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Whimsical exhibition opens soon at St. Lawrence College


The Chicken History of Art, by Kingston artist Mary Peppard. The exhibition opens Friday, February 19 and runs until Wednesday, March 17 at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery on the Brockville campus of St. Lawrence College. 

The Chicken History of Art is a whimsical collection of paintings that links the traditions of Western Painting to the appreciation of poultry in Western culture. The exhibition opens with a depiction of the “First Rooster” from the cave paintings of Lascaux, France (approx. 30,000 BC) and ends with modern works from the present day. 

“With these paintings I attempt to give chickens the importance and respect that they deserve in our culture,” Peppard said. “I’ve dedicated these works to Zal Yanovsky and Rose Richardson who introduced me to the world of beautiful chickens.” 

Please join us for an Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 23rd, 3 pm – 5 pm

Gallery Hours:  
Monday & Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 8 pm  

Foyer Display: Juried Exhibit of First Year Fine Arts Program Students

About the Artist
Mary Peppard has been painting, drawing, designing, and building art objects for more than thirty years. Her work involves whimsy and humour and a high degree of workmanship. She has designed and produced many unusual exterior signs that can be seen at various businesses in the Kingston area. Peppard teaches occasionally with the Upper Canada District School and is a member of the Kingston Women Artists, Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston Arts Council, Thousand Islands Fine Arts Association.


About the Art Gallery
The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery is a state-of-the-art community art gallery located at the front atrium of the Brockville campus of St. Lawrence College, and is a focus for the visual arts for Brockville and Eastern Ontario. Creation of the gallery was made possible by the generous bequest from the Estate of Marianne van Silfhout, a graduate of the Fine Art program at St. Lawrence College, and other contributors to the St. Lawrence Foundation

About St. Lawrence College
St. Lawrence College has approximately 6,000 full-time students from Canada and around the world, 20,000 part-time registrants, and 3,000 Job Connect Clients in over 80 academic programs and employs over 1,000 full-time and part-time staff at our three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston. In addition to new residences with more than 700 beds, the College has recently invested in new programs including degree Nursing, Bachelor of Business Administration, Energy Systems Engineering Technology, and the Culinary Co-op Apprenticeship Diploma Program, among others.