(Posted 8:30 p.m., March 20)
exhibit examines life's guilty pleasures
By Fred Sherwin
human beings can be a funny lot. Just as our ideas of beauty and esthetics
can differ, so can our perception of our idiosyncrasies.
latest exhibit on display all this month at the Gloucester Gallery in the
Orleans Client Service Centre on Centrum Blvd. In coming up with an idea
for the juried exhibit, co-ordinator Mike Taylor wanted to encourage the
group's members to think outside the box by looking inwards.
The idea he came
up with was "guilty pleasures". The challenge was for the artist
to reveal a bit about themselves to the outside world by copping to their
more innocent indulgences.
The end result
is an eclectic collection of paintings and multi-media pieces, some of which
slightly missed the mark and some of which captured the spirit of the theme
and ran with it.
is "Box of Chocolates" by Rosemary Somerville which is simply
a painting of an open box of chocolates. Simple, sublime and every bit a
guilty pleasure. Looking at the painting I could almost imagine the box
was empty before the last brush stroke fell on the canvas.
Across from "Box
of Chocolates" is another piece by Somerville entitled "Shiny
Black Handbag". The only thing missing from the painting was the price
to the exhibit is entitled "Just Mustard" which cleverly combines
two of the artist's guilty pleasures -- cheeseburgers and television. When
you first look at the painting the cheeseburger commands nearly the entire
canvas. But on closer examination you notice that the cheeseburger is on
a television stand and has a pair of rabbit ears.
Among the other
works is a grouping of empty bottles entitled "Party, Party, Party"
by Joanne Beaubien; "The After Dinner Cigarette" by Susan Irving
and "The Last Glass" by Norm Goddard.
There are 33
works in all, many of which are for sale. The exhibit runs until April 17.
The Gloucester Gallery is located on the main floor of the Orleans Client
Service Centre and is 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., Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to
5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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