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(Updated 8:30 a.m., March 23)
Shenkman Arts Centre welcomes three new exhibits

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Shenkman Arts Centre is welcoming three new exhibits this month featuring works by abstract artist Joejene Santos, photographer Abigail Gossage and Quebec contemporary artist Hélène Goulet.

'Spring Collection'
by Joejene Santos

“Achieving I” is the title of Ottawa artist Joejene Santos’ exhibition of abstract paintings currently on display in Salon A of the Trinity Gallery.

Born and raised in the Philippines in 1970, Santos immigrated to Canada in 2006 and eventually settled in Ottawa.

His paintings are bold, bright and commanding.
In his own words, Santos says his abstract creations are about “discovering the beauty of who we are within and that everyone is uniquely beautiful”.

“My works are reminder of a place where I want it to be,” says Santos, “a place wherein I can be who I am in my purest. And my works are mostly inspired by nature’s beauty and wonder and life’s magical moments wrapped in our daily lives."

Santos medium of choice is acrylics and he likes to work on large cavasas up to four feet square.

Some his suhject material is easily recignizable, while others are entirely left to the imagination.

When it comes to Ottawa photographer Abigail Gossage’s exhibition of industrial landscapes, the audience’s imagination is taken in another decoration.

In her exhibit, “Industrial Spaces”, currently on display in Salon B of the Trinity Gallery, Gossage takes us on a tour of vacant industrial buildings in Gatineau, Montreal and Beauharnois, some of which have been abandoned and some of which are in the process of reconstruction.

Gossage manipulates exposure and lighting to bring out the rugged beauty of spaces most people would consider an eyesore. Never has crumbling concrete and twisted rebar so captuered the imagination.

Each photograph triggers thoughts of how the space might have once been used and the people who once worked there.

Gossage's love affair with photography first blossomed as a student at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. But then life and raising a family pushed her passion to the backburner for 30 years.

It was only after her children were grown that her passion for photography was reignited. In the years since, she has combined her passion for photography with her love of travel, and in 2011 she was a finalist in the Travel Photographer of the Year competition run internationally from Great Britain.

Gossage’s photographs can be found in the Public Art division of the City of Ottawa and in various private collections and board rooms. In 2014-15 Gossage was an Artist in Residence at the Ottawa School of Photographic Arts.

The third exhibit which opened last Thursday features the work of Quebec contemporary artist Hélène Goulet who uses colour and space to redefine colour fields according to her whims and desires.

Entitled “Nordic Suite”, Goulet’s latest exhibit will be on display in the AOE Arts Council Gallery on the main floor of the Shenkman Arts Centre until April 24.

The Joejene Santos and Abigail Gossage exhibits will be open to the public until April 20.

'Domtar / E.B Eddy # 8'
by Abigail Gossage

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


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