The Elora Arts Council has announced several new exhibits of the work of local artists.
The art in public places committee of the arts council has arranged new displays in the Centre Wellington municipal building and council chamber, in the Fergus Sportsplex boardroom, and in the lobby and day surgery corridor of Groves Memorial Community Hospital. The displays, arranged on a rotating basis, have been loaned by participating artists until March.
In the municipal council chamber, the abstract landscapes of Joel Masewich enliven the walls. A Salem based professional artist, Masewich’s work is shown across North America and is favoured by many corporate clients.
Masewich includes collage elements in his acrylic works including stainless steel, glass, and paper.
On the wall of the entrance staircase of the municipal building, the large textile work of Elora artist Anne Luxton is on loan from her personal collection. In her fabric art, Luxton includes many found objects embellished by embroidery, paint and dye. She has won numerous awards and her textiles are shown extensively.
In the lobby of Groves, the canvases of Marilyn Koop are on the walls: paintings of closely observed botanical subjects that reflect Koop’s usual preoccupation with colour and simplicity of form.
Background and textures are achieved with hundreds of tiny squares of paint reminiscent of exploding pixels. Koop is also active with The Village Idiots, artists and musicians whose mission is simply “We like to make people happy.”
Also at Groves Hospital, in the day surgery corridor, the work of the children of St. Mary School, Elora, is mounted, framed and exhibited.
At the Sportsplex the work of three artists can be seen in the main boardroom. Elora artist Val Pero presents three local landscapes; Frieda Nelson of Elora has loaned a large and striking abstract dominated by the harmony of a circle; Melitta Toth of Alma, a former art teacher from Yugoslavia, displays a breadth of styles and techniques in her five canvases.
She is now a full time artist and gardener.