Official public opening reception July 16th in Partners Hall at the Algonquin Theatre

Saturday, May 26, 2012

My solo show "Reflections of Nature" continues until June 9th, at The Chapel Gallery, Muskoka Arts and Crafts, 15 King Street, Bracebridge. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-5:00. Call Gallery 705.645.5501

Hope you can get out to see the show!  Exciting news...I will be there at The Chapel Gallery on May 29th from 10:00- 12:00 for a live interview with Cogeco cable. Check it out later next week!

My solo show commemorates my journey of discovery, joy and wonder that I experience in Nature. It is called "Reflections of Nature" but the river runs much deeper than that as it is also a reflection of me and who I am. My art expresses my inner convictions and worldview and a yearning to protect the very thing that brings me joy. Yes it is about reflecting the beauty that I see in the sparkle of dew on a unfolding leaf. or in diamonds of light dancing across the water, but the inspiration is only the beginning of expressing what I feel is worthy of fighting to protect.

I experienced a true "shift" a couple of years back during my participation in an event called artSHIFT which was part of a much bigger event called Creative Shift. It was a real turning point for me as I no longer saw my work as only a means of celebrating the joy and wonder I see in nature, but to use my art as a call to action to protect and preserve our environment for generations to come. I was paired with a local creative innovative company called Lord and Partners, a manufacturer of green chemistry. It was a fantastic opportunity to think outside the box and create a piece of artwork that reflected his intentions and direction as a company. It caused a "shift" in me and helped me to really recognize how my art can speak a different language and inspire others to come forward into a sense of stewardship and responsibility. The artwork I created out of auto parts and cleaning fluid was called " A greener tomorrow" and became the starting point for my solo show.

There is another underlying element in my work which permeates everything I do, and that is my unwavering faith and spirit. I haven't lost my childlike sense of awe, and I am still amazed by the beauty of it all. No matter what challenges I have faced or how bad things get or how dark life may be at times, I choose the light to carry me through. My art also becomes a form of personal stewardship and a sense of responsibility to use my creative gift to assist worthy organizations and helping others and our planet. There are five paintings that I have selected and designated to have portions donated to specific organizations, such as The Muskoka Heritage Foundation, The Friends of Algonquin Park, The Canadian Cancer Society, and Habitat for Humanity Muskoka. I have also selected " A greener tomorrow" to have a portion go to the TD Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation, of which I am a monthly supporter and also act as a voting member on a local board for grants approvals.

I am very excited about my solo show and to present some new works to the public. I have always seen my art as a way to encourage a response from the viewer. My greatest hope is that the viewer will feel connected to a living breathing earth and want to protect it for all it is worth.


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