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St. Lawrence College presents "Spirit of the Land"


Canadian artist Emily Carr wrote, "if spirit does not breathe through –it is lifeless, dead, and voiceless – the spirit must be felt so intensely that it has the power to call others in passing." With this quote in mind, jurors for this year’s fourth Annual Juried show chose the works of 42 artists who best represented this theme. The exhibition will be on view at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery on the Brockville campus of St. Lawrence College from July 28 until September 8, 2011.

Visitors will experience the presence of the life and energy of our land through the varied interpretations of each artist. From paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolour to photography, sculpture, mixed media, serigraph prints and jewelry. All these works are of exceptional quality using both traditional materials and forms to contemporary approaches of material use. Occasionally some of the artworks involve abstract imagery. Each of these pieces carries with them their own uniqueness and originality which is part of the true creative spirit.

Also on view is a carving display by the St. Lawrence Woodcarvers Association. Approximately 24 members will be exhibiting carvings in the foyer display cases adjacent to the gallery. The gallery is pleased to present the works of this long standing group, which originated in 1975 as the St. Lawrence Wildfowlers. Since that time the group has grown to include many carvers from outside the Brockville area, such as Gananoque, Kingston, Wolfe Island, and northern New York State. The works represented show the full experience range of the association, from novice to world champions. Members from the group will be present at the opening reception of the "Spirit of the Land" exhibit on Friday, August 5 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

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 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.


Laura Tulchinsky, Communications
St. Lawrence College
(613) 544-5400 ext. 1291

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