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Lake Simcoe | a book of  hours, continues Janet Read’s investigation of the metaphoric nature of light over water. Residencies in Newfoundland and Ireland resulted in bodies of work titled, Ocean as Vessel, exhibited at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery with a catalogue and essays by David Aurandt, and Hem of the Sea, exhibited at the Aurora Cultural Centre.  A recent winter spent on Lake Simcoe has focused her attention on one of the largest lakes on Ontario, the first body of water known to the artist growing up in Simcoe County. Atmospheric abstraction, a term coined by Carla Garnet, curator of Read’s solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, describes the artist’s practice of remembering land/lakescapes through the act of painting..  The artist quotes Howard Hodgkin, “in place of a beholder is a rememberer.” For Read, memory reveals a sense of lived, experienced place.




Shahla Etemad-zadeh Jamal | Nostalgia Museum  | November 25 - December 13 | North Gallery

The works present an exhibition of 40 pieces. The “Nostalgia Museum” is a series vested in a fragment history, capturing the ancient art of a bygone Iran in a new light and within the bounds of a modern home.

Iran’s wealth of cultural artifacts is not easily accessible to the Western eye, nor readily accessible to Shahla’s own countrymen and women. These series explore a juxtaposition of historical fact and modern identity, by way of the contemporary of these artifacts, allows us to redefine our relationship with the past and present, while reconstructing our own individuality in the process.

Through this ongoing project Shahla Jamal intends to share these artifacts, which at the same time is reconstruction of her own personal relationship with the subjects.

There will be short talks. Along with Maestro Opera Singer Hassan Anami, the guitar player Maneli Jamal will be playing a couple of his original pieces.



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