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Artists interpret Frontenac Arch Biosphere in new exhibition


Brockville, ON – St. Lawrence College is pleased to present "Arts and the Arch", a collaborative exhibition between the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery and FAB Arts, a committee of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere (FAB) Network. This exhibit will be on view at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery on St. Lawrence College’s Brockville campus from June 8 to July 21, 2012.

The Frontenac Arch is the name given to an ancient ridge of granite forming a corridor between the Canadian Shield and the Adirondack Mountains. The Arch stretches from Brockville to Gananoque, up to Westport and over to Sydenham. Where the ridge intersects the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River, it forms the beautiful Thousand Islands. The Frontenac Arch Biosphere was designated as Canada’s 12th World Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO “Man and the Biosphere” program in November 2002.

As part of their 10th anniversary celebrations, the Frontenac Arch Bisosphere invited artists to interpret how the Arch inspires their art. As a result, 39 works by 32 artists were selected by a jury to be exhibited during the "Arts and the Arch" show at the gallery. Attendees can expect to see a variety of artistic expressions, including paintings in oil, watercolour, acrylics, and mixed media as well as sculpture, photography and pottery.

An opening reception will take place on Friday, June 8 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The reception, which will also include a small craft show, will launch numerous Frontenac Arch Biosphere 10th anniversary festivities. An awards gala will be held in the Fall of 2012 and will acknowledge the award winners for this exhibition.


About the Frontenac Arch Biosphere
The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve is located where Lake Ontario flows into the St. Lawrence River. In the 2,700 sq. km. Biosphere, there are in fact two UNESCO designations: the World Biosphere Reserve itself, and the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site — Ontario’s only World Heritage Site. It is rare anywhere in the world that these UNESCO designations coincide. The southern half of the Rideau Canal World Heritage Site lies within the Frontenac Arch Biosphere. The goal of FAB is to help protect this globally significant region, through support and education for sustainable community development—a high quality of life, a rich culture, robust economy, and healthy environment while recognizing the realities of growth and development in this region. More information about the many projects and programs of non-profit organization can be found at

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 8 pm
Monday and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

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 the larger Eastern Ontario area. Creation of the gallery was made possible by the generous bequest from the Estate of Marianne van Silfhout, a graduate of the Fine Arts program at St. Lawrence College, and other contributors to the St. Lawrence College Foundation.

About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovate new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

Denise Wing
Communications Officer
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St. Lawrence College
Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston
T 613-345-0660, ext. 2261