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SUBJECT: Grenfell: Three summer exhibitions to open Thursday at Grenfell College Art Gallery
DATE: June 14, 2010

            Three separate exhibitions will open Thursday at the Grenfell College Art Gallery: Campbell Tinning: The Newfoundland Paintings; The View from here: Corner Brook Regional High Visual Arts Students; and Minds, Hands and Magic II: Work by students in Learning through the Arts in Western Newfoundland.

            Curated by Heather Smith and organized by the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, Campbell Tinning: The Newfoundland Paintings features the work of George Campbell Tinning, who was born in Saskatchewan in 1910 and died in Montreal in 1996. Tinning visited Newfoundland twice. His first visit was in his capacity as a Canadian war artist. He was so intrigued with the people and the place that he requested an extension of his three-week visit but unfortunately his request was denied. He returned to Newfoundland in the summer of 1949 shortly after Newfoundland joined Confederation when there was a great deal curiosity about Canada’s newest province. The Newfoundland paintings vividly reflect life in rural Newfoundland at the time in a way that no photograph can. The large watercolours are fresh and direct, capturing the spirit of the place and time, as seen through an outsider’s lens.

              The View from here: Corner Brook Regional High Visual Arts Students is a multimedia exhibition of our local high school art students. The works range from the more traditional forms of drawing and sculpture to digital animation and video projection.

              Minds, Hands and Magic II shows a sampling of visual arts project s by primary and elementary students who participated in this year’s Learning through the Arts in Western Newfoundland (LTTA/WNL) program. Students worked with visual artists Audrey Feltham, Susy Randall, Chris Short and Brenda Stratton on art projects designed to teach concepts in mathematics, social studies, religious studies and science.

              The opening reception for all three of the exhibitions is Thursday, June 17, 5-7 p.m. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

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