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“Exploring Kenya” by Brad Goldring now on exhibit at the Gibson Gallery

By Pat Bailey

 

Brad Goldring is totally focused on his first exhibition—at least for the moment.It’s amazing he finds the time to pursue his hobby—turned side hustle, into a beautiful exhibit at the Gibson Gallery.

At 33, Goldring has spent nearly two decades honing his craft—-one that began when he was just 14 and assisting his mom capturing her subjects on film. An artist in her own right, Debbie Goldring would turn the images captured by her son into commissioned portraits of her subjects—generally, dogs, cats and horses.

Debbie admits anyone can take a picture of a beloved pet but said at a young age Brad’s photos showed he definitely had a special gift. And Goldring credits his mom with encouraging his beginnings as a shutterbug.

“I still have my first original roll of film,” said Goldring, “of my cat in the backyard.”

Last Sunday, at a special reception at the gallery, Debbie, beaming with pride, was on hand to support her son in his first showing.

Goldring’s amazing photos feature his works from around the globe. But it’s the sheer strength and emotion captured while on safari in Kenya that steals the show.

African lions, giraffes and elephants grace the walls of the gallery, showcasing some of his finest works.

Despite being sidetracked by a little thing called university, the LaSalle resident, formerly of Milton, has managed to continue as a photographer while pursuing his career as an attorney/computer engineer for Ford Motor Company. In fact, it was law school that lured Goldring to the Essex County area, graduating from the dual American/Canadian law program between the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy.

While busy commuting between LaSalle and his Detroit-area job, Goldring still makes time to run a couple other businesses on the side, including photography.

Brad Goldring stands with some of his equipment and his work that is featured as part of his “Exploring Kenya” exhibit at the Gibson Gallery. His work is displayed through March 24. (RTT Photo by Pat Bailey)

While he says he failed to inherit any of his mother’s artistic ability, he said photography allows him a passion that also provides a creative outlet.How does someone possibly have time for so many pursuits? The secret said Goldring — “I don’t sleep.”

Instead he spends about 18 hours a day, working on the many facets of his careers.

In fact he had spent the morning driving from a business weekend in Chicago to the Amherstburg gallery for the reception.

While most would crumble under such a demanding schedule, Goldring flourishes.

He really couldn’t imagine his life any other way. But he is thinking ahead to his next ‘vacation’ — be it a working vacation.  For Goldring, whose goal one day is to have a photo published in a national wildlife magazine, he hopes a three-week trip to Africa will pay off.

In the meantime, he’s enjoying showcasing his works to a new audience and allowing others to go on safari vicariously through his works.
In his “spare” time, he will continue to show off his talent by shooting weddings, concerts and drag racing.

His photography has allowed him many opportunities he might not have otherwise enjoyed—including trips to Kenya, Tanzania, Jamaica, Cuba and Florida.

The exhibit, “Exploring Kenya: Brad Goldring”, will continue through March 24 and features Kenyan wildlife, but also includes a glimpse into his other photographic subjects–an album containing photos from the wedding of the son of the Governor General of Jamaica, drag races and concerts adorns the podium in front.

Goldring admits he enjoys seeing the reaction of others to the photos of his wildlife in particular, but said that all that really matters is that it makes him happy.

The Gibson Gallery is located at 140 Richmond St. and is open Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

For further information on the Gibson Gallery, call 519-736-2826 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.

 

Winners of “Student Pix” photography exhibit crowned

 

The Gibson Gallery has announced the winners for the Greater Essex County 12th Annual “Student Pix” Contest during its closing exhibit.

In the primary division for ‘Black and White’, Charlie Winney (Lakeshore) won first place. Ava Soucie from (Anderdon) won second and Sebastian Allison from (DM Eagle) came in third. For ‘Colour’, Charlie Winney once again got first place, Lydia Meresak (Anderdon) was in second and Sebastien Allison also received third place. In the ‘Enhanced’ category, Kate Winney (Lakeshore) won the first place. There were no second or third place winners.

The winners of the Gibson Gallery's "Student Pix" exhibit gather for a group photo. It was run in conjunction with the Greater Essex County District School Board.

The winners of the Gibson Gallery’s “Student Pix” exhibit gather for a group photo. It was run in conjunction with the Greater Essex County District School Board.

In the junior division for ‘Black and White’, Claire Bolton (LaSalle Public) came in first place. In second place was Andrew Dufour (Queen Victoria) and Addison Slater (Kingsville Public) came in third place. For ‘Colour’, Grace Allison from (DM Eagle) won first place, Claire McCormick (Kingsville Public) got in second and lastly, Zoe Papaofthimiou (LaSalle Public) won third place. For ‘Enhanced’, first place went to Addison Slater. Second place went to Emma Lauzon (LaSalle Public) and the third-place winner was Natalie Ristoska (WG Davis).

In the intermediate division for ‘Black and White’, Celina Dion (Maryvale) came in first place. In second place was Remy Allison (AV Graham) and in third place came Milica Jaksic (WG Davis). In the ‘Colour’ category, William Telasco (LaSalle Public) won first place, Rene Kelich (LaSalle Public) won second place and Emma Renaud (Malden Public) won third place. Finally, in the ‘Enhanced’ category, William Telasco came in first with Adam Anderson (Kingsville) in second and Remy Allison in third.

In the senior division for ‘Black and White’, Emma Berg (Belle River) won first place. Alex Pierzak (Sandwich) won second and Denver Hensel (Belle River) got third place. For the ‘Colour’ category, Emma Berg once again placed first. Jordyn Brigley (Belle River) placed second and Colson Kotyk (Belle River) won third place. In the ‘Enhanced’ category, Charie Canuto (Sandwich) placed first and Adrian Resendes (Leamington) came in second. Sydney Lavin (Belle River) placed in third.

Finally, for ‘Best In Show’, Colson Kotyk won for his ‘Black And White’ entry. Adrian Resendes won the ‘Colour’ category and Dorotea Bajic (Belle River) placed overall in the ‘Enhanced’ category.

The Gibson Gallery’s current exhibit is “Fibre Content,” which runs through June 11. It is a travelling exhibit from the Art Gallery of Burlington.

For more information on the Gibson Gallery, they can be reached at 519-736-2826 or at www.gibsonartgallery.com.

Gibson Gallery presenting “Student Pix” through May 7

 

 

By Danica Skakavac

 

For the Gibson Gallery, nothing matters more than bringing together families and friends in light of original artwork.

The Gibson Gallery is hosting the “Student Pix: Student Digital Photography GECDSB” exhibit until May 7. The idea of the event is to create the opportunity for public board students from Grades 1-12 to enter in their photographs in hopes of winning the contest.

River Town Times editor Ron Giofu was one of three judges for the Gibson Gallery's "Student Pix" exhibit, which runs through May 7.

River Town Times editor Ron Giofu was one of three judges for the Gibson Gallery’s “Student Pix” exhibit, which runs through May 7. (RTT Photo by Danica Skakavac)

The entry categories are Junior (Black and White, Colour and Digitally Altered Using Computer Software), Intermediate (Black and White, Colour and Digitally Altered Using Computer Software) and lastly Senior (Black and White, Colour and Digitally Altered Using Computer Software).

The gallery works with Shelley Pike, teacher consultant K-12 Computers and 21st Century Skills, Business Studies and Computer Science with the Greater Essex County District School Board.

Judges for the “Student Pix” event included River Town Times editor Ron Giofu, freelance reporter and Gibson Gallery board member Jonathan Martin and professional photographer Phyllis Chant.

The awards for the winners and participants will be held May 7 at 3 p.m.

The walls of the Gibson Gallery are filled with the photography talents of students from within the Greater Essex County District School Board.

The walls of the Gibson Gallery are filled with the photography talents of students from within the Greater Essex County District School Board. (RTT Photo by Danica Skakavac)

“My favourite part of the event is the closing day when the students and families come together to honour the winners and to celebrate the successful contest and exhibit,” says Pike. “The media is there and our superintendent gives out awards. It is a very big deal for the students and a day that they will never forget!”

Pike also added in her opinion of the showcase, saying that reading the descriptions the students write with their entry photographs about what their images mean to them allows a little glimpse into their values that we may not know.

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 hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Ojibway featured in Mudpuppy exhibit

 

 

By Adam D’Andrea

 

A Windsor-born photographer returned to Essex County last weekend to show off her work at the Mudpuppy Gallery.

Kendal Turner, 20, displayed her special exhibit titled “A Walk Through the Park” during a reception at the gallery on March 20. Turner, who studies digital photography at Lambton College in Sarnia, became interested in photography when she was in Grade 11 at W.F. Herman Secondary School in Windsor.

“I liked the creativity part because I was never really good at math and science,” said Turner. “I like the creativity and I liked capturing moments and saving them for people to look at and enjoy.”

Lambton College digital photography student Kendal Turner displays her special exhibit “A Walk Through the Park” at the Mudpuppy Gallery on March 20. Turner’s exhibit featured a number of photos taken at Ojibway Park. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

Lambton College digital photography student Kendal Turner displays her special exhibit “A Walk Through the Park” at the Mudpuppy Gallery on March 20. Turner’s exhibit featured a number of photos taken at Ojibway Park. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

After taking a photo class in high school she began a placement at a local photography studio. She then decided that photography would be her career path and joined the digital photography program at Lambton in September 2014.

Her exhibit on Sunday featured a number of photographs taken at Ojibway Park throughout different days and times of the year. Turner’s goal was to show the beauty and diversity the park has to offer, as well as demonstrate why Ojibway should be saved for future generations. Although this time around her photography focused on nature and wildlife, Turner’s work generally touches upon many different themes and subjects.

“I have a lot (of favourite subjects) actually. I like to do children, I like to do still life, I like to do nature. I really like to shoot any type of subject that works for me.”

Turner plans on continuing to pursue her dream of becoming a professional photographer and hopes to open her own business within the next few years.