Al­lyna Har­ris at Beaulne Mu­seum

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Coat­i­cook

The Beaulne Mu­seum in Coat­i­cook is proud to present the ex­hi­bi­tion «Shields» by pain­ter and mu­si­cian Al­lyna Har­ris, from March 6 to June 5, 2011. The open­ing will take place on Sun­day, March 6 at 2 p.m. The pub­lic is cor­dially in­vited.

«Shield» is an ex­hi­bi­tion of round paint­ings which in­te­grate sa­cred ge­om­e­try, man­dala and the colour sym­bol­ism of Ti­betan prayer flags. The rich pri­mary colours of the paint­ings are con­nected to Ti­betan Bud­dhist colour sym­bol­ism and its as­so­ci­a­tions with earth, air, fire, wa­ter and space. The im­agery is man­dala like or draws from ob­ser­va­tions of na­ture and the cos­mos or, as with «Cell Tower Shield» and «Oil Spill Shield», our tech­no­log­i­cal in­flu­ences on these en­vi­ron­ments. The paint­ings be­gin with an equi­lat­eral tri­an­gle within a cir­cle - the tri­an­gle as a metaphor for body, mind and spirit and the cir­cle rep­re­sent­ing whole­ness. These forms also sug­gest land­scape, hori­zon, and depths of space and sky. They cre­ate a cen­tre and, from the cen­tre, an un­fold­ing of in­ter­con­nected flow. The «Shields» pro­ject is also in­flu­enced by con­cepts of heal­ing, whole­ness and the sa­cred­ness of the nat­u­ral world.

Al­lyna Har­ris works as a vis­ual artist, mu­si­cian and com­poser in the East­ern Town­ships and Mon­treal. She is the founder and artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Choromondo Choir and has col­lab­o­rated with artists, dancers and mu­si­cans, no­tably gui­tarist Peter Mendi­eta with whom she has recorded sev­eral al­bums of orig­i­nal mu­sic. Her cre­ative de­vel­op­ment in­cludes a B.F.A. in mu­sic, trav­els in Europe, vis­its to museums and gal­leries, work­shops with other artists and per­sonal ex­per­i­men­ta­tion in vis­ual arts and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic.

Reg­u­lar hours at the Beaulne Mu­seum from 16 Septem­ber to 14 May: Tues­day to Sun­day, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In­for­ma­tion: 819 849 6560

For the fifth year, 143 girls in lev­els 2 and 3 of high school got the chance to find out about ca­reers in science, en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy dur­ing the Les filles et les sci­ences: un duo élec­trisant event, held at the Université de Sher­brooke last week­end. Among the twelve work­shops set up, “Hé Al­lume” al­lowed the girls to learn about the prop­er­ties of light and the prob­lems of light pol­lu­tion.

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