PERIVALE — Inspired by The Festival of the Seven at the Art Gallery of Sudbury, which celebrated Franklin Carmichael and the Group of Seven’s importance to the Sudbury, Killarney and La Cloche areas, Shannon McMullan of Perivale Gallery challenged each of the Perivale Gallery artists and artisans to create an individual and unique work inspired by the Group of Seven for this show, ‘In the Spirit of the Group of Seven.’
“Our artists accepted the challenge with truly amazing results,” said an enthusiastic Ms. McMullan. “My staff and I are so excited to begin hanging the show and to be able to share these outstanding works with our visitors and clientele.”
As well, a number of well-known Canadian artists have graciously submitted works as guest artists to Perivale’s In the Spirit of the Group of Seven show. Among them is Charles Pachter, who has been called “the Cézanne of contemporary pop art in Canada” and is best known for his images of the Queen, moose, and maple leaf flag, which have become pop icons of Canadian contemporary art. Karin Fediw, the winner of the Best in Show category at the La Cloche Art Show, readily accepted the challenge and the resulting extraordinary piece is fresh off the easel and en route to Manitoulin.
An incredible work of textile art was submitted by Lorraine Roy, who is celebrated for the fusion of her passion for the natural sciences and the rich textures and colours of fabric. “And of course, our very own Ivan Wheale has created and submitted a very special painting to the show,” Ms. McMullan added. “His many fans will be looking forward to see Ivan’s interpretation of this challenge. With this show, we have truly embraced the unique!”
The ribbon cutting ceremony and reception will occur at 2 pm on Saturday, July 25 with the In the Spirit of the Group of Seven show continuing daily until August 9.
Perivale Gallery, located at 1320 Perivale Road East, Spring Bay, is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily.