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Art contest winners announced | Local | Entertainment | Simcoe Reformer

Art contest winners announced | Local | Entertainment | Simcoe Reformer.

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By Jacob Robinson, Simcoe Reformer

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SIMCOE – The winners of the inaugural Arts Country Juried Arts Competition were announced Friday, June 29 at the Norfolk Arts Centre in downtown Simcoe. A total of 117 works created by artists hailing from Norfolk, Brant, Oxford, Elgin and Middlesex County were accepted in what became one of the largest regional competitions in all of Ontario.

Artist Laurie-Lynn McGlynn Receives Prize. Photo Courtesy of Jacob Robinson, Simcoe Reformer, Tuesday, July 10, 2012

“Feelin’ Hot, Hot, Hot!”: Exhibition at Rainbow Gallery a Great Way to Cool Off from Caribana

Toronto Caribana 2012. Photo Courtesy of University of Waterloo
Daily Bulletin July 30, 2012

If you plan on attending Caribana 2012 this coming weekend, why not take time out from the heat and enjoy a refreshing dip inside Rainbow Gallery, Market Square Toronto. For the month of August my “Simple Harmonic Motion” series will be on exhibition in the foyer of Rainbow Cinemas, organized by Art for All Canada. AFAC is a non-for-profit enterprise which helps connect visual artists to exhibition venues in public places, such as the gallery in Rainbow Cinemas. In addition to my work located in Gallery A, the works of 3 other artists will also be on display for the month of August (Daryl Chang, Kathleen Morbey & David Bruce Johnson).

Art for All Canada, Toronto Ontario Canada

Click here to view a sample of our work and artist interviews conducted by AFAC President/Organizer Alwyn & Sheila Mitchell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTxL0W0b-rg&feature=plcp.

You’ll find my work inside Gallery A, located in the foyer of Rainbow Cinemas, 80 Front Street East, Toronto:  http://goo.gl/maps/L2Klq. So if you’re heading to T.O this weekend, either for the Caribana or just for a dose of urban excitement, be sure to include a trip to Market Square and the Rainbow Gallery.

Sample of Series “Simple Harmonic Motion”

 

Two Spaces…One Show…Lots of People: Square Foot Opening Reception a Hit!

So, the 1st Annual Square Foot Exhibition was not so ‘Square’, rather it was the place(s) to be last Friday night. People from all over Middlesex County and beyond, drove through Friday night traffic and battled temperatures in the high 30’s to enjoy a night out at The Art Exchange in Wortley Village, London. Armed with plenty of cool drinks and nifty little hors d’oeuvres, both galleries enjoyed a full house.

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The ‘madding crowd’ at The Art Exchange home gallery. Photo courtesy of Douglas R. McGlynn

The theme of this exhibition is, you guessed it, work created on a 12″ x 12″ surface. With over 300 pieces of art over two galleries, the square foot size requirement makes for an interesting display of various styles in one space and allows for more work to be hung at one time. At first, the 12″ x 12″ surface created a bit of panic within me, as I am used to painting on large surfaces. But once I relaxed about the size of my canvas, I was able to concentrate on the image making process. As they say in some circles, “size isn’t everything”, and this certainly was the case for this show. Like many of the artists exhibiting in this show, I chose to create a ‘mini-series’ of sorts…three paintings that share a central theme. I had played around with the concept of how I could paint the human soul…or in other words, what my interpretation of the soul would look like. Would it have shape, texture, colour? Would it be recognized by the viewer as something from the ‘inner self’?

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Soul In State: Pain

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Detail of Soul In State: Rest

I had no idea where to begin, apart from knowing that the image would not represent a particular religious standpoint but I knew I wanted to incorporate a ‘body’ or mass. My objective was to challenge my past study of movement (http://www.artistsincanada.com/homepage/?id=13857&page=gallery&name=McGlynn,Laurie-Lynn&gid=873) from the tangible to something intangible and the concept of the human soul fit this challenge. My hope is that the viewer will be able to discern an action taking place, captured in the moment. Through the use of colour, texture and brush strokes, each painting strives to reveal an emotion (Rest, Pain, Ecstasy) and therefore represents the soul in that very state. I can assure you that this was not an easy task…to use paint to create an image that represents something ethereal, and without substance, and yet give it an organic mass, motion and E-motion.

In some ways I think the 12″ x 12″ size restriction was not so much a hindrance as it was an aid to containing purity of the image. But that is the view point of the artist. I am interested in knowing what the viewers think of this exhibition and my series Soul In State: Rest, Pain, Ecstasy. I encourage you to share your thoughts and to please feel free to offer constructive criticism. Thanks to those of you who came out in that wild heat, to share in the Opening Reception. As local artists, we rely and depend on the support of our communities which in turn helps to foster an appreciation for arts and culture but especially for the visual arts.

Artist Laurie-Lynn McGlynn with Soul In State: Pain in Background

Watch this blog for news on my next upcoming exhibition in Toronto at Rainbow Cinemas in Market Square (July30-August 30).

Ready, Set…GO! 1st Square Foot Exhibition at the Art Exchange is Good To Go

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Just a gentle reminder that tomorrow night marks the official opening of the 1st Square Foot Art Show at The Art Exchange Gallery. The reception is on Friday July 6th, 2012 at 7:00pm. Don’t forget that there are 2 galleries hosting this exhibition so be sure to investigate the myriad of art work for sale at both locations. I am exhibiting 3 pieces, two of which are located at the gallery located at 156 Wortley Road, and the other piece is located at 247 Wortley Road (see image below). For more information about this series, please visit my website:

http://www.artistsincanada.com/mcglynn/…Go To Gallery 2

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“Soul In State: Rest, Pain, Ecstasy”, photo courtesy of Douglas R. McGlynn

A tip for those who will attend the Opening Reception: you may want to begin your tour at the first location: 247 Wortley Road, London Ontario as the space  holds a bit more work. The second location is about 500 m. (or a 6 minute walk, according to Google Maps) from the first location and is at 156 Wortley Road. Click below for a map and directions to the gallery.

http://goo.gl/maps/dA60

Allow for enough time to soak in the variety of styles and please feel free to ask the gallery staff any questions about the artwork, artists or pricing. Hope to see you there!

Winner of Juried Arts Competition! ‘Rock-2’ wins award at Norfolk Arts Centre in Simcoe

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from left to right: Adam Veri (Barber & Veri Inc.), Deirdre Chisholm (Director/Curator Norfolk Arts Centre) & Artist Laurie-Lynn McGlynn- photo courtesy of Douglas R. McGlynn

Friday June 29, 2012 marked the long anticipated reception and grand opening of the Arts Country Juried Exhibition. This show represents the work of artists from 5 counties in Southwestern Ontario, and is held at the Norfolk Arts Centre in Simcoe Ontario. Click here for a map of the gallery:

http://goo.gl/maps/KCVr

The exhibition runs from June 29-August 30, 2012. Along with offering an official welcome to the public, last Friday’s reception provided the forum from which the winners of the juried art competition were officially announced. Three winners were chosen from a talented pool of artists from Brant, Elgin, Middlesex, Norfolk and Oxford Counties. I am happy to announce that my painting ‘Rock 2’ was selected for an award and cash prize which was presented to me during the reception.

Winner of 3rd Prize: ‘Rock-2’-photo courtesy of Douglas R. McGlynn

Out of three paintings, two were accepted for this exhibition; the winning Rock-2 and Sand-1. Both paintings will remain at the gallery for the duration of the exhibition and are available for purchase. Please contact the gallery for more information about the artists, their work and sales related queries:

Artist Laurie-Lynn McGlynn with ‘Sand-1’ & ‘Rock-2’, Norfolk Arts Centre Gallery-photo courtesy of Douglas R. McGlynn

***If you missed last Friday’s reception at the Norfolk Art Centre, don’t dispair! Take advantage of an opportunity to view some amazing local artwork at The Art Exchange Gallery located at 247 Wortley Road in London Ontario. This exhibition titled The 1st Annual Square Foot Show, will open with a reception on Friday July 6th at 7:00p.m. The work will remain on exhibition until July 28th, 2012 over two gallery locations; 247 Wortley Road and 156 Wortley Road. Bring a friend…enjoy a refreshment and immerse yourself in visual pleasure!