Lo­cal artists in spot­light

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The Cen­tre des Arts in Stanstead will be hav­ing its third group ex­hi­bi­tion of the sea­son (Sept.14-Oct 13) with a very col­or­ful col­lec­tion of work by lo­cal artists Jean Har­ris, Mar­cel Hauben, An­to­nia Mitchell, and Tanya McIn­tyre. There will be a vernissage Satur­day Sept 14, from 5-7, and all are wel­come!

Jean Har­ris, a res­i­dent of Stanstead, is a mixed me­dia artist whose work is in­spired by na­ture and her per­sonal imag­i­na­tion. Trained as a vis­ual artist with the late Les­lie Schalk at the Thomas More In­sti­tute in Mon­treal, Har­ris’s work is full

of color and tex­ture and en­gages the viewer on many lev­els. This body of work in­cludes a se­ries of man­dalas, or sa­cred cir­cles in San­skrit, which can be like look­ing into a gi­ant kalei­do­scope since they mainly have a struc­tured, geo­met­ric pat­tern which re­quires in­tri­cate plan­ning of the work be­fore­hand.

Mar­cel Hauben was born in Bel­gium in 1928 and came to Mon­treal as a young boy. He later de­voted his life to de­sign, study­ing ar­chi­tec­ture at the Beaux-Arts in Mon­treal and at the Univer­sity of St. Luc, Brux­elles and per­fect­ing his skills in the medi­ums of char­coal, pen­cil, oil and wa­ter­color at the In­sti­tute des Arts Ap­pliques in Mon­treal.For eight years he de­signed air­craft for Canadair but went back to his orig­i­nal pas­sion – ar­chi­tec­ture. Hauben uses his skills in per­spec­tive draw­ing and har­mo­niz­ing of col­ors and light to take him to the im­age and he is par­tic­u­larly drawn to wa­ter­color, hav­ing worked in Mon­treal un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the Chi­nese mas­ter Ming ma for many years. Along with the del­i­cate lay­er­ing of color and hue in Haubens wa­ter­col­ors, in this col­lec­tion we are also de­lighted by his brightly col­ored rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the ar­chi­tec­ture of old Que­be­cois farm­houses from the 1600-1700’s.

Tanya McIn­tyre, orig­i­nally from Way’s Mills, will be show­ing a se­lec­tion of mixed me­dia work. Pre­fer­ring to use weath­ered ma­te­ri­als that al­ready tell their own sto­ries, her work merges the bound­aries be­tween fig­u­ra­tion and ab­strac­tion, invit­ing en­tropy and chal­leng­ing the no­tion of art as “pre­cious” rather than an in­nate and pri­mal need to find mean­ing through the mak­ing of marks.

Stanstead res­i­dent An­to­nia Mitchell grew up in the Town­ship’s and has lived in Lon­don Eng­land, Toronto, Mon­treal and New York City. She stud­ied at the Arts Stu­dents League in NYC for eight years in the 1980’s, learn­ing from the many well-known artists who taught there. This rich ex­pe­ri­ence launched her pro­fes­sion as an artist con­cen­trat­ing on oil paint­ing but lately, fo­cus­ing more on in­stal­la­tions. Her in­stal­la­tions de­pict vary­ing themes but share a philo­soph­i­cal or so­cial mean­ing and com­men­tary.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please call 876-2282,

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