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What strikes you as beautiful?
 

There is something bigger than fact: the underlying spirit, all it stands for, the mood, the vastness, the wildness.

- Emily Carr

Wetlands: Algonquin Park 

Pina Manoni-Rennick
acrylic on canvas 30" x 24"

 



We return to our collective roots: Canadian wilderness landscape paintings, the heart and soul of Canadian artistic expression.
 
IN THIS ISSUE 

Canadian Wilderness Landscapes

Reflections on the Meaning of Canada

We're Open! On Canada Day and Beyond


Upcoming: Equestria, a Benefit for India, and a September Surprise

Canadian Wilderness Landscapes (through August)
Not knowing the conventions of beauty,
Tom Thomson found it all beautiful.
― A Y Jackson


This summer, we're featuring a very strong array of painters of the Canadian landscape. 

Currently we're featuring two established local artists, Pina Manoni-Rennick (above) and Barb Sohn (below) in our window display, which of course is always visible.
Big Rideau Lake: Noble Bay
Barb Sohn
acrylic on canvas 36" x 36 "

There are new pieces in the gallery by Karen Taylor Dyrda, Peter Leckett,  and Phillida Hargreaves.
Spruce
Peter Leckett
20" x 16"
acrylic on cradleboard


 
Nature Finds a Way
Karen Taylor Dyrda
oil on canvas
30" x 30"
Across the Lake III (detail)
Phillida Hargreaves
fibre arts (fabrics and threads)
15" x 23"

We're also excited to introduce Lori Ridgeway at her first gallery exhibit. We'll be featuring Lori in an upcoming newsletter and display. We currently have three of her pieces at the gallery, including this prize-winning beauty.
Dressed for Winter
Lori Ridgeway
29" x 41" including frame
oil on canvas, 24"x36", framed

Our "Canadiana" exhibit also features works by Elisabeth Arbuckle, Elisabeth Baechlin, Pat Carbonneau, Ron Kok, Sara Alex Mullen, Olga Radushkevich, Susan Reiter, Irene Tobis, Anita Utas, and Mary Ann Varley! 
 
Reflections on the Meaning of Canada
Uniformity is neither desirable nor possible in a country the size of Canada. We should not even be able to agree upon the kind of Canadian to choose as a model, let alone persuade most people to emulate it.

A society which eulogizes the average citizen is one which breeds mediocrity.

What the world should be seeking, and what in Canada we must continue to cherish, are not concepts of uniformity but human values: compassion, love, and understanding.


                                 - Pierre Trudeau, 1971

As we enter into an unusually serious and reflective Canada Day, given the shocking revelations regarding the "residential school" systems, it's important as well to remember what we are doing right.

Your gallerists both have perspectives shaped by immigration. Michael is immensely grateful to Canada for accepting his refugee family into Canada at the end of World War II. He was born into a safe and sane country, which is more than his parents could say.

Irene lived most of her life (aside from a year in Scotland) in the USA where she was born. She was eager to move to Canada a few years ago. She was asked, at her first Canada Day as a resident, to offer a single word to describe our nation. She used "kind". 

Irene expressing the zeal of the converted at her first Canada Day
at the Lindenlea neighbourhood pancake breakfast, 2017.
 

That this country was vastly less than kind to its indigenous population than to its immigrants is not something we want to turn away from, nor to justify. It's only a silver lining to this terrible story that Canada is taking the trouble to confront and struggle to cope with its guilt. But it's no small feat either. Many other countries would try to turn away, to diminish or deny such a history. 

Still, we want to say, with enthusiasm and gratitude, that a great appeal of our new lives, as a new Canadian (Irene) and as a recommitted Canadian (Michael), is the diversity and inclusiveness of the country, the city, and the neighbourhood.  We are honoured and delighted to have exhibited not only born Canadians, both anglophone and francophone, but also artists born in Germany, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Korea, Russia, Turkey, and the UK as well as the USA . Each of these artists brings their own cultural perspective to our corner of the world. Here are a few examples of multicultural influences in art currently available at the gallery:
Duck Lake
Olga Radushkevich
13" x 16.5" including frame
watercolour on paper, 11" x 14", framed

Tulips and Carnations in the Breeze
Bilgin Buberoglu 
glazed ceramic platter, 12" diameter
The Day After
Clara Kim
acrylic on canvas, 24" x 24"
 

Obviously Canada's inclusiveness doesn't come without difficulty or challenge, nor without failure. But we do aspire to rise to the difficult occasion, and that at least reflects well on whom we have become.
 
Open Canada Day and Beyond!

Under provincial rules, we are open to the point of allowing five people inside at a time. This means up to four visitors, as one gallerist will be present. Masks remain required. 

Our open hours  are 11 AM - 7 PM, Thursdays through Saturdays.

This includes Canada Day, July 1.

We are frequently on site at other times. Unless a "Do Not Disturb" sign is in the door (usually because we're on a conference call), we'll welcome visitors at such times as well, "by happenstance".

Photographs of art don't do them full justice! We encourage you to come by and have a look, to get the full impact of these marvelous artworks. Welcome back!

 

Upcoming: 
Equestria, a Benefit for India, and a September Surprise
Our landscape feature will continue through August. We'll continue to accept contributions by established gallery artists but we're not looking for new artists through this summer.

We are also working toward a small fundraising show featuring art influenced by traditional themes of India in a benefit for that country, which has endured terrible consequences of the COVID epidemic of late.

In October, we will be venturing into new territory, with a "horse" theme. It's a challenging theme, but we have already found a few artists who can carry it off. The featured artist for this show will be the photographer Sandy Sharkey, who's well known for her astonishing photos of the wild horses of Sable Island. This is our next open exhibit. We welcome submissions from new as well as established artists and photographers on any theme involving horses, wild or tame. 

And what of September? We have plans, but they're a secret for now! Stay tuned to this channel to find out more!

Shown at left:
For Tomorrow
Clara Kim
12' x 48" acrylic on canvas

 
Please help us support local art and local artists!
The source of our art then is not in the achievements of other artists in other days and lands. Although it has learned a great deal from these, our art is founded on a long and growing love and understanding of the North in an ever clearer experience of oneness with the informing spirit of the whole land and a strange brooding sense of Mother Nature fostering a new race and a new age... So the Canadian artist was drawn North.
 
- Lawren Harris
We're located just off the Rideau Pathway, so wander by on your urban hike, visit the geese, take in the summer scenery, and have a peek at our display windows while you're in the neighbourhood! 
 
As always, we try to keep the Gallery windows interesting for passers-by.

While we're happy to welcome visitors again, curbside pickup and local delivery (within the city limits) remain available.  
 
We also can ship many of our pieces within North America.

 
We and our artists greatly appreciate
you shopping locally!
 

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