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Arne Roosman

Arne Roosman

Arne Roosman: Lithographer, Designer of Books, Stage and Murals. Illustrator and Painter. Born in Tallinn, Estonia. Studied art in Sweden. Came to Canada in 1957. Has exhibited in Canada and abroad. Winner of many awards. Resident of Bancroft, Ontario since 1988.


There is a dignified silence at 10 Flint Avenue this month of June. It is a pleasure to see how well our modest little gallery serves the creatures on display.

The arrangement is a piece of art in itself and every carefully executed detail of the ‘wild’ on display exposes a dedicated craftsmanship seldom exhibited anywhere.

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Our annual juried show is more true to the calendar than the season. What it does have in common is its unpredictability. The acceptance of many, seemingly all, of the entries takes some of the edge off the event.

To yours truly, it is not just the thrill of being thus honored, and more often than not with an award, it is as well when a piece is rejected. The curious “Why?” that adds to what this event is much about.

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My first impression was “WOW!” This is California; Mozart taking Pollock for a ride to sunny Disneyland. A tsunami of colour smartly framed in simple black. But it’s curious how music as diverse as Mozart and Holst can evoke a disturbing sameness as presented here. The common denominator music is downgraded to an M word. Such commonality should not interfere with the enjoyment of the expertly flowing pigment, which it happily does not.

On Holst’s “Jupiter” what else but his godly forefinger points at fingerpainting. Gustav Holst’s frigid immensity of space, the big bang and such, escapes this viewer. I’m not unsympathetic to abstract ideas, it’s the trite arguments they nourish which unfortunately their practitioners don’t let go. Myself included. So let Jupiter’s finger point to the harmony of all great music.

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At this year's "Michal Manson Memorial Student Show", we are confronted with some welcome focus on First Nation's imagery. Here and there a flattering nod to the great Norval Morriseau. Many pieces show good technical proficiency, such as the two by Shannon Reid, both titled "Untitled"and one of the two honoured with "Best Painting".

Myself, I was much more impressed by the unhonoured "Untitled" Reid.  The fiery orange to red splash in the beastly jaw then drawn to the half-hidden eyes in the chiseled features, so common on today's supermodels. Great. Disney-friendly happy comic ideas appear to have left the planet, and so hints of cosmic ventures which seemed to fascinate young, budding artists, as I recall, years ago.

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