Articles Tagged ‘CUAG’

THE ARTFUL BLOGGER: Tears and farewells amid Carleton University’s Embarrassment of Riches

By Paul Gessell

Geoffrey James, "Viaduct of the Ohio Turnpike, Cuyahoga National Park," 2004.

It was the last vernissage at the Carleton University Art Gallery to be presided over by the retiring director, Diana Nemiroff, and Ottawa’s art royalty turned out in force.

It also helped that many Ottawa artists attending had some of their own works on the gallery walls. They included Justin Wonnacott, Loraine Gilbert, Jane Martin, Jennifer Dickson, Michele Provost, and relatives of the late Gerald Trottier. Other artists in attendance were Cindy Stelmackowich and Jerry Grey, along with major collectors Joe Friday and John Cook, art dealer Dale Smith and prominent curators Catherine Sinclair, Judith Parker, and Jonathan Shaughnessy.

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THE ARTFUL BLOGGER: Leslie Reid exhibit at Carleton Art Gallery conveys a mother’s dilemma

By Paul Gessell

Calumet: In Time, 2006. By Leslie Reid.

Leslie Reid has been painting her two sons frolicking in ponds and rivers for about a decade. The boys have grown into teenagers on the canvases Reid has produced for her regular exhibitions at St. Laurent-Hill Gallery in the Byward Market.

It has been a risky venture for Reid. Mothers who paint pictures of their children are usually put into the same category as artists recreating Elvis on black velvet. However, Reid has avoided the saccharine. In fact, her work keeps getting better and better or, to borrow a phrase, darker and darker.

The proof can be found at Reid’s new solo show, A Darkening Vision, at Carleton University Art Gallery. The exhibition was curated by gallery director Diana Nemiroff, who has just signed on for another year at the helm at what is clearly the best art exhibition space in Ottawa beyond the National Gallery of Canada.

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