August 11 (Saturday) - September 29 (Saturday)
Large scale acrylic paintings of environmental power - speaking to our complex interconnectedness with the natural world. Relating experiences of exposure to the elements at her Rice Lake studio,
Large scale acrylic paintings of environmental power – speaking to our complex interconnectedness with the natural world.
Relating experiences of exposure to the elements at her Rice Lake studio, Rebecca Last’s exhibition Cassandra’s garden; tracing shifted ground reminds us of our deeply rooted psychological ties to landscape and how profoundly we are reshaping them. Already evidenced in the 1840’s by the early Canadian settler and botanist Catharine Parr Traill, who also lived and worked at Rice Lake, and described in detail the altering of the area’s forests, grasslands and waterways. These paintings, grounded in observation and place, are not literal landscapes. Through myth and memory, Last ties our own experiences of nature to the visual, sharing the metaphor of garden, rich in cultural significance, to the ancient seer Cassandra who might offer reflection as we consider how we cultivate our landscapes and manipulate the geography of our planet.
Rebecca Last has been exhibiting and teaching for over 2 decades in Canada and abroad and has been represented by Edward Day Gallery and Gallery Moos in Toronto. She was awarded a Fellowship from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in the United States, and has worked as Artist in Residence at The Banff Center, Hambidge Arts Center in Georgia and Nanjing N. University in China where she lived and lectured as Guest Artist. In 2013 her painting “Through Silence” was included in the documentary film on Climate Change presented to the United Nations Delegation in Warsaw.
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, August 18 – 1 – 4 pm
Meet Rebecca Last in the Blue & Red Galleries today as part of Doors Open Aurora. Last will be in the galleries throughout the afternoon; please drop by to see the exhibition and chat with the artist about her processes. Note that the galleries are open all day.
Ways of Seeing Artist Events
Meet the artist for a gallery walk & talk
Wednesday, September 19 | 6 – 7:30 pm
All welcome; offered at no charge.
August 11 (Saturday) - November 24 (Saturday)
Abstracted paintings - glazes of paint and dry media manipulate the eye and mind. A reflection on the creation process relating to physical and imagined spaces. A refreshing paint
Abstracted paintings – glazes of paint and dry media manipulate the eye and mind. A reflection on the creation process relating to physical and imagined spaces.
A refreshing paint exhibition for the fall season, the Centre welcomes Janine Wheeler with her abstracted paintings. Glazes of paint on synthetic Yupo* paper, and multiple washes on panel and canvas, manipulate the eye and mind, creating reflections of physical and imagined spaces. Janine Wheeler’s process of creation becomes another tool and method of her painting aesthetic.
Creating bushy forms of paint emerge from and recede into the surface, nodding to a surreal world of imagined foliage-like masses. Smooth and painterly, yet leafy and textured, organic and yet conjured. Fluid glazes of paint are layered to achieve a meditative space, for both the eyes and mind to wander, rest, and contemplate. Truthful to both the creative process and the imagery it hints to, mirroring one’s own slippery and sublime connection with nature.
* Yupo is the 100% recyclable, waterproof, tree-free synthetic paper made from polypropylene pellets.
Janine Wheeler lives in rural Ontario. She received her BFA from OCADU in 2016, after completing her fine arts diploma from Georgian College, Barrie in 2014. Working predominantly within abstraction, her process-based studio practice is made up of oil and acrylic painting, photo transfers, and experimental video.
Wednesday, October 24 from 6 – 8 pm – all welcome. Light refreshments.
Ways of Seeing Guided Gallery Tours of (through) Thick & Thin with Curator Stephanie Nicolò
Wednesday, August 29: 1 – 2:30 pm
Wednesday, October 3: 6 – 7:30 pm
Janine Wheeler – Guest Artist at Summer Camp.
Below, our summer campers enjoyed an artist talk in the galleries with Janine, followed by a Yupo painting activity. As one camper exclaimed when the were the art-making process – “This is magic!”