143 Main St. W
Tuesday – Saturday 11AM-4:30PM
Fridays open until 8PM
photoVOICE: Wellness Through a Holistic Lens
May 7, 2012 – Grand Opening
PhotoVOICE offers a unique and creative way for participants to communicate a message to the community and stakeholders by promoting discussion about a social issue; an avenue to creating positive social change.
Holism, our project theme, is the idea that considers a person’s needs in all aspects of their life which includes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements. Guided by the Aboriginal teachings of the medicine wheel, as well as using photography and raw and synthetic art materials, the participants were able to capture their perspective on holistic wellness. Our eight participants, each of Aboriginal descent, examined each segment and put it to life through their twelve week journey. Using photography as their main medium, the participants expressed their feelings and opinions about their health through their own lens. A unique adaptation to this project was the addition of traditional and contemporary art mediums to amplify the photos to produce didactic imagery.
Historically, Aboriginal teachings have been documented by the use of symbols. Taking this concept into consideration, we utilized the drum and hide stretcher hoop as the canvas frame for our project. The allegory of the drum created a heart beat in each piece which legitimized the view of the participant. The hide stretcher hoop, traditionally used for pelt drying and stretching, symbolizes the cycle of life and the participant’s artistic contribution displays their efforts to balance it.
Larry McLeod, Nipissing First Nation Elder, supported the patients by providing traditional teachings and shared his wisdom on holism and self-growth.
For the traditional and contemporary art component, the participants were supported by Northern Ontario Professional Artist, Michael Cywink, who helped us materialize our vision whilst encouraging our participants with their creativity.
WKP Kennedy Gallery
150 Main St. E
705-474-1944 ext 231
Tues Fri 11AM – 5PM
Sat 12PM – 4PM
May 12 – June 3, 2012
ABOUT OUR MEMBERS
Fran Rothwell’s interest in photography provides her with fine pictures which she” translates” into beckoning watercolors. Greening countryside, interesting buildings with pretty windowboxes and overflowing hanging baskets,and sweet little birds, forecast anticipated better weather. Fran is giving us “Spring Fever”
Carolyn Cole’s painting” takes flight”on the wings of many local birds and butterflies.She aptly depicts typical northern Ontario scenes, and brings out the character of interesting old barns and sheds.Carolyn is one of the earliest members of the group.
Marilyn Buchanan’s love of flowers is evident in her wide variety of lovely,appealing florals. You can almost hear the bees buzzing!Her paintings are sure to inspire those who are considering taking up gardening – - - or painting! Marilyn paints her appreciation of the outdoors into pleasing landscapes.Whether it be an ocean wave, or a cabin in the bush, her talent is evident.
Bridget van Brussel is also one of the earliest members of “Different Strokes”. Her pleasingly “loose”. and colorful renderings of outdoor scenes, including sailing boats, woodlands,and birds, invite viewers to anticipate the arrival of spring.Bridget skillfully uses a large paintbrush to do most of her work.
Phyllis Jones really enjoys sketching, and effortlessly creates engaging paintings of family, friends, and of course horses.The horses are so life-like that you can feel the wind in your hair as you drift along on a dream ride.She brings out character in the people she portrays, and uses color effectively to accent their features.
Carolyn Fink’s soft, flowing scenes, and her complimentary choice of colors invite your eyes to linger on her beautiful self-expression.
Nancy Coupland’s appealing paintings reflect a variety of interests, from sea otters and whales, to an impressive . building in the downtown area of North Bay.Nancy enjoys photography, and chooses subjects from her wide collection of photographs.
Line Vidal’s pictures are proof of her eagerness to learn new techniques, and accept challenges.Her continuous progress results in lovely paintings that are sure to capture attention.Line’s vitality,and willingness to take on various tasks, is an asset to our group.
Sheila Dufresne’s artistic talent makes her paintings so real, that viewers imagine a scent wafting from the florals, and feel that they can reach out and pat the puppy! Sheila’s interest in drawing helps to simplify the painting process.
Margaret Louko is our newest member, adding an artistic new style to our different strokes.Margaret is likely to have some new ideas to share with us. . .
Marg Gaiser, our leader, inspires us with her ease of rendering a variety of different subjects, including beckoning landscapes and interesting people.Her paintings have a clarity and depth which likens them to photographs. I (June Jones), hope that my own paintings will invoke a sense of peacefulness within viewers, and remind them of the tranquility to be found in the presence of nature, and of the expressions of love that are all around us.
Growing interest in our activities encouraged Marg to form a beginners group in 2010, which currently consists of eight eager members.They are taking lessons and making continuous progress under Marg’s guidance.
We all wish to express many thanks to our leader, and to Calvin Presbyterian Church, for providing us with a space in which dreams can happen.
171 Main St. West
Tuesday – Saturday : 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
The Medium and the Message
May 5 – May 30
157 First Ave E.
Tuesday – Thursday: 11 am – 5 pm
North of ’49
Selected works of the Ontario/Quebec & Labrador Near North
Michael Dobson • Jesse Louttit • Arnold Zageris
May 1 – 31