André and Sophie Guindon
October 17 to November 17
Vernissage: Saturday, October 19, 2 pm to 5 pm
On display from October 17 to November 17, the exhibition "Gently" by André and Sophie Guindon invites us to experience a moment of sweetness through the poetic sculptures of André and the delightful illustrations of Sophie. The exhibition is made even more special by the fatherdaughter relationship of the two artists.
"Sharing this exhibition with my father is for me a great source of inspiration, and also of pride. I have a lot of admiration for my father's stone creations. They are so simple, so direct, and always so full of poetry and beauty, " says Sophie.
"This artistic encounter with my daughter Sophie was long overdue, since I looked at her gentle creations and dreamt of joining the curves and angles of my sculptures to her drawings full of emotions and openness to life", adds André.
André Guindon studied sculpture at the Ottawa School of Art, the Mont-Laurier Summer School, Arts and Crafts, and the Jan Jatsura Workshop in Montreal. After experimenting with various materials, André turned to stone as his means of expression. He works mainly by hand, directly cutting the sculpture, in search of the fragile balance between inner vision and external momentum. The emotional presence of animals, people and their environments deeply inspires the shapes and movement of his sculptures. Listening to the stone he carves, he moves easily from the abstract to the figurative to convey both strength and softness to his pieces.
Sophie Guindon is from the Outaouais region. She had always dreamed of being an artist. After completing studies in music, she co-founded two artisan bakeries. Then, in 2007, she created the Papoum Papoum, a collection of organic blankies and cuddly toys full of sweetness that are distributed throughout Canada. After more than a decade devoted to textile art, Sophie is now happy to express herself through illustration. Using pencils and watercolor, she paints familiar animals giving them unique expressions that breathe "something real and soothing". She favors a minimal aesthetic and a very intuitive approach.
"Gently is a melodious word, a word that speaks of our father-daughter relationship but also of the slowed down time needed to feel the reality that surrounds us, to get in touch with our thoughts and emotions in front of an artistic work," says Sophie. "What if, for a moment, we lived gently?"
Please accept this gentle invitation and join the artists at their vernissage on Saturday, October 19, from 2 pm to 5 pm. Visit our art and craft boutique and tour our artist studios.
September 12 to October 13, 2019
Vernissage: Thursday September 12, 4 to 8 pm
In the exhibition “Roots”, showing at La Fab Arts Centre from September 12 to October 13, 2019, Collectif Graphein presents an installation of prints and objects on the multiple paradigms suggested by the theme Roots on each of the Collectif’s six members. The printmakers Geneviève Belzile, Manon Boulet, Deidre Hierlihy, Louise Lépine, Madeleine Rousseau and Denise Tremblay propose at least four prints offering various perspectives that help to discover the roots engraved in each of us.
“For me, the theme Roots suggests a personal territory”, says Geneviève Belzile. Manon Boulet explores shapes and mathematics through printmaking “to reflect the links that bind us and which give roots to our perception. For Deidre Hierlihy, roots are “the continuity of underlying values that originate in personal histories and feed succeeding generations”. Louise Lépine’s works explore the duality between consciousness of our agreement with certain schools of thought and the subconscious revealing all that determines us. Madeleine Rousseau addresses some aspects of human relationships affecting the family. And Denise Tremblay’s work, inspired by the vegetal realm, represents roots using various techniques.
Collectif Graphein was born after professional visual artists decided to combine their printmaking skills and promote this ancient art. The technical knowledge and skills of the Collectif’s six members generate a dynamism that fosters research and exploration in printmaking. The Collectif presented many shows, namely Style libre at Espace René-Provost in 2012, Passage à l’encre, at Espace René-Provost in 2013, Le Banquet, at Espace Pierre-Debain in 2014, Sentiers gravés, at Old Chelsea gallery in 2016, OEuvres choisies, at the Crichton Street gallery in 2018, and D’une bouche à l’autre, at the Galerie d’art éphémère (cultural trail) in Gatineau, during the summer of 2018.
Come and chat with the artists at the vernissage on Thursday, September 12, from 4 pm to 7 pm. Visit our arts and crafts boutique, and shop around the stands of the Old Chelsea Market that is in our courtyard every Thursday, from 4 pm to 7 pm, until October 10.
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Feb 16 - March 12
UNDER THE COLOURS
March 14 - April 7
FROM CHARLEVOIX TO THE MAGDALENE ISLANDS
11 April to 5 May
A SENSE OF WHIMSY
May 9 to June 9
Ottawa School of Art
June 13 to July 14
18 July to 11 August
August 15 to September 8
JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF PORTRAITS
September 12 to October 13
Collectif Graphien :
Geneviève Belzile, Manon Boulet, Deidre Hierlihy, Louise Lépine,
Nathalie Morin, Madeleine Rousseau et Denise Tremblay
October 17 to November 17
André and Sophie Guindon
November 21 to December 29
CHRISTMAS MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION