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FROM THE SEA / FROM THE PAST

September 13 – October 1, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 16, 1 – 4 pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, October 1, 2 pm
Artist in Attendance on the Weekends

Years ago, in the midst of being transported by the music of R. Murray Schafer’s Dream-e-scape beyond the earthly realm, I discovered natural objects on a beach that encapsulated where the sounds were taking me. Visually the shells reflected a mini cosmos. I collected a few of these beautiful, unique objects formed by the Mediterranean marine ecosystem. As a meditative exercise, I  started to draw them in my sketchbook. 

After three exhibitions focusing on the open, free-flowing interpretations of music along with the onset of the pandemic, I was ready to focus on one object of particular interest. After more detailed observational drawings, the possibilities of interpretation began with small collage studies including the original sketchbook drawings.  

Extending and developing the idea of the object in paperwork and canvas was an interesting adventure into another mysterious realm. The journey revealed the integrated nature of our world and the cosmos where we can zoom in or out and find commonality and connection. 

This collection of twelve works presents past approaches to landscape prior to a ten-year exploration of musical sounds in R. Murray Schafer’s Dream-e-scape. Works on paper and acrylic on canvas paintings are included.

Nancy Newton is a Toronto-based artist and has been exhibiting her drawings and paintings over the last thirty years. She majored in Fine Art at Western University and graduated with an honours degree in Fine Art from York University. Her work can be found in corporate and private collections in Canada, the United States, the UK, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Newton was a visual arts educator with the former Etobicoke Board of Education and the TDSB.  She has been involved in the local arts community as a Board Member for Arts Etobicoke and Propeller Art Gallery.

Special thanks to our community partners, donors, and supporters. 

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