The Vieux Forg­eron Gallery Presents

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Jianchun Zhang was born in Kun­ming, China and moved to Mon­treal in 1995. A sur­geon by train­ing, she has al­ways been drawn to the won­ders of land­scape and the na­ture. Trav­el­ling around the world, she started tak­ing pic­tures.

“Mem­ory, in­jury, se­cret, dreams, de­sire, sen­su­al­ity, suf­fer­ing, woman, na­ture, dis­or­der, and con­fu­sion: some of the terms that can de­fine the vis­ual at­mos­phere that sur­rounds the work of Brigitte Blanchet.”

Both artists will be show­ing their work in the sec­ond ex­hi­bi­tion of the sum­mer at the Vieux Forg­eron in Stanstead which runs till July 26.

Zhang’s se­ries of pho­to­graphs fo­cus on the life-sus­tain­ing el­e­ment of wa­ter. Sun and clouds are re­flected in the wa­ter of ter­raced rice fields re­sult­ing in col­ors that give an im­pres­sion­ist ef­fect and feel­ing of mys­tery. In Fe­bru­ary the rice pad­dies are filled with wa­ter to pre­vent them from col­laps­ing, this, ac­cord­ing to Zhang, is the best time of the year to see the play of color and ethe­real qual­ity of land­scape.

From the hot springs of Yel­low Stone Park to the lakes around Mon­treal and the bright light of the full moon on the La­chine Canal, we see the ab­stract ef­fect of light and wa­ter from Zhang’s eye view. “There are mo­ments in my life when I seem to see be­yond the usual, look­ing through the lens. I was al­ways fas­ci­nated by the mir­a­cles of the ever-chang­ing na­ture, es­pe­cially the ever-mov­ing col­ors. These are my mo­ments of great hap­pi­ness.”

Paint­ing pri­mar­ily in acrylic, Blanchet’s ex­hi­bi­tion is a ret­ro­spec­tive of her work from the last fif­teen years. The theme of her paint­ing is also na­ture and the beauty of land­scape. Inspired by her time liv­ing in the Bas St. Lau­rent, she spent many hours paint­ing out­side in the coun­try­side. Her ex­hi­bi­tion is a “melange de fig­u­ra­tion”: the land, birds, peo­ple, and the hu­man body. She paints to ex­press what it is she is liv­ing. “I pre­fer paint­ing and mixed media tech­niques. Art is for me a means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ex­pres­sion that is es­sen­tial to so­cial de­vel­op­ment.”

Blanchet works as a Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion and Art teacher in the Sher­brooke area. She uses art as the av­enue for cre­ative ex­pres­sion with young peo­ple through the school pro­gram “La Cul­ture à l’École”. Her work has ex­hib­ited through­out Que­bec in­clud­ing the Mu­seum of Fine Arts in Sher­brooke.

The Vieux Forg­eron is lo­cated at 240a Duf­ferin St. in Stanstead. Gallery hours are Thurs-Sun, 11-6 pm.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Jianchun Zhang, who took this photo, sees the world dif­fer­ently through her cam­era lens.

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