ELORA – The Elora Centre for the Arts is hosting A Moment in Time, a new exhibition from Maureen Ault that officials say “captures the experiences and moments in life that leave a lasting impression.”
An emerging mixed media artist, Ault uses hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of tiny pieces of leaves, petals and other materials to create one culminating image.
She focuses on personal experiences and places in nature that have touched her life.
Ault’s artistic journey was rekindled during the latter stages of her hospitalization following a motor vehicle accident in 2012 that resulted in an acquired brain injury. Working with traditional pressed flower art became a critical part of her rehabilitation and transformed her as an artist.
The works featured in the exhibition harken Ault’s best memories from visiting some of Ontario’s most majestic places: hiking the quartzite mountains of Killarney, camping in the Bay of Fundy National Park, her first visit to the covered bridge in West Montrose, and lazy Sunday drives in rural Ontario.
“My hope is that you will not only enjoy the pieces in this exhibition but reflect on the moments in time that have touched your own lives as well,” Ault stated.
Ault spends hours at florists, greenhouses, friends’ gardens and commercial flower pressing companies to source the best materials to work with for each piece.
She lives and works in Guelph and her artwork is influenced by the folk art of Maud Lewis as well as the abstract and stylized form of the Group of Seven.
The exhibition will run in the main gallery from Oct. 6 to Nov. 20. Everyone is invited to attend an artist meet-and-greet on Oct. 15 from 1 to 4pm.
Admission to the gallery is free and refreshments will be served. The Brain Injury Association of KW is arranging transportation to and from the opening reception for its members. For details visit www.org/a-moment-in-time.html.
This exhibition has been curated by Annette Hansen, thanks to support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation Community Building Fund.
For more information visit eloracentreforthearts.ca/a-moment-in-time-exhibition-by-maureen-ault.