Aca­dian painters fea­tured in new Fog For­est ex­hi­bi­tion

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Fog For­est Gallery has opened a new ex­hi­bi­tion of paint­ings by Yvon Gal­lant and Alvin Richard, with a pub­lic re­cep­tion planned for Thurs­day, Oct. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All are wel­come.

“Har­vest / Mois­son – Paint­ings by Yvon Gal­lant and Alvin Richard” will con­sist of 14 paint­ings by each artist.

The two Aca­dian artists, both from Monc­ton, have fol­lowed very dif­fer­ent paths in be­com­ing pro­fes­sional artists, and each has a dis­tinct ap­proach to their art and a unique artis­tic style. They have worked on this project in­de­pen­dently and their in­di­vid­ual ap­proach styles add con­trast and in­ter­est to the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Janet Craw­ford, owner of Fog For­est says: “This ex­hi­bi­tion will be a ‘har­vest’ in the true sense of the word by bring­ing to­gether the boun­ti­ful cre­ative en­er­gies of th­ese two painters. Gal­lant and Richard have sown and har­vested some very imag­i­na­tive and beau­ti­ful paint­ings.”

Gal­lant, born in Monc­ton in 1950, was one of the Univer­site de Monc­ton’s first grad­u­ates in vis­ual arts. Since grad­u­at­ing in 1976, he has con­trib­uted his time and his art work to the U de M, the Na­tional Film Board and Ga­lerie Sans Nom.

He has been in­vited into more than 80 solo and group ex­hi­bi­tions through­out Canada, the United States and France in both pub­lic and pri­vate gal­leries. He is the re­cip­i­ent of many awards, in­clud­ing the Canada Coun­cil for the Arts, The New Brunswick Arts Coun­cil and The Prov­ince of New Brunswick, in­clud­ing the Miller Brit­tain Prize for ex­cel­lence in the vis­ual arts in 1992. He is an elected mem­ber of the Royal Cana­dian Academy of Art. On Oct. 14, 2017, the Beaver­brook Art Gallery will or­ga­nize a gala to cel­e­brate their new ex­panded fa­cil­i­ties. Gal­lant has been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate as a guest artist at that event.

Richard was born in Rex­ton, N.B., in 1962 and grew up along the Northum­ber­land Strait shores in Cap-lu­mière. Com­pletely self­taught, he started paint­ing at the age of 25 and was ini­tially in­flu­enced by the re­al­ist move­ment and artists that emerged from the fine arts fac­ulty of Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity.

He has been rep­re­sented by pro­fes­sional gal­leries since 2003 and has ex­hib­ited in more than 90 solo and group ex­hi­bi­tions across Canada and the U.S.A. He was elected a mem­ber of the Fed­er­a­tion of Cana­dian Artists in 2004. His pas­sion for art and travel has taken him to most ma­jor art mu­se­ums across Canada, the United States and Western Europe. In 2015, he was a fi­nal­ist for the Grand Prize Com­pe­ti­tion of Art Revo­lu­tion Taipei in Tai­wan. His art­work is found in pub­lic, pri­vate and cor­po­rate col­lec­tions around the world.

This ex­hi­bi­tion, “Har­vest / Mois­son” con­tin­ues un­til Nov. 8. Fog For­est Gallery is lo­cated at 14 Bridge St., in Sackville, N.B. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. fog­forest­gallery.ca or phone 506536-9000.

Alvin Richard’s, acrylic paint­ing on hard­board, “Green Tomato on Warhol Camp­bell Soup Can.”

Yvon Gal­lant’s, acrylic on can­vas paint­ing, “Beau­coup de Grapes de Raisins.”

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