With holiday lights shining on the grounds of Glenhyrst offering a feeling of joy and peace, inside the gallery is a reminder of how important those feelings are, says Norm Moore, project co-ordinator of the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.
The gallery’s latest exhibit, War and Peace, offers more than 50 pieces of art that reflect on the relationship and conflict between war and peace.
Inspired by the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the exhibit examines issues of war in conflicts ranging from the War of 1812 to the modern day, as well as discord within our own boarders, mirrored by images of peace found within and between and the wars.
“Seeing the lights is a joyous time of peace and goodwill,” Moore said. “Enjoy the lights, come in for some hot chocolate and learn about how important that feeling of joy and peace is.”
The exhibit runs until Jan. 3 and is open during the current Joysey light show running on the gallery grounds, offering a some culture amidst the holiday sparkle.
War and Peace is Glenhyrst’s biennial juried exhibition, which invites artists to submit their interpretation of the year’s theme. Jurors included Six Nations artist Naomi Johnson, County of Brant artist Fleur-Ange Lamothe and Brant Museum and Archives curator Chelsea Carss.
The pieces come in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, mixed media, woodcarvings, sculptures, scratchboard, stone carving and fabric art.
Among the pieces are images of poppies in an empty field, a blood smudged dress, a peace sign made of keys, photographs of Toronto’s G20 summit and a child playing with a toy gun at peacetime.
“(War and peace) is what we do, it’s what we are,” Moore said.
Taking first prize was Julia Vandepolder’s The Green Room, made from charcoal, graphite, oil and chalk pastels on wood panel. The drawing depicts books strewn across a ransacked room.
In second place is Toward the River, an ink on washi piece by E.M. Carr. Tied for third are Alejandro Arauz’s If We Were to Cross woodcut and J.P. Gural’s print Stung Meanchy Dump, Phnom Penh.
“Throughout the 20th century, Canada has contributed to the contemporary artistic discourse dealing with war and peace,” said Glenhyrst curator Marcia Lea. “Now, in the 21st century, Canadian art is continuing this exploration and we are proud to present this exhibition.”
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