The Lake Country Art Gallery is pleased to present Traces: the dreamt, the seen, the remembered from June 5th to July 19th, 2013. Traces is the fifth exhibit by the Lake Country Art Gallery this year and prominently features the work of three Canadian female artists.
Sometimes the smallest things stick with you for a lifetime. Beliefs, people and memories; none are eternal but each leave small traces upon us that may never fade. Traces is an exhibition that celebrates the small fragments of life that leave everlasting imprints on us.
Traces was a project conceived long ago by curator Katie Brennan. Over the past couple years Brennan met Friend and Madera in her travels across Canada. “I had been waiting to showcase these women’s art for years”, says Brennan. “It wasn’t until I came across the portfolio of Michelle Hall that I finally saw how all their work intertwined.”
Gallery Manager Petrina McNeill anticipated the cross-Canada exhibit since its proposal last September. “Thematically the three women’s art layers quite beautifully”, says McNeill. “However their three different mediums offer different lenses and contexts through which to interpret the central theme.”
Amy Friend is an artist based in St Catherine’s, ON that Brennan met in Banff. As the recipient of the Emerging Artist Windsor Endowment for the Arts (2012), Friend’s work has been growing increasingly celebrated and recognized. Her photography depicts family heirlooms, here the nightgowns of her deceased grandmother. This series of photographs explores what is left after her grandmother’s death. Friend blends elements of light and contrast with the flowing nightgowns’ forms, transparencies and colours to depict more than the ethereal, sheer materials themselves. “The worn areas, marks of where her body had been, emit an aura of her presence” wrote Friend.
Michelle Hall is an Okanagan artist whose multimedia work utilizes text to explore the conception of beliefs. Throughout her portfolio, Hall traces how her experience with others has created or proliferated beliefs within herself.
Laura Madera is an Ontario based artist. Her work utilizes the traditional mediums of watercolour and gouache, expanding the mediums in new directions. Laura Madera’s watercolour paintings are abstracted patterns and surfaces infused with bleached out light. Her memories of events and time are evoked through transparencies and luminous forms.
The Lake Country Art Gallery will host the Opening Gala for Traces: the dreamt, the seen, the remembered Wednesday, June 5th at 6PM. The exhibition will close July 19th.
1. Opening Reception: Traces
What: Exhibition Unveiling, Opening Reception
When: Wednesday, June 5th, 6pm - 8pm
Where: Lake Country Art Gallery
Details: Art, discussion, community and arts networking all rolled into one. Light refreshments and wine will be served. Beliefs, people and memories; none are eternal but each leave small traces upon us that may never fade. Traces is an exhibition that celebrates the small fragments of life that leave everlasting imprints on us. Artists: Amy Friend, Michelle Hall & Laura Madera.
2. Art History's Masters Meet Traces
What: Curatorial Panel Presentation
When: Saturday, June 15th, 1pm - 3pm
Where: Lake Country Art Gallery
Details: Curator Katie Brennan, Paula Irving and Peter Green will discuss each artist in Traces, their listed art historical influences and then extrapolate each artist's art historical parallels and counterparts.
3. Collage Art Workshop: Ways to Seen the Unseen
What: Collage Art Workshop
When: Saturday, July 6th, 3pm - 5pm onwards
Where: Lake Country Art Gallery Art House
Details: Using art making methods such as chance, reflection, games and intuition, participants will access the spontaneity of collage with curator Katie Brennan to create new imagery.
Cost: $30; $25 for Members (cost covers materials as well)