New Work on Display at Gallery 78

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Four separate exhibitions are on display now at Gallery 78 including work by Michael McEwing, Anna Syperek, Jared Betts, Stephen May and Clark Pottery.  

Wild Bunchberries by Michael McEwing.

New exhibitions are now open at downtown Fredericton’s Gallery 78. Leading this month’s displays is the collection, Wild and Domestic, featuring outdoor paintings by Michael McEwing and Anna Syperek. 

Painting landscapes is the most effective way for me to communicate experiences in nature, using colour and brushstrokes as my vocabulary,” writes McEwing in his artist statement supporting the exhibiton. “In painting these scenes, I hope to transport the viewer to these discoveries and instill in them a similar sense of awe and reverence for what I’ve encountered there.”

Many of Michael’s pieces are the result of as 2019 residency with BiotaNB, a biological inventory project run by the NB Museum that involved collecting data and samples from NB protected areas over a 20-year span, and offers artists the opportunity to work alongside the scientists in the project each year.

Gallery 78 welcomes new work from Jared Betts. A mid-career artist based in Moncton, with an impressive list of exhibitions, numerous art grants, international residencies, and publications to his name, Betts debuts his newest line of work and palette, Colorlust.

A painter of highly charged emotional abstract expressionism, Jared seeks to rethink the parameters of contemporary painting. Using multiple modes of painting, from formalism, to abstract, to graphic mark-making, his works occupy the space where consciousness descends into a dream, where pattern and colour expand to become an alluring sensory experience.

Stephen May’s Tea Series is a collection of sketches made by the artist focusing on his cup of tea and paying close attention to his break time vistas.  A beautiful representation of one’s daily surroundings. 

This month’s exhibitions are rounded out with new work by Lee and Yolande Clark. This body of new work by the Clarks delves deeper into the fascinating crystalline glaze, exploring the enigmatic shapes, colours, and textures of the crystals. Consisting of zinc oxide, silica, and other ingredients which can vary between magnesium, boron, calcium, lithium, or potassium, the glaze is temperature sensitive.

All four exhibitions will remain on display until November 28.

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