Week 3: Geraldine’s Gallery

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Three works by Merijean Morrissey…but my photo doesn’t quite capture the magic…you’ve really gotta see them in person!

Raise your hand if you knew that Kemptville has an art gallery.

I didn’t either.  So when I heard about Geraldine’s Gallery  I was eager to check it out and not at all sure what to expect.

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Horse sculpture by Peter Van Adrichem.

What I found was a cosy gallery housed in a well-maintained farmhouse on Highway 43, on the way to Merrickville.  A trip to Geraldine’s Gallery is like visiting a friend with an extensive art collection.

Geraldine Taylor, the tour-de-force behind the gallery has been an artist and art collector for 46 years.  She studied at Canterbury high school in Ottawa, and later obtained a fine arts degree from the University of Ottawa.  A trailblazer then, as now, Geraldine tells me she was the first U of O grad to host an exhibition of her work during the four year degree.  Throughout her career, Geraldine has worked as a performance artist, a visual artist, curator, and publisher – in 1983 she published Portfolio 83, a collection of prints by Ottawa artists.  Since moving to Kemptville in 1992, Geraldine has made a name for herself both as an artist and curator, and as a real estate agent.

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Table by Jean Bridge.

The main floor of Geraldine’s Gallery is devoted to exhibitions.  There are two main viewing rooms with hardwood floors and plenty of windows to let in natural light.  There is a sense of harmony in the way the art fills the gallery.  At the back of the gallery is a reception room that is dominated, in the most pleasing sense, by an awesome table, which was hand painted in lush, green leafy detail by artist Jean Bridge.

Works from Merijean Morrissey’s The Navigator series were on the walls when I visited the gallery.  Here’s what I saw: photographs of the galaxy – inky blackness punctuated with vivid bursts of colour – with images of ancient maps, vessels, and even sea monsters superimposed on top.  Geraldine explained that Morrissey is a world renowned print maker who layered intaglio prints overtop of gicléed satellite images.  Crafted in Ireland, they explore the experiences of settlers travelling to the new world. They were the opposite of ‘breath-taking’; they were ‘breath-giving’.  After I left the gallery, I felt a profound sense of space and the air around me seemed richer and more abundant.DSCF5316

For more information on Merijean Morrissey’s The Navigator series, check out this article in The Brock Review.

Geraldine’s Gallery is a great find to stumble upon during your weekend flanerie {a great French word, which means to stroll about and explore}.  Set your GPS to 2505 Hwy. 43 and discover Geraldine’s Gallery for yourself.

From now until Christmas, check out the second Annual Seasonal Exhibition and Sale with over 184 works of art available for purchase.  You can visit the gallery on the weekend or call to arrange a personal viewing.

Geraldine’s Gallery

2505 Hwy 43, Kemptville, ON

http://www.geraldinesgallery.com

https://www.facebook.com/GeraldinesGallery

613-258-0099

Saturday & Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm or by appointment

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3 Responses to Week 3: Geraldine’s Gallery

  1. Peter Bernard says:

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