New exhibition features sculpture, photography
YeOlde Blacksmith Art Gallery, 240 A rue Dufferin in Stanstead, Qc., is proud to announce the vernissage for its second exhibition of the season featuring an installation of metal and wooden sculptural works and ink drawings by Shirley Berk Simon and an exhibit of travel photography by Gabriel Safdie on Saturday, July 14th from 5-7 pm.
A resident of Montreal, Simon spent much of her working life as a physiotherapist in hospitals, a career that brought her in contact with broad cross sections of social milieus, languages, and various states of ‘being’, resulting in situations that would stimulate her creativity and need for expression. Her installations are ‘interrogative’, confronting serious and fundamental issues in society, such as aging and death but with humor and a sense of playfulness and joy worked in; her work a catharsis for addressing her own personal baggage. She has exhibited in numerous private and group shows, pieces of her artwork now in private collections all over the world.
Gabriel Safdie is a wellknown name in Stanstead, where he is extensively involved with the Rock Island Project and the general revitalization of Stanstead. While residing in Montreal, where he oversees the family company, he and his wife have a lakeside home in Ogden since the mid- 70’s.
Safdie’s background as a writer and professor of literature includes also his work in theatre and music, and in recent years he has developed a passion for photography. He specializes partly in capturing the people and places he visits during his extensive explorations around the world. He has a particular interest in sharing the far-reaching places he visits most often in East Asia and the Orient. He has had several exhibition in Canada as well as four significant ones in China under the title ‘Changing China through the eyes of a Canadian friend’ (Beijing, Qingtao, Tai’ An).
The images for this current show were taken during a recent trip to India, again focusing on subjects that convey a sense of culture in its array of color, customs, and rituals, allowing the observer to be part of the scene itself.
The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, from 11- 6pm. The show continues for three weeks, ending July 29th.