This past Friday night, two new art shows opened, in venues close together—a short walk on a cold January night that provided a sort of cleansing of the palette if you will. That cleansing was required as the shows, and the respective artists, could not have been more different. One was from the old guard of the Peterborough art scene, the other was a fresh new face.
ARTSPACE: MICKY RENDERS "PAINTING WITH LIGHT"
Artspace hosted new photographic images from longtime local personality Micky Renders. Renders, who teaches art at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School, usually creates in oils with a brush and had been doing so for 30 years. This show titled "Painting With Light" represented a new foray for the artist. This time, her choosen medium was photography, and the light captured through the lens over space and time. This show is worth a look as it's interesting to see artists we think we know stepping out of their safe space.
"Painting With Light" is open at Artspace until January 29th. Artspace is located at 378 Aylmer Street North.
CANNERY ART CENTRE: JAMIE CAMPBELL "DON'T FEED THE MONSTERS - BOXED MONSTERS & OTHER CURIOSITIES"
Over at Cannery Art Centre, the upstairs gallery features new work from local artistic upstart Jamie Campbell and her show entitled "Don't Feed the Monsters - Boxed Monsters & Other Curiosities". Through stylized illustrations, whimsical colours and fun, quirky compositions (see pic below), Campbell is presenting an entire world of mythical creatures for us to wonder over.
This is art for everyone. It's welcoming. The technique is bold and your attention will be pulled from one piece to the next.
"Boxed Monsters" is open at the Cannery Art Centre until the end of the month of January. The Cannery is located at 168 Hunter Street West.
[Contributed by PtboCanada's Jeffrey Macklin]