VAC exhibition gives us a window into students’ world

'Untitled Man' by Emily Osborne

'Fidelity' by Kate Traynor

The Visual Arts Centre (VAC) of Clarington is holding its annual “Art from the High Schools” exhibition, featuring selected works by local students from Bowmanville High School, Clarke High School, Courtice Secondary School, and St. Stephen’s Secondary School.

The variety and energy displayed in the various works make the show quite enjoyable, and gives us a window into the students’ world. From the whimsical to the serious, and from the political to the magical, the sheer scope of the subject matter of the pieces reminds us that students today are not only well-informed about the world, but very involved in it. Continue reading

Pauline Stephenson’s abstract artwork a summer attraction

untitled painting by Pauline Stephenson

Untitled painting by Pauline Stephenson.

There’s a small but sweet summer exhibit of abstract paintings by local artist Pauline Stephenson that’s worth taking a peak at if you’re in downtown Bowmanville.

The free exhibit runs for the full two months of July and August, so there’s still plenty of time to drop by the town hall to view the works. And with just seven pieces, it need not be a time-consuming venture. Continue reading

Building boom at Nexus Gallery

2x2x4 artists

2x2x4 artists

Rick Hodges, of Nexus Gallery in Orono, wanted to take an idea and build on it, literally. In 2 x 2 by 4, Hodges challenged himself and three other artists to create works within the gallery using a supply of 2” x 2” lumber, a saw, and a nail gun.

The results are a playful yet thought-provoking exploration of wood and space by Hodges; his friend and fellow artist Jiri Ladocha; Toronto-based photographer Mats Nordstrom; and local Orono artist and teacher Tony Cooper. The site-specific pieces are rounded out by a few additional works by Ladocha and Cooper that also relate to the show’s themes.

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Nexus Gallery: new art at the old mill

It catches the eye of most visitors. With its imposing size and striking roof-line, the old flax mill has long been a landmark of Orono, nestled between the creek and Main Street, right where the road takes a dip at the north end of town. And so, in September 2006, it caught the eye of Richard Hodges, a master furniture maker from Toronto. Continue reading

John Climenhage: the substance of an artist

John Climenhage in front of one of his abstracts from his TRANsubstance exhibit.

John Climenhage with one of the abstracts from his TRANsubstance exhibit.

“TRANsubstance” is the name of the new exhibition of paintings by John Climenhage, which opened on Sunday at the Visual Arts Centre (VAC) of Clarington. A former Orono resident who ran the Chapman East Gallery on Orono’s Main St., Climenhage now resides in Peterborough. The artist presents a series of abstract works for this, his first show at the VAC, which runs through to April 20th. Continue reading