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Artists explore "space" in new exhibit

2012-07-23

Brockville, ON – St. Lawrence College is pleased to present "Space", a juried exhibit on view at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery on the Brockville campus from July 27 to September 8, 2012. The opening reception will take place Friday, July 27, from 5:00-7:00 pm.

The exhibit explores the various interpretations of the word "space", which can conjure up many images. A space can be unlimited, as in the open spaces of a landscape or as in outer space. Space can also be a measurement of time that we fill with our histories or our spiritual spaces, both in dreaming or our sub-conscious meanderings. The expression "give me space" entails giving the latitude to think and be oneself. Spatial composition is always a strong factor in creating a successful piece of artwork. Techniques and methods can also be employed by an artist to manipulate mediums for an outcome of creating an illusion of depth to a pictorial space.

The forty-one artists in this exhibit have explored all these possibilities and more. Fifty-six artworks have captured space in paintings, photographs and sculpture. As a further means of expression within this visual exhibit, written statements from the artist pertaining to the theme are displayed. Each individual artist has explained in their own words, either the source, the flashes of inspiration, or the deep impulses they felt while exploring the idea of space. The viewer will be fascinated at the depth these artists have gone to, to search and locate the meaning for creating the artwork presented.

Awards totaling $500 will be presented to artists in first, second, and third place, as well as two honourable mentions, at the opening reception on July 27.

Concurrently in the Foyer Gallery show cases will be the photographs of eleven members of Every Angle Photographers’ Association. The EAPA is a local photography club with the purpose of developing photographic skills and knowledge of the art of photography. The selection of images shown will continue the theme of space.

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About the 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 Art program at St. Lawrence College, and other contributors to the St. Lawrence 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.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 Art program at St. Lawrence College, and other contributors to the St. Lawrence Foundation.

Denise Wing
Communications Officer
Marketing & Communications
St. Lawrence College
Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston
T 613-345-0660, ext. 2261
dwing@sl.on.ca