Check out Kafka’s “Friend or Foe” exhibit during this month’s free art walk

Written by Vitoria Monteiro


In the lead up to ROVE , the Mount Pleasant art walk (coming up on May 25th) we are going to introduce to you to some of the artists, galleries and curated spaces that will be taking part!

Friend or Foe opens May 3rd and will be open during ROVE.

Today we are excited to share that Kafka’s Coffee and Tea (2525 Main Street), will be opening their space to ROVE. Not only that, but members of THRIVE Art Studio will be exhibiting there.

THRIVE is a community of female artists who support each other in their art practices and art businesses.THRIVE was founded by artist Jamie Smith, who also founded ROVE. Pretty cool, right?

Running Coyote by Sarah Ronald

Kafka’s Coffee and Tea has had a dedicated arts program curated by Michael Schwartz for 8 years. They have been an important part of the thriving Mount Pleasant art scene, providing a much-needed venue for rising talent to showcase their work. Michael has curated an exhibit in partnership with THRIVE Arts Studio and selected work from their growing membership. The show is called “Friend or Foe,” a wide-reaching theme that each artist has interpreted in a unique way, commenting on personal relationships, environmental responsibility, and political discord. “Friend or Foe reflects the primal tension between self and other,” Michael explains, “and the instinct to suss out if someone means us harm. We’ve seen in recent years how this instinct can be manipulated to nefarious aims. Art can play an important role in reminding us to consider carefully how we receive and accept such information, and how we make such judgments.”

Medicinal by Amy Stewart

Come out to ROVE to view these talented artist OR if that’s to long of a wait, come to the opening night on May 3rd from 8pm to 11pm at 2525 Main Street.

View work by the following THRIVE Art Studio Mastermind Members- Crissy Arseneau, Paula Barrantes, Aurora Caher, Carmen Chan, Jennifer Clark, Suzanne Goodwin, Christina James , Sandeep Johal, Laura Klassen, Kari Kristensen, Jana Rayne MacDonald, Annie Robinson, Sarah Ronald, Rosie Schinners, Lindsay Schroeder and Amy Stewart.

View their work and other THRIVE Mastermind members by clicking here to see the THRIVE Member Directory.