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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Owen Sound Art Gallery Launching Winter Exhibitions

Owen Sound | by Cody Misner  

Both exhibitions will launch on Friday, January 10th with a free viewing from 7.p.m to 8:30.p.m

Artist Tony Miller next to one of his paintings.  

The Tom Thomson Art Gallery is launching two new exhibitions this Friday,  The Swirl: Loree's Mark on the Gallery's Collection by Erin Loree and Tony Miller's Legacies.

Miller's Legacies is a look at the African-Canadian community in Owen Sound over the years.  

His exhibition features many paintings of African-Canadian peoples who really lived, many from the Owen Sound area.

Miller himself is a 6th generation African-Canadian whose family settled in the Owen Sound area after escaping slavery.

Miller says that his art is motivated by the poor treatment he experienced growing up in 1950s Canada.

Many of the paintings feature members of his family from the past.  

Miller says that much of his family history was learned through stories told by his grandmothers.  

For Miller, his paintings display a side of Canada's past often overlooked.

"I guess what I'm doing is showing a part of Canadian history, I don't want to call it black history because it's Canadian history," Miller says. "The characters I've picked out show pride and dignity."

His award-winning book Daddy Hall: A Biography in 80 Linocuts is also being featured.  

Daddy Hall was the Owen Sound town crier in the 1800s after fighting in the War of 1812 and escaping slavery in the United States.

The other exhibition being unveiled on January 10th is The Swirl: Loree's Mark on the Gallery's Collection by Erin Loree.

Loree is an artist out of Toronto who was invited into the Tom Thomson Gallery Collection.

She chose pieces to complement her own in her first-ever gallery exhibition.  

Loree's style of art themes around two concepts, order into chaos and back again as well as allowing the art viewer a glimpse into the journey of the artist.

The art piece that the show is named after, The Swirl, is a combination of the journey taken by the monarch butterfly, a perilous journey Loree says is inspiring.

"This is the longest known journey in the insect world," Loree says. "I begin a painting the way they begin this journey, with this inner knowing and this faith."

To complement the painting there will be a display of monarch butterfly specimens on display from the Royal Ontario Museum.

Both exhibitions will launch on Friday, January 10th with a free viewing from 7.p.m to 8:30.p.m.

 

 

 

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