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Amy Ferrari showcases the personalities of trees. Ferrari believes that focusing on trees can help to center us and bring us back into alignment with the flow, harmony and wisdom of life. She imagines the trees are trying to teach us how to be strong and majestic, even with all of our flaws. Ferrari taps into her wide range of Canadian landscape photographs, which she collects on Sunday drives through rural regions and extracts the trees whose voices seem to be loudest, and whose accompanying landscape and sky are the best counterpart to enhance the tree’s expression. Ferrari then explores ways to express the power and interconnections found in the branching systems of trees and the grace with which the bough structures of trees embrace the sky, plea for sunshine, sing with the wind and keep the sky from falling. Ferrari uses intuition while designing her works altering elements such as lines, shapes and colour until she has achieved the gestures and flow she is looking for. Colour is celebrated and enjoyed. She believes that vibrant, joyous potential thrives in everybody, everything and in every situation.
Ed Schleimer takes us on a journey of discovery, reconciliation, change, intellect and moral purpose. Through his work in wood cut etchings, watercolour and oil pastels, Schleimer often uses his own image to interpret the historic spirit of our city in terms of values and aspirations, seeking to satisfy the universal needs of “everyman”. Schleimer has always had an interest in the “everyman morality plays” of the Middle Ages of Western history. He began to cut the board as individual and universal statements carved into birch panels. Schleimer uses imagery as a psychological “dance with the spirits of the imagination” conjoined with the sense of right and wrong and the struggle to validate who he was and has become. The resulting images are minimal compositions with complex use of line: swirling stokes and hard slashes. Colour appears to express extreme emotion and difficulty of change. Schleimer has explored these spiritual and social issues in his book HAIR-SHIRT that draws from 50 years of creative effort and realization.
Ruth Lane explores the idea of our identity as fluid rather than fixed. The subject matter she paints is varied, but the portraiture and figures are her true passion. Lane works from both personal photographic images and life interchangeably. When painting, whether it be a landscape, portrait or figure, her primary concern is to capture the emotional content in gesture line, allowing the paints to be drawn into one another uninhibited, creating the sense of motion. Line and colour interact to create a free flowing organic sense of identity. While the portraits and figures she renders reflect reality and have a sense of familiarity, her core interest is conveying the inner workings: what make us human. Lane goes beneath the surface and expresses the personality and emotion that makes us who we are. Lane believes that this is where the dialogue begins. Her images provide the space for individual reflections and commentary.
Homer Watson House & Gallery proudly presents Our Nature; Ourselves. In this off-site exhibition at Kitchener City Hall Berlin Tower – ARTSPACE artists explore our natural environment in particular the Environmentally Sensitive Area inside Hidden Valley. The City of Kitchener, the Region of Waterloo, and the Province of Ontario have all recognized the uniqueness of this exceptional area by imposing special designations onto this privately-owned property. Through a diverse range of medium, artists create an empathetic view of this natural setting and unspoiled gem of spectacular diversity that has been enjoyed by enthusiastic naturalists for generations. This exhibition is to honor the late Daphne Nicholls, an artist, active environmentalist, and a founding member of Friends of Hidden Valley.
Artists will take you on a journey through aromatic maple, beech, and oak leaves or wild ginger that stirs up wonderful fragrances. Sounds of the churr of a red-bellied woodpecker, the rapid crescendo of an ovenbird, the witchity-witchity of a common yellowthroat, or the yipping of coyotes come to mind. Savour wild strawberries in season. Dare to put a finger to the seed pod of pale touch-me-not.
The woodlands read like poetry: eastern hemlock, sugar maple, tamarack, trembling aspen, basswood, balsam fir, balsam poplar, highbush cranberry, staghorn sumac, American beech, wild sarsaparilla, jack-in-the-pulpit, spinulose wood fern, thicket creeper, swamp aster, sensitive fern, marsh fern, bulblet fern, side-flowering aster, and long-stalked sedge
Other species offer a colourful palette: eastern white cedar, white pine, yellow birch, white ash, white elm, green ash, black ash, blue beech, red-osier dogwood, red-berried elder, white trillium, yellow trout lily, blue cohosh, tall goldenrod, Canada goldenrod, swamp goldenrod, and white snakeroot.
The inspiration for this exhibit: all of this within a few hectares from Fairview Mall.
Please come and discover the riches of this treasure that Daphne Nicholls cared for so much, by visiting Kitchener City Hall. January 16 – February 28, 2018