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Exhibition: Gabriel Safdie (‘Aerial Views’) and Trevor McKinven (‘Retro-Vue’)

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20 Août 2015 - 6 Septembre 2015
Old Blacksmith Art Gallery, 240a Dufferin, Stanstead, Qc

Two people sharing a mutual passion for the landscape of the Township’s, photographer Gabriel Safdie (‘Aerial Views’) and Trevor McKinven (‘Retro-Vue’) will grace the walls of the old blacksmith barn/gallery with their work in the final exhibition of the summer at the Vieux Forgeron Art Gallery in Stanstead.

From a perspective we don’t often get a chance to see, Safdie’s latest body of work is a selection of photographs from the air, and on the ground, of the Lake Memphremagog and three villages area (Stanstead, Beebe, and Rock Island), a place he calls home along with Montreal. Taken from local resident and pilot George Weller’s small plane, Safdie was interested in getting an overview of the region from above to show the “magnificence of the area.” Much of he and partner Eva Juul’s time has been spent over the years focusing on the cultural and artistic development of the downtown core of Stanstead so this was an opportunity to see where we live in the totality, an all-encompassing bird’s eye view that reaffirms to many of us why we are drawn to this part of the world.

The painting and drawing of Trevor McKinven, ( playwright of the one-man show ‘They Came From Away’) take us back to the ground and to the roots of his Jersey farm up-bringing where “the potent pull of the paysages of the Township’s took over and helped me to hone the craft of visual expression.” From these early beginnings to the present day, ‘Retro-Vue’ is a series of work where we see the influence of travel, urban landscape, portraiture, and more recently, a concentration on shadow and light, that give us a well-rounded retrospective on how McKinven’s painting process “has evolved, morphed, and progressed to my present ‘artempts’.... I have a deep desire to invite the viewer into the image and have each piece evoke a visceral and emotive sensation upon seeing it.”

The vernissage is on Saturday August 22 from 5-7 p.m. with a presentation by the artists at 6 p.m. upstairs in the gallery.

Gallery hours: Thursday-Sunday, 11-6 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!