Photography show opens at gallery

HARRISTON – The Minto Arts Council is reopening after a long hiatus with a new show Changing Face of Photography.

The show, highlighting three “versatile and provocative local photographic artists,” runs from March 15 to April 28 at the Minto Arts Gallery, located on the top floor of the Harriston Public Library. 

An artist’s reception will take place on March 24 from 7 to 8pm.

Pete Daize was born on the Island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the West Indies. At the age of 10 he and his family immigrated to Canada. His artwork has appeared in the Toronto Library system, the St. Lawrence Market, the York Municipal Foyer and other Toronto venues. He is currently a member of the North Perth Arts and Culture Council and the Kitchener- Waterloo Society of Artists. 

Daize’s recent exhibitions in the Kitchener-Waterloo area include the Homer Watson House and Gallery, The Button Factory, Frames by Verne Art Gallery and the Seven Shores Cafe. 

Today he calls Listowel his hometown.

Gary Moon is originally from Owen Sound and moved to Listowel with his family in 1966. He has a diploma in Broadcast Arts from Fanshawe College London. 

Moon’s previous exhibitions include shows at the Minto Arts Gallery, Studio Factor in Drayton and North Perth Public Library in Listowel. He also judges and critiques photography competitions in the area, and regularly offers photography classes for amateur photographers. 

A founding director and past chairperson of the North Perth Arts and Culture Council, Moon lives in Listowel where he continues to operate his own photography business.

Mark Robinson grew up in Palmerston and became interested in photography while in Grade 8 working after school for the Palmerston Observer, a local weekly newspaper and commercial printing establishment. 

“In the darkroom, watching that first image appear before his eyes was a wonderful magical moment that changed the direction of his life forever,” arts council officials state.

Having been involved in photography for more than 55 years, Robinson has seen many changes in the industry and uses a variety of media and tools from past and present technologies to produce his images. 

Lifelong learning has been one of Robinson’s interests. Studying one week each year for five years with the renowned American Master Photographer Jay Stock, gave him an insight into the creative side of photography. 

Robinson is one of the founding executive members of the North Perth Arts and Culture Council.