An­nie Ab­dalla & Lucy Do­heny at Up­lands

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Len­noxville

Up­land­sCul­tural and Her­itage Cen­ter is pleased to ex­hibit An­nie Ab­dalla & Lucy Do­heny. The pub­lic is in­vited to meet the artists at a vernissage on Sun­day, Au­gust 28th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Up­lands, 9 Speid Street in the bor­ough of Len­noxville (Sher­brooke). An­nie Ab­dalla

Born in Sher­brooke and raised in Coat­i­cook, Pain­ter, An­nie Ab­dalla has been ex­plor­ing the “egg” shape for many years now, char­ac­ter­iz­ing the process as, “an on­go­ing and deep­en­ing di­a­logue […] in­ves­ti­ga­tions shaped by con­tem­pla­tive prac­tices that cul­ti­vate the abil­ity to per­ceive with fresh eyes each time”.

In the artist’s own words, she de­scribes this se­ries: Cal­lipy­gian as “Fat bot­toms, cur­va­ceous delights”, ad­vis­ing view­ers that these are, “open to a mul­ti­tude of read­ings: hope, ex­pec­ta­tion, fe­male shapes, or even the fem­i­nine propen­sity for cre­ation. They hold the prom­ise of some­thing to come, the mys­tery of pos­si­bil­ity yet to be re­al­ized. Or they could make a yummy lunch”.

Ab­dalla now lives in Prospect Vil­lage, Nova Scotia with reg­u­lar long stays in Sher­brooke. Her work has been shown in Canada, the US and Ice­land. She works in a va­ri­ety of medi­ums in both two and three di­men­sions. Lucy Do­heny

A na­tive of Len­noxville, Lucy Do­heny learned to make pot­tery at Cham­plain Col­lege Len­noxville in the late 1970s un­der the tute­lage of Dean Mullavey who re­mains her men­tor. Her work is rec­og­nized, not only by its themes, (irises, drag­on­flies and morn­ing glo­ries be­ing some of the most pop­u­lar), but by its aes­thetic. The Pot­ter has al­ways had a nat­u­ral abil­ity for throw­ing pots and a fi­nesse in ma­neu­ver­ing the pot­ter’s wheel, “My style of throw­ing is very thin and fine, giv­ing my pots a del­i­cate feel, much like porce­lain”.

In­flu­enced by the things that are most close to her heart, she garner inspiration from the gar­dens which sur­round her stu­dio, and play­fully in­cor­po­rates her daugh­ter’s name in each piece: “Since her birth in 1992, I have in­cor­po­rated [her] name into the dec­o­ra­tion of ev­ery pot I’ve made. Find the Mimi!”

Do­heny has ex­hib­ited through­out the East Coast in Canada and the US.

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