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INK AND LIGHT ON PAPER

Friday, May 12, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm
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BLUES: A Textile Exhibition by Elizabeth Vanderleelie

Friday, May 12, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm
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BLUES: A Textile Exhibition by Elizabeth Vanderleelie

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Opening Night: Friday, May 12th from 5:00 - 7:00 in the foyer of the Charlotte Street Arts Centre.

Exhibit will be open from May 12th - July 31st

Artist's Statement

My work is a process of accumulation and repetition, using layers of fabric and thread to create abstract compositions.  The illusions of depth and movement are the result of variations in texture and colour, as fibre is wound and secured around a tubular form.  A measure of control is exercised in designing these works,  but I also allow randomness to serve as a counterpoint to restrictive rules and preconceived notions. 

The title "Blues" refers to the predominant colour in this series, but also to the essence of blues music, a genre that blends human lament with spiritual yearning.   The emotional outpouring of sadness is coupled with an awareness that despair can be overcome through the energy of song and the rhythm of dance.  There is a strong thread of hope, anticipation of better times ahead, and a feeling of being on the brink of a turnaround.  The blues are endowed with a curative power.  

Biography

Elizabeth Vanderleelie studied painting and drawing at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto during the 1970s.  In partnership with her husband, she owned and operated a commercial art gallery in Edmonton, Alberta for more than a decade.   Her trips to South America and Europe have provided opportunities to explore major museums, international fine art fairs and cultural events.  She currently resides in Cap-Pele N.B. where she maintains a studio for textile work and cultivates a field of lavender.