WASAGAMING — Wasagaming Community Arts Inc. opens its third exhibition pairing of the 2012 season as it welcomes back new and refreshing works from the creative mind of Weiming Zhao of Brandon and the imaginative crafting abilities of the Manitoba Craft Council of Winnipeg.
“Just like travellers who use words to record what they feel about what they see in a journal, I prefer to use oil paint to record on canvas a fleeting moment, expressing my feeling about what is unfolding visually in front of my eyes,” Zhao said in describing “Painter’s Travel Log,” the title of his new exhibition.
Zhao wills the viewers to experience the traveller’s side of an artist’s life. As he visits places including Paris, Rome and even Clear Lake to capture the world in paint strokes of bold, vibrating colours, Zhao documents what his eye sees and emotions tell him all in a canvas.
Meanwhile, the Manitoba Craft Council return to the galleries with a new exhibition, “Slow Craft.”
Tammy Sutherland, craft council programme co-ordinator, notes that “most craft artists embrace the slowness of their craft and many are using their work to question Western society’s addiction to speed, to shopping and consuming and to unsustainable environmental practices.”
“Slow Craft” reminds us of the need to spend less time in a fast-paced life style and more in reflecting on the spiritual limitations inherent in undue emphasis on money, technology and in a dwindling economy.
Both the Weiming Zhao and the Manitoba Craft Council exhibits are open Friday, July 27 and run until Sept. 3, with an opening reception to be held Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. to which all are invited.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 21, 2012