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Mind-Shift To Abstraction (Posted On: Wednesday, January 30, 2013)

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Collingwood Public Library’s upcoming art exhibit provides a glimpse of the creative process an artist experiences when undertaking a shift from expressionist landscapes to non-representational work. The collection of abstract acrylics candidly reveals the artist’s challenges and triumphs in exploring a new artistic style.
The show, Transitions by Dianne Feaver, displays at Collingwood Public Library from Friday, February 1, 2013 to Thursday, February 28, 2013. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Artist Dianne Feaver created the central 15 works of the exhibit during her year as Artist in Residence at the Parry Sound District Museum. Feaver was stirred to experiment with her artistic style after reading a biography about abstract painters. Intrigued by their paintings, she was motivated to follow their lead.

“This exhibit features a selection of works that represent the stages of my artistic transition. The show provides an opportunity for anyone interested in the mind-shift one representational artist took into abstraction,” said Feaver.

Feaver explores the states of chaos and harmony with both brush and hard edge techniques, combining a variety of colours into meaningful canvasses. She becomes inspired after the blank canvas is covered by either colour or texture.

“I moved colour around until it moved something in me. Finding the mark that moves a painting in and out of one state or the other is the focus of my creative process. I am most gratified when a painting reveals both elements simultaneously, which, for me, parallels the nature of the human condition.”

Emerging artists, artists considering varying their style and the public are welcomed to visit the exhibit for their own inspiration. Through her residency, Feaver discovered the challenges in learning a non-representational style due to lack of exposure, opportunity or rural isolation. This challenging transition was the artistic goal of her collection.

The Collingwood Public Library is committed to guiding our community in the pursuit of information, the wonder of lifelong learning, and the enrichment of social and cultural experiences. At the heart of the community, the Collingwood Public Library is an inclusive environment seeking universal accessibility.

For more information, please contact:

Christine Palka
Coordinator, Public Relations
Collingwood Public Library
cpalka@collingwoodpubliclibrary.ca 705-445-1571 ext. 6241
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