(Posted 3:30 p.m., May 30)
Ottawa East exhibit well worth a
By Fred Sherwin
by Sherry Tompalski is just one of 47 works of art on display until June
24 at the Gloucester and Cumberland Galleries in the Orléans Client Service
Centre on Centrum Blvd. File photo
Easts latest juried art exhibit is well-named. Dubbed Selections
the exhibition is a selection of more than 48 works submitted by 29 different
artists that range from the sublime to the absolutely marvelous.
The arts council
received nearly 100 submissions for the exhibit and quickly realized they
needed both the Gloucester and Cumberland Galleries in the Orléans
Client Service Centre if they were going to hang the 48 chosen pieces properly
and do them justice and so they did.
By not trying
to cram all the paintings into one space, the exhibition curator Mike Taylor
gave them room to breath and come alive.
Where in some
juried exhibits you might have two or three pieces that capture your attention,
in Selections there are at least a half dozen that would make
a wonderful addition to any wall. Chief
among them are two pieces by Sherry Tompalski, who is a psychotherapist
by day and a painter during her spare time.
is a fascinating portrait thats part of series of large abstract portraits
entitled Private Moments that Tompalski has become quite well
The second piece is taken from her New Works On Paper The Reassembled
Self series. Entitled Beethovens Wife, the mixed
media work is mostly done in pencil with sheet music used as a collage.
Some of the other
pieces that stood out during a recent viewing include a pair of brightly
coloured abstract works by David Henderson; a large painting of two children
playing chess entitled Marc and Rachel, by Camille Brisebois-Lussier;
Richard Charlebois pictorial wood marquetry of the Ottawa locks near
the Chateau Laurier; Ross Rheaume classic large oil painting of
a snow covered streetscape; and Magda Hannas mixed media portrait
of an elderly man entitled M. lAbbé.
photographer Jamie Johnson also has an interesting piece in the exhibit
entitled Ottawa River Walkway that uses a double exposure to
place a walkway underpass in the middle of a foreboding cloud covered sky.
is on until June 22 at the Gloucester and Cumberland Galleries in the Orléans
Client Service Centre on Centrum Boulevard. The galleries are open Monday
to Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 8:30
a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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