Shows in 2021

Closed February and March 2021 for renovations

 

April 7 - May 29, Shannon Taylor – Remembered, Imagined: mixed media

Opening Reception, cancelled, show extended to May 29

Virtual exhibition also online

Co-Sponsors:  Micheline Leveque and Gertrud  Sorensen 

 

May 5 - 29, Underneath: Juried Theme Show

Physical Exhibition cancelled, virtual exhibition now online

Sponsor: Camp Ponacka

 

June 2 – 26, Melinda Shank-Miles - Fragile: paintings

This show has been re-scheduled to 2022

Co-Sponsor: Wilson Timber Mart and TBA

 

June 30 – July 31, Ketha Newman – PaintDEMIC!: paintings

This show has been re-scheduled to 2022

Sponsor: Parkview Dental

 

August 4 – 28, Connie van Rijn – In the Shadows: paintings

Opening Reception, if acceptable to COVID regulations: Friday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Co-Sponsors:  Susan Latremoille and Pamela Gibb-Carsley

 

September 1 – 25, Ken Balmer - Balance  paintings

Opening Reception, if acceptable to COVID regulations: Friday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Bancroft Eye Care

 

September 29 – October 30: Andrew Ooi – Without Interrupting the System: Paper Sculpture

Opening Reception, if acceptable to COVID regulations: Friday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor: REVA Realty

 

November 3 – 27, Chas Burke – Title to be announced: painting

Opening Reception, if acceptable to COVID regulations: Friday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Pat Cooke in Memory of Paul D. Cooke

 

December 1 - 24, 2020, 39th Invitational Juried Exhibition

Opening Reception, if acceptable to COVID regulations: Friday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Boyer Chevrolet Buick GMC Bancroft

Ken Balmer - Balance  paintings

September 1 – 25

Opening Reception, if acceptable to COVID regulations: Friday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Bancroft Eye Care

 

Artist Statement

What is more basic than gender? 

We come into the world assigned – male or female. Our first room, our clothes, our toys all scream blue or pink.  The social illusion of what this all means is constructed and reinforced by parents, siblings, friends, teachers and ever-present marketing messages.  Most of us grow comfortably into these two clearly defined spaces; others feel a dissonance.

  The Journey

"Be patient with the change process".  Oil on acrylic, 20”x24

 

Jung tells us that we all have both the masculine and feminine in our psyche. Expanding, he notes that in later life we are all called to integrate the opposite energy into our being and behaviour.  A man must inevitably meet and embrace his anima (female energy).  A woman develops her animus (male energy).

 

   Anima Within

"Liberation of the female anima within every maturing male".  Two acrylic pours completed with oil, 24”x36”

 

Many, however, are most comfortable living and expressing a balanced form throughout most of their self-directed life: adopting androgynous fashions and behaviours. Meanwhile we all live in a world that subconsciously seeks and values integrated male and female energies; and is simultaneously uncomfortable being around and accommodating those who live somewhere along, rather than at the ends of the gender spectrum.

 

  Yin Yang

"Female and male energies held in harmony". Oil on Acrylic, 16”x24”

 

This art has given me the opportunity to reflect on gender balance, options and challenges.

 

About the Artist

Ken’s work is inspired by his search for and appreciation of spirituality in all its forms.   A previous small book/collection bears the title Orenda - an Iroquois name for a supernatural force believed to be present in varying degrees, in all persons, creatures and objects – the spiritual driver for human accomplishment.  Favourite subjects include hawks (his power animal), the essential spirit of animals, spiritual leaders/ elders, and prayer in its many forms (southwest Native American Dancers, drummers, West Coast totems) – wherever he senses the power of orenda.

Ken lives in Bancroft, on the edge of Algonquin Park, with a winter home just north of the Mexican border in Arizona and a wanderlust that takes him into nature and the wilderness by motorcycle, boat or RV for several months every year.

He has been painting for over 45 years, is self-taught, guided by a few mentors and many professionals who have willingly shared their talent and time.  Locally, his work has been shown at the Art Gallery of Bancroft, Let the Cat Go Fine Art in Bracebridge, Wildewood Gallery in Maynooth, A Place for the Arts, and The Muse.

Ken has a Ph.D. in geography/planning and has enjoyed an eclectic career as academic, manager, futurist and consultant.

Contact Details

Art Gallery of Bancroft
10 Flint Avenue
P.O. Box 398
Bancroft, Ontario
K0L 1C0

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