Manifestations of Colour and Formations with Gale Smith & Photographer Melissa Wilgis”


  • Fri, Oct 23, 2020 – Sun, Dec 6, 2020 11am - 4pm

LOCATION: Art in Bloom Gallery - 210 Princess St

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“Manifestations of Colour and Formations with Gale Smith & Photographer Melissa Wilgis” October 23 - December 6, 2020 “Manifestations of Colour and Formations” is a new exhibit featuring metal artist, Gale Smith and photography feature, Melissa Wilgis. The exhibit opens on Friday, October 23 and continues through December 6, 2020. It will be displayed in the gallery and will have many virtual components including a virtual tour, artist videos and more. Gale Smith‘s work in this exhibit is about the transformation of sheets of copper into complex assemblages that create a distinctive visual impact while allowing the intrinsic beauty of the metal to shine through. Vibrant colours dance across the copper pieces and create abstract geometrical shapes. These intricate works contain rich textures and reveal extraordinary manifestations of colour and formations. Each sculpture is made using dozens of strips of copper which are assembled into a design that create movement with dimensions. These meticulously cut strips of copper undulate as they reflects light that in turn creates movement. Melissa Wilgis is a fine art photographer specializing in photograms. Initially she began making photograms using what she refers to as her “critters”; seahorses, crabs, butterflies, dragonflies, sea whips, wildflowers and other found curiosities. Eventually, she knew she needed to expand her photogram creations beyond critters. She is also thrift store junky and made it a priority to search out photogrammable objects at the charity shops. “I’m drawn to antique garments, lace and glass baubles. My photogram compositions are fairly simple. This simplicity allows the viewer to find their own story, be it politics, feminism, gender, sexuality, body-image, materialism, culture, economy, history, family or simply nostalgia. To me, they’re first and foremost, a reminder to always try to see things in a different light.” Her most recent body of work incorporates images from box of early 1900s glass negatives. Due to ongoing COVID-19 adjustments, this exhibit will be in the gallery and online beginning on October 23rd. The gallery now has normal business hours. Face coverings are required and we do have additional supplies if needed.