and from 1996  to 1999 was an assistant to various artists in New York, including Jackie Winsor, who also is from Newfoundland and Labrador.

Roberts currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia. He has participated in over 70 solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the United States.

While the opening reception has been postponed an artist’s talk by Roberts’ alter ego Dame Mailarta will go ahead as planned on Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in room 224 of the fine arts building and Felt a Fascinator, a needle felting workshop, will go ahead on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the gallery at 637-6208 or go online at www.grenfell.mun.ca/communityeducation.

Organizations: Purchase College, Memorial University of Newfoundland, State University of New York

Geographic location: Point Leamington, New York, Victoria British Columbia Canada

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