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The following text is the speaking presentation by local artist David McIntosh at the Opening Reception of the exhibition "Remembering Gerald Humen" on Friday, March 6, 2015.


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What Does the Artist See?

Contributed by AGB member/volunteer Dorothy Parshall

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Guest blog  by AGB Member/volunteer Dorothy Parshall

You may have seen the wonderful reviews in the newspapers but I would like to underline the reasons to attend the wonderful Student Art show. All too often when adults think about our teenage population, there is a negative sense of how they behave, or "don't they think" or "they don't DO anything!" The current art show at the Art Gallery of Bancroft, on Flint Street, provides a marvellous look at how diverse, creative, talented and - Yes, they are clearly thinking!

The young people, from four high schools and home schooling, present a view of  teen thought that many of us might never have dreamed exists.  There is talent - LOTS of it! Creativity - tons! Skill - YES! These young artists have covered a gamut of art ideas - reality, humour, the natural world and more. From pencil portraits of friends to painstakingly executed, detailed works which capture both eye and mind, they have run the gamut.

Anyone who wonders about "today's youth" can find a positively fascinating expression of  what today's youth are about, at the Gallery. These are the children of our friends and neighbours.   The 25th Annual Student Show honours Michal Manson and we know she would be well pleased with the work of our young artists. This show closes on Saturday, 30 January; the Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. For a mini preview,  the Art Gallery of Bancroft is on FB and has a website  with pictures of this and other recent shows.  Everyone is welcome to visit the Gallery.

If it is your first visit, you may be surprised; not just a showing of art but the gift shop full of interesting possibilities - by local artists and craftspeople: tiny dolls, jewelry, wooden bowls, greeting cards, small  paintings, and large.  In any case, support our local students and take a look at what they are accomplishing. They deserve your appreciation.

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It has been only eight months since Eva Dametto started exploring materials, themes and styles in preparation for ‘Landscapes of the Spirit’. She started with a dim vision of materials laid on canvas in a simple construction of familiar shapes and uniform hues. A few months later she infused colour applied with less control and more vigour, abandoning texture created by brush strokes for texture applied to the surface of the canvas then painted over in acrylics. And finally she produced mixed media collages chock-a-block full of fabric and cut outs and hair and sticks and bark and pieces of this and that all tied together with paint and colour and lyricism as well as both classic and modern references. Dametto definitely found her chakra.

Leilah Ward’s inner visions and dreams haunt her paintings. Working in oil, she was forced to slow the act of painting down to allow for drying. She meticulously applied a cascade of vertical lines and explosions of colours. Her works levitate before they dissolve in space. They seem therapeutic for the artist and intriguing for the viewer who attempts to read the inner working of the artist’s mind, the dark meandering of the artist’s spirit and the transitions of a soul moving through space and time. Troubling. Expressive. Transitional.

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Thirty years of communion with the water, sky, rocks and bush of South Algonquin has provided Gertrud Sorensen with ample opportunity to demonstrate what it is that satisfies, attracts and holds her here in her adopted home on Galeiry Lake near Algonquin Park and the Madawaska River. It is the space, the quiet and the vistas always seen from the same distance, always bathed in the same light, always painted with the same practical, direct brush strokes. As an adventure hiker, climber and paddler, she explores the surface of what she sees and tries to convince us that that is where her heart lies, but this retrospective collection reveals that there have been dalliances along the way.

What fascinates in this retrospective is that, here and there, throughout her thirty year history of painting and exhibiting, Gertrud reveals a more worldly, urbane experience and approach to this business of painting. In between those periods of ‘bread and butter’ landscapes, Gertrud undoes the top button of her painting smock and displays the travelled and elegant side of her painterly repertoire. In mid career, she put away brushes for a palette knife to produce more texture, rhythm and lightness in her work for a period of time. Again in later years she found herself abandoning pure hues and primary colours for a softer Cezanne-like rust and muted palette of seasonal transitions. More heart and less head. And then, most recently, experimentation with short, dappled strokes and pairing of colours, dancing with pointillism in a self-conscious way, no commitment but trying on something from afar, not yet comfortable, something beyond what she sees and knows. Trying less to please others and more to revel in the manipulation of familiar materials.

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