Blyth Festival Art Gallery will present the last of its three 2019 professional-level exhibitions, featuring the paintings of Elizabeth McQueen and ceramic art by Catherine Weir, beginning Aug. 27.
The two Dundas, Ontario, area women have been working collaboratively for 3 years now, with their first joint exhibition, also entitled “Heaven and Earth” held at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas in 2017.
“Heaven and Earth has been our working title and while we began with the obvious, the painter’s preoccupation with skies and large land-forms and the potter’s lyrically artful facility with earth, it is becoming so much more,” say the artists, in a joint statement.
A ceramic instructor on the teaching faculty at Mohawk College and the Dundas Valley School of Art, Catherine has taught workshops to potters’ groups across the province, has shown at dozens of open, invitational and juried exhibitions and has garnered five major arts awards.
Elizabeth has taught at the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, Dundas Valley School of Art and at Canadore College in North Bay. She has been represented in many group and solo art exhibitions and her paintings are in several government and corporate collections.
Together they say, “Our common ground has been an exploration of landscape (we are, after all, Canadian). Quite unintentionally, we have begun parallel ‘dreaming’ and are delighting in the place where heaven and earth meet.”
Their exploration of what Heaven and Earth means to them, will be on view in the Bainton Gallery, Blyth Memorial Hall, from Aug. 27 to Sept. 28. The public is invited to meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Friday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. The show is presented by the Blyth Festival Art Gallery. It is curated by Robert Tetu and co-sponsored by Ron and Bev Walker and Duncan and Lynda McGregor. The Gallery is located next to the Blyth Festival box office and is open during box office hours. Admission is free.
Photos: Hidden Gems ceramic vessel by Catherine Weir and Peever’s Landing Light Study #II painting by Elizabeth McQueen.