Shows in 2018

December 2017 – January 27: Freddie Towe – “Flow”

Opening Reception Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

Sponsors:  Barbara Allport and Clasina Weese

 

January 31 – February 24: Harold Eastman and Larry Ostrom – “Faces of Bancroft: Makin’ a Living/Makin’ Music”.  An exhibition of photography.

Opening Reception Friday, February 2 at 7:30 pm.

Sponsors:  Dr. J. Rawal and Dr. J. Guthrie, and Dr. M. Fransky

 

February 28 – March 31: Molly Moldovan: - “Turbulent Heart” Exhibition of Paintings

Opening Reception: Friday, March 2 at 7:30 pm

Sponsors: Parkview Dental Centre and Bancroft Auto Body

 

April 4 – April 28: Fred Gottschalk – “Bee-cause and Effect”. Wall Constructions

Opening Reception: Friday, April 6 at 7:30 pm

Sponsors: Bancroft Home Hardware and Friends of the Gallery

 

May 3 – May 26: Martha Eleen: "Before Tomorrow". An Exhibition of Paintings

Opening Reception: Friday, May 4 at 7:30 pm

Sponsors: Ingrid and Hugh Monteith, and TBA

 

May 30 – June 30: Eric  Weiner – “Still Life is ... still life”:  An exhibition of photography.

Opening Reception: Friday, June 1 at 7:30 pm

Sponsors: Micheline Leveque, and The Barn Chefs

 

July 4 – 28: Moses Amik – "Above Looking Down":  A Retrospective of His Art

Opening Reception: Friday, July 6 at 7:30 pm

Sponsor: Camp Ponacka

 

August 1 – September 1: Paul Chester - "Landscape Reflections": Exhibition of Paintings

Opening Reception: Friday, August 3 at 7:30 pm.

Sponsor: The Old Hastings Mercantile and Gallery, and Dalila Obregon

 

September 5 - 29: Rocky Dobey – "Etchings": Intaglio Prints, with guest collaborator Rocky Lawrence Green

Opening Reception: Friday, September 7 at 7:30 pm

Also: Studio Tour sampler in Gallery Shop

Sponsor: Hybla Today

 

October 3 – October 27: Julie Lockau – Exhibition of Works

Opening Reception: Friday, October 5 at 7:30 pm

Sponsor: Susan Latremoille

 

October 31 – December 1: Alex Jack – “From Outside” Exhibition of Landscape Paintings

Opening Reception: Friday, November 2 at 7:30 pm

Sponsor: Pat Cooke in Memory of Paul David Cooke

 

December 5, 2018 – January 26, 2019: 36th Annual Invitational Juried Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 at 7:30 pm

Sponsor: Boyer GMC Bancroft

 

Paul Chester - "Landscape Reflections"

An Exhibition of Paintings

August 1 – September 1, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, August 3 at 7:30 pm.

 

Sponsors: The Old Hastings Mercantile and Gallery, and Dalila Obregon

 

About the Artist

Paul Chester studied painting and sculpture in art academies in Toronto and Paris, and graduated in 1992 from Ontario College of Art, now known as OCAD University.

With oil as his primary medium, Chester builds the surfaces of his canvases with many layers of paint and glazes. The physicality in the treatment of these canvases is closely connected to Chester's sculptural experience and sustained relationship with his natural surroundings. Lines are often scratched and carved into the paint, exposing the ground beneath.

 

   “Before the Night”, oil, 18” x 24”

 

The luminosity that highlights the individual landscapes is the essential element that threads Chester's works together. His paintings are not individually derived from specific locations but are rather suggested fragments of recollection, glimpses of memory.  Chester notes, "the subjects of my oil paintings are restful places and retreats found in the natural landscape – country fields, flowers, forests, horizons, clouds and waterscapes. These impressions are painted from memory – they are my visual diaries; peaceful mementos celebrating beauty."

He has had 35 Solo Exhibitions and over 40 Group Shows across Canada, the United States and London, England, and is currently represented by 10 galleries.

 

    “In Front of a Dramatic Sky”, oil, 24” x 18”

 

About the Exhibition: “Landscape Reflections”

Inspired by the magic of a moment, Paul Chester explores the emotions and sensory power of a scene in time through his landscape works. Like a song, he takes viewers through an emotional journey, sharing a moving story, which is told through the rhythms and beats of his brush. His work exudes the boldness and passion of Van Gogh, and the poetic dream-like artistry of Monet.

These French influences are born from his Parisian training. He attended the Academy St. Roch in Paris, France, studying there for eight months. Here, he gained inspiration from the many public art museums and began learning French. After his training in France, Paul returned to Toronto, his home-city, to expand his artistic studies and further develop his craft. He enrolled in the school, “Art’s Sake” and flourished through various art courses. By 1983, Paul started exhibiting professionally and several years later, was accepted with advance standing to attend OCA, now OCADU, where he received his art degree in the Sculpture Installation Program.

 

    “Northern Sky”, oil, 40” x 40”

 

Paul’s training was not exclusively formal; in his early years, his creative gene was unleashed by his parents who were also artists. They both painted and his mother also sculpted, inspiring Paul to take up painting when he was nineteen with his father’s old paint set. Although he mostly paints, he also enjoys sculpting whimsical figures.

Over the years, Paul developed a masterful collection of landscape paintings, intertwining both his formal training and personal explorations. He also established a style that fuses his two aesthetic interests: the serenity of impressionism and the expression of color and line. The hints of expressionist sentiments in his work are an instinctive reflection of his memory.  His landscapes represent his memory of places, providing an interpretation of them through his dreamy recollection of their feel and experience. Each landscape painting is merely a suggestion of a scene that captures its movement and texture, turning the space into a visual song. Throughout most of his landscape paintings, Paul integrates the motif of the horizon. This mysterious sense of abyss becomes the centre of his ethereal atmospheres.

 

    “In the Country”, oil, 40” x 60”

 

 Although each of Paul’s works appear seamlessly unified in color and composition, he never pre-plans his landscapes before executing them. Rather, Paul perceives his craft as a discovery process, where he may playfully navigate through his senses, reacting to his impulses to develop the scene. This approach creates a meditative correspondence between himself and the painting, between artist and canvas.

 

Artist Statement

I paint contemporary impressionist landscapes with mostly oil, building up the surfaces of canvas or wood panels with layers of paint and glazes using a combination of brush and painting knifes to achieve an overall luminosity.

My subject matters are found in the natural world that I see from a walk or simply driving by: peaceful places and retreats – country fields, flowers, rolling hills, forests, horizons, cloud formations, and waterscapes.

 

    “Late September”, oil, 30” x 40”

 

My paintings are an emotional response to what I see in the natural landscape in the area that surrounds my home and studio. Somewhat ethereal in nature, images of landscapes and water are painted from memory and the experience of that moment. I enjoy using oil paint because it lends itself to being scraped and scratched, cutting into the paint to reveal the colours beneath.

Painting for me is a poetic expression…a state of mind, rather than a photographic copy of nature. They are my visual diaries celebrating the beauty and peace found in nature.

 

     “Early Evening Sparkle”, oil

 

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