Blyth Festival Art Gallery presents the first of its three professional-level exhibitions, featuring artwork by Roman Turczyn and members of his family, beginning June 13.
A practising architect for more than 40 years, Turczyn played a leading role in the completion of a significant number of projects in Canada and the Middle East. His professional career was spent studying, planning and designing the built environment; essentially the fabric that surrounds us. During this period, his personal time was spent exploring and documenting the richness of that fabric, using watercolour and photography.
The exhibition titled “Spirits Amongst Us”, begins to explore another dimension to this fabric, a realm in which an almost divine presence is at work: our subconscious.
“Our subconscious plays a pivotal role in how we interpret the world, how we see ourselves and how we interact with others,” he said.
Recently retired to Goderich, Turczyn explained, “I devote as much time as I can to my life-long fascination with art and design, which I consider to be among the most important foundations of our civilization.”
As a result, he and his wife, Libby, have infused their family with their passion for art and design.
Members of that family will complement the exhibition with their work.
The mixed media presentation features photography, digital art, jewellery using precious metals and stones, sculpture, watercolour and even traditional archery bows. The artists include Roman Turczyn, Libby Smyth, Nadia, Nina and Max Turczyn.
The public is invited to view the Turczyn family’s exploration of “Spirits Amongst Us” in the Bainton Gallery, Blyth Memorial Hall, from June 13 to July 20. The exhibition is presented by the Blyth Festival Art Gallery. It is curated by Kelly and Carl Stevenson and sponsored by Maarten Bokhout and Helena McShane. The gallery is located in the Blyth Memorial Hall, next to the Blyth Festival box office and is open during box office hours. Admission is free.
Photo: Eurydice Waiting For Orpheus – digital photograph by Roman Turczyn