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Sunday April 11th, 2010

Posted at 10:14am

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“A collaboration of artworks exhibiting a compelling interest in existence, generation and rebirth”

Curated by Sita Hadas Eitany, Practical Art — a group show at Artspeak Gallery — concluded on Saturday night with opera performances and examples of art by a prodigious selection of artistic talent.

Practical Art:  Wood Allegory featured numerous pieces of art centered around a natural, wood theme.

Artist Dianne Bigelow exhibited a strong piece of work entitled “Adam Names Raven” whereby man faces a winged creature in a seeming pre-flight struggle.

Norman Fortin displayed detailed, layered, surrealistic clock-forms and other complex wooden creations.

Lubna Alsamer-Barakat exhibited pieces designed with multidimensional arabic calligraphy, while Sita Hadas Eitany displayed a selection of spiritual and natural paintings which intensified the show’s statement of “interest in existence, generation and rebirth”.

Proprietor of Walkerville’s Okame Japanese Antiques, David Pepper displayed new and old works, including “Fish Bones”, a wood-media painting from 1971 depicting fish, crafted using elements of cedar and bamboo.  Pepper’s new works included a Japanese sword stand placed atop artist Chris Jennings’ wooden sword chests.

Deborah Dunlop’s hand-stitched frames matched the show’s theme by including natural elements and representational textile-art.

Suzanne Konyha’s sculpture entitled “Windsor Chair” sat on a platform at the centre of the gallery.  “Windsor Chair” featured visible representations of the Ambassador Bridge and its power and mystique as a symbol of our city.

All fell silent upon the entrance of UWindsor vocalist Amelia Daigle whose opera duet alongside University Players’ star Marcela Garzaro rendered a roar of applause at song’s end.

Practical Art concluded tonight at Arts Council Windsor and Region’s Artspeak Gallery.

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