‘On the Labrador’ at Northern Lights
Belfast — In the spirit of the Group of Seven, avant grade Canadian landscape painters who worked in defiance of turn-of-the-century artistic tradition, deeply explored new techniques to express the vast landscape while expressing freedom, awe and harmony with nature, Northern Lights Gallery will open “On The Labrador” with a 5 to 8 p.m. Final Friday Art Walk reception May 30.
“On The Labrador,” which will continue through June 25 at the downtown gallery, 33 Main St., features the work of seven artists each depicting his or her unique take on the stunningly wild and infinite Labrador, the northernmost region of Atlantic Canada.
Among the most exciting of frontiers for the artists of the Group of Seven was the Arctic, to which they often traveled by ship. “Art must take to the road and risk all for the glory of adventure,” wrote Lawren Harris in 1929, “We must see and paint in our own way and open our eyes to the beauty and mystery of the land.” Northern Labrador remains a wild unchanged road-less environment with a smattering of small Inuit villages. North beyond the few villages, the iceberg-strewn landscape rises in height again and again until one reaches the mighty Torngat Mountains.
Northern Lights Gallery recently has been renovated to accommodate larger works of fine art and to host more art events. The gallery’s Summer Art Series will showcase local and First Nations artists, in addition to Inuit and Arctic art. Northern Lights Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., staying open to 8 p.m. every Friday.
Artists include Lisa Lebofsky, Zaria Forman, Lynn Misner, Forest Hart, Louise Shorette, John Terriak and Gilbert Haye. Both Forman and Lebofsky’s body of work focus on landscape undergoing rapid environmental change. While media range from extreme scale images in both pastel and oil on aluminum to photography, printmaking, carving and sculpture, profound beauty is as much of the common denominator as the subject itself.
For more information, call 338-3088 or email Karen@northernlightsgallery.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.