Opening the spring season, Arbor Gallery will welcome 2021 Canadian Folk Awards Nominee Sussex on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 pm.

Presented by Saken Music’s Ken Duff, coordinator of the gallery’s Intimate Concerts series, the duo featuring renowned songwriter and performer Rob Lutes, with vibraphonist Michael Emenau, will transport you to an equally extraordinary and singular musical universe.

With Emenau on vibraphone and pianica and Lutes on guitar, banjo, and vocals, their repertoire is an eclectic, exhilarating journey — at times joyful, at times melancholy — take us to the very heart of American roots music.

Advanced tickets are $20 ($25 at the door). Limited seating. Information is available on Saken Music website – or on the gallery’s Facebook page.

Sculptor welcomes friends at exhibition’s launch

Lively conversations filled the gallery on Saturday as sculptor André Breau welcomed a few friends and family for the launch of his exhibition. In display throughout the gallery are several of Breau’s clay creations, from relief paintings to sculptures on three main themes: music, maritime landscapes/towns, and gardens. The overall effect is colourful and whimsical, representative of the artist’s passionate and thorough creation process.

Although nowadays Breau focuses on clay sculpting and painting artwork, he draws on a long experience of woodcarving. His skillful work can be admired in his stunning woodcarving ‘Dancing Cranes’. A longtime teacher at the Ottawa School of Art, he also gives workshops to help people explore clay sculpting. His approach is rounded.

‘Dancing Cranes’ by André Breau. Submitted Photo

“I want my students to understand and relate to the clay as a unique and sometimes temperamental medium, rather than just come in and make a piece to take home,” Breau explains.

His collection fills the entire gallery – from vases, hens and cameo to visually unique paintings and relief artwork.

“André’s relief paintings require the viewers to slow down and stay with each piece, moving back and forth to view it from various angles and distances,” explains Sylvie Bouchard, Arbor Gallery’s director. “Every encounter is a journey and his artwork is a perfect fit with our Victorian surroundings.”

The exhibition ‘A Perspective in Ceramic Art’ runs until March 27.

Located in the heart of Vankleek Hill, at 36 Home Avenue, the Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre welcomes visitors Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.


Artist André Breau (right) welcomed family and friends to the Arbor Gallery last weekend. Submitted Photo