June 14 to July 15, 2017
Opening: Saturday June 18, from 2 to 5pm
Water attracts and influences humans in ways both obvious and subtle. The Blue Mind theory, coined by American Marine Biologist, Wallace J Nicholls, shows how being near, in, on or even under water can make you happier and healthier. I find myself forever mesmerized and transfixed by the way water moves, reflects, glimmers and glows.
Sharon Kelly is a full time Ottawa based artist originally from Montreal. She has a BA in Art History from Queens University. Represented by professional galleries since 1999, Kelly has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows including Wall Space Gallery (Ottawa) Dale Smith Gallery (Ottawa) Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa) Paula Diamond White Gallery (Waterloo) Canadian National Exhibition, (Toronto) Byward Market Gallery (Ottawa) Maritime Museum (Annapolis, Maryland) The Circle Gallery (Annapolis, Maryland)
Bernice Sorge, Emma Haraké
Lauren Bibeau, Aleksander Sielicki
Born in Nova Scotia, Bernice has lived in Quebec since 1976. Her interdisciplinary studies in botany, psychology, fine arts and pedagogy have enriched her work. She works in layers of meaning often subtle and provocative.
Sorge exhibits in Canada, United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Her work is in public and private collections such as: Loto Quebec, Cirque de Soleil, Ernst & Young, Pratt & Whitney, Canada Development Bank. Sorge has received prizes and grants for her work: ELAN and Canada Council, 2010; Public Choice Award, NSP, Acadia University, N.S.; First Prize of Excellence in printmaking in the Pan-Canadian Exhibition, Papier I, Ottawa; Innovation Prize in Printmaking, NSCP, St. Francis Xavier University (2004). (See website) Galleries: Jean-Claude Bergeron, Ottawa. Naumy-Collier, Paris, France. Open Studio, Toronto, Ontario.
Emma Haraké is a visual artist and educator who holds a Bachelor of fine art from the Lebanese University. She is currently pursuing her graduate studies in Concordia University. Her research interests include autobiographical and arts-based inquiries, memory work, storytelling and oral history. Emma had a solo in Lebanon 2012 and exhibited extensively in collective shows in prominent galleries and museums in Lebanon and the Middle East. Since 2015, she participated in many collective exhibitions in Montreal.
Montreal: Atelier Circulaire, Arts interculturels MAI, théâtre St Catherine, Windsor Gallery. Lebanon: Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Sursock Museum, Maqam gallery Kuwait: FA Gallery, Contemporary Art Platform CAP, Dubai: Ayyam Gallery. Istanbul: mixer gallery, press musuem.
Lauren Bibeau is a Montreal-based artist who studied Fine Arts at Concordia University as well as at Dawson College
Lauren has participated in many exhibitions, most recently at Gallery Luz and L’Espace Contemporain. She has also had the honor of participating in an installation at Museo Civico d’Arte Contemporanea, Casacalenda, Italy. She has done work with several charitable organizations, including donating art to the old brewery mission and to art auctions, most recently for the Alzheimer’s Group Inc. She was 1st runner up in the Montreal Museum of Fine arts competition in 2005.