Blackburn Tower behind the Trees by Tina Petrovicz (Arbor Gallery)

New at Arbor Gallery: Dynamic Elements

A new exhibition at Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre, featuring works by Tina Petrovic of Alfred, opens March 29 and will be open until April 30. A “meet the artist” event will be held April 1 between 1 and 3 p.m.

Petrovic will be giving a talk and a short printmaking workshop during the span of this exhibition – more details will be available on the gallery’s website and Facebook page.

Here is a statement from Petrovic about the exhibition, called “Dynamic Elements.”

Traditional landscape is approached by painting plein air or by creating a quick study, and in modern times maybe even taking a photo and painting in the studio.

The painting is focused in one scene. It is contemplative and immersive. But is it representative of the place? Is it how we interact with the landscape now?

Plein-aire demands that an artist goes on foot to a location on a generally calm day, concentrating on the inanimate objects in one’s view. A vista is chosen – what fits on the canvas – one point of view.

Most of us now see the landscape from our car or the side of the road. We don’t tramp in the wood. Even when we do, what we perceive is often temporal. The wind moves lighter elements: clouds, grasses, leaves. Our eye travels as we move. If we do stop it is movement that catches our eye. By using photography, gesture and memory drawings as source material to create a variety of prints that capture this dynamic element. Presenting the two forms allows you the audience to form your own answer.

Arbor Gallery is open on Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and is located at 36 Home Avenue.

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