Mother and son ex­hibit at Black­smith Gallery

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YeOlde Black­smith Art Gallery is pleased to an­nounce the open­ing of its fourth ex­hi­bi­tion (Au­gust 22-Sept 8) with pho­tog­ra­phy by Sylvia Poirier, a mother/son ex­hibit of sculp­ture and paint­ing by Parvin Farzaneh and paint­ing and draw­ing by Farzin Farzaneh, and pho­tog­ra­phy by Gabriel Safdie.

Poirier, a grad­u­ate of Fine Arts and Film Pro­duc­tion from Con­cor­dia Univer­sity and busi­ness' owner in Stanstead, has been work­ing with pho­tog­ra­phy much of her life, and has worked in the film in­dus­try as pro­duc­tion man­ager. Her cur­rent ex­hibit of pho­to­graphs is an in depth study of the rock for­ma­tions taken on a walk along the frozen wa­ter of Lake Mem­prem­a­gog. The win­ter light cast on the shore­line was an in­vi­ta­tion to ex­plore the tex­ture and con­trast of the rock, some­times with hid­den splashes of color.

“Is­land” by Sylvia Poirier

Poirier has had sev­eral solo and group shows both in Canada and the Nether­lands where she lived for many years in­spired by the open skies and col­or­ful fields.

Parvin Farzaneh’s artis­tic ca­reer be­gan 35 years ago in Te­heran, Iran. Her ini­tial pas­sion was paint­ing in oils and through­out the decades she ex­plored var­i­ous tech­niques and ap­proaches to paint­ing un­der the guid­ance of ac­com­plished artists both in Iran and Europe. As a sculp­tor she works in clay, mar­ble, plas­ter, and ce­ment. The key to Parvin’s work is its re­source­ful­ness and its de­cep­tive sim­plic­ity that res­onates with pri­mal con­trasts and op­po­si­tions within each com­po­si­tion. Con­trast­ing view­points col­lide in many of Parvin’s works giv­ing them an im­pres­sion­is­tic tilt.

Farzin Farzaneh is an Ira­nian-born film­maker and vis­ual artist based in the Eastern Town­ships. He has prac­ticed film­mak­ing, paint­ing, draw­ing, and pho­tog­ra­phy for over twenty years and is con­stantly ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent art forms and me­dia. His films and paint­ings have a sooth­ing qual­ity and com­bi­na­tion of im­pres­sion­ism and re­al­ism with deep earthy tones and suble con­trasts. In­cluded in this ex­hibit are ten pen­cil draw­ings of lo­cal scenes fa­mil­iar to many of us and cre­ated in Farzin’s unique style he uses for his hand-drawn an­i­ma­tion.

Safdie, has been ex­plor­ing the world of pho­tog­ra­phy for many years and this ex­hibit fo­cuses on the ar­chi­tec­ture through­out China taken on his ex­plo­rations of this vast coun­try. A writer and pro­fes­sor of lit­er­a­ture, Safdie has a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in shar­ing the far­reach­ing places he vis­its most of­ten in East Asia and the Ori­ent through the lens of a cam­era. He has had sev­eral exhibitions in Canada as well as four sig­nif­i­cant ones in China un­der the ti­tle “Chang­ing China Through the Eyes of a Cana­dian Friend” (Bei­jing, Qu­ing­tao, Tai’An). The pho­to­graphs you see here are drawn from th­ese exhibitions.

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