What better way to open a brand new art gallery than to have a show featuring some of Eastern Ontario’s top artists… that’s kind of a rhetorical question, because I can’t think of a better way. At least not one that’s legal.
The Dalkeith Historical Society recently purchased an old chapel, and is in the process of renovating it into a museum / gallery they’re calling the ‘Robertson-Clark Building’, click here to find it on Google Maps.
The one-day show, on Sunday, June 29, between 10am and 4pm, is called “Local Legends, Landmarks & Memories”, and will feature local artist, including Doreen Russell, Jean Hodson, Janet Harris Timms, Brunhild Shierding, Mary Ferguson, Susan Jephcott, Eva Hoderman, Maggie Dean, Wendy Tillett, Vivianne Lariviere, Rita Irarte, Barbara Robertson and Michael E. Cartwright.
For some reason they’ve also asked me to participate. This will be my first show, and I couldn’t dream of a better group to show with.
“Rita paints big, bold and beautiful. The works of this Pointe-Fortune resident artist, do not discreetly sneak up on the viewer: they draw you closer to discover hidden meanings, strong brush strokes, shadings, nuances, variations, darkness and luminosity. Strident and brilliant colour combinations integrate her never-ending creative list of works. After 50 years painting and 110 exhibitions, she still is not ready to retire her brushes.”
“Maggie was born in Montreal in 1944 and now resides in St. Eugene Ontario. Maggie studied art in high school and attended Sir George Williams Art School in Montreal, John Abbott College in Ste.Anne de Bellevue, and the Santa Raparta Graphics Studio in Florence, Italy. Her time is divided between painting and creating unique stained glass. She also does stained glass repairs and, recently, has started creating mosaics.”
Janet Harris Timms
“All Creatures great and small, all types of wildlife – this is what Janet likes to portray, through oil on canvas, primarily. She also endeavours to bring awareness to endangered species through her paintings. Living in the countryside in Alexandria really gives great inspiration for a variety of nature subjects!
“Janet started painting only two years ago, finally following through on a calling, and likes to make her subjects as realistic as possible, focusing on facial expressions and body language. She recently participated in the ‘Opus 9’ exhibition in Glen Nevis at the Abbey for the Arts, with 19 other artists, and was awarded 1st Place, for favourite painting, by public vote, of her British Otter. Very exciting for her first-ever exhibition!”
“A pivotal hub in her regional artistic community, Sue Jephcott has been active as a full time artist since 1956. Born in Hudson, Quebec, Jephcott’s career has spanned nearly five decades, passing through notable evolutions of style and content. Ranging from highly textured figure and portrait studies, to bold, hard edged symbolism, Jephcott has absorbed and personalized classical techniques, re-directing them into the stark storytelling of her content laden work.”
Vivianne La Riviere
“I work mostly with acrylic but sometimes mix-and –match mediums. Painting is becoming a deepening passion and so it is time to take some risks and share, as painting becomes another pathway to peace of mind.”
Also showing are John Sims, Jean Hodgson, Brunhild Schierding, Bruce Toombs, and Michael E. Cartwright…
…and me, Gabriel Landriault:
This is my first show. I’ve lived in fifty-four places. I’ve been paid to pick stones out of fields, take backstage photos of Britney Spears, and report on Internet privacy issues. My photos have been published in several newspapers, and a couple of magazines.
I’m currently the Communications Director for the Arbor Gallery, once I graduated from college, and I’ve received two awards for reporting — one I deserved, and one from people who probably should have known better.
Just to add to the festivities, there’s going to be a lunch at noon, and a blessing of the pets at 2pm.
What: “Local Legends, Landmarks & Memories”, a one day art exhibition, lunch and blessing of the pets.
When: Sunday, June 29 — 10am until 4pm
Where: Robertson-Clark Building, 1841 Dalkeith Road, Dalkeith, Ontario
Who: Everybody is invited
Why: Because art is AWESOME!
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