Ab­stract ap­proach for new art show

Lo­cal artists have works ex­hib­ited at PRHC gallery un­til Fe­bru­ary

The Peterborough Examiner - - Arts & Life - JOANNE CULLEY [email protected]­pa­tico.ca

The Three De­grees of Ab­strac­tion show opens in the Art and Heal­ing Gallery at the Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Health Cen­tre, 1 Hos­pi­tal Dr., on Wed­nes­day, fea­tur­ing the ab­stract works of Donna Bo­lam, Carol Forbes, and Barb Reeves.

Th­ese three artists found a spe­cial affin­ity with each other through their love of ab­stract art when they first met at the Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Stu­dio two years ago . “Our en­thu­si­asm and creative pas­sions sparked the be­gin­ning of a friend­ship that re­sulted in the cre­ation of a small group with other ab­stract artists,” says Bo­lam.

Bo­lam says that the phi­los­o­phy of PRHC’s Art and Heal­ing pro­gram of dis­play­ing art that en­hances the heal­ing process, pro­vides com­fort and cel­e­brates life, res­onated with this group.

Bo­lam is a mixed-me­dia artist from Lake­field whose works range from representational to ab­stract ex­pres­sion­ism and mixed me­dia. She is in­spired by the sea­sons of life and their im­pact on the hu­man con­di­tion.

Barb Reeves’ mixed-me­dia ab­stract paint­ings have evolved over the past 15 years. She says that she never be­gins a paint­ing ex­pect­ing a spe­cific out­come, but in­stead trusts her ex­ploratory na­ture to guide her through the process. With acrylic paint and var­i­ous me­dia, Reeves ex­plores colour, line and shape in her paint­ings.

Carol Forbes’ works are in­tu­itive and process-driven. She says that she is fas­ci­nated with form, line, colour and their in­fin­itely pos­si­ble com­bi­na­tions. She says that as a work evolves, the process be­comes an in­te­gra­tion of in­tu­ition and judge­ment. She re­sponds to what emerges and lets it come or go, in a se­ries of ex­ploratory en­coun­ters.

The show runs un­til Feb. 15 at the gallery, which is lo­cated in the cor­ri­dors off the hos­pi­tal’s main floor en­trance.

Sing and Cel­e­brate

To get ev­ery­one in the Christ­mas spirit, the Sing and Cel­e­brate con­cert will take place on Sun­day at 7 p.m. at Grace United Church, 581 How­den Ave., fea­tur­ing the Grace Choir and Grace Wor­ship Band. There will be a free will of­fer­ing.

Mir­a­cle Broad­cast

The an­nual Coun­try 105 and En­ergy 99.7 Christ­mas Mir­a­cle Broad­cast for the Sal­va­tion Army Toy Drive takes place this Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lans­downe Place on the up­per level. Ev­ery­one is asked to drop off a new, un­wrapped toy at one of the many lo­ca­tions through­out Peter­bor­ough or at the mall. All of the do­nated toys will be brought to­gether in one lo­ca­tion, then turned over to the Sal­va­tion Army for dis­tri­bu­tion through their Christ­mas Ap­peal.

Do­na­tions of new un­wrapped toys, money and gift cards are ap­pre­ci­ated. There is a par­tic­u­lar need for gifts for un­der chil­dren un­der 3, pre-teens aged 10 to 12 years old and teens. Types of toys needed in­clude items for ba­bies such as plush toys, bath toys, teething rings, and learn­ing tools (all meet­ing safety reg­u­la­tions), etc. Items wel­come for boys and girls aged 10 to 12 years old in­clude books, games, hair dry­ers, flat irons, nail pol­ish kits, body lo­tion, movie cer­tifi­cates, Lego, bas­ket­balls, foot­balls, gift cards for clothes, games, or mu­sic and more.

There are over 75 toy drive drop-off lo­ca­tions through­out the area, with ad­di­tional busi­nesses that col­lect in-house for the toy drive. A full list can be found by vis­it­ing www.coun­try105.fm and www.en­ergy997.ca .

“Our en­thu­si­asm and creative pas­sions sparked the be­gin­ning of a friend­ship that re­sulted in the cre­ation of a small group with other ab­stract artists

SPE­CIAL TO THE EX­AM­INER

Artists (left to right) Carol Forbes, Barb Reeves, and Donna Bo­lam will have their paint­ings on dis­play in the Three De­grees of Ab­strac­tion show at the PRHC’s Art and Heal­ing Gallery.

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