Gallery closes for winter
YeOlde Blacksmith Art Gallery in downtown Rock Island closed its doors last Sunday for the winter. Their final exhibition, which ran from August 30 to September 23, featured the work of two artists with wildly different approaches to the making and meaning of art, but both with equally impressive backgrounds and resumés.
cont'd from page 4 Claude Lecours, Stéphane Francoeur, Vicky Comeau, Marc Parent, Guy Ouellet, Anne-Marie Létourneau, Vicky Liu and JeanSamuel Gaboriault. At the Haskell Library, we thank Jardin-des-Frontieres 6 graders Béatrice Bouchard, Nicolas Tremblay, Hannah Veilleux, and Antony Gagnon who offered a skit organised by Suzanne Patry and Julie Dubois; Nancy Rumery and Michèle Richard who welcomed the artists at the Haskell; the Vermont Symphony Orchestra which offered Rémy a very touching piece of music. Then we had the final ceremony with music by Kevin Groves and the Black Dogs.
There were also many people that helped out behind the camera. I’ll name a few but each one of you who helped out in any way was precious. François Bergerons, who drove the artists around all weekend; Gabriel Safdie who took photos; Security: Bruno Roy, Roger Lussier, Scott Forest, Josh Phaneuf and Jean Fluet; Johnny and Jeanne Comeau, Bob Salesse for lending their old cars; Pat Bouchard for saving us from a sticky situation on Saturday morning; Lise Kusminska, Lynn Lymer, Yvan Aird and the Colby Curtis Museum staff; Paul Stuart, Peggy Alger and Wayne Stratton for the set up of our final celebration.
Finally, thanks to our sponsors:
B&B’s Le Cosy, À la Claire Fontaine, Maison du Granite for lodging the film crew,
Desjardins Caisse de Stanstead, Rock of Ages, Centenary United Church and Ville de Stanstead.
Isabelle Gilbert, a native of Sherbrooke, was trained at the Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and has exhibited locally at the Beaulne Museum in Coaticook and at the Sherbrook Museum of Fine Arts. She has been, on three separate occasions, a recipient of grants from CALQ (Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec) awarded to talented artists and writers based in the Eastern Townships, and has recently been commisioned by the city of LacMégantic to create artwork for their public spaces.
Her work, which she calls “Écotone,” explores and blurs the boundaries between technology and nature. Her signature pieces at Ye Old Blacksmith were designed to look like nuclear gloveboxes, whereby gallerygoers would insert their hands into the “gloves” like scientists while peering through “microscopes” at pigeons, bacteria and other images of the natural world.
The art highlights the ultra-scientific, almost sterile approach we have to engaging with our own environment.
Another of her pieces features a lifelike statuette of a two-headed pigeon, hinting at the “unnatural” effect our science and technology has on the world it attempts to study and explain.
On the second floor of the gallery, the work of Korean artist Yong Sook Kim Lambert was displayed. An inveterate traveller, Ms. Lambert has been all over the planet, and her art reflects this, as it attempts to marry Oriental and Occidental art traditions.
Her work has been collected and exhibited all over the United States and Canada. Some even hangs in the House of Commons in Ottawa.
“I was interested in exploring the compositional details by depicting mysterious hints of human shapes,” Ms. Lambert writes about her paintings at Ye Olde Blacksmith. Titled they are a series of canvases featuring the same disembodied lower torso with an odd, almost phallic cloud hovering above it.
Each variation of the painting boasts a different colour scheme; and all are bold and arresting.
Thenutritionist from the CSSS Memphremagog came to the CAB RH Rediker’s Health Day, on Tuesday, armed with many pamphlets and handouts all about eating right. Members had many questions about topics such as drinking too much milk and the quality of fish. Ms. Patry went over the Canadian Food guide,
“I like the unsettling subject matter,” she writes. “[And I] wanted to capture this essence through my use of color, texture, and line.”
It’s a testament to Ye Olde Blacksmith Gallery that it continues to exhibit explaining the importance of eating food from each group and about plate proportions. She also spoke about iron, what its function is in the body, and gave out pamphlets of iron-rich food recipes. “Some of my recipes contain baby pablum because it is very high in iron,” said the nutritionist. “That’s good for our second childhood!” joked Mrs. Bachelder. such obviously talented artists, with obviously impressive credentials. It will be interesting to see what new artists the gallery will attract when it opens its doors again next spring.
Havingbecome a mythical place for those wishing to discover our heritage, the 21st Eastman Antique Exhibition will open its doors from the October 5th through 7th, 2012. With its 31 stands animated by as many enthusiastic dealers, each displaying their own particular colour, this exhibit is a true celebration for amateurs and collectors alike. For each visit, circulating through the two exposition halls – the old age club as well as the church parish hall – it’s like entering into a fairy
Nutritionist Caroline Patry spoke to members of the CAB RH Rediker about eating right during Health Day yesterday.