New ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures sculp­ture, pho­tog­ra­phy

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Stanstead

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.

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