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Ontario artists celebrate outdoors in London gallery show

The outdoors is the theme of a new exhibition of works by three Ontario artists at London’s Westland Gallery.

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The outdoors is the theme of a new exhibition of works by three Ontario artists at London’s Westland Gallery.

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Rooted and Refreshed, running until Aug. 28, features the works of artists Nancy Moore, Kim Rempel and Tracy Bultje.

“With summer upon us, many people are escaping to the great outdoors by camping, cottaging or just taking walks through nature,” said gallery staffer Kaitlyn Sun Hwang.

“The touch of a gentle breeze, the distant sounds of wildlife echoed over a still lake, the soft rustling of leaves in the wind; how do our feelings change as we make time to spend in the open air? This is what we are encouraged to ponder in the new exhibition.”

The show “explores how nature and creativity both ground and engergize us, inspired imagery of towering trees and flowing water,” Sun Hwang said. “The collection immerses viewers in quiet reflection and rejuvenation as they bask in vibrant representations of the natural world.”

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An in-person reception with all three artists will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and a virtual artist talk will be held via Zoom at 7 p.m. Aug. 18. Visit the gallery’s Facebook page for more details.

Moore, an Alax artist and designer, grew up in a family of artists. She is a graduate of George Brown College’s graphic design program with a major in advertising and co-owns a graphics company.

“Moore’s work is varied and experimental with a focus on abstracting landscape and figure,” Sun Hwang said. “Working primarily in acrylic with a focus on vibrant colour, Moore’s compositions resemble a colourful and energetic mosaic, riding the line between abstract and familiar.”

Rempel lives in Grimsby and has a Sheridan College illustration degree. She worked in graphic design and as a plein air painter before shifting her focus to abstract painting.

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“By manipulating the canvas, using creative mark making and layering, Rempel ruminates on questions about colour relationships and how the composition of individual strokes inform mood in a painting,” Sun Hwang said. “Her recent work is an ode to the chaotic beauty of the natural world, with deconstructed forms and colours that allude to flowing water and swaying plant life.”

Chatham-based Bultje specializes in contemporary landscapes with a distinct, stylized approach.

“Bultje’s paintings encourage people to see things differently,” Sun Hwang said.

“Using colour and forms of nature as her language, Bultje ponders aspects of the human experience such as relationships, thoughts, and faith. Her work is contemplative and structured yet wild and vibrant, inviting both a moment of contemplation and representing the power and energy of the natural elements as well as the human spirit within her images.”

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IF YOU GO

What:  Rooted and Refreshed, an exhibition of works by Nancy Moore, Kim Rempel and Tracy Bultje.

Where: Westland Gallery, 156 Wortley Rd. at Bruce Street.

When: Until Aug 28 with a reception Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and a virtual artist talk via Zoom Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. See the gallery’s Facebook page for details.

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