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Trinity Galleries play host to a pair of unique exhibits
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

'A Conversation - Three Giraffes' by Sandra Marshall is just one of 40 pieces on display in the Fusion Transitions exhibit in Salon B of the Trinity Art Gallery. Fred Sherwin Photo

The Trinity Art Gallery, located on the main floor of the Shenkman Arts Centre, is playing host to a pair of exhibits featuring textile art by Sayward Johnson and ceramics from 10 different artists who are part of the Fusion Mentorship Program.

Sayward Johnson is an Ottawa artist who studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. It is there were the avid knitter discovered her love of textiles and metal. Her textile-based works are made with hand-woven copper wire which she then oxidizes with green patina.

According to her biography, Johnson's current work represents "a natural progression of her art, passions and life experiences". She draws her inspiration from natural forms. lichens, old, crumbling stone, rust and the Canadian boreal forest.

The pieces on display in Hall A of the Trinity Gallery all match that them. They have a very "earthy" feel to them are are striking to look at.

'Starry Night, Boreal Forests' is just one of 23 pieces on display as part of Sayward Johnson's Verdigris exhibit in Salon A of the Trinity Art Gallery. Fred Sherwin Photo

Next door in Salon B, the Transitions exhibit is a natural pairing. The 40 pieces on display are truly magnificent, particularly when you consider they were created, from concept to final product, in 10 months.

Each of the 10 artists who took part in the project challenged themselves to push their own creative boundaries and explore new directions with the support of a guided group process.

The Fusion Mentorship Program is an extension of the Ontario Clay and Glass Association. The goal of the program is to challenge and mentor up and coming clay and glass artists and give them an outlet for their creations through exhibits such as the one currently at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

Both Sayward Johnson's "Verdigris" exhibit and the Fusion exhibit will be on display until Feb. 9. All of the pieces in both exhibits can be purchased by contacting the artists.

The Trinity Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Shenkman Arts Centre and are open Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)



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