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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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New Exhibition: “4 Artists For Charities”, October 17 to November 30

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4 Artists For Charities, is an exhibit of paintings by four artists, with the proceeds of sales to be donated to designated charities.  For many months the four artist colleagues and friends have been meeting regularly to discuss art, visit galleries, participate in workshops and classes and critique their work.  Although their styles are different and their  paintings their own, there is one thing they all agree on – they want to share their passion with others and in turn, help the community.   They have individually decided to donate the proceeds of sales of paintings at the exhibit to a charity near and dear to them.  Wyn Kalagian of St. Catharines  and  a volunteer with Wellspring Niagara, will donate her proceeds to the Cancer Support organization.  Karen Zanutto of Fonthill currently a Board Member with the United Way of South Niagara will add her proceeds to the 2014 Campaign.   Cathy Peters of Port Colborne and Gayle Yaksich of Hamilton will support the Region’s younger population by donating their proceeds to the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara.

The exhibition runs from October 17 to November 30, 2014 at Arts Place Art Gallery, 714 King Street, Port Colborne, 905.834.9060.
The Artists’ Reception is scheduled for Sunday, October 26, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Gallery Hours are Thursday to Sunday Noon to 4:30 p.m.

New Exhibiton Opens This Friday April 25

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Annual Silent Auction, Sunday April 13, 2 – 4 pm

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Annual Art Auction April 13

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