Last weekend marked the opening of Rêveries, an art exhibition at the Galerie d’art Le Vieux Forgeron in Stanstead, QC. I feel so blessed to be a part of such a delightful show, with my work alongside beautiful paintings and mixed media pieces by Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo and Shirley Katz, two fellow artists from the Complexe du Canal Lachine in Montreal.
If you are unfamiliar with their work, it is certainly worth checking out:
Inspired by the beauty of the natural world, Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo, is showing work from her exquisite mixed media series, Modern Audubon, featuring images painted on collages of Japanese papers. Her work can be found in Canadian and American collections as well as in China, Switzerland and Singapore. Her paintings have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States and England.
Shirley Katz creates beautiful and sensitive figurative work describing people’s emotions through their facial expressions and bodily gestures. She has participated in over 100 group and solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Australia and Brazil. Her works are included in numerous public and private collections, among them the Musée des beaux arts du Québec, Royal Bank of Canada and the Claridge Collection.
Both are outstanding artists and lovely people as well.
As for me, I am showing several paintings on canvas as well as smaller works on paper that explore family relationships and moments, all depicting women in my family at various stages of their lives. Though personal to me, you will likely find that some of these scenes will stir up memories of your own…
(All in all, I think we were all pleasantly surprised at how well our work went together! Many people had mentioned this to me during the vernissage. The atmosphere felt airy, dreamy and summery. The irony is that the three of us had really struggled to find a name for the show that collectively described our work. In fact, “Nothing in Common” was even put forth as a title for the exhibition!)
The Vieux Forgeron also has a special room devoted to artwork with a social justice purpose featuring the theme “Women of the Mountains” with stunning artwork and items created by women of Nepal, provided by Martine Breuillaud of the Alaya Foundation , as well as beautiful photography by Martine Breuillaud and Dany Lavoie. There will be a screening of a documentary film on Saturday June 30, at 7pm.
Lastly but certainly not least, I am truly grateful to everyone who came to the opening and visited the exhibition so far and for their kind words, and especially to my family and friends that made the drive from Montreal and decided to make a weekend of it!
The show continues until July 1st. Go see it for yourself!
Galerie d’art Le Vieux Forgeron, 240A Dufferin, Stanstead QC. 819-876-2282
Open Thurs-Sun 11-6 pm