The Vieux Forgeron Presents
When artist Lizabeth Laroche, who has studied Fine Arts in Montreal (painting, illustration, and photography) and has had a long career as an art director in advertising and graphic design, was asked to have an exhibition at the Vieux Forgeron art gallery in Stanstead, what transpired were paintings of women. This Saturday August 20, from 5-7 will be the opening vernissage for our final exhibition of the summer highlighting the work of two local artists, Lizabeth Laroche and Tanya McIntyre.
With the Gayatri mantra (chronicled in the Rig Veda written in Sanskrit 2500 years ago) playing in loops for a three-month period in Laroche’s studio, the effect of this continual chant playing in the background had a direct influence on body and mind and as well, her painting. As she says, “the mantra opens up your heart. And how well we know, when both our minds and our hearts open, we open ourselves up for new possibilities.” Her exquisite ability to capture the essence of divine feminine power through her women, who she calls the Goddesses, is evident in each painting. They are calming and at the same time so very clearly depict the aspect they traditionally embody. At times Laroche knew who she was painting, other times she would research afterwards who these women were. All have Gayatri in them. “May they illuminate you and open your hearts to receive the gifts.”
Tanya McIntyre, lifelong artist from the Eastern Township’s and graduate of Fine Arts from Bishop’s University, has a new exhibition of work inspired by the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi, a sensibility that can be defined as “the wisdom and beauty of imperfection.” Combining her poetry with found objects that have seen the passage of time, she uses various forms of media such as drawing and printmaking to create a multi-dimensional experience for the viewer. It is believed that an object can be called Wabi-Sabi if it elicits “a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing”, an apt signature mark of McIntyre’s emotive and intriguing work.
‘A Botany of Dreams – Works of Vision and Voice’ and ‘Gayatri’ run from August 18 – Sept 4. Please join us for the vernissage this Saturday, August 20 from 5-7 at the Vieux Forgeron art gallery, 240a Dufferin in Stanstead. Local ‘forger’ Phil Desormeaux will be there again to demonstrate his love for the art of blacksmithing. ‘Greece, Refugees, and Love’, a documentary installation, continues. For more information, please go to www. levieuxforgeron.com or see us on Facebook, Le Vieux Forgeron Art Gallery.