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Trees


Trees

August 30 – October 8, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6-8pm

Monica Tap,  Campfire,  2016, oil on linen, 24 x 18 inches

Monica Tap, Campfire, 2016, oil on linen, 24 x 18 inches

“The average tree grows its branches out until it encounters the branch tips of a neighbouring tree of the same height. It doesn’t grow any wider because the air and better light in this space are already taken. However, it heavily reinforces the branches it has extended, so you get the impression that there’s quite a shoving match going on up there. But a pair of true friends is careful right from the outset not to grow overly thick branches in each other’s direction. The trees don’t want to take anything away from each other, and so they develop sturdy branches only at the outer edges of their crowns, that is to say, only in the direction of “non-friends”. Such partners are often so tightly connected at the roots that sometimes they even die together.”[1]

Peter Wohlleben wrote The Hidden Life of Trees in 2015. A passionate forester and author, Wohlleben currently runs an environmentally friendly woodland in Germany where he works for the return of primeval forests. The Hidden Life of Trees has since become an international bestseller, packed with scientific fact and fascinating detail regarding trees; how they grow, age, track time, and even communicate.

Using this quote as the inspiration for our exhibition, we invited artists to submit a portfolio of up to three artworks for consideration in the exhibition. The submissions were reviewed by our selection committee and the exhibition was born.

Participating artists include:

Elizabeth Barrett
Leanne Baird
Mark Bell
Jamie Bradbury
Donna Bolam
Cathy Boyd
Suzanne Buckingham
Chuck Burns
Vicki Carruthers
Jerome Clark
Barbara Craven
Wendie Donabie
David Flett
Mary Garason
Brigitte Granton
Kay Gregg
James Goodliff
Michael Harris
Gwynneth Heaton
Myron Jones
John Lennard
Eddie LePage
Dianne Lister
Lucy Manley
Sandy McMullen
Anna McShane
Elizabeth Michele
Liz Pead
Victoria Pearce
Hanny Rentel
Karen Richardson
Carrie Ruddy
Mika Silhanek
Steve Silverman
Catharine Somerville
Randall Speller
Lisa Stead
Monica Tap
Ron Wilkie
Joan Horsfall Young

 

[1] Peter Wohlleben, The Secret Life of Trees, (Germany: Random House, 2016), 5.

A selection of work from the exhibition below:

Jamie Bradbury,  Nemaska Full Moon,  2018, watercolour on Arches paper, 10 x 14 inches

Jamie Bradbury, Nemaska Full Moon, 2018, watercolour on Arches paper, 10 x 14 inches

Jamie Bradbury,  Fire (Making Charcoal),  2018, watercolour on Arches paper, 10 x 14 inches

Jamie Bradbury, Fire (Making Charcoal), 2018, watercolour on Arches paper, 10 x 14 inches

Mark Bell,  Green Light,  2018, oil on board, 15.75 x 20 inches

Mark Bell, Green Light, 2018, oil on board, 15.75 x 20 inches

Monica Tap,  Blue Sun Tree,  2016, oil on linen, 24 x 18 inches

Monica Tap, Blue Sun Tree, 2016, oil on linen, 24 x 18 inches

Brigitte Granton,  Evening on Bear Lake,  2019, oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches, 10 x 12 inches

Brigitte Granton, Evening on Bear Lake, 2019, oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches, 10 x 12 inches

Carrie Ruddy,  From the Hill,  2019, soft pastel on board, 4.5 x 6.75 inches, 9.5 x 11.5 inches framed

Carrie Ruddy, From the Hill, 2019, soft pastel on board, 4.5 x 6.75 inches, 9.5 x 11.5 inches framed

Catharine Somerville, Summer Breeze, 2019, oil on canvas, 16 x 24 inches

Catharine Somerville, Summer Breeze, 2019, oil on canvas, 16 x 24 inches

Chuck Burns,  Stopover - Waterfowl Lake,  2018, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 48 inches framed

Chuck Burns, Stopover - Waterfowl Lake, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 48 inches framed

Chuck Burns,  River Flats,  2018, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 48 inches framed

Chuck Burns, River Flats, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 48 inches framed

Hanny Rentel,  The Sentinel,  acrylic on canvas, 36 x 38 inches

Hanny Rentel, The Sentinel, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 38 inches

Jerome Clark,  Olive Tree,  2019, inkjet on archival paper, 8 x 10 inches, 13 x 16 inches framed

Jerome Clark, Olive Tree, 2019, inkjet on archival paper, 8 x 10 inches, 13 x 16 inches framed

Jerome Clark,  Two Olive Trees,  2019, inkjet on archival paper, 8 x 10 inches, 13 x 16 inches framed

Jerome Clark, Two Olive Trees, 2019, inkjet on archival paper, 8 x 10 inches, 13 x 16 inches framed

Donna Bolam,  Spring Into March,  2018, coldwax & oil on Arches paper

Donna Bolam, Spring Into March, 2018, coldwax & oil on Arches paper

Elizabeth Michele,  The Giving Tree,  2012, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches, 20 x 26 inches framed

Elizabeth Michele, The Giving Tree, 2012, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches, 20 x 26 inches framed

Joan Horsfall Young,  Pine Trees at the Water's Edge , oil on masonite, 12 x 16 inches

Joan Horsfall Young, Pine Trees at the Water's Edge, oil on masonite, 12 x 16 inches

Earlier Event: August 30
Catharine Somerville
Later Event: August 31
Kawartha Arts Festival