Morocco - 2015/16
On the north-west corner of the African continent sits the Kingdom of Morocco. It is a country that is partly European, partly Berber and Arab, partly African, modern yet ancestral with a fascinating contrast of divergent cultures, climates and geography.
Although a stones-throw from southern Spain, it is wholly Islamic and deeply traditional. Moroccans trace their past deep into Arab ancestry or back to the ancient Berber tribes. In the latter part of the 1880s and early 1900s France and Spain carved up Morocco in large zones of influence. Although the colonization has ended, the legacy of occupation of Morocco is still apparent.
With its independence in 1956 the country came under the governance of a constitutional monarchy. Its current king, Mohammed VI, like his father, is said to be the direct descendent of the Prophet Mohammed. And although there is an elected legislature, Mohammed VI retains executive power over Morocco's government and people.
I went to Morocco in the spring of 2015 with Intrepid Travel who specializes in guiding small ten-person groups. Our itinerary covered a wide geographical range and cultural interests that took us to the coastlines of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlas, Rif Mountains and the Sahara Desert.
Our travels included: the picturesque town of Chefchaouen, with its intensely blue washed walls; Marrakesh, with its huge market square and exquisite Majorelle Garden; Fez and its medieval tannery and traditional mosaic and ceramic artisans; the ancient desert town of Ait Benhaddou, the locale for shooting numerous films including Gladiator; the frontier town of M' Hamid on the edge of the Sahara and the jumping off point for caravans, camels and desert camps; the bustling fishing port of Essaouira with its multitude of blue painted wooden boats; Volubilis's extensive hill-top Roman ruins; the isolated village of Imlil, deep in the High Atlas Mountains; the sea-side promenade of Tangier; and the old medina and souks of Casablanca.
|Allen Smutylo was born in Toronto, Canada in 1946. He was
a founding member of Circle Arts Gallery which was opened in Tobermory in
1969.He is a Ontario College of Art honour graduate and a member of the
Ontario Society of Artists.
For the last 20 years his work has been exclusively based on experiences from extensive traveling. These trips include over 25 kayaking and backpacking expeditions in the high Arctic including: the Queen Charlotte Is., Alaska, the Yukon, Baffin Is., Bylot Is. Devon Is., Ellesmere Is., Labrador, Iceland and Greenland. More recently Smutylo has travelled to other remote areas in the world to work including, the Amazon jungle, the Himmilayas, and Antarctica.
Allen Smutylo’s work is included in over 200 public and private collections in Canada and abroad. His work has been exhibited in dozens of solo shows and countless group shows, nationally and internationally. Smutylo has won numerous awards for his work both nationally and internationally, including the prestigious Sapporo International Print Biennial in Japan.
He has been profiled in many magazine and newspaper articles in Canada and the United States. His art and travels have been part of three films. The most recent, THE LAST FRONTIER, the Radio-Canada (Quebec CBC) production of a Jean Lemire film. It depicts Smutylo’s adventure and artistic response to kayaking with Humpback whales in Alaska and Labrador as well as swimming with them in the Pacific Ocean waters off of Maui.
Allen Smutylo resides in Big Bay, Ontario, Canada.
|1970||Ontario College of Art, Honour Graduate|
|The Ontario Society of Artists; The Print and Drawing Council of Canada|
|Solo Exhibitions (partial list)|
|1969-89,91,93,95,97,99,01||Circle Arts, Tobermory, Ontario|
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario
|1986||Pagurian Gallery, Toronto|
|1987||University of Ottawa|
|1990-92||“Allen Smutylo, Drawings and Prints,1982-1989”, touring provincial exhibition. Including: Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Rodman Hall Arts Centre (St. Catherines) Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Laurentian University Arts Centre (Sudbury), Tom Thomson Art Gallery (Owen Sound)|
|1991,94,96,98||Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto|
|1992,94,00,02,05||Thielsen Gallery, London|
|1994,95,98||Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.|
|1995,98||Upstairs Gallery, Winnipeg, Man|
|1998||1998 Zwickers, Halifax, N.S.|
|2000||Wallace Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, (2 person)|
|2003||Galerie Unikat , Hamburg, Germany|
|2005||Chapel Gallery, Waterloo|
|2005||Renison College, University of Waterloo. On.|
|2005||Thielsen Gallery, London, On.|
Circle Arts, Tobemory, On
Thielsen Gallery, London, On, "Nomadic Remnants"
|Future touring exhibition in Public Galleries organized by the Tom Thomson Gallery, Owen Sound|
|Group Exhibitions (partial list)|
|1972||1972 Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, Toronto|
|1975||Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, B.C.|
|1976,77,85,90,96||Tom Thomson Art Gallery|
|1977,78||“Graphex 4 & 5, Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford|
|1980,81||Gallery Moos, Toronto|
|1982||“Printmaking ‘82”, Art Gallery of Ontario|
|1982,84||Aggregation Gallery, (Wynick Tuck), Toronto|
|1982,85||Miriam Perlman, Chicago|
|1983||“Pressure ‘83”, OSA (travelling)|
|1984||Evelyn Amis Gallery, Toronto|
|1984-85||“Alberta/Ontario Collaborative Exhibition”, OSA (travelling)|
|1986||“Sound Art”, Billboard Exhibition, Owen Sound|
|1987,89,92,96,99||Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto|
|1989||“Political Landscapes #1”, Tom Thomson Art
Gallery, Owen Sound, (travelling)
Wenniger Graphics Gallery, Provincetown, Maryland
|1989,95,98||Thielsen Gallery, London, Ontario|
|1991,94||“Osaka Triennale”Osaka, Japan|
|1992||“Georgian Bay Experience”, Tom Thomson Art
“Show of Proofs”, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary
|1993,96||Sapporo International Print Biennale, Sapporo, Japan|
|1994,97||Zwickers Gallery, Halifax, N.S.|
|2002, 2005||Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto|
|2004||Mira Godard Galler, Toronto, On.|
|Awards (partial list)|
|1974,77,78||First Place Award, Juried Show, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound|
|1975||1975 Second Place Award,Juried Show,Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery,Owen Sound|
|1977||Ontario Arts Council Editions Award, “Graphex 4”,
Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford
Purchase Award, “Graphex 4”, Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford
|1977-84||Over 20 Collector’s Choice Awards, “Image”, Exhibitions, Ontario Society of Artists|
|1981||Best Print Award, “Image ‘81”, Ontario Society of Artists|
|1993||The Sponsor’s Prize, Sapporo International Print Biennale, Sapporo, Japan|
International Award - Banff Mountain Book Festival - Best Travel Adventure Book of 2007 given to Allen’s book "Wild Places Wild Hearts - Nomads of the Himalaya"
|Public and Private Collections (partial list)|
Academy of Learning
Wm. E. Coutts Company Ltd.
Burroughs Memorex Inx
B.P. Canada Ltd.
Forrest/Bodrug Partners Inc.
University of Saskatchewan
Union Gas Ltd.
Canada Council Art Bank
J. F. Sullivaan Company of Canada Ltd
Corvallis Collection, U. of Oregon
Tory, Tory, Deslauries and Binnington
Brant Art Gallery
Hokkaido Shimbun Press (Japan)
Canada Permanent Trust Co. Ltd.
George Weston Ltd.
Steinburgs Company Ltd
Pringle and Booth Ltd.
Merrill Lynch Royal Securities
Shell Canada Ltd.
Dynamic Funds Management
Coca Cola Ltd.
Quaker Oats Co. Ltd.
Manufacturer’s Life Insurance of Canada
Quaker State Oil Co. Ltd.
CHC Helicopter Corp.
Geoffcott Group Ltd.
Tesesat Mobile Inc.
Canadian Standards Association
Bank of Montreal
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Great West Life Assurance
Consolidated Life Assurance Comp.
Alberta Government Telephones
Trans – America Life
Canada Life Assurance
Center of Contemporary Art, Japan
Toronto Stock Exchange
MacLaren Art Centre
Tokai Bank of Canada
Sony Canada Ltd.
Coopers and Lybrand
Cassels, Brock and Blackwell
Royal Bank of Canada
Capsco Software Canada Ltd.
Clarkson and Gordon
Power West Financial
Ernst and Whinney
P. Lawson Travel
Monarch Foods Ltd.
Zurich Life Insurance
Blake, Cassells and Graydon
Rae Cable Casting
Richards Medical Company
Bank of Nova Scotia
Proctor and Gamble
First Boston Canada Ltd.
Dept. of External Affairs
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery
Braun Canada Ltd.
Shoppers Drug Mart Ltd.
Interprovincal Pipline Ltd.
Kerr Addison Mines Ltd.
Ernst and Young
Sun Life Insurance
Enfield Company Ltd.
Marion Merrell Dow, Canada
M.T. Associates Investment Counsel
Thornmark Capital Corporation
Chlorophylle h. tech.
Lee Valley Tools
Union Bank of Switzerland