Look at the View from the Hill and Beyond at Guelph Civic Museum

 January 8, 2014, Guelph, ONView from the Hill and Beyond, a new exhibition at Guelph Civic Museum, celebrates the remarkable talents of local artists Scott Abbott, Laura Coutts, Leslie Miles, Janet Ollers and Kathleen Schmalz, and the strong connection they have with their city. The exhibition opens Friday, January 17 with a reception at 7 pm. 

Corner House, Powell and Dufferin Artist: Scott Abbott

Corner House, Powell and Dufferin
Artist: Scott Abbott

 For the past year and a half these artists have been traveling about Guelph, setting up their easels and painting en plein air. Known as colourful characters to some, they stand in paint-stained coats, through all seasons, painting views of the streets, churches, rivers and bridges of Guelph. With determination, they

New Life Artist:  Kathleen Schmalz

New Life
Artist: Kathleen Schmalz

paint in freezing cold and in hot sun, to capture the scenes before the light changes.  Breaking for coffee to warm up in winter, or a cold drink to cool off in summer, gives the group a chance to talk over the experience and struggles of painting plein air.  The camaraderie shared offers a balance to the usual solitary practise of painting in the studio.

View From the Hill Artist:  Laura Coutts

View From the Hill
Artist: Laura Coutts

The group hopes that the Guelph community will enjoy seeing the results of their labour.  While working on this project the artists have developed a deeper appreciation for the topography, architecture and neighbourhoods of their city.

Church, Norfolk Street Artist:  Janet Ollers

Church, Norfolk Street
Artist: Janet Ollers

The exhibition will be supported by complementary programming including Art in All Weather PD Day activities, Friday, January 17, from 1 to 4 pm; In Conversation, an artist-guided tour and talk about the exhibition, Thursday, February 6, at 7 pm; and Meet the Artist, a paint-in, Saturday, March 8 from 2 to 4 pm.

View fthe Hill and Beyond runs until April 6, 2014.

Sunlight on the River Run Centre Artist: Leslie Miles

Sunlight on the River Run Centre
Artist: Leslie Miles

Guelph Civic Museum is located at 52 Norfolk Street. The Museum is open daily from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  For more information, call 519-836-1221 or visit guelph.ca/museum

Posted by Val Harrison on January 9, 2014

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