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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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At first glance, Mary McLoughlin’s supersize flowers at the Art Gallery of Bancroft bring to mind the work of American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe who painted flowers throughout her long career as an artist beginning in the 1920s employing a style that magnified and abstracted them. Hers were not the botanical prints or delicate watercolours meant to capture living structures for academic interest in the previous century. Like all her work, O’Keeffe’s flowers were strong, modern images bursting with life and energy.

 In her multi-year exploration as a painter of portraits of flowers in oil on canvas, McLoughlin does not linger on the lushness and sensuality of the physical structure of her models beyond what is needed to demonstrate her mastery of drawing and line and composition. With laser-like precision, she gets it right and leaves it at that. Like Mary Pratt’s luscious “Red Current Jelly (1972)” currently at the National Gallery of Canada, Mary McLoughlin’s “White Peony (2015)” sings the song of whiteness as if it could not have been anything but white. Nor does she oversell her knowledge and experience as a colourist given free-rein with all the hues and tints in the colour wheel. The four 2012 pieces, previously exhibited at her solo show at the Art Gallery of Peterborough are a riot of the orange and pink and fuscia that made us love JEH MacDonald’s “The Tangled Garden”(1916).

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The Art Gallery of Bancroft was thrilled to be selected as host of the 56th Annual East Central Ontario Art
Association's annual juried exhibition this year. The Gallery was full at the show's opening earlier this month, as regional artists and guests from far and near gathered in a social setting to enjoy the wonderful display of art that presently adorns the Gallery walls.
The juror for this Year's exhibition was Bancroft's own Arne Roosman, maestro of the mural, stage settings and well known local artist.  Arne faced an extremely difficult task making his final selections in the different categories. When asked about his selection process, he said "all submitted pieces were of substantial quality, and show the artists' love of painting, but in the end, I had to just trust my heart".
Artist Debra Bannister took home the Juror's Choice Award for her stand-out watercolour "Swan Parade", which was inspired by the Swan March that takes place in Stratford every year to mark the beginning of the Stratford Theatre Festival.
Be sure to stop in at the gallery to enjoy this wonderfully diverse show, on display until August 24th. While there, check out the impressive Bancroft and Area Studio tour preview wall in the gift shop. Local and area artists have displayed selections of their work to give you an advanced look at their beautiful creations. The Studio Tour takes place this year on the weekends of September 20-21 and 27-28. 

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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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