As December rolls through, I find so much to be thankful for primarily all of you, so wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday filled with much goodness and a New Year filled with amazing adventures.
This year is definitely bittersweet, I have met so many amazing people and so grateful for all support of friends and family and blessed with incredible opportunities. The threads of success gave me the strength to balance a significant loss in my life of a fantastic warrior woman I can only hope to have her fortitude. Embracing her spirit, I forge forward.
If you are out and about the Call to Action Round II in Midland at Quest Art School and Gallery, in the Project Gallery till January 5, 2019, and Legacy Landscapes is up at the Orillia's, OMAH, Franklin Carmichael Gallery till March 24, 2019.
The Focus and the Fray at Campus Gallery, my first solo exhibition in a Regional Public gallery space, and your fantastic support, made a treasured memory and a starting point for new adventures in 2019. I was grateful to Sarah Elizebeth Leonard, for the studio visits, conversations and many, many coffees, and Cory Van der Vliet for the work in paring down my ramblings to a cohesive conversation. Check out the 2D 2018 page for pictures of the exhibition from photographer, Andre Beneteau, as well the curatorial statement.
I am especially grateful to the City of Barrie's Creative Economy Department and the Barrie Art Council's invitation to create the Barrie Art Awards Sculptures (statuettes) this year. I was thrilled and humbled to be given the opportunity to create an award that reflected my art practice. Sitting in the crowd the night of the awards, it was so surreal watching as they were presented and humbled by the reactions.
Call to Action #83 Artist Collective: Round II up till Janaury 5, 2019
Opening: Friday, October 26, 7 - 9 pm
Opening Ceremonies began at the Huronia Museum at 5:30 pm
Curated by Mary Lou Meiers, this exhibition of Simcoe County artists from both settler and indigenous backgrounds presents a series of collaborative works that collectively respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s call to action #83 which states: We call upon the Canada Council for the Arts to establish, as a funding priority, a strategy for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process. “we are coming together to choose the best of what our cultures have to offer so as to move forward across this land in peace and harmony, rather than continue to destroy what this land and its peoples have to offer” Mary Lou Meirs.
Artists: Peter Adams / Jennie Clark / Xavier Fernandes / Marilyn George / Jeanette Luchese / Christina Luck / Joanna McKewn / Mary Lou Meiers / John Oelrich / Mercedes Sandy / Paul Shilling / Hilary Smith / Paul WhittamElders: Austin Clarkson / Beverley Clarkson / Jeff Monague / Ernestine Baldwin
Quest Art Gallery, Midland Cultural Centre 333 King Street Midland, ON L4R 3M7 Quest Art School and Gallery
2018 has seen the original Call to Action #83 2015 on view at St Paul's United Church in Orillia
for an indefinite time frame.
The Centre is non-denominational, it has a concert hall, art gallery, meeting rooms and banquet facilities. The 16 artworks of the Call 83 Reconciliation Art Project are on display in the art gallery and will be used to develop community programs that further discussion of Reconciliation toward social/cultural change along side The Gshkoziwin Program, as mentor/ facilitator, will offer workshops to adults and children at the centre.
Article from Orillia Matters (Mar 18, 2018 6:40 PM by: Mehreen Shahid)
In November 2018
LEGACY LANDSCAPES: CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF LAND CONSERVATION
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018 to Sunday, March 24, 2019
Opening reception: November 10, 1-3 pm
Franklin Carmichael Gallery An exhibition by regional landscape artists celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Couchiching Conservancy Land Trust. Since 1993, the Couchiching Conservancy land trust has been involved with the purchase and/or management of ecologically- significant properties. Professional artists have been invited to create original artworks to celebrate these remarkable landscapes. These insights and impressions form a dynamic exhibition of landscape interpretations. The Couchiching Conservancy is a non-profit, non-government land trust dedicated to protects nature for future generations. http://www.couchichingconserv.ca/ or 705-326-1620. For more information, please contact Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director at 705-326-2159 x101 or by email. Orillia Museum of Art and History (OMAH)
Solo Exhibition Opening November 15, 2018 to December 10, 2018
Campus Gallery, Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario
Click here to see the exhibition by photographer Andre Beneteau.
As each moment slides into the next, there are images and ideas that the mind will focus on. We are not designed to see everything at once. So, while the mind holds a focus, the rest of existence will reside in a fuzzy periphery that is the fray.
Jeanette Luchese’s work captures this sensation creating an impression of the space she inhabits in the moment. She draws, paints and sculpts each piece to a place where process itself is blurred and the viewer is left without anything concrete to ground themselves in. Creating intuitively with no preconceived intentions, she allows one mark to lead to another. The fluid meandering discourse, fueled by thoughts and experiences, ultimately finds within itself a significant parallel. Luchese’s work captures the fray that surrounds the periphery of a focus- – illustrated through lines, shapes and colour, new realms reveal themselves to the viewer and artist alike.
The work in this series reminds us of the possibility of a collective unconscious. Parallels are easily drawn to familiarities we’ve seen and felt. The work twirls inside of the liminal bubble where expression and communication meet in continuous lines of unlimited form, as though a snapshot was taken before the form had a chance to shift and slip away.
~ Curator, Sarah Leonard, November 2018
So thank you my friends for an amazing year.