Thu. Oct. 01, 2020 10:00 AM - Sat. Oct. 03, 2020 05:00 PM
Callander Bay Heritage Museum & Alex Dufresne Gallery
The Alex Dufresne Gallery is pleased to present the photography of Dan Bryer, Michael de Morée and John Minkowskyj in their show “Photographic Evidence”. This three-man exhibit features a variety of subject-matter such as landscapes, abstracts and urban environments.
Bryer is inspired by the likes of Freeman Patterson and The Group of Seven. He strives to make landscape and impressionist scenes that draw the viewer in through self-identification. After first experimenting with photography during his university years, he rediscovered his interest in it in 2009 following his retirement as an Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon for 34 years. Bryer has travelled far afield in search of exhilarating scenes and has a great affinity for the Precambrian Shield landscapes of Northern Ontario. It is in this environment that he feels a sense of comfort.
De Morée presents a range of abstract images that are open to interpretation of the viewer. Design concepts such as line, texture, pattern and form have occupied his view of photography and, due to his long experience in visual arts as a photography teacher, feels that it is interconnected with other art forms like painting, poetry and music. Photographers such as Aaron Siskind, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Mark Rothko and the paintings of American Abstract expressionists have been very instrumental to his process. De Morée has exhibited extensively in Northern Ontario and many of his photographs are in public and private collections.
Minkowskyj's first interest in photography started with taking pictures of the Beatles when they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1963. His interest grew from hobby to obsession and he began to process his own film and developed His own black and white prints in a darkroom. Light, texture and shapes influence his work and he seeks to make “the invisible, visible”. Minkowskyj’s interest in digital photography expanded after working under the tutelage of Ed Eng and he has had photo exhibits at the WKP Kennedy Gallery (“Glyphs & Layers” in 2009 and “Camera Fronter” in 2013).
The three North Bay-based artists recently showcased together at the Temiskaming Art Gallery in 2019.
The show opens on Saturday September 12 and artists will be in attendance from 2:00 – 4:00pm. Due to Covid-19 guidelines, we will not be having light refreshments and the gallery will be limited to 18 people at a time. Hand sanitizer will be available on site, and masks will be required. Please do not visit if you are not feeling well.
The gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 – 5:00pm and the show will remain on display until Saturday October 31. The gallery is free, with donations welcome.