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Invitation 2014

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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.

Among the many awards the “Best in Show” is most deserving of its designation. It has that local feel. It is us. It is wood. It was a tree and will be an inspiration. It invites the touch, then it moves and responds to a knock. Great!

More problematic is the lady in a tub, the one with hidden nipples, is a well crafted advert for the Avon ladies favored bubble bath or are we witness to a, in R.C. parlance, “very brief and private prayer”?

And problematic is the word kitsch. Witness a landscape that endured hours of freezing rain, and yes, you witness natural beauty quite beyond compare. Now render on canvas or crop, however cleverly, your photograph, it ends up kitsch.

I recall a hilarious, quite serious, criticism of the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt’s work. A retrospect of his paintings in London, I think, and the critic, writing in the “London Review of Books” took issue with this giant of early 20th Century art and called him a kitschmeister. We are well acquainted with his painting, the “Kiss”, the image used more in pop culture such as T shirts. The response from Vienna to his “Olymp” was Olympian! Tearing the critic’s arguments to shreds. Yet the nomer sticks and we should be, perhaps happy, to have some accomplished kitsch apprentices amongst us.

We are, yet again, having a great show at the gallery. Opening night attracted more than the usual crowd.  Sponsors and snackmeisters should be happy. Myself, I took home a small image and its memory persists, clean air, carefully yet spontaneously arranged wood, light, and a canoe.

Let’s do it again!

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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.

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    haomarra@gmail.com Saturday, 24 May 2014

    Kind of disappointing to have one of my works singled out from the 95 in the show to be disparaged and dismissed. But, of course, a critique quite usually reveals the simple prejudices and limited breadth of understanding and connection to the work of the one who comments.

    Allan O'Marra

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