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Figuring it out and staying grounded

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The Langley Centennial Museum is welcoming the colder, darker days of 2013 with a punch of colour and creativity in its newest show, figure and ground: The Works of Suzanne Northcott, Janice Robertson, Susan Falk, and Lalita Hamill. The exhibit runs from Nov. 13 until Jan. 8.

The original concept for this exhibition was to feature a group of artists who have mastery over their respective representations of figurative and landscape works; artists who have given balanced focus and attention to both subjects over a period of years, and could therefore contribute to a theme based on the two genres of painting.

The identification and selection of the participating artists was made by the Museum’s Manager, Peter Tulumello.

“Susan J. Falk, Lalita Hamill, Suzanne Northcott and Janice Robertson are talented and accomplished artists from our community, whose works are unique and visually exciting,” said Tulumello.

“I felt that each artist, in their diverse approach to landscape and figurative painting, presented an interesting range of work.”

Although Tulumello came up with the original exhibit idea, it was artist Suzanne Northcott who selected the title and explained how figure and ground connected all of their works — through an explanation of hers.

“In my own work, the exploration of that which could be considered the objective content of the painting and the ‘rest’ of the painting is fascinating,” Northcott said.

“I like to play with that relationship, creating ambiguity between the two aspects, and wonder about the connection of that relationship to our own ideas about our perceived separateness from what surrounds us.”

The public is welcome at the exhibit’s opening on Thursday evening, Nov. 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  In addition to the opening, the public has another opportunity to see all of the women together demonstrating their art and speaking about their work on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 24.

This is a great time to come by, meet the artists, and ask some questions and their techniques and journey, said Arts and Heritage Curator Kobi Christian.

“It’s such a vibrant show," said Christian.

“And it’s been great to work with such a fantastic group of professionals.  Seeing the process of how each artist has come to the theme and filtered it through her own lens has been really intriguing.”

For more details, contact the Langley Centennial Museum at 604-532-3536 or information@langleymuseum.org.

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