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New Exhibition: Colour & Magic

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New Hours Starting January 9
Arts Place Gallery will be open

Saturday and Sunday, 12n – 4pm
The Gallery will be closed from Dec. 24 thru January 8

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Arts Place Annual Auction This Sunday!

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The Annual Arts Place Gallery silent auction is a wonderful opportunity to purchase one of a kind  and unique  articles at very reasonable prices.   Many of the paintings and objects d’art are original paintings and priced well below normal gallery pricing making the purchase a good bargain.  This year there is a large assortment of books as well.  Any monies realized from the Silent Auction sales fund local art projects, cultural events and art education in the community.

The Silent Auction runs from 2:00 to 4:00 on Sunday, April 19.

Preview dates are Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 from 12n to 4:30.

The Gallery is located at 714 King Street, Port Colborne and is open Thursday to Sunday from Noon to 4:30 p.m. Below are two views of some of the many items at auction.

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New Exhibit: Barbara Bucknall, “Between Earth & Heaven”

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biucknall webFebruary 20 – April 12
Reception:  Sunday, March 1, 2 – 4 pm
Winter Hours:  12n – 4 pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Barbara’s Bio:
“I was born just outside London, England, on June 8 1933, but brought up in Birmingham where I paid regular visits to the municipal Art Gallery and Museum with my brothers and sisters, two of whom have become professional artists.  One of them, Malcolm Bucknall, is quite well known.  He was pleased when I came back to art after a career in university teaching, most recently teaching French at Brock University.  He says that I draw like Marc Chagall, Odilon Redon, and William Blake.  I only started showing my work quite recently. 

I got my education at Oxford University in England and Northwestern University, Illinois.  I taught for a number of years at the University of Illinois before coming to Brock University in St. Catharines. 

I also collect other people’s art, particularly that of my brother Malcolm.  When I was in Paris in 1975-1976, I acquired three pictures by Basil Ivan Rakoczi, who has since become very well known.  He was also a friend of Samuel Beckett and Robert Graves, but I didn’t meet either of them.  I did however meet the composer John Cage at the University of Illinois, and spent some time with him in the late 60s.  I liked his ideas but not his music.  He introduced me to the I Ching.

I have been drawing and painting since I was a child and this is emotionally necessary to me.  When I was a child in wartime England, my teacher wrote a letter to the authorities saying I deserved to have a paint box of my own.  My father had to show this letter to buy me one as everything was rationed. My drawings represent scenes and figures drawn from the imagination rather in the style of children’s book illustration.  They have been described as childlike and joyful, and show the pleasure I take in doing them.

 I look forward to showing and selling my pictures as that leaves room in my house for more.  A lot of the time I don’t even know what I’m going to draw but just let my hand move freely over the paper.  However, the result is a coherent, recognizable design.  I draw as if in a lucid dream.  Welcome to my dream world.

 In the last couple of years, I have had a picture in the St. Catharines municipal Red Exhibition and a one-woman show at the Kennedy Art Gallery.  My first show was at Strega Bistro, five or six years ago.  I presented a one-woman show at Niagara Artists Centre, “Angels and Easter Eggs,” which ran from January 17-January 30, 2015.

 My show at Arts Place, Port Colborne is entitled “Somewhere Between Earth and Heaven.” I selected this title because I am so concerned with the spirits around us, from the spirits of plants to the heavenly angels.  I am very interested in anything spiritual, psychic and religious, and have written poetry about it.” 

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