In­ter­na­tion­ally Rec­og­nized Teen to Ex­hibit at

Ye Olde Black­smith Gallery

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead


now and then we hear of an in­di­vid­ual so ac­com­plished we find our­selves ques­tion­ing whether we could not per­haps con­trib­ute more to our small part of the world. When that in­di­vid­ual hasn’t reached his twen­ti­eth birth­day, suffers from an autism dis­or­der, is al­ready a world renowned, award win­ning artist and has suc­ceeded in in­creas­ing aware­ness of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, we are even more likely to stop and take no­tice.

The highly-ac­com­plished nine­teen year old Yaniv Jan­son of New Zealand will be the fea­tured artist at the sea­son open­ing of Stanstead’s trendy Ye Olde Black­smith Art Gallery, lo­cated in the Rock Is­land sec­tor of town, at the base of Duf­ferin Street. The show is en­ti­tled Our

Chang­ing World and is ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing aware­ness of both en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial is­sues for which this young artist has a pas­sion.

Jan­son was born with a high func­tion­ing form of Autism called Asperger’s Syn­drome. The con­di­tion ham­pers one’s abil­ity to ver­bal­ize emo­tions. It seems this young man has found an ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive to ver­bal ex­pres­sion, as he has clearly demon­strated in his brightly coloured, dy­namic art­work. Fur­ther­more, his emo­tions ap­pear to be uni­ver­sally un­der­stood, as he has al­ready ex­hib­ited at over thirty five gal­leries world wide and has won eleven awards and schol­ar­ships.

Vis­it­ing from New Zealand, Jan­son will be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance in Stanstead on June 19th. His vernissage will open June 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the gallery.

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Art­works by this artist con­sist of var­i­ous me­dia, in­clud­ing acrylic and wa­ter­colour on can­vas and pas­tel on pa­per, and are all bold, emo­tion­ally stir­ring pieces fo­cused pre­dom­i­nantly on en­vi­ron­men­tal im­agery.

If the afore-men­tioned achieve­ments are not suf­fi­cient, the young Jan­son is also a pub­lished au­thor. He has writ­ten two books, the sec­ond of which is en­ti­tled

which will be avail­able for sale at the gallery. Jan­son has do­nated his art­work to a Green­peace fund-rais­ing auc­tion to help fund the build­ing of their mo­tor-as­sisted sail­ing yacht used for their en­vi­ron­men­tal protests and sci­en­tific ex­cur­sions. It is one of the “green­est” ships afloat.

Or­ga­niz­ers of the Gallery are very ex­cited to present the work of such a unique and highly cel­e­brated young artist. Lo­cal res­i­dents are strongly en­cour­aged to visit the gallery and ex­pe­ri­ence the avant-garde work of a cut­ting edge young pain­ter. The art­works, like the book, will be avail­able for pur­chase. Eva Juul (right) and guests at 2010 open­ing of gallery

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