This July the Fraser Cultural Centre will showcase five diverse artists and mediums in the form of five solo exhibits under one roof. Beginning with two of the artists planning to show together, three additional artists were quickly added with the idea being individual displays revolving around the differences between the artists’ work. The exhibit title Art 5 (Art to the power of 5) gathers the exhibition under a common headline while allowing each artist to develop their own art concept and statement.
Carolyn Ritchie Bedford’s meaningful acrylics and sculptures called “Crossings” pay homage to those drawn to travel toward the unknown and whose faithful crafts carried them cross the waters. Her paintings illustrate various vessels used, from large ships to smaller crafts. Not just paintings of boats but paintings of the voyage experience itself exists within these works. Stories and poetry are used within the art titles to expand the idea of tales of travel. Her most recent works connect the leap from past to present time.
Irene Boudreau derived her title “In5 2” (In 5 squared) from the Art 5concept suggesting the viewer look within their own 5 square kilometre area to experience life in detail and with patience. Her photographs of birds are a glimpse into the complexities of life’s moments, making these small creatures seem personable and individual.
Leslie Morin’s untitled collection draws attention to her choice of medium as an art form not often displayed in galleries. Using Prismacolour pencils, Leslie’s everyday objects and figures engaged in daily life will amaze the viewer that pencils can create such crisp detail and appear so painterly.
Christene Sandeson’s “Primordial Dawn” series of acrylics and carvings suggest the early morning ‘dawn’ of life’s awakening’ using the imagery of an early morning sunrise, tidal ebb and flow, and designs inspired from the fossilized cephalopod remains of ammonite and chambered nautilus shells. Her colours and soft shapes flow cross the canvas and her titles suggest the meaning behind each piece. Included in the display are sandstone and soapstone carvings which follow the same concept found within her paintings.
Todd Vassallo incorporates objects left from his daily work on the shop floor and constructs emphatic moments from the bending and weaving of metal into objects of motion and emotion. His large contemporary forms illustrate his technique of creating texture using controlled patterns in the metals to emphasize light.
The Fraser Cultural Centre and Northumberland Arts Council are pleased to present this powerful exhibition. Art 5 opens Friday July 7th at 6:30pm and is on display until July 26, 2017.
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