Beginning July 7, Arbor Gallery welcomes fine arts visual artist Ronald Headland, with exhibition The Memory of Things.
Born in Montreal, where he still lives, Headland studied music at McGill University and art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School. The Memory of Things series is a return to total abstraction from years of figurative painting for Headland. His use of collage and composition create layers of meaning, using the own history of pieces of canvas, clothing, wall papers, fragments of old paintings and more. His own process draws on the memory of his previous artistic ways as well as influences.
“The melodies, harmonies, and texture of the music itself create their own meaning and power and move us directly. It is the same with abstract art,” Headland explains. “The very elements of art – colour, shape, line, composition, and so on, can in themselves evoke a strong emotional reaction that can’t often be put into words.”
“One must learn to become sensitive to the basic elements of art. And one does this by exposing oneself to paintings. The more one does this, the greater will be the enjoyment of the experience of art.”
The Memory of Things will run from July 7-31. Vernissage July 16 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. In the Main Hall of the gallery.
Intimate Concert with Didier Chasteau
On Thursday, July 21, Arbor Gallery’s Intimate Concerts series will feature international blues/jazz pianist Didier Chasteau, with his own jazz and neo-impressionist compositions.
Born in Avignon, France, Didier Chasteau was 10 years old when he started piano lessons in the city of Nice. While in his teens, Chasteau discovered jazz, harmony and the joy of composing. Recognized as a young prodigy at the age of 17, he was invited on several television shows and offered a tour of France’s many cities. From then on, he never stops playing and continues his learning experience with talented musicians, polishing up his compositions and his technique of improvisation. An accomplished concert pianist, Chasteau has participated in several Jazz Festivals, and founded the Lefaivre Jazz Festival, in 2017-2018.
Throughout the years, Didier Chasteau has opened for famous musicians, including Chet Baker and Lou Bennett, and performed alongside renownec musicians such as Skip Bey, Oliver Jones’ bass player, and Quebec bass players Michel Donato, Daniel Lessard and Charles Biddle of the famous Biddle’s Jazz Restaurant & Bar in Montréal.
Limited seating. Tickets are available at saken.ca/tickets at a cost of $20.
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