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New Art Exhibit (Posted On: Thursday, May 07, 2009)

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A brand new artists’ group, called the Grey Highlands Artists Circle (GHAC), is putting on their first group show to be held at The Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, on May 9th 2009 running until May 31st, 2009. 

The members of the GHAC are, Fran Bouwman, Carol Binns-Wood, Melanie Earle & Robin Grebski. 

Guest artists are Julia White and Michelle McGauchie.  The show is called Autopoeisis: Self-creation and it explores the idea of Gaia and creation. Each artist is inspired by the natural world and their artistic process is actualized through the use of imagery, dynamic subject matter, diverse materials and unique methodologies.

Melanie Earle is showing two large canvases and clay/mixed media sculpture that explores the wonder of the natural world and its mystery.

Robin Grebski, a mixed media artist, is using natural local materials such as fibre, beeswax and wood to investigate a conscious ecosystem.

Michelle McGauchie, having recently returned from India, creatively enters Grandmother Earth through the granules of sacred ash, blood red poppy and the hypnotic gaze of Elephant.  Her fascinating oil paintings reflect interacting organisms that delight in silent communication with one another.

Fran Bouwman is creating a series of female sculptures that challenge stereotypical Mother Earth figures. 

Julia White explores the idea of bringing to light what is hidden. In her Root Sculptures, roots and limbs wrapped in yarn speak to how we nourish our deep selves, as well as to how these threads hold our world, and us together.

Carol Binns-Wood has created a series of images with oil stick on board. These are figure studies, not only full figure, but close-ups of body parts. They tell the story of woman making herself from the earth itself, merging this fundamental link. “ From the earth, I make myself, one handful at a time…”

If one wants to meet the artists, view some art and find out more about this exciting new group, you can show up for the opening reception to be held on Saturday May 9th, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm.

The Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre
1-12 Nelson St. E.
Meaford, ON N4L 1N6
(519) 538-0463


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