Fi­nal show of sea­son at Vieux Forg­eron

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Oursto­ries as women unify us; shared ex­pe­ri­ences of our most vul­ner­a­ble and trans­for­ma­tive mo­ments in life is where we find our strength and ul­ti­mately, knowl­edge of the self. For Mon­treal artist Hol­lis Klein (“Between Heaven and the Blues” Vieux Forg­eron Art Gallery, Stanstead – Au­gust 21-Sept 7) , ex­pe­ri­ence and emo­tion are vividly ex­pressed through paint­ing, each can­vas a colour­ful re­flec­tion of what she has lived, what she has learned. “I of­ten use the fe­male form, which for me rep­re­sents the earth, or­ganic, mys­te­ri­ous, and in­fin­itely lay­ered. With its un­du­lated lines, hills and val­leys, shad­ows and light, the fem­i­nine form be­comes a road in­ward, lead­ing me to ex­plore the un­known worlds of my own un­con­scious.” Klein paints to “find truth, my­self, and beauty”, and she has a way of draw­ing us in to lis­ten and per­haps, learn.

The so called ‘Cor­ner Gallery’ as its name im­plies - around the cor­ner from the Vieux Forg­eron gallery – will con­cur­rently present the work of Len­noxville res­i­dent Dim­itri Vouliouris. Vouliouris is the liv­ing ex­am­ple so to speak, of the pas­sion and hu­man­ity that we also see in his pri­mar­ily black and white pho­to­graphs, an in­trigu­ing mix of “self-re­flec­tive” por­traits and street pho­tog­ra­phy from around the world.

In “The Re­flec­tive Gaze”, Vouliouris ex­plores por­trai­ture from the per­spec­tive of the pho­tog­ra­pher as “psy­chol­o­gist” tak­ing prece­dence over ac­tual skill with the cam­era; the abil­ity to cap­ture on film that brief mo­ment that re­veals to us a cer­tain re­al­ity the sub­ject is liv­ing. To ex­pand fur­ther, Vouliouris main­tains that the “gaze of the sub­ject, the look she gives the cam­era/ob­server is in it­self a mir­ror into the char­ac­ter of the pho­tog­ra­pher and the na­ture of their re­la­tion­ship.”

What stands out in this fourth and last ex­hibi-

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