The Vieux Forg­eron Presents

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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. levieux­forg­ or see us on Face­book, Le Vieux Forg­eron Art Gallery.

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