Local artists in spotlight
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.
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