‘Tuesday Night at the Museum’ returns to the Lennox & Addington County Museum & Archives in Napanee on March 21st at 7pm. Talented paper artist and printmaker Wendy Cain will be on hand to speak about her special guest exhibit currently on display at the museum.
Wendy’s “Growing Up and Living in the Landscape” exhibit of framed handmade prints and paper are influenced by the region’s textures, colours and shapes of nature. Looking back at the visual art work which Wendy has produced in her career, she can see the influences of growing up on a farm in Glengarry County in Eastern Ontario and subsequently living in Lennox and Addington for the last forty-one years.
Tickets to Tuesday Night at the Museum are only $3 each and are available at the door. Tuesday Night at the Museum is a monthly programming feature at the L&A County Museum & Archives, located at 97 Thomas Street East in Napanee. For more information, please visit call 613-354-3027.
About Wendy Cain:
Wendy Cain holds an Honours Degree in Fine Art from the University of Toronto and is an A.O.C.A. Honours (Associate of the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Ontario). Since 1972, she has had eighteen solo exhibitions, with her work being most recently showcased at the Art Gallery of Northumberland in Cobourg, MVS Gallery in Brockville, and the John M. Parrott Gallery in Belleville. She has participated in over 280 group exhibitions, most as a Canadian printmaker and papermaker. Recently, her work has focused on the practices of hand papermaking, and she has established a paper studio in Newburgh. For more information visit www.wendycain.ca.
“Growing Up and Living in the Landscape” – Artist Statement by Wendy Cain:
Looking back at the visual art work which I have produced in my career, I can see the influences of growing up on a farm in Glengarry County in Eastern Ontario and subsequently living in Lennox and Addington for the last forty-one years. Skies are bigger and more impactful in rural areas, weather is often more dominant than in our urban centres. The weather was surely very important to my father who carved a living out of the vagaries of weather patterns on our mixed dairy farm. I think that children naturally absorb what has value to the family dynamic. I still watch skies, notice cloud patterns and colour values in the landscapes I inhabit. Then I give myself permission to invite odd elements into these imagined spaces with the hope that others will take the time to ponder or possibly enjoy these relationships.
I have worked in both screenprinting and papermaking art practices and been lucky to have established studios that allow me develop in both these disciplines and because I use diverse materials and methods with each, the completed works are visually very different. It took years to find ways to bring both disciplines together in one work. Some of these combined processes are in this exhibition and I am so pleased that I persevered with this goal. Because many of my screenprints are monochromatic, often black and white while the paper works are often vibrantly coloured, I have been told that it is a surprise to viewers who are familiar with one or the other of my disciplines to see the other side of my practice. Sometimes, I feel that I could be two people except that there is a common aesthetic which runs through all the work.
The interpretation of landscape can be impressionistic, photographic, imaginative, illusionistic, complex, simple, symbolic, tactile, and ephemeral, many things to many people. It is the air we breathe, the land we walk upon, the space we inhabit, the energy we feed upon. In the studio, I try to merge memory and reality. The techniques and materials are undependable and challenging, making the outcome unpredictable and this pulls me back to the studio again and again.