Artist has heaven and earth converging
This is artist Pat Stanley's impression of the Orion Nebula with the Hamilton Township drive-in theatre. Submitted Photo
An interesting combination of the colour of the nebulae in the heavens and the stark concrete structures of earth await visitors to the Art Gallery of Northumberland.
From June 14 to July 26, the paintings of local artist Pat Stanley will challenge viewers to call on both intellect and emotion to appreciate the world we inhabit.
Stanley was a computer programmer when she began to paint in 2005, according to a recent press release from the gallery.
Initially drawn to painting structures in degrees of decay, she soon turned her attention skyward to explore galaxies and nebulae. Her current creations present a complex combination of heaven and earth — abandoned and destroyed homes, expressways and drive-in theatres co-exist in time with the glowing gas clouds of nebulae in space.
Explaining her technique, Stanley said, “First I place the canvas on the floor and spill acrylic on to create the vibrant nebulae.
"The next stage is to develop the solid structure over that background and use a transparent acrylic so that the nebulae image shines through. It’s a technique that evolved from my early work as a watercolour painter,” she said.
Stanley always enjoys hearing reaction to her art, and the opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. June 14 will provide ample opportunity. The show runs through July 26.
The gallery is located on the third floor west at Victoria Hall, 55 King St. W., Cobourg.
For additional information, visit www.artgalleryofnorthumberland.com