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Local artist crosses off item on her “bucket list” with her first exhibit

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The work of Sandra Menard is on exhibit at the Gibson Gallery through March 25 and those interested in seeing her work had better get in there between now and that date.

“This is the one and only time I am going to do this,” the Amherstburg resident said of exhibiting her work. “It was on my bucket list.”

Menard estimates there are about 45 paintings on exhibit with the work encapsulating about six decades of work. One painting included in her exhibit – entitled “Some Beauty I’ve Seen on my Way” – was created almost 63 years ago.

“My son was born in 1955 and I painted it that year,” said Menard during an opening reception.

Noting she works mainly in oils, Menard has painted some watercolours over the years. Much of her work is landscapes but there are wildlife paintings and other subject matter included as well.

“It’s just whatever catches my eye,” she said. “I do like landscapes.”

Sandra Menard is presenting her first-ever exhibit “Some Beauty I’ve Seen on my Way” now until March 25.

Some of the paintings originate from a vacation she took with her daughter, with her daughter taking photos and Menard painting from them. She also is a regular painter at a Thursday art group in her apartment building.

“I love playing with colours,” she said.

Menard has given away many paintings over the years, joking she had to retrieve some of them so she could have the exhibit. She does have some of her work for sale as part of the exhibit.

“I hope everyone will come out and have a look,” she said, adding she plans on coming to the gallery once per week during the time the exhibit is displayed.

This is the first exhibit at the Gibson Gallery in the 2018 season. The gallery is open Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

For further information, call 519-736-2826 and or visit their website at www.gibsonartgallery.com. Their Twitter account can be found at www.twitter.com/ARTamherstburg while their Facebook account is found at www.facebook.com/GibsonGallery.

Amherstburg Freedom Museum hosting Artists of Colour’s “Journeys” exhibit

 

 

The Amherstburg Freedom Museum, in partnership with the Artists of Colour, will host the exhibit opening for “Journeys,” with the exhibit opening being Feb. 2.

“Journeys” features 14 works of art from a group of local Black artists who form the committee of the Artists of Colour. Museum officials state the event will feature live entertainment, providing a musical accompaniment to the exhibit.

The art works chosen are part of the first stage of the “Journeys” project which the Artists of Colour have begun to construct, will be an art exhibit that will celebrate and relay the story of Black enslavement and the long journey back to freedom. The museum states “this exhibit will tell the story to all generations of the courage and determination of a people who refused to accept the degradation of slavery. White and Black stood up against the injustice and demoralization of slavery, risking their lives and livelihood opposing the injustice inflicted upon their brothers and sisters. They unselfishly dedicated their lives to the cause of liberty.”

This exhibit is the first stage of the “Journeys Project” and shows how the Underground Railroad gave birth to the first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for social change within the United States and Canada. Between 1840 and 1860, before the American Civil War, once-enslaved Africans followed the North Star on the Underground Railroad to find freedom in Canada. That journey to freedom was long, dangerous and life-changing.

The opening reception of “Journeys” at the Amherstburg Freedom Museum runs from 7-9 p.m., and will feature light refreshments and live entertainment. There is no charge to attend the official opening, but donations are being accepted.

The exhibit runs until April 1, with regular admission rates applying after the Feb 2. opening.

The Amherstburg Freedom Museum is located at 277 King St. in Amherstburg and their phone number is 519-736-5433. The museum’s website is www.amherstburgfreedom.org. Their Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/AmherstburgFreedom and their Twitter page can be found by searching @AburgFreedom.

Gibson Gallery returns to its railroad roots

 

Special to the RTT

The Windsor Model Railroad Club (WMRC) is on track to return the Gibson Art Gallery to its locomotive roots.

The gallery will host an exhibit put together by the club until Nov. 12. According to WMRC director Bill Poff, the display will marry the gallery’s past as the Central Michigan Railroad Station to its present as a place of artistic expression.

“At this show, we’re trying to highlight the materials we use and how we use them,” said Poff. “(We feel) that this is an opportunity to show the work and the skill that goes into the construction of the pieces – there are many disciplines involved.”

Poff said all his club’s displays are to-scale. One real-life metre is equal to 161 on the models. He said that if an onlooker were to shrink down and walk around on the display, he or she wouldn’t feel out of place.

“There’s a very real artistry involved in making the scenery believable,” he said. “Much of (the inspiration) is taken from real-life places in Windsor-Essex.”

Poff said many of WMRC’s members spend a great deal of time researching the area’s locomotive past. One area of interest, he emphasized, is the Gibson Art Gallery itself. Until the advent of the electric railway, the gallery’s site was home to the Michigan Central Railroad Station.

“What could be better than model railroads set up in a heritage railroad station?” asked Bonnie Deslippe, the gallery’s administrator. “Even better, many of these talented hobbyists will be on-site each day to talk about their craft.”

There is no entrance fee for the exhibit, which WMRC has titled, “The Hobby and Art of Model Railroading.” The show is open to the public 11 a.m.-5 p.m. from Thursday to Sunday.

For more information, visit www.gibsonartgallery.com or call 519-736-2826.

Vintage Bicycle Show celebrates five years

 

By Jolene Perron

 

After travelling to attend the Canadian Vintage Bicycle Show in Brantford, a local couple decided they could hold their own similar event in their own backyard.

“I have been collecting vintage bicycles for the last 17 years,” explained event coordinator and property owner, Mark McGuire, who runs the event with wife Cori. “The intent of acquiring our first bicycle was to add to the decor in our basement. As I began to research and learn more, my interest grew, as well as my collection. Canada has a rich history of the bicycle especially with CCM (Canada Cycle and Motor), which unfortunately met its demise in 1983. The history of CCM, the bicycle, and the political and manufacturing relationship between Canadian and the U.S.A. is fascinating. When CCM was established in 1899 through the amalgamation of five Canadian bicycle manufacturing companies, Canada was still looming in the shadow of the Americans trying to impose on Canadian industry. CCM sought to make Canadian bicycle manufacturing strong. At this time in history, the bicycle was a main mode of transportation.”

Event coordinator Mark McGuire shows off his  personal collection of bicycles at the 5th annual Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle Show Sunday.

Event coordinator Mark McGuire shows off his
personal collection of bicycles at the 5th annual Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle Show Sunday.

The show started as away for the family to show their interest, collection and share their history knowledge with others. Since beginning the show five years ago, they have attracted collectors from London, Brantford, St. Jacobs, St. Catherines and more who all display, sell and trade bicycles, parts and memorabilia from the past. They typically bring out more than 200 visitors and the number grows each year.

“Collecting antiques is in my blood,” explained McGuire. “My dad has an extensive collection of various antiques, specifically farm related. Ironically, he did not collect bicycles, so at least there was no competition there for me. Dad did enjoy coming out to our past bicycle shows. We enjoy sharing stories with all ages about people and their bicycles and bicycle history. Everyone has a “bike story,” whether it was given to them as a Christmas gift or whether it was a fond childhood memory or even a critical means of transportation.”

Rick Wolfe, who has one the largest pre 1900s vintage bicycles, demonstrates how to properly mount a Royal Mail, circa 1884, with a 54” wheel.

Rick Wolfe, who has one the largest pre 1900s vintage bicycles, demonstrates how to properly mount a Royal Mail, circa 1884, with a 54” wheel.

McGuire said the only requirement for the show, was for all visitors to have fun and enjoy themselves at the family friendly educational event for bicycle enthusiasts.

“Across Thresholds” now on exhibit at the Gibson Gallery

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The latest exhibit at the Gibson Gallery invites people to cross the threshold and enjoy seeing different types of things everyone uses every day.

“Across Thresholds” features the work of Dennis K. Smith and Vivian Cattaneo and runs at the gallery through Sept. 3.

“Vivian is the inspiration,” said Smith. “I had taken pictures of doors and said I always wanted to do something.”

That led to the pair teaming up as Cattaneo, who was born and raised in Argentina, returned to her homeland and took pictures of doors and began painting from the photos at Smith’s studio. Smith said he has always been interested in doors as pieces of art, noting they not only keep people out, but invite them in as well.

“We both enjoy the craftsmanship,” added Smith, with some of his work emphasizing the work that goes into creating and using a door.

Dennis K. Smith and Vivian Cattaneo have their work on display at The Gibson Gallery. Their exhibit "Across Thresholds" runs through Sept. 3.

Dennis K. Smith and Vivian Cattaneo have their work on display at The Gibson Gallery. Their exhibit “Across Thresholds” runs through Sept. 3.

“A handle can tell you a lot about the occupant,” said Smith, who has had work in galleries in the Art Gallery of Ontario as well as Michigan.

Cattaneo, who takes classes with Smith, came to Windsor in 1980 and while career stops included the Children’s Aid Society, Huron Lodge and Hiatus House before retiring in 2010, she has also studied architecture.

“I like doors, lamps and windows,” she said. “I have more (paintings) at home.”

The “Across Thresholds” exhibit is her first, she noted and hopes to do more in the future.

“Thanks to Dennis for encouraging me to do it,” said Cattaneo.

Cattaneo also encouraged people to visit Argentina, noting Buenos Aires is very interesting to visit.

The Gibson Gallery is located at 140 Richmond St. and can be found online at www.gibsonartgallery.com.

Their Facebook site can be found at www.facebook.com/GibsonGallery. To find them on Twitter, visit www.twitter.com/ARTamherstburg.

Their phone number is 519-736-2826.