19 May to 7 June
Galerie Old Chelsea is pleased to present the wonderfully intimate nature photo-graphs of Catherine Veilleux. She tells us that she is indwelt by the idea that our vision of the world is incomplete, as is our perception of what is directly in front of us. To better appreciate her environment, she walks in the forest observing the details and the ephemeral moments that often escape us. These in-between moments allow us to see the invisible forces that sculpt our environment, but also what we naturally fail to include because of our selection. For example, when looking at reflections on the surface of the water, we often omit the shadows in the water or the leaves on the bottom.
By making unusual connections between these elements, Veilleux offers images that pique our curiosity, challenge and provoke our thoughts, and raise questions. I dare say that she not only shows us how to see, but how to enrich our daily lives.
Catherine Veilleux uses a particular framing technique to give texture to the printed images and create a more tangible effect. She mounts her photos onto wood panels and uses epoxy to make it seem like you are looking directly into water or ice. Some of her images are printed on metallic paper to bring out the shine of the water or ice and give them depth.
Veilleux’s photos capture us and make us dream.
Coming Exhibitions 2023
Galerie Old Chelsea is pleased to present the expressionist paintings by Gordon Harwood. Much of his recent work is derived and inspired by music, whether it be a live classical performance or a jazz composition. The medium of music is meant to affect us physically and emotionally. His appreciation for the fusion of music and painting as a profound art form was best described by Miles Davis who said, " A painting is music you can see. Music is a painting you can hear".
As Gordon explains: “Abstract work can be entirely impulsive. This style appeals to my emotional level, and it is through this premise that I help others appreciate abstract art. What I often say is, “Ask yourself not what it is, ask yourself how it makes you feel. On this basis, you may just find that elusive connection with art”.
Harwood is a colourist exploring the relationship between colour, brush stroke, and the emotive energy that can engage the viewer. The brush and the pallet knife are an extension of his hands to express his emotional state, and his work is rooted in expressionism and abstraction. Using colours directly from tube to canvas, he mixes, merges, and extracts to explore emotive shapes and figures.
Harwood also teams up with members of the Toronto Symphony who play live classical music before an audience of prison inmates while he creates an abstract artwork. More of this partnership can be found at https://lookingatthestars.org a registered federal charity.
June 30 to July 19 - Erin Thibault
July 21 to August 9 - Lucie Willemsen and Pat Carbonneau
August 11 to August 30 - To be confirmed
September 1 to September 20 - Brian Turner
September 22 to October 11 - Karen Wynne Mackay
October 13 to November 1 - Marianne Feaver
November 3 to November 22 - Beth McCubbin
November 24 to January 3 - Christmas Market