I normally post about the new shows on the gallery website and those of you who follow this site or have “liked” the gallery facebook page know a bit about this new show. But this show is SO different and I am SO pleased with how well it came together, I thought I would mention it here too. I was aiming for a “Fall” sort of theme, with my contribution to it being a series on trees. On Tuesday when guest artist Adam Colangelo brought in his work, I started to get excited. It is one thing to look at jpegs on the web, quite another to see the art first-hand. Adam’s work in copper is spellbinding. Each of his pieces is a collage built up of pieces of copper. He evokes a sense of fall colours in his work. The pieces of copper vary in colour from normal shiny copper, through green, blue and black to cherry red. He achieves these colours by heating the metal with a torch. The results are subtle, yet arresting and change as they catch the light. You have to come out and see these before they get sold – they are really something! As Adam was leaving the gallery, my other guest artist Shu-Chen Cheng arrived with her ceramics in a small mountain of rubbermaid storage containers. I find ceramics particularly hard to judge in photos – and these were quite different from what I saw online. But this was good news! Online they looked nice, but in person they are jaw-dropping. Some of the pieces are soft pastels, decorated with horsehair lines (Shu-Chen is one of the few practitioners of this in Canada) but some – my personal favourites – look like they came from the center of the Earth. They are black with molten gold flowing down from the top and with neon flashes of blue, red and green as the light catches in the black areas. You can almost smell the smoke from these. (Well actually you COULD smell the smoke on Tuesday – they were fresh from the kiln.)No photos I could post would do these justice. Come out and see them for yourselves. If you have the time, the Opening Party is this Saturday Sept 24, 1-3pm and the artists should all be there to talk to you. Hope to see you then!
It must be fall, the annual onslaught of Arts Events is upon us here in Caledon. By choice, by volunteering, and in some instances by chance – I am involved in a number of them. If you have some time on your hands, here is a brief list of what’s on:
- Opening Gala of the Headwaters Arts Festival Show and Sale on Thursday Sept 22. I am one of the artists selected by the jury to be a part of the show again this year. I will be dividing my time between attending at the show and sitting at the Crimson Feather during the two weekends of the show. The Opening Gala is a fun night of dress-up, art, music, good food and good beverages. All the artists will be there. It is a wonderful time to meet them and learn about what is behind their art. You can buy tickets to the gala on the Headwaters website as well as find out about all the other festival events, the open studios and the Kids’ Fest events taking place over the next few weeks.
- Outdoor sculpture at the Alton Mill – last week they finished installing all new sculptures around the grounds of the Alton Mill. Make sure to see the one in the waterfall as well as the one in the old millrace (hint – look between your toes while standing on the plexi plates in the Millrace Room).
- Opening Party for the new show “Warm Colours, Cool Nights” at my gallery (Crimson Feather Gallery) on Saturday Sept 24, 1-3pm. My two guest artists, Shu-Chen Cheng and Adam Colangelo will be there to meet and mingle with you.
- Adam Colangelo talks about his art on Saturday Oct 1, 1pm. Adam will talk about his vision, his art and his methods.
- Scott Kelby World-Wide Photowalk. I will be leading the local chapter of this year’s Kelby Walk on Sunday Oct 2, meeting at the Millcroft Inn at 9:45am. This walk is open to everybody, but you have to sign up online on the Kelby Photowalk page. The walk this year is called “Two Mills, One River” and will start with an exploration of the Millcroft Inn grounds, then wander down the side of the millpond towards the Alton Mill. After some time on the grounds of the Alton Mill, we walk on the short stretch of Bruce Trail that connects over the hill back to the Millcroft where we will re-convene in the restaurant and tell lies about the great shots we got. Last year one of our photographs got featured on Kelby’s site as “The Best Frog Shot Ever”.
This month’s show at Crimson Feather features guest artists Doug Geldart (watercolour and acrylic) and Natalie Prevost (smoke-fired ceramics). The show runs until September 18.