Show by Nor­folk artists of­fers dif­fer­ing per­spec­tives

Simcoe Reformer - - NEWS - JA­COB ROBIN­SON jrobin­son@post­media.com

At its core, a show of new works by Nor­folk artists Ge­orge Con­klin and Rita Mil­ton is an ex­er­cise in per­spec­tive.

The two of­ten over­lap with their sub­ject mat­ter but show­case their tal­ents in vastly dif­fer­ent ways.

“It’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing to see dif­fer­ent view­points of the same sub­ject mat­ter,” said Mil­ton, not­ing that Con­klin’s work is more re­al­is­tic than hers.

“So, that helps in com­bin­ing stuff and it seems when you have com­bi­na­tions like that ... some­how it just re­ally com­pli­ments the other per­son’s work.”

A few dozen pieces by the pair will de­but at the Cap­i­tal Arts Mar­ket in down­town Sim­coe be­gin­ning Nov. 3 un­til Nov. 29. The two have a num­ber of works al­ready for sale at the space, but this new batch will of­fer more op­tions for the pub­lic.

“We’ve done some joint shows be­fore and Rita’s work is very dif­fer­ent than mine – very eclec­tic,” said Con­klin.

“There’s re­ally an ex­cite­ment be­cause the works are new and you’re ex­cited about how peo­ple are go­ing to re­act to them.”

Con­klin’s style is gen­er­ally a first-hand per­spec­tive in­flu­enced by The Group of Seven. His pieces are of­ten set in the Cana­dian Shield. One piece, en­ti­tled “Winds of Change,” is set in Al­go­nquin Park and de­picts waves crash­ing at the shores of a small is­land filled with rocks and trees.

“You’re look­ing from ca­noelevel and I’m hop­ing that you can feel the rolling of the water,” Con­klin said.

“My sense of things is, al­ways try­ing to get what I feel into the paint­ing and hope that it con­nects ... it’s try­ing to project that feel­ing in colour and tex­ture.”

Mil­ton said it’s hard to ex­plain how valu­able a space like the Capi­tol Arts Mar­ket, which is lo­cated be­tween Sy­den­ham and Ar­gyle streets, is for lo­cal painters.

Both Mil­ton and Con­klin en­joy the chance to re­ceive feed­back from the pub­lic.

“For sure, espe­cially with my work be­cause it’s ab­stracted,” Mil­ton said.

“So it’s in­ter­est­ing to hear peo­ple’s com­ments be­cause ... if you look at stuff that’s done dif­fer­ently, peo­ple see it dif­fer­ently.”

In fact, some of the pieces of­fer unique views de­pend­ing on where you’re stand­ing.

“When you get close it’s a mess of brush strokes,” Con­klin said of his Winds of Change.

“But when you get back, the sci­ence of your eye will show you the scene. There are two sto­ries re­ally - there’s the story of the brush strokes and the ma­trix of paint and ap­pli­ca­tion and the other story of ‘what is it?’.”

The show open­ing will take place Nov. 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Cap­i­tal Arts Mar­ket is open Tues­day through Satur­day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

So it’s in­ter­est­ing to hear peo­ple’s com­ments be­cause ... if you look at stuff that’s done dif­fer­ently, peo­ple see it dif­fer­ently.”

Rita Mil­ton

Ja­cob Robin­son /Sim­coe Re­former

Lo­cal artists Rita Mil­ton and Ge­orge Con­klin will de­but new works at the Cap­i­tal Arts Mar­ket in down­town Sim­coe be­gin­ning Nov. 3 un­til Nov. 29.

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