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Summer Solstice Art Show: June 21 - 24, 2018
Location: 545 Marlatt Dr., Oakville, ON
As in ancient times this celebration is a wonderful gathering.
Friday, June 22 • 12 PM – 8 PM
Saturday and Sunday, June 23, 24 • 10 AM – 3 PM
Summer solstice or equinox occurs on June 21, 2018 when the earth’s north pole is tilted the closest to the sun. It is the longest period of daylight in a day with the sun at its highest point. Essentially summer solstice signifies the first day of summer.
Solstice is a celebration all over the world, dating back to ancient times when this day was used to organize calendars and figure out when to plant and harvest crops. Solstice is about nature, featuring its textures and complexities, science and happily, a celebration.
I am grateful to exhibit two very different artists that share a Solstice story. Together the art of Briar Emond and Michael Toole offer a modern perspective of this day of ancient celebration.
Solstice is a part of nature with all the textures and natural elements under the sun; trees, leaves and humans, for that matter, affected by the grace of extended light and passing of the winter season.
The subjects of Emond’s work, sometimes presented on natural canvas, are elements of nature – leaves and trees highlighted by the delicate lighting of nature. In Toole’s tree images you see the trees in their most natural state, before leaves cover their branches and hide their true forms.
Both artists dwell on the rich textures found in nature and in natural processes. Emond utilizes a paint pouring technique that generates swirls, layers and fractals, caused by the mixing of paint consistencies so random they can only be a gift from nature. Toole’s window images have an edgy industrial feel and are rich in texture, displaying the affects of sun exposure and aging.
The ancient science of the solstice is what truly links these two artists and their artworks. Emond’s art and her passion for mathematics features the Fibonacci sequence, a series of numbers felt to be the most beautiful numbers in nature; a pattern to the arrangement of leaves, seeds, flowers, petals and more. Toole’s pieced and patterned treatment of some of his images are a mechanical manipulation of nature using different exposures and images.
Solstice View Art Show, like the summer solstice, is ultimately a celebration of the start of summer and how artwork can bring that wonderful feeling into your space. The bright colours of Emond’s work reflect this celebratory mood as does the subjects found in Toole’s windows – the carnival swing and the tourism elements; exciting scenes to visit during a memory-making family summer vacation.
Briar Emond is an emerging artist, currently residing in Burlington, ON. Emond works with acrylic paint, exploring the possibilities of the naturally occurring fractals. Emond’s work is also shown at the Art Gallery of Burlington and in Toronto.
Michael Toole is an emerging photographer, currently residing in Gravenhurst, ON. Toole goes beyond the simple act of recording information with his camera and looks for different ways to create and present truly unique images. Toole’s work is shown in Toronto and New York City.
I look forward to seeing you there.
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