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    Featured Artists, 2019

    Mark Scarlett: Going with the Flow

    Iconic images of a lifetime's response to the call of the North

    Friday, July 5 - October 14, 2019

    I was 8 years old in 1953 when our family moved its summer vacations from a rental cottage on the shore of Lake Ontario near our home in Oswego to an island cottage on Loughborough Lake north of Kingston, Ontario. And so, that year, my love affair with the wild landscape of the Frontenac Arch began. 

     

    I didn’t learn the name for this remarkable rock-bound and lake-strewn region until nearly 50 years later when I became involved with the Indian River Lakes Conservancy in Redwood, just down the road from our home in Rossie. It was there that I first heard of the Frontenac Arch, the remarkable geologic backbone of gneiss, granite, and marble that carries the Canadian Shield from the shores of Georgian Bay and the Algonquin Park highlands, through the Thousand Islands and the Indian River Lakes, and on to the Adirondack Mountains. More than a billion years old, this expansive region is home to a vibrant landscape of biological diversity as beautiful and environmentally important as any in North America.

     

    At age twelve I took my first canoe trip in Canadian cottage country with my brother John through the Rideau Lakes. Six years later we discovered Algonquin Park on an epic 16-day, 350 mile adventure that took us up and down five different rivers along the way. I first took up photography in the era of Kodachrome, Velvia, and Seattle Film Works to try to capture some the beautiful and remote places Louise and I continued to travel as we explored this extraordinary region, and to share those images with others we might entice to join us. The technology has moved on, and our favorite canoeing and hiking destinations have reached beyond Algonquin Park and Georgian Bay, but the spirit of these northern places remains as enchanting and enthralling as the first time I saw them. 

     

    With thanks for all the joy they have brought me and with appreciation to Evelyn Saphier and the Iva Smith Gallery, I am grateful for the opportunity to share some of them with you.

    Grant Lounsbury: North by Northeast

    Friday, July 5 - October 14, 2019

    I paint to tell the story of an experience or an event. My paintings are derived directly from the emotional connection that I have with the outdoors, wildlife, and sometimes even structures. My subject matter may span from a hike in the Canadian Rockies, to a historic hockey arena torn down for a parking lot, to wildlife that may not be here for future generations.  

     

    I feel it is important for me to document my experience due to the enormous environmental changes happening in the world today, resulting in a loss of land, melting ice caps, clear cutting of forests, and urban sprawl. The next generation  may not be able to interact with the great outdoors in the same way that I can, and I want my paintings to give future generations the perspective and insight that is unique to my experiences, my thoughts, and my vision. I strive to create a record of  the world that I see and to interpret the connection I have with that natural world. That is what I am striving to accomplish with my current work. 

    Pamela Winchester: On the Wing

    Friday, July 5 - October 14, 2019

     

     

    This collection of work reflects on how a community can take flight.

     

    I came to the North country seeking the open sky, the windy farmland, the sounds of birds. It is a blessing to live here and be surrounded by wild flora and fauna. Over time I have come to appreciate the movement of the seasons and how it effects the plants, animals and people of the north.

    Fall, the retreat, is when all creatures pack up and prepare for the cold. Some leave to sunnier spots. Some stay and brave the . Winter. Winter is a time of inner and outer strengthening. The gray, frozen stillness forces the remaining life forms to be resilient and tough. When Spring comes, change arrives and things begin to grow. Migratory birds bring messages of hope. They are like the plethora of summertime people that come from lands near and far. Their travels bring new knowledge to the thawing towns of the St. Lawrence.

    My current work reflects my thoughts about an ideal Northern community where 'tried and true' join forces with 'fresh and new'. The pieces symbolize acceptance, encouragement, and the resulting joy that makes us feel like a bird on the wing.

     

    -In celebration,

    Pam