Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Sunday, July 3rd, 2011
Heat of the Moment opens July 4th and runs all summer until August 27, 2011 at Tay Gallery Kanata. This group show takes the theme *Heat of the moment” which describes the immediacy and aliveness of being very involved in an activity- and even overwhelmed by the experience of the moment.
Mid month we are pleased to present an artist spotlight featuring a selection of figurative paintings by Quebec artist Ayfer Gursoz (1932- 2008) from July 18th – August 6th. It is with great pleasure we present a small selection of exquisite painterly and expressive works by Gursoz spanning a 15 year period of her career. A biography and images of the artist’s works can be viewed on the artist page on this website and more about her work on the blog later this month.
The summer show features new paintings on the theme of “Heat of the Moment” by Lorena Ziraldo, Brigitte Nowak, Susan Jillette, Marianna Mikhaylyan, Jennifer Foster, Elaine Archambault. Anna Krak- Kepka, Gilda Pontbriand, Michel Luc Bellemare, John Mlacak, Brian Kelly, and gallery artists Anne Barkley, Martha Markowsky, Charles Spratt, Elizabeth Elkin, Larry Deacon, Stephen Rothwell, Allison Robichaud, Tricia Savoie, John Day, Kathy Haycock and John Stevenson.
Expect fresh new work with the summer show that is very eclectic in nature – with a strong presence of figurative work in the forefront and with the balance - abstracts and landscapes of summery retreats. Treatments run from whimsical , imaginative and fanciful in nature to provocative, dramatic, tender and soulful. Regardless of the approach – you can expect top caliber work that is true to the artists’ own personal philosophy and passion – not paintings molded for an audience’s approval.
Themes are chosen for shows primarily to help me as curator choose works already created from diverse intentions of artistic exploration that may provide a common thread for a gallery exhibit. Sometimes themes are chosen for their value in sparking excitement and ideas for new works in the artistic community from diverse perspectives. The Theme Show format is one that we have successfully used during the past ten years (at Tay River Gallery and now Tay Gallery Kanata) as a platform to present new artist works. Not every show has a theme. Solo shows, and artist spotlights are held less frequently particularly in less prosperous economic times. We are less concerned about whether the show holds together ‘ perfectly’ as a theme show than that we present works that mark personal journeys of artistic growth, passion and excellence. The painters featured in the show are hard working, focused professionals and our goal is to connect you to their exceptional art!
More about the featured artists in the upcoming show in the next blog, “Heat of the Moment: The Artists”!