8:30 a.m., March 23)
Shenkman Arts Centre welcomes three new exhibits
By Fred Sherwin
Shenkman Arts Centre is welcoming three new exhibits this
month featuring works by abstract artist Joejene Santos,
photographer Abigail Gossage and Quebec contemporary artist
I is the title of Ottawa artist Joejene Santos
exhibition of abstract paintings currently on display
in Salon A of the Trinity Gallery.
by Joejene Santos
and raised in the Philippines in 1970, Santos immigrated
to Canada in 2006 and eventually settled in Ottawa.
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.
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 natures
beauty and wonder and lifes magical moments wrapped
in our daily lives."
medium of choice is acrylics and he likes to work on large
cavasas up to four feet square.
his suhject material is easily recignizable, while others
are entirely left to the imagination.
it comes to Ottawa photographer Abigail Gossages
exhibition of industrial landscapes, the audiences
imagination is taken in another decoration.
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.
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
photograph triggers thoughts of how the space might have
once been used and the people who once worked there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nordic Suite, Goulets latest exhibit
will be on display in the AOE Arts Council Gallery on
the main floor of the Shenkman Arts Centre until April
Joejene Santos and Abigail Gossage exhibits will be open
to the public until April 20.
/ E.B Eddy # 8'
by Abigail Gossage
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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