Abstract approach for new art show
Local artists have works exhibited at PRHC gallery until February
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.
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
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.