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The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren

January 10 – March 1, 2014

Call of Innocence by Xiaoping Chen

Image: Call of Innocence, 2005; Artist: Xiaoping Chen; Medium: Oil on Canvas (26 x 36 inches)

The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truth, Compassion, Tolerance) Exhibition is an extraordinarily moving, intimate and inspiring exhibition detailing both an inner spiritual life and an outer human rights tragedy. Realistic oil paintings and Chinese watercolours give a unique insight into the spiritual discipline Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong.

The artists who create these extraordinary works are well accomplished Chinese artists/sculptor living abroad, plus one Canadian artist. As practitioners of Falun Dafa, an ancient spiritual practice winning growing followers throughout the world, these artists build their art on the solid bedrock of their faith. And their adherence to the universal principles of Truthfulness (Zhen), Compassion (Shan) and Tolerance (Ren) brings an inner light to their works.

This inner light comes from the serenity and spiritual awakening experienced by Falun Dafa practitioners. Together with the unbending will of the Falun Dafa practitioners facing calamities, these visionary experiences constitute the central themes of the exhibition. As a peaceful spiritual cultivation under persecution by the Chinese Communist authority for the past fifteen years, Falun Dafa holds a worldwide non-violent movement calling out for people’s conscience.

Some of the art works present scenes from the labor camps that are experienced first-hand by four of these artists. Through the alchemy of art, insufferable plight is transformed into glorious manifestations of the strength of human spirits.

Behind The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren is an urgent human right tragedy. The paintings of The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren Exhibition look China straight in the face, exposing its darkest secrets and dearest hopes.

Since its debut in 2004, the exhibition has had over 800 showings in more than 50 countries. The exhibition encompasses four main themes: harmony, adversity, courage, and justice.

On loan for display during the Opening Reception is The Call of Innocence by Xiaoping Chen. The girl pictured and many others braved New York City’s elements in a remarkable year-long campaign to raise awareness of the torture and murder of China’s Falun Gong practitioners. Learn more about the Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren.

Untapped 3: The Art of Now

March 7 - April 11, 2014

Untapped 3: The Art of Now exhibit artwork 

The third annual “untapped” art show, Untapped 3: The Art of Now, displayed the work of emerging artists who have not completed formal training in the visual arts. For many of the exhibiting artists, Untapped was their first chance to showcase their art to the community in a gallery.

Visitors saw two and three dimensional art in a variety of mediums including photography, acrylic, oil, watercolour, graphite and mixed media designs. Artwork included in this exhibit was selected by a volunteer jury of local artists who examined the submissions based on formal elements of art including, but not limited to, line, composition, colour, subject matter and overall skill demonstrated. More than 70 pieces of art were on display by emerging artists from Brockville, Prescott, Kingston and Cornwall, including local high school students from St. Mary Catholic High School, TISS and BCI.

Exhibiting artists included: Adelle Leonard, Amber Tat, Anneka Perry, Audrey Martin, Brigitte Lalonde, Brittany  Bourdon, Cameron Donsberger, Celine Hardy, Clara Torode, Daniel Lamothe, Dante Russell, Domenica Howley, Emily Severson, Even Henry, Hailie Phillips, Jade Thompson, Jessara Long, Jonah Pruner, Kara Bush, Kyle Enright, Lauren Mantha, Lindsay Hudson, Mallory Phillips, Maria Libunao, Maya Saringan, Jennessa Envoy, Mike Laking, Nathan Gonyou, Nesse McCartney, Noah Pruner, Nwadiuto Eheh, Rachel de Koon, Randi Kerr, Sarah Lumsden, Sophie Tzekakis, Tanya Henriquez Desbarats, Tracy Schruder, Victoria Beck, and Zach Boucher.

Raison d'être: Grad Show 2014

April 17 – May 29, 2014

Creative and Visual Fine Arts- Fine Arts class of 2014 present: Raison D'être exhibit art work 

St. Lawrence College Visual and Creative Arts - Fine Arts 2014 graduates were pleased to present their graduation exhibition Raison d'être (reason for being). This unique exhibit showcased the art of ten artists: Shantel Bell, Ashley Cummings, Linda Dubeau, Dayne Henry, Greg Jeffreys, Kityan Lau, Kristen Lee, Laura Lee, Fraser Radford and Jack Wilson in a state-of-the-art facility. This show gave the students hands-on experience developing, hanging, and promoting their work. The exhibition displayed work in a variety of mediums, including works in watercolour, pen and ink, acrylics, oils, and mixed media.

Inspired - A Celebration of Visual Art

May 26, 2014

Inspired: A celebration of visual art 

Image: Inspired Poster, featuring "Spanish Moss" by artist Henry Vyfvinkel

Well-known Thousand Islands area artist and long-time St. Lawrence College professor Henry Vyfvinkel was honoured and celebrated at Inspired - A Celebration of Visual Art. This event was two-fold; it celebrated and honoured Henry Vyfvinkel and also launched the first fundraising event for the Marianne van Silfhout Community Programming Fund set up through the St. Lawrence College Foundation. Artists and art patrons gathered to celebrate the contributions of visual artists in our community, and recognized Henry Vyfvinkel, artist, teacher, and passionate advocate for the visual arts in Brockville and the Thousand Islands. He has been a teacher, mentor and inspiration to a large artistic community and the greater Brockville community. Henry Vyfvinkel was also the first inductee into the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery Hall of Fame. Over 30 artists donated more than 30 works for the event, including well respected artists such as Marg Grothier, Anne Barkley, Lou Charlton, Layne Larse, Allan and Audrey Bain and Henry himself.

Life in Colour - 7th Annual Alumni Show

Life in Colour 

The 7th Annual St. Lawrence College Alumni Juried Show, Life in Colour focused on the ethos of artists, which is to be inspired by the world around them and to convey this experience through their chosen medium. Colour is an important element in expressing mood and narrative. As such, “Life in Colour” featured works by St. Lawrence College alumni that reflected their world, thoughts, or emotion through the use of colour. Viewers this Alumni Show saw a variety of artistic expressions including paintings in oil, watercolour, acrylics, and mixed media, as well as digital photography, by 25 artists:

Dorothy A. Adlington, Audrey Bain, Lynne Bowker, Belia Brandow, Carolyn Buyers, Bernard Clark, Colleen O'Connell, Helen Fenton, Elsie Gallinger, Heather Griffith, Marg Grothier, Arlene Hare, Keith Hare, Jyneen Horton, Kitty Kelly, Mike Laking, Kathy Lavender, Hanna MacNaughtan, Elaine McClintock, John McClintock, Pam McKinnon, Jesse McMahon, Barbara Patrick, Sharon Stein, and Marilyn White.

Narrow Spaces - Phillida Hargreaves

July 25 - August 28, 2014

Finding Lunch from the Narrow Spaces Exhibit by Phillida Hargreaves 

Image: Finding Lunch; Artist: Phillida Hargreaves; Medium: Rust dyed and hand dyed cottons and cheesecloth, yarn and pencil. Hand stitched and machine quilted (15" x 30")

Narrow Spaces explores the urban landscape, examining the emotional responses triggered by being in such spaces; those which are hidden and mysterious, confine and enclose, or frame and enhance. Such spaces can elicit anything from pleasure to anticipation, excitement to curiosity, claustrophobia to fear. These images, loosely based on photographs taken in Canada, Europe, and North Africa, are completed in altered fibres, adding a textural dimension uncommon in typical two dimensional art.

Phillida Hargreaves has been an exhibiting fibre artist for more than twenty years, with group and solo shows across Ontario, Montreal, United States and the United Kingdom. Learn more about Phillida Hargreaves.

Concurently in the Foyer Gallery, Brockville artists Gregory Workman and Michael Fisher exhibited their colourful and expressive acrylic and mixed media works.

Paintbox Colours – Barb Carr

September 12 - October 17, 2014

Alizarin Crimson by Barb Carr 

Image: Alizarin Crimson; Artist: Barb Carr; Medium: Collage

Barb Carr’s work combines the intricacy of mosaic, with the delightful texture and vibrancy of collage. From the overall dimensions, to the repeated pattern of ever decreasing size, each piece in the Paintbox Colours series is based on the design element of the square, creating an interesting juxtaposition between the historic (ancient mosaics) and the modern (digital pixels).  Small, independent compositions have been created within the whole; surprising and intriguing viewers. Learn more about Barb Carr.

Mixed Media Musings - Holly Dean

September 2 - October 17, 2014

Holly Dean Swords and Sorceress 

Image: Swords and Sorceress; Artist: Holly Dean

On display in the Foyer Gallery, Mixed Media Musings is a collection of original works from artist Holly Dean ranging from altered digital images printed on handmade watercolour paper, to assemblages, to handcrafted Muse Journals. Texture, calligraphy and strong elements of design merge in this fascinating, and truly unique, exhibit. Learn more about Holly Dean.

What a Drag - Fraser Radford

September 2 - October 17, 2014

71 by Fraser Radford 

Image: #71, 2004; Artist: Fraser Radford; Medium: Acrylic on Canvas (60" x 30")

Emerging artist, Fraser Radford, presents various works from his series “What a Drag” in the SLC Library Exhibition Space. Inspired by the work of artist Gerhard Richter, Radford’s colours are carefully combined through a process of ‘dragging’ acrylic paint across canvas; resulting in captivating, multi-dimensional abstractions. Learn more about Fraser Radford.

7th Annual Juried Show - An Artist's View

October 23 - November 28, 2014

Between Us by Nancy Paul 

Image: Between Us; Artist: Nancy Paul; Medium: Acrylic, graphite, pastel, collage on Canvas (36″ x 36″)

An Artist's View, our 7th Annual Juried Show, featured artists from across Eastern Ontario and into Quebec.  In all, there was 25 artists exhibiting in a variety of styles and mediums. From the traditional to contemporary, works included paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolour, sculpture, pottery, photography and mixed media designs by artists including: Joanne Ralph, Barry Fawcett, Renate Hulley, Sharon Stein, Lisa Free, Barb Carr, Nancy Paul, Heather J. Smith, John McClintock, Jyneen Horton, Elaine McClintock, Lynne Bowker, Karen Atcheson, Alex Loshak, Julie Withrow, Alex Jack, David Craig, Elsie Gallinger, Marion Forster, Jim Kilgour, Inge Kern, Barbra Patrick, Colleen O'Connell, Joyce Buckley, and Dorothy A. Adlington.

Hollywood and Pop Culture Musings - Dayne Henry

October 23 - November 28, 2014

Indy by Dayne Henry 

Image: Indy; Artist: Dayne Henry

In the Library Exhibition Space is a variety of work by Brockville artist and recent Visual & Creative Arts - Fine Arts graduate Dayne Henry. A portfolio collection of Hollywood and pop-cultural images showcases Dayne's abilities in a number of mediums, including oils, pencil crayon, photography, and digital art.

Art Battle #204

December 19, 2014

Art Battle #204 Poster 

The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery was the host site for Art Battle #204, live competitive painting. In Art Battles, painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. At the end of the round, the audience votes democratically for their favourite painting and bids in silent auction to take the work home.

Five' & Under - A Celebration of Future Fine Artists

December 8 – December 19, 2014

Five Foot and Under Future Artists 

The work of over 300 Brockville students was on display at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery for Five Foot and Under, our first ever children's exhibit. The Community Outreach Program is designed to help introduce the fine arts and the Gallery to children and their families, while at the same time fostering a love and appreciation for all arts. Through generous donations to our St. Lawrence College Foundation, and the Friends of Marianne, the Gallery is now able to focus on bringing the fine arts into our area schools, as well as inviting classes in to visit and learn on-site completely free of charge.