Peripheral Visions at Minden gallery
By Chad Ingram
Minden’s Agnes Jamieson Gallery was packed for the opening of Peripheral Visions the evening of April 5.
A juried exhibition featuring the works of 19 artists from throughout central and eastern Ontario, including a painting by Haliburton County’s Carole Finn, the show is a project of the Ontario Society of Artists.
“I wanted to say a few words about the title of the show,” artist and curator Todd Tremeer, who organized the exhibit, told the room. “An exhibition title, for me, is like an artwork title. It may be a descriptive label that creates a very narrow reading of a piece of work or a series, or a title may encourage a more expansive, interpretive outlook. And, with a title like Peripheral Visions, I was really trying to think of that sort of open-ended, almost allegorical sort of idea. What does that mean? What could it mean?”
While the underlying theme of the show is Canadian landscape, “some are literal, some are more evocative,” Tremeer said of the works, which manifest in a variety of media.
Clare Ross, president of the OSA’s executive council told attendees that while the society tries to support artists and artists’ events throughout the province, because of the reality of geography and concentration of the population, it has meant that much of the volunteer-run organization’s programming has taken place in Toronto. However, the OSA now has an eastern hub, a northern hub and a western hub.
“The whole point of these hubs is to be as inclusive as possible, and to stretch our limbs as far across the province as we can,” Ross said. The exhibition includes artists from places such as Stittsville, Ganonque, Kingston, Peterborough and Maynooth.
Agnes Jamieson Gallery curator Laurie Carmount led an interactive discussion on avenues for artists, from the church and the monarchy, through to the internet.
Peripheral Visions runs until May 25.