Awards & Reception:Friday, June 8th, 2018 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Kawartha Art Gallery
“The Travelling Blue Dress”Exhibiting in SPARK Photo Festival: March 20 to May 5, 2018 Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm At Kawartha Art Gallery Artist Talk & Reception: Thursday, April 12, 2018 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Kawartha Art Gallery SPARK Photo Festival of 2018 marks the first year to be celebrated in the City of Kawartha Lakes and will run from April 1-30, 2018. Photographic exhibits take place at public galleries and in places you least expect. This is Dianne Lister’s 5th year exhibiting in SPARK Photo Festival. Dianne Lister has been experimenting with photography and mixed media since 1991. `The Travelling Blue Dress` exhibit uses the technique of intervention — in this series, placing a piece of clothing in unpopulated landscapes, inviting the viewer to complete the story. The same image can evoke different feelings – one person sees freedom, another sees loneliness, one feels wistful, while another viewer may anticipate pleasure. The audience will be encouraged to write down stories and create the narrative. Kawartha Gallery had a wonderful evening with Dianne Lister’s artist talk & reception with 35 guests participating in the project, writing stories and poems about particular images, reflecting and asking good questions.
Annual Student Juried ExhibitJanuary 31 to march 17, 2018 An exhibit featuring the talents of I. E. Weldon, Lindsay Collegiate & Vocational institute and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic secondary School students Awards and Reception: Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 2pm to 4pm at the Lindsay Golf & Country Club
ConcentricJanuary 12 to January 27, 2018 An exhibit Featuring the talents of the I.E. Weldon, I.B. Art Students Artists Talk and Reception: Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Gallery.
HONOURING THE SPIRITS EXHIBITOctober 17 to November 18 Norval, Christian & Kyle Morrisseau A grandfather A father and son exhibit. Showcasing their shared talent passed through generations.
August 29 to October 14
Huw Morgan went to art school to learn how to be a better photographer. On the way, he discovered his inner environmentalist. In his latest work, Huw documents mankind’s adversarial relationship with nature and how our destructive attempts to tame and organize nature are doomed to eventually fail.
Huw was born in Wales, United Kingdom, and emigrated to Canada when he was 10 years old. He went to the University of Toronto, graduating in mathematics and received his MBA from York University. Huw recently received a Certificate in photo arts from the Haliburton School of the Arts, part of Fleming College. He has been fortunate to have had three parallel careers: as an Information Technology professional, a musician and a photographer. As a musician, he has been a drummer and lead singer of several Canadian rock bands as well as a classically trained tenor who has sung with Canadian opera companies and oratorio choirs.
Traces of Civilization is concerned with the ongoing battle between mankind and nature.
Mankind wages a constant war to tame nature. We organize the countryside into rectangular fields with one type of crop in each one. We selectively breed plants and animals to our taste and have recently started to genetically engineer crops. In our cities and towns, we pave over nature, build our brick and concrete structures and then re-plant lawns and flowers to suit our rational plan. We call this process civilization.
And yet, we see evident that nature seeks to balance order with chaos. Whenever mankind abandons an area or structure for even a short period of time, nature returns rapidly and completely. The fecundity of nature quickly overcomes the makings of man. Trees grow up through concrete and stone, walls collapse, variety proliferates.
In the Traces of Civilization project, I seek to capture the borderline between man and nature, where the conflict is most visible. This work focuses on areas where nature is winning the war and traces of civilization are slowly vanishing. The project focuses on photographs of rural Ontario where industrial farming in the south has made the family farming uneconomic. It also focuses on industries that once flourished, but were undermined by newer technologies as well as cultural artefacts, like churches, that have been replaced in the age of social media.
The images examine human artefacts that document the traces of former human structures, some decayed and some preserved, to show how quickly nature reclaims our efforts and to pose questions around why we choose to preserve some traces and not others. It also raises questions about how we, as individuals, can change civilization to be more sustainable and at harmony with nature.